Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Inside The Creation Museum

This week's travel post is part of a travel series of our visit to see our grandchildren in Carmel, Indiana.  If you want to start at the beginning, go HERE. Other posts in chronological order are HERE,  HERE, and HERE!

Two week's ago I shared that we went to the Creation Museum while visiting with our grandchildren in the nearby state of Indiana.  In that post I showed the beautiful outside grounds of the Creation Museum and now this week I'm going to talk about the museum itself.

The museum is a 75,000 square foot facility and it portrays the history of the earth as God tells it in the Bible.  There are nearly 150 exhibits;  many of which are animatronic and interactive.  There is also a 200 seat special effects theater and a state-of-the-art planetarium (the planetarium is not included in the price of admission).

The displays are so beautiful and very well done.  I've been to many famous, large city museums in my life and they would equal the quality of any of their exhibits.

I loved this exhibit telling the story of Adam and Eve, the first humans on earth.  So romantic!


The Creation Museum tells biblical history in chronological order, beginning with the creation and ending with Christ return.  Through out the museum displays they contrast what God word says, and what secular scientists say.  I may be biased, but the truth is so obvious and God's Word always makes so much more sense, I wonder how anyone can ever believe anything different.

Before you begin your tour of the museum you are treated to a 4D movie.  This is included in the price of admission, which I thought was awesome!  This movie is so much fun!  We loved it!  The movie takes you  through the creation of the world, and because it's 4D you feel the wind, sprays of water, and your seat rumbling and shaking!  Alethea thought it was the coolest thing ever!



After you leave the movie theater, you have the joy and pleasure of strolling through the Garden of Eden.  This was one of my favorite parts of the museum.  I loved looking at all the displays, especially the animal ones.  But all isn't perfectly tranquil in the garden for it is here you that you learn about original sin and effects of the fall.


After you finished exploring the stunning Garden of Eden, you walk through more Biblical history and learn about Noah’s Ark, and the Tower of Babel.  Many of these displays, like the one below, are animatronic.  They move and talk to you as you look on.  The kids just love it!  They are so realistic.


By now, we were ready to get some lunch because if you remember we spent all morning outside the museum strolling through the Biblical Gardens, playing on the playground, and visiting the animals at the petting zoo.

The museum has many dining options.  You could bring a picnic lunch if you like.  There are plenty of spots outside to have a picnic!  Inside the museum they have the lovely Noah's Cafe that offers both inside and outside dining.  We chose the outside dining option with great views of the exterior grounds.  The food was very good and reasonably priced.  We also stopped at Uncle LeRoy's Fudge, which is made in a traditional copper kettle on site.  It was so good and again, very reasonably priced.  We made sure to buy extra to take home!


I had to include a picture of this cute little guy wearing Grandpa's dirty old sun hat.  I really need to get my hubby a new hat before our next vacation.


After lunch it was back to the museum.  Here is an example of how the museum always showed the secular world view of an issue verses what the Bible has to say about it.

Be prepared to spend a lot of time reading while at the museum, but if you have little ones with you, like we did, there is always something interactive to keep them occupied.


Here Alethea is learning all about the human race and how God created us.


Of course my sweet Alethea got bored at times and created her own things to do, like run around in circles on this gorgeous floor mosaic.😀  Thankfully, no one was disturbed by it.


This was such an interesting section of the museum.  It had a modern industrial feel to it.  


My husband and son had so much fun with this animatronic dinosaur, but Alethea was afraid of it as it was so realistic.  Be sure to check out the short video at the end of the post to see how this guy comes to life!

This is part of the Biblical history section, showing how humankind multiplied after the fall.


There are many short movies throughout the museum that help explain the subject of the specific exhibit.


No one can walk through the museum without hearing a salvation message!  It's a great place to not only renew your own faith as you see proof of what the Bible says, but it's also a great place for unbelievers to learn the truth of God's Word as well.


Once you are finished walking through the story of Creation, which is the majority of the museum, there are several other exhibits like Dinosaur Den!  Here you learn all about the dinosaurs and get the answers you've always been searching for.


Another section of the museum, that Alethea really seemed to enjoy was Dr. Crawley's Insectorium.    Kids love this section of the museum because of all the interactive displays, and of course, all the insects!  Dr. Crawley is a real life creation scientist who donated his insect collection to the museum in 2013.  


This is really quite the marvelous collection of insects beautifully displayed.


I loved this collection of butterflies!


Alethea is probably thinking "I hope I never see a bug this big in my house!" 😂


The fun part of this exhibit is another animatronics miracle of the fictional Dr. Author Pod.  Here you can ask Dr. Pod questions and he will answer them!

