Hi Jessica! People also forget that many, many species of animals are capable of hibernating! They wouldn't require much feeding, if at all - from squirrels and badgers to bears and some birds and many reptiles. This just wasn't a problem!
And as Lurker said, I too have been praying for you. Whatever we face, we can be sure our loving Savior is always the answer.
My husband brought up a good point regarding this story. With federal health coverage mandating that health insurance be provided to families who have "children" (up to age 26) who are attending college, be covered UNDER the parents health plan, might this be a precident for this child to actually sue her folks? I don't know, but it seems an awfully insidious way to get what you want...
Michael H - saw the comment you posted somewhere recently about your daughter and the godly counsel and advice she received. I am very thankful and will continue to ask for God's guidance in her life; I had people pray for me ask I grew and know God saved me many a heartache because of these faithful people. I prefere being on this end, quite frankly!
US, you put into words that which I unflatteringly tried to convey but apparently did not. I was not talking extreme use of "senses" as the ecumenical and pentacostal movements rely upon to "worship" God - a practice which opens occult doors.
Instead, I was recognizing those parts of humans made by our Creator, which He Himself said of it, "it was good", and allows us to experience His power, wonder, strength, judgment and awe as tactile along with our spiritual component. (He placed us in a garden of unspeakable beauty and told Adam to play in the dirt! It was for us to glorify Him in our wholeness.). As we can abuse our spiritual side, we can abuse our physical/senses side. But as we nurture our faith through the Word of God, we can nurture our senses to God's glory as well, in a healthy and God directed way.
Ugh, did I completely loose what I was trying to say there again?
John UK - I absolutely thought of you on this thread! Someday I would love to see one of your pictures! God blesses His flock with such a versatility of gifts and talents and when used to His glory is promotes joy and wonder towards a God who is so deserving.
"What is the Ark Encounter?" "The Ark Encounter is a one-of-a-kind historically themed attraction. In an entertaining, educational, and immersive way, it presents a number of historical events centered on a full-size, all-wood Ark, which should become the largest timber-frame structure in the USA. Additional future phases for the attraction include a Walled City, the Tower of Babel, a first-century Middle Eastern village, a journey in history from Abraham to the parting of the Red Sea, a walk-through aviary, an expanded large petting zoo, and so on. It is designed to be family oriented, historically authentic, and environmentally friendly. We also plan for the Ark Encounter to eventually include daily live mammal and bird shows, an extensive interactive childrenâs area, live entertainment, and many themed restaurants, creative food outposts, and shopping. The Ark Encounter will be one of the largest âgreenâ construction projects in the country, taking advantage of the latest environmental technologies to be good stewards of creation."
Penned - lol! Yes, yes, but I tend to not be as eloquent as you. I believe I stated NOT that seeing (or insert whatever sense you want here) was believing but because of belief (imparted by the Holy Spirit just to be clear), we can enjoy the things our Lord and God MADE for us to enjoy! Why stop at reading about the tent of God when you can see it outside and worship Him in His infinitness? I don't NEED the stars, but He MADE them for a REASON. And it wasn't for the RCC... And lest we think I am talking about only the warm fuzzies: I just had a baby. Genesis and a curse seem to come to mind there. I don't live life on female sensory mode because you can't trust that. However, wouldn't we be denying the image of God if we so compartmentalize the way in a person can grow and mature in God as seeing Him only in a leather bound Writ? Does not nature proclaim Him, too?
Oh my goodness Neil. Utter nonsense and how "monk-ish" of you! So what a grand advantage blind people have over the rest of us then!? I am not talking about salvation, I am talking about reading about the greater and lesser lights from day four in Genesis and feeling the sun, growing plants, seeing constellations! Seeing what a lump of yeast will do to flour - and then eating the fresh hot loaf. Sitting in a concert hall and listening to an orchestra play Bach.
