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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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My wife and I spent the night Friday in the hospital. We went to have a altrasound at the specialist (she is a high risk pregnancy). While there, she mentioned some pains. They checked her out and sent us to the hospital for observation. She is showing signs of possible preterm labor. Not far along yet, but she is only 29 weeks. He said to get in touch with our regular OB tomorrow and try to get in. He delivers high risk babies, and we are happier with him than the regular OB. We have talked through the day that we are going to see if he will take her on as her regular OB. We were very pleased with the hospital that he works with. Please pray for the baby to stay put for as long as possible. Also pray that we will make the best decision as to who will deliver our Lilly.

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I will be praying for you. Just hang in there!! Gotta keep that baby happy in there for at least a few more weeks. I'm due in the next 3 weeks and I DEFINITELY understand the worry that goes along with the last trimester. My hubby and I will be praying for you guys and little Lilly.---btw if we have a girl we plan to name her Lily after my Great-Grandma.

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We went to the Doctor today. Not much if any change since the weekend, which is Good. We are almost to 30 weeks, which the doctor says is good. She said that if Lilly were born today she would have about an 80% chance of living. Not 100% but close enough to make us feel better. She said that every day we can put off delivery was wonderful. If we can go 4 weeks, we would be in really good shape. They took a test to see if it looks like we will be going into labor in the next 2 weeks. We should get the results to it by friday.

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[quote="rancher824"]We went to the Doctor today. Not much if any change since the weekend, which is Good. We are almost to 30 weeks, which the doctor says is good. She said that if Lilly were born today she would have about an 80% chance of living. Not 100% but close enough to make us feel better. She said that every day we can put off delivery was wonderful. If we can go 4 weeks, we would be in really good shape. They took a test to see if it looks like we will be going into labor in the next 2 weeks. We should get the results to it by friday.[/quote]

Try to take it one day at a time. Working to keep that baby in there and your wife calm and rested. We're still praying for you earnestly.

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The doctors office called with the results of the test. It came back negative, so hopefully that means we are at least two weeks away. My wife asked if that meant she could come off bed rest, and they told her she would be on bed rest until she delivers. She is a very active lady, loves taking walks with her dogs, and taking care of our home. This is hard on her. She is use to taking such good care of me, it hurts her for me to step up and take care of her. Please continue to pray for her that she can hold up under this.

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