Tag: wife

The Magnet Story

Last 2014, I asked my friend, Xenia to share her God-written love story. It took me two years to be able to publish it here in the blog site, for some reason I don’t know. 🙂

But, it’s never too late to share a great story authored by God. Hope you enjoy a glimpse of Xenia’s journey.


Written February 2014

Rockwell and I have only been married since August 24th of last year. We are still enjoying the honeymoon stage.

I met Rockwell during the March for Jesus 2000 worship event at Bacolod City. At that time, he was a complete stranger to me. I saw him holding a banner and dancing to the song “Mercy is falling like sweet spring rain”. It was like magnet. My heart fell in love with how his soul loved Jesus while dancing in the rain in front of over a hundred people proclaiming the worth of Jesus. At that moment, I couldn’t help but utter praise and prayer. My prayer was that I wanted to worship the Lord like he did.

Little did I know, I was prophesying him to be my future husband (haha). In college, he was president of the student government in Riverside and I was his secretary. But I never mentioned this fact to him—about that worship event, and the prayer and the hoping. I had a long term relationship during that time and even after college. The prayer that was spoken for him to be for me was forgotten because of the circumstances that happened that I thought I could not control. I took the wrong path when I came here to the States. I got influenced with the worldly lifestyle. God became the last of my priorities. Having a good career and the praises of people were the ones that mattered to me the most.

As I chose to live my life freely, I continued to sin and to forget God. I was making a black hole in the depth of my soul that none of the material, physical or emotional factor can satisfy. The more that I drew farther from the Lord, the more that my life became very meaningless and hopeless. I reached to the point of giving up. I realized that it was not the life that God intended me to have. The life that He promised me was a life that is full of hope and a future. God reminded me that all good gifts come from Him because He is my Dad. I did not deserve the second hand things that I chose to settle with. As He promised, I deserved the fullness of life. When I asked God to take my calloused heart and make it new, it was like He breathed new life to my desert soul and dry bones.

After 14 years, God finally honored my prayer during that rainy event, having a heart that was so raw and open. Rockwell came back into the picture after I sought God’s purpose for my life. I did not beautifully wait for him. But God still turned my wasted life to a beautiful story when He rescued me and I was able to find fullness and grace again in Him. Isn’t God amazing?  He remembered every detail! He gave me the gift of a husband that I did not deserve.

Indeed, a life of worship and prayer is the key. God alone is good and faithful to His promises! He is full of mercy, grace and love for all of us. Our life should never be focused on the gifts that He gives us but our life should be all about who He is and His worth. How could a God still love us and still want us despite the things that we have done and will do which are not pleasing to Him? That’s our God!

Many are the plans in a man’s heart but only the will of God prevails.- Proverbs 19:21

It is not someone or our husband or wife that will complete us. The fullness of life can only be found in Jesus. I am blessed to have a husband whom I can see Jesus in him. It’s an opportunity for me to be able to love him with grace and mercy just like Jesus loves me. To be wired to Jesus, the Only Source of unconditional love, is how we are able to truly love someone unconditionally.  I believe that we can never give what we do not have. To be an overflow of love, we need God’s love to overflow in our life.

xenia & rockwell

Xenia & Rockwell Bennett


28: Embracing Life

What’s your definition of “Embracing Life”?

My mommy best friend, Marither and her husband, Emile started an Embrace Life journey just recently inviting their friends and families to take part of the journey. To know more about how it all started, check out my friend’s story – Embrace Life.

So going back to my question, how do you define “Embracing Life”? Your answer to that will tell on how you’ve been living your life each day. Have you been living your life to the fullest? Or, are you still living in the past, full of regrets? Is there any bitterness in your life? Is there fear, hatred, envy? How about optimism? Choosing to be happy?

I like what my friend, Marither, said in her blog, and I quote, ” Something that we would do if today was our last day on earth. It doesn’t have to be over-the-top and scary. It just needs to ‘Embrace Life’. It needs to empower you, challenge you, make you overcome fears or hesitations.”

To add to that, for me, embracing life means doing things that matter and have lasting effects.

If you’re a parent – bring up your child the way God expects you to.
If you’re a spouse – love your husband/wife the way Jesus loves the church.
If you’re a child – honor your parents just as God commanded.
If you’re an employee – submit to authority, meaning your employer.
If you’re an employer – treat your employees fairly.

True enough, you don’t need to do bungee jumping or sky diving or any extreme activities to embrace life. To be able to do the most important things – Love, Give & Forgive, I believe that is embracing life. So, make each day count because we never know what’s gonna happen tomorrow.

” You have made my days a mere hand breadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath.” Psalm 39:5

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This is my super lovable and adorable goddaughter, Alexa. At a very young age, she may not know the concept of embracing life, but she is living it. 🙂