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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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We had pizza last night too -- homemade. Well, the final product and the vegetables on it were homemade (or homegrown). The crust was Pillsbury (out of a can); the sauce was Del Monte brand Four Cheese spaghetti sauce; the cheese Kraft Italian 5-cheese blend, Johnsonville Italian sausage, store brand pepperoni, and one each tomato and pepper from our garden, sliced. It was [i]gooooooooooooooooood[/i]!

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Well since I had made very nice dinners on both Monday (swiss steak ,mashed potatoes ,corn and rolls)
Tuesday (fried chicken ,mashed potatoes,and salad)
Tonight I opted for frozen pizza,and chips

I know what ya mean, I cooked tonight because I was off work today and the wifey had to work. Bakers-6 Stir Fry sounds about right I just made it up as I went because it sounded good. :D

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Nope no rice, I wanted some but we are trying to watch the high carb stuff for a couple of weeks. The wife is a diabetic and my blood glucose level get a little wacky if I over indulge in rice, taters, breads, and sweets (which I do too often. We are basically following the South Beach Diet Phase 1 which is low carb but not as drastic or fatty as Atkin's. It is basically lean meats, green veggies, good fats/oils (Olive oil etc...) No taters, rice, bread, or other food high in simple carbs. The next phase is all of the above good stuff with select carbs including whole grains added back in moderation.

On the diabetic issue, some say it is okay to eat whatever you want as long as you cover it with insulin. While that does keep blood sugar levels in check IF it is done correctly (with many people like my wife control is much more difficult), the main focus in control of diabetes is keeping blood sugars from spiking at all. It is much easier to maintain proper levels with a good steady diet that is low in simple sugars.

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Mackerel patties
Spinach (and yes, my children do like it!) :mrgreen:

[u]Mackerel Patties[/u]

1 can mackerel
1 egg
2 T. flour
Onion, paprika, salt and pepper to taste (translation: I don't measure :D )

Mix together until well-blended. Form into thin patties about 1/8 inch thick and about 3 inches across. Fry in 1 T. butter until golden brown on both sides.

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About like salmon patties...

We had riblets, mashed potatoes w/gravy and rolls... no dessert!!!

I am glad to be back home.. I had forgotten that they DO NOT HAVE sweet tea in Indiana... I was never so glad to have my SWEET tea back!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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