Wake Up!

“She’s been here many, many times…”whispered a female arresting officer in dark blue uniform.

“I think she goes through alcohol withdrawals, too.”

I glanced at an alcohol-reeking woman, sitting on the cold cement bench on the female side of Intake. Her head slumped on her chest. There was no tremor but she was so drowsy, it was hard for her to  follow any commands.

“Ms. Johnson!” “Wake up!” I shook her left shoulder as I needed her to straighten her left arm for me to start taking her blood pressure.

“How much alcohol did you have tonight?”

“Ms. Johnson! Wake up!!!”

She barely opened her eyes. The lids looking heavy as if it had a ton weight on each.

“One…”she softly murmured.

“One what?” “Ms. Johnson, c’mon!”

“One…”

Her vital signs were normal. I didn’t see any tremors. I had her get up and made her walk a few steps to see if she could walk on her own. She did, still with her eyes closed…

I signed her health screen form and the cop was happy that I had admitted her to be booked.

“She’ll wake up soon…in a few hours…”

And once released…there was always that big chance of seeing her back. She was entangled with a bad habit. How could she wake up when a few drinks would make her want to go for more. Day after day…Night after night…

“Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in worthless deeds of evil and darkness;  instead, rebuke and expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But when the light shines on them, it becomes clear how evil these things are. And where your light shines, it will expose their evil deeds. This is why it is said,

Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” – Ephesians 5:10-14 [LAB]

“So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you.” – Ephesians 5:15-18 [LAB]

-emphasis is mine

14 comments:

  1. It is such a snare! As a child my step-father was in bondage to alcohol as was my father. It did not promote peace in our home and brought death to both at an early age...

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  2. My father had a problem with drinking. He gave his life to Christ three years before he died. He never drank again after he accepted Christ as his Saviour.
    Blessings,
    Bren

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  3. What a deception alcohol is for a high. If she only knew the high of being free. I haven't forgotten about the transition, my dear friend. I've been praying for ease and the Lord's favor for all of you.

    Love,
    Mary

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  4. With a long history of alcoholism in both my own and my husband's family histories, it came as so surprise that we, too, would be vulnerable. I thank God for the delilverance He granted while in our mid-20s!

    The side of any addiction that often goes un-treated is the side dealing with character. A person can quit drinking, or doing drugs, or whatever, but unless the Lord delivers the flawed motives & attitudes (or hurts) that spawned the addiction to begin with, relapse is ever a threat.

    Love the way you write!

    Kathleen

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  5. I pray for deliverance and redemption for people trapped by addiction. Thanks for the work you do.

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  6. Alcoholism is such a tragedy! It ruins family's, leaving scars that sometimes never heal. Maybe we just need to pray harder. Blessings,Jane

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  7. Being a child of an alcoholic I know all too clearly the devastation it leaves on the lives of those who are addicted as well as those who love them. It deceives in so many ways. Lifting up this dear lost soul and asking the Lord to open her eyes and heart to the Truth. May the Truth set her FREE!

    Bless you Rosel ~ your heart for those the Lord brings into your path to intercede for them. Bless you for all you do! Love you

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  8. I really like how you share the scripture with real live human situations...it has a big impact. Heavenly blessings Dee

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  9. Rosel, You are such an encourager! Thank you friend...

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  10. Alcohol is a deceptive drug. I hated it growing up. It only brought misery to my life. When I grew up, I would not allow drinking in my home. I separated myself from anyone who would allow themselves to get out of control.
    As I got older I have found there are some people who can drink in moderation. Yet I still hate the stuff.

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  11. Good video. A lot of info in a two minute barrier. Thank you Rosel for sharing. Blessings.

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  12. We really are a broken people (we definitely includes me). Addictions numb out the inner turmoil and pain and, once ensnared, are beyond hard to escape from. I'm so grateful that we have Jesus, our Savior, our Hope.

    I'm also grateful that you are a light in that prison where you work, His ambassador in the darkness.

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  13. It is amazingly sad how the enemy traps people int his web of lies and unless they cry out to Jesus, who is their only hope, their lives usually end in such tragedy. Thank God He is so merciful to continue to send people like you into some of their lives to bring some light into their darkened world.

    What a mission you are on!!

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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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