There are times in your life when God takes you by the hand and says, “it’s ok… you are loved… I am here with you.”  Today was one of those days for me.  Today is my birthday… 39th to be exact.  I figure I only have a few more good years left in me before I start falling apart.  At least, that’s what people tell me!

I know that I’ve said it before, but I am a part of an amazing church!  If you aren’t, I suggest that you find one!  The people at my church are truly my family.  I love my “real” family dearly, but the church family that God has provided me stands in the geographical gap that the military has placed in our lives.

I was trying to maintain a positive outlook for my birthday, but honestly didn’t have much hope.  My husband isn’t here to do all the birthday preparations and since the boys can’t mash the gas pedal and steer the truck at the same time, I didn’t figure I’d get a card from them either.  God had a different plan though.  God knew that I needed a little ray of sunshine amidst the strains of my daily life.  He provided!  I am truly humbled at the love and care that my friends and family have shown me the past few days, but especially today.

I don’t know how to express my gratitude to each of you that called, emailed, Facebook’ed, texted, said “happy birthday,” sent cards, gave gifts, and just spent time with me.  Life gets kind of tough here most days, but today was filled with sunshine.  I love you all more than you know.  My heart is humbled and filled with the love of Christ that shines through each one of you!  (Below are some birthday highlights.)

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29

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