A Perfect Day Retreat 2015

It's been more than a week since #APerfectDayRetreat2015. This was the very first time that our discipleship group coordinated an Encounter 1 Retreat, and I am writing this post to document how I have experienced God's presence in every single detail of this event.

  • Right after Mike and I committed to organize this retreat earlier this year, we've experienced the toughest spiritual battle (so far) in our marriage which took me to the point of wanting to quit serving God. But through all of it, God taught me to be brave. He gave me songs to sing and Scriptures in my heart to hold on to as He fought the battle for us.

  • God touched the hearts of people to donate Bibles and sponsor participants. Friends and online sisters from all over the world also supported us in prayer. Their prayers were felt during the entire time that we were preparing for the retreat and even during the event itself.

  • God gave each member of our team a burning passion to serve and give our best in the roles assigned to us. As we prayed, He gave the wisdom and creativity to every design. Ellie, Kat, Con, Diane, Charie and I were so amazed by how everything turned out.

  • Daddy being present before the retreat and during the second day to help us out. It brought me joy to see him there supporting us. Also, Mama cooked the packed lunch on the second day.  :)

  • God gave the confidence and words to every speaker and facilitator. He opened the hearts of the participants and  filled everyone with His Holy Spirit.

  • Jerald, Jaime, and Jamie blessed us with their presence. They inspired us with their passion to serve God in their own ways. 

  • A food staff from the venue was preparing our afternoon snack while Mike was delivering the message about Sin and Cross. After his message, this staff approached him and shared how he was able to relate to his testimony about his sinful past, and how he felt God speaking to him, calling him to return to Him through Mike's message. Mike prayed with him to recommit his life to the Lord. 

  • God answered our prayer for a good weather. A staff from the venue informed us that it was impossible for us to put up a bonfire because it had been raining every night during the last few weeks before the retreat. But NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GOD! That night, it didn't rain during the bonfire, the rain heavily poured while everyone of us were already asleep. It created a beautiful foggy view of the mountains the next morning. :)

  • A week before the retreat, Charie, Clarence, and I who were going to lead the worship on the second day all got sick of cough and colds. God used this to remind us that our gifts and passion to sing all came from Him and He can take it away anytime. He did this to teach us to be humble and to rely on Him. Worship is never about ourselves, it's should always ONLY be about GOD!

  • This was my favorite display of God's glory:  Almost all of the participants surrendered their lives to Jesus and publicly declared and committed to follow Him for the rest of their lives through Baptism. The sun was brightly shining during that Sunday morning. As Pastor Leo was speaking to the participants who wished to be baptized, I remembered him saying this, "Take this ceremony seriously, because this is a commitment you are making to God. God honors our commitment to Him." Just as the first person to be baptized was coming down to the pool, it suddenly rained! And right after the baptism ceremony ended, the rain stopped! I was astonished! God indeed wanted us to know that He was honoring the vows that these participants made before Him!

  • Before we all went home, Jerald and Jaime came to Mike and I to ask if they could pray for us. As they were praying and laying their hands on us, my tears fell as they shared something that God impressed upon their hearts, a vision that confirmed a promise that God gave me a few years ago. I knew that it was the Lord speaking to me through them, re-assuring me that He haven't forgotten His promise. My heart was filled with joy!
We all went home in awe with God's glory, amazed by how the Lord can use the simple obedience of undeserving people like us to make an impact to His eternal Kingdom! It was such a humble privilege to serve the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords!

To Him alone be ALL the Honor, Glory, and Praise!!!

#APerfectDayRetreat2015 AVP


This morning I started the day feeling defeated. Actually, I've been feeling this way the last couple of days. I've been feeling lazy. I had no passion in doing the household chores. I haven't been exercising. I had no passion in doing productive things, I've fallen way behind my schedule in the tasks that I need to finish for our upcoming retreat. I feel like my flesh has been eating me up recently. And this morning, I slept while I was praying and reading my Bible. I didn't like this kind of feeling, it felt like I am spiraling down and I can't help myself to get back up.

Around noon time I exhaled a short prayer. I asked forgiveness from God and told Him how disappointed I've been feeling about myself. A few minutes later, my husband (who had no idea about the emotional battle that I was going through), played this song on youtube:

 Grace by Laura Story 

This was the first time that both of us heard this song. He said that he just randomly clicked a video on youtube and this was the song that came up. The chorus part of the song made me cry as I really felt that God was speaking back to me through it:

"I ask you: "How many times will you pick me up,
When I keep on letting you down?
And each time I will fall short of Your glory,
How far will forgiveness abound?"
And You answer: "My child, I love you.
And as long as you're seeking My face,
You'll walk in the power of My daily sufficient grace."

