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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 am 59 years old, and for the last 30 years I have been disabled because of surgery that removed part of my left leg.  I praise the LORD, every day, for the pain free life that He has blessed me with “all these years” and continues to bless me with today.

I have had a section of my prayer list for years, where I have asked the Lord to keep delivering me from pain and suffering, in specific areas of my body.  And recently as I have been developing some “age related” twinges of pain, I have been unsure as to exactly what, I should be asking the LORD.  A few days ago, I started to reluctantly ask for the Lord to “stop my body from wearing out”: Not doubting that He could do just that, but not being sure that this is how I should be “wording” this request.

This morning, I realized that my main issue is “pain”, therefore I should be asking the Lord to deliver me from “the pains of old age”!
The reason that this wording is important, is because of Romans 14:23....
“And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”

It is important that we “speak in faith” and not in doubt.  It is also important that as I take the medications etc., that I take for pain or age related reasons, that I remind the Lord (and myself), that I am not “trusting” in that pill to deliver me from pain, but that I am trusting the Lord to use that pill in my body, to accomplish His will for my life and deliver me from pain and suffering.


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Paul asked God repeatedly to remove the thorn in the flesh.  God told him in so many words to quit asking.  

2 Cor 12:7-10
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Rom 8:18-28
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.



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This growing old stuff surely isn't the Golden Years I heard about; it's more like the Rust Years with everything wearing out, falling apart or otherwise having problems.

It can be difficult to know exactly what to pray for and how to pray about these things. Unless the Lord makes it clear to stop praying for or about something then continue to pray. If the Lord grants you some wisdom or insight that leads you to pray differently or in another direction or manner entirely, follow that.

I sometimes pray for healing, for relief from pain, help to know what I can do to improve the situation, etc.

The Lord takes good care of me, even though I daily deal with one or more pains, various health issues and they all fluctuate on the 1 - 10 scale.

One thing which does often bring a measure of relief somehow is focusing upon others I know with health issues and spending time in prayer for them. I'm not sure why that is but it's nice to get a bit of relief while I'm in prayer.

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Hello John81,

As I said, I find myself praising the Lord every day, for His great mercy in the area of my health.  Throughout the day(almost every day), as I am out and about, I have an occasional pain, in an ankle or my lower back or anywhere in-between.

Being a busy person, I am unable to get off my feet or sit down and rest, when these pains come(but must keep going); And praise the Lord, whenever I experience any pain or suffering, He seems to immediately remind me to ask Him to deliver me from it, so I pray about it on-the-go and invariably within just a few minutes the pain is gone!!
I know that this may sound “simplistic” and “unbelievable” and maybe even “boastful”: But I do my best, to give the Lord all the glory and credit, as frequently as I can.

I am convinced, that if I were to stop praying about these things, that I would be almost unable to move. Truly our LORD answers prayers: and the more we pray, the more He answers.

I am also aware of “God’s chastening hand”, upon unrepentant Christians; Therefore to insure my good health, I try to always be quick to repent(1Corinthians 11:31)!  I have done(and continue to do), a great deal of study of the subject of “pain” in God’s Word and truly believe that God uses pain, to get our attention.  Therefore, I try to be very quick, to respond to even the slightest pain.
I seem to be rambling here...
But I do believe that what I have said, is covered under Titus 2:1

Have a good evening



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I can't even imagine going through the pain and health issues without knowing Christ and taking everything to the Lord in prayer. It hurts my heart when I think of those without Christ who suffer without the Comforter, without our Heavenly Father to talk to.

I've actually heard some Christians, including pastors, say it's wrong to bring up the Gospel with those who are weak and in pain. What could ever be more important? What greater lasting comfort could a person receive than what comes with being born again in Christ?

Indeed, dealing with pain issues does help to focus our attention. Throughout the day I pray, I'm more aware of sin and quicker to repent, I'm more mindful of others and to pray more for them as well. God does use the pain for His purposes. God also grants healing, relief, comforting and help.

Donald I appreciate you sharing your situation and thoughts on this matter. Sometimes it can seem a lonely thing to deal with. This especially so when some Christians try to hide their pain for fear some will think them weak in the faith. Some others won't talk about their pain because they believe if their faith were stronger they would be fully healed. Considering the comments and attitudes of some towards those who suffer I can understand this. What a shame to hear some telling a person in pain that if they would tithe and give more the Lord would heal them! There is so much wrong with that.

