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Between the two of us, Jason was more excited to visit Japan. But after our 7 day trip I understood why most people love this country. Some enjoy the food, the environment, the weather, the people, and the culture. As one … Continue reading

I’m Sorry Will You Forgive Me? (updated)

Learning to say “Sorry” I realized then is one of the toughest things to do since I got married. But going 4 years soon this May (all by God’s grace!), I learned how valuable this word was to be restored to a loving relationship to my husband, and also to God.

You see I grew up in an environment where saying sorry is cheesy and unnecessary. Things just eventually work out sooner or later.

Back when I was younger.. Had a big fight with my older sister that involved some unladylike behavior? After a week we talk normally, as if an explosion didn’t just occur a few days before. Got into an argument with my mom? The next day one of us just asks a question, then it’s back to regular programming and the relationship will be restored. Or so we would like to think.

As Jason learned in GLC 2 (CCF), family life is a priority. To have a good relationship with our family.

Good relationship I guess is defined as peaceful and harmonious. Later on my husband and I realized saying sorry is just the tip of the iceberg.

During our first year in marriage, saying sorry was still a struggle (at times until now), even with Jason.

I don’t know when it happened. One day after some arguing to see who’s got the most explanations up his or her sleeve, Jason suddenly said, I’m sorry. I was surprised. In the following days or whenever some fights would occur, I was shocked to see Jason initiate those words. Even when I would sometimes provoke him after his apology, he would say I’m sorry… the next part was.. “Will you Forgive Me?”

What was I to say?? My pride told him, “I’ll think about it” but of course the next day I would tell him that I do forgive him and I also apologize.

I believe this sparked some change in our crazy cycle of arguments. By Jason modeling how it is to say sorry. It took some time but when my husband – the leader of our family, comes to me in humility, my wall of pride is slowly crumbling and I become unguarded and softhearted.

I guess this applies to all relationships.. If you’re the one who feels disappointed and hurt, be the one to say sorry. If you feel discouraged, encourage others (nick vujicic, life without limits). Even with employer-employee relationship, parents and children, managers and the people they manage. When the leader is unwilling, even the followers will grow cold. But when the leader shows humility, this changes the course of the relationship. Because even leaders make mistakes. It’s better to come in humility than be unyielding when they make a mistake. Humility isn’t weakness in fact it saves us from disgrace.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.

It’s so much easier to move on with our lives after arguments, after a misunderstanding with our loved ones, workmates, and friends. Later on though, those unresolved matters puts tiny dents in our relationships that will blow up later on. It’s so easy to leave it at that for the meantime, but it takes someone strong to confront a situation and be genuinely sorry and apologize.

The apology is a way of accepting responsibility for our behavior and expressing regret – Dr. Gary Chapman, Love Language Minute Devotional.

Soon it’s becoming a practice in our relationship. Saying sorry is not enough (at least for us). There must be a confession of what offense we committed, and then the question, “will you forgive me?”.

In our marriage, there must be a question if the other party has truly forgiven the offender.  Or else we might just be saying sorry for the sake of ourselves than for the person we offended. Marriage is not about me. It takes the selfishness out of me.

Now we know that these are the 2 phrases important to keep our marriage healthy, (because in marriage we will make mistakes and apology is necessary for good relationships according to Dr. Gary Chapman), we mustn’t abuse it and just go through the motion of “I’m Sorry will you forgive me” speech.

It’s important to have a relationship with God, because only God can truly impress in our hearts the faults we have done, we’re doing, and we are contemplating to make. Only God can compel us to feel truly sorry and even identify what fault we made. Even if I am stubborn refusing to apologize after a heated argument with Jason. When I come to God in prayer, He tugs at my heart to be humble and apologize. I often get no sleep and have no rest for my soul when things are left unresolved and I suppose this goes for my husband too.

So whenever I’m feeling pride in my heart I know it’s best to come to and learn from the one who has perfected humility. That King who came down here on earth to live a life unfit for royalty and even chose to be crucified – to die for the sins of many, Jesus Christ.

