There are so many things that I want to share with you about in this post. be forewarned that this is going to be a long one...
First is the story about this book called One Month to Live that my girlfriends in San Jose are using for their small group. I first heard about this book on KSBJ a while a go when they were having a 30-day challenge during the beginning of 2009. I was curious about the challenge but I didn't join in because I was very scared of changing my life drastically. Basically, this book asks the question on how would you live your live if you only have one month left to live. The authors said that in that circumstances, we will have a clearer perspective of life. We will be able to better align our priorities and make room for things that matter. You see, I'm currently sitting in a very comfortable comfort zone and I'm really scared to venture outside. I was really hesitant to read the book or even take up the challenge.
Then, a few weeks ago I found out that my girlfriends are using this book and they've been thoroughly blessed by it. From their story, I learn that our lives is really just a little dash. It's the little dash between your birthday and your deathday. And it is what you make out of the dash that makes life matter. The author of the book also said that many people really aren't afraid of dying, but they are afraid that during that little dash, they haven't really lived at all.
Some of my girlfriends are writing about their journey. You can read their journal here: Nana, Yanny, and Nahing. I'm sure Vicky, Della, and Ella also have lots of stories to share about their journey in reading this book. If and when you meet them, ask them about their little dash. :) I'm really blessed and encouraged by their testimonies that I've decided that I want to join in the fun. So I'll be reading the book to - hopefully starting next month. :)
The second story is about a news that I heard today about one of my dear friend. It was a really sad news that my heart broke and I am left speechless for a while. In the email that she had sent to us, she described the rough situation that she's in. And I have to say, it really breaks my heart that she has to go through this. But as I continue to read her email, I was amazed by her faith in the Lord. She remained faithful in believing that in everything, God works for the good of those who love Him. She remained strong in her faith knowing the God is on her side. At this I am greatly encouraged. She, in the midst of her sorrow, has managed to lift my spirit up. You're in my prayers, sis!
My God is a good God who knows exactly what I need. God's words assured me that nothing can happen that is not within his care. Even when the world seemed to be spinning like mad and I just don't know what to hold on to, God is my refuge and my stronghold.
Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
Lastly, I want to share a story about love. Alvin and I went to our second pre-marriage counseling session with Pastor Somi and we were both very blessed by his guidance and counsel. Pastor Somi has been very patient and loving towards us. :) Anyways, the part that I want to share with you all is his advice to us last Monday in waiting for at least a year after our wedding day before having children. He said that we should enjoy each other first and get the hang of being married. :p I totally agree with that comment! As much as I love kids (and I do love them much!), I want to enjoy being married to Alvin. :) I think that it takes a while to get use to living with another person who has different sets of habits that you do. And that one year will definitely help the transition. :p
Okay.. I sincerely believe that this post is extremely long. I am like Nahing now (i.e. writes a lot). :p
God gives, God takes. God's name be ever blessed. (Job 1:21)