Praise God for He never leaves us, never forsakes us, that is a comfort to cling to.

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Being 59, with one full leg, and only now beginning to feel some of the discomforts of old age, I applaud you. I am 51 with two functioning legs and have been feeling some of those pains for a bit now. Of course, at 340 pounds, its no surprise I would feel some pain in my knees and back, so I can't complain.  Of course, we all wish we could be like Moses, who, when the Lord took him, the Bible says, "And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated."  120 years, but perfect vision, strength of youth. I guess God HAD to take him because it sure sounds like he wasn't going to die of natural causes anytime soon. But we don't get that ourselves, sadly.

By the way, I would seek to lose weight, but after years of trying, through both proper diet and exercise, all I have ever succeeded in doing is either nothing, or losing, and then gaining it all back, plus more, that, at just under 350 pounds, I just stopped gaining, and decided, if this was where I was to be, I would be pleased in it. Through my younger years, I gained continually, no matter what I did, no matter how active, no matter my eating habits, it didn't matter, I always slowly gained weight until about 7 years ago I just stopped. So I have accepted this is where the Lord has chosen to keep me. I'd feel physically better at, say 100 pounds lighter, and finding clothes to fit would be easier, but it doesn't seem to be God's will for me, and I think there are some good reasons for it, though I will not go into that here.  

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From the time that I was basically a toddler, I was an athlete.  I was a busy and hyper little thing, and one of my childhood nicknames was "Rabbit", because I was always running and hopping and jumping.  I am now "paying" for all of the pounding on my feet.  I've had several surgeries on them, but they haven't been successful.  I walk 7 miles per weekday (in increments) to keep my feet limbered up, because if I stop walking....I will stop walking for good.  During the day I am so busy doing this or that, that I don't pay much attention to the pain I have.  Nighttime is another story...that's when the pain hits.  I have learned however...to be content in this state for I am very grateful that the Lord gives me the ability to be so active still.  Oft times I have to remind myself that regardless of the pains of getting older...the loss of dexterity, the increased vulnerability of falling, and the recognition of aging....that it is still "well with my soul"!  I am not exempt from the mental processes of dealing with getting older though, and I truly have to continue to run to the Lord with it.  "If only!"  "If only" I'd had the mind that I have now, with a youthful body!  I know I'm not alone in thinking of that...but we are where we are...and I long to be grateful in and for all things, including the aging process and the aches and pains and suffering of it.  Hopefully we will continue to seek to glorify Him and that our lives will testify of His presence right up to the time that we shall be with Him in glory!

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The reason that this wording is important, is because of Romans 14:23....
“And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”

It is important that we “speak in faith” and not in doubt.  It is also important that as I take the medications etc., that I take for pain or age related reasons, that I remind the Lord (and myself), that I am not “trusting” in that pill to deliver me from pain, but that I am trusting the Lord to use that pill in my body, to accomplish His will for my life and deliver me from pain and suffering.


So what do you take? Have you tried any natural things? I am a big vitamin/mineral advocate-I notice very clearly when I have gone off my vitamins as my joints hurt more, and I have less energy. I was starting to lose my hair, but I went on folic acid and it grew back in.  And I see it the same way: I am trusting the Lord to use the vitamins and mineralsthat He has supplied in His creation, as well as nutrition, to keep from breaking down earlier than I have to. 

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Hello again Ukulelemike

You asked.....
"So what do you take? Have you tried any natural things?"

I do use natural things, with GREAT RESULTS.
I have always had a problem with sinus drainage, but when I got about 40 years old, it seem to intensify and I really needed help with some sinus attacks, that could cause me to use an entire box of Kleenx in one day.  Then about 15 years ago, my wife and I discovered Myrrh Gum capsules(600 mg), and for me they work better than any pharmaceutical on the market.  They can be costly from local shops, but I go to Swanson(on line), and can get a bottle of 120 capsules, for about $5.00.  During the worst times of the year(highest pollen count), I might take one every 6 to 8 hours and this controls the problem completely.  PRAISE THE LORD. (Their Product #SW1155)

