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.

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
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

“Every Living Thing”

Banner3333333threehearts2It has been hot here in the Pacific Northwest, much hotter than usual, and when it started raining over this past weekend, and even cut off our electricity a couple times due to the storms, I didn’t mind at all.

However, last night I was kind of chilly and thinking it’s a little too cold.  Not to complain or anything. 🙂  But today, the sun is back and I’m glad!

I am going to have lunch with a friend and her little baby, and then I’m going to come back home and sit in the sun and enjoy a book.  I have been reading “Every Living Thing” by James Herriot.  He also wrote “All Things Wise and Wonderful” which I have read a couple of times.  His books make me laugh out loud! :0

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Looking out toward my chickens, you can see The Queen of England, my white Plymouth Rock hen, just above the purple flowers… and Egger Allen Poe, my brown Easter Egger hen, just to her right.

Blinkin SquiggleSo what are you up to?  Have you been reading any good books lately?  Leave a comment and let me know.  I would love to hear from you 🙂

Blessings for a Beautiful Sunny, but not too hot, Day!
Constance

Konnichiwa Is My Nickname

Banner3333333threehearts2In 1982, I was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of the first group of students in the Sister City Exchange Program to travel from Moses Lake, Washington to Yonezawa, Japan.  It was an experience of a lifetime and left me with a tender place in my heart for the Japanese people.  Since my name is Connie, pronounced with a long “o” in Japanese, they affectionately called me “Konni-chiwa”, which means “a good day”.

Almost seventeen years ago, I was blessed again when our family was able to be a host family to a young girl from Japan named Hitomi who came to stay with us through a Christian exchange student program.

It was an honor to share our Christian home with Hitomi and after she graduated from high school in Japan, we were so amazed and blessed that she returned to our area, graduated from college with honors through a nursing degree, got married, and had a baby boy.

For my youngest daughter’s 12th birthday this year, she asked if we could consider hosting some Japanese girls in her age group from Japan.  I was once again amazed when our church requested host families for Japanese students, 12 to 13 years old, to arrive on my daughter’s birthday!  Of course we put in our request right away and a month later met “Peanut” and “Bell” as they affectionately wanted to be called.

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Starbucks Every Day!

My heart was stolen away by these two beautiful and loving Japanese girls. They came through a Christian school called MeySen Academy and I highly recommend looking into this school if you are interested in hosting Japanese students or if you would like to consider teaching English in Japan.

While the girls were here, we had lots of fun.  They had only two requests:  Eat cheeseburgers, and go to Mount Rainier.  Here are some pictures of all the fun we had for the short three days they stayed in our home…

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Cheeseburgers at Burger King!
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Jumping on the trampoline with the sprinkler underneath!
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Visiting my oldest daughter at Starbucks!
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Peanut, Naomi & Bell
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A lovely day on Mount Rainier!
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The weather was perfect up on the mountain, we could see for miles!
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Pike Place Market in Seattle!
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Lunch at Seattle Red Robin with a friendly seagull!
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More Cheeseburgers!
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Yes, he demanded to have his own picture!
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Looking out over Seattle from the Ferris Wheel!
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And a sad good-bye with hopes to see them both again!

Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance

Chapter 10 Thoughts

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Life On The Highest Plane:  Chapter 10 Thoughts:

I read this chapter out loud as my Hon- drove us to Cannon Beach last week.  It gave us lots to ponder and talk about on our twelve-hour drive.  It has been worth the re-reading for me and I pray that you will take the time to read it and enjoy it as much as we have.

Chapter 10 covers the second of four spans in the “bridge of salvation”.  The first span covered in Chapter 9, spoke of the incarnation of Christ.  This chapter speaks of the Cross of Christ.

Right away the author dove into “the hour” that Jesus spoke of so many times during His ministry.  While reading through the many Scriptures that refer to this hour, it’s clear that Jesus not only knew He had come to die, but He also knew the purpose of why He had come to die.  He anticipated it and knew that it would complete His ministry on earth.

Jesus’ first mention of “the hour” was at the wedding in Cana.

“And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us?
My hour has not yet come.”
John 2:4

This verse has always struck me as kind of funny.  But was it a funny moment shared between Mary and her Son, Jesus?  Mary wanted Jesus to do something about the fact that the wedding party had run out of wine.  It leaves me wondering what she knew about Jesus as the Son of God. What exactly did she expect Him to do? Did she know that He could change the water to wine?  Had He shown her the things He could do at a time prior?  Maybe it was the Holy Spirit prompting her to speak, saying something to Jesus that even she did not understand…

I wonder when Jesus said that His hour had not yet come, if the comment thrust Mary into a thought that wasn’t as happy as the wedding they were enjoying at that moment.  Did she know the hour of which He referred to?  Did she know how difficult the hour would be for her as a mother, but incomparable to what it would mean for her Son, the One who would take upon Himself every sin ever committed by mankind?

