BOHOL

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Bohol – where you can breathe fresh air, no traffic, simple living, where family reunion happens, less hassle living and UNLIMITED EATING happens too.

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(Picture above is our aunt’s house and they also own a restaurant in bohol. You can come by and visit)

Been here a lot of times but it’s a little different this time because a new family member is with us — thy husband.😂

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When we got to bohol, our very close former churchmates Dave and Abi Rublica fetched us from the Port off to ICM then to Loay. Thanks to these awesome people!

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Second reason  why this trip was also special –because my cousin got married and guess what, we were one of the secondary sponsors (certified tita & tito of cebu na). Gumo-gors na jud mi. as in! hahaha

Meet the relatives:

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And thank you to the Molina Family for always accomodating us. To Auntie Bingan (mama’s cousin) and uncle nestor, you always open your home for us and wala gyud mi gasto.❤️

But of course that 3 day trip wont be complete without some side trip laags for free. Thank you Molina family!

Went to few places only because we already traveled much before.

*Man made forest

*Hanging Bridge

*firefly watching

Let me tell you a secret, we watched fireflies for free and thanks to my uncle for bringing us to this place.❤️ This was so beautiful! If only we can capture what we see in our very own eyes.

So many things I want to sure about this trip, but I guess some may have to be noted just for my own journal.❤️

Thank you Lord for all the favors!❤️

For those who want to travel to bohol: Oceanjet (1 to 1&30mins travel via Tagbilaran) – 500.00 per trip

You can also travel via tubigon through star craft – 320.00 per trip

By the way, i love the Cebu port. Good job Pres. Duterte! It seems like we are inside the Airport.😂 And we can really feel the safety. Thank you Lord!

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NEW YEAR’S EVE

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First of the many things we want to do.❤️

The husband planned this all along when he booked this 3 months ago. Wasn’t expecting at all but thank you Lord for this wonderful favor. Andrew tried to booked in different hotels but almost all were fully booked due to Holiday seasons. Glad he chose this place because we were at the 21st floor. All in my head was “fireworks”.

This was our first New year’s eve together as a married couple and we really did enjoy it. We were able to pray together after watching the mesmerizing Fireworks. That was really beautiful! PRAISE THE LORD FOR EVERY OPPORTUNITY.

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This was our room. We got to enjoy it!

Breakfast buffet the next day.❤️

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We got to pray after Firework watching.Thanking the Lord for everything!

We were in awe. Wasnt able to take a video bec we took time to watch it and see it in our own eyes.❤️ Beautiful! (Ive always loved freworks)

 

LORD, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING. WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH. YOURS IS THE GLORY, HONOR AND POWER!🔥

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

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To be honest

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Andrew: tinuod gyud diay gi-ingon sa imong mama gahi kag ulo 😂

In the span of 5months, I can say that I
am a super duper hard headed wife. I’m trying to be a perfect wife
(which consequently I am not and sometimes I can think how horrible I am as a wife).
Let me tell you straight, when wedding vows were made it seems like everything is just so easy to say and do
but it isn’t as easy as you think (dont get me wrong I am enjoying everything that is happening now. I just want to tackle this very important thing😁)
The very thing that a wife should be reminded of is:

“Submission”

Ring a bell?

Easy word
Hard to do
“What? You’re Christian and you’re having a hard time submitting to your husband?”
“You do biblestudies, you pray,you read the bible and you cant submit?”

YES

I am, I am no exemption!

What is Submission?
SUBMISSION(n) –the action or fact of accepting or yielding to a superior force 
or to the will or authority of another person.

To be honest

If there is one thing that I want to be honest about, this is it — submission. I believe a lot of wives can relate especially those who were independent when it comes to decision making when they were still single.
I grew up wanting to follow my own decision. Like — what to do,what to buy,where to go, what to eat, planning about the weekend, those stuff AND
if we planned, it should be done no matter what! I go crazy if you dont.
I know it’s toxic and what I am acting is not a Christian way. IT IS NEVER OKAY AND IT MAKES YOUR HUSBAND FEEL DISRESPECTED. I feel ashamed infront of God not following what He has commanded me to do. 

