"Do Not!!!"...Oh well, "Do-Nuts!"

I’m not sure if it is the freezing temps lately that started my neck to hurt again since yesterday. As I got used to waking up early to prepare my husband’s sack lunches, though I’m not working today, Saturday, I found myself searching for the glowing hands of the clock and saw it was only 4 a.m.

Some days when I am not scheduled to work because the shifts have adequate number of staff working, I end up searching deep within.  Though contented at home and I truly enjoy keeping our abode clean and preparing hot meals for my boys, I feel like I’m not doing enough sometimes.

I felt a surge of a spasm-like on the left side of my neck and that electrifying pain somehow made me crave for donuts! Staying away from too sugary foods for a while now that seemed to benefit my family and I’s health. I  had not vowed though to stay away from deep fried foods. But at my workplace, whenever a few nurses would come with their hands carrying those huge boxes of donuts, I tried to look away and kept telling myself “DO-NOT!!!”…But there are those times when…

Ouch! I felt my left shoulder so achy but the thoughts of donuts were making me much more wide awake. I remembered I had bought a can of refrigerated biscuits from the organic store few days ago that had lesser sugar, with unbleached flour and lesser saturated fat. So I thought…Why not? And surprise my 2 boys who were still active in their dreamland.

I never told anyone and mulled to keep it a secret that I hated those popping sound from the canister of that can of biscuits as if it would explode in my face. So, I put my glasses on (Just in case...) and tore the wrapping and push a spoon to let those prepared dough say "Hello!" I had no choice but to do it myself since I wanted to surprise my boys.

making holes with a melon baller

Oh...Looking good already!!!

Except I couldn't go anywhere as they browned too fast!

I thought...I had to thank my neck pain. The only time that made me do something that made me forget the pain...

Chocolate glaze...Maple Sugar...No!!! I better stick to raw sugar and organic powdered sugar!

Of all mornings, with pain in my neck, this was the morning I got up with a smile and looked forward to greeting my boys when they wake up and I couldn't wait to see their eyes to grow big and a smile when they see that the "do-nots!" are going to be in front of them to be savored.

I took a bite with a cup of coffee (Of course, I'll eat with my boys again...) and as I felt the pain on my neck and shoulder alleviating a bit, I thought how back then, I preferred indulgence to hard work and preferred hard work to be rewarded and be praised. But a true servant of Christ, with the renewing of our minds, tend to work hard even when no one notices. Because deep inside, I know... God does...Anywhere...Anytime...

I remembered this from Booker Washington: "Almost any individual can succeed in legitimate enterprise that he sets his heart upon, if he is willing to pay the price, in most cases, is being willing to toil when others are resting, being willing to work when others are sleeping, being willing to put forth the severest effort when there is no one to see or applaud. It is comparatively easy to find people who are willing to work when the world is looking on and ready to give applause, but very hard to find those who are willing to work in the corner or a midnight, when there is no watchful eye or anyone to give applause..."

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I checked on my boys. Tucked and sleeping cozily under their blankets. I kissed my son and whispered "I love you..." Not moving, very much drowsy, he tried to acknowledge but became still again. I closed his door and then, checked on my husband who woke up at the faintest sound of my footstep and asked me if I was okay and how I was feeling...

"Better..." I replied (as I felt a grainy sugar on one corner of my lips). We hugged each other and I kissed him and whispered, "I love you..." (as my tongue took a swipe with the secret topping).

The countdown began in my mind...Awaiting for the surprise downstairs. I knew....

"There's a fulfilling joy that comes from serving not only my family but with others. The do-nuts were not just for me...It was for my loving husband and son this morning...Because they bless me with their love. The way God blessed me first...

the "do-nots! await..oh by the way, the holes I rolled 'em in cinnamon sugar...

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. - Proverbs 11:25 (NLT)
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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].