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Psalm 78

I was very tempted to leave this Psalm out or at least use a black highlighter over the parts that are uncomfortable.  But, I believe that God is good.  That his word is sharper than a double edged sword...and often things that seem horrible and cruel are for our own good - gifts even.  They draw us to Him.  Nothing is better than being close to Him.
1 My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth with a parable;    I will utter hidden things, things from of old— 3 things we have heard and known,    things our ancestors have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their descendants;    we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,    his power, and the wonders he has done. 5 He decreed statutes for Jacob    and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors    to teach their children, 6 so the next generation would know them,    even the children yet to be born,    and they in turn would tell their children. 7 Then they would …

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576. "Catch up" days
577. Family time in the basement (laundry room/play room)
578. Matt getting home just in time for dinner
579. Having a wonderful "mommy's helper"
580. Visiting friends camping on Lake St. George
581. Cole's life - 2 close calls in the water
582. Friends who jump in fully clothed to protect Cole
583. Making plans with friends
584. The cancer project cooking class
585. The amazing women who have been through so much (either have cancer, lost someone to cancer, or   know someone who is battling with it)
586. New incredibly inspirational friends
587. Tears
588. Remembering not to take a moment with Matt for granted
589. Making better choices
590. New recipes and delivering them to Matt
591. Matt actually eating them
592. The kids actually eating them - and asking for more
593. Date night with Matt - and trying a new "healthier" meal
594. Blake - referring to the chiropractor - "is that guy going to pop you?"
596. Blake -…

Psalm 77

1 I cried out to God for help;    I cried out to God to hear me. 2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;    at night I stretched out untiring hands,    and I would not be comforted. 3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned;    I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.[b] 4 You kept my eyes from closing;    I was too troubled to speak. 5 I thought about the former days,    the years of long ago; 6 I remembered my songs in the night.    My heart meditated and my spirit asked: 7 “Will the Lord reject forever?    Will he never show his favor again? 8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever?    Has his promise failed for all time? 9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?    Has he in anger withheld his compassion?” 10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:    the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand. 11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD;    yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. 12 I will consider all your works    and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” 13 Your ways, God, are holy.    Wha…

Psalm 76

1 God is renowned in Judah; in Israel his name is great. 2 His tent is in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion. 3 There he broke the flashing arrows, the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.[b] 4 You are radiant with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game. 5 The valiant lie plundered, they sleep their last sleep; not one of the warriors can lift his hands. 6 At your rebuke, God of Jacob, both horse and chariot lie still. 7 It is you alone who are to be feared. Who can stand before you when you are angry? 8 From heaven you pronounced judgment, and the land feared and was quiet— 9 when you, God, rose up to judge, to save all the afflicted of the land. 10 Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise, and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.[c] 11 Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them;
let all the neighboring lands
bring gifts to the One to be feared. 12 He breaks the spirit of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth.

I have…

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559. New clothes
560. Mindy "adjusting my wardrobe" so I could nurse :)
561. Nursery helpers
562. Singing
563. Visiting with friends after church
564. Pizza hut's salad bar
565. Getting the new jockey catalog
566. Meeting new sisters in Christ while celebrating new babies
567. Ugly/Beautiful - struggling with my morning attitude/remembering that my boys are blessings even when I don't get time in the morning before they wake up
568. Maddie, J.D. and Anna-Jane
569. Cole hugging Anna - Jane
570. The incredible collage of pictures Matt surprised me with
571. Kids standing on the couch oohing and awe-ing over matt's collage
572. Late night meeting with a dear friend
573. Morning exercises helping my back and neck
575. Enjoying my first webinar experience
1 We praise you, God,
   we praise you, for your Name is near;
   people tell of your wonderful deeds.
2 You say, “I choose the appointed time;
   it is I who judge with equity.
3 When the earth and all its people quake,
   it is I who hold its pillars firm.[b]
4 To the arrogant I say, ‘Boast no more,’
   and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns.[c]
5 Do not lift your horns against heaven;
   do not speak so defiantly.’”
6 No one from the east or the west
   or from the desert can exalt themselves.
7 It is God who judges:
   He brings one down, he exalts another.
8 In the hand of the LORD is a cup
   full of foaming wine mixed with spices;
he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth
   drink it down to its very dregs.
9 As for me, I will declare this forever;
   I will singpraise to the God of Jacob,
10 who says, “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked,
   but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”

