Not Running on Empty Anymore
Loud is how 45-year-old homemaker Gilda Cebu would usually describe herself. This mother of five said that she used to berate her children everyday for messing up their house before nagging them incessantly to clean up.
“Even our neighbors know how impatient I can be,” Gilda shared. She also said that she and her husband, Christopher, a jeepney driver, clashed regularly over different things. “He’s quite a handful, but then again, so am I. That’s why we fight a lot,” she said.
Soon, Gilda found herself becoming physically and emotionally drained as her family situation began taking a heavy toll on her.
Then, God gave her a lifeline. The Catholic non-profit organization that supports her youngest daughter’s education required that she attend Bible Sharing meetings. During these meetings, each participant read from Scriptures before choosing a verse that related to a life experience which the participant shares.
“I found relief in the weekly meetings, as I was able to share my problems and burdens to the group, especially my group leader. I also learned a lot about God and how He wants me to be a better person because I can always relate our Bible lessons with my experiences,” Gilda said.
After a year of attending weekly Bible sharing, Gilda has noticed changes in her life. “By God’s grace, I am more conscious now of my temper, always keeping it in check. I am also considerably less loud now. I have learned to be more patient in dealing with my children and my husband,” she shared.
“And when I feel overwhelmed by my circumstances or my patience draining away, I run back to the Word of God to recharge my batteries and clear my head,” she added.
While Gilda admitted that she is by no means perfect, she is hopeful at how God’s Word can bring more changes in her family. She also hopes to expose her three boys to the Bible and have them serve at their parish as altar boys. She is also hopeful that God’s Word would also touch her husband’s heart and bring change to his life as well.