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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.

Husband's job search

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Everyone please pray for my husband and our family. He finally quit his job of 6 years because it became unbearable for him there. Which I totally understand, and I support his decision. But now he's looking for another job, and there just aren't that many out there. Please pray that God will guide him and that he will listen and be obedient. Please also pray for me personally. I'm having some serious trust issues. In my head, I know that God promises to supply all our needs, and my spirit is willing but my flesh is weak. I can't seem to stop worrying. I've prayed for God to show me how to just lay it down and let Him deal with it, but its hard. So we really need everyone's prayers. Thank you and God bless.

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Yes I pray for this situation as experience with my husband having trouble since we moved to Eastern TN i 04. Please be patient because it's getting harder and harder to find work due to people not wanting to train and hire certain folks.

Thank you for your prayers. I will be praying for your situation also.

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Praying... :pray



Thank you, and everyone's prayers must be working because he has to go next Wednesday and take a test at Caterpiller!!!!!

And yesterday, I had the sweetest feeling of peace come over me. I could almost hear God whispering in my ear, "Don't worry, child. I'm here." Thank you ALL!
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I'm having some serious trust issues. In my head' date=' I know that God promises to supply all our needs, and my spirit is willing but my flesh is weak. I can't seem to stop worrying. I've prayed for God to show me how to just lay it down and let Him deal with it, but its hard. So we really need everyone's prayers. Thank you and God bless.[/quote']
tabsmom, I am in the same situation - I'm job searching myself, and it is so hard not to worry! Praying for you.
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Sorry I didn't see the post about your husband's job at Caterpillar - God be praised!!



Well, the test got cancelled and he had to go to a little part-time thing, which ended, BUT the test at CAT has been rescheduled and he has to go Wed. AND the people at the part-time thing called the temp svc and requested him back!! Y'know, it occurred to me, God hears us even when we THINK we're just talking to ourselves.
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God always hears and answers, it's just that we can't always see the answer right away and we can't see what He is doing to bring His answer to us. Remember the angel that battled with a demon for 30 days trying to get an answer to Daniel?

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