Once upon a time, there was a line between hubby and me.
Line of destructive priorities.
Line of selfishness.
Line of pride.
Line of shame.
Line of hatred. Yes. Yes. Yes.
There was a cross.
I saw the cross differently back then.
And so I wanted to run away from it.
After all it was heavy and left me bleeding inside.
But I wasn’t able to go far. It was painful to walk away wounded and bleeding.
I needed a healer.
And then I saw the cross anew
It stitched my wounds.
It helped me cross the line of surrender.
It brought me to the Healer.
I had the painting commissioned. I want to be reminded when I was drawn to the cross and not away from it. That there is no point in running away because love is all it is. It is not just cupid’s love but the love of the Father and the Son for mankind — for us sinners.
Jesus saved us on the cross. It is not a lovely sight knowing that the Father is grieving but — He loves us.
Jesus saved us on the cross. He took our shame and He is not ashamed — He loves us.
And where is my hubby in all of these?
In the title!
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. – Romans 5:6
Last year you asked me if I wanted an ipad and I said no because I have a laptop already. But still you bought me one because you knew I will like it.
And true enough I liked it! It’s handy and I can use it while lying in bed. That is if I’m not yet off to dreamland the moment my back touched the bed.
This year you asked me if I wanted an iPhone or Note 2 and I said no because the phone you gave me still works. But still you gave me one because you knew I will like it.
And true enough I liked it! It’s handy and helped me in my current project. I was able to sketch-erase-sketch an organizational chart, among others.
And so I realized that as much as it is important that you should know what your wifey like — like a vintage aqua Volkswagen van (wink wink) it is also important for me to appreciate the gift you feel is important.
Of course I do appreciate them all my techie hubby! I love how you knew I needed something which I didn’t ask for because I am a DIY-junky-vintagey wifey!
And so for your birthday we are giving you something which you might not want but trust me you will love this because…we do!
Believe me this is priceless because you will remember the times the boys gone fishing with you. Yes, I know they’re quiet in the painting unlike in real life where they scared the fish off so you won’t catch anything! But then, it can still come true one of these days, lol!
Believe me this is priceless because one day you will remember how your artsy daughters stayed late to finish painting this just for you!
So love it, love it because we love you, love you!
P.S. Your birthday wish for wisdom and prayer of thankfulness to God is a gift itself.
And yes, the greatest gift is already given to us. Not every one may want Him but God the Father knew that we all need Him.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. – 1Corinthians 12:4-6
Giving thanks when things are going well in marriage is easy
but giving thanks when things are not going well in marriage is very challenging
but it could be one of the finest moments.
It leads one to the inner recesses of the soul to intentionally look for something good
and see God’s child whom He dearly love and wants us to love as well.
Today it’s easy to give thanks for my hubby
1.For the love 2. For taking care of me when I am sick 3. For working hard for the family 4. For the fishballs, squid balls, kikiams 19 years ago 5. For praying for me 6. For kiddos basketball ring 7. For waiting patiently 8. For the almond nuts 9. For the times you are happy being with me 10. For the friendship 11. For the precious kingdom 12. For the wristwatches 13. For the moments you are in love with me 14. For the sandwiches 15. For the hurts that pulled me closer to God 16. For the black Chanel bag 17. For holding my hands 18. For singing in the church 19. For the struggles that taught me how to let go 20. For sharing your fishing accessories for my crafts 21. For repairing the chairs 22. For the morning kisses 23. For the diamond ring 24. For fixing the lights 25. For playing with the kids 26. For bargain hunting with me 27. For sharing your thoughts on church service message 28. For the body massage 29. For lot hunting 30. For your beautiful smile 31. For the mini delivery vans 32. For dreaming happy times with me 33. For attending marriage encounter 34. For family vacations 35. For time for just the two of us 36. For coming home 37. For coming to God.
My dearest that’s only 37 reasons because it’s your 37th birthday!
If you want to hear a hundred, then grow old with me!
One day the heart may not forget the wonderful feeling of being loved
but it might forget the details and so I record them.
I have several journals and it’s a golden one for my hubby
– just because it’s easier to dream for a happy golden anniversary with it!
Truly one of the finest moments in marriage is giving thanks.
For this moment, can you think of at least 5 reasons why you’re thankful for your partner? You may or may not share it with me but you must ensure that you share it with your partner. They will surely love to hear it direct from you!
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds
– Hebrews 10:24
Someone subscribed to my blog with last name same as mine
I couldn’t believe it – it’s you!
I pinched myself to be sure that I’m not dreaming
Ouch! It hurt — so it’s real!
Believe me I didn’t asked why you’re here with me
I just thank God for His miracle, for you
For leading your fingers to ‘Sign me up’ button
Despite that you very well know I might not write anything about cars
But who knows.
Ferrari 166 Inter
P.S. This is supposed to be a love letter so here’s the love part – I love you!
It’s Day 24 of Feeling Good!
Dear Blog Friends,
Thank you so much for understanding my quirkiness.
Like today, thank you for allowing me to be giddy in love.
Thank you so much for checking here and praying for me.
Your prayer works. Your love works.
P.S. There are days that I am too weak to pray long prayers. All I can say is, “God please give back to my kindest blog friends what they have prayed for me.”
