Today's my Birthday

My big sister and me
This year I turn 61 and 38*…physical birth, spiritual birth.

There actually have been similarities in my physical and spiritual growth processes. 

As a baby Christian God wiped my nose and hand-fed me. Things were pretty easy. 

In the early years His Word was my new friend and every lesson an exciting discovery. 

Awkward growth spurts followed when I became a spiritual adolescent. Then I spent far too long in the know-it-all stage of teens/twenties. 

Eventually God began to trust me with the responsibilities and hardships of spiritual adulthood. Sometimes I made Him proud, sometimes I staggered from the pain and sank into self-pity, and often I longed for the easier years of spiritual childhood. 

But babies can’t experience God’s fullness. We learn and grow through adult responsibilities and adult difficulties.**

Today, as I turn 61 and 38, please ask God to help me keep growing. And this is my prayer for you too!
**See 1 Peter 2:2-3 and Hebrews 5:11-14
* My spiritual birthday is actually a few months prior to my physical birthday  

If you'd like to read my post on my 60th birthday last year it's here: Life Expectancy.   

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16 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to you, Gail! May your physical BD be a very special day full of many blessings and may your spiritual BD also be as special! I so admire and appreciate the wisdom you share! And I love the picture of you and your sister!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words and birthday wishes, Brenda! : )

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  2. Love that picture. And Happy Birthday!

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  3. Happy Birthday, Gail! I have recently discovered your blog, and it is so nice to wake up to one of your "love notes" each morning - great way to start the day! May the Lord richly bless your 62nd (and 39th) year, and continue to inspire you daily with tidbits to enrich your readers' lives.

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement about Bible Love Notes and your birthday prayer for me! : )

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  4. Happy Birthday, Gail!! What a blessing you have been to me and so many others in the blogisphere. I hope that this is a very special day for you as you celebrate both your physical and spiritual birthdays. I just love the picture of you and your sister!!

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    1. That blessing goes both ways, Judith. You are a blessing to me and others. Thanks for your birthday wishes. : )

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  5. Happy Birthday, Gail. May you have a blessed day! Thank you for the excellent devotionals.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words and birthday wishes. : )

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  6. Happy Birthday Gail. Hope you have recovered from your fall. I thoroughly enjoyed all your postings about your trip, especially the flea market & your finds :o) May you continue to feel God's presence for many more years!

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    1. Thank you so much, Frances. I appreciate your kind words. : )

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  7. Gail have a very happy birthday! May God continue to shower you with his unending blessings. Thank you for all you do.

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  8. A bit late, but wishing you a Happy Birthday! Hope your day was extra special! Appreciate your encouraging words here on your blog ...

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