3 If you live according to my laws and obey my commands, 4 I will send you rain at the right time, so that the land will produce crops and the trees will bear fruit. 5 Your crops will be so plentiful that you will still be harvesting grain when it is time to pick grapes, and you will still be picking grapes when it is time to plant grain. You will have all that you want to eat, and you can live in safety in your land.
6 I will give you peace in your land, and you can sleep without being afraid of anyone. I will get rid of the dangerous animals in the land, and there will be no more war there. 7 You will be victorious over your enemies; 8 five of you will be able to defeat a hundred, and a hundred will be able to defeat ten thousand. 9 I will bless you and give you many children; I will keep my part of the covenant that I made with you. 10 Your harvests will be so plentiful that they will last for a year, and even then you will have to throw away what is left of the old harvest to make room for the new. 11 I will live among you in my sacred Tent, and I will never turn away from you. 12 I will be with you; I will be your God, and you will be my people. 13 I, the Lord your God, brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves (to the Egyptians). I broke the power that held you down and I let you walk with your head held high.
..and you are my Paul.
I remember waking up beside you the morning after our honeymoon. We were sleeping on a mattress on the floor of my old (bachelorette) room in Caloocan, because our apartment still needed some finishing touches. So there we were, in the middle of moving boxes, back to the real world after our fairy tale wedding, still trying to process what just happened there. :)
And I remember our devotion that morning, about Elijah, and how God affirmed to us that we’re up for something bigger than we can imagine—something that’s too big for one person to do on his own that God had to give you a partner, and me, a leader.
Six months after, God is affirming these things again to us.
Everything that God allowed to happen in our past, who we are, what we can do, where we are now—the pieces are all slowly but surely falling into place! I don’t know exactly where God is taking us next, or what we’re up for in the years to come, but I find peace in knowing that God is silently at work, paving the way for our next great adventure. :)
I just realized I didn’t have any photos taken from yesterday, which happened to be one of the best days I’ve had with you. There was no special occasion, no frills, nothing extraordinary.
We were just at home the whole morning, not wanting to get out of bed. And then we went to the mall to get some errands done. You got fertilizers for the plants, cat food for Ashley, and yay, some make-up for the wifey! And then we went home and enjoyed the rest of the lazy day together. It’s quite a rare opportunity to be at home together while the sun is still up, and I loved every single moment of it I kept wishing that the day would last longer.
I read somewhere that while the 1st day of the year is the more celebrated one, the 2nd day of the year is more important—“the 1st day brings momentum, and the 2nd one brings reality.”
If January 2 is our reality, then I don’t mind having reality checks all the time!
I wish I took photos. But since I didn’t, I’m posting this here to preserve the memory.
Happy new year to us. ♥