Hello, wonderful friends, how are you today? How was your weekend? “How was mine”, you ask?  Do you have the time? Because this may take a while.   Well, its like this, first…  Well, actually, I’m sorry, it’s not about me, is it? How are you doing? Have you been able to make lemonade with life’s lemons? Tell me all about it; I’m listening. I am…. I promise.    

But first, or should that have been second? Please forgive me, my friends.  Lately, I’ve been slacking in responding to comments in a timely manner, and also reading and commenting on your posts.  Because the girls were at college (they’re home, yeah!), I added a few things to my schedule.  A wise friend once told me, “when you say yes to something, you are saying no to other things”; a very wise friend, indeed.  In my schedule, there are chores, events, activities and duties that must be done. No excuses! But if some things are not intentionally given the priority they deserve, unfortunately, they will fall to the wayside. Please forgive me, my schedule is quite chaotic and out of control, I absolutely feel like a fish drowning in an ocean.  Is that possible? But the visual is good, isn’t it?   I have dedicated a time frame to read, like and comment, because that’s what friends do, right? We encourage and build up each other. Thanks for understanding.  

Did I tell you this coming Friday is my birthday? No? Well, I’m sorry about that, I shall rectify that immediately. Hey friends, this coming Friday is my birthday!   Yeah!  Can you see me cheering for me? Well, I am…. Cheering for me, that is! I love birthdays. Birthdays and anniversaries (wedding) are my favorite events to celebrate.  Birthdays are a gift from God, so many people did not see their birthday, this year.  Birthdays are special and they should be celebrated.  As I get older, I get to appreciate the person the Lord is making me out to be.  

As I get older, I become more confident in God’s love for me.  As each birthday rolls around, wisdom is becoming slightly more pronounced than the year before, because of the time spent in the Word of God. Each birthday brings beauty, especially in people.  As the story of my life continue for another year, I am more assured of the Lord’s faithfulness and grace.  I know I can count on Him more today than last year.  I still struggle with self-control and impatience, but perhaps not as badly as last year.  I am learning to run to the Lord faster. I am learning to choose my battles; that not everything needs drama. I am learning to enjoy the quiet, I don’t always seek to fill every silence with noise.  I am learning to count my blessings and trust the Lord with the problems and issues, I can do nothing about anyway.  I have found that when I count my blessings, I see the steadiness of my Lord.  

Each birthday warns me to live life fully, to seize the beauty in each day given, because next year’s birthday isn’t promised. I am reminded as my birthday draws nearer that heaven is eternal, but earth and its things are temporary. I need to value even more the people the Lord has entrusted in my life.  Each year reminds me to monitor my thoughts and my feelings to ensure they are truthful.  They are prone to whisper lies to my soul in order to lead me astray. Each birthday is one to grasp, take stock, make changes in order to make a difference; in order to be different. Each year, the Lord allows me to see, tells me, “don’t be in a hurry to close doors that the Lord has opened and don’t apply pressure to closed doors in order to open them”.  Each birthday reminds me that I’m in the ‘older women’ category and I must be ready to encourage and edify the younger women coming up behind me. 

Birthdays are special I love birthdays; I think of it as a day set aside just for me. My day! One day in that year, that’s all mine.  It’s my birth-day.  It is a day of giving thanks, because this birthday came with no guarantees. It is an opportunity to look back on the past year and count my my blessings, for they are numerous. Personally, I think it’s a day from the Lord specially designed me.

How do you celebrate your birthday?   That’s why you should do it. Do it! I dare you 

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