Cathedral of Pisa (Duomo di Pisa), Pisa, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I have spoken about Easter week 2007 before. It will always be in my memory as one of the best trips we have ever taken.
First of all the entire trip to Europe was a blessing. For years my dreams of visiting Italy and Sicily would seem to consume my thoughts!
I hadn't told my husband that I wanted to go to Europe, especially Italy and Sicily where my family is from. However, one day he announced that he had purchased the tickets and that we were leaving on my dream trip in two weeks!
After the cruise around the Mediterranean we arrived back in Italy on Easter Sunday. I was worried because I didn't want to miss Easter Mass. We docked in Savona, took a quick bus ride to our rental car and started our first leg of our journey back to Rome. He had booked a Bed and Breakfast in Pisa for the night.
We had never driven in Italy before so it was quite the adventure. Thankfully I have some map skills as a backseat driver! Which I guess helped making our way to Pisa somewhat easier!
My husband knew I was stressing and I think that made matters worse. I thought that we would be able to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa from the main road to get our bearings where we were. However the tall buildings that surrounded the town protected the view.
We finally found the Bed and Breakfast and made it up to our room. It was wonderful. We had a balcony overlooking the garden. We got changed and ran down to the front desk. The gentleman kindly told us that it was just a short walk to the Tower.
Hand in hand we started our short journey through the ancient streets of Pisa.
We crossed over the Arno River where Pisa seems to be cut right in half with wonderful old shops and buildings on either side.
I still couldn't see the Tower! We continued to walk a block or so and then there it was, as if by magic in all its glory. Looking down as if saying, "oh ye of little faith!" It actually took my breath away. I had seen it so many times in photos that it was as if I was looking at a poster.
It was such a beautiful sunny day. We were able to spend some time just enjoying the view on the grass and then took some time learning a little bit of history.
Then we noticed that the last Mass of the day was at 6 pm. We were still going to be able to have Easter Sunday Service at the Cathedral or Duomo di Pisa.
The service of course was in Italian and I felt so blessed and grateful to be there. That Easter Sunday will never be forgotten and is forever etched in my memory.
Thank you for taking this trip down Memory Lane with me! I am wishing for all of you a Blessed Easter and Passover week.
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The situations that he found himself are not unlike what many are dealing with in our current economy today. However, sadly not everyone handles these trials the same.
During that trying time in his life he kept focusing on not what was currently happening but how he wanted his life to become. When anxiety would try to knock on the door of his psyche, he would repeat over and over an affirmation by Charles Haanel, "I AM Whole, Perfect, Strong, Powerful, Loving, Harmonious and Happy."
He also took this quote by Robert Collier to heart, "The spiritual substance from which all wealth is obtained is never depleted but is with you always and responds to your faith in it and your demands on it."
The writer shows us that you have two choices when dealing with difficulties in life; You can either wallow in self pity, continuing down the same path or know that this too shall pass and you can make it to the other side and be a better person for it!
God is a loving God and the author's faith in Him never wavered. How have you handled a difficult time in your life? Did you learn anything about yourself in the process?
"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed." Booker T. Washington
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Troy Myree Sr. has called Cincinnati, OH home for the past 17 years and has achieved a level of success few would have expected: By the age of 26 he had become an Associate Minister and Co-Director of Christian Education at one of the largest African American churches in Cincinnati, OH. After spending 8 years in this role, Troy began to further his education obtaining a Masters of Theology degree from Cincinnati Christian University. Troy then founded and Pastored Refuge Christian Church in Cincinnati, Oh and after a strong 4 year run decided to step down from the role in order to deal with family issues. Unfortunately those family issues ended in divorce and bankruptcy.
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Since I live in the Pacific Northwest I decided that I should choose something with long sleeves. I wanted to be able to start wearing it as soon as possible! This was not an easy task, there were so many great choices!
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