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Musings on…… Scripture about Food or What God Gave Us to Eat

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Before the fall:

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

After the fall, after the flood:

Genesis 5:9 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.

Laws for the people:

Leviticus 11 New International Version (NIV)

Clean and Unclean Food
11 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 2 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Of all the animals that live on land, these are the ones you may eat: 3 You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud.

4 “‘There are some that only chew the cud or only have a divided hoof, but you must not eat them. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is ceremonially unclean for you. 5 The hyrax, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. 6 The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. 7 And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. 8 You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.

9 “‘Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams you may eat any that have fins and scales. 10 But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales—whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water—you are to regard as unclean. 11 And since you are to regard them as unclean, you must not eat their meat; you must regard their carcasses as unclean. 12 Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be regarded as unclean by you.

13 “‘These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the eagle,[a] the vulture, the black vulture, 14 the red kite, any kind of black kite, 15 any kind of raven, 16 the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, 17 the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, 18 the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, 19 the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.

20 “‘All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be regarded as unclean by you. 21 There are, however, some flying insects that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground. 22 Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper. 23 But all other flying insects that have four legs you are to regard as unclean.

24 “‘You will make yourselves unclean by these; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening. 25 Whoever picks up one of their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening.

26 “‘Every animal that does not have a divided hoof or that does not chew the cud is unclean for you; whoever touches the carcass of any of them will be unclean. 27 Of all the animals that walk on all fours, those that walk on their paws are unclean for you; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening. 28 Anyone who picks up their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. These animals are unclean for you.

29 “‘Of the animals that move along the ground, these are unclean for you: the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard, 30 the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon. 31 Of all those that move along the ground, these are unclean for you. Whoever touches them when they are dead will be unclean till evening. 32 When one of them dies and falls on something, that article, whatever its use, will be unclean, whether it is made of wood, cloth, hide or sackcloth. Put it in water; it will be unclean till evening, and then it will be clean. 33 If one of them falls into a clay pot, everything in it will be unclean, and you must break the pot. 34 Any food you are allowed to eat that has come into contact with water from any such pot is unclean, and any liquid that is drunk from such a pot is unclean. 35 Anything that one of their carcasses falls on becomes unclean; an oven or cooking pot must be broken up. They are unclean, and you are to regard them as unclean. 36 A spring, however, or a cistern for collecting water remains clean, but anyone who touches one of these carcasses is unclean. 37 If a carcass falls on any seeds that are to be planted, they remain clean. 38 But if water has been put on the seed and a carcass falls on it, it is unclean for you.

39 “‘If an animal that you are allowed to eat dies, anyone who touches its carcass will be unclean till evening. 40 Anyone who eats some of its carcass must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. Anyone who picks up the carcass must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening.

41 “‘Every creature that moves along the ground is to be regarded as unclean; it is not to be eaten. 42 You are not to eat any creature that moves along the ground, whether it moves on its belly or walks on all fours or on many feet; it is unclean. 43 Do not defile yourselves by any of these creatures. Do not make yourselves unclean by means of them or be made unclean by them. 44 I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves along the ground. 45 I am the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.

46 “‘These are the regulations concerning animals, birds, every living thing that moves about in the water and every creature that moves along the ground. 47 You must distinguish between the unclean and the clean, between living creatures that may be eaten and those that may not be eaten.’”

Peter’s Vision is not about food, but about Gentiles:

Peter’s Vision
Acts 10:9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”

14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”

15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.

17 While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. 18 They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there.

19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three[a] men are looking for you. 20 So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”

21 Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?”

22 The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.” 23 Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests.

What do you think?

Personally I think we were meant to be plant eaters until the fall. Just like everything else, the fall tarnished everything!

The covenant between God and Noah and his offspring gave them all living creatures to eat.

All the rules in Leviticus 11 are meant to taken as a health issue and a separate nation issue as one ties it into the context of the whole chapter.

Even I can’t, in good conscious, make the case that Peter is talking about food and not Gentiles. [But some people try]

The story of the weaker believer only eating vegetables while the stronger believers will eat the meat sacrificed to idols because idols hole no threat to them…

Romans 14:1Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

and

1 Corin 8, Colossians 2, 1 Corin 10. All talk of foods in general and offered to idols.

in the end:

Do All to the Glory of God
23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” 27 If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— 29 I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?

31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

Footnotes:

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Musings on…..Dinosaurs in the Bible

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behemoth3So I get Acts and Facts magazine and I had a conversation with a friend about dinosaurs in the bible. I took the 7 points the executive editor posted in the magazine and researched them.

Tell me what you think….

