Friday, February 18, 2011

TOPIC OF THE DAY: A Hope and a Future

The clock just ticked past 12:00 PM and so it is technically the day after my birth--February 18th. I know that fifty-nine years ago on February 18, my mother saw me for the first time and cradled me in her arms while my father looked on. They fell in love and my life began.

But I was already known. God knew me. Scripture says, "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."

God's words leave me breathless--I mattered to Him then and I matter to Him now. The Father's hands formed me. He knew all there is to know about me. And still, He loved me. I can't get my mind around that. I don't see what He sees. Like many of you, I don't value His creation as I should. I spend too little time being grateful for the gift of life. Every breath is precious, every moment provides opportunity. Life is rich and will be more so if we turn our eyes to Him and ask with an open heart, "What now, Lord? Tell me and I will do it. Praise you, Lord."

Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." What a promise! We can count on Him to uphold His promises.

I had fun at my birthday celebration today. Family gathered for a special meal, we prayed and laughed, played silly games and held onto one another. It was good. Yet, I long for more--time to speak of the gift of each other, more time to pray and to build one another up. As the day comes to a close I consider who I am, who God means for me to be and how great is His love. How many more birthdays do I have? I can't answer that question, but I pray that I'll not waste the time given to me and to be grateful for the days already received. May I greet each morning with a heart of thanksgiving.

Let us breathe in the fragrance of God's creation, to put our arms around a loved one, or one who needs to be loved. Shall we count every day as a blessing. We are here on purpose. Treasure the gift.

Grace and peace to you from God.



  1. What beautiful thoughts on your day-after birthday post. (Happy belated-birthday, by the way). The word perspective came to mind while reading this. It's all in the way we look at things, isn't it? And the way God looks at things. And the hope that we can look at things in the same way. I think that's the ultimate goal.

    Thank you for sharing your heart here. I certainly treasure the gifts of the spirit your blog brings to me!

  2. Kav, thank you for posting. I always appreciate what you have to say--you're a thoughtful person who promotes thinking. : -)

    Blessings to you, dear one.

  3. Hugs to you and your beautiful self!

  4. How wonderful you are to remind us all, that God loved us before we entered the womb. Making each of us in his pleasure and design just the way he wanted us to be.

    To think of the amount time we have to do his will, gives me a since of urgency.

    Ephesian 1:14 says,"The Spirit is God's guarantee that he will give us everything he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. This is just one more reason to praise our Glorious God."

    What a blessed hope and future we have in Christ; Heirs with him in God's Promise and Glory.

    You have sparked the excitement in me of the Loving God we all worship. Seeing through God's eyes and mercy makes me feel humble in that I can love the unlovable through him. Thank you for sharing your spirit with us.

    Happy belated Birthday. My twin and I celebrate on the second of march. Then we get to go to a ladies retreat that weekend.

    (love your neighbor as you do yourself).

  5. And hugs to you, Rebecca.

    God bless.

  6. Hi Lynaydy.

    We belong to Him and because of that we have hope. It's amazing that we are heirs of the Living God.

    Thank you for the reminder to see through His eyes, which brings the world into focus.

    Bless you.