Monday, October 16, 2017

Enjoying God ~ Book Review

Enjoying God
 By: R.C. Sproul
About the Book: 
Confused, angry, and hurt after the death of his father, a young R. C. Sproul began his personal search for ultimate truth with these piercing questions: Who are you, God? And why do you do the things you do? 

In Enjoying God, you'll journey with R. C. Sproul to discover the nature of God through his marvelous and often surprising attributes. In this warm, personal account, Dr. Sproul communicates deep wisdom of God as he shares his earnest, lifelong passion to know God and the profound hope he ultimately found in the attributes of God. He encourages each one of us to dig deep and seek the God who is alive, who is real, and who is love.

My Thoughts:
Enjoying God is the first book I've read by R.C. Sproul, and it is seriously so AMAZING!!!! (I know I say that about every book, but this one is now on the top of my "favorite books" list.) I loved how Mr. Sproul explored and scrutinized the many attributes of God. It is such a neat study and one I am excited to read again. Theologically, I found it to be very accurate and informative. Christians, both new and long-time, could learn a wealth of information about God, as Mr. Sproul shares, by studying His characteristics. There were just a few places that were a little difficult to understand, but re-reading the section a couple times helped. I would say that teenagers and adults would benefit most from reading this book, and would eminently endorse it. 

I received this book from Baker Books in exchange for an honest review. 


I hope you all have a blessed week. 

Rejoicing in the living, just, and faithful God of truth and love,
Ashley

Psalm 89:1-8
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens. I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant,Thy seed will I stablish for ever; and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah. And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord? God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee? 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Meet Stormy and Thunder!

Meet Stormy and Thunder!

 Deborah bought Thunder (a male Yorkshire/Hampshire Crossbreed) and Stormy (a female Yorkshire/Hampshire Crossbreed) on September 16th. When she first brought them home, Thunder weighed 119 pounds and Stormy weighed 70 pounds. Debbie is auctioning Stormy off at the South Florida fair in January, and Thunder is getting auctioned off in the local county fair in February.

Last week their pen was flooded from all the rain we had, so Thunder and Stormy were moved to the old garage. Last Sunday was so hot out, Stormy took to laying in the water bucket to cool off. Unfortunately a few days ago, the pigs were super hungry so they broke a few boards in the door and ran around the yard. 
 Don't worry-Thunder's head isn't stuck in there...He's just eating food. :)

Okay. Let me just say that it's incredibly hard to take a picture of the pigs looking at the camera. They always have their heads down rooting or are constantly moving. 
I was going to show a video of them playing in the pond, but alas, it won't upload because of length, so I guess I'll have to film another one. 

Enjoy your day! 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thankful Thursday

This Thursday, I am thankful for:
 ~gorgeous flowers
 ~beautiful skies and sunsets
 ~delicious scones
 ~homemade fall decor 
(available here for purchase)
~this darling baby I get to babysit 

~ sweet promises from the Saviour in His word

What are you thankful for today? 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

31 Hugs ~ October 2017

Hey friends!

I wanted to share something with you all that I'm planning on doing. Jessica from Apples of Gold is hosting a "31 Hugs" challenge for the month of October. 
31 Hugs: A one month challenge to share hope and joy, appreciation and gratitude, and be a light. 
It's a challenge to make an extra investment in someone else's life every day in October. It's about looking into the meaning behind a hug, and conveying that to someone every day for the month of October. Anyone and everyone can join the challenge! If you miss one or two days, don't fret...just continue the following day. 
Click here to read more about it, and if you'd like some suggestions for ideas, click here

Who'd like to join the challenge? Let's work together to love people to Jesus!

