About Me

Van Walton

Fun Facts about Van Walton

My favorite smell: The way the earth smells after it rains.

My favorite sound: The first notes of a grand symphony.

My favorite way to relax: Sitting anywhere outside - on my front porch, on my deck, or by the lake, early in the morning with my first cup of coffee.

My favorite birthday dessert: a Peach cobbler baked by my husband. He’s my fave chef!

I will not eat: Avocado. They turn my stomach into a volcano that never erupts.

Technology I couldn't live without and why: My laptop - it takes me anywhere I want to go.

One thing that makes me smile: My sons' faces!

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My book, From the Pound to the Palace, is available for $10
from Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Pound to Palace

My book, Little Halos, is available for $5.99 from Proverbs
31 Ministries.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008


To the beautiful city of God ~ ~ ~

Are you moving? I certainly hope so! Oh - you may not be leaving home with your belongings headed across the country... whether or not you are on the move physically or spiritually I invite you to experience a moving journey with me.

If you follow my MOVING BLOG, you know I use the great moves from the Bible as an outline to follow, but, from time to time, I get off track when my own life takes a detour.

You know – like over the past two weeks, I have been traveling so I posted about a lesson I learned while on the road (two weeks ago) and Columbus’ epic move (Columbus Day = last week.)

On Thursday and Friday (last week) my DH and I visited Zion National Park in southern Utah.

From the moment we began our ascent into the valley I totally understood why this piece earned the name – Zion.

Zion is first mentioned in 2 Samuel 5:7,

“…David captured the fortress of Zion.”

Fortress – a place of protection. Isn’t God our protector? I certainly felt protected here!

Eventually the word/place Zion came to be known in a more spiritual context as
The City of God

Little did Moses and the children of Israel know when they were moving toward The Promised Land that God had a specific location set apart for them. Eventually it came to be known as Zion.

Visiting Zion National Park I certainly felt as if I had arrived at a very special place.

Here I wondered, “Is there a resemblance here to God’s city, the city where we will live forever?”

As I traveled through the park, I experienced God’s character all around


Almighty God
El Shaddai - God of the mountains
I understood one thing while wandering through these mountains:
Just as Romans 1 reads, We "know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to us (prounoun changed by me). For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God."
These mountains declare the glory of God. He reigns. Dear friends, believe
and take comfort in His almighty power.


Pam said...

I have recently started following your blog and seeing the pictures tonight of Zion National Park brought back so many memories. My husband and I were there during our honeymoon just over four years ago. We live in northern Wisconsin, which I have always considered a beautiful place to live, but the mountains of Utah were breathtaking. I never realized how gorgeous it is in that part of the country. Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories.

Laura said...

hi, van! amazing pictures! it looks and sounds like you had an awesome encounter with God. thinking of you!

Sassy Granny ... said...

And to think the City of God will be populated with the people of God. Incredible! Marvelous! Compelling!


Shanda said...

These pictures are amazing... and of course perfect for my journey! I will surely take comfort in His almighty power and remember your pictures as I do!

On Purpose said...

Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures with us...its like we get to vacation right along with you!

Enjoy your time with your husband and God!

Carmen said...

Simply beautiful!

What a blessing to stand at the base of the mountain and feel His greatness!