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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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[quote="~Julie~"]Last night I made sloppy joes (not the can stuff yuk!)

So you make your own? Care to share the recipe?? :mrgreen:[/quote]

There are so many different versions of sloppy joes, here is mine:
(I dont measure anything)

Hamburger (as much as whatever kind you prefer)
onion (chopped)
green pepper (chopped)
salt and pepper
(cook the above ingredients then add the rest, simmering on med-low heat)
ketchup (alot)
a little mustard
worcestershire sauce (a little)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
brown sugar to taste

The way i do it is I add all those ingredients and then taste it and add more of any the above ingredients until it tastes just right :D

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[quote="Bakershalfdozen"]Hee-hee! LAF lives on pizza :frog

We will have pizza tomorrow - we usually have pizza on Friday night.

we do to usually but hey I felt lazy :lol:[/quote]



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May I suggest a very tasty cheese, broccoli and chicken (white meat) casserole.

I don't have the recipe's ingredient quantities on the top of my head, but it's very generic and quite easy to throw together. :D


Fresh or frozen broccoli florets

1 can cream of chicken soup

Extra Sharp Cheddar cheese

Precooked and chunked chicken white meat

Toasted bread cubes.

Salt, pepper, and seasonings ( I prefer celery salt with poultry recipes) to individual taste.

My wife and daughter just throw it together and cover the whole thing with cheese, and put into the oven for about an hour. There isn't anything mission-critical about any of the ingredients.

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[quote="LAF"][quote="Bakershalfdozen"]Hee-hee! LAF lives on pizza :frog

We will have pizza tomorrow - we usually have pizza on Friday night.

we do to usually but hey I felt lazy :lol:[/quote]



Hmm seems you got some blinkies?

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BTW, here is an easy lasagna recipe...

Again, I don't measure :roll: :oops:

1 regular-size jar of Prego spaghetti sauce with Italian sausage in it.

1/2 lb. ground beef

1 16 oz. box of lasagna noodles

1 8 oz. carton of ricotta or cottage cheese

1 egg

Enough mozarella to make yourself happy. :mrgreen: (Apply pneu-engine's Moore's law here) :lol:

Cook the noodles according to package directions.

Brown the ground beef. Stir into sauce.

Beat the egg and stir into the ricotta or cottage cheese.

Spread a thin layer of the sauce mixture on the bottom of a square baking dish.

On top of that first layer of sauce follow this pattern for layering: noodles, sauce, cheeses; noodles sauce, cheeses, noodles, sauce, cheeses, etc. Eventually you will run out of noodles or space. :lol: Just make sure the cheese comes out on top.

Cover with foil and cook for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Then take the foil off and cook for a few more minutes to let the cheese brown.

Here's a little tip: spray the foil with cooking spray so the cheese doesn't stick to it while cooking. Also, you can cut the noodles to fit your pan. I suggested trying this in a square pan instead of the normal 9x13 because there are only 2 of you.

Try it and have fun!

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