There’s something about one’s birthday that makes you stop and consider how special they are. Like anything, we are in danger of becoming overly familiar with those we love most, and it’s important to stop and reflect on the blessing that person adds to your life. Whether its your children, spouse, parent, or friend, each is a creation of unequal worth.
Our children do not belong to us. We are privileged to raise them, God has counted us trustworthy to nurture them in his ways, but we have to raise them to release them. God has plans to prosper them, and he has already written about each day of their life. He has even ordained praise from their lips!
Our children are a heritage and a reward from the Lord. They are like arrows in the hands of a warrior and blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.
It needs to be said that children are not a burden! Yes, they require training, effort, sacrifice. They reveal how very self-absorbed we are. Raising children is a chance to die to self.
Each family has a differing style of celebrating birthdays. We generally have a small party with our immediate family and maybe a few friends. But the whole day is about that person. We make yogurt parfaits for breakfast and open presents first thing in the morning.
Of course the birthday cake and birthday meal fit into the day. But the culmination of the celebration is when Dad prays for that child. A father’s blessing is powerful. Even though my husband is a pastor, he is surprisingly brief when it comes to prayer. His philosophy is that we can pray for the world later, at meal time we pray over the food! But you should see each child beam when Dad comes to their place at the table, places his hands on their shoulders, and thanks God for the growth and accomplishments of the year and asks for anointing and blessing in the year to come. You will not find a bigger smile anywhere.
This year my ‘baby’ is turning 3. It is especially tender for me as our last baby would be due in about a month. But I am so thankful for the children God has given me! Celebrate your children, pray over their lives. Pray they will know the calling on their life at an early age. Pray they will love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Pray for their spouses, that they will be men and women of God. I often find myself praying for my children’s future spouses’ parents! Knowing what a challenge it is to reflect the Fruits of the Spirit in our parenting, I certainly need all the help I can get.
So our youngest has let it be known she would like a Purple Party. I’m still deciding on what kind of cake to make her, but I just found this recipe on pinterest for Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes that looks outstanding! Maybe with a lavender buttercream frosting. Since I happen to have sentimental, romantic feelings about lavender, we are using it as medium for ‘purple’ with this Lavender Punch. Some grape and strawberry shish kabobs and blue corn tortilla chips complete the purple menu so far. Do you have any ideas for our ‘Purple Party?’ Leave me a comment!