Your "reliance on the senses" as an "essence of Roman Catholic doctrine" is pure tripe. You mean to say the senses God gave us to see, touch, taste, hear, smell His creation are some RC contrived way to kill off saints? Hahaha! You give the RCC far too much credit and demote God's image bearers! Like everything else in life, sinner abuse these, but that doesn't make the senses bad in and of themselves. Wow. Again, how very monk-ish; interesting perspective though; wrong, but still interesting.
R-e-s-t... Hmmm... About eight years ago... That was before our first born! Lol! I am though - dear husband has taken next week off and so the energy of the others is absorbed with lots of wrestling and running around. The baby is BLESSEDLY calm and content, very easy to sleep and eat's well. We've been especially enjoying our 4-yr old daughters attention to the baby as her other brothers are finding out they are actually capable of basic human function without her directions! Hahaha!
I love having something tangible to set my eyes on. In no way is God's word not enough but there is something to be said about experiencing something with your senses. Ever smelled frankisese or spikenard? Ever touched a crown of thorns? Held a clay water jug like Rachel used to water the camels? They enhance what we already envision! Not to be worshipped, but to fill our minds yet again and in a different light with God's power.
That being said, $73 million for a tourist attraction... I personally would use the money for other purposes but cannot presume the individuals behind this are acting in an unChristian-like way.
Sorry to be so crass here, but if this was a pregnant dog and you kicked the mutt who then aborted all the pups, they would rain down fire and brimstone on your dark, cruel, evil heart. But, ya know, this is not a life, it's a choice... Ho-hum...
I'm with penned, these people are just sick. Life began before the foundations of the world, for time exists to God in that respect and He foreknew all who He has created.
I look at our new baby and rest knowing God already has his life under control and knew Gabe before he was a twinkle in our eye! All these women, what will they say should they meet the lives they utterly destroyed, without remorse, with their own hands one day?!
GSTexas made the comment on the Morman article that Satan hasn't had to even change tactics and the same can be said for this group. The RCC indeed has a history consistent with their persecution of these families. It will only worsen. Also goes to prove the Ecclesiastical verse "Nothing new under the sun".
Thank you everyone! Gabriel had a great nights sleep, as we all did. We appreciate all your well wishes, prayers and the hymn Observer - beautiful! The kids have loved to read them and see another group in the body of Christ. Hang in there SF - that baby will be here sooner than later!
As for the last half of this thread: "Like a madman who throws flaming darts and deadly arrows, so is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, 'I was only joking' "(Proverbs 26:18-19 HCSB). I love humor - but there is a difference between humor and deceptive "humor".
Oh my! So many beautiful opportunities to pray for God to be glorified in all of your lives!! I have a list which includes nearly everyone on this thread that are prayed for each day! Frank, I have been praying for you of late as I noticed you weren't posting - will continue to ask for God's guidance and strength. Penned, I'll be keeping you close in thought as well.
Now, SF, I would have written earlier, but,...
At 6:30 this evening we welcomed a beautiful and very big BABY BOY into our family! His brothers and sister are beside themselves with joy as are Dad and Mom. I cannot say thank you enough to all who have been praying - this pregnancy was dogged by much fear and Jesus shone mightily through the pain.
So, my dear over due sister SF, it is your turn! My family prayed for you right after we had our baby that you will soon see the face of the blessing God has given to you all!
Michael H and Dorcas - I will most certainly add them to our daily prayers. What painful refinement we go through to become more Christlike, or, to see Him more clearly! My hearts go out to you both as well - it is difficult to watch the hearts of those we hold dear to feel such pain.
Dorcas, my heart just sunk hearing about SF. I haven't stopped praying for her, baby, husband and kids. Indeed we serve a Sovereign Lord who is always right and just; it's something truly sweet to trust in. Thank you for the prayers for us, too. We have an appointment tomorrow with our midwife and I suspect we might have to help things along. Not the plan we wanted to go with, but God's leading!