The Holy Land | Jerusalem | November 2017

Day 5 

We started the day off in Jerusalem with a big israeli breakfast, per usual! Man, I need some hummus. Stat.

The Temple mount 

Walking down from the Mount of Olives

 

Out in the desert near the location that Jesus placed the parable of The Good Samaritan  

Honestly, just being able to picture in my mind the different landscapes changes so much for me. The landscape was so much more barren and diverse then I realized.

The road from Jerusalem to Jericho 

 

The Garden of Gethsemane

 

Shawarma lunch

 

We walked all the way through Hezekiah’s tunnel( 2 Kings 20:20)

 

We walked where Jesus would have walked!

 

Day 6

We started our second day in Jerusalem at the Garden tomb.

Sign outside of the Garden Tomb

I loved this spot. It was clearly run by true followers of Christ and I was brought to tears at the presentation of the Gospel by our guide!

He is not here, but has risen. The grave could not hold Him! The sacrifice was accepted. Thank you, Jesus!

That afternoon was our free time and we quickly headed to the old city market. I was in need of some dates! and spices! I came back with food as souvenirs( it’s the best. My family loves me)  I also made BFFs with a toothless Arabian man who sold me delicious nougat. I plan to visit him again!

All the Spices! 

Funny story, our group took a slight detour on the way back to the hotel and added way more steps to our day. Now, I’m pretty short(5’4ish) and my friend Jenna is pretty tall and we looked at our steps that night, we both ended up walking 13 miles. But I walked 3,000 more step then her with my little legs!

The Western Wall

That evening, we went to the wailing wall as Shabbat was ending and then had a guided tour under the city. I was so shocked at how much they have uncovered!

Day 7

This was our last day in Israel and it was very bittersweet as we packed up to leave. Never fear though! We had a full day planned, packed with activities all the way till our 11pm flight!

First stop was The Temple Mount.

Temple Mount

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”   1Corinthians 3:16.

Grateful we have access to the Father at any time.

Our afternoon was spent at the holocaust museum. sobering.

Stone sign outside of Yad Vashem

Our final meal together was a delicious spread of about 83 dips and fish!

So Good!

Good Battle Tours November group!

I’m so grateful that I had this opportunity to travel to The Holy Land and the friendships that were formed. I am grateful to God that saw fit to bless me with these precious memories.

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The Holy Land | Dead Sea Region | November 2017

Day 3

The ruins at Beit She’an

We toured the incredible ruins of Beit She’an. This ancient city was destroyed by an earthquake and is one the best restored ancient sites I have seen. We climbed up  to the top of the tell and we were able to look out at Mount Gilboa.

On our way to climb up the ancient tell

 

The sun was setting as we floated. The colors were incredible.

Floated in the Dead Sea and then settled in a Kibbutz turned hotel into an oasis.

The oasis near our Kibbutz hotel.

Day 4

I think this was my favorite day of the trip ( jk, everyday was my favorite)

(Anna, Madisson, me and Jenna) at Ein Gedi.

First stop was a short hike into the Ein Gedi Reserve. This was one of my favorite stops of the trip. To know that this location had to be the “place”  of David encountering Saul and spearing his life was overwhelming. The beauty of the water fall and lush greenery was awe-inspiring.

Be Exalted, O God, Above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!                Psalm 57:11

About a third of the way up!

Climbing Masada was also a highlight.

So awesome!

Also, very high!

View from the fortress on top!

 

Oh, looks it’s me on a camel!

Jenna and I, laughing about something as usual!

Cliff Graham. Our fearless leader.

The valley of Elah  where David fought Goliath.

Who is this philistine, that he should defy the armies of the LIVING GOD?                       1 Samuel 17:26

The greatest takeaway from here was that God is worthy to be worshipped. Period. Full stop. I have goosebumps just thinking about this day again.

My Favorites! 

