Working nightshift at this correction facility I've been in for nine years, it is expected that we see inmates who feel ill at night, time to time. It's hard sometimes as we don't have a doctor on board. We can consult an on-call physician if we need to.
So, one easy-going night can turn chaotic just like that, depending on requests received from different units whose inmates are requesting to be seen by the medical staff. Some are real, and some have fake complaints.
One night, I received a call from one of the units and this man was complaining of chest pain that just wouldn't go away after dinner. Escorted by the deputy, I saw the big man came through the double door. I motioned for him to go through a particular door that led to the clinic so I could start assessing him and start taking his vital signs. I had a small brown bottle of nitroglycerin nearby if I needed to give it depending on my assessment. So, as I was taking his blood pressure reading, I started asking him.
"How bad was your pain and where is it located?"
Inmate: "Really bad, ma'am. I can't sleep. It started after dinner. Right here. [while he started moving his right arm up and down pointing from the front of neck down to mid-abdomen where the stomach is located]."
"What did you have for dinner? Was there anything new that you might have eaten or anything irritable like too spicy kind of food?" [All the vital signs were normal at this time]...
Inmate: "Come to think of it, yes, I did have a lot of coffee."
"Hmmm....Did you have any history of heartburn or any problem with stomach from the past?"
Inmate: thinking for a while, "yes."
"I'm glad you said that because I see it from your chart that you do have a history of taking a pill specifically for heartburn. I know that it's not a heart problem now but more of your heartburn."
Inmate: "I'm sorry ma'am. I just didn't know what it was. I thought it was chest pain."
"That's okay. If you don't request to be seen, then we will never find out. That's why we're here is to help you with those kinds of things. Let me ask you further, if I may. Was there anything that happened in your unit or something today that might have precipitated to your stomach ache?"
Inmate: "What do you mean, ma'am?"
"I'm just saying that it's not only irritable foods that might give you an ache, but also any form of worrying or anxiety, like if someone was threatening you, I want to know, so I can have the custody staff help you in that aspect. Maybe have you be moved to another cell if needed."
Inmate: "Ma'am....paused....long sigh....You're right....I went to court this morning. I was so scared because I didn't know what the sentence would be like. I didn't want to be incarcerated for a very long time and so, I was worried the whole time until I saw the judge. We just started with the trial so I don't know the result yet." [I gave him a concoction of 3 kinds of liquid medicine that would help with his stomach pain at this time].
"Sir, that's understandable. To not know the outcome. But no amount of medications can help you not unless you help yourself first. Try to relax and just take it, one trial at a time. If you feel like you need something to help you calm down or sleep, you can ask for us to see you again or you can let me know now so I can get you the appropriate help that you need."
Inmate:appearing more relaxed at this time, "I feel better now. I think I want to go back to my unit now. Thank you so much, nurse."
"You're welcome and I hope that you will always feel better. Relax...Don't forget."
The haggard face gave me a smile back.
Are you like this person, feeling anxious for any uncertainties in your life? Worrying about the future? Scared about how you would come up with the mortgage payment now that the interest rate had gone higher? Fearful of not having enough income to pay for your bills? Worried about your failing health? Anxious about the future of your marriage? Worried about your children who are not heeding your advices? I can go on and on...
The problem with that inmate was not from something that he ate but "from what's eating him up."
We all have an on-call "Physician", too Who we can call on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He knows our needs and He can surely help what's ailing us. Hand over the storms in your life to the Hands Who will calm them for you.
Matthew 6:25 -""Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Matthew 6:27 -"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ?"
James 1:2 -"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds"
Psalm 94:19 -"When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul."
1 Peter 5:7 -"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
I started taking pictures. Watching him reminded me of how much love our Potter had poured in creating us after His own image. Here are the pictures:
Lord, You are our "Potter" and we are the "clay". What right do we have to question what You do? "Change our hearts, oh God, so we can be like You."
Heard over the radio: "Unit 8 nurse, we got a mandown."
Psalm 62:5 -"My soul, wait in silence for God only,For my hope is from Him."
Psalm 146:5 -"How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,Whose hope is in the LORD his God"
Romans 5:5 -"and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us"
1 Timothy 4:10 -"For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers."
1 Peter 1:3 -"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
You are the One Who changed my heart
You are the One Who made me whole
You are the One Who saved me
You are the One Who gave me life
And You, my Lord, You are the One [2x]
Who died for me...
