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The Joy of the G-Word

1 Samuel 1:27 — I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. (NIV).

Proverbs 17:6 – Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers (ESV)

Today is my grandson’s birthday.  He will be nine – his last year with a single digit age.  He is closer to being a teen-ager than a toddler.  He is my height and wears the same size shoe as his mom.  I’m sitting with my coffee and my photo albums, looking back over the years, and strolling down Memory Lane.  I look at his newborn pictures and remember the night we got “the on-the-way-to-the-hospital, this-is-it” call.  My husband and I were sound asleep with the phone rang but wide-awake the second that our son spoke those magic words!  Any other time, we lived about four hours away from the hospital, but those interstate speed limits can sometimes just be suggestions — and not very realistic ones at all!  We spent the night either dozing or pacing in the hospital lobby, but when the elevator doors opened to reveal our son’s beaming face, the long night was forgotten.  I still get teary at the memory of seeing shaymicahmemy baby holding his baby for the first time.  From the moment I first saw my grandson, I called him my precious darling.  When he was two, someone told him that he was too big to be my precious darling.  His immediate reply was “I will ALWAYS be her precious darling”!!  Smart, cute, and a prophet! I think of how much I love this little boy, and it takes my breath away.  I have spent hours sitting with him and watching the same movie over and over and over again.  I have cried because his feelings were hurt.  I have been livid because he was treated unfairly.  I watch him grow and feel such pride.  I pray for him to become the man that You want him to be.  He is such a bold witness for you at this young age, and I pray that his enthusiasm for Your kingdom will mature and grow even stronger as his body does the same.  I know that somewhere there is a little girl growing up to be his wife, and I pray for her too.  I prayed for this child before he was born, and You have given me more than I even asked of You.  He truly is the crown of his grandparents.  Thank You, Lord for allowing us the blessing of this precious child.  And thank You for those sweet words that make my heart swell and bubble over with joy – “I love you, Granny”.

A Celebration of a Different Sort

Luke 7: 33-34 — For John the Baptist did not come eating bread or drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ (HCSB)

 

Revelation 21:4 –He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (ESV)

 

2 Corinthians 1:3 – He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us (NLT)

 

Lord, I’m drinking my coffee this morning and thinking of my sweet friend.  Today is her birthday, but it’s not a happy birthday because it is the first one since her mom went to be with You.  They had a yearly tradition of eating birthday cake and playing board games, just the two of them.  Not only will she miss her mom this year, but she will miss what would have definitely been a night of mom-made-cake and board games and laughing until they cried!  But, this year there won’t be any mom-made-cake, no board games, and my friend’s tears won’t be from laughter.  Lord, I believe You and my friend’s mom are sitting together right now, talking about the day my friend was born, remembering past birthday celebrations, and sharing a laugh or two.  I have no Bible verses to back that up, but I do have verses that tell about how You liked to hang out with Your friends and enjoy good food (Luke 7:33-34).  Personally, I believe if the word “glutton” came into play, there had to be cake and ice cream involved!  Lord, You understand that my friend misses the joy and comfort that her mother provided.  Mothers give comfort by giving us hugs, kissing our booboos, and making us birthday cakes.  The memories of those times of comfort are precious and will forever give a warm feeling and a smile and even maybe a tear.  2 Corinthians 1:3 tells us that You give us comfort.  Just as mom would give us comfort, You give us comfort when we come to You, and it is comfort beyond even the greatest comfort that a mom can offer.  Lord, You never promised that we wouldn’t be sad, but You promised Your comfort when we are hurting.  As believers, we know that one day we will be reunited with our loved ones and we will be with You.  What a wonderful time it will be when it is the one true God who wipes our tears, tells us there will never again be booboos, and everyday will be a celebration!!

Gray Hair

gray hairProverbs 20:29 – The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is gray hair. (HCSB)

Proverbs 16:21 – Gray hair is a glorious crown; it is found in the way of righteousness (HCSB)

As I sip my coffee this morning I am thinking about a birthday party we attended recently. My friend just celebrated her 50th birthday. As with all of the milestone birthdays, there were a lot of “over the hill” and black decorations.  Many of her gifts had to do with advanced aging — diapers, memory enhancers, walking canes.  Her still-in-their-40s friends thought these gifts were quite humorous and encouraged all the guests to follow that line of gift giving.  As someone who is very close to her “leaving the 50s behind” birthday, it seemed ridiculous for me to take part in the over the hill at 50 idea, but I did start thinking about aging.  As a child, we are some number and a half.  We are so proud of getting older; we just can’t wait another six months to be that next number.  Sometimes we can’t even wait to get to the half mark so we are “almost”.  Your 6th birthday may have been two weeks ago, but you are “almost 7”.  Then those wondrous and life-is-going-to-be-amazing birthdays come into sight – 16, 18,  21!  Then the writers say you turn 30, push 40, reach 50, and make it to 60.  Wow!  What an image that creates!  It sounds as if we are climbing the steep rock wall of aging and just barely holding on.  I recently read that Americans spent over $25 million MORE on anti-aging skin care products in 2011 than in 2010.  I don’t know if that’s true but again…..wow!  The media tries to convince us that we need to be more concerned about the age we look than the life we live.  We chase after what we think will give us a better life by trying to fight the inevitable effects of aging and then lie about our age.  When did aging become so bad of a thing that we hide it as in shame?  I’ll readily admit that I miss the mornings of springing out of bed, ready for a day of activities.  Now just getting out of the bed is an activity! But 2 Corinthians 4:16 says “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (NIV).  Lord, help me to see my gray hair as a crown instead of as a punishment.  Help me not be so consumed with my outward appearance and what others see that I lose sight of what You see.  Lord, I want to be the person described in Psalm 92:14 and bear fruit in my old age.  Thank you Lord for Your great blessings.