Chapter 10 follows the study of “the hour” right on through to Matthew 26:45,

“Then He came to the disciples and said to them,
“are you still sleeping and resting?  Behold, the hour is at hand and
the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.”

At this point I could see that the hour was definitely referring to the hour of Jesus’ death.  But so many wonderful questions were asked during this part of the chapter.  “Why would Jesus dread this hour?”  “Wouldn’t it be an hour of glorious release?”  “Wouldn’t the hour return Him to the presence of His Father in heaven?”

Here I could see how Jesus’ death related to both those who have placed their faith in Him as their Lord and Savior and to the unsaved man, for sin has to be judged by God. The saved man will see his judgment taken by Jesus on the Cross.  However, the unsaved man will have to take God’s judgment of his sin upon himself (even though Jesus has done that for him), since He has not believed in the Only Begotten Son of God.  This is so sad to think of since Jesus died for all men.  There is no reason for any man to have to take the judgment and penalty of his own sin and perish without God.  Except for one:  His own stubborn will.  He simply refuses to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.

The questions may be asked, “Who exactly did Christ die for?  Are there only a select few?” I loved reading Scripture after Scripture in this chapter that said Jesus died for the sin of us all.  Not one person is left out!  When Jesus died on the Cross, He drew all men unto Himself and anyone who will come admitting they are a sinner in need of a Savior can be saved by the death of Jesus Christ. No one is exempt, except the man who chooses to make himself exempt by refusing to place his faith in the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross!

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.”
Titus 2:11

One mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
who gave Himself a ransom for all.”
1 Timothy 2:5-6

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
Isaiah 53:6

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death,
crowned with glory and honor;
that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”
Hebrews 2:9

“This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;
who would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.”
1 Timothy 2:3-4

The author says, “the great divide, a double exposure, the place of victory, a divinely-prepared turning point, the end of the old creation and the beginning of the new, and the place of decision that determines destiny”.  So true.  I loved this chapter and hope you take time to enjoy it as well.

 

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Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance

 

Meditation on the Incarnation

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I have been meditating on the incarnation of Jesus Christ today.

While God the Son, Jesus Christ, was here on this earth He revealed God the Father to us.  In John 14:9,

Jesus said to him,
“Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip?
He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say,
‘Show us the Father ‘?”

But Jesus also revealed us to us.  Hebrews 2:14-18 says,

Therefore,
since the children share in flesh and blood, 
He Himself likewise also partook of the same,
that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death,
that is, the devil,
and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

For assuredly He does not give help to angels,
but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham.

Therefore,
He had to be made like His brethren in all things,
so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God,
to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered,
He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.

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Have you ever thought about the fact that Jesus was the perfect representation of God and of us?  He was the God-man and He had to be in order to reconcile us back to God…  I think this is incomprehensible!  Yet, it’s true – WOW!

Through sin we have been blinded to the worth of God – Through sin we have been blinded to the worthlessness of our self.

When we compare ourselves to Christ alone, we can see the depth of sin into which we have fallen.

When we compare ourselves to Christ alone, we can see the height of holiness to which we may rise.

You can read more along these lines in Chapter 9 of “Life On The Highest Plane” by Ruth Paxson.  Every time I read through this book, I find myself pondering the amazing plan of Salvation by God on our behalf.  It’s just crazy how much He loves us and shows us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  I praise His Holy Name!

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Please take time to leave a comment and tell me some things of God that you have been meditating on lately. 🙂

Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance

A Time in the Spiritual Disciplines

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I have been taking a break while reading through my Bible in four months chronologically (January 1 – April 30, 2015).  During this time I have also been reading a book that is new to me, suggested by the Suko family (missionaries to the Ukraine) entitled, “Spiritual Disciples for the Christian Life” by Donald S. Whitney.  My time spent with God and His Word in this manner has been so wonderful, I just had to take time off from everything else and bask in the moment (for a month!!!).

I want to take time to share this book with you, so keep checking in for my upcoming notes on “Spiritual Disciplines…”.  You should see them soon.

If you would like to know what’s going on in the Ukraine first hand, you can stop by the Suko Family blog.

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One more thing I would like to share:  My good friend Victoria at Expectantly Listening has posted a new audio in Preparation for Lent.  I am heading over now to listen for myself – I hope you will join me.

I have missed talking with you all.  I’m looking forward to conversing again.  Please leave a comment and let me know how God has blessed you in the past month.

Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance

“The Dwelling of Light”

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Joining BRT2015 with Keith Ferrin and so many other wonderful sisters and brothers in Christ has been the best start to any New Year I have ever had!

Reading through the Word of God in four months not only sounds impossible, but crazy – I know.  But something has happened that I truly did not expect.  I have been so inspired by the Word of God, but also by all the comments, thoughts, meditations and questions given by God’s people from all over on the Facebook page of BRT2015.

True fellowship has blossomed in just a few short days and the common bond of Love for Jesus Christ and His Word has taken root and will certainly have an impact on so many lives for generations to come!  We will not forget this time we have spent together, and the impact it will have on all of our lives will be an amazing transformation.  A witness that is going out to all the world via social media.

