Today is my birthday. It's funny to me that I decided to post this, because truth be told, I am not really a birthday person. (This is no surprise to some of you, who extend me grace year after year and belated card after belated card!) I have come to realize that events just really aren't my thing and that I'm much more about the every day.
Of course birthdays for our kids are extra special days, but still in a sweet, simple kind of way. I suppose we do it bigger than usual for the first birthday, but then it's quite literally all down hill from there! Every so often we throw a "friend" party, but most years birthdays here are celebrated with special meals (their choice), a few gifts, homemade cards, and cake and ice cream. Nothing fancy, but fun for the birthday kid and for the rest of us as well. I have to believe that my children won't grow up harboring bitterness that bounce castles and petting zoos were never rented, trips never taken, clowns never hired, and elaborate character cakes never made. I do believe, however, that they are always quite satisfied at the end of a birthday day and they like how we do it.
So today will be much the same for me. Sweet, simple, and from the heart. The kids have been busy gift-making, and I cannot wait to open them all to see how they thought of me this year. I predict that Dan will give me the day off of kitchen and dish duty. He will stick around long enough this morning for me to take a jog and a long shower before he heads off to a meeting. My one special request is for some uninterrupted time at the sewing machine at some point today, in hopes of finishing up some projects that were started too long ago. Friends, right now in my life I it's the little things I cherish.
I really am not writing this post to solicit birthday wishes, but instead to show you a prayer that I began my week with. It was spoken in church on Sunday, and so appropriate for me this week, my birthday week.
In my years on this earth, thirty-seven today, I have been wildly blessed. I have a God and family and friends who love me. I have learned so much along the way. But I have even more left to learn.
Friends, thank you for being who you are. I love you, whether I ever remember your birthday or not. :)
Our great and everlasting God, You dwell in unapproachable light, You search and know the thoughts and intentions of the heart; we confess that we have not loved you with all our heart, nor with all our soul, nor with all our mind, nor with all our strength; nor our neighbors as ourselves. We have love what we ought not to have loved; we have coveted what is not ours; we have not been content with Your provisions for us. We have complained in our hearts about our family, about our friends, about our health, about our occupations, about Your church, and about our trials. We have sought security in those things which perish, rather than in You, the Everlasting God. Chasten, cleanse, and forgive us, through Jesus Christ, who is able for all time to save us who approach You through him, since he always lives to make intercession for us. Amen.