And now, as promised, is the animatronic dinosaur that Alethea would not get any where near.  It was way too life-like for her!


I should also add that the museum also has a lot of educational opportunities where you can attend workshops and/or hear speakers on a variety of topics.  We did not hear any of these speakers on the day we were there because we had small children with us, but THE NEXT DAY, when we went to the Ark Encounter, we were privileged to hear Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum, speak.  He was so wonderful, and it was so exciting to see him in person.  Starting in next week's travel post, I will share about our visit to the Ark Encounter.  It was unbelievable!  You won't want to miss it.

Tickets for the museum are $39.95 for an adult and $24.95 for ages 11-17.  Children ages 5 -10 are FREE!  We visited the Creation Museum last fall, during the month of September.  It was past the tourist season, so it was not horribly busy.  Masks are required to enter the building and if you are standing in a crowded place, but you are not required to leave them on if you can remain socially distant.  

Have A Great Day! Amy

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

January Bible Journaling Pages

Once a month I like to share my Bible Journaling Pages and what God has been teaching me.  In the month of January I finished the book of Isaiah and started the book of Jeremiah.  Because I have been working on renovating my bathroom, I didn't have a whole lot of time to create my own pages so I basically just read the Bible and colored in the pre-printed images already in the "Inspire Bible" (available on Amazon). 
 
Unless otherwise stated, all the images are colored in with either gel pens or colored pencils.  I tend to color larger areas with pencils then get the more intricate spots with pens.  I high light my Bible with gel highlighters, and I usually use gelatos or  craft paint for my backgrounds

Before I show you my Isaiah pages I wanted to share one page from the book of Proverbs that I created myself.  I found this sticker with the Bible verse "A Friend Loves At All Times" and I decided to create a page with it.  I painted the background with craft paint then added the sticker.  The hearts and "girlfriends" are stamps.  I stamped the images on a separate piece of paper, colored them in, cut them out, then glued them on the page.

 

Now let's finish the book of Isaiah shall we?  The first page I created because of another sticker I found in my stash.  I have so many craft supplies that it's easy to forget what I own.  Because I had the sticker, I once again decided to create a page with it.  The butterfly jar, the scripture reference, and some of the words are stickers.  To create this page, I once again colored the background with craft paint, then I created the verse with stickers and my own handwriting.  The sticker is one of those that you color in yourself.  So after I colored it in, I just stuck it on the page.  Easy-peasy!


This page is ALL stickers!  Are you seeing a theme yet?  I hear so many women say they are not artistic so they are afraid to delve into Bible Journaling.  Well, I'm not artistic either.  I like to say "I'm creative, not artistic".  I like to create things, and I use things like stickers, stamps, digital images, etc. to help me overcome my lack of artistic skills.  For this page, I just colored the background with craft paint and then stuck the sticker on.  Again, easy peasy!


This is a pre-printed image I simply colored in with a mix of pencils and gel pens.  I always post my pages to my Instagram Stories after I finish them, hoping the verse will encourage someone that day.  On the day I posted this page a friend private messaged me about how this was one of their favorite verses because it helped her get through a difficult time when she had not one, but TWO heart attacks.  My friend said that this verse comforted her so much because she knew that the very God who created her, would also take care of her.  Isn't that beautiful?


If you didn't already know it, the book of Isaiah is full of prophecies!  Prophecies that are classified as both "Near Fulfillment" and "Far Fulfillment"-- meaning some prophecies happened soon after Isaiah prophesied them and others happened years later, and some were still waiting to be fulfilled!  But because so many of Isaiah's prophecies were fulfilled, we can trust that ALL his prophecies are true and from God and will eventually happened.  For example, did you know that Isaiah prophesied the exact details of the death of Jesus Christ 700 years before it happened?  Look at the verses I drew a square around, they describe exactly what Jesus went through when He came down to earth to die for us.  


Did you know the Lord "delights" in you?  Isn't that a beautiful thought?


This page was created with digital images from Key's of The Kingdom.  I printed them onto sticker paper then cut them out.  To blur the edges of the sticker paper I just painted around and over them.

There are several spots in scripture where God uses the illustration of us as clay and He as the potter.  He molds us and shapes us.  "We are all formed by His hand".


Isaiah is a long book, yet I was sorry to see it come to an end.  I really enjoyed reading it and learning all its mysteries with the help of Jon Courson's sermons.   These two chapters are the last two pages in the book.  I love how they end on a comforting note of how God will comfort Israel (and us). 

 The roses were colored in exclusively with pencils.


