The Dental Work

I could only answer at the back of my mind. As I calmly tried to be still when I heard our family dentist turned the drill on after he made sure half of my lip was already numb.

“Raise your left hand if you have any problem then I will stop it,” he explained.

“Are you okay so far?”

All I could do was answer with my nodding. Of course I was okay. Pain-free at that moment for the removal of my old filling on one of my teeth in the back. 

But not my pocket…So I thought…

He wanted to avoid having me go through a root canal and as a preventative treatment, he had me opt for a crown.

“You are so patient,” he kept talking as he adeptly worked on removing the decayed part of my tooth.

“I wish all of my patients are like you,” he added.

“I am patient?” I echoed in my mind…

I had to be…”

Because I didn’t want to make a false move and had him poke something he wasn’t supposed to and had me bleeding somewhere…

But I reassured him. During my initial visit with him when my due evaluation came up. That I was never afraid of the dentists…

(More of expenses maybe)…

“Okay…See you in 2 weeks,” he uttered as he threw away the gloves he wore and washed his hands.
Trying to spend a minute with me before he would start again with another patient next door. Already prepped with her bib as the Dental Assistant was keeping her company.

I knew the treatment was well worth it. It would save me more expenses and that my tooth, best of all would have a longer life. With the arrival of that crown. The decayed tooth would be like new.

Oh how so like the Lord’s salvation. Not all men who go under trials are the ones blessed. But those who learn to increase their patience and faith as they stay in obedience to God. Those who know how to avoid the decays of sins knowing how they bring death to their spirits, by God’s grace. And so for them, one day, they will also earn that crown…The treasured crownOf life… 

I will always trust that Jesus is there for me…going through trials with me. He is faithful. And true…My Lord…My Savior…

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.- James 1:12 (NIV)

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.- 1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)

~ (emphasis was 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.

[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].