Morro Bay Holiday

My first time to blog. I have been wanting to write but despite the many ideas, it was just hard to start not knowing how to start. Until in a pensive mood, thoughts flashed and my mind was flooded with the good things God had given and done for me. Now, I know... If not for Him, nothing would be possible. So why not write about His goodness? After all, I owe everything to Him.

On our recent holiday to Morro Bay, California, my family and I had the opportunity to go across Morro Bay by a canoe. There was actually a beach right on the middle of the bay. At times, it would be windy and it seemed scary when the water was not still at all. It was hard to coordinate with our paddling. Whenever the wind blew, we had to paddle harder to make our canoe go to the direction we wanted it to go. Trying to distract myself from exhaustion and slight fear, I happened to look down below and saw how calm it actually looked through the slightly murky water. Some little crabs were crawling and little fishes were swimming in finesse. A lot of short and tall kelps were swaying along with the waves. It looked like they were dancing. There was a sense of peace despite the gusts of wind on the surface. The sunny, blue skies was vividly reflected back by the cold water. What simple and peaceful scene! And we reached the beach on the middle and had fun looking at the big rock as we played with the sand.

Such experiences can help us remember that we are not alone as we face day to day trials. We may project our fears and worries outside. But it is possible for us to be at peace deep inside, despite the turmoils we all go through. Only in Jesus can we find that inner peace. He is the Rock we can look up to.

In John 16:33, Jesus said, "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world." How comforting to know that God is there with us as we go through all the trials. God encourages and comforts us so we can encourage and comfort others in return. In this lifetime's journey, there is a special path where you can turn and be refreshed...Off the beaten trek!

May you be encouraged as you stumble on this site. God bless.
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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 himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

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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].