Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The final Act, oversleeping, Perseids meteor shower, and other things.

I scooted to work today because it was 68 degrees when I woke up. I didn't know it could be that cold out! I'm so excited. Don't be fooled though, it will reach mid-upper 90s by days end, but the cooler mornings are such a relief.

I overslept today. I went to bed at 9:22 last night, and after a few nighty-night texts I drifted off. I thought I was so responsible to get to bed on time so I could run like the wind this morning. At 6am I woke to my mom texting me.... which means I slept through my track alarm, and my neighbors "are you coming" text, and my neighbors phone call. She was probably standing in the driveway all suited up, all alone, and I was just sleeping away. I'm horrible. Now I'll have to make that up on Saturday. Boooo.

Oh, I made cold brew last night. I hate making it with the soak method because you have to filter it and that takes FOREVER. It wasn't even that good. I must've mis-measured and it was too weak. Blah.
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Caught in the Act

We're at the end, can you believe it?! I read the entire book of Acts and I loved it. I'll probably go back through it, now that I've read it with intent.

We end Acts in chapter 28 with Paul on the island of Malta. While there he is bitten by a viper. Immediately he is thought to be a murderer because he escaped the sea, but would surely die by snake bite. But when he does not get sick or die, he is thought to be a god. People so easily misunderstand what they don't know. We must preach the truth or many will be lost simply because they base what they believe off of what they can see.

Paul continues to preach to those around him, sharing the gospel of Jesus. Many do not understand, or agree with his teachings, and turn away. After reaching Rome, Paul is allowed to live alone and preach. We find him in Acts 28:26 quoting Isaiah 6:9,10, saying

Isaiah 6:9-10English Standard Version (ESV)

And he said, “Go, and say to this people:
“‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
10 Make the heart of this people dull,
    and their ears heavy,
    and blind their eyes;
lest they see with their eyes,
    and hear with their ears,
and understand with their hearts,
    and turn and be healed.”

God knows that some will not accept Him or His word. Long before Saul became Paul, God had this written. Paul was sent to carry out the teaching and the warning. Will everyone listen and turn to God? Nope. They didn't then, and we won't now. So many souls will be lost to the eternal darkness. 
  
28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”

30 He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him,31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance


Here's your chance to follow God. We've been warned. Paul took it seriously, will you?

*Keep in mind that I am not a biblical scholar, I don't understand all of the bible. I am still learning, misunderstanding, misquoting, and sinning daily. My intention is not to have you follow my words exactly, but only to share my thoughts publicly of what I'm reading in hopes that it will encourage you to do the same. I may be totally wrong, and I pray that God guides my thoughts when speaking of Him and His word. Do your own reading, studying, praying, and research. I'm praying for all of you, and hope you'll pray for me as well*
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Eyes to the skies

August in Oklahoma means one thing. ..no, not football. Well, yes, that too. But I mean the PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER!!!!! I know! I watch it every year too! August 12-13 is set to be the peak, and today happens to be the 12th. Midnight to 3a.m. is the best viewing time for an amazing show, with the sky boasting a possible 1000 meteors at once. But....I'm not going to be up from midnight to 3a.m., so I'll be taking in the possible 100 meteors per hour from 9pm to midnight. 

In case you aren't hip to this event, here are a few facts via NASA and Meteorwatch.org:


The Perseids have been observed for about 2,000 years. The source of the annual meteor shower is the debris trail left behind comet Swift-Tuttle. Each year in August, the Earth passes through a cloud of the comet's debris. These bits of ice and dust burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.


  1.  The Perseid meteor shower is named for the constellation Perseus, from where the meteors appear to originate.
  2. Most meteoroids disintegrate at about 30-60 miles above the surface, but become visible at about 40-75 miles.
  3.  Meteoroids orbit the Sun just like planets, comets, and asteroids. They travel at speeds of about 26 mps, but, when combined with Earth’s orbital speed of about 18 mps, enter our atmosphere at a velocity rate of about 44 mps. The meteoroids associated with the Perseid meteor shower enter the Earth’s atmosphere at about 37 mps. 
  4. Our planet encounters space debris every day, thus meteors are actually visible all year long.
  5. The Perseid meteor shower has been associated with the ancient debris field of Comet 109/Swift-Tuttle. Comet Swift-Tuttle leaves new debris each time it passes our planet – every 130 years. This debris field has the appearance of several streams, each measuring millions of miles long.

In 1992, the comet reached 5th magnitude, making it easily visible through binoculars. Comet Swift-Tuttle will pass within 14-million-miles of our planet when it next returns in 2126. Scientists believe that the comet will be even brighter than the 1992 pass, and likely readily visible to even unaided eyes. Astronomers once believed that comet Swift-Tuttle might, in the relatively near future, pass close enough to actually impact Earth or the Moon. While continued observations and recalculations have dispelled that concern for at least the next 2,000 years, this comet remains one of the greatest known solar system threats to our planet.

~~~Go outside tonight and enjoy the show! I have been watching this as long as I can remember. I was 9 when Swift-Tuttle passed by, and I surely didn't have NASA grade binoculars to view it. But, we get to see the beautiful shower that is created by this comet, which is a great consolation prize, ..or should I say 'constellation' prize. Hahahaha! Go lay in a hammock and relax beneath the shooting stars!~~~ 
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Things and stuff!









We have more cucumbers! We have cucumber phones, and window cucumbers, and curly cucumbers...

I don't know how I'm going to peel this one when it's full grown.



I had a gecko in my bedroom today. I don't know if that's because I haven't dusted in a while, or because it's so hot outside, or because he knows my room is super comfy? He now lives in the garden with the toad. Neither have paid rent for August yet.



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Blue Apron Week 2

Get ready for some new recipes! We have salmon this week to experiment with. I probably won't be making a new meal tonight, but, I may be making a transportable meal using some leftovers from the chicken torta night. Come back tomorrow to see what happened!


2 comments:

  1. You have so many animal friends these days!

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