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You and Me Against the World (Psalm 3:6)

I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
    who have set themselves against me all around.

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Whatever we do, we cannot please everybody because people will always have something to say behind us. If you think the battle is just between you against the world, you’re wrong –God is with us. So continue living a righteous life never mind what the “unsolicited advisers and gossipers” are saying.

Put in mind, we were created to please our Maker. This would be enough reason not to bother yourself with the criticisms. Don’t waste your breathe arguing with your enemies. Never be afraid of them, if you know that there is nothing wrong with what you are doing for the glory of God, keep it up.

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Finding Mr. X (Job 37:15)

God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend.

I was wondering before when would that finding Mr. X be put into halt. It was introduced in high school and until college Mr X had kept my head full of puzzled thoughts. I asked myself a hundred times why do we still have to study Algebra? Isn’t it that those subjects being taught in school were included in the curriculum for students to apply it? How can we use Mr. X in our life? Until one time during an examination I learned Mr. X’s importance when I used “x” as a value of a computation’s missing piece.

Life is full of Xs. God allows things to happen that we cannot comprehend why and how. He makes miracles. He makes a way when there seems to be no way.

There are times God brings trials that are hard to surpass. Those situations keep us bugging Him, “Why Lord? Why?” Until we learn the lessons God wants us to know, we must keep the faith in Him. No matter how hard the trials be, just like finding the value of x, we will find the answer if we’ve got the right formula—Faith and Trust in God!

Don’t try to understand all things because honestly you cannot. Only God knows everything. So, sit back and relax, keep the faith and let God do the making.

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He does not despise any (Job 36:5)

Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise any;
    he is mighty in strength of understanding.

Who wouldn’t be familiar with the story of the prostitute who was supposedly stoned to death (John 8:1-11)? How about Zacchaeus the tax collector who climbed up the sycamore tree just to see Jesus (Luke 19:1-10)? What do they have in common? They were hated by people because they had done immoral and sinful things. But Jesus, who is sinless and pure did not despise them. God had forgiven them for He knew that Jesus will be the ransom of their wrongdoings.

Transgression hinders our relationship with God. There are times we are tempted and after which commit a sin, thus disobeying God’s commandments. It is normal to fall-off but it is very important to ask for forgiveness. Admit your mistakes to God and then walk again in Spirit.

Just like the adulterer and the corrupt tax collector, God forgives us without anything in exchange. He doesn’t say “Be obedient first before I forgive you”. We were saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

“Now, go and sin no more”.(John 8:11)

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All eyes (Job 34: 21-22)

For his eyes are on the ways of a man,
and he sees all his steps.
There is no gloom or deep darkness
where evildoers may hide themselves.

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CCTVs or Closed Circuit Televisions became very popular. Nowadays, different establishments installed CCTVs 24/7.It really aid cops in solving crimes. All activities could be captured and all those who were caught cannot escape the law. But some wise offenders who are aware of the CCTV’s location do something just to hide themselves from the camera like wearing bonnets for instance. They may escape the supposed to be punishment for them by the law enforcers however they cannot flee from God’s sight and soon enough these criminals will soon suffer the consequence of what they did.

Our God is way much better than CCTVs. He is all eyes on us. He never sleeps. He can see what we are doing 24/7 even if we try to hide from Him we cannot get away from his view. There may be billions of His creations but He still can monitor us simultaneously.For that reason, we should always think that God is watching. In such a way, the probability of us doing what is not apt to be done will be minimized, best, if sin is eradicated.

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How God Speaks (Job 33:14-15)

For God speaks in one way,
    and in two, though man does not perceive it.
 In a dream, in a vision of the night,
    when deep sleep falls on men,
    while they slumber on their beds

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I belong in a blocked section when I was in college. Because of our familiarity and being with each other for four years, we already knew each other from head to toe.Well,almost!For that reason, most of the time we were noisy. We chatted with our seatmates even though the class was ongoing and the professor was already in front. Some lecturers just took it for granted and did not mind, some raised they eye brows but said nothing while those who were pissed off suddenly shout at the top of their lungs and scream, “Class, pay attention!”

Christian life is like a situation in the classroom. God uses all means to speak to us but it is up to us if we will listen and pay notice or take him for granted. If we want to be lead and learn, pay attention.

We should not ignore the small voice of God. He wants to guide us to the right path. He speaks to us in all ways possible, we just have to be all ears. We always do complain that God is not listening. It is not true. Probably the reason why God is not answering us is because we are not hearing. How can we know His response if our ears, hearts and minds are closed?

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Wisdom and Understanding (Job 28:28)

And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

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Wisdom, for this world, perhaps could be possessed by someone who knows a lot of things, someone who is expert in a certain field, someone who went to a famous school, who had topped major exams or who had written a lot of books and some other too standardized description. Glory to God for He is fair. To Him, those who fear the Lord have wisdom. Does that mean I have it? We do have it? Man, yeah!

You might have studied Masters in Harvard University with flying colors if God is not with you, that’s useless. Whatever we earned here on Earth will not go with us when we die. In Heaven, all will be equal and our only focus would be praising and worshiping God and not pleasing others or ourselves. He will judge us based on how we fulfilled our mission and not on the number of awards we had received.

Glory and fame is good but if it will consume us that makes it dreadful. We have to offer God all glory and honor since it belongs to Him. In the first place, all blessings including wisdom and knowledge, come from Him. We need not the standard description of this world to be called wise, our fear of the Lord make as one. Our choice of whom to fear and whom to believe I could say is the best decision we had ever made. And that fear will remind us always to depart from wickedness and turning away from evil is Understanding.

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Apart from God we are nothing (Job 27:8)

For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off,
    when God takes away his life?

