Israel. Part 1 of 128439438326.

Wow! Hi, hello. It’s been a little bit since I’ve said hello.

Life has been insanely busy lately. This year is bringing a bunch of new adventures!

Last month I went to Israel which was AMAZING. I’ve been trying to think about what to post about it but the truth is that it was such a life-changing trip that I don’t even know how to put it in words. It was incredible. God spoke to me in so many ways that I don’t even know where to begin! I know that as time goes by things will be laid on my heart to share with you all.

I will say that while every place we went was just absolutely breath-taking, Jerusalem has a special place in my heart. If you were to ask me a few weeks ago what my favorite place was I honestly couldn’t tell you but as I reflect and read my bible I would have to say that it was Jerusalem. The feels you get there you guys… holy moly (no pun intended).

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I had so many amazing conversations and realizations in Israel. I met the coolest people and I had some of the most amazing people with me from our group. We saw incredible places that really changed the way I read my bible. It was life-changing and freaking amazing. I wish I had time to explain everything but this post would become a book. So I will share some of my favorite places with you!

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We took communion in the Garden of Gethsemane. SO POWERFUL. Goodness sake! Pastor Curt and Pastor Bobby did an incredible job tag-teaming this moment. At EPIC we always take communion with the bread and grapes but it was a first for many. It was awesome to see people step outside of their norms and try something new.

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Tower of David (I fell down the stairs here – that was pretty cool… *insert extreme sarcasm)

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Baptism in the Jordan River – LOOK AT THIS PLACE!

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We hiked up Mount Masada. I thought my friends were going to kill me for this but we all made it out alive! You should read up on the story of Mount Masada, it’s super interesting.

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The Eucalyptus – oh my heart. This place. There’s nothing special about this place except for the fact that its the CUTEST PLACE EVER!! And it’s delicious AND it’s called The Eucalyptus (which is my favorite plant).

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City of David

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The Western Wall.

 

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The road to Jerusalem. Looking at this road was incredible as you think about the parable of the Good Samaritan. The roads are long and narrow, totally changed the way I envisioned that story. Luke 10:25-37

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IMG_0929 2Mount of Beatitudes – Matthew 5

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The Mediterranean Sea in Netanya.

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Jesus’ Tomb

 

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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Y’all. The coffee is AHHHH-MAZING.

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One of the coolest moments of my life. Singing praise on the Sea of Galilee.

 

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The Southern Steps

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THE FOOD!

 

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I could go on and on and on about this trip. I only have about 500 more photos that I wish I had the time to post. I wish I could explain in great detail why I took each and every picture but the truth is that behind each picture is an amazing story and a powerful feeling. Those feelings just can’t be described.

There’s no way you can go to Israel and not leave changed. There’s no way you can walk the path that Jesus walked and not feel moved. Your heart just shakes and rumbles. Your eyes and hands lift upward. God is so amazing. Israel is so amazing. We are ALL so amazing.

I left feeling a little quieter. A little wiser. A little nicer. A little closer to God.

(Also very exhausted but that’s beside the point)

I encourage everyone to try to take a trip to the Holy Land. Even if you can’t go for 10 years – make it happen when you can. I cannot wait to go back. I can’t wait to take my son when he is old enough. It makes me want to live the best that I can, to try to be like Jesus – for him. And for me. And for you.

I know I will post more about it as time goes by. There are so many places and so many stories to share.

Thank you all for following along on our journey, for checking on my family when we were away, and for wanting to hear all of our stories when the group returned.

Love love love,

Kari Jo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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