Live from Israel!

Isn’t it funny how we visualize a person we’ve only talked to but never seen? We have a picture in our mind’s eye of that person—hair color, facial features, height, build. Then we meet him in person. The collision of expectations and reality prove us completely wrong.

For me, the Holy Land was that way. Before visiting Israel for the first time, I had certain pictures in my mind. Some of them originated from Sunday school pictures and flannelgraph stories. Some of them I simply conjured up on my own.

After seeing some of the significant sites of my faith, and walking in places where Jesus likely walked, it was like seeing a person for the first time when I’d previously only heard his voice. The familiar stories of the Bible took on new significance and depth.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit, you should! Meanwhile, here are a few pictures from our journey.

Holy Land Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee as the sun was setting.

Holy Land

View of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.

Holy Land Walls

Walls around Jerusalem

Holy Land Court of Gentiles

Temple Mount

Holy Land Jordan River

Jordan River

Holy Land Upper Room

Upper Room

Holy Land Gethsem

Garden of Gethsemane

Holy Land Holding Jesus

Holding cell in the High Priest’s house (Caiaphas’ House)

Holy Land Garden TombGarden Tomb


  1. Jenn Cofer says

    Awesome photos! My husband’s dream is to take his family to Israel one day. He went to Israel before we got married and was baptized in the Jordan River. Hoping to go some day when our two children are a little older.
    Thanks for sharing your trip to Israel.

  2. Tifani Thompson says

    These pictures are just amazing amazing! My husband was going through the pictures with me. He has been there for his job,,,and it still was so amazing for him. If Jesus doesn’t come before we are empty nesters, we CANNOT WAIT to experience and see all of this. Thank you for sharing your special most amazing trip with us.

  3. says

    I just discovered your blog, Sandra, from a Tweet that your hubby gave a while back saying you’re his favorite blogger! How sweet! And I feel like I have so much in common with you. I’m also a blogger and my hubby thinks it’s the best blog too! 😉 I have three sons–with my last one off at college this fall. So empty-nesting is where we’re headed, if not already there! And we’re finding lots of elbow room in that nest of ours! BTW, I love to listen to Andy’s messages and sometimes follow his Tweets. I’m so glad I followed one of them today to find your blog!

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