I was just so speechless by how personal our God is. We speak to Him, even through a short (and lazy) prayer, and He speaks backs to us. He always speaks to us, we,'ll know it is Him... if we will just open our hearts to listen.

Soaking In The River

Due to irregular sleeping time, I've been struggling with my quiet time with God the last few days. In my prayer yesterday morning, I told Him "Lord, I've missed experiencing Your overwhelming presence and learning new things from You through Your Word."

Last night, I had this dream. In my dream, Ate Evelyn (my cousin) and I were standing at this very huge tree.. this tree has very huge and strong roots that were soaked in a flowing river. As we were talking, I shared to her that this tree reminds me of Psalm 1:1-3. I fell in love and held on to these verses during a difficult season in my marriage.

A woman soaked in the Word of God will always bear fruit even in difficult seasons. Her leaves doesn't wither even when exposed to extreme heat because her roots are soaked in what she knows about God -- His goodness, His faithfulness, and His promises. Jesus, the living water.

I woke up this morning with a smile on my face. Amazed by how God answered my prayer by speaking through my dream... reminding me of the joy I've always had meditating on His Word and reminding me of the importance of putting my daily quiet time with Him on top of my priority.

What These Molds Cannot Destroy

My battle with the molds in my house isn't over yet. After crying over my guitar case and amplifier that Mike decided to get rid of (Read my previous post here), these molds once again destroyed one of my beloved things... the cover of my 2013 journal.

Why is this such a big deal for me? The year 2013 has been my sweetest year with the Lord so far. It was the year when God clearly revealed His purpose in my life, the year when I have decided Who I am going to live for, for the rest of my life. It was the year when God blew me away and made me fall on my knees in awe of His amazing love! It was the year when through all of our struggles, Mike and I have witnessed the marvelous miracles of God in front of our very eyes! It was the year when Mike and I have learned to anchor our faith in the goodness of the Lord no matter how our circumstances look like... even up to now, when trials try to shake our faith, it is the year that we always look back to. All of those stories, every single detail of it, along with every desperate prayer and tear, was written in this journal.

I have always dreamed of passing on my journals to my future children, and grand children, and great, great, great grandchildren... especially this one. I want them to know that the God who has been faithful throughout my life, is the same God who will always be faithful in theirs too. I write because I want to tell these stories to my children and to the many generations after them... My life, which includes all my flaws, my messes and my imperfections... isn't my story, it has always been God's story. It is the story of how God can turn an imprudent life, into a life filled with passion and purpose... the story of how God turned my ashes into beauty. I want my descendants to know that story firsthand from my very own handwriting.

The molds may have destroyed the cover of my 2013 Journal, but thankfully, I was able to save the pages. One day these pages (and all my other journals) in unforeseen circumstances may also be lost... but I will never stop writing God's story through my life... I will speak about it... I will sing about it to the generations after me. One day, my short life on earth will end, but God's testimony of faithfulness through my life will live on.

"Tell your children about it in the years to come, and let your children tell their children. Pass the story down from generation to generation." - Joel 1:3

"Let each generation tell its children of Your mighty acts; let them proclaim Your power." - Psalm 145:4

Lessons From A Moldy Guitar Case

For security reasons, Mike decided to lock and seal all the windows of our small condo unit. This caused a lack of ventilation and air flow in our storage room. Because of this, I've been having a serious mold problem in this room for the past few months. No matter how many times we clean and how much Lysol we spray, these molds just keep on growing back especially with our leather shoes, bags, and everything else with a similar texture. My frustration grew worse as these molds started attacking some of my most favorite things: my amplifier, and the fabric case of my electric guitar.

A few weeks ago, Mike and I had an argument when he decided to get rid of my amplifier and the case of my guitar since they have always been the most moldy ones. I've felt very upset because for many years, these things have always held a very special place in my heart. His decision to never open those windows for ventilation is non-negotiable for him (I understand his reasons and they are are valid), so he gave me an alternative solution. He promised that he was going to replace my amplifier and guitar case with new ones, those with textures that will not grow molds (molds doesn't seem to like growing in glossy surfaces).

