My Heart Is Okay

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. – Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

Seems like you look younger than the last time I saw you uncle,” I verbalized to my uncle with a big smile on his face upon seeing my family and I as I asked my husband and child if we could go visit him and my aunt to bring some fruits.

“My doctor said my heart is okay now. I was sicker when you saw me but everything is good now,” he quickly replied.

Pointing up with his index finger, he said, “Guess the Lord is good on me.”

“He is good,” I interrupted…

“He is good to everyone especially to those who call on Him.”

“I always pray since I had a heart problem. The doctor said I needed a pacemaker but with my last check-up, he said I didn’t need it.”

“That is awesome,” I replied.

“I’ve been good all my life, staying away from any vices. Maybe that’s why I’m strong even when I’m 82.”

The short visit we savored as we all gathered around a small table in their nook area. My son was pulling a grape at a time from the plates they had served us as I saw my husband took a sip from a glass of orange juice. More old memories flooded our minds and it felt good to laugh together. It felt good to see him and my aunt remaining strong despite their aging years. We all gave both of them hugs as we said our “goodbye’s” as I left a promise that I would continue to visit them, time permitting. They got excited to hear that and with big smiles sent us off from the front door, waving endlessly, thanking us endlessly for seeing them.

I kept my eyes on the road as I steadied my hands on the steering wheel. But the thought in my mind kept flowing. I recognized the truth that my uncle remained healthy and strong not because he was a righteous person. He was that way because he guarded his heart as he believed in God up there Who was the Source of his good blessings in life including the healing of his ailing heart. He remained healthy because of Him Who loved to bless those who love Him.

If one says he loves God, then, he must avoid all evil ways. True saints do not walk in darkness. They walk in the light for He is the light. Hearing His Word is not enough. It is doing what His Word says that helps one guard his heart against all evil things. That is the true sign….of grace working continuously in one’s ailing heart and restoring it to become whole.

Parting with sins and self-confidence as one surrenders his heart to Jesus makes him find His hidden riches.


Lord, all I can say is "Thank You" for Your love and grace. Thank You for the healing that comes from You. Help us guard our hearts against all evil ways and all those things that do not please You. You indeed become our True Friend once we let You in and open the door of our hearts to You. Thank You for Your presence in our lives, to those who believe in You. How awesome that You brought us incorruptible things to replace those things residing in our hearts that must be sickening to You. How awesome that in our poor state, You make us rich! You alone deserve all our praises and thanks. I love You, Lord. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

7 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your visit with your uncle..he is a living testimony to Gods goodness to the faithful.

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  2. A heartwarming post, Rosel. Your uncle has a cheerful and thankful heart, and it testifies to the kind of faith he has in God. Thank you for sharing.

    Happy FOurth of July to you and your family, dear friend.

    Thinking of you
    Lidia

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  3. What an endless battle is the guarding of one's heart! The world pushes & shoves, tugs, entices & clutches at us. We all need champions like your uncle to inspire us.

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  4. Wonderful post my dear. Appreciate the touching of my heart. Blessings.

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  5. True... we are children of the Light.

    And what wonder it is to be around for our old folks. It gives them a world of extended love and care.

    Bless you kind and loving heart, Ros.

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  6. What a testimony of faith from your uncle - and what a blessing to have family that believes like that! He heals - He makes whole and it is a celebration when we can tell the story about it!

    Blessings to you friend! Rejoicing that you got to spend such a wonderful time with your family!

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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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