One Day At A Time



“So tell me! Why aren’t you working more? What keeps you busy at home?”

A probing question hurled as I sat down and talked with other co-workers on one of our rare, quiet shift this weekend. This nurse rarely saw me as I hardly worked on the shifts she was usually scheduled often. I knew even then…to most of them, working part time appeared as if I was a lazy nurse or someone who cared for her family more than anything. The former was not true. The latter…True! And why not? 

I remembered telling one nurse, my family would always be more important than my job. Was there bragging involved? Not at all. It was the truth. The truth learned at the span of years. As every Word was being spoken to me. A powerful Voice that reminded me here and there, contentment was the key. Contentment that came upon learning of God’s grace. 

As I lost my regular position at work, it was contentment that comforted me. Knowing His provisions never failed. They were never late or too early. They were never too much or too little. 

After a fiery trial at work for the past 2 years, I had learned to take and tackle things one day at a time. 

Jesus said, “"So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34;NLT)

“I am busy….” was my only reply. I knew that didn’t help to satiate her curiosity. But I had been always careful with whom to share my private life with. As I never tried to know others’ unless they volunteered or some, requesting to pray for them.

The things of this world are so distracting. The eternal treasures are rather not easily sought. But what rich treasures if we pursue!

“Why don’t I work a lot?”

It’s not because I don’t want to. It’s because I want to discover what God has for me this year. Learning what comes to my heart, one day at a time. Praying that even with the loss of this position, I would not worry about it anymore. Knowing my life is in His hands. Knowing that this job in Corrections will never really make me happy and will never make me feel contented. 

May God take away every worldly desire in this heart of mine! Oh…that I may see His glory in all the things that come my way. Be it a trial or a blessing. One day at a time. I want to see the beauty of His holiness. For under His power, no strength of any life’s storms could ever compare!


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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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