  1. dinosaurs were created on the day 6 along with the other land animals and humans. 

20And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
24And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
26Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,a and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

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2. dinosaurs walked the earth same time as humans, just perhaps not often in the same places. 

dinosaurs in Asia , Israel were Mosasaurus…. and from here …Animals like Mosasaurus were marine lizards, not dinosaurs.

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3. The bible mentions Leviathan and behemoth.

 

Let’s start with Leviathan:

http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/leviathan/

http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Leviathan

Leviathan is possibly a crocodile, whale, serpent, devil. It is used illustratively.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+27&version=ESV

This has to do with the redemption of Israel.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+41%3A1-34&version=ESV

A large sea animal.

Psalm 74:12Yet God my King is from of old,
    working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13 You divided the sea by your might;
    you broke the heads of the sea monsters[d] on the waters.
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
    you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.

Psalm 104:24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
    In wisdom have you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Here is the sea, great and wide,
    which teems with creatures innumerable,
    living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships,
    and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.[b]

With Leviathan being Capitalized, I would venture to say its the devil.

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Next: Behemoth

http://av1611.com/kjbp/ridiculous-kjv-bible-corrections/Behemoth.html

http://www.bible-history.com/books/Matthew/Job/Chapter+40/

Job 40:15 “Look at Behemoth,
    which I made along with you
    and which feeds on grass like an ox.
16 What strength it has in its loins,
    what power in the muscles of its belly!
17 Its tail sways like a cedar;
    the sinews of its thighs are close-knit.
18 Its bones are tubes of bronze,
    its limbs like rods of iron.
19 It ranks first among the works of God, [this makes me think of angels]
    yet its Maker can approach it with his sword.
20 The hills bring it their produce,
    and all the wild animals play nearby.
21 Under the lotus plants it lies,
    hidden among the reeds in the marsh.
22 The lotuses conceal it in their shadow;
    the poplars by the stream surround it.
23 A raging river does not alarm it;
    it is secure, though the Jordan should surge against its mouth.
24 Can anyone capture it by the eyes,
    or trap it and pierce its nose?

It may not be entirely coincidental that the oldest book in Scripture, Job, lists several mythical animals. Dated around the 1660s B.C., it was written more than two hundred years BEFORE Moses penned the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Job references five of our seven exotic beasts – dragons (Job 30:29), the behemoth (40:15), the leviathan (41:1), unicorns (39:9 – 10), and possibly the phoenix bird (29:18).

from here

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?t=kjv&strongs=h8577, this lexicon definition helps the dinosaur option.

Even with all this info… it still doesn’t convince me these beasts were dinosaurs.

4. Legends and historical accounts from around the world include dinosaur-like creatures as dragons, indications that humans actually witnessed real dinosaurs alive after the flood. 

https://answersingenesis.org/dinosaurs/tannin-sea-serpent-dinosaur-snake-dragon-or-jackal/

this explains ‘dragons’ in other passages besides Revelation, where a dragon is clearly the Devil.

5. the 60 or so basic kinds of dinosaurs could easily fit on the ark. 

So many arguments for that there….People assume there are just 2 of every kind of animal and but as you can read

19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”

He brought food for the humans and the animals to eat.

Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth.

14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind,everything with wings. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.

Another argument can be made for God putting a ‘spell’ on the animals so that they didn’t eat, fight or procreate for the time they were on the ark.

If you wanted to get real crazy, you could say that is this happened

[23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.] 

There would be no fossil evidence from before the flood.

6. Scientific research on soft tissue…. of dinosaurs confirms they lived thousands, not millions of years ago. 

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/dinofossils/Fossiltypes.html

http://biologos.org/blogs/jim-stump-faith-and-science-seeking-understanding/soft-tissue-in-dinosaur-bones-what-does-the-evidence-really-say

https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/more-dinosaur-bones-yield-traces-blood-soft-tissue

http://www.livescience.com/41537-t-rex-soft-tissue.html

7.  Noah’s worldwide flood formed dinosaur fossils found on every continent, including Antarctica.

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/dinofossils/locations/Antarctica.shtml

 

 

Just Some Stuff to Throw up Here ~ July Edition

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Hey. Been super busy with school. School is for kids, kids with minds that still work, backs that are still strong to sit for long periods, and lives that only include school. lol

Biology really got me thinking about evolution and science and the bible and christian faith. There was a bit of a discussion on Fb that got a bit heated over whether dinosaurs were in the bible and if they aren’t then how do we square up the bible and science?

But when I questioned it, I was immediately told I was having problems with my faith and would be prayed for. thanks?

