When The Rug Gets Pulled Under

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“Please…I need a mask now. I don’t want to house this inmate with others with him coughing like crazy,” I told one of my co-workers who was at the Infirmary while I was assigned at the prison’s Intake that night, screening arrestees, determining who was mentally and physically fit to stay in the jail that night.

She came after a what felt like forever 15 or 20 minutes. But she brought the wrong masks. She did not try to bring me the box of masks meant to be given for inmates. I wasn’t sure if she was not listening to  understood my instructions or not on the phone. But her help in a way, was not help at all. Her help made it worse because she wasted some precious time of bringing the wrong masks that with every minute that passed by, I started getting swamped with more newly-caught offenders. I saw the arresting officer with that coughing arrestee stood nearby, looking impatient with the waiting period she had to do.

I know many of my own family and friends who are being swamped with life’s trials. Seeing them standing on rugs that are being pulled from under them. Worst economy where my own 2 brothers lost their jobs, few friends and my son’s tennis coach facing possible lay-off, marriages failing and ending in divorces, financial difficulties up to the point of losing homes…Nothing is stable here in this world. Our stability only comes from knowing Christ. He is the Rock Who doesn’t change in this ever changing world.

“I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.” ~ Luke 6:47-48 [NIV]



Directions for the Road Ahead: Stability in Change among Churches of Christ

31 comments:

  1. You are such an encouragement to my heart, love you sis.

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  2. Yes, that is very encouraging, Dear. I love the great videos you find. Did you get the video I sent you? I had trouble finding your address. Wanted to send you a guitar lesson by Paul Baloche. Blessings ~

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  3. That encouraged me to remember where my Help comes from. No matter what happens. Thank you sis and have a beautiful weekend!

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  4. How very interesting and what an encouragement Rosel. Blessings to you dear.

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  5. The video really illustrated what you were saying soo perfectly. Our feet DO have to be firmly planted on the ONLY thing we can really count on not to be ripped out from under us. It's a scary time. I too know MANY who are living in great uncertainty. PRAISE GOD He is forever the same and always one to be counted on. Have a wonderful week-end. HUGS

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  6. Awesome post. Best video I've ever seen on the subject. Bless you.

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  7. Hi Rosel,
    Our only real sanity and security comes from the Lord. Thank you for sharing this video and post. Have a wonderful weekend in Him.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  8. A much needed message, especially with the problems facing us today. Very encouraging.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  9. You amaze me with these videos!! May we all know it is the Lord who is our Foundation and we can't put our Faith into anything other than HIM!

    Love you Rosel....Praying for you my friend....

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  10. This video tells it all! We need God in our lives always.God a firm foundations! Thank-you for sharing this today.
    Blessings,
    Ginger

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  11. I love you sister! You always share the greatest videos with your messages. This one is exceptional and says it all...GOD...the only firm solid foundation on which to always stand tall and press ourselves into.

    Have a beautiful Sunday my friend.

    Hugs,
    Alleluiabelle

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  12. You're right RCubes. There is so much going on with so many people ... it feels like the rug is being pulled out from under them. We have to build our faith on solid ground to survive.

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  13. Great video and powerful Scripture. Seeing this video helps to us to realize what foundation we need to be building on. Thank you for this great reminder.

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  14. The video illustrates it so well. Thank you for sharing. I always enjoy your posts for Spiritual Sundays.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  15. God has more in store! His kingdom is an unshakable kingdom! Thank you for another great post.

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  16. Wonderful message! So grateful for the ROCK!

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  17. Fabulous analogy, well done mate of mine (nurse)... Yes, our greatest dependance comes from our faith in Him only...not money, job or finacial security...but HIM....
    God Bless you this day. Hugs

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  18. We are truly so blessed. The God who created the universe wants our best, and we can count on Him. What a difference this makes when times are so tough, when the details could be discouraging - yet here we are with His hope, strength, power and plan for our lives!

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  19. Wonderful thoughts on this and great video...A firm foundation! We all need that today. God bless.

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  20. What a clever video to make the point that God is our solid rock and our only foundation we can count on.

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  21. Jesus is our only security and in Him we can rest. Thank you for a great post.
    PS I'm sorry work was a little frustrating for you. I'm always amazed at your calm spirit in the midst of such chaos.:)

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  22. On the Rock....standing on the Rock that never changes...and with Whom all things work together for good. Tons of blessings to you...Sarah

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  23. Wonderful post, and video! Thank you for the reminder that Jesus is our only Rock.

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  24. God alone is unchanging. Great reminder.

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  25. Not only does the rug get pulled out from under us and often do not watch our step and trip over them. This is indeed a time of worry for many but we can take comfort that the Lord is in control. I like your background. :) Sunday blessing. Dee

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  26. We certainly are to build our house on the Rock, Christ the Lord as our foundation. The storm hit both houses, the built on sand and the one built on the rock. The one built on the rock survived the storm - those in Christ will survive any storm. Praise God.

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  27. By the way, I almost forgot to say thank you! Thank you!

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  28. On the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand! There is no other way to make it when the rug is pulled out from under us. Great post! Blessings Sister!

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  29. I came over via Spiritual Sundays.I'm adding you to my Faith based Blog roll.

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  30. Amen, Jesus is our Rock & the source of our life! I read this wonderful quote from Corrie Ten Boon , while I was working on my post ." You will never now that Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have . "
    Blessings,
    Myrna

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  31. Making the decision to stand only on God's promises today...everything else will pull the rug under you for sure. Nothing like a faith test to really make you appreciate this video!!!!

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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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