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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 think I may have mentioned before that we don't get snow here - or anywhere near here. Like, within about 3000 miles of here.

Have done a bit of sandboarding, ans more than a few years ago I tried grass skiing, but actually even when we made the trip, I never snow skiied... sledding yes....

:lol:

 

No snow?  We are getting hit with a lot of snow today.  My church is having a youth rally with the surrounding IFB churches tonight.  We are wondering if they are going to call it.

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it's 'warm' here, only 3 inches of ice and 2 ft of snow...I didn't even wear a coat today!

 

Heat wave, Lynnie.  ;)  I was a bit surprised when I got up this morning, and it was snowing pretty steady.  It's been like this all day.  It is beautiful as long as you don't drive in it.  If the youth rally is still on, my hubby will do the driving.

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Heat wave, Lynnie.   ;)  I was a bit surprised when I got up this morning, and it was snowing pretty steady.  It's been like this all day.  It is beautiful as long as you don't drive in it.  If the youth rally is still on, my hubby will do the driving.

I was in Cleveland this summer, stayed at the Cleveland Hostel, I rather enjoyed it. Walked to the R&R Hall of Fame, because that's what tourists do! It was so humid and hot! Being that it was June/July.

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It's funny...when I was a teen we lived in WVA for a while. My Dad was from there, and the humidity didn't bother him or us kids. It made my mom miserable, though. Fast forward to when my son was turning 15. My folks and my nephew drove their RV to visit us ( from WA state). The humidity, which was less than notmal that year, was really hard on my Dad. I guess beteeen his age and having lived in beautiful humidity free (normally, or very low anyway) Sequim WA, he no likee'd ir any more.

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It is a rare situation for us here - inside my home it is just under 30°C and about 82% humidity.
Outside would be a few degrees hotter.

We normally have a dry heat here, so this is uncomfortable.
About four or five days like this a year is normal.
We will have a thunderstorm later today - if it rains with it, it gets much nicer afterwards.
If it is all just noise, it won't be a nice night for sleeping.....

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I was in Cleveland this summer, stayed at the Cleveland Hostel, I rather enjoyed it. Walked to the R&R Hall of Fame, because that's what tourists do! It was so humid and hot! Being that it was June/July.

 

I don't know how I missed this, Lynnie.  Sorry about that.  Yes, Cleveland is very hot and humid in June, July and August.  It's like you can cut the humidity with a knife.

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I've always thought Alaskan cruises looked like fun. Myself, I would choose an Alaskan cruise over a Caribbean cruise.

 

I would love to go on an Alaskan cruise, as well, John.  The thing I love about Alaska are the Northern Lights.  I love to look at pictures of them.

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