In Matthew 11:29 He says, Take my yoke upon you and learn from mefor I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

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Almost 4 years down the road, our communication line has become easier and more open only by God’s grace. In counseling other couples we noticed how our “harmless” pride can ruin a smooth sailing relationship. Pride in the things we do, pride in forcing what we think is right (what is our basis of right?), pride in not accepting our mistakes.

I share with my ladies that as a wife it is my role to Help, Encourage, Respect and Submit (H.E.R.S) to my husband as I have learned in a marriage retreat early this year.

The moment I become disrespectful to Jason or raise my voice in a discussion, no matter how much he was wrong will not justify my action and make it right. I too am in err. Two wrongs do not make things right.

God convicts me every time with this. I need God in my life and the moment I am not in good terms with the closest person in my life (my husband) (later with other people too), it strains my relationship with God as well. God forgives but the moment I am unrepentant, I lose the joyous and peaceful fellowship with Him.

I am thankful that when I apologize, God forgives me and restores me to Him.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 

I am also thankful that God has given me my husband who is committed to follow Christ. That he also forgives me whenever I apologize.

This doesn’t mean though that I continue making mistakes since I will be forgiven anyway but rather I continue to live a new life in Christ.

It has been quite a journey! And I am excited on how God continues to answer our prayers on taking away things in our lives that are displeasing to him – pride included, and saying sorry in humility has been one of the best remedies.

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Jojo Negapatan, the “No-excuses-man”

In our branch meeting one Saturday, I was inspired to hear the story and testimony of Mr. Jojo Negapatan, a branch manager of Pru Life UK. His story brought me to tears and it was so inspiring to see God’s goodness in his life!

His story began when he sailed to Manila more than 15 years ago. He came from the province and he barely knew how to speak Tagalog. He was able to find a job as a pahinante carrying carts of soft drinks from a truck as it was delivered to sari-sari stores. This job allowed him to learn how to drive and soon he became a truck driver.

From a truck driver he became a jeepney driver, then a taxi driver and soon after, a family driver. Being a family driver, he drove his female employer to a Pru Life UK training and to avoid him “loitering” the premises, he was asked by a trainer to sit in.

It was his first time to hear about insurance and this caught his interest. Sitting at the back of the room, he thought to himself that if only he could sit at the front, he could understand more.

After the training, he boldly asked his employer if he could join in the training. She said no.

He could have given up and have given excuses that it wasn’t for him, but he did not. Not for this man.

Later on he left his job as a family driver and he proceeded to the office again and asked if he could undergo the training.

The trainer allowed him to attend and he was requested to be in business attire. Since he didn’t have any knowledge on this he asked around and decided to wear Barong Tagalog. He commuted from Bulacan to Makati (the office of Pru Life UK before) and he kept wondering why people were staring at him. Upon reaching the office, he was told that he should have worn the Barong Tagalog with an undershirt. No wonder people kept looking at him. :p

So of course it didn’t end there. He still had to pass the licensing exam. Since the licensing exam was in English, he had a hard time comprehending it. The first try… he failed. The second, he failed again.

He could have given up and have given excuses that it wasn’t for him, but he did not. Not for this man.

I think of the many times there were challenges in my life and I was ready to throw in the towel in this business! I also remember the times when a person I knew failed the exam and didn’t want to take it for fear of failing again. And then I heard this story.

It took him 4 tries until he passed the exam! Finally! Praise God. It was also the happiest day of his life.

But the challenges didn’t stop. Being an agent, he had to have a sale. But he knew only less than 5 people in Manila and they were his co-workers before who are still pahinantes. How could he close a sale with them? Everyday he tried his luck visiting offices in Makati hoping they would grant him an appointment… He only had a few pesos and during lunch time he would stop by carinderias around Makati and ask for some soup and rice. In exchange, he would help clean up since he didn’t have enough money to pay for his lunch.

