A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Of all the people in the world, God chose to personally care for Noah and his family.  If that doesn’t warm your heart, the wood in your heart’s stove is wet.

Noah was a good man who placed all his faith and trust in God.  He raised his family to believe in God and His law.  It is worth it to follow the Lord, and the story of Noah supports that truth.  God led Noah and his family and saved them from the flood.  He also got male and female animals on board the ark to save them and see that they reproduced so life would go on after the flood.   I don’t know of a person who would have done things so creatively!  God works out all our problems in similar ways, doesn’t He?  I love my LORD’S CREATIVITY!

Do you suppose some of the animals who boarded the ark at first got bored and said, “God, shut the door!” – ???  How funny!  I have so many questions, like – why did flies and skeeters have to survive?  Why did rats and spiders have to survive?  Sigh…  I don’t think we’ll ever get an answer to those questions.

It’s a lesson about trusting God no matter what.  Every family should build and ark for themselves, secure in God’s Word and His way.

I like to think that God is protecting me and my family just as He protected Noah and His family.  As we follow Him, He blesses us in such marvelous ways!

And finally, here’s something that I’ll bet you never thought about – LOL!

Have a wonderful day!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

GENESIS 1:28 ON 1/28

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God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”  – Genesis 1:28

Babies are a sign that God has not given up on us.  There’s not a more happy occasion than expecting a child into your family.  God gives His blessing for us to procreate and He gives us a blessing to rule over every living creature that moves on the ground.

As we are to be responsible and good parents, we are also held accountable for the way we rule over animals.  Just because God’s given us dominion, it’s not a license for us to abuse God’s precious creation in any way.angels-for-jack

Is Jack a lucky donkey, or what?  The poem talks about a wet summer day…  but I feel such compassion for the poor fur babies who are kept outdoors in the cold and snow.  Yes, I know they have fur, but…

You’ve seen the ads for the ASPCA I’m sure.  Why are those so much more difficult to watch in the dead of winter?  I literally have to flip the channel, they break my heart so badly.  I guess you could say the ads are a success if they have that effect on me.  I just believe it’s so very sad that the ads have to exist at all.  What’s wrong with people that they would abuse helpless animals?  That kind of rule and dominion was not our Maker’s intention.  Not even close.

Is there a special reservation in a hot place for one who abuses animals?  Well, that’s not for me to say, but I’d say the odds are good there probably is.

In today’s verse, we see that God thinks babies are good in families, and animals are good in families too.  Dominion however, most assuredly does not mean ruling with cruelty.  If your fur babies are cold, please take them in the house.  Be kind to babies – the human variety and fur variety.  🙂

 

PRAYERS & WISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

tl-thanksgiving-2016-11-12-thru-11-24Our lives are so enriched by fur babies, aren’t they?  Whether we rescued an animal or purchased a pedigree, a pet or maybe more than one, adds a dimension to our lifestyle.  If you want free entertainment, watch the unique personality of an animal.  I’ve had 1 pony, 2 hamsters, 3 goldfish, 1 bird, 8 dogs and 6 cats in my lifetime (not all at once, thankfully).  No two animals are exactly alike…  but they are all precious in their own way.  Am I right?

I don’t know if our pets will be in Heaven when we get there  – but I can’t imagine eternal life without them.  It won’t matter once I get there, I’m sure.  I mean everything will be different from life here.  If it’s God’s Heaven and Jesus is there…  that’s really good enough for me.  But for my peace of mind here on earth…  I like to think that my pets will be in Heaven.

Let’s say a prayer of thanks for those crazy little fur babies that make us smile:a-prayer-poem-for-thanksgiving

The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.  – Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

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I wish you many years of happiness with your pets – even the snakes and things like that.  I’m not a fan, but some folks are – lol.  I believe God created animals to keep us company, and at times their company is more welcome than another person’s.  They really are welcome in to our solitude where human friends are not.

I’m so glad Ichigo is okay, aren’t you?  Sweet little cat.

Here’s another baby picture I want to share with you.  This is Bo – Kelly’s little dog.

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As we continue counting blessings, let’s not forget our sweet 4-legged family members.  🙂

NATIONAL WILDLIFE DAY

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According to the Bible, animals point to God as creator, as love, as designer and artist.  They are a gift to man.  To be around wildlife lowers blood pressure (unless you are being chased by an angry lion), and causes us to feel more relaxed.