As I finished up the Book of Genesis tonight, I was pondering the Book of Job which I read just a couple days ago according to the chronological reading schedule I am on, and a picture began to flow from my paintbrush and some watercolor paints.  I would love for you to see it.  The verse is Job 38:19 and I have titled the painting

“The Dwelling of Light”.

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“Where is the way to the dwelling of light?

And darkness, where is its place,

That you may take it to its territory

And that you may discern the paths to its home?”

Job 38:19-20

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It is not too late to join the group at BRT2015.  You can get details HERE if you are interested.

Blessings,

Constance

 

The Ostrich

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With the pinion and plumage of love,

For she abandons her eggs to the earth

And warms them in the dust,

And she forgets that a foot may crush them,

Or that a wild beast may trample them.

She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers;

Though her labor be in vain, she in unconcerned;

Because God has made her forget wisdom,

And has not given her a share of understanding.

When she lifts herself on high,

She laughs at the horse and his rider.”

Job 39:13-18

I am really enjoying reading through the Bible chronologically!  I have seen things already that I have not seen in all my times of reading through Genesis and Job, and I certainly would not have thought of reading the two together as we have during this Bible Read Thru 2015.  By the way, it’s not too late to join BRT2015 with Keith Ferrin – check it out HERE.

As I came to the end of Job yesterday, the above verses popped out.  I have never witnessed an ostrich at work with her young, but it sounds like she does not make a good mom!  I have always had bunnies around for our kids to have as pets and even the bunny moms we have had over the years have been better caregivers for their young than the ostrich described in Job.  Why is the ostrich this way?  The verses above say, “Because God has made her forget wisdom, and has not given her a share of understanding.”

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I’m so glad God has given us a better example of a mother than the ostrich.  I’m so thankful for the wisdom that is ours as we pray and ask God for His perfect guidance in raising our four wonderful kids!

As I read through the first few chapters of Genesis, I was reminded once again of what a wonderful, faithful, and loving Father we have – even in the face of war!  He is not afraid to protect His own.

As I wrote in my Bible study, “December Love” (which you can find for free just for you in the right side bar ——->), “The Creator of the universe did not hesitate when an attack was made on His children – He did not just walk away defeated and let us go to our destruction with the enemy of our souls!  No!  He declared war against our archenemy immediately and then made a promise for us to hold on to while the battle raged!  I wonder, do we think of this Righteous example that God has given us in regards to our own family?  Do we declare war when the enemy makes a move within our family structure, within the lives of our children, or upon our spouse?  Do we drop to our knees on their behalf, or do we crumble in defeat?  Do we cling to the promises of God and cast a vision of Hope when those we love most are struggling around us?”

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Here’s to all the parents out there!  Don’t grow weary of doing good and seeking God for the wisdom you need and the wisdom He freely gives!  Remember God’s example and press on!  Our children desperately need and deserve our prayers and love!

Thank you so much for stopping by SimplyLiving101 today!  I’m so glad you are here.  I hope you pull up a chair with a cup of coffee or tea and join me as I search the Scriptures and serve them to you in small bites that we can digest and live on through our day.  God’s Word is truly amazing!  Leave a comment and give me your thoughts.

Happy SimplyLiving in 2015!

Constance

Free Download!

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threehearts2Have you gotten your free download of Charles Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening”?  If not you’ll want to get it.  This is a devotional I read almost daily and I love it!  You should have it too – it’s a great way to start out your New Year of 2015.  It’s the ChristianAudio free audiobook of the month and you can get it HERE.

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This morning I sliced up an apple, made some Chamomile tea with honey, and sat down to read Genesis 1-9 for my Bible Read Thru 2015 with Keith Ferrin.  You can still sign up if you’d like at BRT2015.  It truly has been a perfect beginning to a perfect New Year!

Happy New Year 2015,

Constance

Live In Hope, 2015

Banner3333333threehearts2Happy New Year to all who stop by SimplyLiving101!  May you live in HOPE in the New Year of 2015!

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“…I saw the LORD always in my presence;
For He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue exulted;
Moreover my flesh also

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Because You will not abandon my soul to Hades, nor allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of gladness with Your presence.”
Acts 2:25-28

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Thank you for stopping by, I pray you will return to visit many times during 2015.  I would love to hear from you as you browse through my blog.  Please let me know you were here.

I recently wrote a new Bible study called “December Love” which I wrote with you in mind and although December has come and gone, this Bible study is good for any day of the year.  You can download it for free just for you in the right side bar —–>

I will begin my Bible Read Thru 2015 with Keith Ferrin in 15 minutes on January 1, 2015.  If you are interested in doing the same, just sign in at BRT2015 and join me and many others in reading through the Bible Chronologically for the next four months! This is going to be a great way to start the New Year of 2015 and I highly recommend that you do it!

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Blessings for a Very Happy New Year!

Constance