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Opening Doors – Day 5   4 comments

How would you like to go to this school?!

For more Opening Doors, head on over to Heaven in Belgium!

Posted September 5, 2008 by Lana G! in Italy, Opening Doors, Photo, Photography, Travel

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Opening Doors – Day Two   16 comments

For today’s Opening Doors photo, I am taking you to Florence, Italy to see the Brass Doors at the Baptistery of San Giovanni (Baptistry of St. John).  This is one of the oldest buildings in the city and the Italian poet, Dante, was baptized here.

 And what is behind these magnificent doors that Michelangelo called the Gates of Paradise?

This famous mosaic ceiling.  You can read about the ceiling here.  It truly was remarkable to behold!

For more Opening Doors, head on over to Jientje’s at Heaven in Belgium.

Posted September 2, 2008 by Lana G! in Challenge, Doors, Italy, Opening Doors, Photo, Photography, Travel

Food for Thought!   2 comments


Deli in Sienna, Italy


“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.  Matthew 5:6

Posted July 26, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible, Faith, Food, Italy, Photo, Photography, Travel

Where has the Passion Gone?   3 comments

Although our trip to Italy was remarkable, even more remarkable was the realization that the churches did not seem to have a passion for Christ.  They were beautiful masterpieces of art; mere museums.  It was not until we reached Assisi that I felt that there was more of a passion for the Word of God. For in Assisi, I learned that the pictures, frescoes and art pieces were there to tell an amazing story. The gospel story of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Art, frescoes and stained glass windows, taught the worshipers the stories of the Bible in the early days.  These worshipers could not read, they learned the story of Jesus through the picture books surrounding them in the church.  Oh that the passion would burn again and the people could see the “writing on the wall.”

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I’m at a loss for words, there’s nothing to say
I sit in silence wondering what led me to this place
How did my heart become so lifeless and cold
Where did the passion go?

When all my efforts seem like chasing wind
I’ve used up all my strength and there’s nothing left to give
I’ve lost the feeling and I’m down to the core
I can’t fake it anymore.

Here I am at the end I’m in need of resurrection
Only You can take this empty shell and raise it from the dead
What I’ve lost to the world what seems far beyond redemption
You can take the pieces in Your hand and make me whole again, again

You speak and all creation falls to its knees
You raise Your hand and calm the waves of the raging sea
You have a way of turning winter to spring
Make something beautiful out of all this suffering

chorus 2:
Here I am once again I’m in need of resurrection
Only You can take this empty shell and raise it from the dead
What I’ve lost to the world what seems far beyond redemption
You can take the pieces in Your hand and make me whole again, again

You have a way of turning winter to spring
Make something beautiful out of all this suffering


Resurrection by Nicol Sponberg

Posted April 5, 2007 by Lana G! in Art, Christianity, Church, Encouragement, Faith, God, History, Italy, Jesus, Travel

Back Home   2 comments

We had an awesome time in Italy.  I will post more pictures this week.  But the story about this picture really is so special.  Steve and I were walking down the narrow streets of Assisi on our way to the Francis of Assisi Church.  I saw this old man walking with a bunch of beautiful flowers and wanted to get a picture of them.  I asked him if I could take a picture and he said yes and then handed me some of the flowers!  The Italians are wonderful people.  Always wanting to help and going out of their way to make sure you find your way.   We have wonderful memories of our trip.  I am now trying to catch up with being back.  Oh the joys of travel!

I finished one of my books for the Spring Read – Stepping Heavenward and was deeply moved by the life of Elizabeth Prentiss.  The honesty in this book was refreshing and oh so convicting.  The things she had to suffer through and being able to accept her suffering as a gift from Christ our Saviour is an amazing picture.  I so easily whine and complain when things go wrong and there are so many opportunities in my so called “sufferings” that I can commit these to the Lord to mold and shape me into his image.  I resist so often!

I am also adding a book to my list – The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.  While on our layover in London, I saw the book and had to get it for the flight home since I had finished Stepping Heavenward.  I must say I have been glued to the book from the get go and hope to finish it this week.

On the fight home, I watched Miss Potter; the movie on the life of Beatrix Potter.  If you have not seen this movie – IT IS A MUST!  I told Steve I wanted to purchase it.  I had just finished reading Stepping Heavenward and this book is set in about the same time frame so it was great to see the comparison of the backgrounds.

Beatrix Potter was an amazing woman and this movie is so heartwarming.  I laughed, I cried, I found myself smiling afterwards.  I want to see it again!

Okay, back to work.  Welcome back to blogging – Oh how I have missed it!

Posted April 4, 2007 by Lana G! in Books, Friends, Italy, Life, Reading, Travel

Italy – A modern society in an ancient setting   3 comments

Rome is amazing.  You walk the streets and there are wonderful sites all around.  The architecture, the ruins everything is where you are.  We had a great time touring yesterday. We had a church planting missionary join the group yesterday and here are his impressions of Italy:

 Italy is a social society and the following are very important to them:

Food – It is an art form and you could probably get into a lengthy conversation with an Italian just by asking what is for dinner.

Family- It is very important. The spending power decreased overnight with the Euro. Most families are partitioning old villas and building apartments for the kids.  Family communes. 

Fashion and beauty.  They always say Bello or Bruto – Beautiful is how they describe what is good.  A clean train is a beautiful train. Beauty is a passion.

Fast Cars-Ferrari – Mazerrati Lambourghini expensive fast cars.  Everyone drives like Mario Andretti.  One inch is as good as a mile.   Stop signs are merely suggestions. Grocery carts in the store are the same way. Motorcycles galore!

Faith- Cultural religion.  Their churches are like museums with all the beautiful art and icons and statues. 

Okay, I have to catch the bus for our trip to the Vatican today.  I will post more later!

Posted March 29, 2007 by Lana G! in Faith, Food, Italy, Travel

Pictures from London   3 comments



We made it to Italy.  Italy is amazing and I will post more pictures and info later today!  Ciao

Posted March 28, 2007 by Lana G! in History, Italy, London, Travel