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Genesis 1: 24-26 ” 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. God 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.”

Hippo Baby

This colorway is one of my “Days of Creation” series.

Day 6- part 1!

This colorway was sort-of added as an afterthought.  (blush)  I was looking at all the ones I had done, and realized I’d missed the beasts of the field.  When I first started dyeing, I had mentioned to my husband that I wanted to do one based on the Hippo and call it “Hippo Baby”.  So when I realized that I needed this segment of scripture to get complete the entire Creation account, I knew it had to be here.

When my oldest daughter was younger, she was fascinated by baby movies.  We bought this very old movie called “Baby Praise.”  It had babies just doing stuff and it was set to Christian songs.  She loved it.  And she learned a lot of the songs.  She’d always want to watch the “baby mobie.”  We watched it until we were blue in the face. LOL

My mom wanted to get one for my niece, after seeing how much my daughter loved it.  But she found one called “Praise Baby” and bought it.  It was not the same movie, though very similar in concept.  The one we got was called “God of Wonders” and it had a hippo on the front.  To distinguish between the 2, we called one the “baby movie” and the other the “hippo baby movie”.  Almost a year and a half later, she still calls that movie the “hippo baby movie.”

This colorway has the gray of the hippo and all the femininity of my very girly daughter.  I will think of her every time I dye it!


Genesis 2:1-3 “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”

Rested

This colorway is one of my “Days of Creation” series.

Day 7!

This day of creation is where God rested.  Much like an artist who finishes a piece of artwork and looks over his work with pleasure, our God rested in His creation.  He was satisfied with the work of His hands.  He stepped back to admire His work. And like a good father also, He was setting an example for His children to follow.  God never NEEDS rest, but He knew we did.  We can get so caught up in our busy lives that we never take time to just “rest”.  God modeled for us what we needed to do.

Taken from the Matthew Henry Concise Commentaryon the Whole Bible:

“After six days, God ceased from all works of creation. In miracles, he has overruled nature, but never changed its settled course, or added to it. God did not rest as one weary, but as one well pleased. Notice the beginning of the kingdom of grace, in the sanctification, or keeping holy, of the sabbath day. The solemn observing of one day in seven as a day of holy rest and holy work, to God’s honour, is the duty of all to whom God has made known his holy sabbaths. At this time none of the human race were in being but our first parents. For them the sabbath was appointed; and clearly for all succeeding generations also. The Christian sabbath, which we observe, is a seventh day, and in it we celebrate the rest of God the Son, and the finishing the work of our redemption.”

Take some time in your life to really “rest”.  It will refresh your body and soul!

Genesis 1:26-28- ” Then 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.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God 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.”
Genesis 2:7,18, 21-24- “Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being…Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”…So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”
Genesis 1:31 “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”

Unity

This colorway is one of my “Days of Creation” series.

Day 6- part 2!

The way the pinks and blues of this colorway mold together remind me of a man and a woman joining their lives together. “What God has joined together, let not man separate.” Theses words are often spoken at weddings. The institution of marriage is very important to me. I love, honor and cherish my husband deeply. He has been the greatest gift the Lord has given to me on this earth. We are perfectly suited to one another. I love him with all of my heart and soul. And through this union, we’ve brought two amazing girls into the world. Our love multiplied in a very real and evident way.

On this day of creation, God created a man. Then He gave him a wife as a gift. God had something special in mind when He created man. He wanted the world to see a likeness of Himself in all humans. And He wanted us to know about Himself through the gift of marriage. For in marriage, a man and woman would find intimacy, trust, love and physical satisfaction, while populating the earth. Yet the institution of marriage is only a minuscule representation of the love the Father has for us. He loves us so much more. Even to the point that He was willing to send His son to take away the sins of the world.  So that by believing in Jesus, we might experience perfect unity with God by having the Holy Spirit indwell our very being.  And then someday experience an eternal unity with God in heaven!