 

Andrew and I, have arguments especially when it comes to submitting to his decisions sometimes especially  when we do planning about the future, about the house or bills. I do follow at the end but DILI JUD MAHIMO NGA DILI SA KO MAKASULTI SA AKONG GANAHAN ISULTI ESPECIALLY SA AKONG POINT NA GANAHAN NAKO EPOINT OUT. HAHAHA which is so annoying by the way to him and even to myself at the end of the day.

Yes, I do have a problem submitting sometimes (and i am working on it on a daily basis) but I have been convicted A LOT OF TIMES TO LISTEN TO MY HUSBAND and SHARE MY POINT IN A CALM WAY(kabaw naka basta mastress ko and dali masuko musaka ang voice and this isnt good)

Please don’t judge me. 🙂

I was aware of this even before getting married.But I did not know this isn’t easy breezy command from the Lord but if you love Him you surely want to follow with all of your heart.

I feel guilty at times when I argue with andrew and see in his face the disappointment every after conversation.But he is trying to extend his patience and understanding. But I know it is not an excuse not to submit.Honestly,I praise God for the grace he has showered him.
Hindsight, the arguments we go through kept us reminded that we are not perfect and we really need Jesus at the center of everything in everyday of our lives.
If we really love HIM, it would be easier for us wives to follow. So i have been evaluating myself and i failed in this area. So sad but true!

But hey! GOODNEWS!There is always room for improvement.

 

So lately, what I do:

1. I keep myslef being reminded of the vows I made infront of God and the people who witnessed our wedding. 

2. I read the Word of God about Submission and meditate on it. (GRABE GYUD NI PAGKA MEDITATE HAHA)  

3. I watched Christian videos about Submission and about marriage which I thought at first is not needed but it is!

4. I talk to people who has Godly advices and are always open to hear you out. ESPECIALLY the people whom God has appointed to look out for both of you.

 

P.S: NEVER FORGET TO PRAY !

 

As what my Ninang Joy told me, there is a blessing when you submit to your husband.

We have a long way to go and I thank
God for always guiding us!❤️ And I thank Him for giving me a loving husband, who understands me and loves me. 
Excited for the many years to come!❤️  I know daghan pakog realizations in the coming years. Lord, be with us and guide us! Take control of our lives.. ❤️ 

Ephesians 5:22 

Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord

**How about you?  What’s your TBH? 

A.b.l.a.z.e

3months ago,

it was during afternoon preaching at 4pm Sunday service where in,Franco challenged everyone to pray for a heart to win souls and make disciples.

As far as I could remember,I was pouring my heart out to the Lord
and felt the need to kneel down. We were asked to pray together with our cellgroup. During that time, it was only chelsea who was there.We prayed and I did not know we both have the same prayer, to have more people who will come to know Jesus in our cellgroup. 

Days and weeks passed, to make the story short, chelsea invited Shiela and carol,

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John prexous invited
Amethyst and apple.

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And these 4 precious soul are so hungry to know more of Jesus and they have been consistently attending church and cellgroup at Lighthouse.

Just yesterday, they finished their Power Encounter Weekend, glory to God!
My heart is so overwhelmed. My heart is full of joy and I was just crying while
they are sharing their testimonies. Days before the Power Encounter, so many things to settle with their family
masteral class and work but the faith He has given me never diminshed. No doubt existed. No fear overwhelmed.
I have always believed that God can make the impossible turned to possible (Matthew 19:26). No question!

To Amethyst, Apple, Shiela, Chelsea, Carol —

I declare that yourhearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance
of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ (Colossians 2:2)

And always remember,1 Peter 2:9
you are a chosen people,a royal priesthood, a holy nation,God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light and Colossians 12:11-13 — Never let the fire
in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord.When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient.
When you pray, be faithful. Share with God’s people who are in need.
Welcome others into your homes.

Let the Word of God rule you and submit to Him.

Let’s conquer where we are planted and let’s together bloom for the glory of God!