Also, for about the last 20 years, I have developed some tendonitis, in my arms and shoulders, that “can” give me some discomfort after laying in bed all night or over use of my arms, etc.  About 10 to 15 years ago, I started taking(on and off), Glucosamine, Chondroitinn & MSM,(all in one small pill), that says it will rebuild the cartilage in joints and it seems to be working in my case.  I only recently got back on this, after not using it for a few years.  But I remember back when I used to suffer from tennis-elbow, that I told my wife that it’s effects were so quick, that it was almost like taking a pain reliever.  Recently I have been having some minor knee pain(with my one good knee), and PRAISE THE LORD, this pain is gone.  But I believe that it is mostly an answer to prayer.  I also get this from Swanson, product number SW1009, for about $8.95 a bottle.

Now in the area of Faith, is colloidal silver.  You will understand why I call, using this by faith, in a minute.  Over 20 year ago, a friend told me about this stuff and how I could make it myself at home.  So after reading about it’s use and safety, I started making it and using it as a general antibiotic.  Today, you will find a lot about it on the internet, but I can tell you, that it works.  After a few years, my wife started using it for urinary track infections etc.  and it works great.  Today we use it for all kinds of infections and we also use it topically on cuts and rashes and on our pets.  It’s great stuff that is almost free.

The reason I call this a “faith based medicine”, is because over the years I have probably made 20 (12oz. batches), of this stuff and each time, although I can see(somewhat) the microscopic partials of silver in the water(before they disperse), I always use it by faith: (Asking the LORD to bless it in my body and do the things it is suppose to.)  I have come to the conclusion, that it is the Lord that heals us anyway: So everything I take, is with this in mind.

This isn’t all, of the medical tricks, that my wife and I have discovered, over the years, but these are three examples.

I hope this is a help to everyone.


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      6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
      7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

      Evil cannot be fought against with evil. Mankind, outside of Christ is evil. So then, if we are to fight against evil, it must be with good. Herein lies a prOBlem; do we have any good? Rom. 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

      Mat. 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? Man, in his natural state is subject to the power of Satan, he is the god of this world. They have no weapons!
      What are the weapons of spiritual warfare? First we note that the source of our weapons and any strength we might have to wield them is God. Eph.6:10 -11 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

      In Eph. 6:12 we see the magnitude of our prOBlem. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. This is way beyond our ability to combat in our natural state.

      Ok, we have seen the enormity of man’s dilemma, now we will look at the remedy for this dilemma.

      Eph. 6:13 begins with the word “wherefore”, or because of what was said in Ver.12 we need the whole armor of God. Why is it that the Christian can withstand all that the world can throw at him? Rom. 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. It is because it is God that holds him up. When we have done all that we can in our own strength and can do no more, still we can stand with God’s help and weather the storm.

      Eph. 6:14 And now we get into the actual armor of the Christian. Each piece is indispensable; each has its specific purpose. Here in Ver.14 we have the Christians loins girt about with truth. To have our loins girt about with truth means to put on Christ as a garment, for he is truth. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. This is the only way to God. The breastplate of righteousness is the second piece of armor. It protects our vital parts, such as our heart. It is listed second because without truth, there can be no righteousness. Truth is first and begets righteousness, and this righteousness is not ours, it is the righteousness of Christ.

      It is interesting to note the order of these pieces of armor. To reverse this order is to reject all that God is. Paul said this about righteousness: Rom 10:3 for they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. Back in Ver.1 he prayed for Israel to be saved, which would bring about true righteousness. Putting righteousness before truth, or salvation only results in man’s righteousness, which is not acceptable to God. His order is reversed. At the moment of the acceptance of truth (Jesus) we are covered by righteousness, His righteousness. Phil. 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

      Eph. 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Once we know the truth and have righteousness is the only time we can prepare to fight the spiritual battle. Notice I said “prepare”, because being newly saved, or born again, we must have preparation. No soldier goes to war without proper training. This is why we have the Bible, so that we might be able to fight the good fight of faith effectively.

      Paul speaks of this in this way: 1Cor. 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may OBtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to OBtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: Paul strove to fight effectively.

      Eph. 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Faith is the believer’s most important tool, as well as a vital piece of his armor. It is also the most difficult for him to master. Faith is not an intangible, as the world thinks it is. They speak of blind faith and they envision our faith as being blind simply because they can neither see it or our God, so to them our faith is blind.