Everyday he would do that routine and try calling people and everyday he would be rejected also noting that the receivers of his phone calls didn’t understand his accent. Some colleagues would jeer at him saying he couldn’t close a sale that way but in his mind he just wanted to practice conversing in English.

He could have given up and have given excuses that it wasn’t for him, but he did not. Not for this man.

He faced rejections here and there, with some prospective clients even cursing him, and colleagues jeering at him. Until one day, by God’s grace, his persistency came to fruition. A lady on the other end of the line asked him to drop by her office so he could present to her. His first ever appointment!

In her office, he felt intimidated with the way she spoke in English and asked if he could present in Tagalog. The kind lady was really kind and said yes. After the presentation, she asked, “How much?” and she signed a check.

A closed deal! His very first! He was even trembling as he received his first check.

Mr. Jojo was in cloud nine as he rode the elevator downstairs, exited the building, and went up to the Pru Life UK office to submit his first ever case! It was a joyous moment for him after going through a tough time, making ends meet and to top it all off, several months of humiliation and rejection!

Sometimes I feel that when we are very close to the edge, God rescues us just in time. Just when we are ready to give up, God pulls us through.

Flash forward many years later… The man who stood in front of us is a successful Branch Manager of Pru Life UK, helping Filipinos become financially free, helping his agents achieve their dreams, now even helping foundations which would give people like him before an opportunity to strive to be like him now, and motivating us that truly with God, nothing is impossible.

I believe that Mr. Jojo Negapatan’s persistency was a crucial factor in his success but God was his enabler for him to be where he is. God’s goodness and grace in his life sustained him in his life. Though he faced many tests and challenges, he is where he is because God had a plan for him and for each of us. I know that God is not done with him yet like He is not done with us. That our lives and testimony may be used for His glory. Right now Mr. Jojo testifies that at this point in his life he just wants to bless other people with the many blessings God has given him. Truly his test became his testimony, his mess a message and he is continuously inspiring people to give no excuses in doing our best.

We only pray that God may continue to bless the work of his hands and ours and that we may be where God wants us to be.

Once upon a time there was a man who barely knew his way in the big city, but God is the creator of this city and even the whole world.

I realized that true there may be days that he could not have eaten, but God sends people along the way to spare him a meal. He may have been discouraged like many of us, but God comes in time to rescue us and inspire us. He takes care of our needs and leads us where He wants us to be. He lets us grow where He plants us, that we may taste and see how He is good and know that He is God, how His love and mercy carries us through the tests. Great is His faithfulness!

God bless Mr. Jojo Negapatan and his testimony! May he remain faithful and bless more people!

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3rd Anniversary at Minami Saki, Astoria | Review & Reflections

For our 3rd Anniversary celebration, since the hubby loves Japanese food, (God really knows and provides!) we are privileged to dine and have lunch at Minami Saki ℅ a good friend. Yay!

Minami Saki by Astoria is a new restaurant located at the ground floor of Astoria Plaza in Ortigas. They usually open at 11AM for lunch. Prior to going to Minami Saki, I checked some photos and their dishes are really photogenic and enticing. It got me excited about what awaited us.

Our first order: Ume Sashimi (Php 580) 3 Kinds of sashimi – tuna, salmon and lapu-lapu.

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What we liked about it was the cut! It was very thick – a mouthful and it was also very fresh. The 9 slices were just enough for the 2 of us.

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Then we had Tobiko Orange Sushi (Php 180) which was flying fish roe. Their sushi orders were just 2 pieces, as if it were meant for dates – a person gets one each. xp They were very generous with the flying fish roe to the point of it almost spilling over. I couldn’t eat it without the fish roe spilling a bit.

We also got Nihonsan Tako (Php 220) which was Japanese octopus. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take a photo of it. Surprisingly the octopus was very tender. I imagined it being gummy and like rubber, but it was very soft to the bite. It was an octopus I enjoyed.

