Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Harambe, The Cincinnati Zoo & the Tales of Parenting


By now just about everyone has probably heard the tragic story of a little 4 year old boy climbing/falling into a gorilla exhibit in the Cincinnati Zoo, the zoo choosing to kill Harambe ( a 17 year old gorilla), and the outcry that has ensued.  I wanted to take a few moments to share my thoughts.

I realize to some the video incident looks like Harambe was trying to protect the child, however I’ve also heard reports that this gorilla was banging the child’s head against the concrete and throwing the toddler around.  It was clear according to those who study animal behavior that the choice was either to kill the gorilla or to let the gorilla kill the child.  Jack Hanna who is a celebrity for his years with gorillas even said on the Today Show, “I can tell you now, that there's no doubt in my mind the child would not be here today if they hadn't made the decision," Hanna said. (http://womanista.com/2016/05/30/famed-animal-expert-jack-hanna-says-gorilla-would-have-killed-bo/)

When my kids were about that age we used to take them to GatorLand in Orlando, FL.  My husband was able to get tickets through his work.  I remember once before a show that they call “The Jumpin’ Gator Jamboree Show”.  In this particular show the unfed large gators jump out of the water for raw chicken parts that they string out on a clothes line.  Sure there is some dialogue that goes on between the brave soul that are in the show but that’s the just of it.  I remember once having my youngest daughter there and she couldn’t see the show. People crowd around this area, and if one is that small it would be hard to see.  My husband picked her up and started to set her on the ledge.  We didn’t think anything of it because there was still a rope mesh equal to the ledge before it went to the gator pit that is several feet wide.  The workers at the show had no part in that.  We were quickly told we weren’t even allowed to hold her near the ledge.  Why?  Because, if an accident were to happen and she could fall in, then the unfed gators could get her.  I remember people around us being frustrated with this rule because their own children wanted a boost up, but the workers were right.  People and wild animals don’t mix. My daughter was not going to be gator bait.  I wonder, not that I’m blaming the zoo in the situation with Harambe but where were the zoo workers?  Do they even have people that watch the sides of these kinds of exhibits?  It’s obvious no one thought it was possible for a small child to get down to the gorillas but where were they when the child was trying?

Many people are trying to blame the parents in this accident.  Parts of me would love to hear their story, but we all know how easy it is for children to do crazy things.  It doesn’t make the parent always a bad parent.  I do think there needs to be an investigation, but I am so sad to see how quickly people are trying to crucify these people.  I could not imagine that being one of my children.  I read that the momma was doing her best not to crawl in after her son, and holding the father back from doing so himself.

Lastly there is another important issue that has been brought up in this case; the value of a human life over one gorilla.  Those PETA folks and I just wouldn’t get along.  I love animals but I do believe that the good Lord gave us dominion over them.   I do not believe in senseless killing, and would have wished they could have tranquilized Harambe; however in the choice of gorilla or boy the right choice was made.  I don’t understand the left wing liberal media that will sit back and cheer on abortionist but will protest the loss of animal lives.  I don’t understand a society that values animals over humans.  It seems to me that while this was an unfortunate tragedy that #AllHumanLivesMatter.  It completely sad to me that not everyone feels this way.  

I just wanted to share my two cents on this matter.  In my opinion it was a sad accident.  The good news is that from what I’ve read the little boy is now okay. 

God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

You Can't Stop Mid-Stream!


So it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged.  Some of you may be happy to see another blog in your inbox and some may not be, but I had a thought this afternoon and I wanted to share.

Summer is quickly approaching and I don’t know about y’all but I am so enjoying finally getting out of the house. Where we are currently staying Dan, the girls, and I tend to go on a bike ride or walks almost every day and sometimes a couple times a day depending on weather and schedules.

This afternoon the girls and I were biking and my youngest kept getting in front of us, and then stopping to see if we were following her.  That wouldn’t be a bad thing if she didn’t keep stopping almost right in front of us.  What started to be a leisurely bike ride kept being riddled with me being afraid of crashing into her, and swerving at the last minute to avoid her.

