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Friday, January 24, 2014

Party like it’s my birthday (because it is)

Teach us to number our days,
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalms 90:12 (NIV)

Everything I need I have. Everything else is a bonus.
Let's party like it's my birthday, because it is.
Today I turn 50. It is a milestone. It is a miracle. When you consider that every day is a miracle,  having experienced 50 years’ worth of them is remarkable. I am abundantly blessed. I realized today that My Beloved held my hand as I entered my 30s, my 40s, and now my 50s. He reminded me that he also helped me celebrate my 16th and my 21st. In many ways he is my life; in all the best ways.

We participated in creating two remarkable people, our daughter and son. I have an amazing assortment of friends, most notably my Gayle and my BFF. I have a tribe of writing sisters that have opened my world and broken my heart in all the best and most lasting ways and I wouldn’t trade a thing.

I have experienced great sadness. I have known extraordinary joy.  I am absolutely assured that for all the good that I have in my life, like Job, The Lord will bless the latter part of my life more than the former. (Job 42:12) 

Barnes notes on the Bible explains Psalms 90:12 as follows, “If anyone knew when, and where, and how he was to die, it might be presumed that this would exert an important influence on him in forming his plans, and on his general manner of life. The prayer is, that God would enable us to act "as if" we had such a view.” I Lord, am doing my very best to pay attention.

A birthday wish? That people might see God through me; in spite of me. That I might be steadfastly centered in His Will. That I might always remember the remarkable Joy He bestowed upon me during the hardest times. I am deeply grateful. I am overwhelmed by the gift that life is, that I am one of 4 living generations of women in my family….at my age. Everything I need I have. Everything else is a bonus.

Faithful Giver of Life, let your face shine on me. 
Hold me in your steadfast love. 
Let me know your forgiveness, for I call upon You. 
Let all my fears be cast out. 
Let me speak with the integrity of truth. 

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