Daily Archives: May 21, 2014
Birthdays come and birthdays go, but there are those birthdays that have significant meanings. You will always remember them for one reason or another. Sometimes it doesn’t have as much to do with the festivities surrounding them as much as it has to do with what is happening in your life at that time.
My birthday of 2013 will always resonate with me because on that day I attended the viewing and family hour of my beloved sister and best friend. I can recant almost hour-by-hour exactly what I was doing last year. This year there were times when I gazed at the time and would ponder in my spirit exactly what I was doing a year ago. That birthday is forever etched in my mind because of the tremendous loss I experienced. This year’s birthday memories will be because of the many birthday blessings and outpour of love I received.
When I woke up that morning I had no idea what would confront me. I remember experiencing a certain amount of sadness because my sister would always call me first thing in the morning. Suddenly my phone rang, no it was not her. I don’t know what I would have done if it had been. I may not be writing this blog because I would have died of fright…excitement or both. At any rate, at that precise moment the telephone rang. It was a dear friend calling to say Happy Birthday.
Instantly my spirits began to lift and before the day was over and after hundreds of birthday blessings coming from everywhere—Facebook, LinkedIn, text messages and telephone calls, not to mention having my daughter-like and my grandbabies-like surprise me with a birthday cake as well as sharing a birthday meal with family and friends—I was more than okay. I was exuberant!
As the day came to a close, I realized how blessed I really am and just how much God loves me. God gives us the desires of our hearts and He knew that my desire was that I wanted to celebrate my birthday without the grief of last year hovering over it. That is not to say I didn’t think about my beloved sister, but it is to say that whenever I would think about her it was with joy resonating in my spirit and I am happy for her.
The best gift of all was the overwhelming happiness and joy God gave me as I celebrated yet another blessed year of His precious gift of life. He gave me beauty for ashes, joy for mourning and a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness. What more can I ask for?
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To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. Isaiah 61:3 (KJV)
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4 (KJV)
It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion’s exiles. We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. We were the talk of the nations – “God was wonderful to them!” God was wonderful to us; we are one happy people. And now, God, do it again – bring rains to our drought-stricken lives So those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest, So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing. Psalms 126 (MSG)
Father, Thank you for an awesome birthday that I remember for years to come. I thank You for the many people who took time to share in my birthday with me. I pray they will be abundantly blessed. Most of all I thank You for Your overflowing happiness and joy! Amen.