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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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Before I go I would like to ask for your prayers.

 

Some of you know I suffered a back injury two weeks ago and ever since I have been in severe pain.  Often I cry to the Lord just to give me strength to endure.

 

After getting the x-rays it was discovered I have practically no disc between my L5 and S1 in my lower back.  and on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being no disc I was rated at 4.5. 

 

I have been to two chiropractors after three visit with one there was not improvement so I transfered to one closer to my home. He was able to help me the first visit and the second one improved a little more but I am still in a lot of pain.  the L5 vertebrae is pinching the nerve going down my right side into my leg.  No medication really works so you can imagine 24 hours a day it gets to be exhausting.

 

My sleep right now is only for 3 to 4 hours a night and that with the help of medications otherwise I would not be able to sleep at all.

 

The diagnostics is I have osteoarthritis of the lower back and well as degenerative disc syndrome/disease of L5/S1.  This is a serious condition as it is a painful one.

 

This is why I am not up to debating and responding to many of the post you have made in the threads.

 

Please pray for wisdom for the doctors, I am scheduled to visit a Orthopedic doctor on April 21 (thanks Obamacare) and I will need to have a neuro-specialist also look at me as well after the Orthopedic specialist.

 

God bless you all

 

Yours in Christ

 

CN

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I'm very sorry to hear of what you are dealing with. My wife has severe osteoarthritis up and down her spine, especially bad in the neck area. She's had surgeries but they can do no more so she lives with chronic pain; some days better, some days worse.

 

I will certainly be praying for you. I've witnessed the awful pain such can cause so I'll be adding you to my special prayer list as well.

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I will pray for you AVBB.  I have upper back problems, so I can sympathize with what you are going through.  Thankfully, chiropractic works for me.   May God bless you on your trip to the chiropractor on April 21st.  May the chiropractor, neuro-specialist, and orthopedic specialist find a solution to the root of your horrible pain.  Yours in Christ Jesus.

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I will pray for you AVBB.  I have upper back problems, so I can sympathize with what you are going through.  Thankfully, chiropractic works for me.   May God bless you on your trip to the chiropractor on April 21st.  May the chiropractor, neuro-specialist, and orthopedic specialist find a solution to the root of your horrible pain.  Yours in Christ Jesus.

No I am at chiropractors already and will continue.  I go to the Orthopedic Specialist on April 21 as required by my primary care doctor

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Thank you all for your prayers.  I now you are praying for more than just physical healing and God bless you for that.

 

My six year old did not speak until about 6 months ago.  I have him in school for speech therapy here in the States.  That is why we are on furlough.  I also took a secular job as a dishwasher at a restaurant it was the only job I could get.

 

Because of this episode with my back my finances are depleted and I have not been able to work for two weeks now and the bills are piling up.  My two daughters need more paces for homeschool also.  Please keep this in prayer also.

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I am sorry to hear of the pain and do regret that these chiros took your money knowing full well that they would only worsen your condition. Ruptured, or severely degenerated discs are beyond chiro assistance and only further damage what is left. They know this but want your cash and could care less about you pain coming back within a day of each visit to them.

Facet and sacro shots from a pain management guy are your real ticket apart from surgery.

Get an inversion machine cheap off craigslist and hang upside down every night for 30 minutes, that will do far more to immediately relieve the nerve pinch than some charlatan chiropractor.  

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thank you all for your prayers.  I do believe God hears.

 

After three adjustments from the new chiropractor I have had 98% relief of pain and no longer need the heavy medications.  PTL!!!!

 

I am not 100% or this may inturn be my new 100% we will see in the course of the next few weeks.

 

I will be able to work this week.

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Nope not yet.  the doctor wont release me to work yet.  So on my knees I go and I ask you all for continued prayer for the Lord's supply for all the bills that have accumulated since I had my incident.

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I want to give you all a little update on my situation.

 

Thanks for your prayers.  I have been released for light work only and I am heading into full recovery in my lower back. At least in terms of the two vertebrae that I dislocated.

 

this week was the first time I had no pain at all.

 

Just keep me in your prayers.  the Lord supplied during that time but I am in need still $450 electric bill, $69 Phone and electric all just came in. Plus next wednesday my wife and our sun will need new passports from their countries Embassy that is $120 plus photo's and copies not to mention a full tank of gas and 6 hours driving each way.

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I will continue to pray for you, AVBB.  It seems when a person has medical problems, bills seem to come in at the same time.  I just got done paying an $820.00 medical bill.  It is a relief to finally have it paid, though.  

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