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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Blood Moons

Another big story this Fall was the 4th Blood Moon a tetrad of blood moons. Meaning 4 blood moons, the tetrad have occurred rarely in history and these happened to fall on major Jewish holidays, giving them more interest. Also, considering the Papal visit and the Russian attacks on Syria, the floods in SC and the college shootings, it gives you pause.

I wanted to document my feelings about this with a scrapbook layout. The last Blood Moon occurred on September 27-28, 2015. Unfortunately, although I stayed up to try and see it, it was cloudy in our town and there was no moon to see. I found these photos on the Internet so I could use them in my layout. Each year I do a personal scrapbook and have it printed for us. This page will be in that scrapbook.

Obviously Jesus Christ did not come back on that day or I wouldn't be writing this. So it was not a sign of His coming. I believe the event is a sign from God that will herald some major events but it wasn't about Jesus' return.

There were popular ministers who wrote books on the Blood Moons using prophesies in the Bible to point to something major happening.

Joel 2: 31 "the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes."

Acts 2:12 "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord."

Revelation 12:6 "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and lo there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood."

I'm not a prophecy expert. But I know that Jesus, himself, said no one knows the day or the hour of His return. So I didn't think it would happen on 9/27/2015 or 9/28/2015. And it's not happened. But I do believe in the prophecies in the Bible. I believe every word in the Bible is true. I have complete faith in it. I have learned that if I don't immediately understand something, then the problem is with me and my perspective. Once I study it and learn and pray and meditate, usually my understanding begins to focus. Much like using the lenses in a microscope to bring things on the slide into focus. I have always found the Bible reliable after all. I feel like this will be what happens here. In time, these prophesies and this tetrad of Blood Moons will fall into place and we will understand.

Am I worried? Not at all. I'm saved through Jesus Christ and my eternity is secured. No matter when Jesus returns, I'm ready. No matter what events happen while I'm still on earth, God is with me because I am His Child. Not because of how good I am (heavens NO!). I am not good. But Jesus is. He is perfect and He paid for my sins because I could not. Now God sees me as perfect and righteous because of what Jesus did for me. I am His Child because of what Jesus did for me. You can be too! God loves you. There is nothing you could do that would make you unforgivable! But you must trust in Jesus and Him alone. You must ask forgiveness for your sins and ask Him to be the Lord of your life. Once you finally realize your need for a Savior and believe that Jesus is the only Savior... you are saved! That is saving faith. Until you believe that, you are lost. No matter how good a person you are, you cannot be saved without this saving faith. No matter how bad a person you are, you can be saved with saving faith. So don't worry about Blood Moons, except as it makes you think about God and if it turns your heart towards Him. Every sign points to God and to His provision for your salvation and your eternal security. There is no need to be afraid. But there is every need to saved no matter what is, or isn't, going on in the world. Don't be caught unaware. Make sure of your salvation so that you too will have the assurance of your eternity and the confidence that God loves you and takes care of His children while they are yet in this world. He walks with His children throughout all their life. He never leaves or forsakes us. His love never leaves us.

Little Cash Is Growing Up

Our little grandnephew, Cash, is going to be celebrating his first birthday soon. His mother took photos of him every month and this is the digital scrapbook page I made of those photos through 8 months old.

She also took these photos. He's just started walking and he was playing outside. Rather than playing with all his toys, he seems happy with a stick. That should teach us all! Here is the digital scrapbook page I made of him playing with a little stick. He's so adorable!

Things I Don't Keep

There are things that I make a conscious choice not to keep. My Grandmother, who lived during the Great Depression would roll over in her grave at the things I don't try to save. I can be somewhat thrifty, but there are some things that I don't think are worth saving. Too much space, too much hassle, too much maintenance.

I don't save junk mail. As I go through my mail, I shred sensitive stuff and throw the rest in the recycle bin.

I don't save wire hangers. I don't like them, never have. I have my favorite styles of hangers and that's all I use. So you can't find a wire coat hanger in my house.

I don't save wrapping paper, tissue paper. I save gift bags to reuse up to a certain extent but if that gets out of hand, I get rid of what I don't need. I will recycle gift bags by giving them to others who will use them. I gave up wrapping presents. They go in a gift bag or the shopping bag I got from the store. I think wrapped packages are so pretty but it's just not me. I decided not to worry about wrapping. I don't keep ribbons and stuff either.

I don't keep most cards that I get. I keep the ones from my husband, those that have real meaning to me. I do have a box for the cards that I keep and a nice tin for the ones from my husband and the ones I give to him.

I don't keep cardboard boxes. I don't like to use cardboard boxes for storage. They get ratty looking and wimpy. And they attract bugs. The corrugation makes for bug homes. So I prefer plastic for storage. If I need to mail something, I use the boxes from the post office. They are free. So cardboard boxes go into recycling right away.

I don't usually keep any packaging like plastic bags, plastic tubs, bread ties. I keep a certain deli tub because it's perfect size for Stan's sandwiches or leftovers for lunch. But usually I don't keep packaging. It goes in recycling or the trash. I make sure it's something that I'm really going to use if I keep it. I have my Tupperware and similar containers so I don't need to keep throwaway containers. I'm not going to waste space keeping something that I don't need.

I don't keep clothes that I don't wear or have gotten too worn to wear. I have one or two outfits that I use for hard work. But if something gets a hole in it, gets stained or is not worth wearing, I get rid of it. I'm not going to waste space keeping every old thing I won't wear. I regularly, twice a year, go through my closet and pull out anything I don't wear or is getting too worn. What is still in good condition gets donated and anything in too bad a shape gets tossed.

I don't keep books I don't like or were just light reading. If it's not any good, I toss it in the recycle bin. If it's offensive, I recycle it. If I've read it and won't be reading it again, I pass it along. I give them to Friends of the Library. Or I leave them at the gym with a sticky note saying "Free".

I don't keep magazines. I used to but then I found it was wasted space. I wasn't going back and looking at them. I had them all organized but they were still wasted space and dust collectors. I do it all digitally now. I use bookmarks, Pinterest, etc. Pinterest is my magazine. I go through Pinterest and I pin stuff I see on other websites and I have all kinds of boards. That way, if I want to go back and look for something, it's there. Doesn't take up any of my space, I don't have to dust it. I can do all the enjoying without any of the hassle or expense.

I'm trying to do more collecting digitally than physically. All my scrapbooking is digital now. My hobby of genealogy means keeping digital records. My photography results in digital pictures. 75% of my books are digital on my tablet. I scan things and keep them digitally. It's really helping me. Give yourself permission to get rid of things.

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