This verse can be simplified by saying that apart from God we are nothing. He gave us life, it is Him also who could take it away anytime He wants to. If that happens, where will the godless go? Surely not in Heaven.

Without the Creator, there will be no creation, as simple logic as that. I do not get it why there are still some who doubt God’s existence. God is so big to be proven but the mere fact we are living means a thing. Who could possibly give us life?

Pity are those creations who do not know that there is a God. Eternal damnation awaits them. However, it is not late yet. God commanded us to share His words therefore we should disseminate it to the godless and to those who haven’t accepted Christ as their Lord and Saviour.Thousands of angels will be rejoicing to every single soul saved and our Father will be mostly glad with it.know God banner copy

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No one is righteous (Job 25:4-6)

How then can man be in the right before God?
    How can he who is born of woman be pure?
Behold, even the moon is not bright,
    and the stars are not pure in his eyes;
how much less man, who is a maggot,
    and the son of man, who is a worm!”

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Man is a sinner by nature. If man is pure then God shouldn’t have sent Jesus to pay for our sins. There is no truth to the belief that “Good men go to heaven” because there is only one way to meet the Father and that is through JESUS. Our good works are just filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) hence we need not boast it out. Instead, be proud that you are saved because of God’s mercy and grace.

“No one is righteous”, God said, “not even one”. By knowing this, we should assess ourselves—we are all sinners! How great our God is for loving us still despite our transgressions. How awesome is HE for all the good and great things He has done.

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Life at East Avenue Medical Center Pulmonary Section

While I was waiting for the result of the Nursing Licensure Examination, I temporarily worked at Magsaysay Lines as a notary staff. I lasted for two months because when the result was released I quitted the job to process all the usual requirements needed in searching for a job.

I had attended several trainings including ECG Reading and interpretation at Philippine Heart Center, BLS, START Triage and First Aid at CHEERS, Intravenous Therapy training at Veterans Memorial Medical Center and Basic Critical Care Nursing conducted by the Critical Nurses Association of the Philippines, Inc. The latter had led me to my first clinical experience after passing the Boards.

One of the speakers of the BCCN training is the Operations Manager of Fastmedics Corporation, Mr. Jesus Espinas. During his discussion, he informed us that they were looking for trainees to practice in East Avenue Medical Center for three months, no fee and after finishing the said training those who were able to complete the course will receive a certificate indicating that he/she was trained as a Pulmonary Nurse. I got interested and so was my friend Aivyn, for the reason that he said that those who will be chosen will be assigned in the ICU. I saved his number and after few days we submitted the needed requirements asked at EAMC’s Pulmonary Section to Sir Jess and to the Senior RT,Maam Ems.We were immediately accepted as Pulmonary nurse trainees, no exam, no interviews. In short, no sweat!

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It was November when we started the training. Of all the 20 plus participants in the BCCN, only four of us got interested–me and Aivyn, and Loren and her friend Joven who became my buddies during the three-month long training. During the first three weeks, we were just inside the Pulmonary Section because we do not have yet the uniform. We practiced extracting arterial blood, setting-up ventilators and mastered the paper works.

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I was nervous and excited on the very first day that we wore our scrub suit uniforms. I was thankful that we have the same set as those with the staffs because, as Sir Jess had put it, the patients and relatives will not think that we are just trainees. Of course if they found out we are just trainees probably they won’t let us handle them.

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What I thought before was that the training will let us handle patients in the ICU as a nurse but I was mistaken. Our job is more on being a respiratory care practitioner or an RT because we focused more on the technical aspects, we operate machines like ventilators, ABG machines and PFTs. Nevertheless, I’ve got no regrets because I have a skill that not all nurses have.

Unlike nurses working on wards, our job back then was way much easier. We receive endorsements, have rounds every four hours, feed ABG specimens, perform pulmonary function test (which is not every day), hook ventilators if there is a doctor’s order and remove vents when someone has expired or weaned. We worked on 12-hours duty but it was light compared to an eight-hour ward duty though I really lose weight because of lack of sleep.

One of my most unforgettable moment at EAMC was new year’s eve because I was on duty from Dec 31,2011 7pm to Jan 1,2012 7am. It was a good experience spending my New Year at the hospital although I missed my family. I watched firework displays. There were many of it, so colorful, so wonderful and I’m pretty sure those were extravagant too. After watching fireworks, we ate those foods we brought. I purchased a pizza. Sir Sherwin bought a doughnut and Sir Jabz brought a Salad.

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Three months had gone so fast. We were offered a job as a trainee with allowance but the four of us declined it. My reason, I wanted to develop my skills as a nurse because not all of those nursing procedures we have done in the return demonstrations were performed in the actual setting. I have to have nursing experience more on bedside care rather than the technical aspect if I really want to go abroad.

As short as the time as it may be, we had developed a family. The staffs were kind and I had learned a lot from them—technical aspects from the Respiratory therapist and computer shortcuts from Maam Juvy plus life lessons courtesy of Sir Jess’ advices.

My experience dealing with critically ill patients made me realize how short life could be, how blessed I am that I am still living. It hurts to see those faces of the dying patients relatives pleading to pay just a half of the down payment because they’ve got nothing more just to prolong the life of the failing family member through ventilator assistance. I had witnessed the undying love of an old man to his seriously ailing wife, who stayed in the hospital 24 hours a day not giving up on the small piece of his wife’s survival.Ive seen the strong faith of a father not losing hope for his stick thin, brain dead son’s health to progress even if he has been confined for almost a year and was proclaimed to have few months to live.

I thank God for this training. I learned to value life more. Every second counts. Let us spend it wisely.

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