Last Saturday, I attended (my cousin-in-law in 4days) Ate Jheck’s surprise bridal shower in Malayan Hotel, Ortigas. It was my 2nd time to attend a bridal shower and I find it really enthusing. What charmed me even more aside from her friends and family exerting so much effort on the room’s DIY decors are the beautiful & honoring words I heard them say about the bride-to-be.
Top 3 things they mentioned about her that struck me the most:
- She has strong faith in the Lord – Proverbs 31:30 says that charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lordis to be praised. I think what makes a woman ready for marriage is the truth that she acknowledges God being the Lord, Master & Savior of her life, cause even if we would sometimes feel like we are inadequate for a life endeavor, if we sincerely believe that we can do all things through Jesus Christ, then we’ll be just fine! Ate Jheck lost her dad a few years ago and found out that her mom had cancer months after her dad died. It was a very painful season for her but she didn’t give up in her faith. She fought for her mom’s life, accompanied her during check ups & chemotherapy. The doctors would tell her that her mom only had 6months to live, but she declared “Ma, hindi sila Diyos” – – this very line, as Ate Jheck’s mom narrated it, brought us to tears. I see Proverbs 31:36 right there! She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She believed that the Lord could heal her mom, and right now, her mom is alive and very healthy. Once again, thanks to our Jehovah Rapha, our God who heals.
- She loves her family so much – Almost everyone mentioned this! Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and mother so that you may live long in the Land the Lord your God is giving you.”
- YES, she’s getting married–& NO, she’s not pregnant. To get married out of love is becoming a bit of a rare case in this day and age. The world would encourage the couples’ society to make babies first, try out living in and see if it works, and get married after all the trial and error were made. Bible says marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure. I’m very delighted that my cousin, Kuya Teban and Ate Jheck managed to have the audacity to enter the covenant of marriage—not cause they are already expecting a baby, but simply cause they love each other. Proverbs 18:22 says: He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD. And so they are favored! 🙂
I’m very excited on how the Lord will prosper the marriage of my cousins, on how He will abundantly bless them. They say married life can get tough, but again, we can do all things through Christ! Let’s never underestimate what He can do in making us ready and excellent in our roles as we choose the path of obedience and faith.
For single parents, unmarried couples staying together, and even the ones being convicted to get out of a “living in” situation… don’t ever lose hope. Nothing is ever too late with Jesus. Silence and humble yourselves, hear out what He has to tell you. And ask for the grace and the courage to do what’s good, pleasing and perfect in His’ eyes. And you will surely be blessed. 😉
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to Your Word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:9-11