You are the One Who comforted me
You are the One Who filled me up
You are the One Who set me free
You are the One Who loves me faithfully
And You, Jesus, You are the One [2x]
Who found a lost soul like me...
And You, my Lord, You are the One
And You, Jesus, You are the One
Who died for lost souls like me...
You're the One.....
Have you read that story about the "tortoise and the hare" race? It just doesn't make sense for a slow car and a fast car to be together in the same lane, in the same pathway, in the same road, in the same freeway....
"Okay, you wouldn't let me and the car behind me pass you up, then I will, " as more smokes came out of my nostrils. As I moved up ahead and had gotten so close to that car's bumper, I slowly merged into the third lane from the fourth lane. The car behind me turned on his spotlight and started flashing his strobe of red lights up on top of that car. My speed went back down similar to that tortoise's pace until my car completely stopped on the emergency side of the road.
How come our mouths don't close on its own if we are giving the lamest excuse?
Me: "Sorry officer. I needed to use the bathroom."
Officer: "Really? You had passed by 2 places where you could have gone. License and registration please?"
Me: Fumbling as I opened the glove compartment to look for the registration card, my backpack Bible stuck out from the upper compartment, gave him my license first.
Officer: How long have you been in this address?
Me: In the area, for 16 years, in my residence, for 6 years.
Officer: "Hmm..I live down the street from where you live."
Me: "waiting for the ticket to be written up now, stay "muted", turned red and heard my own"gulp."
Officer: "Tell you what, you may go but I just wanted to let you know that it was dangerous what you just did." "Be safe always."
Me: redder and stuttering, "I don't know what to tell you but thank you. I just want to be home now."
My husband moved and slightly woke up as he heard my tip toeing on the floor in the bedroom. I told him what happened but that I didn't get a ticket. Not sure if the reason was the officer was wondering if I was a Christian [seeing the Bible] or the nature of my husband and my work that I didn't get the ticket [No! Don't get me wrong! I don't mean for both to be my privilege at that time.]. I kissed him good night. "Daddy, I'm sorry."
As I laid down, I knew I needed to apologize to my Spiritual Daddy, too. He started speaking to my heart:
Me: "Daddy, thank You. Thank You that with my foolish actions, no one got hurt."
Dad: "Have you forgotten what I told you through your brother Paul, that your attitude should be like Mine?" [Philippians 2:5].
Me: "Yes, Daddy. I'm sorry. But that officer didn't give me a ticket. I'm not sure if it was because he saw the Bible and thought of me being Your child?"
Dad: "Yeah. I saw that. Doesn't mean anything that you are My child so he didn't give you a ticket. But I always remind you all, My children, not to keep on sinning after you came to know Me. Have you forgotten that when you became a Christian, you were baptized to become one with Me? For you died and were buried with Me in baptism." [Romans 6:1-4].
Me: "I'm sorry, Daddy. I love you. Good night."
Lord: "Good night, My child. Always remember to be slow to anger like Me [Psalm 103:8]. I had loved you first [1 John 4:19]. Just because My grace had set you free, doesn't mean you can go on sinning [Romans 6:15]. Since you are surrounded by a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, strip off every weight that slows you down, specially the sin that so easily hinders your progress. Run with endurance the race that I had set from start to finish [Hebrews 12:1,2]. Like what the officer told you, just BE SAFE! so you can get home okay."
Readers, this is a hard thing for me to post knowing that my actions last night didn't glorify the Lord. But I must for His glory. There are so many great Christian writers/speakers, but how true are you in putting the words that you write or the words you say into your actions? We are representing Christ so we must be safe, be slow to anger and really take it seriously that we must finish the race He marked for each of us, from start to finish. I'm not proud of my actions at all! Because I forgot that I am Christ's ambassador that people around are watching.
But I'm glad that our God is "faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from every wrong" when we confess our wrongs! [1John 1:9].
The moral story of "The Tortoise and The Hare" is SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE!!! God bless to you all. Glory to God!
"Oh wow! This is neat!," exclaimed my visiting friend "Anna" to my son "Kris".
Kris: "I'm glad you liked it. I just wanted to show you that my mom did this for me from the time I was small."
My son proudly handed the journal to "Anna". He knew I made it specially for him. Page by page, it showed how I wrote about his achievements, of the time when he drew the little mice in different colors when he was 3 years old, or the first time he drew a rainbow with crayons with all those thin squiggly lines in red, yellow, purple, green, etc... Page "8" which showed a picture of him I pasted carefully showing how much he enjoyed his first bike and his first ride in the park or the first time he conquered his fear of using his "potty" that I was cheering for him using my pen to make it a part of that journal.
