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"Birthday Blessings"

 


This month I will be turning 41. I know what you’re thinking, “WHAT?! She doesn’t look a day over 21!” Hmmmm….Well, I can dream…Right?! Hehehe!!

This year may not be quite as exciting as last year when I entered into what my husband, Brian, and I refer to as “The Fabulous Decade”. Brian surprised me by taking me on an amazing 7-day, 3-country cruise through the Western Caribbean. Also, many dear sweet friends and family called, texted, and emailed. I even enjoyed several different birthday celebrations and, of course, lots of birthday desserts!

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Psalm 118:24.

Although I am not so excited about my body getting older, I do want my spirit to mature… I want to grow in my relationship with the Lord. I want to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a (woman), I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:11-12.

I don’t want to stay the same! I want God to continue to grow me and change me and mold me. I don’t want to make the same mistakes year after year, but I want to learn from them and overcome them. I know God is doing a new thing in me each year. I don’t want to look over my shoulder, lamenting about the past and the mistakes I’ve made. Instead, I want to look forward to what God is doing in me and through me TODAY. This year, I want to take the wisdom God has given me and make the right choices. I want to put away my “childish” ways, my immature, selfish ways.

So let’s remember to say Thank You Lord for birthdays…for creating us and blessing us with an incredible life. We are blessed beyond measure!

Many Blessings.

 

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