Feel good, write a love letter to your spouse, to your kiddo, to God, to yourself – yes, why not? Your choice – cheesy or not.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
- 1 Peter 4:8
Out of dust came man
From man’s rib woman was formed
Dust and rib now one
Then the man ribbed the woman
And the woman blew the dust
A perfect prelude
To challenging days ahead
Where rib may crack, dust wiped out.
Gooseberry Garden is the new site of Jingle Poetry.
For the benefit of the doubt
My darling Adam
Partake this delightful fruit
This shall make you wise
But please ensure my darling
That you take more bites than me
In Eden of modern world, have you ever been Adam or Eve or the snake?
We may have fallen but we can rise up. All is grace.
Play more than fair
Run towards home
Count not the strikes
Cheer with love
Let the wild pitch go
Hope for grand slam!
In the home field
Play your best in each inning
Follow the rules of the game
Heed the Umpire
Be the winning team!
Nothing works without God. God is the miracle worker.
Nothing is more fun than honoring your inner child. He plays with the kiddos; my heart giggles.
Nothing good you do is without a reward. He works hard; thank God for the reward.
Nothing taste as good as home cooked meal. He cooks really well; I eat well.
Nothing compares to him. Who is comparing? I love him.
Nothing can stop you from celebrating. It’s our 13th Wedding Anniversary!
Can we drink to that? I prepared an ice cold lemonade for you. Yeah it’s a bit sour but just add your sweetness and it will be pretty cool…just like life.
And oh you can or can not use the last straw.
Thank you for heeding the angel that you take Mary as your wife who’s already conceiving with Jesus. Thank you for protecting her on the way to Bethlehem and knocking on inns. Thank you for being considerate, faithful and loving husband!
Thank you for being Jesus’ earthly father, for being a good teacher, provider and builder. Truly you are a man of character who’s fit to be a family man. Thank you for treating Him like your own child – the child who will save us!
Thank you for the inspiration that you are to all men for loving, valuing and leading the family towards God.
I respect you deeply,
For all Dads who who love their kiddos and wives.
For all men who honor God.
You’re the man!
Thank you Tisha for making me stop and appreciate. Keep on inspiring with your Biz Mommy!
What makes my heart swell? Here are 3!
1. Us — my hubby, my kiddos and I, taking turn reading Dr. Seuss book and having a good laugh! “Left foot, right foot, feet, feet, feet. How many feet you meet.”
2. Whenever one of us cook (hubby, me or 1 of the kiddos) and we all say, “Delicious! Thank you!”
3. When we show and say how much we value each other. Like the excitement on my kiddos faces each time I come home plus hugs, kisses and I love yous! I thank God sooo much for that!
What’s your 3 things? Please share it in your place or in the comments — got to hear that!
You’re a CEO who is loosing control of your business and personal life — yourself, your marriage, your family. Would you heed the advice of the janitor?
Roger Kimbrough, the CEO did. He had a weekly green tea meeting with janitor Bob Tidwell who shared six simple but powerful principles.
You can read and ponder what truly matters to you through the lives of the CEO and the janitor in the book THE JANITOR by authors Todd Hopkins and Ray Hilbert.
And here’s to share with you briefly the six principles that turned around the life of the CEO.
1. RECHARGE VS DISCHARGE. If you keep pouring energy out and you don’t recharge ,then one day you’ll run empty. You’ll burn out. A burned-up brain won’t start up.
2. VIEW YOUR FAMILY AS BLESSINGS NOT RESPONSIBILITY. Tell your family you love them; remind them of how much they mean to you.
3. PRAY NOT POUT. Sometimes when your plate is full, God will give you great insight on what is important to focus on and what needs to be removed from your plate entirely.
4. PASS IT AROUND. Share your knowledge and wisdom to everyone before it is too late. Anyone can give a meaningless gift. That would be no great reflection on my character, would it?
5. DON’T SPEND; INVEST! Invest your time in things that have value. Is there some eternal significance in what I am doing? Does it have any eternally significant impact on someone else?
6. LEAVE A LEGACY. It doesn’t matter if you live 2 thousand years or twenty. What matters is how you fill the space between the dates on your gravestone. Let your wisdom live and multiply in each life that you touch.
There, THE JANITOR can help me pick up the pieces and I’ll surely enjoy an evening with him sipping hot green tea. How about you?
1. My Mother. She had me made a dress each recognition day of my elementary days. Each year for 6 years I had a new dress! Yipee!
2. My Father. He played scrabble and chess with me when I was a kiddo. He must be proud of me when I won just like I am now with my son!
3. My Siblings. They’re awesome in their own ways. More awesome than me!
4. My Hubby. I wonder how could he love me, hate me, love me, hate me, love me!
5. My Kiddos. My heart swells!
6. God. He is also the wonder of my life!
7. Joy. She’s my dear friend since college. She’s the 1st friend who really got close to my heart and her smile is the sweetest. And it’s her birthday today — Happy Birthday Joy!
Just 7 for now though I got a whole lot more like my pliers, paint brushes and colored pens. Really just 7 for now.
This entry is here to create wonder and share with you what is written on my heart. Can you please share some of yours?