Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Drink Your Orange Juice

Today's Creation Moment: Drink Your Orange Juice
Genesis 1:29 "And God said, Behold, I have given you every ... tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."

Presumably, before the fall into sin, we didn't have any bad cholesterol, or at least it didn't do any damage in our bloodstream. The so-called "bad cholesterol" is low-density-lipoprotein. It's called bad because it tends to cause our arteries to clog unless countered by the so-called "good cholesterol" or high-density-lipoprotein.
Orange juiceBased on earlier research, scientists wanted to test the idea that substances in orange juice could improve levels of good cholesterol. Volunteers had their cholesterol levels checked on a regular basis during the test period. After six weeks of a low cholesterol diet, they were to drink one glass of orange juice every day for four weeks. The result was a 5 percent increase in the good cholesterol. Then they drank two glasses of orange juice per day for four weeks. The result was another 7 percent increase in good cholesterol. Then they were directed to drink three glasses per day. The result was a 27 percent overall improvement. Surprisingly, researchers found that five weeks after they stopped the three glasses-a-day portion of the experiment, their good cholesterol remained high.
We can be thankful that, in His perfect foreknowledge, God created some foods that counter the effects of sin on us. We can be even more thankful that His plan to save us from our sins was in place even before there was sin.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

// Life Lately //

Hello friends!
On Sunday I realized I hadn't posted but once since
September 30th. Speaking of which, our family took a 
short 3-day weekend trip up to see Sarah at Pensacola
Christian College. We spent all day Friday driving, most of Saturday
at the college, and left on Sunday morning. While there, we spent alot of time
in the college's sports center. It contains so many fun activities to try, 
some of which include ice skating, in-line skating, bowling, playing
pool and air hockey, and climbing the prodigious rock wall, which
can be a great deal of fun, but also quite tiring. :)
 Sadly, Lauren came down with the fever and cough while we were up there, so she
 didn't get to enjoy the sports center at all. :(  If you all think of Sarah, please pray for her. 
She has a couple really hard classes and mid-terms are coming up next week.
 Moving on........  
Meet Cookie.

As of October 4th, Cookie now lives in our yard. Deborah is taking
care of her till January, which is when she'll enter Cookie in the fair. The pig will then be sold to the highest bidder, and taken to a butcher house. She might just end up in one of the local restaurants.
Yes, it is sad, but such is the life of "fair pigs".   :) 
When Cookie arrived, Lacy was so cute as she sniffed out the newcomer. 
On Saturday, the 8th, she took a mud bath. Afterward, she ran
around all frisky like. :) Taking a mud bath keeps the ticks, bugs and sun
 off pigs. 
 Late Thursday night, October 6th, hurricane Matthew hit. It ended sometime 
in the wee hours of the morning on Friday, the 7th. The hurricane was a 
category 4, but since it was so far off the coast, it only affected us as a 
category 1. The Lord kept us damage was done. We're so very thankful it
 didn't hit our area as a category 4...much damage would've ensued. Praise be to 
the Lord! However, our yard does have a large number of palm trees. In the morning, 
it looked like a bomb had been detonated...palm branches were everywhere!!!! 
Most of the family spent at least a quarter of the day riding around the yard picking up 
branches. There is now a humongous pile sitting out by the road,  waiting to be disposed of. 
There's a big pile of sand out back, and while cleaning up, look what we discovered:
 The winds and rain made little mounds of sand and each mound had a shell on top, 
making it look like a house with a roof. :) 

Here are some pictures I took on Sunday.




Have you ever heard of Rush Revere
They recently hosted a contest on their website for a chance to win
books for your school for a year. To enter, you had to write about your
schoolroom, so I entered and wrote a short paragraph about our "schoolroom."
I mentioned that we would love to read their History books. (We've heard
they are wonderful.) Much to my delightful surprise, a large box arrived Thursday
evening, and guess what was in it?! Rush Revere had sent me two of their history 
books, a handwritten note, and a Ted-Tea Bear!  I was so thoughtful
it was of them to send me a gift! :D I've started reading one book, but my
 little sister has already devoured it, and absolutely loved the story. I asked
her if she would share her thoughts about the book.

"The book I read was called Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.  I would highly recommend
 it to all of you book lovers, especially History book lovers. It is exciting, fierce, adventurous, awesome, historic, and most of it true. It was about a substitute teacher named Rush Revere,
and he and his horse Liberty could travel back in time to the Puritans and Mayflower.
I love it and I am  starting to read the second book called Rush Revere and the First Patriots. I actually read  the first book in one day. I was soooo addicted to reading the book. I just couldn't
stop put it down!   I also want to say thank you to Ashley for letting me share my thoughts on her blog.  If you haven't already heard of these books, go and check them out on their website above."

