Three Years, Four Cities

Jed and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary in Bangkok, Thailand. We've been married for three years.

Four cities?

We began our journey by exchanging vows in Baguio City.

We then settled as newlyweds in Mandaluyong City.

Before the year ended, Jed got an offer to work in Mactan, and so we moved to Cebu. We settled there, conceived and give birth to a beautiful baby boy. The little boy turns one year old.

Opportunity knocked again, and here we are in our fourth city, Bangkok.

Home is where Jed is. And I promised him I will support him and move to whichever city God will bring us. I told him if he cannot bring me/us then the job offer is not God's plan for us. I know that if it is His plans, He will move mountains. Look where we are now.

I may have lost my career to being a wife and mother, but I have never felt this blessed, given that we are a single-income household.

I am far from being the perfect wife. And I have a very strong personality. But I know I have to submit to my husband. And I ask for God's guidance every day to fulfill the duties as Jed's wife.

I am currently listening to New Spring Church's Man vs. Wife series. I couldn't agree more when Pastor Perry Noble said, "that spouses have the ability to make us mad quicker than anyone else." Man, he nailed that. And that's why we need God to be at the center of marriage.

I need to go through these two passages regularly to remind me of how a wife should be and eventually I will live by what it says --

Ephesians 5:22-33 (New International Version, 2010)

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

1 Peter 3:1-7 (New International Version, 2010)

1 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

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