September Devotion, Day 15

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Eternal Weight of Glory

“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.  For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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Several years ago a friend gave me a gift.  It was a little glass, oval-shaped dish with a lid.  I loved the beautiful colors and it was so delicate.  But the most precious thing about it was on the inside of the lid where it read, “What is seen is temporary, what is unseen is eternal.”

I had the perfect place in my home to display it, tiny as it was, and  I wanted to be able to see the verse on the inside.  So I thought it might be a good idea to place a pretty rock in such a way as to hold open the lid – but it slipped while I was putting the rock into place and the lid broke in many pieces on my table top…  I only had the gift in my possession about ten minutes.

Oval Dish, Photography by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Oval Dish, Photography by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

I almost cried, but after I found some glue and began gluing the pieces back together, the verse came into view once again and the truth of God’s Word written on the inside was driven deep into my heart.  What is seen, like this sweet little man-made dish, is temporary, but the gift of life with God through faith in Jesus Christ is eternal.  Though we cannot see it now, someday Heaven will be reality.

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The suffering, trials, tribulation, pain and sorrow, though they seem like such a burden at times here on this earth, God sees as momentary, light affliction that is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.  Paul says in Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

Inspired to Cherish
Let’s read Revelation 21-22 this morning.  Isn’t it wonderful to read about Heaven?  I love to spend time just looking up at the clouds, imagining that Jesus is coming to take us to our Eternal Home to be with our loving Father.  Come Lord Jesus, Come.

In our personal journals let’s write out Ephesians 1:3-14 and then spend some time praising God for all He has done for us through His Son Jesus Christ.

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Thank you for being such a wonderful blessing.  As you visit this blog each morning, I am blessed to spend time with you in God’s wonderful Word.  Please leave a comment below, I love hearing from you.  Please watch my new video “A SimplyLiving Day”.

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, September 7September 8, September 9, September 10,  September 11, September 12, September 13 and September 14

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

Advent Thoughts

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I love studying the books of I & II Thessalonians and as I have been preparing my heart for Thanksgiving and looking forward to Advent, which begins November 30, I thought of some particular verses where Paul gave some pretty amazing descriptions of things that are still to come; Things we are asked to comfort each other with in regards to the next coming of Christ.

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“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep,
so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

For this we say to you by the word of the Lord,
that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord,
will not precede those who have fallen asleep.

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God,
and the dead in Christ will rise first.

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Then we who are alive and remain
will be caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Lord in the air,
and so we shall always be with the Lord.

Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

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“Therefore, prepare your minds for action,
keep sober in spirit,
fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Christ.

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,
but like the Holy One who called you,
be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
because it is written,

“YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

                                                                                             I Peter 1:13-16

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What are some special ways you observe Advent?
I would love for you to share your ideas of preparing for the coming of our Lord Jesus in the clouds!

Just leave a comment below.

Our family uses a very special book for Advent called,

“The Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader”,

Should Jesus tarry, this book will be a beautiful heirloom for generations to come.
Also, if you would like to know of a wonderful blog that will thoroughly prepare you for Advent, as well as Jesus’ Birthday, check out

expectantlylistening.com with Victoria.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Constance

Cannon Beach, Oregon

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If you have spent time on this blog, you probably already know that our family loves Cannon Beach, Oregon.  It is a very special place on God’s amazing earth and many people travel from all over to spend a day or two, a week, or even a whole summer there.  “What is the attraction?”, you may ask.  Well, if you have never been, you may never know.  I truly believe that all the words and pictures of Cannon Beach gathered together in one place could still not give you insight to what the attraction of this beautiful place of God is.  You simply must experience it for yourself in order to know.

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The youngest of my two sons, loves to take pictures of the waves at Cannon Beach.  He gets the camera dangerously close, most of the time.  But the pictures that I have to share on my blog make the whole ordeal of me screaming on the beach well worth it! Can you see the beautiful mountains in the background?  They have sharper peaks than we are use to seeing here in the Puget Sound and it seems that the trees are shorter and more bushier.  It makes the mountains look green and fuzzy.  Every plant that you see in the small town of Cannon Beach looks extremely healthy. Maybe because of the salty air from the ocean.

 

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Beautiful places like Cannon Beach remind me of God’s Word. You cannot experience the deep beauty of them without going there yourself. God is the Creator of the universe and He created these beautiful places for us to experience a relationship with Him. It’s not a place to worship His creation, but to worship the only One and True Living God who created it all.

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“For since the creation of the world
His invisible attributes,
His eternal power and divine nature,
have been clearly seen,
being understood through what has been made,
so that they are without excuse.”

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As I get older, I find myself drawn more and more to places like Cannon Beach. I think it’s because my longing for Heaven is increasing and Cannon Beach is like a glimpse of Heaven on earth. It’s a place where I feel closer to my Creator, away from all the hustle and bustle of the city life. Back to the basics, back to the sand and the waves, back to His people, who seem for a moment to have laid aside their differences and have come to enjoy God and fellowship with each other. It is a place where we can focus on truly loving God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind and loving others as ourselves.  It is a place to worship the God of Heaven and Earth, our Maker.

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Do you have a favorite place you like to go?  Is it to the beach or would you rather stay inland?  Is it far from your home?  Busy or relaxed?  I would love to hear where your family likes to hang out and why you like to go there. Leave a comment below and let me know 🙂

Happy Worshiping!

Constance

Raindrops & Words

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It’s a beautiful rainy day today.  Steady, big, drenching raindrops have been falling all through the night.  Pounding out a rhythmic sound on the roof and in my head while I slept very well – surprisingly.  After a long, hot summer, it feels as if each drop is watering my very soul… like each one is preparing me for something.

This morning as I sat down to write out Scripture and my prayers to my Lord, the rain reminded me of my two most favorite verses in the Bible:

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“For the ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God;”  -Hebrews 6:7

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;…” – Isaiah 55:10

Every time I read Hebrews 6:7, I pray that God will make me like the ground.  I want to drink the rain which often falls on me.  I want it to bring forth fruit in my life that is useful to those who spend time with me.  Those who want to dig deep and really know me.  As a wife and mom, I think of my Hon- and my kids.  When they are with me, I want them to benefit from me – like a harvest for them from God.

In these two verses I see that the rain often falls on the ground and in the form of both rain and snow it comes down from heaven.  It is coming from God, from His place in heaven – He is sending it down to us here on earth.  And He has sent it with a purpose:

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Isaiah says that it does not return to heaven without first watering the earth and making it bear and sprout and furnish seed for us! This is so beautiful!  Thank You Father for the rain – You are so good to us!

🙂 There is so much in Isaiah 55 – I always read the whole thing for good measure 🙂

I’m so thankful this morning as I read a little further in Isaiah 55:11 – God is not really talking about the rain.  He is talking about His Word.

“So will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”  -Isaiah 55:11

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WOW!  I wonder…  What will I worry about today?  There are so many things going on all over the world.  How will it affect me?  Will it take my eyes off the One who orchestrates it all? The One who ordains each raindrop and sends His Word forth which cannot be stopped and will be accomplished on this earth?  O Lord, keep my eyes on You today.

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Here’s a picture of my homestead in the winter of 2013 – when God sent down the rain and the snow together 🙂  O Happy Rainy Day!

Remember to check out my new Bible study “November Thankfulness” provided free just for you in the right side bar —->  I’m writing it as you read this post – I’m getting it ready just for you!

 

Constance