Friday, July 30, 2010

I am not an only child

I am not an only child. I wish I were at some point in my life especially when my two younger brothers were bugging me. But then, no matter how hard I prayed that time that they vanish... for some reasons I was too young to comprehend... they didn't disappear. They did stick around. And Boy... I was glad!

Gary... the artist.
Japol... the charmer.

I am not an only child because I have two brothers. Both are my greatest allies and antagonists. Both are my greatest fans and critics. And both are my greatest accomplices and adversaries.



I am not an only child and my two brothers and I grew up together as friends and peers. We had no choice because my Mom had all the time in the world to watch us. So we were stuck together. We were forced to like each other. And eventually we cannot be separated from each other.



Now that we are all grown-up and living separate lives... we still are partners-in-crime. We may be living in different parts of the world, but we remain closed despite the distance.We may have different opinion about things, but we still manage to compromise and arrive to one common vision. And even if we seldom see each other, we keep our communication line open.

Partners-in-Crime

Boy, I am really glad that God did not answer my prayer because I still have two brothers. I thank God for choosing them to be my brothers because they are the only ones who can stand me. I thank God for giving me the chance to have many happy memories with my brothers because now that we are all adults we have something to look back to. And I thank God that I am not an only child because I don't really know what to do without my two brothers.



Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Gift

"And I tell you, ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." Luke 11:9

We are told... "ask for the things we need instead of the things we want". The problem is... do we have a clear perspective of the things we need and want? What is the difference between the two? Are they not the same? Are they not both important in one's life?


Life is a constant struggle to get the things we desire.


Life is an endless quest to acquire the things important to us.


And life is a continuous process of achieving the things that matter to us.


It is not the "asking" which really matters... we always get what we ask anyway. God is too generous to give the things we ask. It is the aftermath of the receiving that matters. Do we have a grateful heart to thank Him for the gift, even as simple as the air we breathe in?


Prayer
Lord, thank you for all the blessing that you have given me.
Thank you for giving me what I need.
And thank you for spoiling me with the things I want.
But I will ask once again Lord and please grant this simple request of mine.
Give me a grateful heart so that I will be able to be reminded that I am nothing without you. Amen.



Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sufferings

"Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body..." Collossians 1:24

... like a fire of desire, it can consume one's hope.


... like a flame of yearning, it can guzzle one's trust.


... and like a flare of hunger, it can eat up one's conviction.


Suffering is innate to one's existence. Nobody is spared of pain. Anybody is vulnerable. And everybody has to cope either way.


Suffering is good for the soul. It hones ones belief. It sharpens one passion. And it strengthens one's faith.


Suffering is inherent to human's way of life. We can neither avoid it nor deny it. We can only either accept it or hate it. And we can always hope that it will somehow pass like a storm and leave a positive impact in our life.




Friday, July 16, 2010

Forever

Grow Old With You

I wanna make you smile whenever you're sad
Carry you around when your arthritis is bad
All I wanna do is grow old with you
I'll get your medicine when your tummy aches
Build you a fire if the furnace breaks
Oh it could be so nice, growing old with you

I'll miss you
Kiss you
Give you my coat when you are cold

Need you
Feed you
Even let ya hold the remote control

So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink
Put you to bed if you've had too much to drink
I could be the man who grows old with you
I wanna grow old with you

Note: It was one of the songs from the movie... The Wedding Singer starred by Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore
Mom and Dad

I have been married for only 3 years. It may not be that long but it felt almost like forever.

14th May 1964

Forever. Is there such a thing? How long is forever? Is there an expiration date for a relationship?

25th Wedding Anniversary [1989]

Forever. It is not a time frame. It is not measured by time or space. And it is not wrapped in time capsule.

31st Year of Marriage 1995. It was this year too when Dad passed away.
Five years after, Mom joined him to forever.

Forever. It is a mind frame. It is the ultimate measure of commitment. And it is wrapped in silver lining behind the dark clouds of trials and challenges that a relationship went through.


Mom and Dad on the other hand, stayed married for 31 years. They married each other the first time they fell in love with each other and stayed married until... "death did they part". They stayed married with each other until the end. And kept the promise of forever until forever is gone.

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Thank you Lord for reminding me through my parents' commitment to each other... that love is not disposable as it seemed to be now. Give me and my husband the strength that you once gave my parents to weather the storm of marriage and the fidelity that you have for your people. Amen






Sunday, July 11, 2010

In Marriage

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27

In marriage... love and commitment are the fine line of the contract that the couple signed up for. It is not clearly written but undoubtedly implied.


In marriage... the promise of forever is not a guarantee of a happy ending. It is a warranty that should be renewed, updated or revised as the case may be.


In marriage... there should not be an expiration date. Love should be consumed without reservation and fidelity is not an option.


The Commandments of God speak only of one thing... LOVE. Like the love of God... marriage should be the ultimate showcase of unconditional love.


To love your spouse is not a choice you have to decide on... it is your only option.



Friday, July 9, 2010

After 3 years... You are still the "One"

"You're Still The One"

(When I first saw you, I saw love.
And the first time you touched me, I felt love.
And after
all this time, you're still the one I love.)
Looks like we made it
Look how far we've come my baby
We mighta took the long way
We knew we'd get there someday

They said, "I bet they'll never make it"
But just look at us holding on
We're still together still going strong

(You're still the one)
You're still the one I run to
The one that I belong to
You're still the one I want for life
(You're still the one)
You're still the one that I love
The only one I dream of
You're still the one I kiss good night

Ain't nothin' better
We beat the odds together
I'm glad we didn't listen
Look at what we would be missin'

They said, "I bet they'll never make it"
But just look at us holding on
We're still together still going strong

(You're still the one)
You're still the one I run to
The one that I belong to
You're still the one I want for life
(You're still the one)
You're still the one that I love
The only one I dream of
You're still the one I kiss good night

(You're still the one)
You're still the one I run to
The one that I belong to
You're still the one I want for life
(You're still the one)
You're still the one that I love
The only one I dream of
You're still the one I kiss good night

The Wedding at the Lighthouse - 7th July 2007

This is one of my favorite songs that I play in my car radio over and over every time I drive to and from work. I love the melody for one... but the lyrics do fit my present predicament and that makes it more enjoyable to listen to.


Hubby and I celebrated our 3rd Year Wedding Anniversary last Wednesday, 7th of July. Yes, it has been 3 years already and so far we are still together. It may not be very long compared to some couples who are celebrating their silver or golden... but nowadays where relationships are threatened by break-ups, separation and divorce... 3 years is long enough.


Our 3 years love affair isn't perfect but we are perfectly doing our best to keep the promises we made 3 years ago. And for a span of 3 years we went through a lot of trials and challenges but our love and faith in each other kept us stronger. And now... after 3 years... we are still "ONE"... and we thank God for that.






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