Aburi Sushi (Php 530)

Aburi Sushi (Php 530)

Minami Saki boasts of their Aburi Sushi which was slightly burned sushi tuna, salmon, and lapu-lapu with their special aburi sauce. It was an explosion of flavors in my mouth! I enjoyed the special aburi sauce combined with the burnt cheese and the flavor of raw fish plus a hint of natural sweetness from a slice of fruit. What a treat to our tastebuds! How did we eat it? We halved all of it. xp It was “bitin”! We are definitely going back for this especially if we want to indulge on authentic Japanese food.

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For their noodles, we tried their Tempura Soba (Php 475). With its serving, it was pretty much good for one. But since we had other orders, we split the soba and it was enough for both of us. The tempura was also fresh and wasn’t drenched in flour. It was really quality food. Even the noodles!

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Our Minami Saki experience was such a treat to both of us! It is quite upscale and the prices are a bit steep, but if you’re looking for authentic and quality Japanese food, this is the place to go. 🙂 It is still cheaper than going to Japan. :p

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So what happened on Year 3?

[May 2013 – 2014 Year 1] – The Rollercoaster Ride

[May 2014 – 2015 Year 2] – Exploring our Differences

[May 2015 – 2016 Year 3] – ???

When I look at our 3rd year as husband and wife and if I could describe it in one word it would be stable. Jason said his word was better.

Stable because I feel that we became more adjusted with each other’s quirks and habits, by God’s grace more understanding, more patient with each other and accepting of our distinct personalities. There are still some minor disagreements here and there but when it boils to our foundation and our faith there is no argument there, our God is God. Without Him I honestly don’t know how both of us who are very distinct from one another would settle our differences and even celebrate our uniqueness! 🙂

I believe we are getting more intertwined with each other, more in stride to one another. I am becoming more of him (in his corniness :P), and he is becoming more of me. err. in a good way hopefully. 🙂

Jason said his word was better. Better in communicating with one another. I would agree! There are many other ways of expressing than just being angry. :p Communicating is really key… He can’t just keep guessing and assume why I’m irritable at times, I have to tell him in an honest and respectful way. I also can’t be left in the dark on why he’s suddenly quiet, he has to tell me lovingly and gently what upset him.

I praise God for His goodness in our 3 years as husband and wife. When I reflect on God’s love for us, I am moved to love my husband more! We can only love each other because we know (how much!) God first loved us. Love truly comes from God.

Every year since our wedding day this verse holds true in my heart.

1 John 4:18-19 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because He first loved us.

Lessons from a 3 Year Old

Last week, Jason and I had the opportunity to take care of our 2 nephews who slept over for 2 nights. For almost 3 years, we have been looking out for just ourselves here at home and suddenly we are a (temporary) family of 4! 🙂 I have just been cooking in a small pot for the two of us, and all of a sudden I had to use the biggest pot we have last week. From 1 cup of rice to 4 cups of rice. How fast our family has grown. ;p

On the boys’ last day, we watched a dinosaur movie on Youtube. And you know how sometimes there are ads in between the movie? This movie had lots of it. The first time I saw an ad during the dinosaur movie, all kids decided to skip it. I didn’t know how to operate the multiple remotes of the TV (in the other house), so we asked TopTop’s (our nephew) nanny to skip it for us.

So we watched again.

After a few minutes, the ad went on. again. I was feeling that the kids were going to get impatient and I was also a little annoyed at the “pause” due to ads in the movie and wanted to get it going. So I said to Top, let’s skip the ad, and call your nanny again. Then his answer caught me by surprise. He said “Be patient” I said, “What did you say, Top?” He told me again, “Be patient”. Then he got a pillow, put it on my lap and laid down.

What just happened? I was really surprised. Here was a 3 year old telling a 28 year old to be patient. How ironic could that be? I pondered this in my heart and it was impressed on me to evaluate this aspect of my life. To be honest I was really rebuked. He was like an adult giving me wise advice.

