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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.

Repairing a lampshade?

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I got a used lamp on Ebay for my son's room...its a John Deere tractor on the base of the lamp, and after shipping it was less than half the price of a new one...very good deal. However the decorated shade has problems...it does have a hole (which is fine, it can be turned to the back and anyway my boys tend to mess around with stuff and it may be worse after he owns it for awhile!). But the inside plastic coating is all cracked and coming apart.

Is there anything I can tape up the inside of the shade with that will not melt or be caught on fire? I was thinking to wrap the inside with masking tape but I was not sure if that would be safe. I'd rather not replace the shade because it has a nice farm scene on it...but I guess eventually I can do that if I have to.

Not to mention it smells like a smoker's house. EWWW!

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You might want to have the lamp rewired with new wiring and a new socket, for safety reasons. You can buy kits most anyplace that carries electrical supplies. Maybe you could get a new shade and glue or decoupage a cut out of a farm scene on it. I have a lamp on my desk that has a plastic liner and the lamp has a 60 watt bulb in it. The lamp has been on half the morning and the shade isn't hot at all.

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I don't think its an *old* lamp....I've seen them selling new on Ebay as well as this used one. Its just not been taken well care of. I'll keep that in mind though if I feel its getting hot! I'll also keep in mind about a new shade...or maybe someone will have one they are selling that is new...

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If that were mine and knowing that it has a "smoker's personna" reeking out all over it (The heat from the bulb has a tendency to aggravate this sort of thing) I'd do one of the following::::::::::::::::::::::

Option #1. Replace it:::::::::::::

Contact the manufacturer of the lamp and obtain a list of suitable replacement shades. Many times these mfr's have websites. Select one and order it.

Option #2. Rebuild it (I've actually done this one):::::::::::::

a. Knowing there are craft stores that have just about everything imaginable search for a place that has materials to make a new lamp shade. We have Michaels, A.C. Moore and others in our area.

b. When those appropriate materials are found and purchased tear that existing shade apart and save only the wire frame. Steel wool that wire frame really well. Then (spray) coat it with a polyurethane lacquer.

c. With the materials that you bought rebuild and recover the wire frame.

d. Steel wool the lamp itself and poly-coat it as well. This will go a long way towards getting rid of that smoker's odor.

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