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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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Thanks for continuing in pray. Things seem to be going good right now. My wife is tired of the bed rest, but glad to do it to take care of our little girl. We visited the specialist on Tuesday. They said things looked better thanks to the bed rest. We went to the OB on Thursday and they were shocked at what the specialist had told us. She also took a glucose test, and it came back in good shape. They now seem to think if she stays on bed rest we will posibly make it to 38 weeks. We are at 32, which means we are in pretty good shape. Lily weighed around 4lb 5 oz on tueday (from measurements on the ultrasound :puzzled: ). She is doing good. I also thank you for the prayers for me. I will admit I am tired. But I am holding up, by the stength of the Lord. I have had a lot of help from family. I have had to work away from home for the last couple of weeks, keeping me from fixing her lunch. My mom and dad stepped in and took care of that for a few days. Then she spent last week at her folks house. But even at that I had to make several trips (they live an hour and a half away from us, but closer to the hospital than we do(on the other side)) to get her for Dr appointments. We are supposed to go to a NST test tomorrow, but we are expecting ice in the state, so I doubt I take her for that. No sense endangering their lives to have a test run!!!

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Thanks for continuing in pray. Things seem to be going good right now. My wife is tired of the bed rest' date=' but glad to do it to take care of our little girl. We visited the specialist on Tuesday. They said things looked better thanks to the bed rest. We went to the OB on Thursday and they were shocked at what the specialist had told us. She also took a glucose test, and it came back in good shape. They now seem to think if she stays on bed rest we will posibly make it to 38 weeks. We are at 32, which means we are in pretty good shape. Lily weighed around 4lb 5 oz on tueday (from measurements on the ultrasound :puzzled: ). She is doing good. I also thank you for the prayers for me. I will admit I am tired. But I am holding up, by the stength of the Lord. I have had a lot of help from family. I have had to work away from home for the last couple of weeks, keeping me from fixing her lunch. My mom and dad stepped in and took care of that for a few days. Then she spent last week at her folks house. But even at that I had to make several trips (they live an hour and a half away from us, but closer to the hospital than we do(on the other side)) to get her for Dr appointments. We are supposed to go to a NST test tomorrow, but we are expecting ice in the state, so I doubt I take her for that. No sense endangering their lives to have a test run!!![/quote']

Thank you for the update. Praise God for the good reports! I pray your wife and baby will do well and the Lord will continue to strengthen you all.
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Thanks for the prayers everyone. Things are looking up. My wife is off bed rest!!!! They estamate that Lilly weighs around 6 lb. We are almost 35 weeks, so if she is born now she would be alright more than likely. Just a few more weeks, and we will have our baby girl to care for. I am still trying to finish the nursery. I am not sure if it will be complete in time, but we can get by for a while without it. I was working on it, but had a cabinet door order come in that I need to fill. So the nursery gets slowed down again. I am not complaining though, as lots of people do not have enough work, and God has blessed me with having extra right now.

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Please pray today. The Dr visit last Thursday went very well. But after we left the Dr called my wife and said a test she had not gotten the result for when she saw us came back abnormal. I do not know if abnormal is always totaly bad, or just might be bad. She is to take a test tonight at her NST. They have already went from wanting her on bed rest to talking induction. I really do not want her induced, but we are willing if that is the best thing for our precious little girl. Please pray that the test tonight will come back good, and that we can have this blessing come at the time the Lord says. Also pray for us that we will listen to the Lord if it is his will for her to be induced. We do not want to close our ears to only hear what we want to hear. Thanks.

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Please pray today. The Dr visit last Thursday went very well. But after we left the Dr called my wife and said a test she had not gotten the result for when she saw us came back abnormal. I do not know if abnormal is always totaly bad' date=' or just might be bad. She is to take a test tonight at her NST. They have already went from wanting her on bed rest to talking induction. I really do not want her induced, but we are willing if that is the best thing for our precious little girl. Please pray that the test tonight will come back good, and that we can have this blessing come at the time the Lord says. Also pray for us that we will listen to the Lord if it is his will for her to be induced. We do not want to close our ears to only hear what we want to hear. Thanks.[/quote']

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Last nights NST went well. Lilly was active, and there was signs of the beginnings of contractions. The nurse said the test I was speaking of turned out better than the one from a week ago. Of course we won't know what the DR thinks of it until Thursday. Thanks for the prayers.

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