When I think about it, I realized, how many times have I been impatient? Wanting to press on to the next chapter of our lives because I thought of how people will think? How many times have I wanted to try to control things at my own terms for the convenience of it?

But God is so good that He’s stopping me from being controlling.

It was impressed on me that sometimes God brings a pause on our lives or a pause in the fulfillment of the desires of our hearts to teach us patience – to trust in Him COMPLETELY and His perfect time, in His own terms. Not mine.

Through Top, it was impressed on me the image of what patience and waiting on God is – to choose to rest on Him, to watch and wait (expectantly) on Him knowing that He WILL come. How beautiful this image was! Is this what God wants of us?

Most of us are waiting – to get married, to find our purpose in life, to get work that will be fulfilling and meet our needs, to have a child, to finalize a deal or transaction, to get a spiritual breakthrough, or even to get our break in our careers. The transitions in our lives or the “pauses” are inconvenient but I have the assurance of His truth that He loves me and He loves each and everyone of you too, and He wants what is best for us.

In one of the devotions I read from Oswald Chambers, I would like to paraphrase that the life of faith is indeed uncertain, and the only certainty is God.  I can trust Him, cast our anxieties on Him because He loves and cares for me. 1 Peter 5:7

When pauses come, thank God! Because there is a lesson to be learned about Him. Maybe it could be for our protection or for us to realize that He is sovereign. Whichever it may be, we have the assurance of His word that He will sustain us throughout this season and that He has made everything beautiful in His time. Ecclesiastes 3:11

Psalm 27:14 Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.

Isaiah 40:31 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

The Modern Day Hero (After watching Batman vs. Superman)

Last Saturday we watched a Movie for a Cause, Batman vs. Superman.

Jason and I discussed about the movie and ever since he was in high school, he learned to watch a movie relating it to real life and Jesus (as taught by his mentor). Maybe it was because as a young boy, so he could easily identify the movie to real life in Christ.

Of course it isn’t the main intent of the creators of some movies but somehow there is a pattern of movies that looks for a savior / someone that will rescue them from a conflict or a predicament they are in.

So here is Jason’s take on the film:

Like almost any movie especially a super hero action movie. It is about a battle between good and evil. There should be a protagonist and an antagonist. The twist in this film is that both are super heroes, Batman and Superman. They are the protagonists or the good guys (at least from what we know while growing up) but in this case they were fighting.
Rather than sharing a summary or review about the film. I will just share my perspective about the characters and why we, the people, love and buy in to the super hero stories.
I’ll start with…
1. Superman – He is known as the hero. He is strong and powerful. Even if he is not from this world he saves it rom evil people and monsters. But after many years, people are now questioning his character and goodness.
They want to regulate his rights and powers and they want him to follow their rules and regulations. Basically they, the government, want to control him.
Somehow Superman represents Jesus. He is good but he’s also not of this world. He used to be a hero but became a controversial figure during His time. He was an image of hope but He became a threat to the authorities because of what he is preaching / what he believes in.
2. Batman – Because of an injustice done to his parents a long time ago, he succumbs to bitterness and vows to punish criminals as a vigilante. He places justice in his own hands.
He doesn’t acknowledge Superman as a hero. He uses all his energy and resources just to kill Superman and got distracted to the real villain of the story.
Batman then represents some people who became angry and bitter with life’s hurts and disappointments. They then rely on themselves to bring justice.  He was good but he became jaded. But this person is just lost. He thinks that because of what happened in his life, Superman is to blame.
Doesn’t this speak about some of us? That sometimes with what life has thrown on us, some of us take it upon ourselves to work for justice because we feel that God is not sovereign and all powerful?
3. But here comes Lois Lane – someone who has an intimate relationship with Superman.  She fears nothing and trusts in Superman.
Lois Lane represents the people who have an intimate relationship with Jesus. Someone who knows and trusts Jesus – that no danger is too big because He will come to their rescue.
4. Wonder Woman represents the people who may appear to be weak and are underestimated but are equally important in fighting evil.
5. Justice League – represents the disciples of Christ. People who fight evil and make a difference. They are the team of heroes – the Body of Christ – the church.
6. Senator Finch – represents the honest and fair public servants. Not all officials are corrupt and there are people like him who need to be empowered to stay good.
7. Lex Luthor – He is a person who is very smart and rich but has no sense of moral or good character. I can’t identify his objectives all I can see is he wants to be powerful and to control –  to be like a god.
He represents the people who wants to play god using money and resources creating war and suffering in the world. He wants war between God and man.
8. Doomsday – the villain. It represents the real enemy – the devil. It is pure evil. It just wants to wreak fear and havoc. It wants to steal people’s joy, kill and destroy.
9. Man on the wheelchair –  This man became bitter because of his injuries. He is angry at Superman and wants revenge. He represents the people who holds grudges against God. He is like any man who prayed to God and did not receive the answer he wanted. He held this until the enemy used his weakness for evil and he died a meaningless death.
Batman vs. Superman is ultimately a story of good vs. evil.
And we are drawn to this because it’s true that we live in a fallen world. We are surrounded with all sorts of illness, corrupt leaders, weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism. There is pain and death – yesterday on Easter Sunday, a suicide bomber in Pakistan killed 65 people and injured 300 targeting the Christian community. It pains us to see this but their death will not be meaningless. There is justice with God.
In Psalm 52 we are reminded that good will prevail. God is in control and we need to trust in Him.
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The movie we watched last Saturday was for a cause.

