Yad Vashem 

  
Yad Vashem is Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

This leading picture above I captured as I exited the Yad Vashem in August of 2014 while visiting Israel. 

The view was specifically created to be a representation of Hope as people exit this very emotional memorial. 

I stood overlooking this view as I was still crying from visiting The Hall of Names containing Pages of Testimony commemorating the millions of Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. 

  
As I looked up at this wall I became so overwhelmed with emotion I broke down crying.  

Yad Vashem was Established in 1953, Yad Vashem is located on the western slope of Mount Herzl on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, 804 meters (2,638 ft) above sea level and adjacent to the Jerusalem Forest. The memorial consists of a 180-dunam (18.0 ha; 44.5-acre) complex containing the Holocaust History Museum, memorial sites such as the Children’s Memorial and the Hall of Remembrance, The Museum of Holocaust Art, sculptures, outdoor commemorative sites such as the Valley of the Communities, a synagogue, a research institute with archives, a library, a publishing house, and an educational center named The International School/Institute for Holocaust Studies.

A core goal of Yad Vashem’s founders was to recognize gentiles who, at personal risk and without a financial or evangelistic motive, chose to save their Jewish brethren from the ongoing genocide during the Holocaust. Those recognized by Israel as Righteous Among the Nations are honored in a section of Yad Vashem known as the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations.

After the Western Wall, Yad Vashem is the second most-visited Israeli tourist site. Its curators charge no fee for admission and welcome approximately one million visitors a year. – Wikipedia 

Join me in a moment of silence now and to pray for all the victims and their families as we remember the lost on this #HolocaustMemorialDay
           ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

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Grab A Key

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(Keys hanging in a jewelry shop located in the old city of Jerusalem)

The function of a key as a noun is as follows:
a small piece of shaped metal with incisions cut to fit the wards of a particular lock, and that is inserted into a lock and turned to open or close.

A key will not work if it does not match to its lock.
In fact a key is fashioned and designed to fit each particular lock.

The door, safe, lockbox or gate will NOT open if locked and the correct key is not used. No matter how hard you try!!!!

With all those fun facts being said, let’s look at one place where keys are mentioned in the Bible.

Check out Matthew 16:13-19
Now when Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Who do men say that the Son of man is? (‭Matthew‬ ‭16‬:‭13‬ ASV)
Make a long story short!! Peter got it right away with saying that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God!!

It’s starts with having a revelation from above of who Jesus really is to you. That revelation has to come from above. Jesus even reminds Peter further along in the passage that the His Father revealed this to Peter.
With that being said Jesus proceeds to tell Peter….
Matthew 16:18-20
“And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Now keep in mind there are a couple sermons just in those two verses alone. But let’s just focus on the word, “key”.
Jesus is giving the specific tangible piece of metal that was cut to perfectly open up the kingdom of heaven to Peter.
Peter was the only one of the disciples at the time of asking who truly got the revelation of that Jesus was the Son of God. You know the One that Jews had been eagerly waiting thousands of years to come and save them from their enemies.
I know that as a follower of Christ being discipled by His Word and teachings that I can qualify to hold those same keys.
Part of the Lord’s Prayer that we more than likely can all recite from memory goes along this theme.
Jesus encouraging us to model our prayers after The Lord’s Prayer.
“Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

That there is a pretty big key in my mind’s eye!!! Imagine a key to the door of the kingdom of heaven.

It’s my understanding that we have permission from Jesus to have thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We as followers of Jesus seeking and knocking hold the key along with Peter to heaven that involves some binding and loosing.

Pause and think about what that means to you? Trust me, I have known these verses for over 30 years and I am just NOW receiving the understanding of the key and starting to turn the lock to loose heaven all over the earth.
(Old, slow learner would be me)
I never asked before now. dahhhh!!!

Matthew 7:7
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”

Get out your key and open that door and see what you discover on the other side.

Light On,
Kelley Allison
John1:4-5

Unpacking

As I unpack my suitcases and try to adjust to being back home after 10 glorious days in Israel, I am excited to “Spiritually Unpack” my journey further in the coming weeks.

But right now the jet lag has been a little rough. I sense such a peace around me, Even in the midst of spilling literally everything I have touched today and feeling like a sleep deprived new mom with constant morning sickness at the same time. I am thankful to have wonderful kiddos and a husband that are eager to jump in and rescue me. I know this trip has changed me. I know that there are many God Moments to unpack and share.