"Anna" turned to this page that showed "Kris's gift" for me on Mother's Day on May 13, 2007. "Anna" wasn't saying much but I saw little beads of tears welled in her eyes, as she tried to focus on that gift and read what was inside:
But this journal wasn't only for my son. This was for me. How could I forget his "art work" that he immediately drew for me when my husband and I got him some "gel pens" in different colors for the first time?
How could I forget that excitement in his eyes when he removed the pens' caps and took the "stick note" nearby and wanted me to leave his room. He said that he wanted to be left alone so he could concentrate on his "art work".
Few minutes later, ten little fingers opened the door in his room slowly. This little child of mine came out and handed me a "green stick note, " as he pressed his lips on my cheek and gave me a "bear hug."
I don't have the right words to express nor write what his "art work" meant for me:
Up there, our only God is keeping a journal, too called the "Book of Life." We can be a part of His journal only by first accepting Him into our hearts. I'm eager to see and hear from my "Daddy" the journal He is keeping for me. I hope and pray that the pages will show that I am living this life to please no one but only Him.
I hope one page will show the "Father's Day Card" I drew and wrote "I love you Daddy" using the different colors of my life doing His will.
I made a "green stick note", too for Him and had drawn a little rainbow, [like how my son did it in his note]. I wanted to let Him know that the rainbow reminds me of His faithful love.
[Genesis 9:12-13 -"The rainbow that I have put in the sky will be my sign to you and to every living creature on earth. It will remind you that I will keep this promise forever." -CEV].
Yes, I can't wait for my "Daddy to open the Book of Life" and let me in into His house while saying, "You have made me glad! I'm proud of you! Well done, My child!"
So....what would be in His journal He's lovingly recording for you?"
Revelation 3:5 -"He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels."
Revelation 20:12 -"And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books."
Revelation 20:15 -"If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire."
Revelation 21:27 -"Nothing unclean and no one who does shameful things or tells lies will ever go into it. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life will enter the city."
My mind wandered as I put the lab coat inside the dryer....
Ephesians 2:4-9 -"But God was merciful! We were dead because of our sins, but God loved us so much that He made us alive with Christ, and God's wonderful kindness is what saves you. God raised us from death to life with Christ Jesus, and He has given us a place beside Christ in heaven. God did this so that in the future world He could show how truly good and kind He is to us because of what Christ Jesus has done. You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God's gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. It isn't something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about." [CEV].
I'm writing about this today, no! not to interpret that dream but to let you know of how joyful I am that when we trust in Jesus, we have that security that He gives that no matter what happens all around us, when He returns [the second time around] that it is something to look forward to. I was inspired to write this song the following day. The last part of the song, the Lord had given me a year later.
Isaiah 12:1-2 -"In that day you will sing: "Praise the Lord! He was angry with me, but now He comforts me. See, God has come to save me. I will trust in Him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation." [Life Application Bible].
In That Day
Lord, despite me feeling low
In that day, I will sing "Hallelujah" to my King
Now, my heart is filled with joy
He will soothe my pains
"8" Things I Did Yesterday:
"8" Shows I Watch:
"8" Bloggers Tagged:
Psalm 140:12 -"I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy."
Luke 18:17 -"And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?"
I received a nice gift box from my husband the other day. He said there was no reason for that but "just because..." No! It wasn't my birthday yet.
I stripped the nice ribbon slowly and opened the nice box, taking a peek with much anticipation and thrill. To my surprise! There was a rotten egg inside the box. It wasn't even funny. I got upset! Why would he do that? He said, "I don't know..."as he started scratching his head. My heart just sank when he said that. "How could you not know the reason before putting that egg inside that box?," I asked him in disbelief.
Looks can be deceiving. The nice gift box that I thought would have a nice surprise inside contained something that was "rotting".
Dear friends, the above event was only imaginary... But I was upset when I read this particular "true" story from sister Andrea's blog. Please check out her post about the "Blue Box" if you have an extra time.
The 11 year old boy who has dyslexia was punished by the teacher by putting him behind that "blue box" that seemed nice on the outside. This was done in front of the whole class and he was put on "silent lunch" and no recess for 2 days. When that boy's parents confronted the school, no reason was given up to this writing time why that punishment was done.
