Driftwood Girl

Banner3333333threehearts2You may remember a while ago I painted a picture in my SimplyLiving Art Journal of a girl, that I was practicing to eventually put on a piece of driftwood.

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I had gone on a short drive with my kids along the Puget Sound and picked up some driftwood along the beach.  Of course being in the Puget Sound, the wood was all very wet, through and through and I had to sit it out to dry for quite a while.

Once the driftwood dried out, I was able to sand it down using a 150 grit sand paper.  I then covered it with a light coat of Clear Gesso to prep it to receive paint. I planned to use my Stabilo pencil, charcoal, acrylic, and watercolors.

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Using the original painting in my art journal as a guide, I used my sharpened Stabilo pencil to draw a rough image onto the driftwood.  At first, it was hard to get the hang of it, because it’s a much smaller area to be drawing eyes, nose and mouth on. There are also the natural cracks and crevices of the driftwood to work around.  It was a fun challenge though, and I like the results.

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Driftwood Girl by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

Driftwood Girl by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

Driftwood Girl by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

If you are interested in the class that I am taking to learn how to do this, you can visit Jeanne Oliver’s Creative Network and find the class titled “Nature’s Canvas” with Tania Bain.  I have really enjoyed it and there are still many more projects to do.

I pray blessings for you to have a wonderful day with our Lord Jesus Christ.  Please join me in a prayer of healing for my beloved sister-in-law who needs healing from cancer. Together we will ask of the only One who can heal her.

“Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed;
Save me and I will be saved,
For You are my praise.”
Jeremiah 17:14

Constance

Gospel Read Thru, Matt. 22-24

PumpkinGarlandWelcome to Gospel Read Thru In October!  We are reading through all four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from October 1st to the 31st.  If you are not familiar with the details of this Gospel Read Thru, but would like to join us, please go to Gospel Read Thru Details and print out the Schedule. Once you have completed the reading for October 7, you may like to return here to answer the following questions.  Please keep in mind, these questions are totally optional.

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1. What is the kingdom of heaven compared to?
2. In the parable of the wedding feast, who do you think the following represent:
The king:
His son:
His slaves:
Those who had been invited:
His other slaves:
His armies:
Those on the main highways, both evil and good:
Man not dressed in wedding clothes:
His servants who bind him hand and foot:
3. What do the Pharisees’ disciples question Jesus about in Matthew 22:15-16?
4. What was the problem with the story the Sadducees brought to Jesus?
5. Who questions Jesus after He silenced the Sadducees and what do we learn from Jesus because of this man’s question?
6. What question did Jesus ask that finally ends all of the religious leaders’ questions (Matthew 22:46)
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7. What does Jesus do in Matthew 23:1-36?
8. How does Jesus feel about Jerusalem and the Jewish people according to Matthew 23:37-39?
Just one more question… 🙂
9. After reading Matthew 24, do you feel ready for His coming?

*Remember to always stay within the context of what is being said and support your answer with Scripture.

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These are just very simple questions, but you can take it a step further and ask yourself what is happening in each chapter.  As there is a change of subject, mark it in the margin of your Bible.

Ask yourself:  Who is Matthew speaking to or about?  Who is Jesus speaking to?  What is going on?  When is it taking place?  Where are they located?  Why is Jesus saying what He is saying or Why are the Pharisees saying what they are saying?  How are the people responding to Jesus?  Are there any prophesies about Jesus?  Are they being fulfilled?

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Now that you have finished your reading of Matthew 22-24 and answered the questions above, please stop by the Gospel Read Thru In October Facebook page and leave a comment about something that stood out to you while you read Matthew 22-24. You may even like to leave a comment about one of the questions above or read what others have commented on and encourage another group member in their daily reading.

Great job with your reading today!  I am glad we can read the four Gospels together.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Happy SimplyLiving!
If this post has been helpful to you, please don’t forget to “Like” it down below.
Thank you so much 🙂

Here are Matthew 1-5 questions, October 1
Here are Matthew 6-9 questions, October 2
Here are Matthew 10-12 questions, October 3
Here are Matthew 13-15 questions, October 4
Here are Matthew 16-18 questions, October 5
Here are Matthew 19-21 questions, October 6

Here is the Gospel Read Thru Schedule.

Constance

Gospel Read Thru, Matt. 19-21

PumpkinGarlandWelcome to Gospel Read Thru In October!  We are reading through all four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from October 1st to the 31st.  If you are not familiar with the details of this Gospel Read Thru, but would like to join us, please go to Gospel Read Thru Details and print out the Schedule. Once you have completed the reading for October 6, you may like to return here to answer the following questions.  Please keep in mind, these questions are totally optional.

