The Drought



But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus--the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. – Acts 20:24 (NLT)

Then Paul answered, "Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." – Acts 21:13 (NIV)

Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been. – Revelation 6:11 (NIV)

I haven’t been blogging…For a while…My desire has been as dry as this drought our state has been suffering from. Don’t get me wrong. It doesn’t mean I have strayed away from learning more of God. In fact, since He found me, I know that my very existence and survival doesn’t mean anything if I exclude Him. Each day…

Truth is…my heart is grieving…From all the rampant, devastating news going on all around me. The growing threat of terrorism and now that 9/11 is coming around the corner, I know, like other Americans, most of us are edgy if there’s anything being planned against this beautiful country and its people. My heart knows…the deep need to always look up…and pray…Any moment… At any place… I always find myself whispering… Uttering soft, silent petitions… While driving… While cooking… While sipping my cup of coffee… After closing the door behind my husband each time he leaves for work… For my child… who is not a little boy anymore…  For leaders of this country and of this world… For people… 

History does repeat itself…

Sins then are sins now…

“It’s 7:30 already?” my son asked, interrupting my thoughts…

“Mom, time goes by so fast…” 

“Yup!”

I glanced at the nearby digital numbers glowing from the oven. 

7:30…

In the evening…

Confirming what my son had just spoken…

Clearly, another few seconds have passed by since I turned my head into that direction…

In soft whispers, I found myself lifting up petitions again…



Lord, time is fast. Our lives are indeed short. Like flowers wilting in open fields... May You always lead me and my family to Your truth…Help us Lord with Your wisdom…Your discernment…Give us the courage and the strength to overcome… Each day…I pray that for Your children… That may You always remind us to remember the race we’re in… To help us be aware of the things that we need to put into this place, instead of aiming to get things out of it… For what matters are the things that we don’t see… Thank You Lord… for Your grace, love and mercy… May many more come to know You…the only true God… May they come to realize that the tracks they are making are heading into wrong directions and instead, may Your love and forgiveness help them find the only direction that leads to You… The true drought existing in our land is nothing compared to the drought of souls needing the rain of Your grace…

1 comment:

  1. Keep the Lords light shinning in your life...as the world gets darker it will shine brighter...be of good courage the Lord tells us...do not be afraid. It is sad to see how depraved the world is coming but he told us it would be this way. Till the last breath is taken there is hope.

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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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