Like my imaginary story of opening a nice gift box and finding a "rotten egg" inside, this boy must have felt like that [rotten inside] because of this kind of harsh treatment. None of us will understand the kind of humiliation he had to endure. None of us will ever imagine what hurtful and damaging thoughts were going on in his mind. None of us will ever know the pain his heart was feeling.
Look at how it looked like behind that nice blue box:
When his parents brought him to the doctor, in tears, the boy told the doctor, "I am just retarded. There is no hope for me."
Dyslexia in psychology is a developmental disability in reading or spelling but it is not an intellectual disability. That boy doesn't have an incapacitated mental state! He might have difficulty reading or hearing but he has a mind that understands! But whether that boy has dyslexia or not and God knows how many other children were treated to sit behind that blue box, this is an act that is detrimental to these children's well-being.
As most of you already know about this, please continue lifting this family and that this form of punishment should be stopped. Pray that the boy's parents would get an answer to why the school resorted to this form of punishment. Most of all, pray for the boy, Colton, to be restored by the healing touch of our dear Lord.
Let the boy's words "There is no hope for me..." echo in your hearts so that we can continue to petition for him until our prayers are answered that "there is hope Colton...there is..." God bless.
"I'll see you at our Human Resources. Bring your Union Rep with you."
Those were the words of this particular manager in a hospital where a dear friend of mine has been working for over 10 years. Not because I am her friend that's why I'm defending her, but it's even harder that I'm her friend yet I can't do anything to help her out except to lift her up in my prayers. Being a nurse like her, I knew in my heart that she didn't do anything wrong and that she saved someone's life. That's our job is to be an advocate for our patients, even if our actions will be against doctors' orders, in order for us to protect the patients' health status and provide them a safe, nurturing environment.
Last month, there was a patient with subarachnoid bleeding [bleeding in the brain]. His blood pressure started going higher and he constantly complained of unrelieved headache. The neurosurgeon had an order the day before to discharge this patient that morning, when Anna [my friend] took over from the night shift nurse to care for this patient.
She immediately called the Pain Team and had asked to evaluate the patient's need for pain relief. When the patient's pain subsided, she placed one phone call after another to the neurosurgeon's answering service [3x at least] to make him aware about the patient's change in his health status. But the doctor never called her back. The last time that she called, the answering service told her to hold the patient's discharge until the doctor was able to call her back.
With everything that had occurred, Anna wrote it in her nurse's notes. She had written an order for the doctor [which the doctor can sign later] to hold the patient's discharge.
When the other [medical] doctor came, he was the one who ordered for a CT scan [special x-ray that shows better results than an ordinary x-ray]. The result showed that the patient continued to bleed. That explained why he was having headache still.
The neurosurgeon showed up the following day, upset and wanted to know who the nurse was because within the nurse's scope of care, nurses can't write an order for the doctor without talking to them. The nurse manager added to this building up emotional displeasure [I say this was an "ego at its best!"].
The nurse manager decided to bring Anna to Human Resources because she felt that she violated that scope of care.
I could see if Anna had written an order for a medication that was lethal or some intervention that hurt the patient. She actually saved the patient's life and actually saved that doctor's improper lack of care as he hasn't responded to the calls placed to his answering service at a time when the patient was undergoing a change in his status. The patient ended up being hospitalized for a few more days. The whole time, the nurse manager told her bigger boss about Anna "writing the order without the doctor's knowledge" but didn't really give the whole picture of what precipitated her action.
Despite all the mixed emotions of fear, confusion, being angry about an accusation that has no basis at all, and feeling harassed, I knew that God would protect her when we started praying together and to God's hands, she placed all those emotions.
Nothing happened when her manager brought her to Human Resources. She was telling me that though it was expected that the Management would not say anything against their managers, they had a look like this case should not have been brought up to their desk.
There are so many injustices in this world. Even us, as Christians, sometimes, we wish for a quick judgment and destruction on wicked people. We forget that God is always merciful, slow to anger, always with unfailing love. He is just.
"Jonah got upset when the people of Nineveh came into mourning and repentance when he warned them, as he was sent by the Lord for He wanted this "great city" to be saved. He was so upset that he went to the east side of the city and made a shelter to sit under and waited to see if anything would happen to Nineveh and its people."
God made a leafy plant to grow to protect him from the heat of the sun. The next day, He prepared a worm that ate the stem so the plant died and Jonah grew faint and wished to die when the sun got so hot. "Death is better than this!," exclaimed Jonah. When God asked him if it was right for him to be angry because the plant died, Jonah replied, "Yes, even angry enough to die."
