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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="Lori Wilkerson"]
Julie, your Itlaian chicken and peppers with angel hair pasta sounds delicious. Could you post the recipe?

Last night we had lasagna, garlic toast and salad.

[u][b]Italian Chicken & Peppers[/b][/u]
[i]Ingredients:[/i]1-2 whole chicken breasts (depending on size of family), cut in 1" cubes
1 green pepper, cut in strips
1/2 onion or less, cut in strips
olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced or you can use garlic powder
salt & pepper
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 pkg angel hair pasta
finely shredded mozzarella cheese
parmesan cheese
cook chicken (add salt, pepper and garlic)in small amt of olive oil until almost done; add onions and peppers and saute until chicken is completely done and peppers and onions are soft; add spaghetti sauce and simmer until heated through. Cook pasta as directed (angel hair cooks very fast-- dont over cook or you will end up with a gooey mess). Drain pasta and add a little butter to keep it from getting sticky. Serve sauce mixture on top of pasta; add both cheeses on top (as much or little as you want).

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To LAF, yes , I make my own lasagna. My husband only likes my recipe. I like the frozen varieties, but have to please my man. One thing I do that saves alot of time is to buy "oven ready" lasagna that requires no boiling.

To Julie, Thank you for posting the recipe I requested. It sounds delicious and I am definitely going to try it.

Our lunch yesterday was chili chip bake (a Mexican casserole) and taco rice.

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Well I felt puny today. I have been very nauseous the last two days. I think it is the water, we are under a boil order and I didn't know it.

Chunky beef soup and poured it over egg noodles and we had turkey and cheese sandwich

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Sunday night I made Crescent Chicken Squares. Since I live along I'm still eating it :-) But it's yummy.

1 package cream cheese
3 TBsp. butter (divided)
Salt & Pepper to taste (I used Garlic Salt & Pepper)
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1/4 - 1/2 cup minced onion (your preference)
1 1/2 cans of crescent rolls

Mix 2 Tbsp. of butter and all of cream cheese until smooth. Add seasonings, chicken, and onion and mix well.

Roll out crescent rolls - but don't separate them all the way. Leave them in rectangles (2 triangles) and press the preforation to seal it. Place heaping spoonfuls of cream cheese mixture on each rectangle. Bring 4 corners to top and twist to seal. Use remaining butter to lightly coat top of cresecent rolls.

Bake at 350 for 20 - 25 minutes.

The recipe oringially called for only 1 can of crescent rolls, but I found that I had extra mixture leftover, so I used my small can (half size) to make 2 extra squares.

Serves 6.


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