Spanish Darts Award

Wow! I can't imagine getting passed on with another award from Sitka. God does pour His blessings but if we learn to share His blessings, we bless others as well. "Thank you Sitka for always remembering my blog."

The last time Sitka gave me the "furry-blog-award", I almost forgot to include what went with the award. So, not this time...

As what Sitka had explained, "Spanish Darts Award" is also known as "Premio Dardos", which means "Prize Darts" in English. It's given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing.

There are important things that went with this award:

1. Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and link to his/her blog.

2. Pass the award to other blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.

Accepting the award is the easiest thing to do...Passing it on is the hardest as there are so many encouraging blogs I have encountered. There are so many interesting blogs out there in the blogosphere but for me, 2 stood out from the rest right away as I have read and visited their blogs time and time again. I still get that kind of excitement whenever they write a new post and makes me feel as if I have never been to their blogs. Their writing encourages me in return and helps me so much with my own spiritual growth.

Without a doubt, I would love to pass this award to:

Alleluiabelle, whose writing will make you feel that you're right next to her and that as if you have seen the things she wrote about. You'll feel the triumphs of living with Christ in the humblest possible way, despite the odds she had to endure and face daily as if you're going through such trials with her and overcoming them with God's strength.

Andrea, another sister in Christ, who is a writer as her profession. But whenever she writes, she knows how to engage her readers and make them realize what it means "when she chose to stand up to write for Christ".

+ Christ = Eternal Advantage

Back in 2006, as I was exercising, I had this image of the "cross" in my mind...In Math, the symbol "+" also looks like the cross. Suddenly, I realized, when we "surrender" to the power of the cross [because of what Jesus had done], we gain so much in our lives just like the "addition symbol" - we gain "pluses" in our lives:

with our spiritual hunger + Christ = Bread of Life [John 6:35]
with the darkness we're in + Christ = Light of the World [John 8:12]
with our spiritual death + Christ = eternal life [John 3:16]
lies + Christ = Only Truth [John 1:14; John 8:32; John 14:6]
religion + Christ = Only Way [Proverbs 12:28; John 14:6]
sickness + Christ = healing [Proverbs 3:8; Isaiah 19:22; Malachi 4:2]
blindness + Christ = able to see [2Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 4:3]
bondage + Christ = freedom [ Galatians 5:1; Romans 8:2]

Surrender....a scary thing to do...But not to surrender to Christ...It is to gain something of eternal value, of everything that God has offered to give us another chance to be with Him and not be separated from Him. Romans 10:9, 10 -"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved."

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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.

[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].