After finishing one very long book in the Bible - Isaiah - I went directly into another very long book - Jeremiah.  Jeremiah was another prophet.  He is called "The Weeping Prophet" for how he wept and mourned over Israel.  He prophesied for 40 years to his people to repent of their sins or God's judgement would fall on them.   The people never did, and they ultimately paid the price for all of Jeremiah's prophecies came true.


While studying this book, I couldn't help to see the similarities of ancient Israel and the current United States of America and the current church.  I created this page to work out my feelings of what I was going through as I read this book.  

Jeremiah prophesied for forty years and never saw a single convert and received no response.  He was even beaten and imprisoned because the people did not want to hear the truth.  They only wanted to hear "good things, positive things" from other false prophets.  We see the same issue in many churches today.  Pastors are not teaching the Bible, rather they are teaching philosophies and passions and preaching "feel good" messages instead of repentance.


I found this verse so applicable to today's churches:  "This is what the Lord says:  "Stop at the crossroads and look around.  Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it.  Travel its path, and you will find rest for our souls. But you reply, "No, that's not the road we want!"'  This is a huge problem in the church today!  Friends, the simple message of the gospel NEVER CHANGES!  Yes, church's must change with the times to be relevant to today's culture, BUT NEVER at the expense of the truth of the gospel.  


Oh, this is a good verse isn't it?  God wants our obedience not because He wants to rule over us with an iron fist, but because He knows what is best for us!  He truly wants things to go well for us.

What a powerful this is!  He IS the LIVING God and the EVERLASTING KING!  I colored this pre-printed image using purple and gold colors and metallics to emphasize His Royalty.


Another verse about God wanting His children's obedience.  If we truly love God, if we truly are His children, we would obey Him.  God was so patient with the Israelites;  asking them to repent and obey Him for FORTY LONG YEARS, before He finally gave up and punished them.


I love the words that precede this verse:  "When I discovered your words, I DEVOURED them."  Isn't that amazing?  Do you feel that way?  I know I went through many years where I never picked up a Bible, but the past two years that has really changed for me.  I get EXCITED to pick up my Bible every single day to read what God has for me.  I too, love DEVOURING God's word.  I'm sure if anyone picked up my Bible and saw how much I highlighted it and wrote notes in it, that they would see I truly DEVOUR God's word.  If there is a day where I have to rush out of my house bright and early and can't read God's word, I'm actually disappointed!  Isn't that funny?  It was the Inspire Bible and Bible Journaling that helped me to get excited about studying God's Word again.  I know a lot of people have issues with coloring in their Bibles, but it has been a lifesaver for me.  I always tell them "I have many Bibles for many different purposes.  This Bible was purposely designed to be colored in.  I would never do this to just any Bible".


One of the catch phrases we hear often today is "Trust the science".  Nope,  I don't trust scientists.  The Bible says "Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans".  I trust the GOD OF SCIENCE, the CREATOR of the world and you and me!  He is my Hope and Confidence, and God says we are "BLESSED" if we trust, hope, and put our confidence in HIM!


Another powerful verse about God's word.  I love the second part of this verse "I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can't do it!"  Jeremiah could not keep God's word to himself, he had to share it with others.


I hope you enjoyed seeing my pages this month and were encouraged by them.

God Bless and Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

A New "Ageless Style" - Sparkle and Shine

I am so excited to share some good news!  The Ageless Style Link Up is back!  YAY!  If you remember way back in November I posted that the Ageless Style Link Up suddenly decided to call it quits.  I had only just joined the group and participated in just three challenges when some of the other ladies in the group decided they didn't want to do it anymore.  I was pretty sad about that because I loved being part of a group.  Well shortly after that, Shelbee asked me to join her group Stylish Monday;   I was thrilled to be asked!  Then, out of the blue I got an email from Jodie stating that Carrie was re-starting the Ageless Style Link Up link up again and told me if I was still interested I should apply.  I had no idea Carrie was the original creator of the Ageless Style group, and I was excited she was resurrecting the link up.  Daenel, who was part of the group when I was active, also re-joined the group.  Of the seven ladies, I already know five of them and I can't wait to know Cammi and Jami.  

The new, resurrected "Ageless Group" will post on the third Thursday every month.  Each blogger will take turns picking a theme and we will create outfits around the theme.  Readers will be invited to link up with us too!

This month's theme is "Sparkle and Shine".  For this theme, I decided to pull out an old rhinestone embellished sweater.  I thought it was perfect for both the challenge and the FRIGID cold temperatures we have been having in Wisconsin.  Would you believe it was  -22 degrees Sunday night?  BRRR!  And we have been stuck in this cold spell for over a week already with very little snow cover to insulate the ground.  When temperatures get that cold, every home, no matter how well prepared, starts to have issues.  Water pipes and septic systems freezing are common issues.  Our septic system has already started to back up, but thankfully we got it functioning again quickly.  Ahhh, the joys of living in Wisconsin!  😉


The best place to be when the temps get this cold is in front of one of my two wood stoves.  A wood stove is a must have for anyone who lives in northern Wisconsin!  And laying in front of a wood stove is where you will find my kitty Jackson on most winter days.  He just loves the warmth of the fire.


