Do NOT play with your crayfish!!

Queen, my baby

The fact that I am even having to say that is ridiculous. I am appalled at WikiHow, I know that they don’t have the most accurate/best informational articles but they normally don’t have you risking the life of an animal! And the article has been approved!

I was on Google doing some research on how to help a hurt crayfish, when is this article is suggested to me by wikiHow How to play with a crayfish.

First off using the word “play” is a bad idea, the definition of play is:

engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose

What if a kid sees this article, the first thought is probably going to be that they can play with it like a toy or a cat/dog, which is very dangerous for the crayfish. They are not a toy or a cat/dog so you can’t interact with them the same way. And the kid could end up hurting the crayfish or killing them.

So how do you play with a crayfish? Well according to the article, first you need to remove the crayfish from its tank, it’s safe place. You should only remove a crayfish from its tank if you are cleaning the tank or moving it to a bigger tank. A crayfish can get stressed/hurt and lost outside of his tank and die.

I had a crayfish a couple years ago that escaped his tank (we only have tile and wooden floors), we found him hours later we put him back into water and he was alive but he died a couple days later.

Second it says you should place it on wood or tile floor, a crayfish will be very stressed without having anything under its feet it can grip onto and a crayfish should always have access to water or at least a moist surface so its gills can stay wet.

As for talking to your crayfish I don’t know how well they can hear or if they can hear at all, but there’s no harm in talking to them (I talked to mine).

Third, again same with the second do not have your crayfish on the floor! if you want your crayfish to have some out of the water time give it land area in it’s tank, so that way it has the choice to be on land or in water and isn’t forced to be somewhere it doesn’t want to be or feel safe.

As for “petting” a crayfish, if your crayfish is comfortable with it and doesn’t try to get away it’s okay to touch them but I wouldn’t do it extensively. They don’t need attention and affection like most mammals and birds do, they can survive without it.

One of my current crayfish, Queen is perfectly fine with me touching her and actually lets me readjust her so I can get any debris stuck on her off. But as soon as she starts moving away from my fingers I leave her alone, so she knows she doesn’t have to get touched she doesn’t want it.

Fourth, Let your crayfish walk across your fingers. This is completely unnecessary and you can risk the crayfish falling off your hands and getting hurt really bad. The only time my crayfish are in my hands is when I have to move them out of their tank and then they go straight into a temporary tank until they get put back into their tank. And I only time I have them in my hand is when I know I won’t be pinched and I don’t have a chance of dropping them.

I only let Queen crawl onto my hand when I move her from her tank cuz she won’t pinch me but my other crayfish I picked them up right behind their pinchers with my thumb and index finger so they can’t pinch me and I won’t drop them or I just used a net or container to scoop them up (containers easier cuz they have a habit of crawling out of a net and hanging onto it with their pinchers).

And the fifth way, which really made me mad. Fly your crayfish through the air. Grab the sides of your crayfish with your index and thumb. Now, slowly lift it into the air and move it around in a flying motion.

What! Why in the world would you do this! I bet there are very few people in your life that you would trust to pick you up and “fly” you though the air. So why would you do that to a crayfish?

The crayfish has no idea that it can trust you not to drop it. And what other animals let you do this to them? None. (Okay I know some parrots might enjoy this but they can fly)

I don’t think I need to explain this any farther. But I’m going to say what could happen if you did this, first you’re going to stress the crayfish out cuz it’s “flying through air” something it has never done before (nor ever wished to do) and if you accidentally drop it, it’s exoskeleton can crack (which depending how bad can lead to death) and the impact from being dropped could rupture some of his organs leading to death.

And that’s not the end, number six, Use a blade of grass to play swords with your crayfish. Okay have you ever met a cat who wanted to play swords? This is ridiculous the only time a crayfish pinches something is when it’s grabbing it to eat it, to hold on to it for stability or because it’s scared and defending itself and if you’re waving a piece of grass in front of it it’s either going to try to grab it to eat it or get stressed out and try to grab it to get it out of its face.

As for chasing a treat and stuff for a natural environment, just do that in it’s cage cuz it’s probably not going to enjoy any of it in a new environment. Also I suggest hiding pieces of treats instead of having it chased one. And you should already have stuff in its closure for a natural environment.

And at the bottom of the article it says this:

This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. wikiHow’s Content Management Team carefully monitors the work from our editorial staff to ensure that each article is backed by trusted research and meets our high quality standards.

WikiHow, your high quality standards are terrible! And your accuracy! if you’re going to have an article on an animal have a professional check it!!

And the article has been viewed over 53,000 times.

