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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, Invicta said:

I have never had a Subway. I think we have one in town  what sort of food go they do?

Today I am plan ing to do a lamb hotpot.

They are a "sub" sandwich shop, but they serve the sandwiches as salads as well. We loved them when they first came out. I was night manager for one in Pekin, IL for over a year (89-90) but when we went to Augusta, GA for my sisters first wedding, my wife and I found out that the ones there were hiring managers. So, we both were interviewed and hired on the spot. That's when everything was pretty much cut by hand, including most of the meat. Now it's all pre-packaged. We'll eat there every now and again, but only when we have to. 

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My wife said that because of the rainy days and the cooler temps this week, chili sounded good....and, it does, in fact sound very good! So, I'll be making chili this evening. She is going to make a salad when she gets home, and for dessert, we still have some strawberry-rhubarb crunch and vanilla ice cream....so that'll do it for supper this evening! 🙂

 

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My meals have been simplified lately. Due to health issues I am off of all carbs and sugar. So, it's usually just meat or fish and veggies, and most of those are green. I do find that having to do without carbs, I need to eat more of what I am allowed to eat. So, tonight it was three hamburg patties and a package of frozen Asparagus.

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2 hours ago, PastorMatt said:

Steak, green beans and rice last night

Man, that sounds good! 🙂  My wife and I will probably have steak sometime this weekend, and then around her birthday on the 24th of the month. 

Tonight we're having hotdogs again. When we have hotdogs we have an 8 pk. We use 4 the first night,, and the second night we usually have the other 4. Not sure what we'll have with them. Probably pork and beans again. We may also have some fries, and if there are any prepackaged portions of it left...applesauce! 😉 

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3 hours ago, HappyChristian said:

We had roast beef, gravy, potatoes, green beans, salad tonight. Sunday is our potluck day, and we are doing soups and stews. I'm making beef stew (using the roast) as well as chicken enchilada soup (a favorite of my guys, hands down). 

That sounds delicious! In fact, it ALL sounds delicous and is somewhat like my wife and I do.

Tonight my wife is going to buy some pizzas while she's at the grocery store on the way home from work. She's been getting Red Baron lately because they have stopped selling Wild Mikes. We don't eat store-bought pizza very often, but since she'll be right there at the store, there really isn't any reason for her to go elsewhere.

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Tonight is chicken tenders and fries. I don't know if Vivian and I will ever get back to being able to eat a regular meal on a regular basis. When one can't taste the food they're making or eating, it doesn't really seem to make one want to spend an lot of time cooking!

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I'm in a quarantine hotel in Taiwan, it's been almost two weeks, I have another day and then freedom! But I just wanted to share the different lunchbox meals the hotel provided. I didn't take a picture of every meal , but this will give you an idea of what typical Taiwanese food looks like.

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My favorite, pork dumplings and corn soup.

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How they delivered my food. 

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No cooking tonight, I have to fill n for my pastor, so I leave home too early to cook, I live and hour and a half from my church. So, for me it will be cooked chicken strips from a market in town. If I have to do this I usually gets the chicken, take it to a city park and eat it there, then it's on to church to preach. That's the plan for tonight.

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6 minutes ago, Jim_Alaska said:

No cooking tonight, I have to fill n for my pastor, so I leave home too early to cook, I live and hour and a half from my church. So, for me it will be cooked chicken strips from a market in town. If I have to do this I usually gets the chicken, take it to a city park and eat it there, then it's on to church to preach. That's the plan for tonight.

I'll be praying for the service. We don't always get to go to Wednesday services, as my wife get's home right around the time they start. I don't drive much anymore, and our services start at 6 PM instead of 7 like most Baptist churches I've been in. 

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