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  1. I’m joining you from Suzie’s #livefreeThursday. How wonderful to hear about your experience in the Holy Land. I hope to go and experience it for myself someday. The thought of it along with your words overwhelm me in a good way. Thank you for sharing this precious piece of your experience.

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      Micah, I hope you get your heart’s desire to travel to the Holy Land one day. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Rachel, when I saw the picture, I had to come read your post! How this pulls powerful memories of my time at the Western Wall – on the other side is where the Holy of Holies was – POWERFUL. The presence of God, the Ark of His Covenant were on the other side of the wall.

    Imagining that as I prayed against the Western Wall, I comprehended why it’s also called the wailing wall. To wail out to God from our human flesh for His powerful presence.

    It’s so inspiring to see your perspective on that place. I’ll be writing about the trip too – headed to Florida for two weeks of undistracted time to sit in His presence and WRITE. Your words rekindle the desire to get words on paper soon. Hugs, Susan

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      Susan, I’ll look forward to reading your words. Yes, it is amazing to think the Holy of Holies was the other side of that huge wall. Thankful we have no walls between us and God now.

  3. What a fantastic take away from your journey! We read in Scripture that Jesus turned the world upside down — your words attest to it!

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      And with Christmas not far away, we have a good reminder of how a small baby can turn the world upside down. Thanks for your thoughts.

  4. This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing what it was like to be in that place and what you learned there.

  5. Wow! What a blessing to have been there. Can’t fathom how many prayers the Lord has heard at that place. Great point about Christ too, and how we can live differently. Thanks!

  6. Hi Rachel, your post sparked deep reflections. I am looking forward to the devotional already!
    Very lovely joining you here.
    Many Blessings to you

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      Thanks Ifeoma. My prayer and hope is the other devotionals speak to your heart, also. Enjoy.

  7. Rachel, I enjoyed reading about your experience and lessons learned at the Western Wall. I’ve wanted to visit Israel for YEARS. Hopefully, one day I’ll have the opportunity.

    There’s something about standing where many, many others have stood before you, for thousands of years before you. When I went to Istanbul many years ago, I saw the Obelisk of Theodocious (I think that was the name). It had been given to Istanbul in the third century, and I felt so small to be standing in such a place of history.

    I like your reminder that Jesus showed us a different way to approach God. How reassuring it is to know we don’t need rituals and perfection. We only need a yielded heart. I really enjoyed your post.

    I’m your neighbor at Holly Barrett’s and Purposeful Faith’s places today. 🙂

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      Jeanne, so glad you stopped by. I have never been to Istanbul but I like how you highlight it’s long and amazing history makes us feel we play such a small part. But, thankfully, Jesus tells us we are significant in this history.

  8. Saw your post on #sittingwithfriends Visiting the Holy Land is on the bucket list. I loved having a glimpse into your experience. Thanks for sharing.

  9. This looks so amazing. I signed up for your e-book and I am really excited to look through it. The thought of standing in the places where Jesus walked gives me chills. What an awesome opportunity. I would love to be able to do this. Thank you for being a new friend at Sitting Among Friends and sharing with others..

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