The Lord said, "You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. And a plant is only, at best, short lived. But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn't I feel sorry for such a great city?" [Jonah 4:1-10; Life Application Bible].
We can only hope for the Lord's actions on things. Though our hearts might feel heavy with the evilness that surround us, we must allow Him to do His part in finishing the work that He started in each of us. When we feel like quitting, spiritually drained out, bruised, beaten, remember that we can accomplish everything "only by His might and grace"....
I wrote this song on 8/7/03. As I got transferred from one detention center to another one. I felt heavy because I didn't want to get out of my comfort zone. Until I let go and "let God..."
Spirit of Lord
Lord, how can I go on?
How can I do Your will
Without backing out on my own?
It's hard, Oh Lord,
I cry for everyone
Who does not follow Your plans
Spirit of Lord, come and fill our hearts
Let Your love overflow and guide us
Spirit of Lord, come and live in us
Let Your Works shine
Glory is Yours always, Spirit of Lord...
Lord, sometimes I don't understand
But I want Your will
So give me the strength
It's hard, Oh Lord
But I wanna' be a servant to Your plans
rrrs 8/7/03 1109 hrs.
Colossians 3:14 -"And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."
Me: "Yes, we need someone now as my husband and I can't control my son's nosebleeding."
Operator: "I'll send help right away, Ma'am!"
Me: "[nervously speaking].....Yes, thank you so much!"
Our bedroom was almost empty. All of our things were already placed in a rented storage at this time. The date was June 10, 2003. We were about to move to another new house.
My son has a history of allergic rhinitis. The doctor had given him a nasal spray few weeks prior to this incident to help him breathe. For a while, it was helping him not to have swollen nasal membranes.
Before dawn, my son got up and sleepily said, "Mom, my nose is bleeding..." My husband heard it, too so he got up to get some paper towels. As we turned on the light, we were shocked to see how much he was bleeding from the nose. It was like a faucet that was running continuously.
Despite my knowledge of nursing, I was enveloped with fear. Trying to be calm, I instructed him to put pressure on his nose as I instructed my husband to get a cold pack. 15 minutes later, he was still bleeding....And that was when I placed that phone call to 911 services.
As the operator hung up, feeling desperate to control that bleeding, my husband and I looked at each other feeling each other's pain gnawing deep inside our hearts. To see our son in that state, we were just dumbfounded! That desperation led me to think, "Wait a minute! I haven't called this special 9-1-1 services that is also open 24/7".
I took my husband's hand, knelt down and bowed our heads. We started to pray...
"Ding-dong..." Three tall firemen were by our front door, dressed up in dark blue uniforms. One of them was carrying a heavy bag full of emergency supplies. I saw the firetruck with its flashing lights flooding our street. As I let them in to the room where my son was, my son who was tired putting pressure on his nose by then, looked up and said, "Mom, I'm not bleeding anymore..."
I didn't know what to tell these firemen. All I knew was that our prayers were answered! Deep in my heart as I was apologizing to them, I was praising God! They gave a pat to my husband and my shoulders and said, "It's okay. Glad that your son is okay now!"
The following day, I wanted to praise the Lord and He inspired me to write this song. My son making his own chocolate-chip pancake added, "I wanted to thank Him, too, Mom. Thank You Lord for healing me. Thank You, You're always there for me..." I wanted to thank the Lord and yet, He was the One Who gave me the song and the lyrics through my son that we can offer back to Him. How great is our God!!!
Thank You Lord
It doesn't matter what we do
It doesn't matter where we are
When we bow down and call our God
He's always there for us
Whenever you are feeling weak
And you think there's no way
But the Lord when we seek
He'll surely find a way
Thank You Lord for Your gift of love
And all the blessings that come from up above
Thank You Lord for healing me
Thank You Lord, You're always there....for me....
Whenever you are hungry
Just eat the Bread of Life
Oh come and taste that His Words
Are sweeter than honey
Whenever you are in the dark
And you keep on falling
Just let the Light of the World
Brighten your way...
Thank You Lord for Your gift of love
And all the blessings that come from up above
Thank You Lord for setting me free
Thank You Lord, for Your love and.........mercy.....
My teenage son was asking me a few days ago if he could invite a friend over. Though I knew who the friend was, he hasn't really been over our house and my husband and I haven't met his parents.
