If I were to update my profile description in any of my social media accounts these days, I would quickly key in the title of this post: Seven years married blessed with two beautiful kids. What better words to describe me than those?
Just last week, June 8, 2016, my husband and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. Early morning on that day, I had some minutes to myself for reflection. “I live in an imperfect marriage”, I shrugged to myself.
In our seven years of marriage, there were instances that I disliked my husband to a level I cannot describe. There were also instances that he didn’t see me eye to eye. Then I wondered, “How did we last this long? That in spite of all the challenges and our imperfections, when we look at each other now, we still feel the very same amount of love that we felt when we vowed in front of God to love each other seven years ago?”
I quickly reflected. “In those days that we had setbacks, we chose to understand, to forgive and then to forget. I guess that’s why we remain in love. I guess that’s the secret to our happy marriage.
Then I honestly and smilingly shrugged to myself again that I live in a beautifully imperfect marriage. A marriage strengthened by trust, compassion, understanding, humility and forgiveness. A marriage centered by God.
And so June 8, 2016, was a celebration of love for our little family. Luckily, we were invited to our friends’ wedding in Baguio City on that day and so our celebration of love was all the more highlighted. The pastor’s reminder to the couple to always love, respect and be friends with each other was also a great reminder to us. When their relationship was blessed, we also felt renewed. God is so good. He blesses your fiends and also uses them to bless you.
I have one awesome husband. Somebody far from perfect, but who loves me dearly and who wholeheartedly understands my imperfections. That even in moments I wouldn’t reciprocate, he would still pour my cup. That even in moments he could hate me, I know he would choose to understand and forgive.
I have two great sons. So perfect in my eyes. Sweet and beautiful. Constant reminders how enormous God’s trust on me is… by letting me raise His own children.
And because my husband and my children are gifts from above, I commit to make myself an offering to them. I shall try to continue to tell them I love them every time. I love them when I work hard . I love them when I tuck them in bedtime. I love them when I cook their meals. I love them when I give myself to them selflessly. I love them by making sure that as I nourish them, my soul is also nourished. I love them and I will never get tired loving them!
And lastly, in our little family, our day always ends with a prayer. This time, however, I am inviting you to pray with us. Help us pray that our family will continue to grow together in faith. That our family can readily extend and receive forgiveness in moments of test. That our family will be in abundance so we can be a blessing to others. And that in our family, love will continue to grow, and will never fade.
I pray the very same for your family, too.
(I know my husband will read this and so my greeting for him reaches the blog: Happy Anniversary, Dear! I love you every day! Here’s to lovelier years ahead!)