Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Birhtday of my Sweetie Pie




Today is the birthday of my beloved wife Grace. God indeed has His ways so amazing yet oftentimes mysterious. I met her way back 1988 when our church was just on its baby's stage. We just transfered from a campus fellowship to expand God's work for a bigger ministry not only to the students but to different people as well.

She told me that a friend invited her to attend our church service. She obliged to go since that was also the time when her father just died and God reminded her of her commitment to serve Him. It might sound awkward as my hubby told me, when they arrived on the place, the church's service already started and they heard peolple singing Praises and worship songs. They immediately went up the second floor of the building and joined the celebration.

While the singing went on, her friend tried to catch her attention and telling her to look at the keyboardist (that was me!) and see how beautiful are his eyes! Grace of course rebuked her friend and told her that it was not their intention to go to church and see somebody's eyes. They are there to worship God sincerely! But that was the first time she noticed me. (hehehehe...)

Well, the story is quite long but I have to tell you this, Grace continued to attend our church and grew matured in the Lord. At the same time, we became friends as she attended the choir and other church activities. I noticed her dedication and devotion to God. She was then promoted to lead the young people of church with such fervor and zeal. And I started to admire this young lady's boldness and sincerety in serving God.

As the years went by, my admiration grew to a desire to know more about her and we became close friends together with our brothers and sisters in the Lord. I really prayed to God to nurture this friendship and let it bloom beautifully with His care. One early cold morning, I honestly asked God if Grace would be my partner in life and I heard His still small voice telling me..."Yes.." Then our friendship blossomed into a relationship where God is the center of it.

It's still very, very fresh in my mind remembering the time when our Pastor gave the "OK" sign for me to court Grace and we went to eat together at a Chicken Ala Cart station with joy and excitement in our hearts. It was indeed one of the most joyful moments in my life sitting and eating beside her. And how can I forget the day I proposed to her! I arranged it to happen as a cozy and formal dinner date in a restaurant. When I gave her the ring and proposed (Will you marry me?) and she answered (Yes!), hahahaha... I was in cloud nine! I nearly jump for joy knowing that this beautiful lady that I've been praying is now going to be my fiancee! Glory to God! Three months afte that proposal, me and my darling got married in a simple yet joyful wedding ceremony attended by our loved ones, relatives, friends, church mates and neighbors,hehehe.

That was fourteen years ago and still today the joy of remembering those moments gave me more reasons to thank God for His goodness and faithfulness in my life. My wife has been my partner, my best friend, my lover and my inspiration. We have been through thick and thin, through the best and the worst, but I have seen in her heart the love for her God, her devotion to Him and her dedication to His calling. And I could say it proudly, I am the most blessed of all the husbands here on planet earth to have her as my wife. And our kids?, they just adore her. We fondly call her; Mamang, mamsie, mamshie, miming and we love her very, very much.

Mamsie dear, as you celebrate your birthday today, we let you know (IJ, Dale and I), that there has never been in our life together that we have not been thankful to God for your life. Everyday will always have a reason for us to thank our Almighty God for His "Grace", for my dearly beloved Grace which He gave us.

Just remember that I will always be proud of you as my wife and the mother to IJ and Dale. I cannot imagine myself being with somebody else beside you. You're the best thing that ever happened in my life. Mang, as I have said it again and again, I will never tire of saying it one more time on this special day of yours..."I LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER!"

HAPPY BIRHTDAY DEAR...ENJOY THIS DAY AND LET US ALWAYS THANK GOD FOR HIS GRACE IN OUR LIFE. WE WILL HAVE MORE YEARS TO SERVE GOD AND DO EXPLOITS IN HIS KINGDOM! GOD'S BLESSINGS, FAVOR AND LONG JOYFUL LIFE BE YOURS TODAY! TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORYAND HONOR!


1 comments:

JesuLalaine said...

wow!! so sweet! I enjoyed reading your love story Nong John..and I could still remember your wedding sad.I was still very young then..but I could remember it well because you had a beautiful wedding.

I just admire both of you, your relationship, both your service to God. I'm blessed!