Saturday, December 19, 2020

Spend Your Time on the Eternal

2020 certainly did not "shape up" as any of us would have imagined a year ago when we thought about 2019 ending and 2020 beginning - we have certainly been able to see what is eternal - and what is not. As this difficult year comes to an end, take time to think about what you want to do with your time in 2021 - think about what is eternal.

Certainly family and handing down confident faith qualify as things which are "eternal" - things which matter. As we get our covid shot and things are able to return to "normal", have a plan to invest your time in things which are eternal. If you have not been able to spend time in person with the ones you love - plan time to do so! This is absolutely something to look forward to in 2021!

But, as we go through the coming months while people get their shots, make the most of this time by praying for the ones you love, and by handing down confident faith in a "virtual" way. It is likely the children you love have not been to church for almost a year. If church is the main place where they typically learn about God, then right now - today - make a plan to connect with them and have intentional conversations about why they are able to believe in God and trust Him with confidence. Consider trying this activity with them - from book four of the Life on the Goldilocks Planet series - 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. Lets learn a

few 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 you

are 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 Gods amazing  and interesting - design. He knew what He was doing when He created them. Lets 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 . . . 

Random evolution through natural processes, unsupported as it is by observable 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 Mitchell, physician, researcher, writer

Or, In Other Words . . .

Evolutions belief of how everything which exists does so by natural processes is not able to explain the different ways and creatures which are have bioluminescent features. They have no answer for it. The only explanation which makes sense is God designed this ability  and every other ability found in every creature on Earth. 

Whether you have been able to spend time in person with the children you love over 2020, or not, make a plan to spend the rest of 2020 and all of 2021 on what matters the most - the things which are eternal. 

#grandmas #handingdownaconfidentfaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

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