Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Journey Of A Long Distance Relationship


courtesy of ArlethG Photography (used with permission)
  

Marriage is a journey...you can't just desire for it today and date on that day and marry the next day. 


And for me, you can't put God in a box where to meet the person you'll marry. God has so many ways in doing it in answers to our prayers.


A journey of a long distance relationship...this is basically an interview and a photoblog about LJ and John's journey with their wedding that started as a long distance relationship.

  
LJ Salceda-Shroeder is a former 702 DZAS host of Inspirations Unlimited and Pinoy Espesyal but still the host of Love On Air and the author of Eating With One Chopstick


This interview was supposed to be a video interview when she was still here but for some reason, i wasn't able to produce a video interview.


Anyway, their story is really a wedding dream that came to reality. I said this because they underwent a lot of paperwork (which is not easy to accomplish), interviews and different situations before they finally married. After reading this, you might want to read LJ's blogs (the link to her blog site is posted on the latter part of this article.)



Here's the interview:


WeddingDreamsAndReality :
 
How do u feel now that your single days are numbered?



LJ Salceda-Shroeder:

Mostly stressed out because of the paperwork and wedding preparations. It went by fast because I was always occupied with something, before I knew it, I was married! :)


courtesy of ArlethG Photography

courtesy of ArlethG photography

courtesy of LJ
courtesy of ArlethG photography


WeddingDreamsAndReality :

For those who don't know, how did u meet John?


LJ Salceda-Shroeder:
 
We met through a Christian dating site for free.

courtesy of LJ Salceda-Shroeder by Wingdingz


WeddingDreamsAndReality :

How long have u been on before u got engaged?


LJ Salceda-Shroeder:

About a year and 4 months.

courtesy of LJ's facebook photos

courtesy of LJ (Bohol, Philippines)

courtesy of LJ

courtesy of LJ
courtesy of LJ

WeddingDreamsAndReality : 

What are the disadvantages and advantages of having a long distance relationship and how did u overcome those disadvantages?


LJ Salceda-Shroeder:

Advantages: Focus on work/ministry and avoiding temptations, more time for yourself.

more time for herself
focus on work (with her DZAS family)
focus on the ministry

Disadvantages: Not being able to see each other in person, expenses, not being able to spend important occasions together.


alone during christmas day

WeddingDreamsAndReality :

How did u know that John is the one you want to marry? Was there a "sign" that he is the one :) ?


courtesy of ArlethG photography


courtesy of ArlethG photography


courtesy of ArlethG photography

LJ Salceda-Shroeder:

I don't believe in signs nor asked for them. I prayed, I asked the Lord for guidance and confirmations and I had peace in my heart that's when I knew we were meant for each other.


WeddingDreamsAndReality :  

What tips can you give to those who are on LDR (Long Distance Relationships) to make their relationships successful?



LJ Salceda-Shroeder:

Pray, invest in your relationship and save tons of money for visits, paperwork and wedding. :)


her visit to the U.S.
John's visit in the Philippines

WeddingDreamsAndReality :

Congrats to the both of you and may your marriage be successful and fruitful!

courtesy of ArlethG photography



courtesy of ArlethG photography
courtesy of ArlethG photography


A journey of a long distance relationship...it wasn't easy for the both of them but in their patience, a lot of prayers, trust in God, encouragements from their family and friends, willingness to do the paperwork without going through shortcuts, the love for each other, the vision to reach their goals and the desire to glorify God...wow...it's really inspiring! LJ and John, may your marriage continue to glorify God.



God deserves all the glory!



Acknowledgement: thanks to Arleth for allowing me to use her photoshots here and giving her immediate permission when i sent her a message about it and to my friend Mrs.LJ Salceda-Shroeder for giving her time to answer all my questions and for allowing me to feature her and John here. Thanks also for her facebook account for the photos:)


You can visit LJ's blogs here.


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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this. It was very inspirational and what I need to hear to apply in my own life.

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  2. u're welcome:) i pray that God will bless your relationship too...hang on to God:)

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