Being on his Spring break for another week, I was torn between just us going out and doing things together [spending quality time so to speak] vs. him inviting his friend. But because my son had been studying hard, I decided to let him do so and let him relax and have a good time with his friend...
So, he placed a phone call to that specific friend and before they hung up with each other, I overheard my son, "Yeah, let's have our moms talk to each other before you come over."
I can't tell you how proud I was of my son and that friend for being responsible despite their age, and for the respect they both had shown to us, their parents. 5 minutes later, my cell phone rang and it was K's mom. First, it was an awkward conversation since we didn't know each other, so I decided to introduce a little bit about myself and my husband. She did the same with me after that. All of a sudden, there was just a weird feeling like we were comfortable though we had not met each other. So, she said she would bring her son the following day.
The palm trees were swaying back and forth as they were being rocked by the gusts of wind in our front yard. A white big truck parked in front of the curb and out came, K and his mom. My son and I were waiting at the door and we both hollered, "Good morning."
I invited Mrs. K. and showed her around the house, showed her some family pics and offered her to sit down. She started telling me she was a cancer survivor and through that, when she was feeling left alone by everyone even her best friend, that was when she came to know Christ! She is a teacher here in our district.
We had talked a little bit but I could tell, we were more comfortable now that we had met each other in person. The 2 boys had a great time playing together. I asked them, "What do you guys think happened that you both were just comfortable with each other yet you only have 1 class where you both go together?" Both of them said, they had the same interests, my son in designing cars and the other boy in designing airplanes, etc. etc...
I was trying to not interrupt the boys' answers, because before I even asked them that question, I already had a fixed answer in my mind...I blurted it out, "you both are brothers in Christ and that's why your friendship is neat because God had brought you together." My son goes, "thank You, Lord." K said, "Amen!"
When the night came and I was reflecting about us meeting this family, my heart was speaking with the Lord, saying, "To think that I almost didn't allow my son to invite his friend, not only that I, myself, would have missed out meeting a sister in Christ, Lord, I almost missed out on an answered prayer."
You see, during some of my own devotions, I always pray for my son for the Lord to always guide and protect him and most of all, give him Christian friends."...
"Lord, mighty are Your works! Thank You for Your friendship. It's not about finding true friends...It's about being one...."
[Image from markgorman.wordpress.com].
[Sponge Bob cartoon created by Stephen Hillenburg]
I was still half concious and woke up to a soft "aaaaaaaahhhhhh". My son just turned on the tv and I saw this square sponge cartoon flipping burgers.
Lots of kids adore this character. Where can you find a "cute sponge" who works in a restaurant, flipping the best burger and whose recipe"Plankton" tried to steal in many failed attempts?" The restaurant owned by "Mr. Krabs" who just loves "money!money!"
Sponge Bob has a starfish "Patrick" for his best friend. The show projecting "Patrick" as dumb in his ways as starfishes don't have brains.
As we live our Christian lives, I believe we must be careful with everything that attracts our interests. If we are not careful, it is so easy to have our minds polluted with worldly things and such things do not help in aiding with our spiritual walk with the Lord.
I told my son that I do have an obligation to share the Lord and His ways with him. With our daily devotions, I tell him how important it is to start and end the day with the Lord. There is no wisdom that can aid us with our spiritual walk, none better than His Word. Man's wisdom is just foolishness to the Lord. What's foolish to us, the Lord can use in mighty ways when He chooses to.
My son smiled, turned off the tv and grabbed his devotion book. I heard him whispered, "I'm sorry Lord."
Oh Lord, help us to be like Sponge Bob....like a "sponge" ready to absorb Your Word daily. May the words of our mouths and the thoughts of our hearts be pleasing to You today oh Lord. Help us to trust in You, and not with our own understanding. We commit all of our ways to You Lord for we know that when we do, You help our paths smooth.
Lord help us see things through Your eyes. For Your ways and thoughts are higher than ours. Please remove anything that is hindering our walks with You Lord.
Thank You for Your love, Your wisdom, Your grace and mercy. Thank You for always being with us as we battle in choosing the right road to take. Thank You for being our Shepherd Who loves us so much though we don't deserve that. Thank You for rescuing us when we are lost, afraid, confused, angry, miserable, in pain and weak. I love You Lord, yet thank You for loving me first.
Lord, I pray for many who don't know Your gift of salvation. That when they happen to peek at your blogging children's sites, may their hearts be open, their eyes able to see and their ears able to hear. May they come to absorb Your gift of forgiveness and offer of a personal relationship as they read our posts Lord. It's all about You...In Jesus' Name. Amen.
