Happy birthday to me! This is my 54th birthday. Hooray!
It's still dark outside and I am smiling as I consider how fine each day is. Each day is a gift and provides an opportunity to see and know the secrets He reveals.
No price tag can be attached to real love. I'm so thankful that all my life, I've been bathed in His grace.
The way He made me is simple and simply unique. I thank Him.
Where He has me now is good. At school, when it is time for the Pledge of Allegiance, I say to the students, "Stand up, Americans!" They think that is a funny thing to say, but I say it because I have a lovely land to live in and I'm grateful.
I am very aware of the passage of time. The flower does fade and eternity is a sweet truth. My hope for myself is awareness. I want to slow down the chatter in my mind and be fully present. This is a challenge.
I take great comfort in knowing that I am in the flock of sheep that follows the Shepherd. I am bumping up against those next to me, taking my steps slowly, and trusting in my Leader. It's not a mindset I speak of; it is a captured heart.
This earthy life is a mere blip. That's why we struggle so as we try to create a life for ourselves. We decorate our walk here and we critique our doings. When we are finished with this life, I feel sure we will not care about all the fussy stuff we obsessed about before. We shall join the One who knows all and is ALL. Hooray!
I have to proctor reading tests today, but for two of my class meetings, we'll eat cupcakes together. FUN!
So, I invite YOU to my birthday party. Let's have it somewhere outdoors. Let's breathe in the fresh free air, hold hands and let gratefulness fill our hearts. We can bow our heads together in a wordless prayer. After that, I shall serve you a pink cupcake with sprinkles and a gumdrop on top. CHEERS!
I hope you have an apple-eating, feet-skipping, hug-around-your-dear-shoulders kind of day!