• Jill Jarrell Newsome

Today Is Your Birthday

Today is my husband, Mike's, birthday. For my birthday, he played the guitar and sang, "To Make You Feel My Love" to me. Then our friend wrote a song and sang to me. It totally took away the romantic, sweet, mood and brought much laughter! He always writes on the spot and thinks we don't know that! Then my friend picked up the guitar and said this was for me. She had learned to play "Happy Birthday" on the guitar and sang to me. She told me I could not post it! So I was asked what I will sing for Mike. For those of you who know me, know that won't happen! But I will write a blog for Mike!


As I have said recently, I believe birthdays are to celebrated. There were birthday celebrations in the Bible. Matthew 14: 6, "On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much." I believe birthdays are an opportunity to thank God for a life. When we celebrate a birthday we can remember that they were made in the image of our Father. We can remember how much our heavenly Father loves us. Only God knew when it was time to form Mike in his mother's womb. He filled us with what we needed to fulfill His plan and filled us with gifts to change the world. God knew when Mike would grace the world with His presence just as He lets each of us make a grand entrance.


Birthdays remind us of our beginnings with God. They are exciting but no more exciting than our second birth. John 3: 3, "Jesus replied, 'Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.'" This is the most important decision we will make in our spiritual life because we are not Christians until we do this. While we are grateful for the past, we can look forward to the future God has planned for us. Remember, God created us to serve a purpose in this world for His kingdom. When we have a birthday it is a reminder that we still have work to do. You know what I am going to say. If you ain't dead, you ain't done. It is also a reminder that you have another chance to fulfill your mission.

1 Corinthians 13:11–12, "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." On our birthdays we can be thankful for the wisdom God has given us. While we may not want our physical bodies to get old, we do want our spirits to mature and grow in the Lord. We want to grow in grace. Birthdays are a good time to let go of regrets of what we have or have not done. Instead look at what God is doing through us.


Today I celebrate Mike and the person God has created Him to be. I give thanks to God for the process that Mike continues to go through to become that person. Mike, I am not just wishing for you to have a happy birthday. I am praying that you are blessed with your hearts desires, lots of love and lots of laughter! I love you!


"You know you are getting old when the little old gray-haired lady you helped across the street is your wife." And that is not us... yet!

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