For my birthday this year, I got to work on cleaning and lifting and walking the dog and cleaning more and walking more and then an amazing fancy surf and turf dinner at Longhorn.
All that was wonderfully great. But if I had a birthday wish to come true (which I was never ever ever asked what I wanted for my birthday), I would want something like Christian Americans to stand up for the rights of the unborn and elderly and poor. I would want to slap every Christian stuck in their selfish comfort rut across the face and demand they wake up and smell the needs around. I would personally put crooked politicians right into jail and throw away the key because no one else is doing their jobs to do so. I would kick every church in their pampered behinds and demand they put missions before their buildings and comfort.
Maybe this is why no one has ever asked me what I would really want for my birthday. It is a scary answer. It is an answer steeped in truth and reality and a decisive desire to obey God and want for others to do so to.
But apart from that, my birthday was wonderful. Maybe next year, I will demand my birthday wishes. Maybe sooner…
And I have work to do. My mom is suddenly wanting to house hunt, which means I hunt houses for her. This is with the goal to spend less per month. I get it, but all of a sudden it is urgent, like inmediately. And we are converting the back patio into a sunroom/Florida room so I am helping our carpenter with making the storage wall and soon will put in windows where screens were. And I have some catching up of cleaning to do after a very busy week of gigs and us just getting my daughter well. Busy, busy, busy and… tomorrow’s my birthday. 45th birthday at that. So… my world will keep going as if nothing happened but I will consciously spend more time in prayer with my Lord. That will make it special. And I am very happily, joyfully content with that. God is so very good!❤❤❤
My mother gave birth to me during this month. That means I was conceived some time in May. Since May, I was a growing baby. And I grew miraculously until I was mature enough to come out into this world and breathe on my own. I was fully functional long before that but just not big enough yet. And I was born on February 16th. And this birth month I am not as excited to celebrate my birthday or birth month as is my custom. I am sorrowful for the babies who are now able to be murdered because of some heartless, evil politicians and the heartless, evil people who elected them and approved and even cheered this heartless, evil decision. It was a dark day in our country and if people do not rise up and demand it be overturned and at the least isolated, we will all face the judgment of God. And that is a matter of national security as surely as loose borders are. And this is the deep mournful concern on my heart during this month I used to celebrate. How can I celebrate life when my American brothers and sisters are celebrating death? How can any of us?💔
More than any other joy-enriching exercise is music. I am listening now to A Clampton Christmas and feel joy in me grow. It makes me happy he is still good at and doing the music he loves. I love also the classics. No one on the planet could do White Christmas better than the dreamy rich Bing Crosby. So many classics of Christmas makes me so happy but moreso was our church singing Christmas hymns of old together, all worshipping our Jesus, whose birth is the reason Christmas is joyful and worth the celebration. So, listen to some good Jesus celebrating music today and tomorrow and have a joyful, very merry and blessed Christmas celebration, the best birthday party ever!!! I love you and more importantly, so does Jesus!!! XOXO😄❤🎁🎄
So my son is officially a Teenager today!!! Woo hoo! So, we already had the party but today he picks the menu and we started the day with bacon and scrambled eggs. And if course, we are roller blading and swimming today… his favorite things. And I am so blessed by God with this amazing boy. He has had so much difficulty with step parents but he has had a lot of good stuff and strong Bible teaching and is developing into a really good, godly man. I am thankful and blessed that God is blessing him with ledership and integrity and strength. I love my boy! God is so good and I am very appreciative!❤
Busy moments are mostly behind us now and I am gradually catching up on chores and getting back to full days of school and house cleaning and groceries. There certainly are a lot of “normal” duties this housewife handles. Thank God for watering my garden for me as the poor neglected plants would have looked their neglect if it weren’t for God who sent rain and cared for them. A little weeding and we’ll be back on track there. And I caught up on great blogs I had missed… thankfully they were in print and saved for me to catch up on.
These were busy 2 weeks. That was an understatement. I ignored all tech and my phone for days, just did life and birthday parties (that I make a lot of) and dinners and meetings, some consults, starting the Christmas songs with the kids at church (making me the kids choir director now), pe coaching, missionary meeting in Avon Park, Busch Gardens, homemade pies and cakes for birthdays, sticking to my diet so cooking separately for my meals, baseball games, fasting and prayer, all so hectic and crazy.
And the biggest take – away from busy times in life is this:… (dramatic pause… deep breath)… God is with me wherever I go and I can talk to Him all the time. So simple. He loves the big things we do for Him and the million tiny things we do for Him. We just keep Him first. And I used to get behind in my spirit when I got busy and as a leader and worker by nature, busy used to be distractions away from God. But praise God, He has transformed and corrected that thinking and helped me embrace how He made me. I am His and He is always with me. And my busy is worship to Him because I include Him in it all and keep Him first and most n important in my mind and heart. ❤
Yay! Birthdays!! In these first two weeks of October, we are celebrating three birthdays in our home. Today is my husband’s, tomorrow is my daughter’s and 12 days later is my son’s. Many parties, much baking, days off school, special meals, all on top of normal life and busyness. So wow! Busy couple of weeks.
Despite this, I am still fasting on Wednesdays because I am needing that closeness to the Lord. So fast with me or just pray with me at meal times if you would also like to be closer to the Lord and unify our prayers for greater intensity and resolve before the Lord God. Celebrations without thanks and praise to God are just shallower and less meaningful. So pray on and we will pray on while living this crazy life together. 😄❤