Unashamed, Baptism Photos

You may have recently seen stories in the news about an American singer / celebrity who traveled to Israel and was baptized there.

You may have heard there was a backlash.

You may have heard she was shamed, yelled at, and scolded on social media.

She was told she should never have gone to Israel. Told that it’s not politically correct to travel there or support that country. Told that showing even vague support for the Israeli government was wrong, and that she had offended her fans.

You may have heard how she caved to this pressure.

She publicly apologized. (Literally, apologized.) She deleted photos. Said she should never have gone to Israel. She recanted everything she had shared, just days before, about her baptism experience.

Well, this seems like a good day to share…

I traveled to Israel.

I support the nation of Israel & their government. I love the people of Israel.

I will never regret going to Israel, or apologize for it.

I didn’t publicly post the photos of my baptism in the Jordan River before now, because I saw no need. But perhaps there is a need. Perhaps there is a need to make it clear that standing with Israel is not something to apologize for, and that traveling there is not an act worthy of retraction.

So, here they are.

Photos taken at the same river where that celebrity was baptized.

The river where Jesus was baptized.

You’ll notice I’m with my husband, who was baptized just moments before I was.

We will never regret.  We will never change our minds.  We will never apologize. 

 

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“If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.”  Psalm 137

Israel 2019

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Photos from our trip to Israel, April 2019

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.” For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, “May peace be within you.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good. [Psalm 122] 

{Ithaca, etc}

These are just a few shots from our time waterfall chasing in upstate NY.  Waterfalls pictured here were found along Six Mile Creek and at Robert Treman Park.

“As you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
pray that your journey be a long one,
filled with adventure, filled with discovery.
Laestrygonians and Cyclopes,
the angry Poseidon–do not fear them:
you’ll never find such things on your way
unless your sight is set high, unless a rare
excitement stirs your spirit and your body.”

[Barry Powell, Classical Myth, 1995]

 

{Florida Dreamin}

Having wonderful family members who live by the beach (and are the kindest, nicest people you could ever meet!) is a lucky advantage that we shouldstop to enjoy more often. We were so blessed to spend the long weekend of the Fourth on a whirlwind trip to see grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, new babes and the ocean.

Love the view of this man, smoking a cigar on the beach – my own rugged Hemingway.


The final highlight of the trip was a long drive home with my Twinkie as we planned our next adventurous endeavor (hint: it involves mouse ears, and running shoes). Carol Anne, I can’t wait for our trip together in November!

{Chestatee River}

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sky

best view on water

pirate boat

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kilgore canoe

josh in kayak

Halfway through our trip down the Chestatee river we paused to celebrate John & Autumn’s one year anniversary with a vow renewal ceremony. Cheers to their first year of marriage & best wishes for many more wonderful years to come!

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laughter

flower crown

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boats on water

vintage river princess

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“Every time we see a river flowing forward with courage, deep in our hearts we know we must do the same.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

It was a beautiful day summer day on a gold rush river. Enjoy your long weekend, and may you get to spend part of it outside.