Answers in Genesis has a wonderful article about God’s creating of man. I included just the summary statement.

http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v16/i4/image.asp

“When God created the vegetation and the animals, He made them all ‘after his/their kind’ (the phrase occurs nine times in Genesis 1:11-25). When He created Adam, He made him after the God-kind — in the image and likeness of God (cf. Acts 17:28). After the Fall, man is still said to be in God’s image (Genesis 9:6; 1 Corinthians 11:7) and likeness (James 3:9). However, this image was defiled by man’s rebellion at the Fall, and all aspects of God’s image were tarnished. Nevertheless, these aspects were perfect in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was and is ‘the image of the invisible God’ (Colossians 1:15), and ‘the express image’ of God (Hebrews 1:3), both in His life on earth and in Heaven.

The Apostle Paul says that we are transformed or renewed into the image of God by the Gospel, and that this image is then ‘in righteousness and true holiness’ (Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 4:24). This is not something that the natural man can bring about by his own efforts, but is the result of our ‘receiving Christ’ in faith and repentance (John 1:12; Galatians 2:20). It is accomplished by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5; Romans 8:28-29), who takes up His abode within God’s children (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). ‘God is long-suffering towards us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance’ (2 Peter 3:9).”


Genesis 1:20-23 “Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.”

This colorway is one of my “Days of Creation” series.

Day 5- Part 2

Are you sick of Frank Harber yet? LOL Well this book is awesome! Another quote regarding the evolution vs. creation. On page 19, Harber provides some great information. “Evolution requires that spontaneous generation (life coming from unliving matter) must have occurred. But not one case of spontaneous generation has occurred. All scientific observations point to the fact that life only comes from life. This scientific law is referred to as the the Law of Biogenesis. Hence, to get life you need life.” But to me this makes sense. God told the birds and the fish to be fruitful and multiply. He created them just as they were and expected them to reproduce their own kind. What a great God.

Regarding this colorway, I took some artistic liberties. No where in the Bible is there a mention of flamingos, per se. However on day 5, God created ALL the birds, including Flamingos. This colorway was actually inspired by a wetbag I own that with an Amy Butler print. It looks to me like flamingos standing in water and I am so glad that it turned out the way I hoped it would. While I am creative and enjoy this process, I pale in comparison to the ultimate artist- God! He created everything we see. He is awesome!

For your viewing pleasure, the print that inspired this “Flamingos.”
Flamingos & bag


Genesis 1:20-23 “Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.”

This colorway is one of my “Days of Creation” series.

Day 5- Part 1

On this day, God created all the sea creatures. We went to Sea World with both of the girls this year. It was so wonderful to see these creatures. The super intelligent and friendly dolphins. The funny seals performing. The huge orca whales in such a lovely display. We loved it. This colorway reminds me of Shamu and a dolphin swimming in a sea of amazing water.

Regarding God’s creation of the fish, I found this article at Answers in Genesis.

http://www.answersingenesis.org/news-to-note/2007/0324.asp

“It’s another case of science turning to God’s design for inspiration: a study published in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics (which focuses on such natural inspiration) describes how engineers may be taking a cue from dolphins in devising improved sonar systems. Dolphins navigate using sonar—sonar that “outperforms any man-made system, particularly in shallow water, ” according to the article.

Enter Peter Dobbins, an engineer for Britain’s SEA Group. Based on the theorized but as yet unverified idea that dolphins use their teeth to improve sonar navigation, Dobbins modeled dolphin jaws to investigate the “endfire array” concept:

The models showed that the endfire-array pattern performs better at close range than the ‘broadside’ pattern often used in man-made sonar systems. In a broadside array, the sound
travels at right angles to the jaw—from directly underneath, for example. Whereas the broadside array loses the ability to determine direction of sound closer than 10 centimetres from the source, the endfire array can still do so.

Of course, since scientists have not proven that dolphins actually use their teeth in navigation, Dobbins’ model only “may be” taking a cue from nature. Despite this unanswered question, the article points out:

Dobbins agrees that further work is necessary to determine whether his models accurately reflect dolphin sonar. But regardless of how that debate turns out, he says, the results can already be used to improve man-made systems.

As humans, we can be thankful for not only God’s incredible designs, which have inspired numerous engineering advances, but also for the logical minds God gave us that allow us to use science to investigate the world around us.”

God created all his creatures with special abilities. And man has just copied God’s design. Electrical, mechanical, acoustical, optical phenomena are already present in nature. What a brilliant God!


Genesis 1:14-19 “Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.”

This colorway is one of my “Days of Creation” series.

Day 4!

