Just like our life's journey, still not easy even if we had accepted Jesus into our hearts. The hard work does not end. There are always trials but He is going through those trials with us.
And when this journey is over, there is a nice reward at the end - His promise of an everlasting life.
As we were storing things into boxes, I got stuck writing the song and asked my son if he wanted to add something. This song was very special to me because not only my son gave his input, but it was a special time for us to "sing a new song to the Lord" Who is the "Giver of all good gifts." Thank You Lord for everything!
Son and Mommy's Song for Jesus
I thought that I won't need anyone
But my life has long been gone
Jesus, thank You for finding me
Your love fills me up completely
May Your love on me grow
For all people to know
Don't want to be lost again
Help me be strong against all sins
Thank You for dying on the cross
But on the third day You rose
My life with You won't be the same
Right path I'm walking on today
jks/rrrs 06/07/03 1755 hrs.
The patient's arthritic hip was slowly exposed until the problem area of that particular joint was visible to the surgeon's eye. He finally hit his target that he needed to replace with a metal kind of joint, to give that patient a new life; from disability to being enable to walk again without too much pain and stiffness on that joint.
That was 20 something years ago. I thought I was going to pass out with what I was witnessing, being new in the field of Nursing. I was one of those avid students who volunteered to see the actions inside an operating room and learn more of what truly happens there prior to nurses caring for the patients after their surgery. To see the tissues pried open until the bone was exposed and some bleeding controlled with the sponges and some arteries or veins cauterized, if needed to prevent further bleeding, was a new experience for me and those students. My nausea was replaced with the hunger to learn, to understand the disease and treatment process, and to know the interventions much later post-operatively.
Back into the recovery area, the patient slowly woke up after the effects of anesthesia started wearing off. The nurse made sure that he was fully alert and oriented and gave something for pain. Once able to breathe on own and more alert, he was given a couple of ice chips to moisten his oral cavity. He didn't see what the surgeon did to fix that new hip [and I wouldn't discuss it here so as not to offend some :)]. As part of my nursing project, I followed up with that patient until he had his physical therapy. A few days later, the surgical wound was healing and he was walking with a steady gait and normal pace, as if he didn't have a surgery. His face painted with happiness as he regained his freedom to walk without a debilitating hip limiting him before.
We all need that kind of surgery, too! We all need "spiritual surgery"- particulary a surgery of our hearts. For those of you who still don't believe in Jesus, don't think that you can get away with the things you do here on earth. Like that scalpel that cut the tissues to expose the arthritic bone, God's Word does the same.
"For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires.
It exposes us for what we really are.
Nothing in all creation can hide from Him.
Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes.
This is the God to Whom we must explain all that we have done."
-Hebrews 4: 12-13 [Life Application Bible]
If you are feeling limited with your walking in this life's journey, there is still hope if you trust the Master Surgeon. When you trust Him, you will come out like "new" after His surgery. Only Jesus can fix that life of yours which is actually dead- - - dead because of your sins. Only Jesus can give you a new life and I guarantee you, if you let Him do this surgery on you, you will be walking without any problem and that's for eternity.
From Contemporary English Version of the Bible:
Deuteronomy 30:6 -"You and your descendants are stubborn, but the LORD will make you willing to obey him and love him with all your heart and soul, and you will enjoy a long life."
Job 11:13 -"Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer."
Psalm 51:17 -"The way to please you is to feel sorrow deep in our hearts. This is the kind of sacrifice you won't refuse."
Psalm 53:1 -"Only a fool would say, "There is no God!" People like that are worthless! They are heartless and cruel and never do right."
Ezekiel 36:26 -"I will take away your stubborn heart and give you a new heart and a desire to be faithful. You will have only pure thoughts."
The Attacker (5/15/09)
The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies.
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].