I've felt sulked and sad to the point of anger. First, because I wasn't ready to let go of these stuffs I love. Second, because in my mind, I have judged my husband's intention for doing this. I judged him that just because we do not share the same passion with music, he doesn't care about the things that make me happy. I judged that he was just being unreasonable and was just power tripping. I judged that he was not being good to me. Even when he already told me that he was going to replace my amplifier and guitar case, the truth is, I didn't trust and believe that he will fulfill his promise... and even if I did believe, I wasn't sure when he is going to do it, I didn't want to wait since I already judged that those kinds of things are not his priorities. 

I judged him based on that one instance and forgot everything else that I knew about him. I forgot how much he has loved and accepted me from the beginning of our relationship. I forgot how much he takes care and protects me... how he works hard to provide for my needs and to do everything he can to make me happy. I forgot everything just because he was trying to take away something that was already causing more harm than good.

We've managed to resolve this issue despite my tears, some hurtful words, and many sessions of him explaining and re-explaining his good intentions to my stubborn and judgmental heart. My heart was crushed when he told me how much I hurt him when I made him feel that he doesn't care about my happiness, when I doubted his goodness.

We didn't talk about this anymore, until a few days later, it dawned upon me how everything I've felt about my husband relates to my personal relationship with God. I remembered the many times when I have judged Him. When I doubted his goodness as He lovingly took away things in my life that were no longer good for me. How I judged Him of being unreasonable, and not caring about the things that make me happy. When I rushed and didn't want to wait... When I question Him, "Why God? I know You can give it to me, but why are You choosing not to?" The many times when I didn't believe His promises and instead chose to worry and cry over stuffs that I wasn't willing to let go in His hands... All along, all He ever wanted was to replace them with the best that He has prepared for me, in His time, in His most perfect way.

I have judged my God. The God who accepted and forgiven me despite the shame of my sinful past. The God who has loved me even before I've ever learned to love Him. The God who provides for me every single day... who showers me with the breath of life, and sunrise, and shelter, and family... The God who has always protected me, who turned my life upside down and continues to lead me to His perfect will for my life. I have been quick to judge and quick to forget His goodness and love in those instances when things didn't go my way. My heart breaks as I imagine how much I have been hurting Him, every single time.

"If trust must be earned, hasn't God unequivocally earned our trust with the bark on the raw wounds, the thorns pressed into the brow, your name on the cracked lips."
- Ann Voskamp

Just the other day, out of nowhere, and without us talking about this issue for weeks, Mike took me to some music stores to canvass a new amplifier and a new guitar case. In my quiet smile, I knew in my heart: because he loves me, he did not forget. And God... who loves me even more than Mike does... How could He ever forget His promises to me?

The Never Ending Hope

Dear Lord,

Today, as i finished reading the Book of 2 Kings, my heart was crushed with how Israel fell into the hands of the Babylonians. As I recall how you have set them free from their slavery in Egypt and brought them to Your Promised Land, it broke my heart to find out how they have abandoned you, and how they have brought themselves back into slavery. But through all of this Lord, I see both Your Holiness and Your Mercy. You remained faithful to them, forgiving them whenever a King rises up and lead them to repentance... only to fall back to the same sin over and over again. You have always warned them, and yet, they did not listen... so, true to Your Word, You have brought disaster upon them by giving them over to their enemies. 

Forgive our generation Lord, for I see how we are repeating the same mistakes that the Israelites have done. We have abandoned your commandments and followed our own ways. We have bowed down and sacrificed to the gods of materialism, pride, and self-centeredness. And just like them, no matter how many times we try on our own to make it right before you, we always fall back to the same sin over and over again. We are hopeless people, in need of Your mercy and grace.

Lord, this is the part that really brought me to tears tonight, the last few verses closing the Book of 2 Kings:

Despite your anger, and in the midst of the punishment that Your people so justly deserve, You have caused the King of Babylon to grant favor to King Jehoiachin -- releasing him from prison and providing for all his needs. In the midst of Your wrath, You remained faithful to Your covenant with David. And I can't stop thinking that at that very moment, the moment when You preserved David's Royal Line, the lineage of my Messiah, You were also thinking about me, my place with You in eternity! I couldn't explain how I felt when I read the name "Jehoiachin" in Christ's genealogy (Matthew 1:12) ! Truly, even in Your Holy anger, Your faithful love for us remains!

