Israel Should Not Be A “Bucket List”

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Don’t make Israel a “Bucket List” trip, make it a “now” trip. November 2017 was my first trip to Israel. It changed my life forever.  My only regret was not going when I was in my 20’s. There is so much you will bring back in your heart, soul & spirit that America needs.

What if I would have had the last 30 years of all that in me

to share with others???

I could have made it a priority, but it wasn’t. London, England happened, as well as, Mexico multiple times, the Caribbean several, a few cruises and added many states were added to our “passport…..,” but the one I should have MADE happen was procrastinated.

We left home the 16th to have “another first” trip for four days in the Big Apple (more about that later). The morning of the 20th we packed up. We shipped extra coats and NYC souvenirs back home, then met up with the group we would be traveling to and with in Israel.

www.redneckrhapsody.com Macy's at Thanksgiving
Macy’s department store before the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Audios NYC, NY – Hello Holy Land!

Taking it off of the “Bucket List!”

We arrived at JFK for an early evening departure. When we arrived in Tel Aviv noonish, tired and dragging; it was quickly replaced by awe and a true sense of wonder. Our first chance to

www.redneckrhapsody.com Pillars of ruins of palace on the Mediterranean in Caesarea, Israel.
Pillars of ruins of palace on the Mediterranean in Caesarea, Israel.
www.redneckrhapsody.com JFK - NYC, NY - Some of our family and friends waiting to board the plane to Israel.
Some we are traveling with to Israel.

“dive” into a history lesson was at the port in Jaffa, where Jonah boarded the ship to Nineveh. We hit the hay in Tel Aviv for the night. The next morning we headed north along the Mediterranean to Caesarea. We took in the ruins of one of Herod the Great’s palaces, where Pontius Pilate liked to summer. The hyper-dome, theater and aqua duct were all close. We hopped back on the bus and headed North. Several stops at other sites were made before unpacking for a few days Tiberius.

Now to the Northern Galilee Region

www.redneckrhapsody.com Caesarea Philippi - Banias, IL It sits at the base of Mt. Hermon in the Golan Heights
Caesarea Philippi – Banias, IL It sits at the base of Mt. Hermon in the Golan Heights.
www.redneckrhapsody.com Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee - Shades of yellow. orange and peach doubles it's splendor by reflecting on the water and shading the clouds above.
Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee – Shades of yellow. orange, lavender and peach. It doubles it’s splendor by reflecting on the water and shading the clouds above.
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Boat on the Sea of Galilee

Our hotel where we stayed was on the Sea of Galilee. Great balcony, terrific sunrises – don’t think I missed a one. Took about 2 days to get a sleeping rhythm. For three days we journeyed all over the northern Galilee region. I’ll let the pictures / video tell the stories.

Bucket List – History Happening – US Embassy in Tel Aviv

www.redneckrhapsody.com US Embassy in Tel Aviv November 2017 The week before it was announced that it would be moved to Jerusalem.
US Embassy in Tel Aviv November 2017 The week before it was announced that it would be moved to Jerusalem.

 

 

 

 

Next part of our trip took us to the NOW capital of Israel – Jerusalem. There was so much to see and do.

Jerusalem – Should “Not” Be a Bucket List Trip

www.redneckrhapsody.com Thousand's of years old olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane
Thousand’s of years old olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane

 

When we were done spending our days there, we traveled to the furthest point South – Eilate. It is a “resort” area that rests on the banks of the Red Sea. We were able to stand there in Israel and see Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. Our last night in Israel was spent there. We left Eilate and traveled through the Negev desert and arrived that evening in Tel Aviv to have our farewell dinner at the hotel, where we freshened up before being dropped off at the airport around 9:00 pm.

www.redneckrhapsody.com The Dead Sea - Wayne and Noah enjoying a "float."
The Dead Sea – Wayne and Noah enjoying a “float.”

 

 

 

 

 

This was Sooooo much more than ANY Bucket List Trip

www.redneckrhapsody.com View from Mt. of Beatitudes - Beautiful bougainvillea, lantana and palms - with a dove in flight.
View from Mt. of Beatitudes – Beautiful bougainvillea, lantana and palms – with a dove in flight. Sea of Galilee in the distance.

        Emotional & exhausted, I knew as I left I would be back to God’s land                   (I just never knew how soon it would be).

www.redneckrhapsody.com Eilate - Headed out for the last day through the Negev then on to Tel Aviv to the airport.
Eilate – Headed out for the last day through the Negev then on to Tel Aviv to airport. Noah was always a little sleepy, LOL – He’s gonna be mad at his momma for this. But he’d have to read it first…?

We boarded our plane at 12:30 am. Emotional & exhausted, I knew as I left I would be back to God’s land (I just never knew how soon it would be). We arrived in NYC, NY about 6:00 am on December 1, 2017. We caught a ride to LaGuardia  to catch the next plane home, which was wwwaaayyyyy to long a layover when you’ve been up like 24 hrs. Finally arrived in Little Rock, AR, then home by midnight. Think I slept for the better part of the next 48 hours.

Israel – Top of my list of where I would go back….

without a bucket(LOL)

www.redneckrhapsody.com Trina - Israel Spring 2018
Headed to the airport! April 2018

Little did I know that I would be back in just a short 6 months. When I found an amazing deal on airline, rooms and a rental car in April 2018, it took me no time to decide I would return. I went for 14 days: SOLO, traveled on God’s time clock and map. Some the places our group had went I returned to, but also I ventured to new sights and towns. The Lord laid so much on my heart about why we, the western world / church / Christians, should come to Israel. He wants us to love the Jews and Israel; to understand His covenant and see just why and how much He loves this land. The Bible will come to life for you!!!

Israel Registration Form –

Travel with us this September

I know that if you go you will be changed forever and in turn pour it out and into others. I want others to go, so that is the plan. September 15-26, 2019 is booked for us to go again with Dr. Caldwell’s group. Have you ever said one day? Make it happen now, so you can share this journey that will change everything with everyone you know. There are only a limited number of seats available, so print your forms and submit your info today! We CANNOT wait to take this exciting life journey with you and your family. Shalom!? – Yes, it’s a Jewish thing, not a Spock thing.? 

Much love from a Rhapsody filled girl,

Trina

For a full itinerary of this trip and more details:

www.redneckrhapsody.com Site of Peter's home at Capernaum
Site of Peter’s home at Capernaum
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10 thoughts on “Israel Should Not Be A “Bucket List””

  1. This looks amazing, great pictures and you make me want to go. Unfortunately, I am out of vacation time until next year. Just reading your post my heart was telling me I need to see this! Thanks for the info!

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  2. What an amazing trip! I would love to go Isreal one day, but it really wasn’t on my bucket list. I am going to add this to the top of my list thanks to this post.

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  3. I am always in awe when I read about your trip to Israel. I want to make a trip to Israel so very badly. Your pictures are amazing and you can just see the light in your eyes.

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    • Thank you! I hope you make it happen sooner rather than later. It will affect how you raise your children once you’ve been there, because it changes how you think about everything. Or it changed us that much. Noah and I are headed over there Sept. 1 and won’t be back till the 26th! We are SO EXCITED!!!

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  4. Wow! I love the passion in your writing and you can feel how passionate you are about Israel. Beautiful pictures only added more reasons for someone to book a trip to visit Israel.

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    • Thank you for the kind words. I am so glad that come through in my writing to others, because that’s what He does for your heart after going there.

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