There once was a day that I dreaded my birthday. I dreaded people knowing my age. There once was a day I would’ve dreaded not wearing foundation. Much less taken a picture with a foundation-less face, at the end of a long day. There once was a day I would never have taken a silly selfie boomerang...much less posted it.
All of the above were true at one point, because I used to be so consumed by what others thought of me. Too young, too old, too silly, too proper, too many blemishes, too conceited, too shy, etc. etc. etc. There was no end to it.
Today is my birthday and my heart bursts with gratitude to Jesus for the life I have in Him. My heart and my mind are set on Him alone.
Oh how freeing it is to be turning 33 and posting a cheesy selfie boomerang at the end of a long day, with my messy makeup, foundation-less, greasy, freckly face, and (as my sweet niece would say, dark pillows under my eyes.) News flash—This is the very sleepy face of a woman with real deal struggles, who although may look like she has it all together, at times feels like she’s losing her mind. Who, perhaps doesn’t take as good of care of herself as she should. Who, according to others, probably has too much on the go. Who, at times, is not proud of the wife and momma that she is. Who, perhaps is not always the best friend, sister, daughter, or aunt.
But today she is thankful, because she is surrounded by family and friends that love her and enrich her life deeply. Many times the sleep she looses is due to how deeply she loves them, and others, in return.
But most of all, she is thankful because God’s grace has freed her from all insufficiency. She’s no longer a slave to sin and fear—she’s been brought into God’s family, through Jesus, and is called a child of God. His grace is enough! Jesus is enough!
If just remembering that every year was my birthday gift—it would be enough for a lifetime.
Happy and thankful to be this 33 year old young lady today, coffee-stained teeth and all. 🧐🤪 ☕️ The best is yet to come. #womenwithoutrival #33yearsyoung #jesus #happybirthdaytome #boomerangselfie