Friday, August 13

My Summer in Europe

In June of 2008 I went on a trip with my Aunt to Europe. We went to different countries (Scotland, England, France, the Netherlands) and I did my best to journal every day about what we did and what I saw. This post is similar to my last post, in that I found something I had written that was kind of fun to read. I made a list of all of the "firsts" that I could think of that I had experienced on the trip. Reading it again makes me want to go back and do all of those things a second time.

My first time:
- Being in another country.
- Traveling on a tram, a train, a cab, a double-decker bus.
- Having a Margarita [and to this day it was the best one I've yet to taste].
- Inside a pub - and much more: a Scottish pub.
- Eating anchovies, veal, lamb, duck, and escargo.
- Having a Croque Madame.
- Bicycling through a countryside that resembled the countryside seen in many famous paintings.
- Seeing famous paintings and sculptures up close and personal.
- Going to a Dutch church service, which was surprisingly very similar to my home church in Richmond.
- Going to an internet cafe.
- In a royal castle and palace.
- Seeing Van Morrison in concert - and it was in the Hampton Courts Palace :]
- Shopping in foreign grocery stores, street markets, and even department stores.
- Getting lost (which turned out to be a very rewarding experience).
- Looking through pet stores and plant stores in Paris.
- Seeing magnificent greenhouses.
- Hiking up a mountain.

The list could go on for miles. I have so many beautiful memories.. even the not-so-good memories are beautiful to me because I can see now how the Lord used those instances to draw me into closeness with Him.

Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
[Psalm 84:5]

Have you been to a foreign country? What were some firsts that you experienced there?


sdgwynn said...

when I was 18 I went to Germany for three weeks. [***edited for content***] I did learn a lot of valuable lessons.

Ashley said...

If you died today, are you 100% sure you would go to Heaven?

1. You Are A Sinner.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:"
Romans 3:10

"They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one."
Romans 3:12

2. There Is A Price On Sin.
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." Revelation 20:14

3. Jesus Died and Shed His Precious Blood on the Cross of Calvary To Pay For Your Sins.
"But God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

"And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission." Hebrews 9:22

"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." Revelation 1:5-6

4. Salvation Is Not Of Our Works. It Is Through Jesus Christ.
"But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Romans 4:5
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

5. God Wants To Save You If You Will Just Put Your Trust In Him.
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13