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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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Well, I have a rule about snowball fight. I've told my son not to throw snowball at me or he'll knock off my hearing aids/cochlear implant and get them wet. He is not allow to splash water either. But He did played snowball fight with his dad today. We built a snowslide because it was thick enough to do that :) We tried to make a snowfort but the snow was too fluffy and too deep. Same reason why we couldn't build a snowman either. So I told our son just wait til the snow melt just slightly and we can do more things with it. Tomorrow, I'm going to see if we can make snowshoes out of cardboard.

The snow was about 14 or 15 inches deep. It might snow some more but I'm not sure.

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I think he would too, but the smog in the air freak me out a little. Maybe if I lived out in the country i would do it.

I prOBably will let him throw some tomorrow but I'll be completely deaf then

We are also going to try sled riding. I hope we can climb on those deep snow up the hill.

My husband had to stay home and work. His company gave him a computer so he could work at home. He have to work about 11 hours straight so he is still working. It is so hard to leave him alone with him being at home and all. LOL. But he will be off tomorrow. :)

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Riding a sled low a snow covered him was something I always wanted to do as a young boy. But in Southwest Arkansas such opportunities don't come very often. I remember seeing those pretty sleighs in the catalog, always wanted on, but it sure would not be very useable in these parts.

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That's cute, thanks for sharing, I like sliding down the hill side on it much better than walking in the snow. That walking seems to require much energy, effort.

:coolsmiley: Not that I'm getting lazy in my old age.

I suppose as long at the temp stayed down the cardboard would not get wet and come to pieces.

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We went Christmas Caroling tonight, and I loved every minute of it. We went to the manor and there was this lady in there who was sitting at her door and really getting into it. I talked to her a little bit afterwards, and she broke my heart when she said she would prOBably never go out and about outside anymore. Her eyes were welling up with tears. I felt compelled to do something that I absolutely do not like doing. I gave her a hug! I think we helped make her day something special. I wish children would spend more time with their family members in the manors. Some family members visit a lot but others rarely.

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i mean the nurse aides don't take them out(we are too busy), but they do have someone who run activities and such (and volunteers) who do. They will tell the nurse aides to get them ready, and we usually do. Christmas Caroling is one of the activities.

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