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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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I am home. I got back at about 3 am so I am pretty tired. But is was overall a good week. I am much more encouraged spiritually than I was when I left. I also surrendered to be a missionary's wife.
I have many stories but no time I will tell more later. :mrgreen: Good night. Wait, Good morning, good afternoon, Good nap

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It was wonderful. A little more about camp. Um..... I was labeled [i]Youth pastors pet[/i]. I got to go into town with my youth pastor and his wife. I got a stomach virus Fri. I surrendered to be a missionary's wife. My best friend surrendered to preach. Another frind got saved. And another friend surrendered her life to God's will whatever it may be.
I will tell you the full stories later if you do not mind me talking I mean typing that much :lol: I am still tired so I had better go :yawn:

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Hi how is everyone?
Lat Wednesday I was at camp and Bro. Griffis preached a message titled "What are you running from?" It was an awesome service. After much prayer and guidance from my youth pastor's wife I surrendered to be a missionary's wife at 25 til 1 am. I think they are getting tired of me pulling that stunt. I also got saved at camp two years ago Sunday!! At 12:30 :D I love early mornings. I always tell them the Bible says [i]a little sleep and a little slumber [/i] they always tell me that is not what it means.
For fun time they played this game where one of the team leaders would sit down on a skid with wheels and one person would pull them to a cone and then back. It was our youth pastor that we had to pull and he by far is not a small guy. The best part about it is the fact that only one of the girls on our team was over 5'3" and 103 pounds. It was so funny!! :lol: The funniest thing was when the smallest girl threw him off of the skid
I'll stop typing you are probably sick of hearing about my time at camp.

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Good afternoon everyone!! How is everyone? I thought I would share some good nesw with all. Grandpa's last chem treatment is tom.!!! They have decide that he will be a lot stronger and less sick in these last few weeks/months if he doesn't take the chemo. Plus the chemo has not helped at all. The tumors are still growing rapidly. Tomorrow is his last treatment!no more 10 hour days at the hospital every Mon!!

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[i](I wonder if there is a limit to the number of pages a thread can reach?)[/i]
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Perhaps we will find out.... :wink:

This thread keeps going and going and going...... :mrgreen:

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