Since I’m pretty sure God allows us to think and study and have free will, I don’t feel I’m floundering in any way but I feel questioning and even asking God is good for the body and soul.

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A couple of pages I saved on FB to share:

http://www.challies.com/articles/do-you-believe-god-will-save-your-kids

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1BpB3p/www.social-consciousness.com/2013/11/121-documentaries-to-expand-your-consciousness.html?ref_src=fb

I love documentaries, all kinds.

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To say that God is testing me is an understatement. This trial brings me to tears. I think what God is trying to tell me through this is that I don’t depend on God, I don’t look to God, I don’t worship God… I do all those things to my son. And I placed a HUGE burden on him. He needed to be my child, that was all, not my idol. So broken over that.

Its been a hard lesson that I am still learning. Praying the lessons God is teaching my son will bring him back. Back to God.

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http://www.king5.com/news/absolutely-wrong-bill-nye-the-science-guy-takes-on-noahs-ark-exhibit/275442854

Saw this on FB today and am so so disappointed in all this. This creation is a travesty. Waste of money, time and resources, just to be an attraction to Ken Ham’s museums? I see this as no different from Joel Osteen’s mega church or the TBN cronies.

Ugh, the comments. Makes Christians look vile, silly and uneducated.

The last sentence…. As for the ark property itself, it’s not done expanding. Ham said plans for a walled city and Tower of Babel — intended to warn against the dangers of “prejudice and racism” — will be part of a future phase. 

BECAUSE THAT WORKED WELL THE FIRST TIME, EH?

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Small book review. Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

My friend and I were talking about community and how churches sometimes miss the mark on how community works so He graciously bought me this book to read. It’s a very well written treatise on christian community. My first thoughts were DUH we all should be doing this! He paints a family picture of a whole day spent in community; prayer, worship, work, confession and adoration for God.

We, in America, strive so hard for autonomy, that we lose the wonder of togetherness…in our churches, homes and cities. We forget we are connected to others, even globally.

Groups of people [churches, cities, bevys]  try so hard to be right, or correct or separate that we turn aside and almost hate others not included in that group. So sad. Everyone should read this book, especially leaders of groups.

That is all for now. Back to writing a research paper on GMO’s!

 

Musings on…. My Dream Ministry

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I am going through the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician program online. 50 years old and going back to college. not so easy.

Perfectionism is killing my vibe.

But lately my dreams are leading me in a different direction. The idea of a clearinghouse for stuff comes to mind.

A place to have tables set up for different ministries that want different things.

Crayon Initiative, Operation Christmas Child, eyeglass ministry, bible and book ministry. Foster care ministries.

I picture a huge front room with tables in a circle with the different ministries advertising on the tables, boxes and brochures, lists of items needed.

I picture a website with the ministries and items wanted, hours open and requirements for the ministry.

This wouldn’t be open to the public unless the ministry did a food or clothes pantry and they were there to organize the pick ups.

Ministries would have to pick up donations weekly or when needed and we would have hours that people could drop their items off.

I’m thinking noon to 9, Tuesday through Saturday.

We would need volunteers for manning the bldg. Money for rent, utilities, and postage for the ministries that are not in state/town.

The ministries would be anything…animal related, religious or not, people, here, in country, out of country.

Bonus!

My son has a desire to have a bldg for nonprofits to rent an office space for little rent.

If we could find a bldg that did both, that would be super.

Even a house type setting would be good, or a warehouse. I’m not sure what would work the best.

I don’t really know where to begin… I’m thinking of contacting some ministries that I am interested in and having them send over some artwork or tri fold or info for the website and table.

Then just use my house or garage, altho hubby doesn’t want me to use garage.

Sigh, why can’t I just have unlimited income to get this started?

Let me know your thoughts!!

Here is a link to the ministry page

Hope Mercantile Collective

 

100 Things I have Done -Redux

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Totally had to re-post this from Feb 2009 to see if there was any improvements….

