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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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I'm glad it didn't ice over for you, Kevin!

At my folk's house, it's windy a lot, and especially at the beginning of winter (they live near the Pacific Ocean). While I was there, the wind blew trees down 2 different nights, knocking the power out. The first night it was just 2 hours and a local prOBlem. The next time it was 17 hours and extended for many miles. There are so many trees there that they are close to the power lines - so when the wind blows hard enough after it rains a bit, down some of them come!

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Jess, that was what thrilled me the most when I taught my son! To see that little guy actually reading. It's also what I liked best about teaching in a regular class!

Kevin - my dad has a generator, so he's able to hook some things up to it. The first night, one of the cords was ripped, so the only things he could hook up were the fridge, a heat fan and my grandma's reading light. The second night he had replaced the cord, so they were able to run the tv also. No internet to lose. Hmmm - spying, eh? :icon_mrgreen:

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My childhood dream was to become a government agent and I spent most of my childhood perfecting spying techniques. lol
I even placed baby monitors in hidden locations to listen in on conversations. :P


:lol::lol:

Well, since you're going to be working in finance, you may end up doing some spying....:lol:
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IM4Given does not have Internet connection at home no longer, has to go to the library.

She has also had trouble finding a jOB, last I heard she had a part time one, but feared it would not last. She has had some hard times, mention her in your prayers, I know she would appreciate it.

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I was taking care of a virus all day! If it wasn't a virus it was malware. My malware did not pick it up and my anti-virus only picked it up as a warning because it could not open the file. I tried all sorts of things to get the file off and could not. It kept saying access denied. I even went and used command prompt in safe made. It didn't even detect the file, so I couldn't delete it. I was getting pretty aggrivated at this time especially since my brother, who is a programmer, could not get it off. Finally I downloaded a program called unlocker, and it did the jOB. So that is where I have been all day.

We had snow drifts in our front that were around four feet high! The wind blew pretty hard last night.

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I sure do post like my real life. People would be having a nice flow of conversation, but When I chime in because I picked up a thing or two, I end up interrupting flow of conversation. ah, the story of my life. Flow of conversation is non-existence to me anyway (it's "huh", "what", and finally the "never mind"), but at least I'm a visual type of person.

Just noticing.

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I sure do post like my real life. People would be having a nice flow of conversation, but When I chime in because I picked up a thing or two, I end up interrupting flow of conversation. ah, the story of my life. Flow of conversation is non-existence to me anyway (it's "huh", "what", and finally the "never mind"), but at least I'm a visual type of person.

Just noticing.


Go ahead and chime in, I really don't think anyone minds.
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Have you noticed how desensitized people have come? Today I was watching dateline with someone and a girl had been raped three times in one night by two different guys. She was a sophmore in highschool and they were seniors. Well, the detective wanted this case to go to court, but the prosecution refused to take it to court. She was talking about how it wasn't fair that she had to live with it for the rest of her life and the guys who raped her were getting off scotch free. Well, the person I was watching it with said, "She needs to just get over it." The more I hang out with this person the more I think they have no heart. They have acted like death was nothing before. Do people not realize these people are human beings? They have souls? TV and movies have desensitized America. They even desensitized me there for a point. THen my boyfriend put it all in perspective for me. He kept reminding me that these people are humans and have souls. Anyways sorry but this was on my mind because they just said it. This was my rant for the day.

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