Of course, I am probably forgetting a million different things to tell you about! But, I don’t want to spoil all the surprises for when you go! And you need to GO! Seriously, my faith was so encouraged and built up by this group and trip, that I would encourage everybody to go with Good Battles Tours.

Israel | The Galilee Region | November 2017

My trip to Israel came about in a fun way. I have said that Israel was next on my most-want-to-see list for quite a while and when my friend Anna was visiting back in May, she mentioned that she was going with a group  who were signed up with Cliff Graham and Good Battle tours. After seeing my obvious jealousy(Thanks Anna) she said she could see if there was room for another with their group. And there WAS! I was thrilled! The decision to go was made in 24 hours.

After meeting up with the group in New York City, we hopped an eleven hour flight to Tel Aviv. My flight to and from was one of the most interesting flights ever, it contained very active passengers and it was fascinating to see all the Jewish customs that were maintained even during flight. We arrived late afternoon/early evening Sunday, after forcing ourselves to stay up later so we had a head start on the jet lag! #WINNING

Day 1

After our first Israeli breakfast(so much hummus!) We headed out for a full day of sight seeing. First stop was the Harbor at Caesarea. Built by Herod the Great in 10 BC, the harbor was considered a wonder of the ancient world.

The Girls (Anna, Jenna, Me, and Madisson)

Second stop was on top of Mount Carmel. Unfortunately, due to an extreme change in temperature, our first two days were foggy and visibility was bad. We could not see much on top of Mount Carmel, but standing on the spot were Elijah stood and God showed Himself Mighty was awe-inspiring .

The Mount of the Beatitudes 

Our group at Capernaum 

The shore along Galilee

 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. Matthew 4:18-20

Day 2

Ready for day 2!

Sailing on Galilee 

Started out with a sail on Galilee, saw a restored boat from the time of Jesus, visited a high place at Dan, and looked at an ancient gate that Abraham would have walked through. So incredible!

The Temple of Pan at Caesarea Philippi

 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:17-19

The Golan heights

We then visited a local olive oil shop and returned to our fancy hotel in Tiberius!

Trying to relieve swelling from our flight!

Day 2 was rich with revelations on the customs and locations of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee region. Being able to place these moments in context has completely changed my reading of the scripture.

Three Things | 12-14-2017

  1. Umm, what if I told you I was back? What if I promise to share some of my favorite things, greatest adventures, and a little encouragement? Would you forgive me? Thanks, you’re my favorite!
  2. NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée. I might have an addiction, err collection(three is a collection right?) I’ve always been a pink lip gloss kinda girl and even though this  falls into the more nude category, it has the best natural lip color. And did I mention  moisturizing!?! It does that too!
  3. Good Battle Tours.  My latest adventure was to Israel! Incredible! I could not recommend Good Battle Tours more. It Included the greatest group of people, a fearless leader, amazing food, incredible sites, and walking where Jesus walked. I am working on a full recap, expect wacky Brooke Alline commentary and behind-the-scenes footage. (Wink Wink) If you have ever desired to see the Holy Land, Good Battle Tours is one of the best tours I have ever traveled with and would go again in a heartbeat.

The Great Adventure | August 2016 

Please read this while listening to Steven Curtis Chapman’s The Great Adventure with the Prologue. You’re welcome.

I know guys! y’all have been waiting on pins and needles to see the photos from my trip! I know most of you can’t believe that I, Brooke Alline, actually spent 72 hours straight outside, cliff jumped in The Grand Canyon, and used a river for a restroom! But I did! And I LOVED IT!

I have traveled a good bit and I’ve seen some things, but this trip into the Grand Canyon has been hands down the best three days of my life. I loved every single moment of this trip. If you ever have the opportunity to raft The Grand Canyon, do it!

Mim and The Chief 

After flying into Las Vegas (We saw nothing here, The Chief made sure of it!), we headed over to small private airfield that flew us into the Arizona Strip to our accommodations at the Bar10 ranch. Flying over the canyon to start of the trip was an incredible precursor to the trip.

