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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 have briefly mentioned my granddaughter Rachel on the kitchen .  Rachel is 21 on Friday and has cancer on he right ovary.  For her birthday she is not asking for anything but donations for  Endometriosis Research Center and Women's Hospital, Inc.  on Facebook.

Rachel is studying French and Photography at Surrey University.

Please pray for Rachel, 

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We went to lunch with our daughter and family today.  We met Rachel which was a surprise as she said that she couldn't come as her sister Jemimah had a cold and Rachel shouldn't be with those who have a cold or the flu, but Jemimah is over it now,  It was a pleasant  surprise. Rachel returned this evening and has an appointment at the surgery on the campus tomorrow,  I told her that there are many people praying for her.

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Yes Invicta, it is critical that anyone with cancer not be exposed to anyone that has any kind of sickness like colds or flu. When my late wife had cancer we severely limited where we went for that reason. We mostly stayed home where we could control her exposure to sickness. Cancer, as well as chemo severely compromises the immune system.

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As to my health, I had a lesion removed from my head about four weeks ago and I had a letter from the hospital today that confirmed it was skin cancer.  They say it was completely removed and I don't need further treatment but I have an out patient appointment in about a month.

I have memory problems and had a blood test recently, and my doctor phoned me to say I had a severe vitamin deficiency and I needed to take three extra tablets a day, or have an injection once every three months, but would have to have an injection three times a week for two weeks first.  I am not sure which is worse,  I elected for the injections.   If it helps my memory it may be worth it.

I can't remember which vitamin the Dr said it was.

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17 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

Both you and your doctor should keep a close watch on this condition. Skin cancer is a malignant Melanoma and can be extremely dangerous if not caught in time and treated properly.

Praying for you brother.  

Thank you.  I have looked into this further and it seems it is not malignant type.  I have an outpatients appointment at the hospital on 16th March, that is a week after our 50th Wedding anniversary.  

My dad was one of a family of 14.  Some died as infants.  I have managed to trace 10 on census  on line.  One died by being run over by a horse and cart when he was 9, one had Parkinsons disease, and the other 8 all died of various forms of Cancer, including my dad.

 

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On 13/02/2018 at 11:59 PM, Invicta said:

Thank you.  I have looked into this further and it seems it is not malignant type.  I have an outpatients appointment at the hospital on 16th March, that is a week after our 50th Wedding anniversary.  

My dad was one of a family of 14.  Some died as infants.  I have managed to trace 10 on census  on line.  One died by being run over by a horse and cart when he was 9, one had Parkinsons disease, and the other 8 all died of various forms of Cancer, including my dad.

 

I had my appointment on Friday and the nurse said it was healing well and I have to go for another appointment in four weeks.

 

On 07/02/2018 at 1:38 AM, Jim_Alaska said:

Please keep us updated on Rachel's progress with her cancer treatments.

I asked Rachel how her treatment is going and she sent the following reply.

  • "They are not sure yet, but they're not giving up so that's good news."

 

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 I spoke to my granddaughter Rachel a couple of days ago on a Messenger video call after getting many missed calls each way. I don't like calling her too much as I know that due to her illness she is very much behind in her course.She looked much better than last time I saw her and her hair is growing again after chemo.  She is still having hospital appointments but says they are only investigating;

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Last week was a great week for our family,  Our eldest grandson David James got his degree from Loughborough University.  Construction Management.  He has alredy started a Job.

Grandaughter Jemimah got married to Josh Hawkes.

Rachel and her friend Kezia took most of the photos.  Rachel looked really well, much better than last time I saw her when she was looking very ill and had no hair.

We pray for Rachel's continued recovery as well as Jamimah and Josh's future together.

Jemimmah amd Josh.jpg

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THank you all.

I saw Rachel yesterday and she looked really well.  She said at present she is completely clear of Cancer, although she has to go for a checkup every other week, because she was so unwell earlier, she has to take her first semester again next year,  As she is hoping to get a first in her French degree, that causes her a problem as she has to do a year in France to get the first, and due to Brexit they are placing restrictions on English students and she won't be able to get EU funding or to work legally in France to support herself.

 

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I'm glad, @Invicta, that she is clear of cancer. What a weight that must be off you and your wife and the rest of the family! Being checked every other week is good, too, because if it returns they should be able to catch it that much quicker.  That's rough about the degree stuff.

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