Thank You! Thank You! For the way that You love us! Thank You that nothing can separate me from Your love! I am in tears right now, because as I am writing this, I hear Your still, small voice, telling me:

"You were in my mind the whole time I've granted that favor to Jehoiachin."

Lord! You are Holy! Just! Meciful! Forgiving! And filled with Unfailing Love! I am so speechless and in awe of Your Sovereign Power throughout the history of humanity! You never left us hopeless in this dark, fallen, world! You secured our place with You in eternity through Your Son Jesus Christ. I am forever grateful! I can't wait to see You face to face one day when I come home to be with You in Heaven.

Your Precious Princess,

Sleepover At The Bay

Year after year ever since we got married, Mike and I have always been planning to celebrate our wedding anniversary in a special way. But because of our opposite personalities and preferences -- (I love adventure, being close to nature, and backpacking. I love to go on vacations but I hate spending much, while he, on the other hand, loves comfort and because his nature of work always involve being with so many people, he likes being away from the crowd when he is on vacation mode), we just always end up malling or watching a movie. This year, for a change, I've decided that I will not insist my preference to him. When he asked me where and how I wanted to celebrate our anniversary, I felt how happy he was when he heard these words from me, "Sasama ko sa'yo kung san mo ko gustong dalhin." (Wives, it's confirmed, husbands love it when they feel that we trust them to take the lead--in everything!) 

In response to my submission and respect to his decision to not go out of town, he lovingly gave me the privilege to choose a hotel by the bay so I can still feel somehow close to nature. He suggested Solaire or Sofitel, but as usual, I didn't feel like spending that much money for a one night staycation. As I continued searching, I found out that H2O Hotel has an ongoing promo which slashed off almost 50% of its published rates! We knew it was God's favor, so we booked their Club Bay Room for July 26-27 right away.

We (post) celebrated our anniversary on July 26 by attending the Sunday worship service at CCF first thing in the morning. After that, we had lunch at my parents house which is just a few minutes drive to the hotel.

We arrived at the hotel lobbby 30 minutes earlier so the front desk officer told us that we had to wait for their standard check in time of 2pm. As we were waiting, I sensed that Mike was a bit disappointed because the hotel lobby and the ambiance didn't meet his expectation. He was expecting a more luxurious ambiance since their original published rates matched the rates of Shangri-la, Sofitel, and Solaire. It was a Sunday, and due to the hotel's proximity to Manila Ocean Park, there were flocks of people at the ground floor (he doesn't like being in too much crowd when he is on vacation mode, remember?). 

At exactly 2pm, the guests started to line up at the front desk to check in. For some reason, the check in process seemed a bit slow, and we were overhearing some of the other guests already complaining. If you know Mike and I, you probably know that there are issues in our hearts that the Lord has been addressing for many years. I have an issue with patience -- I hate waiting (that's why most of the time when I pray for something, God's answer has always been WAIT. He's been helping me to grow in this area). Mike, on the otherhand, has an issue with bad temper. Being born and raised in a military family, he easily gets irritated and angry especially with inefficient service. We were both quiet the whole time we were on the line, but from time to time we were smiling at each other, because we already knew what God was doing -- He was once again allowing these things to happen to test and teach both of us. We also remembered Pastor Peter's message that morning: to add value to people's lives. To always honor every person that we encounter, to treat them with utmost respect, whether he/she is a VIP or a servant.

It was already 2:30pm when we approached the front desk. After checking our room reservation, and after speaking to someone over the phone, the front desk officer wrote a note in a bond paper (maybe so that the other guests in line won't hear), that our room was not yet available and we would need to wait for another 10-20 minutes. Mike and I were both upset, check in time was 2pm but the room was still not available at 2:30. The guests that checked in before us were also asked to wait in the lobby for their rooms to be ready. Though feeling upset, Mike and I remained composed. Later on, Mike whispered to me that he has been praying. He told me that his prayer was, "Lord, if it is not Your will for us to stay in this hotel, please make a way. Do something that is beyond our control." So when the check in process seemed to be getting complicated, it wasn't difficult for Mike to make a decision, he has been praying the whole time. With a calm smile on his face, he politely told the front desk officer, "Hindi nalang po kame tutuloy mag-check in."  When the officer heard it, he excused himself to speak to someone in their back office. Apparently, there must have been a delay in the housekeeping department preparing the rooms, and the people at the front desk were the ones having to explain and pacify the disappointed guests. Mike was already explaining to me that as much as I like this hotel, if things won't work out, we would have to follow God's will because He has a better plan. I felt sad, but I agreed. The front desk officer returned after five minutes and told us that fortunately, there was already a room available for us! He even told us that we can check out late the following day to make up for the disappointment that they might have caused us. So at around 3pm, finally, our staycation officially began!

