Saturday, October 25, 2014

Science Saturday: Hares, Asters, and Bumblebees!

(A white aster with a bumblebee! :~D My lovely Mommy took this!)

A few interesting facts that may be slightly beneficial to your brain:
  •  Hares and Rabbits are completely different animals. Hares tend to have big ears, big hind legs, and a a larger body. They are from the genus Lepus.
  • One of the more-common Hares is the Snowshoe Hare. They grow extra fur on their feet to help support their weight when they are in deep snow.
  • They enjoy eating grasses, green leaves, buds and twigs in the summer. In the winter they eat needles and twigs from conifers, bark, buds, and twigs from deciduous trees. For water they drink dew in the warm months, and snow in the cold months. 
  • The name Aster comes from the Greek word for "star". Fall is a perfect time to see the "star flowers". 
  • Asters are a perfect example of a composite flower. They have tiny individual flowers called florets. The ones in the middle of the flower are called disk florets. Surrounding the disk florets are small thin ray florets.
  • Asters are perennials, so if you find them one year, they are most likely going to be there for the next several years.
  • Bumblebees still can be around after a few frosts. Some of the females are still buzzing around looking for mates. After they mate they will bury themselves in the ground in an inactive state.
  • If they survive the winter they will come back out in April or May. Honeybees prefer hives in trees and so forth, but Bumblebees tend to live in burrows in the ground.
  • As the colony slowly gets bigger in the warmer months, the Queen is busy laying eggs. The older workers spend time foraging for food while the younger workers help in the nursery. Then the cycle continues.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Prayers in the Psalms


This will be a little different then the other posts. This will be a collection of Psalms I have found while perusing the book of Psalms. I will give the reference and a verse (or two) that particularly stuck out. I pray that you be encouraged to spend some time reading them.

(For the sake of continuity, I will be sticking with the ESV)

Psalm 3 -Psalm 3:3
But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
    my glory, and the lifter of my head.

Psalm 4 - Psalm 4:1
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
    You have given me relief when I was in distress.
    Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

Psalm 5 - Psalm 5:2
Give attention to the sound of my cry,
    my King and my God,
    for to you do I pray.

Psalm 6 - Psalm 6:9
The Lord has heard my plea;
    the Lord accepts my prayer.

Psalm 12 - Psalm 12:6
The words of the Lord are pure words,
    like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
    purified seven times.

Psalm 16 - Psalm 16:11
You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 17 - Psalm 17:8
Keep me as the apple of your eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings

Psalm 25 - Psalm 25:4-5
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
    teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all the day long.

Psalm 27 - Psalm 27:14
Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!

Psalm 36 - Psalm 36:5-6
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
    your judgments are like the great deep;
    man and beast you save, O Lord.

Psalm 39 - Psalm 39:12
Hear my prayer, O Lord,
    and give ear to my cry;
    hold not your peace at my tears!
For I am a sojourner with you,
    a guest, like all my fathers.

Psalm 40 - Psalm 40:3
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.

Psalm 42 - Psalm 42:8
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
    and at night his song is with me,
    a prayer to the God of my life.

Psalm 51 - Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 54 - Psalm 54:4
Behold, God is my helper;
    the Lord is the upholder of my life.

Psalm 55 - Psalm 55:22
Cast your burden on the Lord,
    and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
    the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 56 - Psalm 56:3-4
When I am afraid,
    put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
    in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
    What can flesh do to me?

Psalm 57 - Psalm 57:9-11
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!

Psalm 59 - Psalm 59:16-17
But I will sing of your strength;
    I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
    and a refuge in the day of my distress.
O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
    for you, O God, are my fortress,
    the God who shows me steadfast love.

Psalm 61 - Psalm 61:1
Hear my cry, O God,
 listen to my prayer

Psalm 64 - Psalm 64:10
Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord
    and take refuge in him!
Let all the upright in heart exult!

Psalm 66 - Psalm 66:19-20
But truly God has listened;
    he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
Blessed be God,
    because he has not rejected my prayer
    or removed his steadfast love from me!

Psalm 67 - Psalm 67:1
May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face to shine upon us

Psalm 70 - Psalm 70:1
Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
    Lord, make haste to help me!

Psalm 84 - Psalm 84:2, 10, 12
My soul longs, yes, faints
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
    to the living God.

For a day in your courts is better
    than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
    than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Lord of hosts,
    blessed is the one who trusts in you!

Psalm 85 - Psalm 85:10-11
Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
    righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
    and righteousness looks down from the sky.

Psalm 86 - Psalm 86:6
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
    listen to my plea for grace.

Psalm 90 - Psalm 90:17
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
    and establish the work of our hands upon us;
    yes, establish the work of our hands!

Psalm 102 - Psalm 102:1
Hear my prayer, O Lord;
let my cry come to you!

Psalm 109 - Psalm 109:4
In return for my love they accuse me,
    but I give myself to prayer.

Psalm 120 - Psalm 120:1
In my distress I called to the Lord,
    and he answered me.

Psalm 123 - Psalm 123:1
To you I lift up my eyes,
    O you who are enthroned in the heavens!

Psalm 139 - Psalm 139:4
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lordyou know it altogether.

Psalm 143 - Psalm 143:8
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
    for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
    for to you I lift up my soul.

Psalm 144 - Psalm 144:4
Man is like a breath;
    his days are like a passing shadow.