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

September Devotion, Day 28

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(You can begin this study on Day 1 HERE)
Blessed Is He Who Reads, Hears and Heeds

“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy,
and heed the things which are written in it;
for the time is near.” 

Revelation 1:3

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I love reading through the Book of Revelation.  It’s so fascinating to me just how Jesus’ disciple, John, was given this revelation.  We are told that John was on the Island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.  It also tells us that John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.

What would it be like to be alone and suddenly see Jesus?  What would you do if He began speaking to you in a loud voice from behind that sounds like a trumpet?

It reminds me of a day when I had been looking for a house for my husband and I…  Well, I think it would be more accurate to say, “looking for a house for me”.  Unlike, John on the Island of Patmos, I was in the flesh, not in the Spirit.

So I found this really cute house and just knew it was the one.  I called my husband at work and asked if he could swing by and look at it with a real estate agent after work. He calmly said, “No.”  I was not so calm.

Later that evening, I was marching around our apartment, quite upset.  Knowing that I really needed to pray, I decided to go out to the garage and get into the car – in the dark.  I wanted some alone time with God and I proceeded to demand that God meet me there in the dark!  As the words were rolling off my tongue, I could sense what I believed to be the presence of the Lord drawing near and I could not get out of that garage fast enough!  I quickly decided that I did not need that cute little house.

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As I read through the Book of Revelation, I am always watching and listening to how John responds to Jesus and what Jesus reveals to him.  What a truly humble man.  I have so much to learn, but I pray that God works this same humility in me.  I also pray that He will be patient with me as it can take a while before I get it.  Is this true of you too?  Do you pray that God will teach you humility?  Do you think it’s a dangerous thing to pray for?

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Let’s read Revelation 1 and then write in our personal journals Revelation 22:17-21. Now spend time in prayer and wait on the Lord to bless you with His presence.

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We are almost to the end of September Devotion.  Only two more days!  I invite you to join me for the all new Gospel Read Thru In October.  It is my prayer that you will continue to come to SimplyLiving101.com daily, so we can read through the four Gospels during the month of October together.

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 13September 14, September 15, September 16, September 17, September 18September 19September 20, September 21, September 22, September 23, September 24September 25, September 26, and September 27

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

Looking For A Great Light

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UPDATE:  First Advent Sunday, complete with sparkling cider 🙂  Come Lord Jesus, Come!

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Tonight at 7:00 p.m. our family will begin Advent.  Tonight is the first Sunday in which we will gather around our Advent wreath that sits on our breakfast nook and light candles, each representing a different aspect of the coming of Christ.

The candle that we light tonight is called the Prophecy candle. Once it is burning, we will take turns reading the following suggested Scriptures from “Celebrating A Christ-Centered Christmas”:

 

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“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.  You shall multiply the nation,
You shall increase their gladness;
They will be glad in Your presence as with the gladness of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor,
as at the battle of Midian.
For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult,
and cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.  For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father,
Prince of Peace.”

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and

“The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.  “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.  “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”  Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”  The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason
the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.”

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After we have read from the Scriptures above, we will read a story from “The Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader” and we’ll listen to these words from Handel’s Messiah:

“Hallelujah! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.  The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.  Hallelujah!”

This part of Handel’s Messiah is based on the following Scriptures:

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“Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying,

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.”
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“Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,
“The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ;
and He will reign forever and ever.”
Revelation 11:15

“And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Revelation 19:16

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Advent is a wonderful time to really stop and focus on Jesus Christ’s return for His Bride, the Church.

I pray this post is beneficial to you.  I would love to hear how you are doing and the different traditions you may have during this special time of the year when we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world and longingly look forward to His return.  Blessings to you and your family.

Merry Christmas!

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

Truly Thankful!

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Here I am sick with what started as a head cold that has now traveled down to my throat and my chest – so I’m coughing away, ugh!  I praise God once again for hot Chamomile tea and wonderful raw organic honey from a local beekeeper.

But as I look out my window on this amazing October day, all my woes seem to disappear. My Hon- is playing beautiful music on the piano and my eyes are quickly mesmerized by the golden strands of decorative wheat and the sight of my beautiful maple tree in all its brilliant autumn colors.

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It is so quietly nestled among the other maples with a glorious two acres of bright green, rolling grass and the towering hedge of protective evergreens round about.  They are all so green due to the wonderful rains that have recently begun.  It’s this beautiful sight that makes the Pacific Northwest a desired place to live.  I love it when God waters our land for us – it doesn’t cost a penny.  It reminds me of the verse that says,

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“…It is done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.
I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.”
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I’m so excited to show you my new creation!  As autumn has crept up on us – and God has been slowly changing the colors of the leaves to brilliant golds, burnt oranges, and beautiful, deep, dark reds…  He has also been doing a little brilliant work through my fingertips!

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I have never written a quote of my own before, so I thought I’d give it a try.  Do you like it? It makes me laugh.  My oldest daughter said it was “sketch” – still, I’m kind of proud. 🙂 If you like it and you want to share my quote, I don’t mind – just be sure to put “Constance of Olalla” under it 🙂  Thank you!

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You can check out my newest creation of Bible studies provided free for you in the right side bar —–>.  If you have been looking for a Bible study, my  “November Thankfulness” just might be the perfect study for you! Leave me a comment below and tell me in ever-so-gentle words what you think 🙂

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Check in often to see what I have added to my studies as I paint and write my way through the autumn months and into winter time.  Who knows “November Thankfulness” just may be the key to help you be Truly Thankful in the month of November – Enjoy!

Happy Autumn!

Constance

 

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