As we look back, the year 2010 has been nothing short of amazing and we thank God for everything! We would not have thought that God will pick us up the way He did after the devastation of Ondoy in 2009. Ondoy posts: here, here and here.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Our 2010 Christmas tag that we got printed via hp printers.
God’s grace, while our family has experienced it time and again through the years, was never quite as evident and tangible as it was when He threw His grace right in front of us just when we needed it most. It was almost tangible to miss it and not be amazed.
For those people who have been instrumental to God’s provision and grace, we thank you from the bottom of my heart. I believe in my heart that it was not an accident that a client, Christian at that, contacted me a couple of months after Ondoy and became instrumental for us to bounce back.
It was also a time of having our faith tested. If we would still give God what is due His despite our lack and He was true to His word through and through.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. Malachi 3:10
There is nothing more evident of faith as to giving despite our lack. I am personally challenged by the lesson of the Widow’s Mite:
As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4
It really is not a matter of giving God to bribe Him to give us more. Giving is an act of worship. This is a challenge that I hope to leave you with. Trust Him with your resources and you will never want. That’s a promise to hold on to.
There were also not so good things that happened. Disappointments. But with the Lord filling our cups to overflowing, there is just no other way but to be gracious to these people who have offended us. Fact is, people like such will be there to challenge our faith, probably for as long we live. We just have to live with it. It is God who appoints and not man. We just rest in the fact that the Lord knows our hearts. We are continually encouraged with this verse that the Lord has put in our hearts…
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
To all readers and followers of Marriage and Beyond, we pray that you have the loveliest Christmas this year and God’s grace to abound you and your family in 2011!
If you haven’t yet given that driver seat over to God, you might want to read about LIFE CHANGE.