Mike and I were talking as we were finding our room. We congratulated each other for passing the test of patience and the test of anger. We thanked God for being so involved in our lives and for always using our circumstances to mold us into better persons. And His reward to us -- a breathtaking beautiful room to celebrate our anniversary!

This Kid enjoyed the Jacuzzi so much!
Mike asked me where I want to eat dinner, and I immediately chose the White Moon Resto-Bar. I didn't choose the restaurant because of the food (I haven't even seen the menu yet!), I just chose it because of the romantic ambiance and the good music playing at that moment.

Photo from Manila Ocean Park Website.

I once again sensed that Mike didn't like to eat dinner there. He didn't like the menu and the prices of their food was not worth for the amount of serving. But I wasn't deciding based on it, I just wanted the ambiance and I was ready to order even the least expensive (even if I don't like it) just so we can stay there. Mike was once again quiet, he just told me, "Sige, kung masaya ang baby girl ko dito, dito nalang tayo."  He called the waitress, and when we she was about ready to take our orders, it suddenly rained, and we had to run back to the hotel. I was laughing when I asked him, "Nag pray ka noh?!" He said, "Hindi ako nag pray ah, promise!" 

Clearly, the Lord didn't want us to eat there, so He led us to the hotel's restaurant: Makan-Makan. We had our dinner (and buffet breakfast the following morning) there. The food was delicious and was really value for money! We thanked God for interrupting us, His will is always (yummy) and the best!

Sambal Squid

Mike and I had a really great time together! We laughed and teased each other. We talked about so many things, our dreams, our plans, our faith. We looked back to everything that has happened to us the last five years and we were so amazed with how God has always been so involved in our lives! He is always speaking, always leading us to right path, if we would only take the time to be still, carefully listen, and be willing to let go of our own will and follow His perfect and pleasing will. 

The next morning, we had our quiet time God while gazing at the beautiful sunrise! 
We thanked Him for such wonderful gift of marriage.

Hotel Website: http://www.hotelh2o.com/

Cherished Moments With You

Dear Bebi,

The last five years hasn't always been easy for both of us, but looking back, I couldn't be more grateful for every single moment that I've shared with you. I couldn't write everything in this short post, but these moments are the ones that marked a special place in my heart, and I am forever cherishing them.

May 17, 2010 - The day we decided to secretly get married (Civil Wedding at Manila City Hall) because we couldn't wait for our scheduled public wedding in July of the same year anymore (people do crazy things when they're in love!). Although if I could turn back time, I would wish that we've already learned how to wait and seek for God's timing and will. We've missed a lot of things because of our impulsive decisions, but I'm including this in the list of my favorite moments with you because I've learned so much from it... and this is the very first day when I have vowed to spend the rest of my life with you.

July 25, 2010 - Our Christian wedding at Blue Gardens. Though we were already secretly married two months before, seeing our loved ones and friends share this occasion with us means so much to me. I'll never forget how God calmed the storm just before our wedding ceremony began, it was a glimpse of His faithfulness to us. This was the day we officially began sharing our lives together.

November 2012 - The month I've experienced a miscarriage with my very first (and last so far) pregnancy. You took care of me and provided for all of my needs while I was in the hospital. You supported me physically, emotionally, and spiritually. There was a moment when I was so afraid when I found out that I have an autoimmune disease which caused our baby to loose her heartbeat... I'll never forget the words you said while I was crying in frustration and desperation: 

"Ano bang kinakatakot mo? Gusto kong malaman mo na kahit gaano pa katindi ang pagdaanan mo, kahit magkaron ka pa ng pinaka malalang sakit, hinding hindi kita iiwan. Nandito lang ako para sayo."  
("What are you so afraid of? I want to let you know that no matter what happens, and no matter if you have the worst kind of sickness or condition, I will never leave you. I'll always be here for you.") 

I knew that those words were from God... He used you to comfort and assure me that I'll never face anything in this life alone. And indeed, that miscarriage began an intimacy with Him that I have never experienced before.

