Christmas is fast approaching and there’s an empty chair on our table this season.
Being away from my husband again brings back memories of the void he left. That empty space on the bed, the vacant chair at the dining table, the fewer clothes in the cabinet, the single toothbrush left at the canister, the pillows that will not be slept over for a while. Those and much more are the things he left behind.
Despite the void, I know that the emptiness is but temporary. For our hope is in God who alone can fill that empty space in our hearts. We, who anchor our faith in the Everlasting Father, rest in the assurance that He will provide us grace and strength to endure the trials of momentary separation. We thank the Lord for keeping us stronger than ever as husband and wife.
That’s why this Christmas, when there’s an empty chair that reminds me of my far-away husband, I’ll let Jesus sit on the chair and think that He holds us both together in His loving hands.
No, it’s not me who’s leaving the country. It’s my husband who is due to work in Abu Dhabi.
Hopefully, things will turn out good for both of us despite the distance. We’ll be spending our last two days with family before he departs for UAE. Much as we would like to visit close friends, we are already pressed for time as his flight is on Saturday. Will you cover him in your prayers so that the travelling mercies of the Lord will be upon him?
Paalam muna sa iyo hon. May skype at calls naman. After a year, we’ll see each other again. Pakuha ka ng selfie dyan sa Aldar HQ building ha. May God be with you and may you find favor in your work there. ♥
Last July 2014 marked the homecoming of my husband from Dubai. It has been more than a year now that we are physically together here in the Philippines. We’ve gone back to doing simple pleasures together like dining out and doing the weekly grocery. He has fixed things in the house being the handyman that he is. His presence added the joy and laughter brought about by his funny, amusing ways.
But all these and more will come to a halt momentarily. Unforeseen circumstances in his current job brought about a change in plans that he has come home for good. Reality bites! Though he intended to find new employment locally, the opportunities can be found where else but in the overseas.
So the decision has been made. For our family’s future’s sake, the sacrifice has to be faced courageously but prayerfully to be apart all over again. Perhaps, this time around, things will be a bit easier for us. If there’s any consolation, his unlimited contract allows him to come home every year. That’s something to look forward to.
May the goodness and mercy of the Lord be upon us as we embark on another challenge in our family life…God bless everyone!
From me to all of you who remembered my birthday today, thank you so much! I had flashes of good memories I spent with you in the past. I am grateful even more for still having contacts with you through FB and being kept in the loop with what’s going on in your lives.
Thank you for having been part of my life, these past many years. Don’t ask how old I am. ;-) I’m old enough to have an elementary child, if I’d have married earlier. Hehe…
But no regrets. I am where I am right now because God placed me here. So there, thank you to my family and to my circle of friends who made my birthday extra special today.
Most of all, thank you Lord for another year in my life and for all the blessings You have given me, though I am undeserving of such grace and love. May I bring glory to Your Name each day. ♥
I used to fret a lot when there are invitations to speak before a crowd. Yes, I joined a lot of declamation contests when I was still a student. I was always on stage back then as I became part of choral competitions, debates, and other sorts of contests. But just the same, there was always the feeling of stage fright. I remember my friend telling me, stage fright is a good thing because it leads you to depend on God and God alone. She said, it just means you are not putting your confidence in yourself but in the God who gave you the talent.
If all plans push through, my husband and I will speak before the youth in our church a few weeks from now. When we were first invited for this, my heart tugged again in the direction of saying no because of fear of public speaking. But after some moments, I realized this is an opportunity to bless others by sharing the blessings God bestowed upon us. Our saying yes to this is an act of our worship to the Lord. It is also giving back to the church who nurtured our spiritual lives as husband and wife.
May we be a blessing to the young people as we share to them the love story God has especially written for us.
Remember the tomato and bell pepper I planted days ago? Well, my tomato is already sprouting. Thanks to the sun and water. It is growing steadily each day. I will wait for the bell pepper to become a seedling as well. As for now, I got to go and plant my chili peppers. Ciao! ;-)
Tamarind, as some may call it. This sweet sampaloc becomes more tasty when dipped in salt. These are the fruit shavings from my afternoon snack. Tara, let’s eat.
Tara na’t magmeryenda muna tayo sa gitna ng malamig at maulang hapon. Salamat sa toasted siopao na binili ng aking asawa at sa kapeng hiningi sa aking Ate. :-)
Inspiration to try gardening in containers hit me from nowhere. I figured, I use bell peppers and tomatoes everytime; why not grow them myself in my own backyard. I hope my gardening ventures will be a success. May the sun shine on my seeds. May the water bring growth to my plants. ;-)
I was a complicated person when I was younger. Maybe it was because I think too much a lot. Or perhaps it was because I put meaning to everything I experience before. Somehow, growing up and being with someone I love who tempered my character changed me in many ways.
Just like a while ago. I declared today is a worry-free day for me. This happens very seldom in my life before. So, this new outlook calls for a celebration. My ever supportive and affirming husband treated me to the simple pleasure of eating out and shopping for some Christmas gifts. Eating out is actually not the treat here. It’s eating out and shopping with the one I love.
When we got home, I wrapped our gifts which gave me the simple happiness that Christmas brings. Actually, it is sharing whatever blessings we have that gives me true joy.
I married a simple man who taught me to enjoy the simple pleasures in life.