goodbye galilee

7:38 AM Marcie Parson 1 Comments

not to be confused with...
Caesarea Philippi

Mark 16
13 When Jesus came into the coasts of C├Žsarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

It was a little sad to leave this place that I had grown to love in just two short weeks. It was almost magical... I was living on the shore of the sea where Jesus walked on water.

But I was missing Jerusalem. It feels so good to once again be enveloped in a city of limestone, hear the call to prayer, see that gold dome from my back porch, and meditate on the mount of olives. Part of my heart will forever be in this city. We won't even talk about how heart breaking April 19th will be.


living where he lived

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Having stayed in Galilee for almost two weeks now, I completely understand why the Savior chose to spend his short time on earth here in this beautiful country. Galilee is heaven. The sun is warm, the mountains are green, the wildflowers are bright, and the sea is well, the sea of galilee.

we study on the shore

take hikes in the golan heights

swim (or watch people swim) in ice cold waterfalls

go on field trips through the green countryside
and spend our sabbath overlooking the sea of galilee and visiting the jordan river

life doesn't get much better than this.


walking where he walked

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walk with me through my stay at Galilee:

 Church of the Annunciation
Luke 1
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

St. Peter's Primacy
John 21
 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

 on the Sea of Galilee
Matthew 14
 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

 Mount of Beatitudes
Matthew 5
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Mark 1
21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
 22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.


o little town of bethlehem

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two weeks late, but better late than never. 
I spent a day in the town where the Savior was born. We visited the church of the nativity, the traditional site of his birth, sang Christmas carols in the grotto, and read the Christmas story in the "shepherds' fields."

Christmas has never meant so much.
And Christmas carols have never sounded so good.

Luke 2
 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.


home sweet JC

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after a week of romping around turkey, 
we wrapped up our "spring break" by taking one last bonding bus ride back to the "bowl."

we stopped at lake nicaea

and headed back to istanbul for the hagia sophia.

peace & blessings turkey.
the JC welcomed us home with some sunshine.
oh jerusalem. we missed you.


the day we bought magnum bars

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We started out the day at Sardis, one of the 7 churches of Revelation...

 ...and 12082397 hours later we got off the bus at Thyatira, 
another one of the 7 churches of Revelation. 

and clearly the most memorable part of that stop was the ice cream. #fatgirlproblems.


engagements in ephesus

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Spent the day in Ephesus & Priene...
with kyle miller... swoon
 the library of celsus
 the Bouleuterion, or Council Hall
check the pics in your KJV Bible

outfits so matching could not go without documentation.


assos & pergamum

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where Paul boarded and set sail to Jerusalem, ending his “third mission.”
Temple of Athena
  Acts 20
13 ¶And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot.
 14 And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene.

one of the 7 churches of Revelation

 Revelation 1
 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.


tigers go trojan

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Day two in Turkey:

A visit to Troy

ferry ride across the dardanelles
beach front resort on the aegean sea


istanbul, take one

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We're on "spring break."  In Turkey. And yes, I'm gloating.

Here's day one:

Blue Mosque Hippodrome & Basilica Cistern
 Topkapi Palace
 Outside the Grand Bazaar
 Boat Cruise on the Bosphorus


guess what?

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I'm in Turkey!


finals week

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It's final's week here in the JC. 
Sure, sleep deprivation and stress levels were high, 
and it was a mild emotional roller coaster (thanks, ophir), 
but sometimes...

sometimes we dress up as our favorite students/professors in the JC, have an iPod dance party, and annoy all the studious ones

sometimes we eat our body weight in waffles and ice cream at the waffle bar in west j

sometimes we study on top of the Austrian Hospice when it's 60 degrees

 and sometimes we stop class to play in the snow when it's 30 degrees. 
bipolar weather much?

happy finals week from the JC. 

photos courtesy of sarah kathryn and sarah jane. thank goodness for artsy friends.