“Eventide” and “Dusk” are both names for Evening. I love sunsets that are just amazing! I was thinking about a sunset we saw in Washington D.C and how lovely it was. I found this picture of a sunset in Hawaii at http://www.hawaiipictures.com
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I’m sure that if I think it looks absolutely stunning in a picture, I can only imagine how spectacular it is in real life.  When God created the sun and the moon and set them into orbit, he gave us such an awesome gift. Each day we see the handiwork of his creation in the beautiful sunrises and sunsets!

“Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” has some wonderful information regarding Day 4 of creation: the sun, moon and the stars.  On page 26, “The moon orbits the earth at a perfect distance at about 240,000 miles which creates the necessary tides upon the oceans. These tides clean up the oceans and their shores, but if the moon were to move in just 1/5 of this distance, the contintents would be plunged under water twice a day. ”

“It is difficult to examine our amazing universe and not conclude that there was a Designer. Psalm 19:1 says,’The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.’ Romans 1:20 says, ‘For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.’

“Although there are only 4,000 stars that can be seen without a telescope, the Bible has declared that the number of stars are as the sand on the seashore. (Genesis 22:17.) Modern giant telescopes have verified that there are about 10 ^25 (ten million billion billion) known stars in the universe.  It is of no small wonder 90% of astronomers believe in God!”


Genesis 1: 11-13 ;2:8-9 “Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a third day.”…
“The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

This colorway is one of my “Days of Creation” series.

Day 3- Part 2!

This colorway actually came from a lei I got at a MOPS retreat. I’ve been staring at the colors for months now. I love the way they go together. It made me think of Hawaii. I’ve seen pictures of the lush vegetation there. I would really like to visit there someday.

Eden is often a place I’ve often thought about. It was this garden that God planted for Adam and Eve to enjoy themselves in. And God caused “every tree that was pleasing to the sight” to grow there. Can you imagine the beauty of it? I’m not sure I can.

God wants us to know him in everything. Even the plants shout out that they were loving made by a creator. I found 2 incredible articles from Answers in Genesis. One is on orchids and how complex they are and point to a creator. http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v19/i1/orchids.asp
The other is “God’s little green machines” by by John V. Collyer

http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v16/i3/machines.asp

“God’s little green machines all run on solar power. Long before man discovered how to harness solar power, the Creator had installed miniature ‘solar panels’ in every green leaf.

We sow a seed. The seed is programmed to remain dormant until water and warmth are available. With moisture the stored food in the seed becomes soluble and growth begins.

First, little roots go down seeking more water. Then little leaves come up searching for light and air, exposing their surfaces at right angles to the sun. Another of God’s little green machines has come to life, instructed by the miniature program within it.

The leaves expand, and expose their solar panels to the light for energy to power the chemical factories within each leaf that marvelously combine air and water to form sugars. This amazing process has been taking place ever since the Creator said, ‘Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding see, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself’ (Genesis 1:11)

In this incredible process called photosynthesis, solar energy is used to manufacture chemicals, whereby sunlight falls on the green cells in the leaf, empowering them to make such chemical changes as splitting molecules of water into their components oxygen and hydrogen. The oxygen is released into the air for us to breath, while the hydrogen is used in the making of sugars as it is combined with carbon dioxide from the air.

This whole wonderful process (infinitely more complex than this simple explanation) is being performed while ever the sun shines, all over the world, by countless numbers of God’s little green machines. It has proved to be beyond the ability of the most skilful scientists to replicate. They, and we, marvel, at the wonder of it, and if we are wise, learn the lesson that it teaches.

This process, the basis of all our food supply, was created before any animals were placed on earth, and is evidence of the practical loving care of the Creator for His creatures. His ‘green machines’ are a universal reminder of the fact of divine creation, and that day three, when plants were created, was quickly followed by day four when the sun took over the task of providing energy for God’s plants.”

I hope the next time you see a beautiful garden, you don’t overlook the details God has placed before you.  He has shown you some of Him in His own special way!


Genesis 1: 9-10 “Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. “

This colorway is one of my “Days of Creation” series.

Day 3- Part 1

Day 3 has two parts. The first deals with the creation of our Earth. Looking for more proof, I again turned to Frank Harber. On page 25, he states: “The Earth’s crust is extremely thin, much thinner than the skin of an apple in comparison. Beneath the crust is molten lava. If the earth was only 10 feet thicker on the outside, the additional matter would have oxidized all the available oxygen out of the air when the world began, making life impossible.”

