If you have grown children and grandchildren who want to grow in their own walk with God, or ones who do not, you, as a purposeful grandparent, need to have resources which help you hand down confident faith and will engage those who walk with God and engage those who do not. We must not just leave the handing of confident faith to our grown children who are walking with God, or the church. We must not, "wave the white flag of defeat" when we have people we love who show little if any interest in God. Handing down confident faith matters too much for us to do either of these things. "Co-laboring over the sculpting of souls is a sacred profession, a humbling privilege. Never forget." It is for this reason the Life on the Goldilocks Planet curriculum/book series was developed.
People who are using this series are reporting - particularly with grandchildren who may not be interested in things of God - this series is engaging them in important conversations which show why they are able to believe in God and trust Him with confidence. This is what we want to happen! If you are curious about this series and want to get a look at what it is like, today I am happy to share with you about the Red-Lipped Batfish - from book four - Red-Lipped Batfish, Giant Purple Squirrels, Kakapo & More! -
Red-Lipped Batfish – One Very Surprising Fish
This is the Red-Lipped Batfish – and yes, it is a real fish! It lives in the Pacific Ocean in an area stretching from Peru and Costa Rica west to the Galapagos Islands. Red-Lipped Batfish remind me of Job 12:9-10 –
“The fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”
The Red-Lipped Batfish is one of the “fish of the sea” which was made by God. Let’s learn afew things about it and how God designed it “just right” . . .
- · It is easy to see where Red-Lipped Batfish get their name.
- · In addition to their surprising look Red-Lipped Batfish will not win any fish swim contests, as they are not accomplished swimmers.
- · Red-Lipped Batfish use their fins to “walk” along the bottom of the ocean – this is also surprising!
- Extending out from the head of the Red-Lipped Batfish, under their snout, is an illicium. Red-Lipped Batfish use this to lure small fish and shrimp close enough for them to catch and eat.
- · At the top of their illicium, Red-Lipped Batfish have an esca which shines a bright, bio-luminescent light to help lure dinner to them.
- · Since Red-Lipped Batfish are not the best swimmers in the sea, it is very helpful for them to have their illicium and esca to lure fish to them . . . otherwise, along with being one of the oddest-looking fish in the sea, they would also be one of the hungriest fish in the sea.
- · There are more than 600 species of batfish in the sea, but the Red-Lipped Batfish, and their cousins the Rosy-Lipped Batfish, are the only batfish with colorful lips.
- · Red-Lipped Batfish are related to anglerfish.
- · Red-Lipped Batfish eat small fish, shrimp, crabs, and worms.
- · Red-Lipped Batfish live at the bottom of the ocean.
- · No one knows why the Red-Lipped Batfish has red lips.
Some people think Red-Lipped Batfish show a “link” between fish and animals which walk on land, but while they are able to use their fins to “walk” in the ocean, they do not get out of the water and walk on the land. Since Red-Lipped Batfish are not the best swimmers, how did they survive in the ocean until they “developed” their illicium and esca? If being a strong swimmer when youare a fish, is something which helps you survive, how did the Red-Lipped Batfish ever survive millions of years in the ocean, since they do not swim well? The answer which makes the most sense to these questions is, God designed Red-Lipped Batfish as they are. God knew what He was doing; He designed and created Red-Lipped Batfish – and you – “just right”!
Activity to Make the Point & Have Fun!
Red-Lipped Batfish are most certainly a surprising example of God’s amazing – and interesting - design. He knew what He was doing when He created them. Let’s make fun and colorful glow in the dark jars to help us remember how God designed Red-Lipped Batfish “just right” . . .
· Mason jar or plastic jar
· Glow in the dark paint – whatever colors you want
· Paint brushes or cotton swabs
1. Using one paint color at a time, carefully “dot” paint on the inside of your jar. 2. Add however many colors you want. 3. Allow time for it to dry. 4. Let it sit near a light/in the sun. 5. Put by your bed and watch it glow!
God designed Red-Lipped Batfish with a bio-luminescent “lure” which they use to catch food. He designed and created them “just right”. Let your glow-in-the-dark jar help you remember, just as God designed Red-Lipped Batfish, He designed and created you “just right, too!
Think About This . . .
Randomthrough natural processes, unsupported as it is by mechanisms in biology and steeped in unverifiable worldview-based assumptions, cannot account for the biodiversity of bioluminescence or the plethora of biochemical routes by which diverse organisms produce and regulate their light. But a wise Creator, who like a good engineer has designed many variations of this useful ability, can. Dr. Elizabeth Mitchellresearcher, writer
Lynda has a winner here and she’s done all the hard work to provide us parents and grandparents with an incredible tool to build the faith of our legacy. These beautiful and educational books will equip us to fulfill God’s mandate in Psalm 71 to “declare God’s power to the next generation, His might to all who are to come”.
Dr. Tim & Darcy Kimmel
Dad, Grandpa, Mom, Grandma
Authors of Extreme Grandparenting; the Ride of Your Life gracebasedfamilies.com
Lynda is a genius when it comes to bringing God's Word alive to children. She is a grandmother who understands the importance of the role she plays in her grandchildren's lives. Her books are made for grandparents to open God's Word through animals and living things which interest little kids. and big kids too.
Linda Ranson Jacobs
Mom, Grandma, and Great Aunt
Developer of DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) dc4k.org
Psalm 19 reminds us if we study creation, we see God more clearly. I’ve never seen a book as remarkable as this one which ties exploration of God’s creation with the language of children and activity, to produce a compelling statement about the majesty of God. When I read it, I feel like I’m somehow entering a new world. I’m sure it’ll be an incredible resource.
Dr. Scott Turansky
National Center for Biblical Parenting biblicalparenting.org
I LOVE this little book you have created. What a great and powerful tool for shaping young minds to see and acknowledge the truth about God’s creation. Well done. Every parent and grandparent ought to have this tool in their toolkit to teach the truth about creation and evolution. This is a marvelous tool I want to let every grandparent know about. Thank you for taking time with your grandsons to create this extraordinary piece.
Cavin T. Harper
Founder and President Christian Grandparenting Network www.grandcamps.org,
Wow! Wow! Wow! Can’t wait to buy several copies for my grands.
I love what you put together! We’ve discovered at Group the power of animals and kids too!
Chief Creative Officer, Group Publishing
for other grandparents/parents on your gift list. This series will help the ones you love learn the "whys" - why they are able to believe God is real and trust Him with confidence - what could possibly be a better gift? This series is available on Amazon and in our bookstore - where there is a significant savings - especially if you decide to buy the book which has all four books in one - you are able to buy the print copy at a price which basically amounts to buy two and get two free!