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before me, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Consider the Prairie Lupines, How They Grow

Today's Creation Moment:
Consider the Prairie Lupines, How They Grow
Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; ~Luke 12:27a
The remarkable recovery of flora and fauna around Mount St Helens, since the devastating eruption of 1980, was aided in large measure by a seemingly insignificant little plant, called the Prairie Lupine. It grows no taller than 24 inches, but is usually much smaller, with tiny blue flowers. Today, it grows in abundance in the areas most affected by the eruption and landslide.
Consider the Prairie Lupines, How They GrowLike all lupines, it is a legume. This means that it makes its own nitrogen compounds – an essential mineral for plants to grow. We say that it fixes nitrogen. The volcanic soil is deficient in this mineral, so the value of the plant is obvious, as it fixes more than enough for itself, and provides extra nitrogen for other, neighboring plants.
To be exact, it is not the plant itself that does the fixing. This is done by soil bacteria, called rhizobia, which reside in nodules in the roots of the lupine. What is even more interesting is that these bacteria cannot fix nitrogen, without attaching themselves to a suitable host plant, such as the lupine. So, the lupine needs the rhizobia, and the rhizobia need the lupine. This interdependency is known as a symbiotic relationship. A problem for the evolutionist is to explain whether the rhizobia evolved before the lupine, or vice versa. A far more scientific explanation is that both were designed by God for just such interdependence. Once again, the area around Mount St Helens, and the plants that live there, reveal the magnificence of God’s creative work.
Well folks, this is the last day of creation moment month! I hope you all enjoyed reading each article article every day and hope you learned something new about God's wonderful creation. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Sincerely in the Lord,
Ashley

Friday, September 29, 2017

Rare and Hidden Flowers

Today's Creation Moment: 
Rare and Hidden Flowers


No man, when he lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
~Luke 11:33

Two strange species of orchids are among the rarest flowers in the world. These unconventional plants live their entire lives underground, even flowering underground. Most often, their 
Rhizanthella gardneri (underground orchid).flowers never break the surface of the ground. One of these species, Cryptanthemus, has been found only three times in this century. Only 150 flowering Rhizanthella plants have ever been found.
Since they live in the dark underground, neither orchid has any need for chlorophyll or leaves. Each looks like nothing more than a white, waxy root. Rhizanthella produces a flower that is initially white, but which turns purplish as it ages. Its fragrance has been described as delicate and sweet. Cryptanthemus produces a candelabra flower stalk that has several white flowers with small red splotches. The flowers remain almost an inch under the soil. Both species begin life in the same way as most orchids. The orchid seeds germinate when threads of a fungus invade the embryo and form coils within the seed. At this point, other orchids grow leaves so they can make their own food. But these underground orchids continue to live in a symbiotic relationship throughout their entire lives, being fed by the fungus.
The wonders of God's creative handiwork never cease to amaze us. But God's greatest creation is a redeemed believer in Jesus Christ, a creation He does not want hidden. That's why He tells us in His Word to let the light of faith and new life He has given us in Christ shine onto those around us..

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Deception of a Glow in the Dark Shark

Today's Creation Moment:
The Deception of a Glow in the Dark Shark

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  
~ Jeremiah 17:9

The creation is filled with plants and animals which use deception to survive. The glow in the dark cookie-cutter shark is a master at such deception.
Cookie-cutter sharkThe cookie-cutter shark is only a foot to a foot and a half long. It doesn't have powerful muscles and can't swim very fast. But it doesn't need to. Lunch serves itself. The shark typically lives between 600 and 3,000 feet below the surface of the water. Looking down from above one of these sharks, you would probably not see it because the top of its body is as dark as the deep waters where it lives. Looking up from below, you wouldn't see the dark outline of the shark against the light that filters down from the surface. This is because of the shark's first deception: its underside is completely covered with light emitting cells that match the illumination from above. The deception doesn't stop there, however. A small patch beneath the shark's jaw doesn't glow. From beneath, the cookie-cutter shark looks like a small fish, just the kind of dinner a tuna might like. As the tuna speeds toward what it thinks is a small fish, at the last minute the shark turns and takes a bite out of the tuna. Its open, round jaw takes a plug of flesh out of the tuna – hence, the name cookie-cutter shark. Interestingly, most cookie-cutter shark wounds are not fatal.
The fact that the cookie-cutter shark's form, deceptions and habits all match each other perfectly is not a result of chance, mindless evolution but of God's careful design.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The First Xerographer