      In reality our faith is solid and immovable if exercised properly. Heb. 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Here we see two things that the world cannot see and knows nothing of. But we who live by faith can see it and are the recipients of the rewards of living our lives by faith. Two things of note in this verse are that it says that faith is substance and evidence. Let’s read it again.

      Hebrews 11 is said to be the faith chapter, and so it is. Please take time to read this at home and you will see why it is called the faith chapter. Faith then is our shield, as this verse points out. Faith is what will pull us through when all else has failed. Once again it is needful to point out that the faith we speak of is not our own: Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;

      Eph. 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: We cannot hope to help ourselves or others, spiritually speaking, or even begin to fight a fight of faith until we have the helmet of salvation. It is impossible to fight God’s enemies when we are on their side, when we are yet enemies ourselves.
      Col. 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.

      And now we come to the only offensive weapon in our list of the armor of God. It is listed here as the sword of the Spirit. As such it is defined in our text as The Word of God. Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

      Ironically, it is by His word that His enemies become His friends. His word is able to cut through the smoke screen they put up. It is able to see through all the evil thoughts and intents of their heart. All excuses are put aside by it and the reality of their lost condition is brought out into the light of day.
    • By Standing Firm In Christ
      Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
      Romans 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
      Why is it today that so many Christians have no qualms about committing spiritual adultery? They attest that they are married to Christ Jesus, yet they subject themselves to the bed of the Law by insisting they must obey certain of the Mosaic/Levitic Laws?
      The one who professes faith in Christ will never walk in total victory until that one comes to the realization that if he is in Christ, he is freed from the Law.
      Galatians 3:24-25 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
      Does this mean we are free to steal, kill, covet, take the Lord's name in vain, etc.? In the words of the Apostle Paul, God forbid! Those who are Christ's have put on Christ. They have no desire to do the things that are evil in God's eyes. They don't want to steal, kill, covet, take the Lord's name in vain, etc.. Rather, they want to do that which is pleasing in His sight.
      1 Timothy 1:8-10 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
      The Law is for the unrighteous. The righteous have been delivered from the Law for they have put on Christ through faith.
      Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
      The Apostle James wrote "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." If you keep your eyes on Jesus, you will have less occasion to stumble on your journey through life. If you truly love the Lord, you don't need the Law, for you will not want to do the things that require the judgments for breaking the Law.
      Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
      Look full in His wonderful face
      And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
      In the light of His Glory and Grace.
    • By Wannason2
      What and Why?
      Today is Sunday
      It’s the Lord’s day
      Time to try and protect your soul
      And worship his name
      God must have a plan
      Something I still must do
      What, I just don’t know
      I should have been killed
      Why that truck hit me on that road
      I’ve a feeling my task
      Concerns people living in the street
      Maybe my poems of street life
      And hard times
      Are the key to what I need.
      This is a new skill
      I just didn’t know I had
      I just started writing one day
      Around my birthday,
      It’s a puzzle that I have to solve.
      It stays in the front of my mind
      It’s all I think of
      The Lord will let me know,
      In His own way
      All I know to do
      Is be patient
      And pray.
    • By Wannason2
      Homeless Blues
      When you’ve gotten trampled by
      the hand life dealt you, at first you
      cry, why me, oh woe is me.
      You wonder why with your mind all
      boggled, why you were sent all this
      trouble, you feel forsaken and wish it
      would stop, maybe God wants to see
      if you’ll flip or flop.
      You learn to make do, learn harsh
      lessons from the streets, these rules
      ain’t written in books, some are hard
       to conceive.
      The sad part is, you get used to the
      life, you kinda forget how it used to be
      like, the past seems like a dream, so
      far away, so you live by three rules to
      help you make it through each day…
      1.Don’t lie, cheat, or steal, this is
      not the way, your days are much
      better without this pain.
             2. Do onto others as you hope
      they’ll do unto you,
             3.  And keep our Lord as close as
      you can, and pray. He’ll watch
      over you.
      It’s not very hard to end up this way.
      More good people are added to the
      streets each day.
      Please don’t shun them
      for being this way,
      for you are truly closer
      than you think
      to being the same.
      Thank you, and Good Day.
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