Future....Unknown



Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there's no use arguing with God about your destiny. ~ Ecclesiastes 6:10 (NLT)

I had walked on a very tough battle on fighting for my right to remain as a regular status employee at my workplace. But with corruption everywhere, where else could I seek help? I decided to close this year 2012, choosing to move on and accept what had happened. Determined to find out what new road would open for me. Despite the difficulty, it was God’s Word that gave me strength. It was His true promises that reassured me time and time again that He would always be my Refuge in any storms in my life. 

No! I wouldn’t let that storm create havoc and rob my heart of other wonderful things God has given me. As the last page of this year came this morning, my heart would always be filled with gratitude for all the things that happened in 2012. 

Days apart in this month, my husband and I celebrated our 21st Anniversary and our child welcomed a new stage of becoming an adult. We decided to celebrate in a favorite barbeque restaurant and splurge a little as we didn’t really plan any get-away on this vacation. We were just contented most of the time, thankful for the times whenever the three of us were always together. Away from the busyness of work and school matters.

As my son carefully drove his car, more rain came down on the road we were traveling on. The clouds above us became darker and darker. We forgot to bring an umbrella and usually, we would have one anyway in the cars we were driving. My son didn’t have one! Finding one remaining parking spot, no one dared to venture out as a heavy downpour steadily came, mixed with a slight hail. We didn’t let that spoil our moods. We decided to turn around and just eat in a different restaurant. Toward the favorite burger place nearby. We didn’t want to get wet!

Parking right in front of the joint, we were all surprised to see how very little the crowd was inside when usually, the line would have formed in miles by that hour. I didn’t even need to reserve a table while my boys would order for me. I ordered first, my son, then my husband. In that order, we got how we wanted our burgers made! 

Oh how we all laughed, eluding being dampened by the rain!!! Thankful to God that we made it even to that burger joint. Dry and looking fine!

We all took our first bites through those layers of buns, meat, veggies and favorite condiments and we all agreed! Nothing tasted better than that good, old hamburger on a rainy day! We didn’t get our barbeque ribs. But that was okay! We all knew it was being together that would make any food taste good! No matter the weather. 

For in this life, no one knows what the future holds. But God does. And if one completely trusts and has faith in Him, he is secure no matter what life brings. So, this coming 2013, let us not look into this year, but look up to God… 

There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. – Proverbs 21:30 (NIV)
Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.
- Ecclesiastes 3:15 (NIV)

"Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, 'What are you making?' Does your work say, 'He has no hands'?
- Isaiah 45:9 (NIV)

5 comments:

  1. It has been a rough year for you, but God's love did shine through.

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  2. Happy New year Friend...Your blog speaks to my spirit as always....I pray your new year will be a year of resolutions to past difficulties, peace,and all the good things the Lord wants for you :)

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  3. Happy 21st Anniversary wishes! I'm glad you all had a great evening out. :) Praying for something great for you in the New Year! Hugs ~

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  4. Happy Anniversary! The rain or the plans of man will not ruin God's plans. I know He has a good future for you my friend. May we walk forward this year trusting Him fully. Happy New Year.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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  5. Happy Anniversary sis. Have a blessed 2013.

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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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