Today's Creation Moment:
The First Xerographer

2 Chronicles 26:15
And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong.

Xerography is the process used in most copying machines today. The page you want copied is exposed to the bright light in the machine. That light enables the machine to make an image of your original, using electrostatic charges to record the light and dark spots on your original. The toner – that fine black powder – is then drawn to those spots on the copier paper in exactly the same spots that were dark on your original. After the powder is fixed in place, your copy – perfect in every detail – pops out.
Portrait of Louis DaguerreMost of us consider xerography to be a modern work-saving wonder. However, xerography may not be such a modern invention. Researchers at Stanford Research Institute now believe that xerography was invented and first used almost 150 years ago!
That’s when Louis Daguerre introduced the photographic process named after him. The earliest photographs we have are daguerreotypes. These sharp, crisp pictures used silver and iodine vapor to fix an image on a plate. The process used the xerographic principle of setting up electrostatic charges on a plate wherever light struck it. It was the sharpness in the detail of the daguerreotypes that convinced researchers that Daguerre’s process was xerographic.
Unfortunately, his process was cumbersome and dangerous. Nor did Daguerre understand how the process worked. If he had, Abraham Lincoln might have had a copier in the White House!
That humans are ever inventive and creative arises from the fact that they are the creation of an unlimited and wonderful Creator.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Saliva Is Nothing To Spit At

Saliva Is Nothing To Spit At

Malachi 4:2
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 

Someday, instead of having to give a blood sample during your physical exam, the doctor might just ask you for a saliva sample. Saliva is an amazing fluid. Besides helping us moisten and digest 
Salivary glandsfood, saliva is able to speed healing and fight bacteria, fungi and viruses. Saliva is chemically almost identical to the clear part of your blood. It even has, in lesser concentrations, the infectious organisms found in your blood.
Let's say, for example that you suddenly find yourself in a stressful situation. The level of the hormone cortisol will increase in your blood in response to the stress. Within 20 minutes, that increase will be evident in your saliva. This means that someday saliva tests may replace blood samples. In the United States, saliva tests have been approved to diagnose AIDS, illegal drugs, periodontal disease, alcohol and premature labor. If the hormone estriol rises in a woman's blood before 36 weeks of gestation, doctors know that the woman may go into labor prematurely. Saliva testing is also used to check hormone levels in women who are having a difficult time conceiving a child. Other countries have approved a saliva test for hepatitis B.
Saliva's remarkable abilities are a witness to a loving Creator. He knew that we would sin and thus bring disease into the world. So He gave us saliva that not only defends us against infection but also helps us heal. But the greatest love He has shown us is in sending His Son to give us spiritual healing.

Monday, September 25, 2017

How Small Can Life Be?

Today's Creation Moment:
How Small Can Life Be? 

Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number. 
~Job 9:10

How small can a living thing be and still be considered alive? Viruses are not considered living things because they cannot reproduce on their own. But now scientists have confirmed the Structures found on meteorite fragmentexistence of bacterai that are smaller than the largest viruses and yet can reproduce on their own. They call this amazing class of bacteria nanobacteria. They are less that 20 percent the size of normal bacteria.
The unusual nanobacteria have some unusual abilities. Normally, cells in the immune system detect a bacterium in the bloodstream, engulf it, and destroy it. But nanobacteria are able to trick immune cells into committing suicide. Luckily, nanobacteria reproduce very slowly. While the average bacteria reproduces once an hour, nanobacteria take three days to double their numbers. But they still do a lot of damage. Researchers have found that nanobacteria are apparently able to build a calcium shell around themselves. It appears that when they enter the bloodstream, they quickly migrate to the kidneys, where they begin building their shells. Researchers investigating whether nanobacteria cause painful kidney stones have reported testing 30 stones so far. Each stone showed antibodies that bind to nanobacteria. The good news is that if nanobacteria are a cause of kidney stones, they can be eradicated with antibiotics.
While scientists are unsure of how something so small can be alive, our wonderful Creator is able to fashion even these tiny, amazing creatures.