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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hummingbird sighting!



It was a rainy day.....
We were at a family's house learning how to make Chèvre (French soft cheese.) 
The rain outside contrasted with the warm interior of the kitchen where we watched a slideshow on cheese-making. During a lull in the class, I wandered over to the front door and saw a flash of red and green. It was a group of hummingbirds! I saw about four or five. I rarely see them at our house. I hurried back inside to grab my camera and the 55-200 lens... these images are what I captured. 

God's creation is so intricately designed. Practical and beautiful at the same time.


A few facts about hummingbirds: 

Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world.


    Hummingbirds can flash their bright colors, as well as hide them when needed.

      The bright radiant color on hummingbirds comes from iridescent coloring like on a soap bubble or prism.

        A Gorget is the bright flashing colored feathers of the hummingbird's neck.

          A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom.

            Hummingbirds are very smart and they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill.


              Hummingbirds can hear better than humans

                Hummingbirds can see farther than humans.

                  Hummingbirds can see ultraviolet light.

                    Hummingbirds have little to no sense of smell.

                      A hummingbird's beak is generally shaped like any other bird beak, just longer in proportion to its body.



                      Hummingbirds do not drink though their beaks like a straw. They lap up nectar with their tongues.



                      A hummingbird's heart beats up to 1,260 times per minute.

                      A Hummingbird's heart beats about 250 times per minute at rest.

                      A hummingbird's heart is 2.5% of the total body weight.

                      A hummingbird will take about 250 breaths per minute while at rest.

                      A hummingbird's metabolism is roughly 100 times that of an elephant.

                      Hummingbirds have very weak feet and can barely walk. They prefer to fly.


                      The hummingbird's body temperature is around 107 degrees Fahrenheit.

                      Hummingbirds are on average 3.3 inches (8.5  centimeters) long from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail.

                      A hummingbird can weigh anywhere between 2 and 20 grams.

                      A penny weighs 2.5 grams

                      30% of a hummingbird's weight consists of flight muscles

                      Humans pectoral muscles are about 5% of body weight



                      My little sister's pet turtle. :)  

                      Thanks for stopping by my blog!
                      ~Elizabeth 

                      Friday, July 18, 2014

                      What will happen before the end of the world?

                      I recently watched a thought provoking documentary called, "The Daniel Project." I would highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in world events and prophecy for the end times. The documentary's producers carefully examine 20 Old Testament prophecies and discover whether they have been fulfilled or not. 

                      This is their webite: http://thedanielprojectmovie.com    

                      Here is a trailer for the documentary: 
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgIzn5z_K4M&list=PL-YxaVTry9J-YfqxtPBxgDihixDuNAYHl 

                      Here are some reviews for "The Daniel Project." 


                      "Probably the most important documentary I have ever seen. I would describe it as inspired and ground-breaking in its field. Challenging and compelling." 

                      “Excellent, precise, direct & honest. A refreshing change from the apocalyptic movies circulating.” 



                      “I was watching in the night visions, 
                      And behold, One like the Son of Man, 
                      Coming with the clouds of heaven! 
                      He came to the Ancient of Days, 
                      And they brought Him near before Him. 
                      Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, 
                      That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. 
                      His dominion is an everlasting dominion, 
                      Which shall not pass away, 
                      And His kingdom the one 
                      Which shall not be destroyed. 
                      (from Daniel 7:13-14) 

                      "Then King Darius wrote: 

                      To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: 
                      Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. 
                      For He is the living God, 
                      And steadfast forever; 
                      His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, 
                      And His dominion shall endure to the end. 
                      He delivers and rescues, 
                      And He works signs and wonders 
                      In heaven and on earth, 
                      Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions." 
                      (Daniel 6:25-27)

                      Saturday, July 12, 2014

                      Reasons Why Believers Do Not Grow Much


                      In his "Reasons Why Believers do Not Grow as Much as They Ought", an old Dutch theologian said this: he mentioned "gospel" reasons, like christians doubting their conversion, or presuming upon grace, but also included plain old laziness. 

                      "We indeed desire to be in an elevated spiritual frame and to grow as a palm tree, but we are not willing to exert any effort- and thus we also do not receive it."

                      Which is another way of saying there is no place for quietism in the quest for Christlikeness.


                                               photo credit: http://aeshahadlina.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/palm.jpg
                                                

                      (From page 90, "The Hole in Our Holiness" Kevin DeYoung) 

                      (Dutch theologian's quote from: "The Christian's Reasonable Service" trans. Bartel Elshout, ed. Joel R. Beeke. 4 volumes)


                      Praying for Muslims this Ramadan


                                 image credit: http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/muslim-child-praying-vector-graphic_557365.htm

                      Hello friends,

                      I hope your summer is going well. What do you think about Ramadan?
                      Do you observe it, or have friends who do? I have several online acquaintances from around the world who are currently fasting all day. Then at sundown they can eat their meal of the day. I have had a heart for muslim peoples for the last 5 years. I want to be able to tactfully share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with my muslim friends. 

                      I have read a little about The Night Of Power: (called Laylatul Qadr in Arabic) a special night during Ramadan when it is believed that Allah first revealed the Qur'an to Muhammed. Some muslim scholars say that this night is hidden. Others say it occurs on either the 1st, 7th or 19th night of Ramadan. However there is strong evidence that the night occurs during the last 10 days of Ramadan, specifically on odd numbered nights. 

                      Whenever it is observed, the entire night, from sunset to dawn, is considered the holiest night of the year. It is believed there are groups of special angels who are only seen on the Night of Power. These angels supposedly perform special tasks: some come down for worship, or bring with them  proclamations for the coming year, others for granting the request of the believing Muslim.

                      According to Abu Huraira's translation of the Hadith, the Prophet Muhammed declared that "whoever prays during the Night of Power with faith and hoping for its reward will have all his previous sins forgiven." 

                      This time of heightened spirituality can be a time for God to reveal the person of Jesus Christ (Al Massih Issa Ibnollah in Arabic) to Muslims. 

                      (italics excerpted from: 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus Handbook)


                      image: http://www.parhlo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/صور-تهنئة-شهر-رمضان-كروت-بطاقات-معايدة-كفرات-فيس-بوك-10.jpg
                      • Can I encourage you to pray for muslims as they observe Ramadan? Pray that as they study the Qur'an and read about the Prophet Isa, The Lord will reveal Himself to them. Pray that they will have a hunger for God's Word and read it with an open heart and mind.

                      • You can also pray for muslim-background-believers and christians who live in muslim countries. Pray for their protection and safety. Pray that they can be courageous and bold in their witness for Christ. 

                      Open Doors USA offers a user-friendly 30-day prayer and reference guide for use during Ramadan. The resource can be downloaded free of charge at: 
                      https://www.opendoorsusa.org/landing-pages/ramadan/ramadan.html

                      Here is a link to a blog post on praying for persecuted christians during Ramadan:
                      https://www.opendoorsusa.org/press/2013/06-June/Ramadan-30-days-of-Prayer-for-Persecuted-Christians

                      ~Elizabeth