I know it's been a while since I've posted, but in case you haven't noticed, it's my birthday! So I thought I would celebrate.
In years past, I haven't always felt so inclined to celebrate. I always felt like something was missing. However, I've since learned that what I was missing was not so much outward as inward. I spent so much time wishing for what I didn't have, that I didn't appreciate the gifts I already had.
I am thankful for the 35 years God has given me. I'm thankful that I am still able to celebrate my birthday with my family, and that I still have the health to enjoy it. I'm thankful for the greatest gift anyone could ever receive, and that's the gift of my salvation, bought and paid for by my Savior. I'm thankful that, by His grace, I now am able to accept and appreciate my life as it is right now.
And I'm thankful for this birthday! I got to see two of my favorite groups (Tribute quartet and the Talleys) last night and spent time with my family today.
I didn't get any expensive gifts, just a few thoughtful ones. I didn't go out to eat at a fancy restaurant, but stayed home for tacos. I didn't have a party with friends, but spent an evening with some of my favorite singers and a few dozen strangers.
And that was all right with me.
I don't need a lot. I have my family. I have my health. I have a future to look forward to. I've had 35 years of love, laughter, and life. And I have my Jesus.
What better gift could I possibly ask for?