Hope you all have a good and godly weekend!
Love in Christ,
2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

In The Garden

In The Garden
By: Charles Austin Miles

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
I'd stay in the garden with Him
Tho' the night around me be falling;
But He bids me go; thro' the voice of woe,
His voice to me is calling.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
While you read this post, you can listen to this beautiful song.
Charles Austin Miles was born on January 7, 1868 in Lakehurst, New Jersey. 
Charles Miles attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the University of Pennsylvania. He abandoned his career as a pharmacist in 1892, and wrote his first Gospel song list, "Tis Jesus Voice". It was published by the Hall-Mack Company. For 37 years, Charles served as editor and manager at the Hall-Mack publishers. In his own words, Charles Miles said:
"It is as a writer of gospel songs I am proud to be known,
for in that way I may be of the most use to my Master,
whom I serve willingly although not as efficiently as is my desire."
"In the Garden" is just one of the few hymns Charles wrote:
"A New Name in Glory"
"Dwelling in Beulah Land"
"He Is Mine"
"If Jesus Goes with Me"
"I'm Going There"
"Look for Me!"
"Win Them One by One"
He wrote the music to the following hymns:
"Somebody's Praying for You"
"Still Sweeter Every Day"
"To Victory"
Charles Austin Miles died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 10, 1946.

Have a delightful week!

Yours truly in Christ,

Hebrews 13:5 "...for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

Friday, September 30, 2016

Old MacDonald Has a Shell

Today's Creation Moment: Old MacDonald Has a Shell
Genesis 4:2b  "And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground."

Until recently, it was thought that, excluding mankind, only a few insects, beetles, ants and termites actually farmed crops for their food supply. Then an amazing snail was found.
Salt marsh in Connecticut, US. Courtesy of Alex756The snail lives on the leaves of plants growing in East Coast salt marshes. This amazing snail cuts long gashes down the leaves of cord-grass. It doesn't eat the cord-grass. Rather, it waits. Before long, a fungus begins to grow on the gash, aided by the snail's own droppings. Moreover, without the fungus, the snails do not thrive, hardly even grow, and almost half of their young die. However, when the fungus is available, they thrive and grow, losing almost none of their young.
Now the question must be asked: How could this arrangement evolve? How did these snails exist before they discovered that they needed this fungus? How did they learn to grow the fungus? If they evolved from snails that didn't need the fungus, how did they discover that they all-of-a-sudden needed the fungus? The most straightforward answer is that the same Creator Who taught us to farm also taught these snails to farm when He made them and the fungus they need to survive. He knows all of our needs before we do and provides what we need, including the forgiveness of sins, eternal life and salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Today is the last day of Creation Moment month. I hope you all enjoyed learning about God's creation. Which creation moment was your favorite? :) 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Seismic Sayings

Today's Creation Moment: Seismic Sayings
James 2:19 "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest
well: the devils also believe, and tremble."      

Speaking, singing, writing and body language are all familiar ways of communicating. Science has now learned of another means of communication that has been going on all around us, yet we are not even aware of it.
Tree hopperA vast range of creatures communicate through vibration. This vibratory communication goes on at frequencies beyond human hearing. Researchers have learned that a number of insects communicate with other members of their species on the same plant by quivering the plant. A tree hopper will call its friends with a specific type of vibration when it finds a good place to feed. The cape mole rat spends nearly its entire life underground. When a solitary male is ready to mate, he thumps against the side of his burrow and then listens for a female's response. The female's burrow may be nine feet away, but she'll sense the vibration.

Golden moles are completely blind, but they hunt for live prey. Further, they live in a desert environment where there are only small stands of grass. They hunt by sensing ground vibrations generated when the wind blows through a stand of grass, where the next meal is likely to be found.
Communication is God's gift. However, we want to be clear in our communication of our faith. To do that, our communication of our faith needs to center on Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Baby May Be in Charge of His Own Birth

Today's Creation Moment: Baby May Be in Charge of His Own Birth
Galatians 4:19  "My little children, of whom I travail in birth
again until Christ be formed in you..."
Does the mother's body or the unborn baby's body trigger the birth process? Those who advise that the baby will come when it's ready may be correct.
3D ultrasound, taken at 20 weeks
Researchers studying mice have found that a protein called SP-A, which coats the inside of a newborn's lungs, begins to rise in concentration in the amniotic fluid shortly before birth. Normally, the protein is used by the newborn to fend off lung infections. SP-A causes the release of the unborn child's immune cells, called macrophages. These macrophages leave the amniotic fluid and go to the uterus. Once there, they produce inflammation that eventually causes the cervix to open and contractions to begin. It seems that this entire sequence of events that leads to a successful birth is controlled by the unborn infant's own body. If the researchers' findings with mice also apply to humans, many premature births might be prevented by manipulating levels of SP-A in the mother's amniotic fluid.

