Here's another mammal for you! How cool are Degus? Well watch the video to find out just how cool they are!
Prairie dogs often remind me of how we are supposed to function as a church. The church isn't just a building, it's a community of believers working together for the common good and to glorify Christ. Acts 2:42-47 says 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
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Are You Lashing Out Like A Cornered Animal?
One of my favorite activities is to study an animal and its ecosystem and try to locate and eventually capture said animal. Often I will back an animal, like a snake or a rat, into a corner and if I don’t act quickly while trying to capture it I can find myself on the receiving end of angry teeth. Biologically animals (and humans) are designed with a mechanism that enables them to react with either fight or flight.
When animals are put into a stressful situation that fight or flight mechanism takes over and they either flee or stay and address the aggressor. I find myself being stressed out all too often and reacting out of a fight or flight mindset more than I would like to admit. Psalm 55:22 says “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Next time you feel that surging of adrenaline that signifies the oncoming reaction to stress and you feel like fighting or fleeing from the situation remember that Jesus overcame the world and as you accept him you take on his righteousness (Romans 3:22). So tell God about your problem and he won’t let you be shaken. Are you lashing out like a cornered animal?
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