As our ride progressed I kept thinking about how that is so much like life.  Think about if we were all tightly running a marathon.  If the person in front of you stops, you’d have to jump around them and adjust.  If you’re not careful you can create a pileup.   

So many times we get this idea in the body of Christ and in life, that if we want to just do our own thing for a little while and get off course then it isn’t going to affect the people around us, but that just isn’t the case.  What we do does affect those around us. 

To take this a step further, in Luke 5 when Simon Peter heard Jesus tell them where to fish, I’m sure the last thing he wanted to do was to go back out and fish.  He’d been out there all night and hadn’t caught anything.  Nevertheless he choose to obey God, and as a result his boat was overloaded with fish and so was everyone else’s that came to help.

When Joseph was sold into Egypt as a slave, he had every right to get bitter an angry but nevertheless, he continued to do what God set in front of him and entire nations didn’t die of starvation because of it.

I am saying all of this to say, run the race God has set before you.  Keep your eyes forward.  Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing and just keep going.  You can’t stop in mid-stream, and you have to realize that we are all in this together.  Just as if you were in a school of fish, you all have to keep moving forward together.  Encourage one another, pray for each other, and don’t quit.  God has awesome plans for your life. So get excited!

*Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  Remember to go and hug a Vet today!  Because it’s Memorial Day Weekend, I am not airing a new Real Solutions video on Monday, However like any other network it’s RERUN day.  LOL, I’m posting reruns on my social media like every two hours so check it out.  Please keep these Real Solutions videos in prayer.  We are trying to see where God wants us to take them.  If you have a story and would like to be on the show, please let me know!  We have a couple great episodes premiering in June!

*Also, If you haven’t gotten your copy of ‘An Ember In Time’ check it out.  I know I’m biased about this but I just love this book . . . read it, post about it on social media, review it on Amazon, buy them for your neighbors, friends, mailman, etc.  I find it funny that currently the book is doing better in the Sci-Fi Genre than in the Christian one due to the whole time travel thing.  I assure you that there is a whole lot of preaching and teachable moments all through the book.  We believe for great things through this project!  They can be purchased either through my website at www.annamaquino.com or here at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Ember-Time-Anna-M-Aquino/dp/1632132265/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464303703&sr=8-1&keywords=An+Ember+In+Time

Monday, May 16, 2016

Real Solutions Interviews Pastors Rohan and Meggon Anderson

Good Morning!

Check it out!  This week's episode of Real Solutions is with Pastors Rohan and Meggon Anderson of The Gathering Place in Marion, OH

Be super blessed!

God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited! 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Real Solutions and all that jazz


I hope everyone had an awesome Mother's Day weekend.

My Real Solutions video is posted for the week.  Check this one out with Alton Gansky. It's a great one for writers and/or if you aspire to be one.  https://youtu.be/FGGfMZahjxs

Also check it out!  'An Ember In Time' now has 4 reviews.  It's a great start!  

Have a super awesome and blessed week!  Remember God has awesome plans for your life, so Get excited!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Breaking the Cycle of Spiritual Infertility

Happy Friday awesome folks!

Just wanted to let you know that the video of me preaching on TBN.  It's on their fb account, so go here https://www.facebook.com/WSFJ51/?sk=videos&app_data  and I'm the first one in the queue.

God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited! 

Monday, May 2, 2016

ECOT, Our Family's Story


Me again, it's been a busy day!  :-)  Grin.

ECOT my daughters' school wrote an article on my family.  I did not write it, though I am quoted quite a bit in it.  While I don't typically share a lot about my girls specifically on social media due to some drama we've had about this in the past, my family agreed that it was important to tell our story. 

Super Smiles,  
Anna M. Aquino 

Real Solutions Interviews Ron and Mary Marr

Greetings Awesome People,

I want to take a moment to personally invite you to view this weeks Real Solutions interview with Ron Marr.

Ron should have died as a young man.  He was working in a steel factory and 10 tons of steel landed on him.  The story is nothing short of a miracle.  Jesus showed up in his hospital room.  

Check it out!  

Super Smiles,

Anna M. Aquino