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1. Who has a hard time entering the kingdom of God and why?
2. What did Jesus mean in Matthew 19:30 and in 20:16?
3. When Jesus was hungry, what did He do?
4. Where was Jesus when the chief priests and elders of the people came to question Him about His authority?  What did He tell them about His authority?
5. Why did Jesus quote Psalm 118:22, “THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER STONE; THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES”?
6. How did the chief priests and Pharisees respond to Jesus’ parable about the landowner and why did they respond this way?

*Remember to always stay within the context of what is being said and support your answer with Scripture.

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These are just very simple questions, but you can take it a step further and ask yourself what is happening in each chapter.  As there is a change of subject, mark it in the margin of your Bible.

Ask yourself:  Who is Matthew speaking to or about?  Who is Jesus speaking to?  What is going on?  When is it taking place?  Where are they located?  Why is Jesus saying what He is saying or Why are the Pharisees saying what they are saying?  How are the people responding to Jesus?  Are there any prophesies about Jesus?  Are they being fulfilled?

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Now that you have finished your reading of Matthew 19-21 and answered the questions above, please stop by the Gospel Read Thru In October Facebook page and leave a comment about something that stood out to you while you read Matthew 19-21. You may even like to leave a comment about one of the questions above or read what others have commented on and encourage another group member in their daily reading.

Great job with your reading today!  I am glad we can read the four Gospels together.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Happy SimplyLiving!
If this post has been helpful to you, please don’t forget to “Like” it down below.
Thank you so much 🙂

Here are Matthew 1-5 questions, October 1
Here are Matthew 6-9 questions, October 2
Here are Matthew 10-12 questions, October 3
Here are Matthew 13-15 questions, October 4
Here are Matthew 16-18 questions, October 5

Here is the Gospel Read Thru Schedule.

Constance

Gospel Read Thru, Matt. 16-18

PumpkinGarlandWelcome to Gospel Read Thru In October!  We are reading through all four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from October 1st to the 31st.  If you are not familiar with the details of this Gospel Read Thru, but would like to join us, please go to Gospel Read Thru Details and print out the Schedule. Once you have completed the reading for October 5, you may like to return here to answer the following questions.  Please keep in mind, these questions are totally optional.

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1. What did you learn from marking “kingdom” in these chapters and what is the kingdom o f heaven compared to in Chapter 18?
2. What did Jesus mean in Matthew 16:6?*
3. What do you think about Matthew 17:9-13?*
4. In chapters 16-18, how many times and in what verses does Jesus mentioned that He will be killed and raised on the third day?
5. Who watches over the little ones?
6. What should we do if someone sins against us?
7. According to Matthew 18:23-35, why must we forgive?

*Remember to always stay within the context of what is being said and support your answer with Scripture.

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These are just very simple questions, but you can take it a step further and ask yourself what is happening in each chapter.  As there is a change of subject, mark it in the margin of your Bible.

Ask yourself:  Who is Matthew speaking to or about?  Who is Jesus speaking to?  What is going on?  When is it taking place?  Where are they located?  Why is Jesus saying what He is saying or Why are the Pharisees saying what they are saying?  How are the people responding to Jesus?  Are there any prophesies about Jesus?  Are they being fulfilled?

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Now that you have finished your reading of Matthew 16-18 and answered the questions above, please stop by the Gospel Read Thru In October Facebook page and leave a comment about something that stood out to you while you read Matthew 16-18. You may even like to leave a comment about one of the questions above or read what others have commented on and encourage another group member in their daily reading.

Great job with your reading today!  I am glad we can read the four Gospels together.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Happy SimplyLiving!
If this post has been helpful to you, please don’t forget to “Like” it down below.
Thank you so much 🙂

Here are Matthew 1-5 questions, October 1
Here are Matthew 6-9 questions, October 2
Here are Matthew 10-12 questions, October 3
Here are Matthew 13-15 questions, October 4

Here is the Gospel Read Thru Schedule.

Constance

Gospel Read Thru, Matt. 13-15

PumpkinGarlandWelcome to Gospel Read Thru In October!  We are reading through all four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from October 1st to the 31st.  If you are not familiar with the details of this Gospel Read Thru, but would like to join us, please go to Gospel Read Thru Details and print out the Schedule. Once you have completed the reading for October 4, you may like to return here to answer the following questions.  Please keep in mind, these questions are totally optional.

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1. Why did Jesus speak in parables? *
2. How is Matthew 13:24-30 similar to Matthew 13:47-50?
3. What do our words tell us about our heart?
4. The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who _____________________________.
5. According to Matthew 13-15, what four things is the kingdom of heaven like?