I know my stomach and head will soon get better and my feet will return to normal size.

So I am not stressing over the fact that our plans to blog about our journey every day were derailed by limited internet, long days, and short nights. I am not stressing that my floors are so dirty you could plant potatoes. I am not stressing that I felt too bad to attend an event that I really wanted to make this morning. I am not stressing that my family wants chili cheese dogs for dinner when I am trying to eat better. I am not going to stress about missing church. Nope, for now I am going to simply Rest!

This verse was stuck in my head today.

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. ~ Jeremiah 33:3 ESV

So that is exactly what I know God is telling me. He is saying, Beloved, Rest, get your bearings, don’t worry, don’t stress. I will be here when you are ready.

So when my internal clock has adjusted back, when all the things are put back and schedules resume, I know I will call on Him and He will fill me in on all He will have me to Unpack from my journey. I look forward to sharing it all with you soon.

XXOO, Michelle Bollom

A New Name

Today concludes day four of our Israel tour. ( I’m not sure what day it is!?) I was walking along the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean Sea today looking for shells. I noticed some smooth flat rocks by a pile of shells on the shore. A big white smooth rock caught my eye. I was immediately reminded of the verse in the Bible that talks about those in Christ receiving a new name on a white stone. I wondered what my new name would be? I guess not Cameron Diaz or Farrah Fawcett.
Just imagine how awesome that will be when we see the name our Father in heaven has uniquely picked for each of His children. All of the pressures of life that washed over us through our lifetime making our rocky life surfaces flat and smooth. Would our name be Ollie Overcomer, Betty B. Blessed, Carol O. Conqueror or My Beloved Daughter? God looks at what we are becoming now and our future self not what our previous Stone Age resembled. Thank goodness for that!

Light On,
Kelley Allison
John 1:4-5

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Blessed

All I can adequately say to describe how I am feeling is Blessed!
Yesterday in Israel we toured the Beatitudes site. I love the Beatitudes. I have very fond childhood memories of my Great Grandmother Rosie, aka Mimi. She read the Beatitudes every night before bed. So yesterday was not just another amazing day in Israel, it was a day of reflection, memories, tears, and abundant blessings.

THE EIGHT BEATITUDES OF JESUS

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10

Be Blessed Today my friends!

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Note To My Israel Traveling Self

Shabbat Shalom

I am reflecting back on my Newark airport scene. Note to future self: as a women do NOT say, “God Bless You” to a by standing sneezing Orthodox Jewish man. Not cool!
Michelle, my traveling partner in crime had to keep her giggle in a box as she watched him shoot me a ‘scowlish’ look of horror. I was just trying to be polite and help him through his oncoming sneeze!
I wondered what would have caused such a popsicle ice cold stare at my innocent gesture of verbal kindness.

I admired his brand new black Tom’s shoes. They coordinated nicely with his jet black suit, starched white shirt topped off with his round circular hat.
He was a by far a sharp dressed young man of conviction.
It reminded me diversity is to be respected and not lightly sneezed upon.

Matthew 5:16

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Light On,
Kelley Allison
John1:4-5

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Shalom! We have arrived!

Kelley & I have arrived in Israel. After 4 hours to Newark and 10.5 to Tel Aviv; we are relaxing on the tour bus resting our swollen feet. We are making the 2 hour trek North to Tiberias where we will stay by the Sea of Galilee for a few days. So far Israel looks like any other big city but with funny street signs and lots of numbers on their license plates. One of our new friends on this trip is playing his guitar softly. We are soaking in the scenery and free WiFi; shooting some awkward bus pictures. The atmosphere seems so far from what the News media’s reports on missiles going off all over. It is hot,dry, summertime weather. It is hard to explain but it feels like coming home! We look forward to sharing what God downloads, as well as, some of the wonderful sites we will be seeing the next 10 days. ~ XXOO Shalom! Michelle Bollom

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Prayer

I will be traveling to Israel in just a few days. I thank you for your support & prayers and look forward to sharing this journey with you. Please continue to keep me and the team with Joan Hunter Ministries in your prayers.

Enjoy some of these great quotes on prayer and share your favorites with us in the comments too.

xxoo~ Michelle Bollom

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