My rhinestone sweater I bought several winters ago from H&M.  It's a pun on the controversial Christmas song "Baby It's Cold Outside".  


I paired the sweater with burgundy skinny jeans, taupe booties, and a burgundy leather jacket.


I added more sparkle with large silver earrings and a bracelet. 




And now be sure to check out the "Sparkle and Shine" outfits of the rest of the ladies in our group and join our link up too!  We'd love to see what you're wearing!

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Daenel ~ Living Outside the Stacks

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Jamie ~ No Delusions of Grandeur

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Leslie ~ Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The Creation Museum - Outside Grounds

This week's travel post is part two of a series of our visit to see our grandchildren in Carmel, Indiana.  If you want to start at the beginning, go HERE. Other posts in chronological order are HERE and HERE!

My husband and I believe in the Biblical view of creation, meaning, we believe the earth was created in six days by God.  The Creation Museum, located in St. Petersburg, Kentucky is a 75,000 square foot facility that walks the visitor through the pages of Bible to show how God created the earth.  It is truly a beautiful and inspirational place that strengthens your faith in God the creator.  

There is so much to do at The Creation Museum that it takes the entire day to see it all!  In addition to the museum, there is the botanical gardens, a planetarium, a petting zoo, a playground, special speakers, a 4D special effects movie, and zip lines!  Almost everything is included with the price of admission except the planetarium and zip lines.   Because there is so much to do,  I am dividing my day at The Creation Museum into two posts.  This week I will cover the outside grounds:  the playground, petting zoo, and botanical gardens.  And next week I will cover the museum itself.


We were staying at my children's home in Carmel, Indiana the week we went to The Creation Museum.  It is only an hour and forty five minutes from their home.  Even though it was September it was a very hot day, so we decided to do all the outside stuff in the cool of the morning before it got too hot.  After almost two hours in the car, the kiddos were ready to stretch their legs, so we decided to let them enjoy the playground first.


The playground is state-of-the-art with lots of really fun equipment you don't find at just any park.  My grandkids, and even the adults, loved this playful zip line.


In keeping with the creation theme of the park, there are dinosaurs to climb on.


Of course the musicians in the family enjoyed the musical games.


Alethea really got a kick out of a zip line made just for kids.


Atticus thought the playhouse was the coolest thing ever.


My son, the percussionist, teaching Alethea a little bit about the xylophone.


After some time at the playground, we then headed over to the petting zoo:  The Eden Animal Experience.


Here guests can have a hands-on experience with God's amazing creatures.


I love how this little critter seems just as curious about my husband as he does about him!   And, I think it's time I bought my hubby a new hat too!  😁



Most of the animals are touchable and they also have scheduled animal shows.

After some time at the playground and the zoo, it was now grandma's time to have some fun...although I think the whole family enjoyed the botanical gardens as much as I did.  The gardens were absolutely breathtaking, and my favorite part of the entire museum.  


There are ten themed gardens with a variety of waterfalls and a three acre lake.  The themes of the gardens are:  the Bog Garden, the Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden, the Circle Garden, the Courtyard Garden, the Dry Creek Garden,  the Entrance Garden, the Koi Pond Garden, the Lake Garden, the Rainforest Garden, and the Woodland Garden.

All the gardens are connected by beautiful paved paths and many interesting bridges. This fun bridge was in the Bog Garden.


This beautiful curved bridge is in the Koi Pond garden.

Here you see two bridges at once in the Woodland Garden along with a pretty waterfall.



There is an amazing boardwalk that goes right over the entire length of the lake and winds up at a beautiful gazebo.  



A fun suspension bridge is located in the Rainforest Garden.



This was the perfect spot to stop and take some family photos,


There are numerous dinosaur topiaries and statues located throughout the gardens for the children's delight.  They are lit up at night.  I would love to see this garden and these dinosaurs at night!




The Rainforest Garden was one of my favorite gardens!


The boardwalk across the lake gave us a great opportunity to see lily pads and flowers close up.  



Just look at the size of the lily pad!  Amazing, isn't it?





I absolutely loved this plaque.  I could put this in my own garden, only change the name to Amy, because I feel exactly the same way!


Alethea sure loved running on the boardwalk!



I hope you enjoyed my little tour of the outside grounds of The Creation Museum.  Be sure to come back next week to see what is inside!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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