What to do for your 7th birthday



If you’re celebrating your 7th birthday, one of the best things to do is share an Oreo milkshake with your friend.  Yummy!  Happy birthday, Lauren!  We love your little princess and we enjoy watching you graduate from being a little girl to being a big girl.  You are a delight to our lives.  Love you, Mom and Dad

How to spend your 9th birthday

What is the best way to spend your 9th birthday?  The answer is: do a Christmas rap performance for your church family.  Blake was definitely one of the stars of the show today.  But really, we pray that he will be a star in life.  Daddy and I don’t say that in a cheezy way, but in an eternal way, for it says in Philippians 2:15-16, “. . . you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.”  Happy birthday, Blaker boy!  We love you more than words can say.

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Getting ready to get the groove on!

December Bible reading

It’s time to be accountable again for my Bible reading.  I’m still in Psalms.  It’s talking me awhile to get through it, but that’s okay because it’s a long book!  Right now I’m in the middle of 119.  Yesterday I read verse 18, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”  This verse resonated with me.  I don’t want to see God’s Word as something boring and burdensome and full of rules and regulations.  Rather, I want to see it as a love letter to me from the Lord, as a guide to live the life that I was meant to live with joy, peace, fullness, and satisfaction.  But that outlook toward the Bible will only come from the Holy Spirit.  I can’t just muster it from my own determination.  But I can receive it as a gift from God.

I recently read Psalm 110.  I’ve probably read it before, but maybe I noticed it more this time because of the holiday season.  As I was reading this one and seeing phrases such as “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool under my feet,” or “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek,”  I kept thinking that this surely sounded like things I’ve read about Jesus in the New Testament.  This psalmist is talking about Jesus, and he probably didn’t even know it!

I pray that your (and my) Bible reading doesn’t get lost in the busy December season.  I had to implement a rule that my feet don’t even touch the floor in the morning until I’ve opened the Word.  This has been a very effective rule for me for many months.  Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  So I should probably start with his Word before I start with my feet and my path.

Blessings to you.