The Whole Year 2013 - It was the hardest season of our marriage financially and emotionally. We've almost lost everything materially, we've had broken relationships, we've experienced the consequences of our wrong decisions, but for me, this has been our sweetest year with the Lord. In His love, He disciplined us, as a Father disciplines His child. Though it was hard, I was grateful to sit next to you at the front row as we witnessed God's amazing miracles -- His unexpected provisions to our needs, how He spoke to us and made us feel His love through our circumstances, how He started transforming both of us into the man and woman that He wants us to be, how He aligned our priorities to His will, how He started revealing and removing other gods in our lives so we can be completely His! I wouldn't wish to experience this difficult season again... but I wouldn't trade what we've learned, who we became, and how God revealed Himself to us through it all -- He is always good, and we are always loved.

May 11, 2014 - After a few years of walking with the Lord, we've started to understand the cost of following Jesus -- to die to our own fleshly desires daily so we can live lives that are glorifying to Him. This day was so precious to me, as we've both decided to publicly recommit and declare our decision to follow and serve Christ all the days of our lives, no turning back, despite every struggles and spiritual battles that come with it.

May 16-17, 2014 - Being in awe at the greatness of God, as we watched the beautiful sunset, and spent our early morning quiet time with Him at the shore of Nagsasa Cove, being surrounded by the majestic view of the mountains, river, and the sea. 

November 25, 2014 - We celebrated your birthday driving around the streets of Quezon City to give meals and gospel tracts to street children. We were both teary-eyed as we saw the smiles in their faces. My heart was overflowing with joy as I witnessed how God has transformed your heart to be more compassionate, selfless, grateful and generous. I'm so proud of the person that you have become. You make me fall in love with you more as I see Christ's love, compassion and gentleness in you.

November 30, 2014 - Our Dgroup Outreach with the PWD Children of Bangkal, Makati. The privilege to be used by God to be a channel of His blessing to the children He loves, we knew we were undeserving of such call, and yet He chose us. It was heart-warming to see you share the Gospel of Jesus to the children and their families, I wouldn't trade it to any worldly success that you have gained in the past. That moment, I knew that you are walking in the center of God's will for your life... And that for me was enough, a husband who honors and serve God first place in his life... I couldn't ask for more.

April 2015 - We've experienced the worst fight that we've had in the last five years. We've exchanged hurtful words and actions. I told God that I cannot serve Him anymore, it was just so hard... but in the end, once again, God's grace carried us through... We forgave each other, as God has forgiven us. God taught us to be brave, to stand firm in the knowledge that no weapon formed against us shall succeed because we are covered by His steadfast love. We stumbled, but God picked us up, and placed our feet on solid ground... we were ready to serve Him again, ready to fight our battles together. A few days later, we wept as we unexpectedly renewed our vows at a Couple's Dinner, it was such a wonderful night.

July 4-5, 2015 - "Unconditional Couple's Retreat". We once again renewed our vows before God, this time, fully understanding every word -- I now know everything I have to give up when I vowed to submit and to respect you as the leader of our family, to always stand behind you in sickness and in health, through joy and sorrow, in abundance and in lack, til death do us part...

One of the most meaningful part of the retreat for me was when we shared our marriage testimony in front of all the 68 couples, and of course, in front of my parents who were also there. It was the first time that they've heard all the struggles that we've gone through in the last five years. It was the first time that Daddy learned that we had a secret marriage. Thank you for being sincere in honoring my parents in front of everyone by publicly apologizing to them for our rush decisions in the past, and for all the mistakes that we've made. Thank you for loving my family the same way that you love me.

As I look back, I realized that most of these were not moments when everything was going perfectly well, in fact most of them were from difficult seasons in our marriage...  but these were the times when I have felt the presence of God the most. It's not just the two of us, it has always been: you, me, and God! He has always been involved in our lives... His grace has carried us through... And as long as I continue to see you bowed down on your knees every single morning, crying out to Him, surrendering our future in His hands, seeking His will in every decision that you make... I am not afraid to face the next chapters of our marriage, because I know that even if we stumble at times, we will always be covered by God's perfect love. Thank you for loving God first more than you love me... Thank you for loving me.

Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary Bebi! I'm excited to see the great future and plan that God has prepared for us! Excited for many more years of walking with the Lord and serving Him with you! May He alone be glorified in our lives!

Always and Forever,

"... A Cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
- Ecclesiastes 4:12