On life's journey, whether traveling around the world or walking around your block, there's lots to learn about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness, so lets dive into a new ocean together!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lady Traveler has traveled to how many capitals?

Lady Traveler has traveled to how many capitals?
Paris is always a good idea
A friend of mine recently asked me, 
"How many capitals have you traveled to?"
Hmm, I've counted countries, but never counted capitals.  
Lets see ... I must think about this one ...
Jerusalem, Moscow, Stockholm, Athens, Istanbul, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, Oslo, London...
... and then there's Paris.
And I'm probably leaving out a few.
(it's the memory factor)
On a mission in Moscow
First trip to Jerusalem

On a mission in Istanbul
In all my travels, I have come to this conclusion:
It's the people who make the country inviting, or not.

I sailed the seven seas on a WW2 ship,
and lived to tell about it!

People come from all over the world to tour our nation's capital,
Washington DC.
I've never been there.
Must go some day.
But I do live next door to our state's capital,
Columbia, South Carolina.
There is something special about capital cities.

Most of the capitals I've explored were not intentional.
I just ended up there.
A few were intentional:
Jerusalem.  Istanbul.  London.
And of course, Paris.

When I'm asked, 
"What country do you suggest?"
I answer, "It depends on what you are looking for."
Adventure?  Relaxation?  Romance?  History?
A spiritual experience?
Good questions to ask yourself before you spend all that money.

Where would I like to travel 
while I'm still able to load my backpack?
Israel, again.
Israel has 'all of the above.'

Have you been to any capitals lately?
If not, where would you like to go?
Or are you satisfied to stay around home?
I'm a 'homebody' at heart.
Like my Mama, I love my familiar surroundings.

Farm table overlooking the pond

But like my Daddy,
when that wanderlust spirit begins nudging me,
I reach for my backpack
and begin planning.

Wherever you go, near or far,
be sure to ask the Lord to be your Guide.
That is when the fun really begins!

We are not alone on our journey.
The God of love...
sent us His only Son to be with us
at all times and in all places, so that we never have to feel lost.

My foot has held fast to His path;
I have kept His way and not turned aside.
Job 23:11  NASB

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lady Traveler travels to Heaven ...

I Dreamed I traveled to Heaven ...
... I wasn't in a plane over Belize ...
It will happen in a moment,
 in the blink of an eye,
when the last trumpet is blown.
For when the trumpet sounds,
those who have died will be raised to live forever.
I Corinthians 15:52 NLT

... I wasn't in a hot air balloon over Paris ...
I was in my dream,
last Friday night.
And no, I haven't seen
"Left Behind." 

I was lifted up off the earth,
traveling fast!
Before I knew it
I was in the clouds,
then above the clouds.
Clouds of orange, purple and yellow.
"Yikes!" I thought,
"This is really happening!"
Then I awoke.

I didn't know if I was relieved 
or disappointed.
I thought I was ready,
but the magnificent event took me by surprise!
Most Christians think about the coming rapture,
but no one really knows when this miraculous event will take place.
Some of our family and friends don't even believe in the rapture.
Hmm, perhaps you don't.  Well,

I do.

They think we are Crazy. Weird. Strange.
That's okay.  I'm not trying to win any popularity contest.
I know what the Bible says.
That's why I believe.  I serve a big GOD.
Do you?

What concerns me and saddens me are those people who think 
Christians are Crazy. Weird. Strange 
will be 
left behind.

I certainly don't have all the answers.
I have studied the Bible through the years.
I have studied other religions, 
but all roads led me back to
The Holy Bible.

My 'rapture dream' felt very real,
not like I was dreaming at all.
This particular dream reminded me that we can be
outta here in a flash!
Just like in the movies!
But one day, it will be real.

Will you be left behind?

For GOD so loved the world,
that HE gave HIS 
only begotten SON.
That whoever believes on Him,
will never perish,
but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

Therefore be ye also ready:
for in such an hour as you think not,
the Son of man cometh.
Matthew 24:44

God loves YOU, and so do I.