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Amazing things can happen when you allow the Lord to work in your life.

God’s Safety Valve

“By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art He that took me out of my mother’s bowels:  my praise shall be continually of thee.”  Psalm 71:6

Did you know . . . that more than 75% of all women in their first trimester of pregnancy suffer some form of morning sickness?  More than 1/2 become physically sick.  Although this does not help to feel better during pregnancy, it might help to know that morning sickness may serve a good purpose.

Most of the food that we ingest has a natural low concentration of poisons.  It has been concluded (by biologists from the University of California) that morning sickness may be the body’s way of protecting the developing child.  This newly developing infant is extremely susceptible to low levels of toxins in the mother’s body until about the 8th week of development. When the mother’s body detects a level of toxins dangerous to the developing child, it may use morning sickness to rid the body of them!

Other studies have shown that women who get nauseous and vomit during early pregnancy have lower rates of miscarriage than women who don’t get sick.

Wow!  We serve an Amazing God who thought of EVERYTHING, and finds details to be important!

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Retracting Mosquito Antennae

If we don’t look, research and educate ourselves about the Lord and HIS handiwork, we will miss SO much interesting facts about the ONE who not only created us, but created every creature and critter uniquely – ALL FOR HIS GLORY and for a purpose!

Psalm 40:5a  “Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done…”

Most people are aware that it is only the female mosquito that feeds on blood.  The male feeds on plant juices.  It is also easy to “see” the differences between male and females in most species.  The male has a distinctive pair of antennae.  While the female mosquito’s antennae are difficult to see, the male’s look like a pair of branched feathers coming out of its head.  And if it weren’t for a very special feature, these large, antennae would make it difficult for him to fly.

Each antennae is planted in a socket, next to which there is a pad made out of special protein.  This pad is actually a water-powered engine.  When flying, the mosquito’s antennae are flattened against its head.  But when he lands, he raises the antennae so that he can hear.  To raise the antennae, a small amount of water from his system is pumped into the pad that increases its size by 25 percent and causes the pad to unfold, raising the antennae.

Nature is full of so many wonders that it would be easy for us to get lost in them.  But every one of these wonders is designed by God to lead us to desire to learn more about Him — especially to learn from His Word that He wants a relationship with you through His Son, Jesus Christ.

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Rat Language: More than Meets the Ear

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork…There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.”  Psalm 19:1,3

It was once thought that language was a relatively late development in the evolution of man.  Language among the lower animals was dismissed as a fantasy.  So, when the Bible speaks of the whole creation praising God, these same people said that this was just a figurative expression.  Now modern science has shown that many creatures DO have a language of their own — language that, we point out, can also be used to praise the Creator.

The human ear can detect sounds between 20 and 20,000 vibrations per second.  Many creatures that we once thought silent are busy communicating in sounds well above this range of frequencies, and we just don’t hear them.  Scientists have cataloged many of the calls of Norway rats that communicate at 70,000 vibrations per second and conclude that they have the richest vocabulary of calls with specific meanings.  Young rat pups screech a distress call that reaches the same volume as a jack hammer; yet, we are not able to hear it.

There is an advantage for these small rodents having such a high-pitched language.  Even though many predators, like cats, can easily hear these frequencies, the loudest call does not travel far enough to give away the location of the nest.

Language is a gift from our Creator; therefore, it is only fitting that the entire creation has language with which to praise Him!

Lord, help me to use my lips and voice in praising and thanking YOU at all times!

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Smart Brain

“And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.  Romans 12:2

The human brain is the most complex arrangement of matter in the universe, and modern brain research is adding to this wonder.

But medical researchers are learning that if the part of the brain that controls your left hand, for example, is damaged beyond repair, other parts of the brain will take over for the injured part.  This doesn’t always happen automatically.  However, it takes effort on your part.  If you don’t use the hand, the brain won’t work very hard to re-assign its function to another part of the brain.  It also works the other way.  Even if the brain isn’t damaged, failure to use your left arm will result in shrinkage of the brain area that controls it.  so, pianists, for example, will have a growth in the area of the brain controlling their skills if they practice.

These discoveries fill us with more wonder over the incredible abilities of the brain.  But they also tell us something about ourselves.  We are not, as many think, locked into certain bad habits or sins.  We are learning that the transformation of our minds by God’s power is not only something that happens spiritually — physical changes take place in our brains as a result of our behavior.  Is your mind being transformed by the power of God, or is it being conformed to the world?

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The Fragile Rattlesnake

John 3:14  “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up…”

The rattlesnake is a dangerous creature, but surprisingly vulnerable.  Believe it or not, rodents, rather than being easy victims of the rattlesnake, are one of the rattlesnake’s greatest enemies.  Ground squirrels will sometimes attack rattlers, lunging at and biting them.  Ground squirrels can inflict wounds that become infected and cause the snakes death.  They often get away with this because their reflexes are so much faster than the snake’s.

Those who handle rattlesnakes must be careful of their bite.  But they must be equally careful about how they pick the snake up, because its neck is easily broken.  If a rattler is trapped for only 20 minutes in the noonday sun, it can go into convulsions.  And if it is placed on ground with too steep an incline, its heart, unable to pump uphill, may fail.  In fact, simply handling a rattler may cause it to starve itself to death.

Scripture refers to the devil as the “serpent” many times.  However, just as the rattlesnake is truly deadly but also vulnerable, so, too, is the devil — truly deadly but vulnerable.  All who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior from sin, death and the devil have that victory through Christ, even though the devil would like us to forget that he is a beaten foe.

**While I know in this life I will still have to contend with the devil, may the Lord always keep me mindful of how HE has beaten him for me!

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He Breathes with His Feet

Job 21:22  “Shall any teach God knowledge?  seeing he judgeth those that are on high.”

What breathes with its feet, has thousands of jaws but no mouth, has up to fifty arms, and an eye on the end of each arm?  NO, it’s not a new creature  for the next Star Wars movie.  It’s the Starfish.

When God designed the starfish, it almost seems as if He tried to see how differently HE could make this creature from all the others.  Depending upon the species, the starfish can have from 3 – 50 arms while there is an eye on the end of each one.  The rough skin of the starfish is covered with tiny jaws to keep parasites from attaching themselves to the starfish.  Even more amazing is the fact that each of these thousands of jaws work independently of the rest.  To get its oxygen, the starfish takes water in through tubes in its feet, each containing a tiny pump and a pipe system linking it to the other feet.

The starfish presents us with the lesson that our Creator did not have to make the creation in any specific way.  This is referred to by theologians as “voluntary creation.”  IF God had chosen to, you and I might be breathing through our feet — although I’m glad we don’t.  But the biblical truth of the voluntary creation was one of the crucial ideas that provided the basis for the modern scientific method.

 

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The Wonder of Wonders!

The Wonder of Wonders, as she looked on His face,

That this little boy, spoke the worlds into place,

The stars and the moon, shining brightly on them,

The earth and the sun, were created by HIM.

The Wonder of Wonders, as she looked down & smiled

That He was her maker, as well as her child,

He created the womb, that had given HIM birth,

He was God incarnate, come down to the earth!

The Wonder of Wonders, as she heard His small cry

That THIS VOICE HAD THUNDERED, on Mount Sinai,

His small hand she held, so tenderly,

Had made a dry path, through the mighty Red Sea!

The Wonder of Wonders, OH HOW COULD IT BE

That God became flesh, and was given for me,

The Almighty came down, and walked among men,

The Wonder of Wonders, HE died for my sin!

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