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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 hope someone said something to that kindergarten teacher! How frustrating for a child to always have to be the last one at picking their crayons.

Yeah, if they lined em up by their height though, the short kid would have been the one with the black crayon.  

Why is it that teachers and officialdom in general feel they must categorize everything and everybody?  Well, I suppose treating children as nothing more than numbers or parts of the alphabet is to make it easy on themselves.  But in making it easy for one person you by necessity must make it harder for someone else.  I suppose it is okay to categorize rocks after all they are hard as rocks.  Children however are not. 

My solution?  I have no idea!  :th_wellduh:

 

God bless,

Larry

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I just got off the phone from a friend of mine from church.  My friend is a child psychologist and gets called to Elementary schools often to counsel "troubled" children.  He got a call from a school in conjunction with child protective services about a kindergarten child they considered dangerously troubled.   Here was the situation that had them convinced this child was going to be the next Columbine, or Sandy Hook perpetrator.

 

The children had a daily arts and crafts section of  time.  They noticed that almost every drawing this child turned in, regardless of it's theme, (sunny days, pets, gardens, etc.) was drawn with black crayon.  Trees..ground..even the sun was black.   Well this in their "professional" opinion was a sure indicator of a deeply troubled youth.

 

So in comes my child psychologist friend and after about 3 minutes of prOBing and asking questions he finds out that the Kindergarten teacher in an effort to help teach the students their alphabet, always had the kids line up in alphabetical order to get their crayons at craft supplies.  He said, "my last name is Zysk" and by the time I got to the crayons, the white and black ones were the only whole ones left, and I couldn't draw pictures on white paper with a white crayon, so I have to use black.

 

Our imaginations can cause so much needless trouble.   Whenever you "imagine" you know "just how that person feels" please check yourself and simply  communicate with that person.

 

Bro. Garry

 

 

Can I share this Bro. Garry?

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I'm still scratching my head as to why the kids didn't have their own crayons...

 

Thanks for sharing this, 2bL...this kind of nonsense has gone on for too long.  For years, now, too many "experts" have tried to make it a big deal if coloring with mainly/only black.  Even if this child didn't always get the leftover crayons, many young kids choose black over other colors just simply because they do - no hidden anger, no hatred, no troubled psyches.  SMH at the silliness of those who are supposed to be training children.

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Teachers have become de facto agents of the State. They are required by law to continually be on the lookout for "trouble", which is very broadly defined. Along with this they are under threat of possible severe consequences should they not only fail to report something, but even if they fail to notice something.

 

If a person is constantly looking for a prOBlem, they are going to see one. While some teachers would have the maturity, wisdom and intestinal fortitude to better deal with such things, many don't. They either live in fear of missing something or they develop a thrill in the "hunt".

 

The government works hard to prevent parents from being good parents while trying to prevent children from being children, while at the same time holding both to standards of perfection they have created in their own warped minds.

 

Indeed, odd that the children can't have their own crayons.

 

When I was in school there was one teacher who used to often order us alphabetically for things but she never used the A to Z approach each time. She would mix in Z to A and sometimes start in the middle and go one way or the other. At least that way no one was always last or first and everyone rotated near the front or back.

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A similar one from years into my past.
A kid would only ever use one colour in his artwork at High School.
Try as they might he just refused to. Occasionally he would use two but rarely - no NEVER - did he use the full range of colours.
He was getting in trouble for disOBedience etc, but mostly they were concerned with why he refused to use the full range of colours.

Turns out that he was severely colour blind and most of the colours looked the same to him.

His artwork was great by the way, just mostly one colour - not always the same colour - he would just pick one and do everything like a lead pencil drawing, shading and toning to perfection - all in one colour.

how do you get to 15 without anyone figuring that out?

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When I was in kindergarten I mostly used red for everything simply because I liked that colour. I would colour cats, horses and most things red. My teacher thought it was funny. She asked me why and I told her and that was it.

 

I suppose these days they might suspect a child of being an animal abuser or killer for colouring them red, the colour of blood. Oh, my!

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When I was in grade school (Didn't have kindergarten in Dayville, Or. during the war) my favorite drawing subjects were soldiers, warplanes, and cowboys.  Lots of guns, tanks, artillery, and bombs.  I suppose if I were at the same school age today they would have me in the Oregon State Penitentiary prisoner education program.  I don't suppose that would be all bad though, maybe I could study criminal law and become a criminal lawyer (or is that lawyer criminal).  They would at least have had me on Ritalin or something else just as helpful to a young boy's psyche.

 

God bless,

Larry

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When I was in kindergarten for some reason I was fascinated by spiders.  I thought they were the coolest things on earth, and almost all my pictures had at least one spider in them.  Why I never grew up to be an arachnologist I will never know.  Maybe it was because my mother and sister kept making my captured study specimens, wet spots.  By the time I was 8 years old though I had found a new passion that was much more acceptable to the ladies in my home, and that was baseball and I confess I am still fascinated by it to this day.  

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During recess we used to play cops and rOBbers, cowboys and Indians, war, holding our fingers like guns and making shooting sounds. Today they expel children from school for such play and they are marked as a potential danger; or worse.

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Lovely story, with a moral! I wonder how much the official solution cost, compared with buying enough crayons!

 

While I never got into trouble for it, my favourite drawing implement was black pencil - because I wanted detail. I couldn't get on with charcoal or brush because they were so imprecise. In WWII I drew on anything white - envelopes, food & cigarette packets, etc.

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My father told me when he was in school, they had a project to cut out paper dolls. The instructions were "just follow the line" well that worked good until he got to the neck line of the dress and accidentally cut off the doll's head. The teachers response was not to call a psychoanalyst  but to hall off and smack him right across the face.

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