If you took out all the bad stuff that it said and just reinforced all the good things it should be called How to enrich and give mental stimulation to your pet crayfish.

But unfortunately there’s just so many bad things in this article that can lead to injured and dead crayfish.

This article makes me so mad and sad at the same time, some naive person is going to trust these so-called “experts” and are going to end up hurting a crayfish or stressing out so bad that it passes away.

I have had hundreds of crayfish and they just absolutely amazing animals they don’t deserve this.

Please do your research and don’t rely on one article!

Thanks for reading my rant, and if you find any information out there that could lead to someone getting hurt please don’t be afraid to speak up, AnaRose

Accepting God’s grace though self-hate

Before you read let me give you some background. I have been struggling with self-hate for 10 or 11 months and I finally had enough of it about a week ago. So a couple of nights ago I was praying before I went to bed and just thanking God. When this monologue for my drama audition started forming in my head and I believe it is God breathed. I pray that reading it helps you.

*So a lot of people ask where did these scars come from. Okay so not a lot of people ask that, actually no ones asked that and the one person who has seen them didn’t ask cause she knew where they come from.

But if you did ask I would tell you that their battle scars. That they are proof that God’s not done with me yet. That no matter how hard life gets or how much you hate yourself God’s grace is still there.

And when you get to the point where you’re just done, you can take a deep breath and just say God I’m done with this and I want to live my life glorify You and leading others to You. And I can’t do that hating myself.

And then you can just accept God’s grace. And live your life glorify Him the best you can, with His help of course.*

I know that this isn’t how it happens for everyone, but it’s how it happened me. I could have just stayed in the cycle of self-hate but I knew I could ever lead others to Christ if I didn’t accept his grace for myself.

I told my closest and most trusted friend what I did and why. After that I’ve been trying to focus on leading others to Christ and not hating myself for what I did.

Thanks for reading, God bless, AnaRose

Sunday Devotional (42)

God doesn’t want us to run a plan by him to see if he will bless it, he wants to guide us

Alot of times we get ideas about who God is by watching and listening to others, which isn’t bad but we have to remember to compare it to the Bible to see if it is true.

One of the things I noticed by listening to others pray is that some people believe that God wants us to run our plan by him to see if he will bless it.

But He wants to guide us not bless our plans.

Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.
Isaiah 30:21 NASB

Make me know Your ways, O Lord ; Teach me Your paths.
Psalms 25:4 NASB

Thanks for reading, AnaRose

Sunday Devotional (41)

Worship is bringing glory to God, not just singing on Sunday

I know that for a long time I thought about worship wrong. I thought singing worship songs was the only way.

But I was wrong, worship doesn’t mean to sing to God, worship is bringing glory to God.

So it can be anything from singing, dancing, writing to starting a Bible study or sharing your testimony with someone else.

So I want you to think about this, what have you been doing to bring glory to God? how have you been worshipping?

Thanks for reading, AnaRose

Sunday Devotional (40)

For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:6‭-‬8 NASB

I struggle with keeping my mind on God and not flesh, it is a battle we all face just with different things. But with God’s strength we can keep God on our minds and not the flesh. You are not in this alone!

Thanks for reading, AnaRose

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Everything you do and say matters

As a Christian we need to be living so that EVERYONE can see God through us, by everything we say and do.

It’s not easy, the flesh will want to sin. But in God’s strength alone, we can over power the flesh and put God on the throne.

I pray that those that read this, will through God’s strength overcome the flesh.

Thanks for reading, AnaRose

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There are a lot of verses telling us to be obedient to God

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
John 14:15 NASB

Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Philippians 2:8 NASB

For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.
Romans 5:19 NASB

And many more but what exactly is obedience to God?

I believe as did the verses say that obedience to God is being there as soon as he calls you.

Thanks for reading if you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me or comment down below, AnaRose

Sunday Devotional (37)

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James 1:5‭-‬8 NASB

This verse reminds me that it’s okay to ask God for help or wisdom, He knows that we can’t do it on our own. But God also looks at the reason for us asking, is it for His Glory or our glory?

Thanks for reading, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me or comment down below, AnaRose

Sunday Devotional (36)

I went to a Casting Crowns a few years ago when they came out with Thrive. They talked about how we are like a tree, we need to grow our roots in God’s word before we reach out our branches to people.

If we don’t grow our Roots in God’s word then when people start questioning us we fall over because we don’t have a good root system. And I love this analogy.

You can’t help people if you don’t know God’s word. So grow your roots in God’s word so you can reach out to people.

Thanks for reading if you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me or comment down below,

AnaRose