The animals around our house are constant source of amusement.  There is the constant stream of numerous species of birds to our feeder in the backyard.  There is the occasional deer and the wild turkeys will come around from time to time.  There are also a few hawks around the area that we can see flying about occasionally as they look for prey.  Sometimes these hawks will even land in our backyard, giving us a rare chance to observe them in detail.  One great source of amusement is the squirrels.  They will sometimes come raid the bird feeder, displaying their great acrobatic skills in the process, often hanging upside down by their back feet and then pulling the bird feed out with their hands.  Moreover, they provide great entertainment when our dog, a border-collie and Australian shepherd mix, will chase after the squirrels, apparently believing that they are encroaching on her territory.  She never catches the squirrels but comes very close sometimes.  I don’t think that she intends to actually catch them, though, because I’ve seen her pull back a little bit in her stride a few times when she was getting close to the squirrels, so I think she just wants to show them who is boss in the yard.

One particular day, our dog caught a squirrel up on the birdfeeder.  She had gotten out of the door at a full sprint and reached the birdfeeder before the inattentive squirrel, busy stuffing his mouth, realized that the dog was even there.  The squirrel was frantic, not knowing what to do, and our dog repeatedly jumped up at the squirrel and barked at him.  Finally, the squirrel climbed on top of the t-bar on top of the feeder, positioned himself at one end, got a running start, and shot off the other end of the t-bar as if he were being shot out of a cannon.  I had a great laugh at this spectacle; it was one of the funniest things I have yet seen these little creatures do.  It was quite clever, too.  By this method, he was able to get a good 15 feet out from the feeder before he hit the ground and immediately began running at full speed.  He had a head start before our dog realized what he had done.  Thus, he was able to get himself safely out of a real predicament and reached the safety of his tree before our dog could reach him. 

As amusing and wonderful each of these creatures are, I am always reminded of the great God who created all of them and created me.  As I’ve noted before in my blogs, the Bible tells me that “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13-14).  In the same way, these amazing creatures that give me and my family so much amusement are also fearfully and wonderfully made.  There are so many varieties of these animals, and they are all amazing in their own way.  I can look at them and see the tremendous creativity, wisdom, and love of our Amazing God in each of these creatures, just as I see these things in the formation of my own body.  Our Amazing, Boundlessly Loving Creator formed each of us personally in our mother’s wombs, knitting us together in great detail and with great love.  Moreover, He has given us amazing bodies that are fearfully wonderful in their capabilities and their intricacy. 

There are many amazing facts about the human body, but here is just a small sampling.
·         Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour.
·         The brain operates on the same amount of power as 10-watt light bulb.
·         The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica. Or any other encyclopedia for that matter. Scientists have yet to settle on a definitive amount, but the storage capacity of the brain in electronic terms is thought to be between 3 or even 1,000 terabytes. The National Archives of Britain, containing over 900 years of history, only takes up 70 terabytes, making your brain’s memory power pretty darn impressive.
·         The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razorblades.
·         The human body is estimated to have 60,000 miles of blood vessels.
·         Scientists have counted over 500 different liver functions.

I pray that you will be blessed today by a close walk with God and that you will remember to be thankful for the amazing body that God has blessed you with.



04/06/2016 4:06am

For a couple of weeks, it seemed every puppy we took in was black! This was some cause for concern, since we've been told a black dog is harder to find a home for.


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 


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