2 timothy 1:6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

JOIN US! 🔥

Cellgroup A.B.L.A.Z.E | シ

A.B.L.A.Z.E ( Abiding in Christ, Believing in His Word, Living Epistles, Active Witnesses, Zealous Soulwinners, Excited Examples) ♡

THE HUMBLE BEGINNING

What is Leave and Cleave

1. LEAVE.
This means there are 2 types of relationships.

The PERMANENT relationship is the HUSBAND-WIFE. The TEMPORARYrelationship is the PARENT-CHILD.

Problems occur when these 2 roles are REVERSED and the PARENT-CHILDrelationship is treated as the PRIMARY relationship. (In other words, the parent of the husband gets priority over his own wife, or vice versa)

To leave also means EMOTIONALLY, FINANCIALLY, and PHYSICALLY detach.

Some may have left the family home physically, but remained emotionally and financially bound to the family, which creates a lot of resentment within the spouse.

2. CLEAVE.
The Hebrew translation means: to PURSUE HARD AFTER SOMEONE/ being GLUED or STUCK TO SOMEONE.

This cleaving implies that there should be NO CLOSER relationship than HUSBAND & WIFE, not with any FRIEND or PARENT.

 

(From Richard Poon’s blog)

Our story —-
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(This was taken the 3rd week of July. FORGOT to take pictures of our place when we don’t have a chair and table) #AngPagsisimula hehe
4 months living independently and separately from our parents?  
2 months before our wedding, Andrew decided to get an apartment where we can stay after getting married. (We tried to get our own house and lot but it was beyond the budget we had at that time and a lot of papers to be processed but soon we’ll get one. God willing!).It was a step of faith knowing that we had a lot of expenses left and right because of the wedding preparation

but it was all worth it.

Kudos to my husband for living up to the “Leave and Cleave” process. We received  bits of advice, some told us to stay under the roof of our parents
while saving up for our own house and some have boldly told us it would be right to separate from our parent’s comfort.

And yes, ever since I was still single
it was already inculcated in my mind that once I get married, we will have our own place. No buts and ifs.

For this reason, a man will leave
his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”- Ephesians 5:11″

During my first week and having our own place with Andrew, I can’t say it was tough (because maybe I was thinking of the worsts and it did not happen and praying it will not. 😂)
but it was so surreal for us that it seems we are just playing “Bahay-bahayan”. Haha – it was kinda dreamy for us!

We always ask”tinuod na gyud ni?”. For us, it was really exciting to do the things we’ve been wanting to do which were not allowed during our boyfriend/girlfriend relationship days— Sleeping together,watch a movie inside the room,midnight snacking (kanang mangaon mo while watching a movie, naka pangbalay outfit and mag chika2x until midnight),travelling just the 2 of us,doing grocery together (which I love the most), etc. These are few of the many things that I looked forward to since the day I got engaged (aside from paying bills and having little arguments. haha 😉)

Now, we get to enjoy these things without any guilt in our hearts. Though on those first weeks, I had that separation anxiety feeling and it was so real. I really missed them so much that  I constantly text and ask them what they are doing or how are they without me. char. haha But in the long run, I got used to it but I still do update them and say good morning every now and then thru text. *clingy*

As I am typing now, I wanted to share everything we had experienced from the joyful moments down to the arguments,finances and a little problem of submission to the husband (i’ll tackle that on a separate post haha) Nyahai!

So many things to share about the goodness of God,moldings, struggles and how He had guide us through.

I know it’s too early to share these moments but I just wanted to testify that the God we serve is truly a good Father and a provider.  Andrew and I were not born rich that we could get  and buy everything we want —  that is why the goodness of God as our great provider is just so evident that we want to magnify it in our life because He has and always been great since the very beginning and we want to share it to people.Encourage people that once we have the Lord Jesus Christ in our lives, He will never leave us nor forsake us,no matter what our journey is. He will always be there!

Phil 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Happy 4 months to us in this cute crib of ours!That was fast! Praise be to God!

