17:30 Washington D.C.

At the end of March I had the opportunity to head to D.C. with a friend. I had never been before, and we had talked at the beginning of this year of going to D.C. in April over a weekend to spend some time praying for the Country and seeing the sites. Killing 2 birds with one stone. Plus Mary has had an amazing testimony of meeting God in D.C. and so we were hopeful that this trip would be one of those weekends that God was just so evident. We were looking and expectant, and so of course it happened.
This trip, is probably one of my all-time favorites.

We had so many different encounters with people on this trip which is something I had been praying for. No matter how small the encounter, I purposed in my heart to remember the people and to pray for them. So after I got home for the trip I wrote down the people and encounters with them all that I remembered so that I wouldn’t forget and so that I will continue to pray for these people. Because my heart was blessed by each of them, whether they loved Jesus or not and i hope and pray that some day I will see all of them in Heaven!

What I love and appreciate so much about this trip though was that our praying was done silently, as we were walking the streets, while we were in our hotel room, while we were on the subway, while we were taking a coffee break. It wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t even seen over 90% of the time. But it was there. The Bible tells us to pray continually, and this trip, I feel was that – which I found to be very refreshing.

This trip was also just a blast. Mary is just very extroverted and always looking for an adventure, i am opposite of that – so it was not a dull trip! It can’t be when Mary is around. I also just fell in love with the city of D.C. It’s so easy to navigate around, and the cherry blossoms were beautiful, the sites and memorials were very humbling and it was a good reminder to never stop praying for our leaders and the people in American and in the World because we all influence each other. I don’t want to get into politics, so I am just going to leave it here and encourage all of you if you have not been to D.C, go! It is worth the trip, but be prepared to walk! I think my phone told me we walked over 10 miles alone on Saturday!

To give you some of the sites that we got to:
Arlington Cemetery, Pentagon, Lincoln Memorial, The Spy Museum, World War II Memorial, The reflecting pool, Across the pond of the Jefferson Memorial, The White House, Smithsonian of American History, Capitol Hill, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, …goodness I’m sure I am forgetting some. See it all folks! I look forward to going back again.
I would suggest staying longer than a weekend, if you really want to do museums, you could spend a whole day just in 1 of the smithsonian’s, so really choose what you want to do and plan it out in advance to make sure you can get tickets. even though the majority of the museums are free, you still need tickets. So try in advance to get them, they are really difficult get ‘last min.’ We kinda did everything on a whim, and mostly just saw everything apart from the American History Museum and the Spy Museum!
Favorite photos are below, enjoy!

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