My February 2019 In Photos

This little dog stayed at my grandma’s for a short time. If you read January’s post, you probably saw Blackie. Someone abandoned her at my grandma’s, and she took her in. This little dog obviously belonged to someone, unlike Blackie. She came around a lot for a couple of weeks and then left. He was adorable! โค

Mom’s daffodils started blooming and I had too much fun photographing them.

She has different colors! ๐Ÿ˜€

Side view. Some not even opened yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

She has SO MANY. ๐Ÿ˜€

Close up of the inside of the flower!

Mom made a giant heart sugar cookie for Valentine’s day. It was amazing. ๐Ÿ˜€

Mom’s peach tree bloomed! ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s now covered in peaches.

My grandma’s lake at dusk. ๐Ÿ˜€

Looking up into the trees around our house. ๐Ÿ™‚

Laptop batteries! The one on top is my old one. The one on the bottom is the new one, which is now in the laptop I’m using to type this post. ๐Ÿ™‚ My old one didn’t hold a charge anymore, so my parents bought me this one. It lasts anywhere between 3 and 6 hours on a charge, depending on what I’m doing when using it. It’s amazing, I can go online anywhere without a cord now. ๐Ÿ˜€

Wonder Wednesdays: Who invented the battery?

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Answer: Two Italian Scientists, Alessandro Volta (<– yes, this is the guy that volts are named after) and Luigi Galvani, had an argument about why a frog’s leg contracted. (I bet you didn’t expect the answer to this to begin like this… trust me, I didn’t either… ๐Ÿ˜†) Luigi apparently did a lot of experiments with frog legs. Disgusting. Anyway, moving along…

He discovered that a frog’s leg would contract when forming a circuit with two different metals. Luigi proclaimed that it was “animal electricity” phenomenon that caused this, but Alessandro argued with him and proved that it happened because of the metals and the electrolyte between them – the frog leg.

Man, all I wanted to know was how the battery was invented, I didn’t want to read about dead frogs. I really like frogs…

Okay, after looking at beautiful, living frogs that I have met over the years (and a few toads because why not, they also make my heart happy), I feel better and will continue.ย ๐Ÿ˜†

FINALLY abandoning the dead frog parts, Alessandro Volta stackedย disks of copper and zinc together, with these stacks separated by salty-water-soaked cloths. He called this theย voltaic pile. And by doing so, he invented the battery. This happened in 1800.ย ๐Ÿ˜

…before I finish with my “Who invented the first battery” answer, I had to find out how stacking copper and zinc with brine-soaked fabric would create any form of battery because to me, that sounds just like what says. Metal, salt, and a wet salty towel. How could you power anything with that?

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Looks like it has to do with a chemical reaction between the brine and the metals. Interesting how this made a steady current. Anyway, back on topic…

This answer only applies to electric batteries. There are other mentions of batteries as far back as Benjamin Franklin when he was experimenting with electricity by linking capacitors.

However, 1700’s is nothing… the oldest battery was actually found in Baghdad. They were created somewhere between 200 BC and 225 AD. It consisted of an asphalt stopper, copper cylinder surrounding an iron bar, in an electrolyte solution, all inside a clay pot. o_Oย (I didn’t find any free images for this, so if you want to see it, click here for one of my sources for this article that has photos.)

And like most people, I wondered what these people needed a battery for – surely they didn’t have anything to power back then. Some use the argument that the Chinese invented gunpowder thousands of years before they used it for combustion, therefore, these “batteries” may not have been used to power anything. There are many theories out there. One likely theory is that they used these batteries for electroplating and gilding. Another is that these things were hidden inside the idols of the day to cause a shock to someone who touched them to give them validity to their “power.”

Whatever the reason for these “batteries,” they seem to be the first batteries known.ย ๐Ÿ˜„

Jump Start: Encouragement and Thanksgiving

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In this sermon by Paul Washer, he mentions how encouragement is like jump starting the soul:

โ€œHow it is such a blessing to me when someone comes up to me and encourages me. I mean, and says, ‘Man, you’re doing well. You’re really progressing.’ How it just jump starts me.โ€

So, my first thought was that our souls are all batteries. Hooked up to our souls are solar panels, in which, Jesus, the Son, charges our soul-batteries so that we may do His work. Let’s face it. We’ve all felt like a dead battery at some point, at which time, we need to be recharged. Luckily, we have the best soul-battery Charger ever! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sometimes, when we are so low on energy that we can barely start our cars (or, I suppose, so low emotionally that we can barely function), a bit of encouragement gives us an extra “jump start” to our souls like a dead // overused // exhausted car battery, and we can start again. It’s Biblical that we are to encourage each other (maybe not the battery part though since they weren’t invented yet XD ).

First Thessalonians 5:11: Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (ESV)

I think this can also be applied to thanksgiving. Letting people know that we are thankful and appreciate them and what they do always puts a smile on their faces and encourages them, especially during the frustrating holiday season when it seems that our batteries need that extra boost the most.

And don’t forget to be thankful to God for everything He has done for us! All good things come from Him. (James 1:17) If it weren’t for Him, we would not be able to even breathe. There is a song I really like called “Give Thanks” that is truly beautiful, and captures perfectly the spirit of Thanksgiving. “Give thanks, with a grateful heart; give thanks, to the Holy One; give thanks, because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son…”

Second Corinthians 4:15: For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. (KJV)

I’d like to take this moment to thank all of you who have stopped by, viewed, liked, commented or followed me. In the last two months, Following Him Beside Still Waters has reached three milestones: viewed 1500+ times,ย  liked 500+ times and followed 100+ times. Y’all are amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚ The encouragement means a lot, and I’m thankful for each and every one of you. Keep following our soul-battery Charger and have a great Thanksgiving week! (And even if you are not in the United States, have a great week full of Thanksgiving anyway; there’s plenty to be thankful for! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 7:12)