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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 know, right!?! LOL I guess he should have stuck to the global cooling nonsense he spouted in the 70s.


And then there is that ship that got stuck in the ice in Antarctica that supposedly has scientist studying global warming.....
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In north Texas right now it is 38oF.   Brrrrrrr!!  It was 18oF yesterday morning.  I can only remember one or two occasions where it has ever been that cold.  What is so curious is that it was 70oF on Saturday--I was inspired to do a bit of "spring" cleaning because it was so pleasant.  I opened all the windows, turned the fans on to help circulate the fresh air, washed all the curtains, washed the windows, thoroughly scrubbed the floors and just did a general thorough cleaning.  I knew the cold weather was heading in our direction, and I was thankful for an opportunity to air things out and get ready for it.  

 

It's supposed to be back in the mid-60s again this weekend, thankfully.  I cannot imagine some of the temperatures that you all have had to endure these last few days!!!

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I have a class that has to be on the shooting range (outdoor) tomorrow and the high is only supposed to be 30. They probably wish it could be over the weekend when the highs are forecast for 52-61.


Brrrrr!! That's very cold to be on a shooting range!! Be careful!



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About 22 or 23F this morning..... The Plecostomus in the Koi pond did not fare well and may be dying. But our first lambs of the season were born this morning; Hettie had a single and Lily Mae had twins. :)


I had plecos in my aquarium but never thought of them in ponds. Poor things!! How big are they? I'll bet they're pretty good sized!!


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Linda,

Our Pleco is about 8 or 9" long and about 3 to 4" wide. It was only 2 to 3" long when I first put it in the pond back in July.. MY Wife caught it and brought it the house this morning and, so far, it's still alive. They are tropical and can't take the cold.

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Linda, Our Pleco is about 8 or 9" long and about 3 to 4" wide. It was only 2 to 3" long when I first put it in the pond back in July.. MY Wife caught it and brought it the house this morning and, so far, it's still alive. They are tropical and can't take the cold.
That's a big ol' boy!!! The bigger they get, the creepier they look to me. Where are you keeping it inside? In an aquarium? Can koi take the cold? I'm fascinated by pond fish. Also, congratulations on the new lambs! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Edited by Miss Linda
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Thanks!
My Wife just texted me and said the plecostomus died :( The koi are a cold water fish so they do fine but I have noticed they hug the bottom of the pond in cold weather.


Oh no!!! I'm so sorry to hear that!! Hopefully you can get a new one when things warm up a bit.


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It was 11° this morning on my way in.  Up from -4°.  It's supposed to start raining tomorrow - freezing rain.  Then on Saturday and Sunday the temp is supposed to rise to 39°.  And Monday will begin a lowering of the temperatures.  I'm really hoping all the rain we get, which will melt all the snow we have, won't freeze.  Major problems then!

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