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In Anything. In Everything.

Three days have passed and we still don’t have our cable connection back. Three agonizing days and we still didn’t get any assurance not even a response. We were given three contact numbers of our supposed personal concierge but all three are unreachable. To say it’s frustrating is an understatement.

I’ve exhausted all possible options, from basic troubleshooting to calling their hotline, the personal concierge and even visiting their office but to no avail.

I may have slightly ranted on FB and mostly got comments affirming the lousy service of this cable provider.  Bottom line is as I’ve exhausted all possible ways, I’m also getting exhausted from thinking but mostly from the frustrating scenario. However, I was struck and reminded with one of the comments.  And then I realized that I was actually left with one more option which is also the most important – to pray.

Indeed after uttering a short prayer and upon getting home we got a call from the cable. Then, a cable guy arrived and fixed our cable. Voila’ cable is back.

I am reminded of Philippians 4:6, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.”

More often than not, our first option in addressing minor or petty concern is to immediately respond in our own way, thinking that it is nothing crucial that needed to be prayed over. On the contrary, God wants us to call upon Him not just on anything but on everything and to thank Him on what He has done.

This is how God cares for us and loves us. He desires to be part not just in anything but in everything that we do, be it in a simple undertaking or a next to impossible situation. He wants us to rely in Him that in return He can empower and grant us wisdom when we call and acknowledge Him.

Lord,

Thank u for answering my prayer. And I ask for forgiveness Lord for not making You my first option, thinking that such concern wasn’t that critical. Lord thank You for reminding me that I should call and rely on You in anything and in everything. And I thank You for everything You have done.

In Jesus name, amen.
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Forgive. Forget.

As the song goes…

And, darling, I will be loving you ’til we’re 70
And, baby, my heart could still fall as hard at 23
And I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe just the touch of a hand
Well, me – I fall in love with you every single day
And I just wanna tell you I am…

Yes, we all want to have that happy ever after.  I mean who wouldn’t want to retire, grow old and just lounge around with the love of your life?  We all do, right?

Sadly though, the reality is for the past eleven years the number of marriage annulment/nullity cases filed is increasingly rising with an average of 28 couples seeking legal separation per day.  And to think it’s not just a relationship that has been broken.  Think about the effect it would have on the children who are placed to face the consequences of broken marriages.

Please don’t get me wrong on this. I’m not judging on whatever decision made or whatever prompted a couple to decide on going separate ways.  After all both David and I almost headed to “splitville” some 11 years ago.  Even so, thanks to a handful of concerned individuals who interceded and prayed for us.  All praises and glory to God who did not only give up on us.  Rather, He restored us and has been constantly fixing our marriage.

Our marriage is far from being perfect.  Yet as we allow God to mould us into becoming the husband and wife that He designed us to be,  He also impressed in us the 2 Fs – Forgive and Forget’; to forgive each other and to forget the hurt.  It’s quite impossible to forget the sad and bitter past.  But it is possible to forget the hurt, when we allow God to heal us.  Further, we ask Him to help us move on from the pain.

In marriage there is no “and they live happily ever after”.  Rather in marriage, there is “for better or for worse”.  In marriage there is no “always a bed of roses”.  Rather in marriage there is “in sickness and in health.”  In marriage there is no fairy god mother.

Yet in marriage, there is Jesus Christ who authored and drafted the blueprint of marriage.  And when we have Jesus in our marriage we can affirmatively say, ‘for better or for worse, in sickness and in health as long as Jesus is with us; we can be together ‘till death shall part us.

“Therefore What God Has Joined Together, Let No One Separate.” – Mark 10:9

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No Ordinary Comfort

July seems to be a catching up month for us. My hubby and I have met and caught up with some beautiful (inside and out) people.  In most of these occasions, both of us were blessed to reconnect and share insightful experiences.

Last Friday just before flying back to Singapore our friends and co-workers in God’s Ministry, Rene and Flowela had a quick yet flavorful (both on food and conversation) lunch with my hubby and me.

We had fun reminiscing our times together in the choir.  We got misty eyed as we recalled the struggles that almost jeopardize our friendship.  Yet what awed and humbled us the most was Flowela’s revelation.

Most people (Filipinos particularly) venture to work abroad in the hope for a greener pasture, Rene and Flowela together with their two children left Philippines and tried building a new life in Singapore.

While we heard of so many success stories of people working aboard, their story was a revelation. A revelation of God’s faithfulness and the strong yet gentle arms of God that reassuringly cradle His children.

Flowela recalled being pulled out from their comfort zone when they got to Singapore. With no relatives nearby, they were basically alone and have to fend for themselves.  She said life wasn’t easy and they were constantly challenged.

However, their life had a turn around when they began seeking God first.  Flowela shared that although the change was not overnight, on hindsight they now appreciate the chastisement that goes with the change. They were purged and squeezed of everything. And when they were down with nothing, God started pouring out His blessings to them. They began to see the hands of God working in and on their lives mightily.

Even though Rene is the only one working and earns an average income they always have enough.  Flo recalled with a smile that they are constantly amaze when on some occasions they would have an unanticipated financial needs; they would pray for it and ask it in God’s name.  And strangely, in a day or two someone would just extend a help. Amazing!

Despite the challenges that come their way, by God’s exceeding grace they continue to soar above them and  constantly claim God’s assurance, ‘Yet there is one ray of hope: His compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is His faithfulness; His loving-kindness begins afresh each day.’ (Lamentations 3:21-23)

As we parted ways, I reflected on our conversation and some thoughts impressed on me. First, God truly works in mysterious ways.  He has His ways of meeting everyone’s need.  All we need to do is to earnestly pray, trust in Him and allow His mighty hand to work.  Second, as we seek Him and when we allow Him to take the wheel; He would purge and squeeze us until we’re down to nothing and then God would abound His blessings to us. And lastly, God takes us out from our comfort zone and takes us to a place of no ordinary comfort, an exceedingly peacefilled and joyfilled comfort.

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