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? 

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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.❤️

A surprise Bridal shower ❤️

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It was just a typical Saturday,

checking my to do lists because it was days prior to the wedding day and saturday is for mentoring and p and w practice.

The night before saturday, my sister told me that we will go to JY square mall to
have a little celebration “kay kuno daw hapit nako maminyo” so we will spend time together. I dont have any idea but all i knew was we will celebrate.😁 i informed the p and w team that i need to practice earlier because i have plans in the afternoon. So we had our p and w practice, parted ways with the team and went to Jy where we will meet with my sister

While we were eating at  JY square, my sister told me that she needs to get something across jy. ALL along i thought it was becauae of the necklace of my uncle which he left before they flew to davao. So we went there, rode the elevator. I wasn’t aware that we already entered Prestigio hotel, it was blurr.

I never knew a surprise was coming..

When my sister got inside a room in the 3rd floor, i dont know what was on my mind on that time but suddenly when my sister opened the door, the surprise was there, i saw dena and pretty. They put on the flower crown headdress and i saw the instagrammable designs on the wall. Wow just wow. Superb!

Dena, ate and pretty were there. So i thought it was just the 4 of us — then suddenly andrew and the other
youngpro boys went out from the other room and shouted surprise with a bouquet on andrew’s hand. I was shocked and i wondered how they did it. They were good in surprising me! Good job! Well done guys! You are good at this andrew! Really!❤️

Well, i never thought of having a Bridal shower at Prestigio Hotel across JY square mall(sorry wasnt able to take a photo of how this hotel looked like outside). And by the way,I never planned having a bridal shower because we were prepping for the wedding (daghan gasto) and I dont want to hassle andrew in spending for this kind of event BUT God has greater plans and this was a day to remember. Indeed!

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I asked andrew who booked this hotel and he said, he booked it months ago. *my heart is melted* Isnt that sweet?Of course, everything that happened was because the love of God is flowing right through us.
And i am also blessed with people who rejoices with us as we rejoice of this new season that we are about to enter.  Thank you LCA youngpros! I love you guys! ❤️

 

Thank you Lord!💕

 

P.s: i’d like to insert a video so you can see how surprised was i buyt i forgot where i saved it. 😭😂

Crowned with favors

Filed for a Marriage License yesterday. Thought we’re going to end up coming back to the office talisay city hall. BUT OF COURSE, prayer is powerful.

So we were informed that we will be having our Pre-marriage counselling on May 23rd. FILED our vacation leave and attended the counselling which was yesterday by the way.

We( andrew and I) dont know what’s gonna happen. What we know is, we are going to sit all day, listening and learning. And i was anticipating too, that it wouldnt be comfortable and it’s going to be hassle (because this is what i heard from other people). Also, I was dying to finish every requirement needed days before this seminar. But hey, I’m glad we weren’t stressed out at all and everything was smooth. AMAZING GOD INDEED!

But hours before that..

Before the counselling started, we met our friend from NLCF church,her name is Joan Chan and guess what, she spoke blessing towards our wedding preparation and the new season we are about to enter. She prayed over us and did an impartation thay God will provide. Wow just wow! My heart skip a beat! And.. This made our day awesome – when you encounter people who just prays for you and enjoys the victories and celebrations you have in life. Praise God for these people!

 

And to tell you honestly, processing this marriage license was no sweat at all because the Lord was there, all throughout the process. Everything was done just for one day. No hassle. No arguements. Nothing at all. And we were enjoying the counselling. We learned a lot.

 

Thank you Lord for you have been our strength and You have poured the favor we need this day!

 

Read below

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Marriage license requirements:

1.NSO/ Birth Cert

2 .baptismal cert

3.Barangay clearance

4.cedula

5.Cenomar – if you want it faster, then better order it online

6. 2 valid IDs

7. Premarriage counselling

 

Just easy as that! 😀👊

Note: wait for 10days for the license to be released. 😁❤️

GODBLESS!❤️