There was a gardener busy tending in the garden
Started pruning bushes and one of them complained
"Why did you cut my thick branches when I tried to grow?"
"And a lot of foliage sprung and you just had to prune them, too?"
The gardener replied, "Sorry but I had to prune
the thick branches will soon make you fall."
"If I don't cut carefully
Your roots will be uplifted and you'll drop to the ground."
"I am trimming you the way I want you to be"
"I don't want you to be so thick, I want the foliage with just the right amount"
"I don't want you to grow so tall, I want you to be strong"
"I am your gardener and you will understand"
"One day when you're rich with the life's experiences,
You will understand why I have to cut your branches."
The gardener moved into another location
Hired by another, thinking about promotion
But the promotion never came, to his dismay
Started asking God, "Why, oh why didn't You help me at all?"
And God answered, "Do you remember son?"
"When you spoke to the bush and you tried to make him understand?"
"That when you pruned him, you had better reasons than what he was thinking"
"You wanted him to be his best by cutting his branches?"
"I am your Gardener, I hope you will understand"
"That I didn't mean to make your life full of trials"
"For every suffering, you will grow wiser"
"For every breaking of your heart, you will grow stronger"
"Someday, you will understand"
"When you're full of life's experiences you will not get mad"
"That I pruned you the way you pruned that plant"
"Someday, you'll be a proud bush in my own garden, I hope you understand..."
Just like our life's journey, still not easy even if we had accepted Jesus into our hearts. The hard work does not end. There are always trials but He is going through those trials with us.
And when this journey is over, there is a nice reward at the end - His promise of an everlasting life.
As we were storing things into boxes, I got stuck writing the song and asked my son if he wanted to add something. This song was very special to me because not only my son gave his input, but it was a special time for us to "sing a new song to the Lord" Who is the "Giver of all good gifts." Thank You Lord for everything!
Son and Mommy's Song for Jesus
I thought that I won't need anyone
But my life has long been gone
Jesus, thank You for finding me
Your love fills me up completely
May Your love on me grow
For all people to know
Don't want to be lost again
Help me be strong against all sins
Thank You for dying on the cross
But on the third day You rose
My life with You won't be the same
Right path I'm walking on today
jks/rrrs 06/07/03 1755 hrs.
The patient's arthritic hip was slowly exposed until the problem area of that particular joint was visible to the surgeon's eye. He finally hit his target that he needed to replace with a metal kind of joint, to give that patient a new life; from disability to being enable to walk again without too much pain and stiffness on that joint.
That was 20 something years ago. I thought I was going to pass out with what I was witnessing, being new in the field of Nursing. I was one of those avid students who volunteered to see the actions inside an operating room and learn more of what truly happens there prior to nurses caring for the patients after their surgery. To see the tissues pried open until the bone was exposed and some bleeding controlled with the sponges and some arteries or veins cauterized, if needed to prevent further bleeding, was a new experience for me and those students. My nausea was replaced with the hunger to learn, to understand the disease and treatment process, and to know the interventions much later post-operatively.
Back into the recovery area, the patient slowly woke up after the effects of anesthesia started wearing off. The nurse made sure that he was fully alert and oriented and gave something for pain. Once able to breathe on own and more alert, he was given a couple of ice chips to moisten his oral cavity. He didn't see what the surgeon did to fix that new hip [and I wouldn't discuss it here so as not to offend some :)]. As part of my nursing project, I followed up with that patient until he had his physical therapy. A few days later, the surgical wound was healing and he was walking with a steady gait and normal pace, as if he didn't have a surgery. His face painted with happiness as he regained his freedom to walk without a debilitating hip limiting him before.
We all need that kind of surgery, too! We all need "spiritual surgery"- particulary a surgery of our hearts. For those of you who still don't believe in Jesus, don't think that you can get away with the things you do here on earth. Like that scalpel that cut the tissues to expose the arthritic bone, God's Word does the same.
"For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires.
It exposes us for what we really are.
Nothing in all creation can hide from Him.
Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes.
This is the God to Whom we must explain all that we have done."
-Hebrews 4: 12-13 [Life Application Bible]
If you are feeling limited with your walking in this life's journey, there is still hope if you trust the Master Surgeon. When you trust Him, you will come out like "new" after His surgery. Only Jesus can fix that life of yours which is actually dead- - - dead because of your sins. Only Jesus can give you a new life and I guarantee you, if you let Him do this surgery on you, you will be walking without any problem and that's for eternity.
