Despite my excitement, I lost track of time arranging the groceries. It was supposed to be Lanie’s task but since she got busy on a call catching up with her family, I didn’t disturb her. It was actually a good decision as I had the time to check on the supplies and implement a change in how we store the meat. I could have easily missed the ministry but for some reason, I remembered checking the time. It’s not random. I’m sure it’s God reminding me.
As I tuned in mid-way already, I was only able to catch-up the last 2-3 questions but because of the comments, I had a glimpsed of what was previously talked about. For some reason, I was pumped up to share my thoughts. I hesitated at first because I was late but God’s voice was stronger. I had to chimed in. So thankful that I did.
Leave and Cleave
Per Pastor Jo’s chat comment “Any couple that won’t leave & cleave shouldn’t get married yet.” Leave and cleave was once a sore spot. So happy that we decided to finally do it last March 1, 2020. We are on our 4th month of living on our own and it’s so true. Leaving and cleaving just opens up a whole new game in marriage. So thankful to be experiencing it now.
Leaving and cleaving must be the first step in marriage. As stated in Genesis 2:24, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. There’s a lot of reasons stated why this should be done but as for me, I was really lucky to have a Godsend mother in law. I couldn’t blame the husband for wanting to stay besides we were the only family member left in PH then. But God being God, He saw through our desires and prayer. He aligned everything that the only thing left for us is to step into His plan. The husband’s sister left her job abroad and stayed in PH as she waited for her next step. It took us a while to see the opportunity.
It wasn’t an easy transition too. Reading back the post that I’ve written about it warms my heart to be reminded of how instrumental my life groups were during the hard process. Wives life group reminded me to be patient to the husband like the way he was patient with me with all my flaws. They even reminded me how lucky I am to have him as a husband. Coming from them, it means a lot as I know each of their stories deeply. Our couple’s life group saved us from an all out silent treatment. We were about to go into an all out war but because it was our scheduled life group session, we were saved. I was able to say what I feel during our regular monthly testimonies. Their understanding and counsels helped us get through it. I think that’s what I love about being surrounded with Godly people, you get Godly counsels. And I’m thankful to God for giving us this blessing to be in a life group considering the husband’s heart.
Ministry Made Us Stronger
One of the key takeaways from tonight was from Pastor JP & Cielo’s story. They are one of the couple’s that I admire in church. Being with them since I first joined Citichurch back in overflow really helped me with my spiritual walk so when they announced that they would lead the young couples ministry, I was excited but at the back of my mind was the thought that I’d probably just be missing it as the husband was so against it at the time.
But God being God, He made it happen when despite my doubts on submitting to a reluctant leader, I did submit to the husband. Miracles upon miracles happen when I started focusing on God. Before my Christian walk, I know I am God’s favorite but now that I am, I realized that there’s a state better than being His favorite and that’s where I am now.
Before I always believe in the power of my grit, now I believe in the power of my prayers more because in prayer, that’s when I communicate to God. Many of our friends may find it weird where we are but I leave it all to God to make them see. At the end of the day, I’m just a messenger.
As much as I want to involve myself in ministry more, I know it’s not my call. While waiting, just like how I waited for Unyara and for the husband to agree in joining the couple’s ministry down to joining a life group, I will build the ministry that I have now – my family. Since living on our own starting March in quarantine, there’s just so many things to be grateful. While I’m sad for the the rest of the world and prays for healing, I’m celebrating because God really does protect His people.
Serving in a ministry as of now is a stone throw for me but just like always, only God knows. I am excited for what the Lord has for us. Because as per Razel Niones comment “We are not in-charge of changing our spouse. Just leave it to God.” And…leaving it to God just always works wonders. Letting go and letting God is the best letting go there is.
God Will Stretch You
It might not be entirely a wrong thing that I was late, in fact it must have been God’s plan all along because I was so alive and enthusiastic to hear Ate Mika’s message. It was super in sync with the post that I just shared this morning.
(1) Going digital and automatic (2) Productivity and life hacks are 2 of my current OC activities. I’m not sure yet if this is because of the increasing roles I have at work or the realizations that I only have 24 hours and somehow it seems that if I don’t work smart, I will miss @unyaraseresa‘s milestones. Motherhood for 21 months now is an absolute best. So amazed how parenting can stretch you to the next level at a time you thought that it would limit you. Continue reading at lifewithkring.wordpress.com!@kringjuly
Ate Mika’s word was just empowering. Just so thankful to have heard it. Praying there will be more of the Mommy talks. I’d like to have a Mommy life group too.
Reflections & Wrap-Up
Today was such an empowering day. I’m so happy my zest to write found me again since last Thursday. I have a new post at our company blog, my personal blog and now here at the relationship blog. Hopefully I can find more time to write and inspire. During this time, we all need a little positivity. Just happy to have done my part. Yay!
Want to have more inspiring marriage matters talk, go watch our live video today or message me to introduce you to our ministry. Actually, you don’t really have to be a Christian. My husband is actually not. We are open to all.
Praying to see you soon. Cheers!