Sticky Note

“Kristian…” I texted to my son…

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“Where do I go to get the apps for “sticky note?”

My friend and I were on our way to Costco to shop together. She had just upgraded her phone and I was glad she did as she was the type to not really care much about gadgets. But she knew the convenience in a way in keeping in touch with her relatives thousands of miles away. I had told her I prepared a list on my “sticky note” but we couldn’t find it in her widgets. So, after my son texted back the link, we were running out of time so I sort of nudged her to get up and hinted that it was time to go or else we would have very little time to get the things we needed.

I had passed by many aisles that housed some of the items I used to get. Unfortunately, they were not beneficial to our health. Like sweets. Salty cold cuts. Or other snacks that had no nutritional values. With my list, I got those few things on my 'sticky note' in just a matter of minutes.

“Done already?” my friend asked after we lost each other somewhere in the snacks aisles. Seeing that my cart was full, she was surprised I had already finished shopping. It was just full of the necessities that would not spoil like paper towels, dish soap and toilet paper.

“Yup,” I smiled at her, a little shy that I had left her when we enjoyed shopping together. I left her after I couldn’t find her. So, I found myself looking at my “sticky note” that came in very handy and prepared my decisions to not stray away from it…

“C’mon…I’ll still go with you and follow you to whatever you need…”

“That’s why I waited…I wanted to go shopping with you.”

Still surprised how I got done so quickly with shopping,  off my friend went and pushed her cart ahead of me as I just browsed and kept pushing my cart without getting any other extras until we got to the cash register.

I don’t like gadgets, too. I’m not into widgets, apps or other things on the cell phone. If I’m able to send text messages and access my email, I’m happy. But I like that “sticky note”. When I pump gas and the pump is out of paper and won’t give me any receipts, I save the amount in my ‘sticky note’ so I can write it down later in my checkbook. When I need to get things from groceries, I use the ‘sticky note’. Very convenient sans a piece of paper and black pen.

The ‘sticky note’ prepares my heart ahead of time to choose wisely when shopping. It helps me be focused on just the needed items my family and I use.

As Christians, it’s just wise to prepare our hearts to be always strong and stable. The way we act and think are fueled from what’s stored in our hearts. The Most Special Guest resides in our hearts that we must aim in pleasing no one but Him…Jesus… We must replace the old sticky note in our hearts with a new one which make ourselves right with God. That is the necessary step.

“20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”
- 2 Timothy 2:20,21 (NIV)

His Word when etched in the sticky notes of our hearts will surely guide us and help us with our decisions. His Word will help us to fend the attacks of the evil one.

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” – Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” – Joshua 1:8 (NIV)

So, I’m done shopping. Would you like to prepare a 'sticky note' and shop with me next time?

1 My son, keep my words
   and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live;
   guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
   write them on the tablet of your heart.” – Proverbs 7:1-3 (NIV) -emphasis is mine...
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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].