"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
Philippians 4:8







Wednesday, August 10, 2011

BEAUTIFUL MOON TONIGHT!



As I was outdoors watering my plants around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, I sat down and just stared at the beautiful  moon. It was so glowingly brilliant; it made all of my plants glisten with shadowy hues.
There was a faint breeze and I just started thanking God for His majesty. How still was the night!:
I was reminded of a scripture from the book :   (Romans, Chapter 1, verses 20-21) "For since the beginning of creation of the world God's invisible qualities - His eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made,/ so that men ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE for although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images..." 

I was meditating on how magnificence the moon is!
How could anyone question the existence of God? He constantly speaks through His glorious wonders and creations! So faithful is the moon, like a loyal friend, /lover/teacher/presence of a sentinel. Thank you God for tonight's moon!
I would like to share a painting that I painted from a view of the moon from my front porch.

In Genesis Chapter 1, verse 14,
God made 2 great lights.
The greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night.  He also made the stars. He set them in the expanse of the sky to separate light from darkness.

On July 21, 1969, man set foot on the MOON!
The moon has been called Earth's natural satellite.
It is the brightest object in the sky; second to the sun.
It is called the night's sun.

The Moon's gravitational influence produces the ocean's tides and the minute lengthening of the day.
We get Lunar calendar from studying the moon.
There are cultural influences from the moon: language - art - mythology - calendars - poetry- prose- and music -  the body's monthly cycles, and Religion also.

In 1380 the noun, moon was developed from the word mone (from 1135 from the pro-Germanic word of moon= "maenon"
The English adjective pertaining to moon is Lunar derived fom the Latin = "Luna"

The Moon's inner core is iron-rich. It's outer crust is "anorthosite" = moonrock; developed through factional Crystallization of a global  "magna ocean formed 4.5 billion years ago.
The kind of pools or craters you can see with your naked eye are called, "MARIA" Latin for "pools" they are solidified pools of ancient basaltic lava. The moon does have a magnetic field.
It orbits completely around the earth every 27.3 days. It appears to be locked in place as it slowly rotates about it's axis which is about the same time it takes to orbit the earth. It use to be faster, but now it is "tidally locked" associated with the deformations caused by the earth.
The moon is about 1/4 the size of the earth.
The moon has small "moonquakes."
There is a 5,000 year old rock carving of the moon in KNOWTH, Ireland which is one of the oldest civilized depictions found there.

In ancient cultures, the moon was personified as a deity or as something supernatural.
Astrological views of the moon continue to propagate today.
The moon has a long association with insanity and irrationality: the words: "LUNACY, LOONY" are derived from the Latin (LUNA) meaning moon. Lunatic

Philosophers: Aristotle and Pliny, the elder, argued that the full moon induced insanity in susceptible individuals, believing that the brain, which is mostly water, must be affected by the moon and it's power over the tides, but the moon's gravity is too slight to affect a person's brain.
EVEN TODAY: some people insist that admissions to Psychiatric hospitals,
Traffic Accidents,
Homicides,
Suicides, and
Births are closely associated with a full moon!

"That's Amore" one of my favorite songs, sung by Dean Martin; mentions how the moon hits your eye like a big Pizza Pie. Also, one of my favorite movies, "Moonstruck" equates love happening with a full moon!


Listed here are some songs about the moon:
Whole Of The Moon
Moon Shadow
Moon Dance
Moon River
Eclipse
Drunk On The moon
Bike Ride To The Moon
Climbing To The Moon
Spidery Moon
Cajun Moon
Moon On My Shoulder
Moon Rise Blues
Bark At The Moon
There's A Moon In The Sky
Sisters Of The Moon
Mr. Moonlight
Moon
Yellow Moon
Pink Moon
KikioAnd The Lavender Moon
Walking On The Moon
New Moon On Monday
Bad Moon Rising
Moon Over Bourbon Street
How High The Moon
Blue Moon....and may more.


Moon Quotes:

" I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it."... Albert Einstein

" Three things cannot be long hidden:
1.The Sun 
2. The Moon 
3. and the Truth..." Buddha


"Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody." ... Mark Twain

"See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls." ... Mother Teresa of Calcutta

" And God said, let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years." Genesis 1 verse 14.

**********We need to be prepared with the Lord for Matthew 24:29 will occur. ************
The good news for Christians is: Isaiah 60 verses 19 to 22.
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Scriptures mentioning the MOON:

PSALMS:  ...72 verse 5  
89 verse 37   
104 verse 19    1
21 verse 6

GENESIS:...1 verses 15 - 16

DEUTERONOMY ...4 verse 19
17 verses 3-6
33 verse 14

MATTHEW ...4 verse 24
24 verse 29

JEREMIAH ... 8 verses 1 - 3

ISAIAH ... 60 verse 20
13 verse 10

SONG OF SOLOMON ... 6 verse 10

1 CORINTHIANS 15 verse 41

JEREMIAH ... 31 verse 35 and 36

1 SAMUEL ...  20 verses 5 - 6

Hold hands with someone you love and gaze at the stillness of the moon together: I dare you !
You WILL feel the presence of God!
Love, Robinbird
   

Monday, August 1, 2011

Pass it forward...

...So, I have this friend who has started a blog! I am a pretty seasoned Christian, and I have become selective about what I read these days. Sometimes, when you have heard one story, it seems that you've heard them all (so similar) not THIS blog!
Julie makes you believe that you are sitting next to a dear friend who's life and experiences are there to teach you! I am speaking of "anointed."
I find myself looking forward to being blessed on a daily bases from reading her blog: www.wingsoffaithdevotionals.blogspot.com
I am sharing the gift of her blog with you all.
Please become one of her followers. I want to encourage this humble writer to keep on writing. You will be blessed!!!!!!

Refreshing Grape Salad


I enjoyed this absolutely GREAT salad at my friend's home on several occasions.
Sorry, this picture does not do it justice. I wasn't at home to put it in a beautiful crystal dish, but oh! it was DELICIOUS!
She has prepared it with green grapes only, and with red grapes only and once with mixed grapes. Every time was scrumptious!!!!!
I have a sweet tooth so I add a little more brown sugar and a little more nuts when I prepare this recipe.
It is the talk-all at every single function I have taken it to!
I would like to share this recipe with you ONLY, LOL! if you give me feedback (please) and tell me how you made yours?

GRAPE SALAD
4 pounds of seedless grapes
1- 8 ounce cream cheese
1- 8 ounce sour cream
1/4- cup of brown sugar
1 cup -regular sugar
1/4 cup -of mixed nuts




Soften cream cheese at room temperature
wash and DRY the grapes (important not to have wet grapes)
Put white sugar, sour cream, cream cheese, in a large bowl and mix together, then mix in with the grapes
Separately mix chopped nuts together with brown sugar, just right before you serve this; sprinkle this mixture on top (generously) of grape salad, kind of like a loose crust
I used a cup of cashews instead of walnuts, I also used 1 cup of brown sugar
you may chill this salad without the topping until you serve it for a cool, crisp and crunchy dessert!
I promise, you will enjoy this one!
Bon Appetite! Love, Robinbird :)