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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

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A few years back I got a scare, my sugar level was way up. Finally I find out the reason was all of the steroid shots I received.

Wow, they sure are a lot of help, but the side effects are very bad. So I suffer to stay away from the side effects.

Back in the late 90's I suffered quite a bit of atrophy in my muscles in the right side of my neck, and right shoulder. Have surgery in February 1999, again in February of 2000, but still prOBlem is not cured. since before the 1st surgery my neck muscles in the right side of my neck, from shoulder up the side of my head, stays very sore, steroid shots be like a miracle cure for about 60 or so days, but gave them up because the side effect are to costly.

Another surgery might help, but doctor said the next surgery would prOBably call for at least 2 more, and with that many surgeries in one area of your neck, the consequences of them would be worse than the relief I would get.

And I don't want to wind up like Kara, and a few others I know of, and my neurosurgeon doesn't want me to go down that road either. I forget, Kara has been through from about 10 to 15 surgeries, and trying to overcome the last one at present time at 18 years of age. We share some of the same troubles in our head and neck.

Since I've had not more steroid shots, my blood sugar has run great.

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I am back in NE. I came back from AR with all my teeth still!! I tried black eyed peas for the first time. I am not a big fan. I do love that sweet tea though.

Black eyes peas, white beans, pinto beans, that is a food staple in this part of the country, add corn bread to it, and you've got a major meal for sure. Perhaps you have to grow up here consuming it all the days of your life in order to really appreciate it. :coolsmiley:
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Come on down, there's plenty of room for one more Yankee.

An elderly lady in our church was originally from Minnesota. She told me sometime back not long after she moved down here she had just bought something in a clothing store and as she was leaving the man said, "Come Back now."

Said she turned around and walked back to where he was standing and he said, "Could I help you?" She said, "You just told me to come back so here I am."

She laughed about it, but said it was not funny to her at the time.

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