I have "bolded" all words that remind me of the following gifts:

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545. Asking if the chiropractic sandals I ordered had come in...being told no - then, them getting there during my 15 minute appointment.
546. A VERY NICE free fridge (that is working perfectly) that we found on the side of the road (found it a few days after discussing what we were going to do about our fridge need)
547. Walking around Camden with Tara, Amy, Ben and "the big boys" (bubba & blake)
548. Playing castle with Blake
549. Testing out and being tempted to buy a home carbonator (made yummy sparkling juice)
550. The farmers market in Belfast
551. "The big boys" faces when they realized we were in the Chucky Cheese parking lot - and that we were actually going to go inside.
552. Samples at Sam's club
553. New upholstery fabrics at Mardens - including pink camo (which we've been on the lookout for)
554. Linda B's sweet and encouraging responses to my blog
555. Ugly/Beautiful - an incredibly dirty house/all the wonderful memories made by 9 peop…

Psalm 74

1 O God, why have you rejected us forever?    Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?
2 Remember the nation you purchased long ago,
   the people of your inheritance, whom you redeemed—
   Mount Zion, where you dwelt.
3 Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins,
   all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary. 4 Your foes roared in the place where you met with us;
   they set up their standards as signs.
5 They behaved like men wielding axes
   to cut through a thicket of trees.
6 They smashed all the carved paneling
   with their axes and hatchets.
7 They burned your sanctuary to the ground;
   they defiled the dwelling place of your Name.
8 They said in their hearts, “We will crush them completely!”
   They burned every place where God was worshiped in the land. 9 We are given no signs from God;
   no prophets are left,
   and none of us knows how long this will be.
10 How long will the enemy mock you, God?
   Will the foe revile your name forever?

Tanja's Digging Deeper

August 1, 2011 "Morning & Evening" Charles Spurgeon pg. 431
"Thou crownest the year with thy goodness"Psalm 65:11  God blesses us richly every hour of every day. When we sleep and when we wake, His mercy waits upon us. The sun may leave us  a legacy of darkness, but God never ceases to shine upon His children withbeams of love. Like a river, His lovingkindness always flows with a fullness that is as inexhoustible as His own nature. Like the atmosphere which surrounds the earth and supports the life of man, the benevolence ofGod surrounds all His creatures. Rivers are swollen at certain seasons by the rain, and the atmosphere itself is sometimes filled with more fresh, more bracing, or more balmy influences than usual. It is the same with the mercy of God. It has its golden hours and its days of overflowing joy, whenthe Lord magnifies His grace before the sons of men. The psalmist tells us that the harvest is the crownig of the year. Surely these crowning mercies ca…

Tanja's gifts

August 1
31) Thinking of Autumn, I thank you ahead of time for the beauty stored in the leaves hanging on the trees.
32) Pumpkins
33) Apple pie
34) Cool nights, AHHHH
35) Hot apple cider
36) The fact that God waits for me
37) God shines on us. I feel it even now.
38) Thank you for Charles Spurgeon
40) Model airplanes (Ed just brougt one home to build with Nathan)

July 29, 2011 31) Jumbo straws for big juice! 32) A fish jumping out of the water just as we drove by and we saw it! 33) The many colors of green over the lakes and streams. How many do I see? 3-5-10? Wow. 34) The oldest catholic church in New England. Had lunch in the parking lot today. Looked at the old tomb stones. Ancient believers. 35) Just picked a fresh bunch of flowers from the garden. The smell!
36) The trumpet vine blooming
37) Elizabeth finding monarch catapillars on our milkweed today. 38) Her joy in finding them. 39) Fresh Bread! 40) The clouds today.
July 26, 2011