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Blog update - I have disabled comments on 4shared. Your comments are very precious to me and I don't want to miss a single one! With hundreds of freebies, it has become far too time consuming to check each one at 4shared for comments and I fear I have missed precious comments in the process. It means the world to me when you write and I want to read every one! So, from now on, if you would like to leave me a comment, at the bottom of each post is the only place, unless you'd like to e-mail. Again, God bless every one of you who takes a moment to write me!! *hugs*

Ahhhh! I just went to 4shared thinking that now that there would be no new posts, I'd go back and read every one and take screen shots of my favorites to keep...and THEY'RE ALL GONE!!! I had no idea that disabling comments for the future would DELETE ALL MY PRESENT COMMENTS *silent weeping* ... *dropping my head, shoulders slump and I leave the room...*

Again we come to another discussion of "balance". God teaches us balance. Here is yet another example of mankind today getting out of balance on a subject.

  • "Then God said, 'Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind'; and it was so.
  • 25God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.
  • 26Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'
  • 27God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
  • 28God blessed them; and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'
  • 29Then God said, 'Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;
  • 30and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food'; and it was so.
  • 31God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day." Genesis 1:24-31
  • "Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. " Genesis 2:19
God made man and paraded all the animals before him and charged him to give them names. God gave us control and stewardship over the animals. He told us to rule over them. He told us to multiply, fill the earth and subdue it. We certainly have filled the earth and subdued it. We have come to the point where we need to protect and help many of God's creatures as part of our stewardship over them. God created them for our use and pleasure, but "stewardship" includes being a good caretaker.

We began protecting God's creatures and plants. The need was real and is increasingly so today. As with most things that get out of balance, this started for a good purpose. However, just as He warned us in the scriptures:
  • "For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen." Romans 1:25
There are those who have lost their balance. In trying to fulfill the charge God gave us to rule over and care for His creation, they have abandoned the loving and saving truth of God Almighty who created us and all that is, who holds every one of our eternities in His perfect hand, He who is worthy of our worship and service, and they have elevated God's creation, the work of His hands, it's creatures and plants, to a place of worship, just as He warned we would.

It should be obvious if you have been reading this blog, that I love animals and have worked with the Wildlife Rescue for years. I am the one people bring day old sparrows without a bit of down to. I'm the one people bring kittens with their eyes still closed or tiny squirrels to to rescue. I feed and care for babies every two hours around the clock for months, whatever is needed to prepare them for release or a home, whatever is appropriate. You should also have noted that I cherish this world's plant-life, rocks and vistas. It's not just words with me, I put my time and labor into it and live it.

I have cared for many kinds of animals and deeply love them, but I do not worship them. They are not more important than man whom God has made in His own likeness, breathed His breath of life into and given an eternal soul. Man is far more valuable in God's eyes as demonstrated by His sending His Only Begotten Son, Jesus, to live here with us, teach us and give His life as the perfect sacrifice on our behalf to save us from our sins, if we will love and obey Him. When protecting animals starts harming people, it is out of balance and contrary to God's will which is above all human reasoning and laws.

Let's keep things in balance as we drink in the amazing blessings God has given us through all of His creation - the beauty of the landscapes, the charm and fellowship of His creatures, the rich blessings of His plant-life. Let's fully enjoy these great blessings and remember to honor and thank the One who made it all for us. Let's be sure to praise His Holy Name every time our hearts warm at the sight of a sunset, a baby animal, a fragrant flower, a fresh stream or a majestic vista. He did it all because He loves us. He provided all this as a place we could live while having the choice of whether we will love Him back and live with Him forever, or whether we will reject Him and choose to burn in hellfire forever. Let's keep things in balance. Let's deal with what's most important first - man and his eternal destination.

Jonathan & Cheri - Thanks for writing! It means so much when people write. To answer your question, people just bring me helpless little creatures they find, have for decades. My suggestion to you is to contact the Wildlife Rescue in your phone book and volunteer to rescue squirrels. They always need help in all areas and are normally such nice people. Please read back in my posts to see that though they are wonderful babies, they are NOT pets. You should release them at 12 wks. into a safe area with the only exception being those crippled and unable to survive in the wild. Good luck!

Winnie update: Can you believe how long she can stretch? You can tell this was before a feeding...tummy all gone! Her fir is thickening a lot and her tail is getting fluffier.
Little wobbly Winnie trying to hold on to my arm here at the computer.
So many of you have liked our new baby Winnie that I thought you might like to use her as an element. This was before her eyes had opened. I was surprised how many of you have wanted my chipmunk element, so maybe you can use this sweet baby. There are more to come!

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