I remember the day Lucinda wrote this first poem.  I had read that baby zebras are called DAZZLES which made me chuckle.  When I think of something that dazzles, my mind goes more toward a disco ball from the 1970’s than to a baby zebra!  Well, it turns out I wrote a poem that talked about dazzles and she did too.  For some reason, I can’t find mine – LOL.  But here’s Lucinda’s poem, Dazzles, and Ducklings.

TURTLE JOE'S STORYYELLOW WARBLERCRITTERS GREAT & SMALLGOD'S NATUREFEATHERS ON A BIRDI love animals…  domestic and wild.  Once in a while, a photo of wildlife inspires me to write a poem or some other piece.  God has created such a diverse group of animals for us to enjoy and care for.  How could we not take a moment today to celebrate the magnificent world we live in?

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I grew up watching Mutual of Omaha’s WILD KINGDOM.  Ah…  I see hands raising all over – you did too!  Wasn’t that a great show?

I never missed an episode!  Animals fascinate me.  The Creator obviously has a wonderful sense of humor and admires diversity in His creation.  We humans should take a cue from Him and start appreciating and admiring the differences in other human beings.  I heard a few AMENS I think.

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.  – Martin Buber

If you have a wildlife reserve or zoo in your area, maybe today would be a good time to visit, while the weather is a little cooler in most places, yet not too cold yet.  Of course, here in Wichita, we have the Sedgwick County Zoo.  It’s tempting to schedule a visit today – it does sound like fun.

Wildlife doesn’t always mean animals that live in the jungle.  Our turtle JOE lives in our lake, but he’s wild.  I wouldn’t dream of trying to trap him and take him in the house.  Our warbler flew in one morning when I was sitting out on the deck trying to concentrate.  What a noisy bird, but God had a message to convey, and if I had not heard the bird, I may not have taken the photo and the poem would not have been written.

Whether you get to go to a wildlife refuge, zoo or a park close to your house, observe God’s creation – think about how different every animal looks.  How some are big and slow while others are tiny and quick!  There is an endless supply of entertainment when you sit and watch animals…  or sometimes even people.  God takes such good care of us and I guess He wants to make sure we are not bored.  🙂

 

ADOPT A RESCUED GUINEA PIG MONTH

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Most of us don’t think twice about adopting a dog or cat from the Humane Society, but have you ever thought of pairing your children with guinea pigs?  March is ADOPT A RESCUED GUINEA PIG MONTH, sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Petfinder.com.  Hundreds of guinea pigs are relinquished to shelters each year when their owners decide they no longer want them or cannot care for them.

Also known as cavies, guinea pigs are gentle and make good family pets, especially for children over six years of age.  As with all other pets, small children should be supervised by an adult while handling a guinea pig.

Some people don’t believe guinea pigs live very long, but the truth is they can live up to 10 years, so the decision to adopt one must be made carefully with that in mind.  Guinea pigs require daily care including feeding, watering, cage cleaning, exercise and companionship.  They even need a bath on occasion, as it happens.

Look what I saw on facebook a few days ago!  How cute is this:12670936_1168559033162005_4254414093432641719_nMy young friend Vincent has two guinea pigs – and yes, they are taking baths!  Don’t they look happy to be so well cared for???  🙂SUCH GOOD CARE

There are 13 breeds of guinea pigs, differing in hair types, colors and markings.

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The adoption process is not unlike that of adopting a dog or cat.  It involves completing an application and paying an application fee.

What does a guinea pig need to be happy?  They like to play and can jump as high as a foot, so the enclosure should provide a minimum of 7.5 square feet for one guinea pig.  If you use a wire-bottom cage, make sure you cover the bottom with wood, grass mats or some smooth surface to protect their little feet.  Never use a glass aquarium enclosure because there is not good ventilation.  Keep the cage away from direct sunlight, drafts and extreme temperature changes.  Line the cage with bedding for the baby to snuggle down in – such as sawdust or wood shavings.

Get your baby a toy, such as a little box for him/her to hide in.  I always had one of those plastic balls for mine to roll around the house in too – they like to move!  Make sure you follow them around the house though, so they don’t accidentally go to the edge of a stairway or somewhere else they could get into mischief or get hurt.

