Happy Birthday

Screaming HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of my favorite girls. Words cannot express how much of a beautiful person this one is turning out to be. I feel so incredibly blessed by God to be called her mother. She's 10 now, and already she's demonstrating an immense love for God, a leading character worthy to be mentioned, a surprising apt to save, and a sweet tooth just like my own. And to think, that at one point in time, we thought that we were "good to go" before you. Now we know, that life simply wouldn't be considered life without you.

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No holiday should manipulate you to the point where you’re going into debt just to show someone that you love them.
— Jim Carrey

Trust me, I thought about showering Ayana with gifts today; I think almost any parent would have that thought, initially. However, I quickly remembered what our good Lord says about possessions.

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
— Luke 12:15

And then I remembered the goals that babe and I have set forth to accomplish, for ourselves and for our family. And then I remembered the children that we are in the process of raising, and how we're teaching them to be good stewards and amazing human beings. Ayana confirmed all of this for me when she said…

The most important thing about my birthday, is that I get to spend it with my family.

My God, how you reveal the most amazing things to us at precisely the right times. God seeks to keep the paths straight of all who seek, love, and choose to follow Him. I knew that the desire to buy her things would come to me, it almost always does; especially during holidays and special days like today. But I also knew that that desire was something that I needed (and still do need) to work out within myself. It was a conversation that God and I would have to have in order to repair what was (and still is) not right within me.

I know now not to worry, that she will be celebrated today. But what we aspire to leave her with is something far more valuable than any store-bought thing. It won’t be something that she can just throw into a box and forget about until later. What we plan to give her is something that she can hold onto for life, and it’ll mean just the same tomorrow, next month, next year, and beyond; love, memories, and more reasons to smile. No way that you can put a price on those things. No way that we can exist, truly exist, without them. Now, you tell me what's worth more than its weight in gold.