A writer friend of mine suggested we share memories of Christmas but since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I’d like to share my Thanksgiving memories with you. As a first-generation American-Italian, we celebrated Christmas and Easter like many other Italian families. But for Thanksgiving, the day was strictly an American holiday. We had the usual gigantic tom turkey, candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, rolls, stuffing, and the dreaded jellied cranberry sauce which I couldn’t stand. (I now make it from scratch with real cranberries and love it.) My Italian grandma usually cooked the other holidays but Thanksgiving was my mom’s baby, although I think my grandmother may have made the pies because she was an expert pie maker. And, my mom did [...]
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Venice. The City of Canals. One of the many names of this extraordinary city. Instead of cars, the people of Venice travel from one end of the city to the other using motorboats or water taxis. I’ve visited Venice twice in my life and both were distinct experiences. Once as a sixteen-year-old with my grandparents and once as an adult with my husband some forty years later. While my youthful visit consisted of two days, my adult visit was merely hours. My husband and I didn’t have much time to drop our bags at the port to board our ship for an eastern Mediterranean cruise that would take us to Croatia (I have posted the Dubrovnic adventure), Athens and Turkey. [...]
It was a glorious spring day despite the chill in the air. The sky was bright blue with no clouds in sight. We traveled to Rothenburg because we had heard of Germany's “Romantic Road”. The Romantic Road runs north to south for approximately 220 miles and passes through a multitude of gorgeous old towns and cities. Rothenburg is one of the many towns which is more well known and is a very romantic city that dates back to 950 AD. From where we lived this city was about an hour and a half away but there was traffic so it took us longer than we expected to the point and we were stuck in a tunnel, no less! There are [...]
For a nation has come up against My land, Strong, and without number; His teeth are the teeth of a lion, And he has the fangs of a fierce lion. Joel 1:6 NKJV Let’s look at the context for the book of Joel and today’s verse. Joel was one of the twelve minor prophets in the Bible. The Bible doesn’t tell us anything more about him other than his father’s name, Pethuel. Sometimes the Bible gives the reader enormous detail about certain things and other times, it does not. If the Bible repeats something many times, it’s important and the reader should note it. The first five verses of chapter one of Joel was describing a time in the southern kingdom of Juda [...]
“Yet the number of the children of Israel Shall be as the sand of the sea, Which cannot be measured or numbered. And it shall come to pass In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ There it shall be said to them, ‘You are sons of the living God.’ Hosea 1:10 In Genesis, God promises Abraham that He would make Abraham the father of nations. This verse shows that God kept His promise to Abraham and the children of Israel. Generations had passed from the time of Abraham to when the book of Hosea was written. God is the same, yesterday, today and forever. We can trust in His promises. Hold His promises in our hearts. Over the centuries, [...]
young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans. Dan 1:4 NKJV Let’s look at the context of the book of Daniel and the verses preceding the verse for today. The book of Daniel is a fascinating book and full of prophetic visions. In verses, 1 through 3, the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, conquers Jerusalem and takes the people into captivity. The people were taken to Babylon in three waves. Royal families and nobles along with the skilled and educated individuals were taken into captivity in that first wave in 605 BC. Daniel, a gifted [...]
In church Sunday morning our pastor treated us to a video from Israel. The pastor felt it appropriate for the message that day. And it was. The video was a music video from a movement that’s been growing in Israel. Had the pastor not received the video or shared it with our congregation, we would not have known about it. Even with the internet, we miss a lot of news because of the daily dissemination of the sheer volume of information. But I’m so glad our pastor chose this video to share. Every other year, our church takes a trip to Israel to visit the Holy Land. We were fortunate to have been able to travel to Israel with our [...]
Then I looked, and behold, a whirlwind was coming out of the north, a great cloud with raging fire engulfing itself; and brightness was all around it and radiating out of its midst like the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Ezek 1:4 NKJV Let’s look at the context of this verse within the first book of Ezekiel. In verse 1, Ezekiel was among the captives and receives a vision from God. In verses 2 and 3, the word of God and His hand came upon Ezekiel—an in-depth description of God’s calling upon any of the prophets in the Bible. In verse 4, Ezekiel witnesses something that we would call a tornado. From other Bible passages, we know that God [...]
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jer 1:5 NKJV What a beautiful verse! While God is speaking about Jeremiah, this tells us God knows each one of us before we were formed in the womb. A comforting thought. He also tells Jeremiah, He has ordained him to be a priest. Jeremiah existed in the mind of and plan of God before he ever existed in his mother’s womb. Since the beginning of time, God knew every person before they were even created in the womb. And He has ordained each of our lives. What is it we are naturally drawn to? Chances are [...]
Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil. Isa 1:16 NKJV Let’s look at the history and context of this verse. Isaiah is one of the major prophets in the Bible. His name means “Salvation is of the Lord”. In Isaiah’s day, Egypt, Assyria and Babylon surrounded the tiny country of Israel, much like today, Israel is surrounded by Egypt, Iran, and Syria. In his day Israel was in the center of wars between those nations. Again, much like it is today. By the time Isaiah came into Israel’s history, the Israelites had been in the promised land for almost 700 years. At first, they were one nation, [...]