When it's someone's birthday we often do things like buy them a nice card that says nice things about them and often we add our own personal touch or we give toasts at parties and share what we love about them. For many of our loved ones, there aren't enough words to describe the impact or wonderful characteristics about that person. Well, this season brings about the Birthday of someone very close and near and dear to my heart, in fact they own my heart. I'm talking about the birthday of my Jesus, my precious Savior. If I were to buy a Hallmark car for my Jesus, I would buy a blank one and inside I would I would say...
To My King,
Can't believe it's already been a year since your last birthday, the years seem to be flying by now! Wow, what do you say to the Lord you owe your life to? Lord, I am overwhelmingly grateful for what you've given me. You chose me and you knit me together, nothing about how you made me was an accident. You gave me a husband who loves me and cherishes me and loves you, too and 3 beautiful babies that are healthy and are already learning to love and acknowledge you. We have more family than we can count and friends that are more precious than any material thing this world has to offer. Today, Josh was saying one of the things he has probably taken for granted the most in the past is his health. This year more than ever I have never been more grateful for my health and the health of my family as so many friends are battling very difficult battles with their health. Lord, I don't know why, but you do and you are still on the throne and you have it under control and you have my friends and their families wrapped up in your arms of love and you are taking care of them. Thank you for that and please, Lord, continue to watch over them.
Thank you, Father, for continuing to restore my family. Thank you for blanketing us in a love once undiscovered, but now crashing over us like the ocean tide. It's one of the most beautiful earthly experiences I've ever had. It blows my mind that it's YOUR birthday and you've ALREADY saved us and yet you continue to bless me more than I could have ever imagined. You don't even have to. You've already done so much and yet you continue to just pour into my life and soul. You fill us physically, providing all the material things we need and then some to share with others. You fill me emotionally and hold me together when I'm weary, when I'm aching. You are my defender and I don't have to fight for justice. You give me the words to encourage others when they are down. Lord I pray you continue to use me and refine me.
God, when I've had a bad day and feel like the biggest let down on the planet, You come and whisper in my ear that I'm forgiven and you love me and you've broken the chains of bondage and set me free. I'm no longer a prisoner of my own sin. You help me push those feelings of inadequacy and insecurity far away so I can get back in the race to run with endurance. Thank you, Lord for your unending forgivenes and reassurance.
Jesus, you are my best friend and I long for the day I can see your face and throw myself at your feet and praise you all day and spend your birthdays face to face. Can we still have Christmas in heaven? Every Day? Ahhh, that would be amazing! Thank you for being the Ultimate gift and, Lord, my prayer is for those who have forgotten or do not know you will discover You this Christmas, your love and forgiveness and the blessings you have in store for those that love you. Thank you for what you have already done this season and what you will continue to do in the kingdom.
I can't get enough of the 'winter snow' song because of the lyrics. It captures the essence of your humility and grace. You came so humbly to the earth and you never push your way into anyone's life. You are my King and you came just to show me how much you love ME and so that I can spend forever in paradise with you. Your presence in my life is so real and the only thing that I can ever be sure of. You are enough for me, Jesus. Abba, I love you and I pray I honor you on your birthday and everyday. And forgive me for the times I fall short, Father. You are the most precious gift I have, Jesus. And I pray, Lord, you give me boldness, humility and your light shines bright through me so I can share you with others so that they may come to know you, too. To really know you; closely & intimately. I pray we only get closer this year, God. I need more and more of you. There can never be enough. I wanna be more like you in every way. I want my shortcomings to be less and less frequent. I am ever so grateful that you are so patient with my Peter-like ways and mouth. I pray that you take every part of my being and use it to glorify your holy name.
Thank you so much, Jesus. I hope you are glorified on your birthday and everyday this year by your servants here on earth anxiously awaiting your return. I pray as we go into this new year Lord that I have an ear to hear and a willing heart to do whatever it is that will draw me nearer to you, Daddy.