Bonus for fun 🙂
Without looking at the Scriptures, see if you can fill in the blanks from the explanation of the parable of the tares.
The one who sows good seed is:
The field is:
The good seed are:
The tares are:
The enemy who sowed the tares is:
The harvest is:
The reapers are:

*Remember to always stay within the context of what is being said and support your answer with Scripture.

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These are just very simple questions, but you can take it a step further and ask yourself what is happening in each chapter.  As there is a change of subject, mark it in the margin of your Bible.

Ask yourself:  Who is Matthew speaking to or about?  Who is Jesus speaking to?  What is going on?  When is it taking place?  Where are they located?  Why is Jesus saying what He is saying or Why are the Pharisees saying what they are saying?  How are the people responding to Jesus?  Are there any prophesies about Jesus?  Are they being fulfilled?

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Now that you have finished your reading of Matthew 13-15 and answered the questions above, please stop by the Gospel Read Thru In October Facebook page and leave a comment about something that stood out to you while you read Matthew 13-15. You may even like to leave a comment about one of the questions above or read what others have commented on and encourage another group member in their daily reading.

Great job with your reading today!  I am glad we can read the four Gospels together.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Happy SimplyLiving!
If this post has been helpful to you, please don’t forget to “Like” it down below.
Thank you so much 🙂

Here are Matthew 1-5 questions, October 1
Here are Matthew 6-9 questions, October 2
Here are Matthew 10-12 questions, October 3

Here is the Gospel Read Thru Schedule.

Constance

Gospel Read Thru, Matt. 10-12

PumpkinGarlandWelcome to Gospel Read Thru In October!  We are reading through all four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from October 1st to the 31st.  If you are not familiar with the details of this Gospel Read Thru, but would like to join us, please go to Gospel Read Thru Details and print out the Schedule. Once you have completed the reading for October 3, you may like to return here to answer the following questions.  Please keep in mind, these questions are totally optional.

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1. In Matthew 10, what are the twelve disciples to do while preaching “the kingdom of heaven is at hand”?
2.  In Matthew 11:3, why do you think John the Baptist would ask Jesus “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?”? *
3.  In Matthew 12, what is Jesus telling the Pharisees in verses 22-30?*

*Remember to always stay within the context of what is being said and support your answer with Scripture.

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These are just very simple questions, but you can take it a step further and ask yourself what is happening in each chapter.  As there is a change of subject, mark it in the margin of your Bible.

Ask yourself:  Who is Matthew speaking to or about?  Who is Jesus speaking to?  What is going on?  When is it taking place?  Where are they located?  Why is Jesus saying what He is saying or Why are the Pharisees saying what they are saying?  How are the people responding to Jesus?  Are there any prophesies about Jesus?  Are they being fulfilled?

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Now that you have finished your reading of Matthew 10-12 and answered the questions above, please stop by the Gospel Read Thru In October Facebook page and leave a comment about something that stood out to you while you read Matthew 10-12. You may even like to leave a comment about one of the questions above or read what others have commented on and encourage another group member in their daily reading.

Great job with your reading today!  I am glad we can read the four Gospels together.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Happy SimplyLiving!
If this post has been helpful to you, please don’t forget to “Like” it down below.
Thank you so much 🙂

Here are Matthew 1-5 questions, October 1
Here are Matthew 6-9 questions, October 2
Here is the Gospel Read Thru Schedule.

Constance

Gospel Read Thru, Matthew 6-9

PumpkinGarlandWelcome to Gospel Read Thru In October!  We are reading through all four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from October 1st to the 31st.  If you are not familiar with the details of this Gospel Read Thru, but would like to join us, please go to Gospel Read Thru Details and print out the Schedule. Once you have completed the reading for October 2, you may like to return here to answer the following questions.  Please keep in mind, these questions are totally optional.

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1.  What does Matthew 6:33 tell us to do?
2.  What are we not to do according to Matthew 6:34?
3.  What is the hardest teaching for you personally in Matthew 7?
4.  In Matthew 8:10, what did the centurion have?

5.  In Matthew 8:26, what did the disciples have little of?
6.  What did Jesus see in Matthew 9:2?
7.  What made the woman well in Matthew 9:22?
8.  How were the blind men’s eyes opened in Matthew 9:29-30?

These are just very simple questions, but you can take it a step further and ask yourself what is happening in each chapter.  As there is a change of subject, mark it in the margin of your Bible.

Ask yourself:  Who is Matthew speaking to or about?  Who is Jesus speaking to?  What is going on?  When is it taking place?  Where are they located?  Why is Jesus saying what He is saying or Why are the Pharisees saying what they are saying?  How are the people responding to Jesus?  Are there any prophesies about Jesus?  Are they being fulfilled?

