Door County, WI

Well, I’ll soon be out the door to the Door!

Door County Wisconsin, from Wikipedia Commons

Yayy!! My family’s spending only a few short days on Wisconsin’s thumb peninsula, so we’ll pack in as much in as we can —

kayaking, para-sailing, hiking, biking, and, of course, the obligatory fish boil (highly recommended by the locals)

Fish Boil! The cook throws fuel oil on the timbers under the kettle at the end. The flames cause the fish oil and water to boil over leaving behind perfectly cooked and tender whitefish. Served with potato, coleslaw, sweet onions and rye bread. Yum! Photo from "Subaru Road Trips", click pic to read more about The Door!

Tourists swarm beautiful Door County every year for it’s yummy food, beautiful lake views, and lovely lighthouses, which were built all around the peninsula to keep sailors from crashing into her rocky shores.

That’s how she got her name, in fact.  Early explorers dubbed her, “Porte de Morts”, or “the door of death”, because there were so many wrecks.

I read that La Salle, the famous french explorer, lost his ship, the Griffon, against her rocks.

La Salle cheering on the crowds at La Salle University. Hope his cheerleaders jumped ship before the Griffin met her end! click pic for source.

The Griffon has lots of company on the bottom of Lake Michigan, unfortunately.

Or fortunately, if you’re one of the many adventure seekers diving for all that lost treasure.

diving for treasure. click pic for source

All this talk of lighthouses and shipwrecks reminds me of 1 and 2 Timothy.

Those two lighthouses in the Bible were written by the Apostle Paul for young Timothy to keep him from shipwrecking his faith:

Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction…so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience.

Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith.”  ~~ 1 Timothy 1:18-19

What were those “instructions”?  Here’s a few:

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“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.  For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” ~ 1 Timothy 4:7

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“This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.” ~~ 1 Timothy 4:9-10

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Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness,

Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.  ~~ 2 Timothy 2:15-16, 22

Well, I’m off to fill my suitcases for The Door, and, hopefully, I’ll pack these verses away in my heart’s suitcase, so I don’t end up like the Griffon, faith-wise.

But, before I go, and speaking of doors, I’d like to invite you to open up the door of your heart to the One who’s patiently knocking.  Click the pic below, if you haven’t met Him yet, for a quick introduction…

"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20

**door knob photo courtesy of Teresa Leach.  It’s from the lovely Grand Anne Bed and Breakfast in Keokuk IA.

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