Sunset over the Canyon

After an afternoon of horseback riding, cowboy stories, and drinking lots of water we were treated to a gorgeous show over the Canyon.

Bright and early Helicopter ride

Early the next morning the helicopters started coming up from the canyon with rafters who had done the upper portion of the river(we did the short lower half).


First helicopter ride and the last of the clean hair!


Pushing away from shore

They dropped us at rivers edge and loaded us up!


Touching the Great Unconformity 

This was one of our first stops and one of my favorites. I am touching basement rock (from Creation week) and tapeats sandstone (laid down by the Flood) at the same time! Awesome!


My hard earned Chaco tan

Not the best photo, but this is the group in front of one the few spots that you can see all the way to the rim!

Loved traveling with these people!

Inside the Travertine Grotto

“I will give you hidden treasures,
riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that I am the Lord,
the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”

IS 45:3

Apparently, it surprises people that I was touching up my toenail polish in the bottom of The Canyon. The color is watermelon, if you were wondering.

Tourist photos with this child!

Nothing better then traveling with your  best buddy!

Last view of The Canyon.

One of my favorite things that was said during the week was by John from Canyon Ministries, He said ” In the old Testament, the Israelites were commanded to pile rocks by the side of the Jordan river so that they would have reminders to tell their children about the goodness and power of God. The Grand Canyon is a pile of rocks that God has placed to remind us of His greatness and power.” I will forever be changed by my trip down the river. And forever grateful for this experience.

We had some great people who made this trip possible. If you are looking for something like this in the future, I highly recommend Canyon Ministies,  Arizona River Runners, and Landmark events.

Three things |8-19-2016

  1. Dr. Jart BB+ Cream. I know this has been a cult classic for everyone for years, but I have just recently tried it out! I love to wear a full face of makeup( I know, I am weird), but I was getting ready for my big rafting trip to the Grand Canyon(full recap to come on this!) and needed something that was a little but easier and natural. I got a sample from Sephora and was shopping around a bit when I landed on the A-BB-C travel set and it was exactly what I needed for my trip! It turned out perfect! I wore just the BB cream down in the Canyon, and with a little Mineral Veil back up in the Rim World. Best BB Cream ever!
  2. Tony Moly. Have y’all tried these products?!? I have had couple of the masks and loved them! My little Sis picked up the peach lip balm the other day and it is so good! I am a sucker for anything peach! I pretty much want everything that they make!
  3. Brokenness Aside by All Sons and Daughters. I have been listening to these folks lately and have been blessed. Hope you will be as well. “I am a sinner
    If it’s not one thing it’s another caught up in words tangled in lies but You are a Savior and you take brokenness aside and make it beautiful “

 

Laters,

Brooke Alline

San Antonio | July

Photo courtesy of the awesome @katherinegking at the beautiful Hotel Emma.

My time in TX started off with a quick trip down to the Gulf for some long board surfing. I had never been, so it was a blast to try it out! I didn’t get to stand, but made it to my knees for approximately 2 seconds. WHOOP WHOOP! Look out Bethany Hamilton!

The rest of my time was spent hanging out with friends, swimming in the pool and exploring San Antonio! We made it to Lick for National Ice Cream Day. I had their Dewberry Corn Cobbler. So good! One night we went out for burgers and bowling. We went to Hopdoddy for burgers, and I have to say that it might be one of my top 3 burgers ever! Bowling at Bowl and Barrel was a blast. I didn’t win, but bowling is in my blood and the bowler in me tend to come out sometimes. LOL.

The best part though was the time I got to spend with these girls. Sometimes it is just so nice to spend time with women who believe and strive for the same things in life. I didn’t realized how much I had missed that special girl time. My older sister( and BFF) got married and moved away this past spring, and I have missed that time spent discussing and chatting with the knowledge that the other person knows where you are coming from. Know what I mean? I have five younger sisters that I am close to but it’s different when you have to be the role model;) I felt so refreshed and encouraged!