Every step of this system must be in place and work if there is to be a next generation. This fact in itself argues against this carefully tuned system having evolved through trial and error. Rather, it is the gift of our loving God, Who also gave us the new birth into His kingdom by calling us through the Gospel of the forgiveness of sins in His Son, Jesus Christ.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Birds With a Memory to Envy

Today's Creation Moment: Birds With a Memory to Envy

Job 38:41  "Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat." 

The shy bird called Clark's nutcracker collects food during the growing season and stores it for the cold winter months. In one year, a bird will store between 22,000 and 33,000 seeds in as many as 2,500 locations, which can be more than ten miles apart. But does the little bird remember where he put all those seeds?
Clark's nutcrackerBiologists tracked the activity of Clark's nutcrackers in the San Francisco Peaks in northern Arizona. A small army of researchers tracked the birds' seed gathering and storing activities. One of the first things they discovered was that the birds quickly figured out that they were being observed. Some refused to store food when researchers were watching them. Others faked storing seeds when they were watched. Back in the lab, researchers studied the storing activity of Eurasian nutcrackers. After the birds stored seeds in a large sand floor, the birds were removed. Then the seeds they stored were dug up. When the birds were allowed to return, they quickly discovered that their seeds had been stolen, so they refused to store any more seeds. In the end, researchers concluded that the nutcrackers recover as many as two-thirds of their stored seeds within 13 months.
The remarkable memory of these little birds is their gift from God that enables them to be fed all year around.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Plants Have Immune Systems

Today's Creation Moment: Plants Have Immune Systems
Malachi 4:2a  "But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings..."

People and mammals have a multi-pronged immune system. When a bacterial infection is detected, cells begin to release nitric oxide, which kills bacteria, and they begin a cascade of other defense strategies. Ultimately, antibodies that directly attack any invader are produced.
Bangladeshi mustard plantsIn recent years, scientists have discovered that even in certain plants there are immune systems that respond to infectious agents. These researchers, working with mustard plants, subjected them to 15 proteins unique to infectious microbes. In response, the plants began producing nitric oxide. Measurable increases of this gas were noted within two minutes of exposure. And, just as in people and mammals, the nitric oxide began to kill real microbes. It also begins a chain of other strategies that would enable the plant to fight infection. In some cases, the entire plant – and not just the plant cells exposed to the infectious agents – also joined in fighting the "infection." Further research has shown that a number of genes in the mustard plant are involved in defense against infectious agents.
While no plants have yet been found to produce antibodies, it appears that many plants have immune systems similar to our own. At creation God said everything was "very good" so there were no diseases, but He gave us immune systems anyway because He knew we would fall, just as He already had our salvation worked out.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Smart Leaves

Today's Creation Moment : Smart Leaves
Job 36:5 "Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom."

As science learns more about the universe, some are suggesting that they see basic mathematical principles that underlie everything. This principle, which one scientist has called "cellular automata", might be at the root of everything from astronomy to zoology.
Leaf structureThe leaves of plants have pores that let in carbon dioxide. However, if the pores open too far or remain open too long, the plant may lose too much water. How does a plant, that has no brain or nervous system, keep these factors in balance? Researchers had always thought that the pores work independently. However, close study has shown that patches of pores in a leaf open and close together. In fact, over several minutes, open and closed patches of pores move across a leaf in patterns. As scientists studied these patterns, they realized that the pattern they were looking at was what they call "distributed, emergent computation" or "cellular automata." The individual cells of the leaves are working with each other to perform complex large-scale computations. In short, the cells of plant leaves are working together as a computer, even though they lack a central processor.
While evolutionists would hope to explain this built-in intelligence by chance, it is difficult to get around the fact that intelligence is built into the creation. Such intelligence can only be ascribed to an intelligent source, our Creator.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Do You Know How Complex a Single Cell Is?

Today's Creation Moment: Do You Know How Complex a Single Cell Is?
Psalm 96:3  "Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people."
It wasn't until 1839 that cell theory was first described by Theodor Schwann in basically its modern form. By 1858, researcher Rudolf Virchow had learned enough about the cell to conclude that every cell must come from a preexisting cell. But Charles Darwin wasn't paying attention. The very next year he published a book, On the Origin of Species, which theorized that the first cell was formed from non living matter.
Lithograph of Theodor Schwann in 1887In Darwin's day, the cell was thought to be just a simple sac filled with jellied carbon. This concept is the origin of the term protoplasm. However, nearly 150 years of cell research has shown us that even protozoan and fungi cells are hugely complex. Today we know that even the simplest of these cells, eukaryotes, have an estimated 100,000 parts. Many thousands of different operations are taking place continuously within each of the cell's many parts, called organelles. Furthermore, the cell cannot live until all these parts are working properly. Even the simple E. coli bacterium has 4,000 genes. If we were able to magnify the DNA of the E. coli to the thickness of a clothesline, it would be five miles long!
There is no such thing as a "simple cell." The fact that a cell cannot live without all these thousands of parts shows that cells were created in their finished form, just as the Bible says. Even bacteria declare the glory of our Creator!