Honestly, it is so much fun to learn this type of information. I grew up in a Christian home, believing in God. But all through school, I spent time battling what I was being taught with what I had been taught and believed. I have been so relieved for resources like this book. For it allows me to see how perfect everything is in the universe. How just one itty-bitty change and things would not be here or be the same.

We also love “Answers in Genesis”. I’ve linked an article I found very helpful and informative. http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v21/i1/seas.asp

The article is entitled, “Salty seas—evidence for a young earth” by Jonathan Sarfati. His conclusion states, “The salinity of the oceans is a strong evidence that they, and the Earth itself, are far younger than the billions of years required for evolution, and is consistent with the biblical age of about 6,000 years. It is also far younger than the evolutionists’ ‘dates’ for many marine creatures. In short, the sea is not salty enough to suit the taste of evolutionists! Of course, all such calculations depend on assumptions about the past, like the starting conditions and constant rates of processes. They can never prove the age of something. For that, we need an eye-witness (cf. Job 38:4). The point of such calculations is to demonstrate that even under the evolutionists’ own assumptions about the past, the Earth is far younger than is usually claimed and does not contradict the Bible.”

This good earth is crying out that our God is good!


Genesis 1: 6-8 “Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.”

This colorway is one of my “Days of Creation” series.

Day 2!

So in Day 2- we’re talking about the Heavens (or atmosphere).  My husband *LOVES* talking about Creation Science.  One of his favorite books is called “Beyond  a Reasonable Doubt” by Frank Harber.

In Chapter 1 page 26, Harber says regarding the Earth’s atmosphere, “Forty miles above the earth is a thin layer of ozone.  If compressed, compressed it would be less than 1/4 inch thick. The atmosphere shields this planet from 8 deadly rays emitted from the sun and from 20 million meteors a day traveling at speeds up to 3o miles/second. ”    This is astounding.  There is this tiny layer of sky that protects us.  How did it get there?  How does it stay there?  Well, God put it there to do just that.

Now is my time to do a little refuting of the “Big Bang” theory.  On page 24, Harber states, “Explosions produce disorder, not order. How could such an explosion, which is driving the galaxies apart, ‘fail to drive to all atoms apart before they came together in galaxies?’  Furthermore, such an explosion can not explain why all the planets and moons do not rotate in the same direction. Six of the sixty moons, along with Venus, Uranus, and Pluto, rotate backwards… The universe does not resemble the chaotic remains of an explosion. Rather, the universe is a marvel of orderliness. ”

I just love knowing that a God who could think that big (like to  order of all of the universes that there exist), also cares for me!

Genesis 1: 1-3 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. “

Be Light

This colorway is one of my “Days of Creation” series.

Day 1!

This is the beginning of my series, and it starts with the beginning of the world. In our household, we firmly believe in a literal 7 days of creation and that God created THE world we live in today approximately 6 thousand years ago.

Most people believe that the world was created over millions of years of evolution. Many believe that science and religion don’t go hand in hand. However, what really differs is how we view the facts. The facts are the same. The only difference is what source we use to interpret the facts. As Christians, we use the Bible to explain everything, especially science. So the Biblical “theories” have not changed, nor have they EVER been disproved. However, the opposing side has had many changes to account for facts that do not fit into their “thories”.

Fact: The sun is the perfect distance from the Earth. (93 million miles) and the perfect temperature (11,500 deg. F) to sustain life on Earth. If 50 degrees more or less average per year reached our planet, life would cease to exist.

We view this as proof of a Creator God. He spoke and it was. And what He does is perfect, has always been perfect and will always continue to be perfect! What an amazing God who gave us the sun to warm our planet, to allow our plants to grow, to nourish our skin and our souls, without harming us. Think about the sun’s temperature. 50 degrees (so 11,550 vs. 11, 500) warmer and the temperature would be too hot to sustain life. 50 degrees (so 11, 450 vs. 11,500) colder and the temperature would be too cold to sustain life.

To me, it is much easier to believe that there is an all-powerful, all-knowing God who planned all this, rather than believe in some seriously amazing amounts of coincidences.