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A Lesson From Hiah/If Two Shall Agree August 3, 2011

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A Lesson From Hiah/If Two Shall Agree- July 31,2011 22:00 Airport Rd Rm. 303

I must admit it; she was one of my hated patients (if not most-hated). Every time I go for work, I usually look on the white board particularly on her name and ID number and see if I’m assigned to her. My shift would be sunny if I don’t have her in my assignment and “hell” if she’s one of them.

I cannot find words to describe her. Maybe words aren’t enough. ANNOYING? IRRITATING? These would be superficial descriptions for her. My colleagues would agree with me, for truly she was the best actress “KSP” (Kulang Sa Pansin) patient.

She would pretend to be in respiratory distress especially if nurses are in her room then such dramatic acts would disappear once we’ve stepped out of her room.

She even had this treatment on us wherein she feels as if she’s the queen, her children princesses and prince and we nurses are her slave. She didn’t want us asking favours from her children. Minimal as they were, asking her children to reach for even the lightest thing such as comb, towel, cup etc would mean a disgrace for her.

She used to press her call bell and asks us for unnecessary stuff. Worst is even if we’ve just gone out of her room 5 minutes ago.

Her bathing and praying routine have been consuming most of our time too.

Yet something in her inspired me. And from that day on, i’ve tried to appreciate and understand her (tho difficult to do at times).

One day, she was suffering. She had this terrible lung infection that’s making breathing so difficult for her. Assistance from the mechanical ventilator was also frustrating. Every activity was a big effort for her; for as much as we wanted and as much as her body needed, she should have been preserving her energies.

Nonetheless…..

There she was, with much exertion and effort tried to fix herself readyfor her “Salah” (Muslim Prayer).  She managed to comb and to put a pony on her hair despite her trembling hands. Even her skinny cold hands made attempts to brush her teeth and wash her face and extremities.  I imagined the days when my asthma attacks have been frequent. All I wanted then was to sleep; not to do a single move for this would make me gasping for breath. my OCness  (obsessive compulsive) especially on hygiene was usually ignored. Breathing was my priority then more than anything else.

Once in a while she would pause, as secretions pool in her tracheostomy. She then suctions herself, breathes deeply and hardly with the use of some accessory muscles, then regains her momentum to continue in her prayer.

salah is the practice of formal prayer for Islam

Seeing her in that very moment, i was frozen. I felt humiliated. And realized how I neglected my prayer life.

How can i not pray the way she does; knowing that i have an all powerful God who hears and answers prayer?

Yes! Busy schedules and unnecessary activities always grab my
time for prayer. Often, I’m occupied with alot of  pursuits, too tired to pray at night. Consequenly i wake up late in the morning and hurries myself to prepare for work or other appointment, leaving me a prayer-less life.

The next thing i knew, it became my habit. i totally uncared for my prayer life and allowed other not-so-vital activities to eat  most of me; my time and effort in particular.

sighhhhhhhh……..

Just recently Im done reading a book entitled “If  Two Shall Agree: Praying Together As a Couple”.  (Thank you nanay Diane, my dearest mentor and soon to be our ninang for the many helpful books you’ve given me and mac. and this is one of them)

a gift from nanay diane. nanay's really an expert in choosing books.=)

In this book, my attention was caught by this truth: “Does God really answer prayer? If He does, why are we not coming to Him more often; why are we as a Christian university not expecting as much more from Him than we are now?”

Yes! We know from the many Biblical verses and promises that He really grants the prayers of those who believe in Him, yet still our prayer life says much on how little our faith is on Him. Truly, the way to more faith is to exercise the faith we have, and prayer is one way to work it out.

i remember a story about a congregation who prayed for rain as they suffer greatly from the dry season in their country. The following day, only one of the members brought an umbrella with her when she went out of the house. That’s how faith really works. Our prayers especially how we behave after we pray says alot about our trust in Him.

“The paradox of prayer is that it asks for serious effort while it can only be received as a gift. We cannot plan, organize, or manipulate God, but without careful discipline we cannot receive Him either. (Henri Nouwen in his book Reaching Out)

I was convinced by the many testimonies (especially from the authors of this book) of how significant prayer is in all areas of our lives even in maintaining a strong couple relationship. Thus it is ought to be a priority in an individual’s life and even as a couple.

They said that the most important goal of prayer together is that it keeps the relationship as a couple intimate and close and it keeps hearts open before the Lord as a couple.

WOW!!! i would love to have that!=) an intimate and close relationship with my Great Dad Jesus and yes, with Macoy.

Just when i read this, i was inspired to share mac about it and how i wanted to send him the book so he will be blessed personally. i shared mac what the Lord has taught me tru this book and eventually we decided to have daily prayer time. Distance and even time difference will never be a hindrance for we know that as we honor God in this simple commitment, and as we continue to entrust Him all our concerns, He will honor our prayers.

thus we committed to a daily prayer time, as individuals and as a couple.

Lord, may You bless this desire: for us to be prayerful at all times.=)

Since we started on this daily prayer, (tho to be honest, we missed some days), we’ve seen how the Lord indeed answer our prayers. And all the more we are committed to do this and expectant of what HE can do in our behalves.

this song reminds me of the importance of prayer.=)

jaci velasquez – on my knees

There are days
when I feel
The best of me
is ready to begin (the
end)
Then there’s (the) days
when I feel
I’m letting go
and soaring
on the wind
‘Cause I’ve learned in laughter or in pain
How to
survive!

I get on my knees! (x2)
There I am before the Love
That
changes me
See I don’t know how
But there’s power
When I’m on my
knees

I can be
in a crowd
Or by myself
and almost
anywhere
When I feel
there’s a need
To talk with God
He is
Emmanuel
When I close my eyes,
no darkness there
There’s only
light!

I get on my knees (x2)
There I am before the Love that changes me
See I don’t know how, but there’s power
In the blue skies, in the
midnight
When I’m on my knees
I get on my knees (x2)
There I am before
the Love
That changes me
See I don’t know how, but there’s power
When
I’m on my, oh, when I’m on my
When I’m on my knees

Truly, WE CAN NEVER OUT-GIVE THE LORD! a simple 2-minute prayer daily will reach thousand miles.

 

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