improvements in red
Well, you’re supposed to bold the things you’ve done so readers can find out how you’ve led an awesome life so far.
Here’s what I have done:
1. Started your own blog [January 2007]
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii [honeymoon 1998]
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity [many times]
7. Been to Disneyland [march 1998]
8. Climbed a mountain [not a serious climb, just walking up Mt. Rainer]
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch [knitting]
15. Adopted a child [if taking care my sons friends count, then I’m in]
16.Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables [growing own veggies rules!]
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill [heck yea, who hasn’t?]
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb [oh I only wish, but i petted a pig and held a 6 foot snake]
26. Gone skinny dipping [ah, in my youth]
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise [Disneyworld about 10 years ago]
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community [in Iowa!]
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke [at my wedding]
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight [in Mexico]
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing [black bass, in alaska]
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling [Itried it, was totally freaked out by it]
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater [worked at a drive-in theater]
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business [SQUEAL, i get to mark this! 2011, my pet sitting business]
58. Taken a martial arts class [attended one class then quit]
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies [I was a Camp Fire Girl]
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason [just recently from my friend Leslie]
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt [i’m going to say yes to this one, i helped someone with cutting squares for my quilt]
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job [1 time, for stealing, which i didn’t do]
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone [funny how I never had broken bones until my son was born]
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle [i love the thrill of it! someday, someday]
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car [well, hubby bought it for me]
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper [yes, 5 years old, holding mushrooms]
85. Read the entire Bible [I have listened to the entire bible on CD]
86. Visited the White House [the outside, many years ago]
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous {Alton Brown]
92. Joined a book club [long time ago, a craft book club]
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Well, there you have it. Still boring. Peace!

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

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 Do’s and Don’ts of dog Ownership/Parenting

Do love them always, feed them the best possible food you can afford. Play with them, exercise is good for you both. Train them, go to obedience class, you will be very thankful you did, and it might even stop you from relinquishing them in the future due to bad behaviour.

Let them be a part of the family, they are pack animals, they love their families, they need their families. Keep them fit and healthy. Take them to the vet, give them vaccines and get them fixed.

Be prepared beforehand for all possibilities, for injury, or death, for old age. Put them in the will and make sure you have a plan for them if you die.

Do this BEFORE you adopt. Oh, and adopt, do not buy. Consider adopting an old dog. [or cat] They have most likely been trained and they need a forever family.

Don’t buy anyone else a dog [or cat], its a personal decision. Don’t buy it for the kids, don’t buy for relatives, friends, etc.

Do not get another living breathing thing unless you have researched the heck out of it and know that you can deal with it. Don’t think of a pet as a commodity. Don’t get rid of them when they are old, have no time for them anymore: they don’t understand why they are being left behind. All they want is to be with you.

Don’t assume they will get over it if you do relinquish them to a rescue or shelter.

Don’t leave them kenneled for 8-10 hours a day then watch TV all night and then make them sleep for 8+ hours. Make time for them.

rrshilohlabmixmarch20152

Black Lab Mix
Female
11 Years Old
60 pounds

Shiloh is a loveable, mellow 11 year old, compact 60 pound black lab mix. She enjoys belly rubs, playing fetch, taking walks and going for rides. She gets along well with other dogs and most people although she is shy of SOME men. She has been tempted to chase the cat. She is house trained and manages stairs very well.We initially thought that Shiloh could stay at home alone all day but have amended this and are looking for someone who is at home most of the day or can take a dog to work with them. Shiloh would be an ideal dog for going to work with her person.

She is an absolute dear and a treasure. We don’t want her to be lonely. She also will need a minimum of a half hour walk every day and some time to play fetch. She is a loyal companion who is happy to hang out quietly with you.
Shiloh’s foster mom says: “Now I am looking for an absolutely fantastic home for her. Every dog I have fostered so far has ended up with a better deal than I could give them if I kept them. I’ve come to realize that’s my gold standard and that’s what I need to find for any dog I foster.”

Can YOU bring home “the gold?”

Shiloh is being fostered in Olympia, WA.

If you want to learn more about any of the pets from Rebecca’s Rainbow or want to meet one of them, please contact us.
If you see an animal that interests you, you can use our online application forms to apply for an adoption.
 
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If for some ungodly reason you must get rid of a dog/cat/pet like say you are getting up there in age and none of your godforsaken family will take your pets, or your house burns down or you become homeless and haven’t set up ‘a pet will’ beforehand then here are a few do’s and don’ts for getting the creature adopted out:
Do tell the shelter/rescue everything you know about your pet, the good AND the bad. It will help them to get just the right family for your pet.
Do go to a reputable shelter/rescue, there is far too many people ‘flipping’ animals on Craigslist. [those people may be going to hell]
to add to above,
Do not lie about your pet, be truthful and honest.
Do not withhold information about your pet, this could result in pets being adopted and given back to shelter, time and time again.
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 *you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Psalm 12:10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,
but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Luke 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.

Psalm 104:24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Here is the sea, great and wide,
which teems with creatures innumerable,
living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships,
and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.
27 These ball look to you,
to give them their food in due season.
28 When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.

psalm 147:7 Swing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre!
8 He covers the heavens with clouds;
he prepares rain for the earth;
he makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He gives to the beasts their food,
and to the young ravens that cry.
10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.