Gerald and Jen’s mom, Auntie Fe has been diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer last November 2015 and as we all have experienced in one way or another through family, friends and stories of other people that this illness is painful not only to the afflicted but also to the loved ones. But first and ultimately we leave it to God as we know that only He can truly heal, as He is our Divine Healer.

With the need to raise funds to help with the treatment and medications, good friends of the two came up with Movie for a Cause. It happened last Saturday and even I was blessed to see the love and support from people – the outpour of their generosity and kind hearts. God never fails, God provides!

We are drawn to a movie of superheroes because of the pain and trouble of this world. But Jesus has already overcome the world. I know that somehow we are used by Jesus to be His hands and feet to some people. To extend help to people who need help – whether financially, emotionally, physically or spiritually.

I would like to borrow Gerald’s words as he opened the movie screening. In a way he said that  there may not be actual superheroes but, “we can be super heroes to some people.”

If you are burdened to help Auntie Fe, and even Courageous Caitie here are the details below.

Help Fe fight her cancer battle

Courageous Caitie

5 Things I appreciate about YOU in Year 2

Hi Beb, Happy Anniversary! 🙂

There are so many things that I appreciate about you but I’d like you to know some of the things that I feel any wife would appreciate about their husband. Written here are the things I appreciate most about you in Year 2.

It’s been a while since I wrote you so here it goes.. 🙂

Don’t you agree that year 2 passed by too fast? I would often ask you, can you imagine us when we’re old and gray? And it’s true what you would often say, “mabilis lang yan” and fast it was. You would often tell me you won’t see me looking older because I will always look the same to you, you will always see who I was when you first met me, I will always be beautiful in your eyes.

I still remember when I first met you 9 years ago in my white shirt, jeans and slippers, I was young and idealistic and highly argumentative and defensive. Am I still now? I hope not (except for the young part because I will always be 5 years your junior) :). Thank you for bearing with the 19 year old me.

Soon I’m turning 28 and you 33. A lot has changed but I’m glad some things are still the same. I’m glad that though we lost some things – you your hair, me my wisdom teeth, my cyst and other things, I’m glad there are things that have grown –  My knowledge of you and also my love for you everyday, only by God’s grace.

