Birthday thoughts

First, thanks to my husband for his kind birthday thoughts. And then, thanks to those of you who took the time to jump from his blog to mine to wish me a happy birthday.

I had a very nice day celebrating. My children gave me their gifts on Sunday, and Mark and I had a free babysitter (Thanks Ronda!) for all 4 children on Monday night so we could go out to dinner. It was enjoyable to have adult conversation and to not have to cut anyone else’s food or give a bottle to anyone. However, I will say that on this birthday when I am approaching 40, I am most thankful for the wonderful family God has given me. I am truly blessed, and I often forget my blessings and complain about the negatives in my life. My prayer for the next year of my life is that I will pay more attention to the positive things God has given me and push through the negatives. The first scripture that comes to mind is one I make my children say when they are grumpy–Phil. 2:14- “Do everything without grumbling or complaining.” (Verse 15 is actually pretty good to think on, too.) I often find that reading all of Philippians is a good way for me to have an attitude adjustment. Anyway, I digress . . . So if you ever think of praying for me, pray that I will “dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.” (Ps 37:3)

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