Decisions

The smell of alcohol reeked all over the four corners of our tiny Nurse’s clinic in this particular unit. The rotating wall fan helped a little bit to scatter the intoxicating and repugnant smell as I started assessing one inmate sitting on the chair. The deputy was right next to me, listening intently to the outcome of my observation.

“I didn’t have anything, Ma’am. And I’m not on any medications either,” stated the man with a slight slurred speech.

He was obviously drunk and I just made sure that his vital signs were stable and that there were no problems over-all with his neurologic status. My notes would be for record-keeping.

“Next!” I yelled to the other inmate [the first man’s cell mate] as I motioned for the first inmate to leave the room and wait for the deputy outside this clinic.

The second inmate’s eyes were blood-shot, his steps wobbly as he tried to come in and make his way through the door. He denied taking anything intoxicating, too. I noted my observation, too on him. He was just plain drunk like the other man.

The deputy finally told me what really happened. He was making his usual logs - of checking every cell every hour and on that particular time, he noticed these inmates flushed something down the toilet. He observed that they were acting funny and trying to be silly. And he smelled the alcohol whiffed past his nostrils as he stood by their particular cell.

In the meantime that the deputy was conversing with me, these inmates were still having a good time laughing outside the Nurse’s clinic. They didn’t think that anything would happen to them. Little did they know, they would be in a lot of trouble when they sobered up. They were definitely caught intoxicated with “pruno”. And because they did it, there would be an additional time with their sentence when their latest violation of the jail’s rules would be added to their other charge or charges. They were laughing then, but I was wondering if they would still be laughing once they became more aware of what they were caught for.

In our lives, we make decisions, too that we don’t think of any possible consequences after doing so. Even with little, but wrong decisions, the truth is: it still leads to mistakes. Making the right decisions every day start with even the little choice we have to make. Then, we can be more prepared when the need to make bigger decisions come.

The wisdom or ability to make the right choices, either in small or big matters, is a gift from God. Understanding this makes us more willing to include God with our decision-making.
If we include God in all of our decisions, what can go wrong?

Have you asked God to help you with today’s decisions?

23 comments:

  1. This is so true. At the end of the day and from experience, it's not worth ignoring God's word, and doing what we want to do. I guarantee it, if you don't pay for it now, you will pay for it later.

    This is the time like never before to include God on all of our plans and decision making to make sure it's His will and pleasing in His sight.

    Thanks so much for sharing. I really needed to read this today. Blessings to you!! Happy Sunday!!

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  2. Thank you sister Toia for coming by. Like what Proverbs 3:6 says, "Seek his will in all you do and he will direct your paths." God bless you, too.

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  3. Why would we want it any other way! Great post, Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Sister Daveda: "Amen! There is no other way!!!"

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  5. WOW! Where did they get the alcohol from? Thanks for another very moving post! I never get tired of reading what you write.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  6. Well my friend. I have learned something new. I have never heard of Pruno and I looked at the explanation/definition and read it to my husband. Very interesting.

    You lead an interesting life.

    Love,
    Beth

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  7. Sister Kat: They have a way of hiding fruits and are, mostly from apples, and are able to ferment them to make wine after a while. There are so many smart ones but sadly, they use the talent to do wrong things.

    Sister Beth: I'm glad I didn't forget to link the word to what it means. It's a way of letting you guys see things through what I see in this part of the world.

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  8. I always learn something at your place. The message is for all of us though. We will reap what we sow. Now I'm going to research Pruno like Beth did.

    Love you, Sis. Have a great Sunday.
    Mary

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  9. Wow Rosel,
    God has definitely gifted you to be able to do what you do. Your every day is one adventure in God after another. Well, I guess all of us have one adventure in God after another. But, I can not imagine having your adventures myself. :)
    Christy

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  10. Sister Mary: It's interesting to know what pruno is, as if there is some kind of winery going on inside these prison cells.

    Sister Christy: God is awesome in giving us different talents because like you, I can't see myself being something else than what I do now. And in all of these, may He be the One glorified!

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  11. Hmmm that was an education and I added a new word to my vocabulary..pruno!

    I was such an impulsive young woman and , though I was a Christian, I often made decisions that were not the right ones and then just expected God to tag along.

    Thanks for the reminder!

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  12. We must have GOD in control of all our decisions. Thank you for praying for me. I have some urgent decisions I am faced with right now...please pray for me. Thank you, andrea

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  13. "A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest . . . ." Proverbs 24:33

    "Your danger and mine is not that we become criminals, but rather that we become respectable, decent, commonplace, mediocre Christians. The twentieth-century temptations that really sap our spiritual power are the television, banana cream pie, the easy chair and the credit card. The Christian wins or loses in those seemingly innocent little moments of decision. Lord, make my life a miracle!"

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  14. Such a wonderful post, thanks for your daily teachings. I love you my friend.

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  15. Sister Cynthia, Brother Ike: I learned a lot of jargon in the jail and "pruno" was one of them. It's really helpful to be reminded that we have to include God with everyday decisions because even if we're Christians, we still fall into that trap of doing things by our own strength. Like what bro. Ike said, temptations are always around us that easily takes away what we should be guarding.

    Sister Andrea: Thank you that you had updated us with those requests. I'm praying with you. I'm glad you had made it safely back to your home.

    Sister Denise: Let's give our thanks to our Lord Who reminds us by guiding us and helping us learn from each other's encouragement.

    God bless you all.

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  16. I love how you see lessons from God in the ordinary things of life. And then you step out and share them with us. Alleluia! We are blessed.

    Pruno is new to me. My husband spends a couple weekends a year in prison (including this coming weekend) serving at Brothers in Blue ministry weekends. He's learned about Gak (sp?) and how to light a cigarette with a battery. But Pruno is new.

    God bless you, sister, for your messages here.

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  17. Sister Jennifer: "Gak" is new to me but inmates form their own "lingo" anyway, especially if they are hiding things. There are so many unfamiliar terms to us, who are not there. God bless your husband in being a part of these precious "prison ministries". Because of these ministries, a lot of "hopeless lives" come alive because of the Lord's salvation. And it's amazing when some of them are turned around and renewed by God's grace! To God be the glory always. God bless sister.

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  18. Your thoughtfulness is a gift and blessing I was graced with today.
    And its so true that the ability to make the right decision is a gift from God.
    I sometimes wonder if I have taken the right path..
    Thank you for your prayers.

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  19. Thank you my sister in Christ for sharing so much of life with me. You are where God has set you. So blessed to know you my friend. You inspire me each day. Thank you for encouraging me; our husbands do have dangerous jobs. God has pulled my guy through so much! We are humbly grateful for HIS protection! Love you,
    Bren

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  20. Sister Jenjen: As long as you are walking in the path that leads to the Lord, then you surely took that right path! And He leads us so we won't get lost. God bless sister.

    Sister Bren: Amen! God is good! All the time...Love and blessings to you.

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  21. I'm going to echo Beth and say that you have a very interesting life. This was a great post. But then again, I never expect anything else from you.

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  22. Brother Billy: I am encouraged by your kind words, humbled by a great writer himself. God bless. Glory belongs to the Lord!

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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