The Greatest Birthday Gift Ever!
Today is my birthday and my anniversary. I’m 41 and Jen and I have been married for 16 years.
I’m not one to put a lot of emphasis on birthdays. Really, for me it’s just another day. It’s a special day, don’t get me wrong. I took off work and we’ll do something special as a family. But it’s special more because it’s our anniversary than because it’s my birthday.
16 years ago I received the greatest birthday gift anyone could ask for: a wonderful woman as my wife. The woman God wanted for me. Like He brought Eve to Adam, God brought Jen to me. This was part of His great plan.
Every birthday I do a little reflection on my life thus far. And every year I come to the same conclusion: I’d be as dumb as a rock and blind as an earthworm if I didn’t see God’s fingerprints all over my life.
To sum it up in three words . . . I’ve been blessed.
Raised by wonderful parents; a full-time job I enjoy; survived cancer; overcame stuttering; published author; best friend for a wife; four beautiful daughters. Saved by God’s grace and promised eternal life in paradise. None of it deserved. All of it a free gift. A blessing.
For me, today is not a celebration of how many years I’ve been on this earth and how many years Jen and I have kept our promise to each other. It’s a celebration of God’s goodness, His faithfulness, His patience and love and kindness. He is the focus of the day!