A new discovery – February is also a Birth Month! Most of our family friends had new additions to their “growing” family this month. A baby is always a blessing and we celebrate with them as they welcome the bundle of joy in their homes.
Flashback 7 years ago, I can still remember the mixed emotions we all had when our “then” baby Boj came into our lives. Boj is a miracle boy- we prayed for him earnestly and our 11 yr old daughter would always ask specifically for the baby to be a boy. And true enough, God did not disappoint us! But that was just the other half of the story. In a few days, our little boy was admitted back to the hospital for abnormal bilirubin count. simply put – my blood doesn’t match pretty well with my husband’s. Opposites attract? exactly, literally! But God is faithful , Boj had a series of clinical tests and that each single moment spent in the hospital was heart-tormenting, to say the least. Sometimes we enjoy the mountain-top experiences (who wouldnt, anyway?) then forget that He will still be with us even as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4). I cried out Abraham’s prayer when he offered Isaac and it was answered! The whole week we spent in the hospital 2nd wk of Feb 2005 was not only a celebration of a new life – a physical birth that we so joyfully received. It was also a spiritual rebirth – that indeed the faith that we confess to have is real and always, I say always, hope does not disappoint us…Just look at the miracle boy, now 🙂
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”- 1 Thessalonians 5:18
The 14th of Feb is not so much a BIG day for me. It is a day of Love widely celebrated worldwide – and with much funfare! Historical facts though would suggest otherwise, as Mr. Valentine was a martyred saint of long, long time ago. Perhaps, we get that notion that we celebrate it because we’re martyrs of love? Oh, the crazy things that one does for love! Songs hum that romantic theme, so are soap operas and films that bare the soul of a hopeless romantic .. and his/her never-ending search of the one true love…
I have never searched for love – maybe because, even at a young age, I know deep in my heart that he would come- my Prince Charming would sweep me off my feet . And indeed, he came – not the Prince Charming (as we were old school rivals – to say the least) and because I was never a damsel in distress! (coming from a line of strong women) . But he was the PERFECT one to match my IMPERFECTION. It was not a stroke of luck, but I believe that out of the countless men in the universe, God saw him – my Prince Charming – and launched him off to captivate me – a damsel not –so-ever in distress.
My dozen years of celebrating Valentine’s Day with my husband are memorable, not really keeping a list of what we did, where we went and what each of us received. But it was a joyful count of the years that we are together – complementing one’s strengths and weaknesses and relying on the Source of an unconditional love – that it is only by His grace, that we are able to celebrate Love Day , not only today but all through the days of our lifetime together. Perfect love is available to imperfect people like us.
|Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)
Away for so long from blogging, this one needs a booster shot! And what a weekend shot it was!
Recently attended a Marriage Booster event ( on the 5 Languages of Love by Gary Chapman) organized by Victory CDO
which was well-attended by the rookies ( 2 months old) to “pros” (38 yrs!). I am delighted to know that we have the same Top Love Language with hubby – “Words Of Affirmation”. His was followed by “Physical Touch”, while mine with “Receiving Gifts” ( read: may not be material stuff – but even the physical presence of the spouse is a gift!). By the grace of God, it turned out that we are able to fill-in each other’s needs so our love tank in the marriage doesn’t run empty. This booster shot in our marriage is a must-have. Like in our bodies, booster shots are needed so our immune system runs well and we stay healthy. In the same way, we need healthy, thriving , great marriages! Yes, there were some bumpy rides in our own love story but now into the 12th yr, I can say that I am joyfully married!
This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” (Gen2:24)