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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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1 hour ago, HappyChristian said:

What do folks who don't have the Lord and praying friends DO?

Wonderful words and thoughts. The Lord has blessed you.

I will be praying for all of you this morning during my devotions.

May the Lord bless your husband, you, and your mom during this time of ill health.

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Surgery has been moved to mid-afternoon. And the doc told Randy that he'd have to stay in hospital for 3-4 days for monitoring. He was scheduled to preach on Sunday morning, so that's got to change. And he's off work, too - with no sick pay. Again, this didn't take God by surprise.

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I got home late tonight, had to fill in for my pastor. I just read about Randy, it was a shock even this far away. I will be in constant prayer for this situation LuAnne until you update us. You are right, this doesn't take God by surprise. As emotional as it is, it may be a blessing in disguise because of the timing, it could have been a lot worse since Diabetes is involved.

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I just saw this and I'm so thankful I can join in prayer with everyone. I remember when your Dad went to glory.

Two years ago my wife had a pulmonary embolism (I was away from OB posting). Collapsed in the floor at our home with the wide-eyed grand young'uns watching. She had blood clots in her lungs, an enlarged right ventricle, and they found the main culprit, blood clots in the back of her knee. She was as close to death as a person can be, but God didn't take her. God answers prayers, sometimes the answers are yes and sometimes no. Thank God his answer to us that time was yes.

She has an IVC filter now and she's on xarelto. But, she is with me praise God.

LuAnne, I will be praying for Randy.

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What a wonderful blessing and answer to prayer LuAnne. In reading over your latest update I was a bit concerned about Randy having to be on Coumadin for the rest of his life.

Many years ago my wife had a problem which required Coumadin after surgery. It was so long ago that I don't remember the exact circumstances, but the Coumadin had very serous consequences and almost killed her. When she recovered she did some research and found that Coumadin was rat poison. I am not trying to second guess the doctors or alarm you, but this raised some alarm bells when I read it. Wondering if there is not another alternative, perhaps there may be other blood thinners now, since our experience was so long ago, or perhaps the medication has undergone changes.

I am continuing in prayer for Randy and also for your peace of mind.

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There are other blood thinners (like the heparin he was receiving), but I think coumadin is the most common to go home with. They have removed the IV of heparin and are now giving him coumadin orally, I'm sure to monitor and make sure he has no immediate side effects. Jim, it is my understanding that the reason that it is in some rat poison is that it causes the rats who eat it to bleed to death internally. It does have to be monitored regularly. I guess we'll have to go ahead and find a doctor here (we just haven't done that yet).

So, unless something drastic happens, Randy will be coming home tomorrow! Praise the Lord! He will still have to take it easy, and he has to walk to help the swelling to go down. But I'm so thankful that the doc is pleased enough to send him home. Mom and I will pick him up tomorrow. He's looking forward to getting some rest. LOL

He has to go back next month to do some genetic testing. We are sure they will find that he has at least one gene of the factor5 deficiency. I found out today that Randy's brother didn't die from a heart attack. He died from pulmonary embolism due to factor5 Leidin deficiency. And both of his daughters (and one of each of their daughters) have it. And then we find out today: Randy's younger (#5 of 6) brother had to go to the hospital today...he has three blood clots in his left arm! The doctors didn't keep him, but did give him medicine, so I'm assuming the clots are small enough to dissolve soon. Even so, in the left arm and three of them. Sigh - now I'm more convinced than ever that they all inherited it. I told our son he needs to get tested, too. There are medications that folks with factor5 deficiency can't take. 

Randy was scheduled to preach at church tomorrow morning. We are disappointed, but know that God is in control. His next day is Feb. 26. That is my birthday, so his first sermon at this church on my birthday will be special. =D

I do appreciate the continued prayer. If you could add Everett (Randy's brother with the clots), I would be so grateful.

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Thank you for the update and good news LuAnne. I will add Randy's brother to my prayer list.

The doctor probably told Randy about the importance of walking. But if he didn't I would encourage him to walk on a regular schedule. In cases of swelling of the legs and feet walking acts like a pump. The act of walking compresses tissue and blood vessels and actually pumps blood over and above what the heart does. It can be extremely beneficial.

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2 minutes ago, Jim_Alaska said:

Thank you for the update and good news LuAnne. I will add Randy's brother to my prayer list.

The doctor probably told Randy about the importance of walking. But if he didn't I would encourage him to walk on a regular schedule. In cases of swelling of the legs and feet walking acts like a pump. The act of walking compresses tissue and blood vessels and actually pumps blood over and above what the heart does. It can be extremely beneficial.

Yes, the emergency room doc actually explained it on Wednesday. He said that the heart pumps the blood one way, but on the Venae side, muscles constrict to pump it along so walking is necessary to get those muscles constricting.  Randy does walk, but he's going to have to increase it. He loves mowing during mowing season. Since there is about an acre of grass to mow here, he walks a lot during the summer. But I'm not sure even that is going to be enough. We plan to adopt a progressively increasing walking program once he's able to motivate a bit better.

My borther-in-law was put on Zarelto. His wife told me her grandmother took Coumadin and ended up with a brain bleed. Scary...but I've been looking into things and apparently any of the blood thinners can cause a bleed - but a bleed on warfarin is more quickly controlled than the newer thinners. 

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Well, I come to you this morning after shedding a few tears...Randy called me before we headed out to let me know he can't come home today.

Last night when I called him to tell him good night, he couldn't talk so told me to call him later. I did. Apparently his heart rate had risen too high (and all he was doing was lying in bed) and so they were doing whatever tests they can do at bedside and without a doctor. They couldn't figure it out. And he hadn't felt any different. We said good night still thinking we'd see each other this morning.

So it happened again...and at 4 this morning they hooked him back up to his IV, took him off food and drink, and moved him to another room where he can be monitored more closely. I want to call him again, but I'm kind of putting it off hoping that the weekend doc visits him so there is something to know.

I have to admit that I am a bit scared. I am comforted in the fact that God isn't surprised - and that this took place while Randy was there in the hospital. Who knows the results if he were at home? If he couldn't tell his heart rate was too high, we wouldn't know to take him to the doctor! And I'm comforted knowing that people are praying. 

I know folks are in church this morning so probably won't be reading this any time soon. I will update as I get more news.  Thank you for praying.

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