There is simply not enough space in a phone text for my reply to you this morning, so I’m going public!
Happy, Happy Birthday, dear Daughter of my heart!
25 seems like an epic kind of birthday, to be sure. I know when I turned twenty-five, I thought maybe, finally, I would feel mature. Perhaps I would finally feel qualified for adulthood, motherhood, etc. And, maybe, just maybe, the wisdom I thought I had would really be wise enough to share with my peers with some level of confidence.
None of that actually happened for me. I didn’t feel mature; I didn’t feel qualified for motherhood (I had my third baby 2 weeks before my 26th birthday, and as you know my oldest wouldn’t be three for 2 more months!); and I still wondered if I would ever really obtain wisdom!
The amazing thing about 25, though, was that I began to really comprehend the Scripture passages that told me things like, “His strength is made perfect in [my] weakness”; “He gives grace to the humble”; “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
So for me, 25 was a great year. A year of humbling, perhaps, but mostly a year of learning to trust Almighty God, who loved me so much that “He who has begun a good work in [me] will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”. A really good year!
So, now, for my Emily:
May your 25th birthday bring you much joy!
May it be more fun than you’ve imagined (and I know your great imagination!!),
may your gifts be abundant and good,
“…this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
I love you more than you can know!
(BTW, you are more than welcome! It is always fun to shop for you!)
God bless your day!