This year 2, I would like to tell you how much I’m thankful to God for you. When things get the best of me please refer to this. 🙂

Beb I thank God for you…

1. For being accountable to God and to me

I really appreciate it whenever you confess and talk to me about your honest feelings. For telling me what’s going on in your mind, for being transparent to me this year 2. If there’s one thing that I love and get irked at times with your personality, it’s your honesty. :p But please don’t change. I like it when you talk to me about anything and everything whether work, your devotion, God’s lessons to you, your dreams, plans and everything in between. I also feel secure whenever I see you bow down to pray in the morning and at night and when I see how God transforms you everyday. I know you are telling God everything too. I praise God for you.

2. For understanding and being non-judgmental of me

I also appreciate it when you are understanding of me and non-judgmental of me. That you don’t dismiss me and confine me to my personality but understand that I change too.

I appreciate it that when I admit my shortcomings and mistakes, you don’t grill me but instead you praise God and say that He is answering your prayers (for me to realize the mistakes on my own?). 🙂 I know it takes a lot for you not to say “I was right”, or “I told you so” and I know that it is only the filling of the Holy Spirit in you that you are controlled also when you are gentle and kind.

I also thank God for you that you take time to listen to me. I appreciate it whenever you understand where I’m coming from and when you are open to improving yourself to better our marriage.

3. For your humor!

I thank God for giving you the gift of making me and people laugh! Sometimes you are just plain corny but I know you really make an effort to humor me. I will always be the first one to be annoyed and yet still be your number one fan when it comes to your crazy corny jokes. :p When you would even dress up in your polo and your boxers at home just to create a semblance of a romantic date among your other crazy ideas.

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4. For yielding to the wisdom God has given you in leading me

I appreciate it when you take the time to find out my strengths and weaknesses and know how you will “train” me in my skills and even in my spiritual life. I remember that whenever I get frustrated in my work or spiritual walk, you would be steadfast, set my mind aright and encourage me to push forward. I praise God for you. You would give me books to read, tell me your experiences, and be my “life coach”. Please don’t change. 🙂 There may be times that your corrective nature may get the best of you but I appreciate it more when you take the other direction and be more encouraging. 🙂

5. For striving to keep the romance alive

One of which includes you prioritizing this marriage.

I appreciate it when you keep your promises and try to keep the romance alive. During Valentine’s Day I thought that I wasn’t going to get flowers. You promised several years ago that you would give me flowers every special occasion. (I don’t ask for it and I didn’t even before but somehow it makes me feel like a woman! and a woman who is loved). I thought that this year, after our little misunderstanding, I wasn’t going to receive any.

But when we got to a watch store in Eastwood, I thought you were going to purchase something. I saw behind the counter that there were flowers which I thought belonged to the cashier staff. Then the next thing I knew, you were suddenly behind me holding those flowers with a big smile on your face! I really thought it was a joke. But apparently you prepared them in advance, I still don’t know how you did it. But thank you for those things. 🙂 I praise God for you, for always proving that I could trust you, your vows and even simple promises.

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When I reread my wedding vows, this was what struck me and this is what I’m most thankful to God for you.

“Throughout the years, God has turned you into His best for me. I came to know God through you, and that was the best gift that you have given me. To acquaint me with the author of love, our heavenly father. 

Thank you for loving me in my many shortcomings, I know that God is truly alive because of the unconditional love you have been giving me in all my childishness, in my moments of doubts and my emotional ups and downs.”

The romantic story that would be my favorite and that I would love to read would be the one of you and me. But when God sent Jesus to die for you and me…, that is the real love story.

I love you Beb and Happy 2nd Anniversary 🙂

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1 John 4:19 We love because HE first loved us.

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The Convenience of Dirty Dishes

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Is it forgivable to be unkind and ungentle when you’re tired? Do I only become a wife and particularly a helpmate to my husband when it is convenient to me? One Friday, Jason and I attended a whole day seminar. Both … Continue reading

14 Best Things of 2014

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 2014 was a year that brought challenges to us especially with my health and our relationship, but more than those challenges are the blessings that came. I remember an inspirational video that I watched before, that when there are challenges that … Continue reading