Feed your guinea pig quality timothy hay at all times.  In addition, provide fresh, quality commercial pellets made especially for guinea pigs every day.  They require daily vitamin C, which rabbit pellets don’t contain.  Fresh vegetables and clean fresh water should also be provided daily.  The water should be provided in an inverted bottle that attaches to the enclosure.

Guinea pigs’ teeth grow continuously.  They need to chew to keep their teeth the proper length.  Provide a piece of wood to gnaw on.  It should be a pesticide-free tree branch or an unpainted piece of wood that has not been chemically treated.

Brush your baby daily to keep his/her coat smooth and remove loose hair.  This brings us back to the tub time…  lol.

 

 

 

GENESIS 1:31 ON 1/31

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God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.  – Genesis 1:31

Creation week was sure a busy one, wasn’t it?  One day six, God made all the animals that live on the land.  He commanded the earth to bring forth the land animals – and it did so!OUR BEST FRIENDS

We would be so lonely without our animal friends.  I’m so thankful that God made them for us.  He made animals of special use to us, like horses, cows and sheep.  He made rodents like squirrels and mice, even spiders (though I don’t know why)…  and we also have lizards and frogs.  Cuddly little rabbits and beasts in the jungle like elephants, apes and lions were created by God.

What about the different dinosaurs?  Yep – He created them too – they all appeared immediately at God’s command!  But dinosaurs are now extinct…  how do we know God made them when the Bible doesn’t mention them?  Well, it doesn’t mention kangaroos either, but we know God made these land animals on Day six.GOD OWNS THE CATTLEDAZZLES AND DUCKLINGSGod loves us so much – and He created animals to keep us company, provide food in some cases and help keep us warm on cold winter nights.  The wool sheared from a sheep makes a very nice sweater for me to wear when it’s chilly outdoors.  🙂

PLUSH ANIMAL LOVER’S DAY

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Today is PLUSH ANIMAL LOVER’S DAY!!!  This comes at a particularly appropriate time of year in my opinion.  As I drive around my neighborhood there are scads of pumpkins and hay bales, but there are also a few very scary decorations at some houses.  Also, as I look at world events, it’s easy to say “I want my plush animal” – oh come on, you know you think it sometimes too.

Do you remember your first plush animal?  My granny LaVella gave me a big bear that was taller than me!  His name was Higgins and he went everywhere with me.  With Higgins by my side I could do anything!  I’m sure he was a store-bought bear, but I know Granny made stuffed animals for some of my cousins.  Take a look at this girl’s collection of Build-a-Bear plush bears.

Wow!  You know, I was under the impression that those are not exactly inexpensive to make either.  That collection is quite impressive.  Some people make their own plush animals.

I wish I could do that (and quilt), but let’s face it, I’m just not the seamstress I want to be.

I enjoy and appreciate innocence.  Part of that is watching children or animals with their plush animal toys.  I love Operation Christmas Child so this video just warmed my heart.  It is amazing what the little items in those shoe boxes can achieve – look at those little girls smile!  😀

And here’s a video that gets 5 stars on my AWE meter…  it’s so cute when the stuffed animal looks like the real one!  LOL!!!

I’m not sure what it is about our plush animals (or the real ones for that matter) that make us feel so much more safe and secure, but today is the day to hug them even more than usual.  I’m sure more than one article has been written on the subject and featured in Psychology Today magazine.  While I’m sure it is a false sense of security, you have my permission to take your teddy bear to bed with you tonight too if you want – wink!  😉

 

 

 

 

ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY

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To celebrate ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY, I wanted to do something fun. Nobody wrote more fun music for movies than Henry Mancini! Of course, this is BABY ELEPHANT WALK, from the 1962 motion picture Hatari! I am a John Wayne fan and this is one of my favorite movies.

Years ago, a friend of mine collected figurines of elephants because she believed they brought her good luck. If her back yard had been large enough, she would have had a pet elephant – trust me.

As I did research for this post, I found some interesting fun facts about elephants that I did not know. Let’s learn together:

1. Elephants don’t like peanuts. They don’t eat them in the wild or in captivity.

2. Elephants are the largest land animals in the world.

3. Elephants can swim – they use their trunk to breathe like a snorkel in deep water.

4. Elephants can hear each other’s trumpeting calls from up to 5 miles away.

5. Elephants can live for up to 70 years.

6. Elephants give HUGS by wrapping their trunks together in displays of greeting and affection.

7. Elephants have pads on their feet that act to cushion each step, absorbing impact.

8. Elephants are blind at birth, and some suck their trunks, much like human babies suck their thumbs.

9. Elephants flap their wet ears, cooling the blood in these veins which keeps the entire body cool.

10. Elephants (cows, females) are pregnant for 22 months.

Oh – and they know how to sling mud, so watch out…

And since I’ll never go on an African safari… guessing you won’t either… 😉

And more play – hey, let’s just step all over mom’s face!

Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without. – Rue McClanahan

I read that elephants have a philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child. Are those little babies loved, or what? ❤

RAIN DAY

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What do you do on a rainy day???  Well, unless you like to go out and walk in the rain, you could stay indoors and play with your dog!

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OK… it’s bad when a dog dances better than me… !!! 😦

In the event that it is actually raining on RAIN DAY, it would be a great time to play inside with your dog!

There are a few things to consider when purchasing a ball or toy for your dog. I’ll bet you thought price was the only thing to think about, didn’t you? I know – me too. Now I know better.

1. The age of your dog matters because a puppy will likely be gnawing and chewing more than an adult dog. Check the package to make sure the ball or toy is right for your puppy or dog.

2. The size of your dog should go with the type of toy or ball you buy. Melissa’s sweet little dog (the one the poem was written about) is so tiny and had a ball that was too big for a while. Melissa said he got frustrated with the ball and left it alone. She said he loves his new, smaller ball.

3. Some dogs have special needs. A hyper dog may need a toy that can handle rougher use than a dog that is more inactive. The nature and personality of your dog should be considered when purchasing a ball or toy. Some breeds like to chew on things more than others, so getting the right toy might save a few pairs of shoes.

4. A puppy should be given a chew toy as early as possible, but keep in mind that they don’t even have teeth until three to six weeks of age. Think of your puppy as a little baby. Your baby needs a softer toy to protect delicate gums and new baby teeth. At this stage a plush toy may be perfect. Make sure, however, that your puppy isn’t pulling the “plush” out of the toy and swallowing it!

5. As dogs lose baby teeth, around four months, have plenty of chew toys on hand for this teething period. This is the time when your dog will really come to rely on the toys for teething relief. Again, much like an infant child.

Depending on the breed, your dog may still be interested in chewing on table legs and shoes even as they enter into adulthood. Most dogs leave the serious chewing behind. We had one dog that chewed because he got bored. He did a number on our TV remote! Getting the right toys – ones that squeak when chewed – could hold the interest of your dog and keep your remote control safe.

Our beagle puppy liked a rubber ducky we got him. He bit down on it and the duck quacked three times in a row. That toy kept him entertained longer than any other toy. As you dog’s teeth get stronger, a more sturdy toy is fine.

I’m so glad Melissa’s dog got the right size ball. He looks very happy, doesn’t he? ❤

WORLD WILDLIFE DAY

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When a man says to me, “I have the intensest love of nature,” at once I know that he has none.   – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1857

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God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.  – Jacques Deval, Afin de vivre bel et bien

What if people respected wildlife?  There has to be a way for man and wildlife to coexist in harmony.

There is a very real danger of extinction for some of the world’s most charismatic species and other lesser-known but ecologically crucial plants and animals.  The cause is habitat loss but also an increase in illicit trafficking.

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Wildlife crime leaves a horrible environmental, economic and social scar.  Implications of illicit trafficking for peace and security in a number of countries where organized crime, insurgency and terrorism abound are of particular concern.

Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without.   – Rue McClanahan

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What is the answer?  All sectors of society need to commit to trading and using wild plants and animals sustainably and equitably.

We don’t exactly have wildlife in our neck of the woods, but we sure do have some pretty nature around Branson, Missouri.  John Coyote took some video and I want to share it with you.

That makes me want to go on a hike – how about you?  Or maybe we should walk along the sea-shore.  Maybe we will catch a glimpse of a seal.  Be ready with the camera…

When we think of wildlife, our minds automatically think of Africa, but we observe the wildlife all around the world today.

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Here in America we have wild horses and ponies.  They are so beautiful when they run!

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We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.   – Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

God created a beautiful world for us to enjoy.  I hope we can shoot wildlife with a camera instead of a gun and leave not a trace behind where we have walked.  One day I hope to go on a trip to see wildlife, armed with a really great camera!  It’s on my bucket list!  Wink!  😉