This Is Not My Home

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"Seaside sunset, silver linings round the clouds
Birds fly, singing, making such a joyful sound.
Thoughts of heaven somehow seem to fill my mind,
But I can't even imagine , what it is I'm gonna' find..."

I’ve been being bothered by my sinus allergy since last week. The minor sniffling turned into congestion, coughs and sleepless nights. For those of you who suffer from year-round rhinitis, you understand what I mean. Having the box of tissues nearby, one box after another. Trying to hydrate your body with fluids even if you feel like you’re drowning. Making some tea even if you’re a java lover. Things like that.

So, I ended up visiting my primary physician and almost got treated, too for dementia. God blessed me with a 2 pm appointment when I called and tried to set up an appointment 2 days ago. Someone canceled and with my excitement, I was quick to accept that slot. Only to realize that I had a child to pick up from school at 2:30p.m. I found myself calling my doctor’s office back to apologize for being “demented”. I could hear a good laughter from the other end of the line. Maybe the lady needed that laugh, so, she okayed me to go there immediately and that they would see me right away. Even better! Thank You Lord!

I was given some antibiotics and some cough medicine to clear me up. Don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t complaining about coughing knowing it is good for you because your body is trying to clear up your air passages. But with the aging process, comes the lesser energy and the muscles from the chest just used mainly for breathing started to ache when over-used with such a strenuous work that comes from coughing.

So, sometimes, I long for what awaits as most of you know, that we don’t belong in this place. But in the meantime, I am just grateful for friends like you who are always quick to bend your knees and fold your hands together and plead for a divine intervention for a forgetful, coughing middle-aged woman like me. I just want to thank you and thank the Lord for His wonderful promise of being in a mansion with Him someday. His faithful love and faithful promise keeps me going on despite my body starting to break down, part by part, piece by piece….knowing that someday, there will be no more pain…No more tears…No more coughing…No more shame…No more dementia…No more worrying….

"I can't wait to go to heaven, when You'll wipe away my tears,
In six days You created everything,
But You've been working on Heaven for two thousand years..."

[The quoted lines were part of Keith Green's song titled "I Can't Wait To Get To Heaven". This is what he said before singing the song: "You know, I look around at the world and I see all the beauty that God made. I see the forest and the trees and all the things. And says in the Bible that He made them is six days and I don't know if they're a literal six days or not. Scientists would say no, some theologians would say yes. But I know that Jesus Christ has been preparing a home for me and for some of you, for two thousand years. And if the world took six days and that home two thousand years, hey man, this is like living in a garbage can compared to what's going on up there."

So, next time that you see a body part or parts being dragged lower by gravity, or a strand of white hair or a few sticking out from the rest of your hair, feel aching joints, feel like drowning in seas of worries and fears, remember....this is not my home. This is not your home....because of what Christ had done.

"13All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them."
- Hebrews 11:13-16 [NIV]

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Encouragers

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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