Rests

"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop." - Ovid quotes

The luminous sun ray on the right side of the car blinded me only to make me turn my head to the left and saw my son walking toward the car as soon as the school bell warned the end of the Friday session. I heard my husband, who took a day off and sitting behind me grew quieter as if he was a “jack in the box” hiding in this box, waiting to give my son that surprise!

My child smiled at me. Walking happily, despite the heavy backpack strapped on both of his shoulders. I saw that sign of relief on his facial expression after this grueling week of exams and other homework that made him coop up most of the time in his bedroom. Burning the midnight oil, as long as he could, trying to understand the subjects well ahead for his years.

“Just relax this weekend, okay?” I suggested when he opened the side door and hopped in.

“Yes, mom. But I still have a lot of homework for this weekend,” he quickly replied.

“That’s okay. But rest for now. Try to recover, then, study whenever you feel ready,” I replied.

My husband agreeing the whole time and adding his fatherly love and care for his beloved child.


my son resting after lots of exams


That’s what I’ve been doing now. Since getting hurt. I told sister Denise, I vacuum. Rest. Wash a load of laundry. Then, rest. Iron. Rest. Cook dinner. Rest. More rests in between when I used to finish 10 tasks in only a matter of hours. Not anymore. I’m only taking one thing at a time. Trying not to get injured more. Knowing my limitations.

But in those periods of rests, God had gotten my attention. To listen more to His advice. To re-evaluate if everything that I do have more weight for eternal results, than temporary ones. That with my life’s exams or tests, come both success and failures. These periods of rests becoming more crucial now to me to determine if I have been carrying unnecessary backpack of burdens that I need to hand back to Jesus.

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”
~ Matthew 11:28-30

I thank God for these periods of rests in Him. Because His rests bring healing, love and peace.
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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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