Accepting Limitations – Israel – Day 5

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IMG_4427GALILEE TO DEAD SEA -After breakfast at the luxurious hotel (foyer size of our two story home) we drove south to Beit She’an, the largest archeological site in Israel. We were read the passages in the Bible telling us about the battles between the Israelites and the Philistines on nearby Mount Gilboa – a battle ending with a tragedy to the royal house of Saul, but paving the way for the rise of David.

So many places, so little strength. I’d tried the first few days to keep up with the younger ones and realized if I didn’t accept my current limitations, I would be creating new ones!  My attitude improved not to face constant failure of impossible goals I’d set for myself, and my knee appreciated the new plan.

I got to spend time with one of the gals who wasn’t feeling well and that was sweet.  How easy it is to forget that our limitations can serve a good purpose too.  Enjoying instead of accomplishing, sharing where I was at instead of struggling to be who I was not, savoring what I saw instead of regretting overdoing, I was blessed continually.

The ancient Roman portion of the city with the amphitheater and reconstructed streets and a cart to move those big stones.IMG_4302 IMG_4316 IMG_4301 IMG_4288 IMG_4268 IMG_4273

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South through the Jordan Valley we viewed Jericho and the Mount of Temptations. We visited the Qumran Caves area, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and explore the Dead Sea region’s war histor

We also climbed and explored the oasis of Ein Gedi where David hid from Saul. You can see how much higher some chose to hike to  high up the canyon.

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Baptisms in the Jordan River. Loved the white dove showing up!

 

 

 

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I felt like royalty walking down the green runway to the dead sea. We finished the day with a float in the sea, a dip in the whirlpool, dinner, and overnight at our beautiful luxurious hotel on the Dead Sea.  With a new attitude, limitations allowed for more relaxation! 

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