Below are some pictures when we first moved in to our own place/ 🙂

 

trivia: Most of the things you see inside our house were given during our wedding. INGON ANA KA MAAYU ANG GINOO! ❤️

 

THE HUMBLE BEGINNING OF MR & MRS GUMADAN. ❤️

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Excited for the upcoming years.

Hope we inspire you!

P.S: We are grateful to all the people
who put their hearts in giving us wedding gifts.
You dont how much we appreciate it,  how it helped us in so many ways and  how much we enjoy it. AND THANK YOU TO OUR FAMILIES WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN SO SUPPORTIVE IN ANY WAY! God bless you all!

 

HONGKONG FOR FREE

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I will never get tired of saying this: Who would have thought? But I have faith on it even before I wrote it on a paper and posted it on my wall.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens. 

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This verse speaks so much to me/us that everything happened in my/our life was already planned by our Almighty Father who knew the deepest desires of our hearts.

I’ll tell you a story of how the Lord planned everything.

My mama always encouraged us to write down everything that we desire for this year and pray for it. And yes I did..

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So this is what i posted on my wall a year ago

I have been desiring to go to Hongkong specifically in Disneyland. I always love stories,theatrical show,colorful stuff & magical stories. I can still remember how me and franco used to talk about travelling to HK. Then one night January of 2017, i wrote it down in a bondpaper and posted it on the wall of my room where i sleep.

Forward to December 3,2017, surprisingly I got engaged with my long time boyfriend (if you would like to know the proposal story, read my blog 😂). When my relatives knew that we got engaged,the sisters of my mother from Florida chatted me and congratulated. Everyone got hyped and everything was wonderful. My aunts (auntie angie and auntie maricar) were the most excited human being when they heard the engagement news. It was like everyday we chatted. So, because of the news, they planned to go home to Cebu to attend my wedding,planned for their itinerary.. Beach, canyooneering, post travel after my wedding.

 

So here goes the surprise..

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Auntie Maricar informed me in a casual way that she and auntie angie will take care of our honeymoon travel. Right then and there, I was so shocked and i almost got teary eyed(nagsakay lo sa among sakyanan an na time with my family) Praise the Lord for everything. First plan was, we will go to Kuala lumpur with them, then second was China and then Auntie maricar realized that they will just leave it to us as to where we want to have our honeymoon – imagine, just the two of us. Both me and andrew would really love to travel to HK and that was the final decision. So my auntie angie paid for our HK plane ticket and Auntie maricar gave us pocket money on the day of our wedding. So surreal you guys!

See how God works? All expense paid honeymoon. Who would have thought? 

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Note: This was our first international trip together and first travel without a CHAPERONE.😂❤️

So i went back to what I had written and posted on my wall, I see a working and living God right there! Amazing God indeed!😭❤️

See our HK pictures below. Thanks to my personal photographer, my husband.

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So many pictures to be posted but these are just few of it.

I always believed in Matthew 6:33

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God ans His righteousness. AND all these things shall be added unto you.

 

Where to next? ❤️

Another free travel soon? 👆💪

 

 

Friday thought: 1st month

Friday thought:

It’s been a month since we (me and andrew) live separately from our parents after we got married. It has been my prayer that once we moved out, the house where we are going to live will be filled with cellgroups,fellowships or bible sharing and He has answered my request. Though it’s too early to say coz sometimes we got hyped & months after we get tired. I am not bragging about this accomplishment but I just want to share how the Lord puts everything in order and how He wants every couple to be consumed with His presence, with His love and His comission.Take note, you dont have to be a perfect couple because we arent too, but it is encouraging and it is a great reminder that satan, the enemy has a mission to always destroy a family because the enemy came here to kill, to steal, to destroy. he wants to crushed us but wr are victorious in Christ Jesus!We would want a family that is protected not by material possessions but by the Blood of Jesus! Why i am telling this because the enemy is real, he is prowling and I dont want the enemy to win.NEVER!So I encourage every family to invite Jesus in their home, do cellgroups, biblestudies and Godly fellowships inside your home.💓If you dont know how, message me and ill help.you as much as I could.❤️