June 18, 2010

How do you describe a married life?

I've been reading again the "By Love Refined" book by Alice Von Hildebrand. In this book, she gives her enlightening wisdom to a young bride in forms of compilation of letters. She has her own way of writing this book that way but all of the topics discussed are really full of heart healing thoughts of wisdom as one encounters the beginning of a married life.

As a reader, she taught me as well on what to do with my married life after the first honeymoon is over. I wanted to share to my readers as well, her inspiring thoughts of how she describe a married life:
  • Marriage is a great thing: the most complete, the most intense, and the beautiful relationship between two human beings.
  • Marriage is a risk-a "deed of daring" (as Kierkegaard said). The wife or the husband, have the power to create an earthly heaven or hell. It's no secret that marriage can quickly become hell for spouses. Humanly speaking, a great love between husband and wife can also be the deepest source of happiness this side of heaven.
  • "Marriage is a remnant of earthly paradise" (According to the author's husband). 
  • Because of human imperfections, difficulties crop up in marriage, even between the couple who love each other deeply. Love is a gift, it must also be learned, especially as you try to relate it to your daily life which isn't lived in a fairy tale castle but in the midst of everyday pressures, problems and trials.
  • No outsider or institution can guarantee that you and your husband/wife will achieve joy in your marriage. You'll have to face the problems of marriage yourselves. Success won't depend on exterior circumstances, but on your own inner attitudes: "are you both willing to fight the good fight for your marriage, trusting your mutual love, strengthened by grace, will achieve victory in spite of the tempests that threaten every human undertaking?
My head is being knocked down by those wisdom that Alice Von Hildebrand is sharing in her book. Now I'm passing this chapter as a meditation to those who are married or just about to get married in this life.

June 11, 2010

How do you praise the Lord?

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Hi folks, sorry for having been offline in posting new entries in this blog of mine. My Mama has been experiencing some troubles in their internet connection so it all up to me to continue writing. Anyways, I will keep up in maintaining this blog until she comes back.

Just today, I was inspired reading an email message of inspiring thoughts from Ruth Seebeck. She used to be one of our speakers in MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and I subscribed to her email list in receiving inspirational messages. So here's a short story from her that I would like to share to everyone.

A Merry Heart is Good Medicine …
There's a little old Christian lady living next door to an atheist.
Every morning the lady comes out onto her front porch and
shouts "Praise the Lord!".
The atheist yells back, "There is no God".
She does this every morning with the same result.
As time goes on, the lady runs into financial difficulties
and has trouble buying food. She goes out onto the porch
and asks God for help with groceries,
then says "Praise the Lord".
The next morning she goes out onto the porch and there
are the groceries she asked for, and of course, she shouts
"Praise the Lord!!!".
The atheist jumps out from behind a bush and says,
"Ha, I bought those groceries - there is no God".
The lady looks at him and smiles, she shouts "Praise the Lord,
not only did you provide for me Lord, you made Satan pay
for the groceries!!"

I laughed hard after I read this post. I laughed because the humor is very nice. I am inspired of the bravery that the old lady has. Imagine, she versus the Athiest? I can't imagine myself living without God in my life. I believe that when we hold on to our faith in God, we will be filled with miracles and graces in God's extraordinary ways. I pray the rosary everyday, at least once a day and our family goes to mass every Sunday except when we're sick. I pray for God's support and spiritual guidance. That may his wisdom sink into my soul so I will know what to do.

How do you praise the Lord? Have you had time seeking his wisdom these days?