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Now that you have finished your reading of Matthew 6-9 and answered the questions above, please stop by the Gospel Read Thru In October Facebook page and leave a comment about something that stood out to you while you read Matthew 6-9. You may even like to leave a comment about one of the questions above or read what others have commented on and encourage another group member in their daily reading.

Great job with your reading today!  I am glad we can read the four Gospels together.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Happy SimplyLiving!
If this post has been helpful to you, please don’t forget to “Like” it down below.
Thank you so much 🙂

Here are Matthew 1-5 questions.
Here is the Gospel Read Thru Schedule.

Constance

Gospel Read Thru, Matthew 1-5

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Welcome to Gospel Read Thru In October!  We are reading through all four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from October 1st to the 31st.  If you are not familiar with the details please go to Gospel Read Thru Details and print out the Schedule. Once you have completed the reading for October 1, you may like to return here to answer the following questions.

These questions are met to help you slow down and consider what you have read. They are totally optional and not met to make you feel overwhelmed at all. Simply reading Matthew 1-5 is certainly enough for today.  However, if you would like to think a little more about what you have read, here are some questions to consider.

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1.  In Matthew 2:1-9, what two kings are mentioned?
2.  In Matthew 3:1-2, who preaches and what does he preach?  and in Matthew 4:17, who preaches and what does He preach?
3.  In Matthew 4:8-9, what does the devil offer Jesus?
4.  In Matthew 4:23, what Gospel does Jesus proclaim?
5.  In Matthew 5:3-12, what do the poor in spirit and those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness receive?
6.  In Matthew 5:19, what do you learn about the least and the great?
7.  In Matthew 5:20, what do you learn about entering the kingdom of heaven?
8.  In Matthew 5:34-35, what do you learn about Jerusalem?

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Right away in the Book of Matthew we learn a lot about the kingdom of heaven and about Jesus who is called the King of the Jews.  We also see that even as a baby He is opposed as a King and before He begins His ministry He is tempted to partake of another kingdom.

As we continue to read through the Book of Matthew, you may want to mark in a special way the “kingdom of heaven” and “King” when it makes reference to Jesus as King. I do this by drawing a simple crown above the reference.  If it refers to the kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of God, I draw the crown in blue.  If it is referring to Jesus as King, I draw the crown in red.  You can mark it however you like, if you like.  Marking is also totally optional.

Now that you have finished on this page and with your reading for the day, please consider stopping by the Gospel Read Thru In October Facebook page and leave a comment about something that stood out to you while you read Matthew 1-5. You may even like to leave a comment about one of the questions above or read what others have commented on.

Great job with your reading today!  I am glad this day has finally come and we can read the four Gospels together.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Happy SimplyLiving!
If this post has been helpful to you, please don’t forget to “Like” it down below.
Thank you so much:)

Here  are Matthew 6-9 questions.
Here is the Gospel Read Thru Schedule.

Constance

Gospel Read Thru Begins Tomorrow!

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“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.”
Psalm 1:1-2

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Tomorrow Gospel Read Thru In October (GRTIO) begins and I am so excited!  If you would like to join us in reading through the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John during the month of October, here are a few things you may want to do before we begin:

1. Get yourself a new personal journal for taking notes (optional)
2. Head on over to Gospel Read Thru In October Facebook page and join the group
3. Print out the Schedule for Gospel Read Thru In October

If you are all ready to go, then tomorrow at the time you have chosen, get out your schedule and begin reading.

When you have completed your reading for the day, check out SimplyLiving101.com  for questions I will post.

I would love to see your comments, on the GRTIO Facebook page, whether answering the questions or just commenting on something that stood out to you while doing your reading.

It will be fun and a great time of fellowship.  At the end of October we will have read all four of the Gospels, but more importantly we will have gained insight in God’s Word that gives us better understanding of our God and molds us into the image of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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“He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.”
Psalm 1:3

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance

 

Lunar Eclipse 2015 – Blood Moon

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My Hon- and I went down to the water’s edge on the Puget Sound last night, near Olalla, and I got these pictures of the Lunar Eclipse, full blood moon.

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Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon – by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon - by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon – by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon - by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon – by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon - by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon – by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

This reminds me of Revelation 6:12-14,

“I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.  The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.”

Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon - by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon – by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon - by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon – by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon - by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon – by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

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It was so beautiful, and I was surprised that in the last two pictures, I could see some of the stars.  God’s creation is truly magnificent!

Please consider joining me on October 1 for Gospel Read Thru In October!

Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance