Birthdays can be looked at from different perspectives, either excitement or sadness. I think children look more towards the excitement end. I wish as adults we could keep that innocent mindset as the years progress. :)
At my recent milestone, I embraced the day. However, I remembered the 2012 birthday. It was a sad day. I just wondered what I was doing with my life. The day-in rut and the concerns I had in taking care of my family, trying to stay full time in my job and work in the non-profit world. Then to add to all of it, I turned a year older.
Where are you, God? Am I succeeding in the call on my life? Why can't I move forward? Those were the questions and tears I shed that day.
Add another 365 days and here it is again. I reminisced what an amazing year this has been. Yes, I have to admit I have gotten older. :) There is more gray on my head! But there is definitely more peace in my heart. I've realized that I carry an authority in carrying my Father's name. I know who I am. Instead of being a "whiny Christian" I have learned to go and speak to the mountain and obstacle in my way. I know what the will of God is for me, and I will not let the enemy distract me with emotional barriers and physical illnesses. I speak that over myself, knowing that my words have life and power. I've also been reminded that I have the faith of Jesus in me. I have the mind of Christ. Jesus is on me, and my Father looks at me, through the Son. Isn't it amazing the love He has for you and me?
Remember friends life and death is in your tongue. What do you speak over yourself today? I hope it's not "Oh, my back is killing me! :)" I urge you to speak to the mountain. Remember your true identity in Him and what you can do because of Christ. We thank God for the victory that we have in Him. And the best part is, none of this expires at the next birthday!!
God bless you!