The Journal

"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."

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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].