The Gems In Our Living Room

And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. – Hebrews 12:5-11 (NIV)

I heard the laughter died down to a complete hush downstairs. I kept flipping the channels, trying to find an interesting show to watch. Without success. I never enjoyed watching t.v. the way I used to. 

“Thank you, Mom,” as I saw the silhouette of my son approached me and gave me a hug.

“Your friends went home already?” 

“Yes. I told them next time, they can stay longer because I want you and dad to rest now. I know you guys are tired.”

“Oh, that’s okay…They could have stayed longer. You guys don’t bother me and your dad.”

But the laughter filled the living room a while ago. Just right below where I was, up in the loft. Sometimes, hearing the t.v. was a little hard that I had to turn up the volume a notch or more. But those kids never bothered nor annoyed my husband and I. Silently, they never knew we also laughed with them. We knew them since they were in elementary. All of them worked and studied hard.  The way my son had tried to go against the flow. No matter how hard at times. He knew. The feeling of doing the right thing. No matter what other people say. Even if the people from his generation would never understand why he might not be as cool as they wanted him to be.

“Did you guys have fun?”

“Yes, Mom. Thank you for allowing them to stay here.”

“I told you. Enjoy while you guys can because you all will be graduating soon and sometimes, it might get tougher to get together if you all are far apart.”

“We were laughing so hard at the burger place. There was a lot of people also at the Starbuck’s when we got our drinks. I forgot to tell you. There was something going on by my highschool as we were heading back to our house.”


“Two police cars stopped this car and later on, it was being towed.”

I felt a “good night” kiss landed on my right cheek as I saw the huge smile from my son’s face. I wouldn’t trade all those loud laughter from these kids for anything in this world. Knowing how they were safe, just enjoying precious time with each other. Sure. They had grown up into becoming adults. But they would always remain “cool” to me. Knowing how responsible each of them was. Respectful. Studying hard to achieve their goals. Staying away from those influences that they knew would end up harming them. Physically and mentally. These were bunches of kids that might not be “cool” to their peers. These were the kids who would get hurt when parents disciplined them and later on, deep inside would know. It was done because their parents loved them.

What gems!!! Right in our living room...

12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. – Hebrews 12:12-13 (NIV)
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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].