Animals on the Verge of Extinction 2019

5 Animal Species on the Verge of Extinction

We need to do more. Our world is dying.


Conservationism is finally becoming cool, and I see great improvements for our planet in the future. Still, there are many who do not think there is anything wrong with their practice, whether it's littering, not recycling, or overproducing trash. But the Earth is showing us we are hurting it. The Earth is dying, and so are the species that live here - and it's our fault.



The Vaquita porpoise was only discovered about 50 years, and already there are less than 30 left in our world. Their progressive extinction is due to being caught and drowned in fighting equipment. The Vaquita porpoise has been given the title of the rarest marine mammal.

Northern White Rhino


The last male white rhino died this past year, leaving only two females to the species. Meaning, this species of Rhino will likely go extinct in our lifetime. The decline in their population is caused by extensive poaching for their valuable horns. Currently, scientist have suggested possibilities of assisted reproduction, but the procedure proves to be expensive.

Sea Turtles


Everyday, I see more and more videos of sea turtles being drowned or choked by garbage in the ocean. I'm sure we have all seen the videos of sea turtles, and other animals, being choked by the plastic six pack rings that come with soda. However, I also saw a heart wrenching video of a sea turtle that was unable to breathe due to a plastic straw being stuck in his nose.

Sumatran Elephant


Though the population of elephants in Africa is pretty stable, the population size of the Sumatran Elephant, primarily found in Sumatra, is getting lower every year. Less than 3,000 of these species remain. You probably think you already know the answer to the extinction of these beautiful animals, poaches. Though this is a true issue faced by elephants and other animals, the lost of the Sumatran Elephant is primarily due to deforestation and habitat loss

Pygmy Sloth


Sloths are my spirit animal. They sleep all day, and move slow, but their population decline is not slow at all. Sloths are primarily found in South America, and like the Sumatran elephant, they are facing habitation loss due to deforestation. As of right now, there are less than 80 pygmy sloths remaining in the wild.

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15 Bible Verses For Those Struggling With Hurricane Harvey

A list of bible verses for anyone having a hard time coping with Hurricane Harvey.

Waking up this morning and seeing the devastating images coming out of my beloved Houston absolutely broke my heart. To see the city I had grown up in and raised to love completely underwater left me feeling more than a little destroyed. Knowing that tens of thousands of people are without power, homes, their belongings, everything they worked their whole lives for... there is just no way to process it. I think what makes it that much more terrifying is that the worst has yet to come. Hearing the Mayor literally telling people to write their name and social security number on their arms in preparation and being told that all we can do is wait it out, hoping that it will all be there when it's over. But I know Texans, especially Houstonians, we will come back stronger than ever. Here is a list of fifteen bible verses every Texan needs to hear right about now:

1. Psalm 57:1-2

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purposes for me.

2. Psalm 46:1-3

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

3. Psalm 46:10

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

4. Proverbs 3:25-36

Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your feet from being snared.

5. John 16:33

I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but have courage -- I have conquered the world.

6. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

7. 1 Peter 5:10

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.

8. Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

9. Revelation 21:4

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things have passed away.

10. Revelation 2:10

Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution. Be faithful, I will give you life as your victor's crown.

11. Psalm 91:2

I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust."

12. Psalm 93:4

Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea -- the Lord on high is mighty.

13. Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

14. Nahum 1:7

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.

15. 2 Corinthians 5:1

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

With the worst yet to come, we all need to keep our faith in the Lord and in one another. We need to lean on each other, support and help when we can, and be prepared for the long recovery process that will have to happen. Sending all my love to those in Houston and surrounding areas. God hears your prayers, have faith.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Head In The Trees

I escape beneath green canopies to find rest from this world


I think there's a reason why I like trees so much
they're always reaching for the sky
they'll do whatever it takes to find the sun
why God allowed mere humans to witness such beauty, I'll never understand why

trees are strong and solid
their roots anchored securely in the earth
their heights leave me astounded
it's beyond me that anyone could place a number to their worth

I feel God most when I experience nature's gentle breeze
I'll find the most peace beneath a lush green pine
I'll pray with my head in the trees
gazing up into the branches, I'll lose track of time

I escape beneath green canopies to find rest from this world

I'm eager as Spring draws near, eager to watch God's green artwork sprout and unfurl

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