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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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He has never read The Good Book, and what it has to say on this subject.

27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Heb 9:27 (KJV)

Or does not believe it.

Of course immortally in the flesh is the only hope for all unbelievers, for if they were to believe what God has to say about it they know its only doom and gloom for them.

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wow, just go back from a meeting for speech, and our son is in the 95th percentile as far as Comprehensive Assessment of spoken language (CASL). Must be the King James bible :)

Unfortunately his speech is the lowest percentile :( prOBably due to combined of severe allergies, teeth decayed (some of you prOBably remember me mentioning this, I should have gotten the artifical teeth for him , sorry I don't know the appropriate word for it) , my speech due to deafness. I also think it is because I gotten used to his speech when he was a toddler and when he said something correctly, I couldn't understand him So he prOBably was forced to say it the wrong way to communicate with me.

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wow, just go back from a meeting for speech, and our son is in the 95th percentile as far as Comprehensive Assessment of spoken language (CASL). Must be the King James bible :)

Unfortunately his speech is the lowest percentile :( prOBably due to combined of severe allergies, teeth decayed (some of you prOBably remember me mentioning this, I should have gotten the artifical teeth for him , sorry I don't know the appropriate word for it) , my speech due to deafness. I also think it is because I gotten used to his speech when he was a toddler and when he said something correctly, I couldn't understand him So he prOBably was forced to say it the wrong way to communicate with me.


I can understand how that can have an effect on him, but I see no way to prevent it.
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Speech can be improved. My sister had a real bad speech impediment while growing up. I had to interpret nearly everything she said to some people. They would ask what did she say? Now she is 21 and still has a slight impediment, but it has improved a lot. Everyone can understand her for the most part now. When she was younger, her impediment was so bad the speech therapist was teaching her sign language as well as my parents. They thought that was the only way she would be able to communicate. My mom always told her that God used Moses even though he had a speech impediment.

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true :) Now I'm trying to decide, When our son and I play game, should I let him win or should I win? I've been letting him win checker... but I don't him be a sore loser if you know what I mean. He is used to winning all the time but now I think I spoiled him

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