From Contemporary English Version of the Bible:
Deuteronomy 30:6 -"You and your descendants are stubborn, but the LORD will make you willing to obey him and love him with all your heart and soul, and you will enjoy a long life."
Job 11:13 -"Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer."
Psalm 51:17 -"The way to please you is to feel sorrow deep in our hearts. This is the kind of sacrifice you won't refuse."
Psalm 53:1 -"Only a fool would say, "There is no God!" People like that are worthless! They are heartless and cruel and never do right."
Ezekiel 36:26 -"I will take away your stubborn heart and give you a new heart and a desire to be faithful. You will have only pure thoughts."
Hands raised, sometimes clapping to the powerful lyrics of Christian worship songs, everyone yelled, "He is risen! Indeed!" Our pastor talked about those two criminals crucified with Jesus. While the former deserved it, Jesus didn't. One kept on mocking Jesus, and the other had a change of heart, ending up believing that Jesus was truly the Son of God.
From Life Application Bible:
"One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, "So you're the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself - and us, too, while you're at it!" [Luke 23:39]
"But the other criminal protested, "Don't you fear God even when you are dying? We deserve to die for our evil deeds, but this man hasn't done anything wrong. Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom." And Jesus replied, "I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise." [Luke 23:40-43].
To have that faith in Jesus, even up to the last minute, saved that man's life and granted him an eternal life that replaced his destination of what would have been eternal anguish.
As I sang the worship songs with a joyful heart, part of me was sad for a lot of people still don't know who Jesus is.
Jesus is the reason why I'm writing today. Jesus is the reason why I'm sharing my life's adventures and songs I had written. Jesus is the reason why I know I have to share the "Good News" because I was once arrogant like you, thinking that I can do everything on my own. I don't need anyone. I'm able to provide for myself. I don't need to spend time with God because I know I'm going to heaven anyway because I'm trying to be a "good person" whenever I can.
Friends, don't be fooled by our own foolish wisdom and actions. There is nothing we can do in our own works that will save us and guarantee us that we are going to heaven. Jesus is the only way, the truth and the life. He said, "No one can go to the Father but through Him". [John 14:6].
If you have, even that littlest amount of faith, I pray that God will give you a heart of repentance and realize that you do need Jesus into your hearts. How do you get saved by Jesus and be given an eternal life? If the condition of your heart is willing to accept Jesus as your only Lord and Savior, kindly click on my side bar where it says "Roman Road to Salvation". It will direct you how this road leads to Jesus Christ.
It's great that a lot of people are trying to share the Good News, like my blog, but let's not forget that it is the Lord Who gave His life and without that sacrificial act, there wouldn't be any Good News in the first place."
Hands clapping, up in the air, voices singing and worshipping the only "God Who loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that we who believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life; the God Who did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it." [John 3:16,17]. C'mon friends, join us and we will have a great celebration "with Him". God bless.
Psalm 98:1,2 -"Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has done wonderful deeds. He has won a mighty victory by his power and holiness. The Lord has announced his victory and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!"
The Good News
How will people know about You?
How will people know Your love is true?
How will they learn that the word is on their mouths
And hearts if only will believe...
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring
The Good News to all the ends of earth
You have done wonderful things for us Lord
And victory is ours when You opened Your arms and gave Your life on the cross
Lots of souls don't know You
Some don't care You're the Son of God
But when they surrender and place their faith in You
The Good News, their hearts will surely know
Ezekiel 34:12 -"As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day."
Matthew 25:32 -"All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats."
John 10:11 -"I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep."
John 10:14 -"I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me."
John 10:16 -"I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd."
1Peter 5:4 -"And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory."
Jesus is the Shepherd
I was once lost like you, not knowing Christ
Every struggle means pain and I get deeply hurt
But please listen to me and to all the things I say
Jesus is the only life, the truth and the way
How long are you gonna' be lost like a sheep?
For when Christ finds you, you just have to believe
Oh, Jesus is the Shepherd Who will lead us all
Salvation comes from Him and from Him alone
Oh Jesus has so much love
All you need to do is open up your heart
Turn away from all of your sins
And love and joy will grow within
If your life is ever found don't let it go
Stop your wandering, let your faith grow
For Jesus is the Shepherd Who will guide your way
Nothing will go wrong, in your heart He'll stay
Things to Ponder:
The Attacker (5/15/09)
The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies.
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.
[Source: NLT 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].