After being married for a little over a year, we’re sometimes speechless at how faithful our God is. Marriage is a tough thing. As beautiful as it is, it’s hard work and sometimes challenging. But we can honestly say all the work is completely worth it. A love that is centered and completely entrusted to God will never fail.
Being a young married couple we don’t really find friends our age that our married, so sometimes it’s tough to find encouragement through another married couple. But we’re so thankful that God brought couples near and far to encourage us. The Carts, all the way from Switzerland, & The Leongs, our local LA-ers. We all spent nearly a year together at Hillsong, and I can honestly say these families have showed us the unending love of Christ in the most selfless ways. Their families really gave Bao and I a strong sense of what values we want our family to uphold, how we want to raise our children, and what it really means to walk in faith as a family.
What we always remember most is how little we all had, yet how much we really had. We all had to live uncomfortably, but for some reason it’s probably the best way to live. We can’t imagine living a completely comfortable life where we’ve got everything and all our ducks are lined up the way we want them. Living on less gave us an opportunity to build a stronger sense of community. The way we fellowshipped and broke bread together are still vivid moments we love looking back on.
The Carts shared something our hearts really resonate with this season:
“The blessing and wealth, which God has blessed you with is not just for you. Be happy and enjoy it, give your tithes, offerings and live as a royal priesthood. Don’t think cheap. God is not a God of cheap thinking and bargains. Represent him well… but know that beyond that he has called you and blessed you to make heaven on earth visible that HE may be glorified.
Treasures in Heaven
19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
And the Leongs shared something that we are really keeping in mind as we go into the holiday season:
“Well, who would have thought that some of the most stretching times would come during the summer holiday? Actually, I suppose it really isn’t that hard to believe since I’ve always heard about how the Christmas season is the hardest time of the year for many people. But that typically isn’t the case in my experience.
I suppose what I’m talking about is something that is ultimately good, just not necessarily the same good that pretty much motivates everything we do. We all want to live a good life, have a good time, to feel good, to eat and sleep good (bad grammar I know), to be good. The good I’m talking about is the eternal good; the good that only comes from God. Basically, what I’m saying is the real good doesn’t always seem or feel good.
I’m sure it has happened to all of us at some point, whether we’ve realized it or not. God shoves a mirror in front of us and we don’t like what we see…at all. In fact, what we see is downright terrifying. It’s unnerving to realize that what we’re becoming is not what He intended. We’ve taken what He has given us and distorted it. Used it selfishly, only to achieve our own agenda, our own success, for our own “good”.
However, as uncomfortable and unsettling as it may be, there is always grace. Think about it. This isn’t uncharted territory. We’ve been here before. Remember when we first recognized our need for Jesus and surrendered our lives to Him? We can’t forget. It has always been and always will be completely Him. It wasn’t us then, and isn’t us now. He has shown us what to do and He provides the means to do it
So I guess the question now is— What am I going to do about it?”
We were incredibly blessed to be able to see The Leongs over the weekend, it was the most refreshing thing to actually see them in America! Even more refreshing just to hear how they’re doing and all the wonderful nuggets of wisdom they pour into us. We’re so excited to be able to see the Carts again in January, even more excited because we’ll get to their newborn bubba! Congratulations parents to be!! =)
We’re thankful for life impacting friends and the numerous ways God shows his never ending goodness through them. So thank you guys, for being real good, and we mean really good friends.