So it's that time of year again....time for another candle to be added to the birthday cake, another wrinkle (or two) discovered on my face, a few more gray hairs to be covered and a time to mentally review the last 365 days!!! Yep, today is my 41st birthday!! Not quite the milestone that the 40th birthday was, but I can honestly say that I'm excited to celebrate all that God has done in me in the past year!!
As I look at how my relationship with God has grown deeper and stronger through all of the ups and downs of the past year, I am thankful for God's sovereign plan. I'm still a work in progress, but each day He is showing me more and more about who He is and what His plan is for me. I'm learning something new each day about what it means to be a Christian. It's not a social status or a character quality I aspire to be. It is who I am, a follower of Christ. It's a complete recreation of my thoughts and actions. It's acknowledging my failures and need for Christ's forgiveness. It's the basis for every breath that I take and every word that I say. It changes the way I live my daily life as mom, wife and friend.
There are many days when I blow it and allow my flesh to take over. I lose control and allow my emotions to dictate my words or my actions. I forget that my job as a parent is to be a godly example for my children to follow and to train them up according to God's plan for their lives. I forget that God has called me to be a help mate to my husband. I sometimes try to do it all on my own. In my own strength, I get overwhelmed by the daily struggles and forget that "his grace is sufficient". But when I do He quickly reminds me that I am His child and He delights in me. He delights in forgiving me, sustaining me, comforting me, leading me and purifying me. He is my Heavenly Father who takes pleasure in providing for me everyday of my life.
I celebrate that I am fearfully and wonderfully made in God's image. I celebrate that before I was formed, God knew me and loved me. I celebrate the purpose and plan that God has for me on this earth. I celebrate the people he has placed in my life to travel with me on this earthly journey. I celebrate the struggles that He uses to teach me to depend fully on Him and His provision. I celebrate the miracles and the answered prayers that proclaim His power. I celebrate His birth, death and resurrection. I celebrate the hope of his return and the promise of eternal life.
Each candle on the birthday cake is a reminder that God's perfect work in me is not yet complete. I will strive to be like Him and will fail. I will surrender my life one moment and take it back the next. I will proclaim the power of His name and then doubt His timing. Through all of my victories and failures, God will be chiseling, pruning and shaping me. Until His perfect work is complete in me, I will celebrate each day in this world by continuing to strive to be like Him, by continuing to surrender my life and continuing to proclaim His power. For every birthday that God allows me to celebrate here on earth, I will do it focused on eternity.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.