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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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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!


It is supposed to be 39 here today too.
39°C..... :lol:
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No rain today.  There are still flood warnings in various parts of the country though, due to water that has already fallen still filling up the rivers.  Today it was a bit colder but sunny, and if it was not for the wind may have felt quite warm in the sun.  May freeze tonight, probably further north than us.  They say the wet weather may be back by Sunday.  The news today said there have been flood warnings in some part of the country since December 1st.

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33º today. It spit a.bit of snow earlier and is cloudy, after raining yesterday. Main roads are clear, but our driveway is like ice. Supposed to be sunny and in the 40s tomorrow. Yay! Hope it melts things enough so it can clear up before temos drop again on Monday.

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43F as of now, 9:00 A.M. on Monday.  A bit cloudy with possible rain showers.  There is still a bit of ice and snow on the ground.  Our backyard is very mushy.  We didn't do the raking of leaves in time, before all the snow came.  People were getting what they call "explosions" on their property.  Rain on the bottom, mixed with ice and snow led to tiny explosions.  Strange weather patterns.

There is also another arctic storm that is supposed to come down across the whole USA.  This was on the news, yesterday.  Who knows with this weather.

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40° this morning.  It was supposed to get in the 40s and be sunny yesterday. We did see the sun for a while.  Some of the snow melted, but not a lot. It felt colder because of the snow.  This morning our driveway actually had some ice-free spots.  Hopefully there will be more by this evening!

 

Candle - we heard that we might be getting another snow storm this weekend.  Well, I guess it is winter, eh?   :blink:

 

heart - that fireplace sounds wonderful!

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40° this morning.  It was supposed to get in the 40s and be sunny yesterday. We did see the sun for a while.  Some of the snow melted, but not a lot. It felt colder because of the snow.  This morning our driveway actually had some ice-free spots.  Hopefully there will be more by this evening!

 

Candle - we heard that we might be getting another snow storm this weekend.  Well, I guess it is winter, eh?   :blink:

 

heart - that fireplace sounds wonderful!

At least you have seen this sun.  No sun in my area for awhile now.  Yes, it does feel colder b/c of the snow.

Yes, it certainly is winter.  This is going to be some Arctic blast they are predicting.  Although who knows b/c they said this winter, we were only getting freezing rain and black ice.   :puzzled3:

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We had a dryish couple of days, but the rain is back.  One village in our county is still flooded. My sister lives in the county of Somerset and a vast area of the Somerset levels is still flooded and they are forecasting heavy rain for the weekend. On MEP for the UK Independance party has been expelled because he said the recent floods are the result of the government introducing gay marriage.

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It must have been fairly cold last night as I had to go out at about 7.00 am and All our car doors were frozen and I couldn't get them open for a while. 

 

The weather forcast for the next couple of days is more heavy rain, 70-80 mph winds, and high tides.  I was out this evening driving on the highway and there was partial flooding in many places.  Yalding village was flooded a couple ays ago for the third time this year.  The Somerset Levels, 40 sq miles, have been flooded since Christmas and one village has been cut off by the floods since then,  My sister who lives in Somerset said they had heavy rain all day.  The army were called in yesterday and they had a look and went home and said the Fire Service could deal with it.

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