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Jennifer is an artist living in rural Nebraska with her US Army veteran husband. She loves to create and seeks to reflect the beauty of Christ and encourage others in meaningful, beautiful ways. You can find her and see more of her art on Studio JRU.

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  1. We didn’t choose our life, and so remembering that He created us for purpose gets us on our knees in trusting. Amen!

  2. Tomorrow is my birthday so I can relate – and I am always thankful for every year He gives me. I lost my grandfather on my 24th birthday and had to learn to get past it and this is what God taught me. A lot of people don’t make it to turn 38 like I will tomorrow so I chose gratitude!

  3. Thank you for this message………so wise and true for each day! It has totally changed my mindset for the day. Happy Birthday

  4. Thank you! Today is my 41st birthday. And one I was not looking forward to. This post was the encouragement I needed. Thank you for being a blessing today.

    • I am so glad you found encouragement Brian. I hope you had a wonderful birthday remembering that it is HIS special gift to you today! 🙂

  5. Happy Birthday dear Jennifer! I hope this will be a wonderful year for you. Your attitude is wise and a good example to all of us.

  6. Last year was one of the most trying years of my life. However, I’m looking forward to all the things God has in store for me. In preparation for my own birthday, I made a list of all the things God taught me or brought me through over the past year. This helped me to see that even in a valley, He was there. I am truly grateful for the work He’s done in my life. I know He will be with me as I face another year. Thank you for this great reminder.

    From one May baby to another, Happy Birthday!

    • That is a wonderful idea Traci! You are right… He was always there. I hope you have a very happy birthday this month! 🙂

  7. This is so perfect, with the scriptures telling your story! I have always looked older than I am, till I got to my forties! Then people think I am younger than I am! But…since becoming a full disciple of the Lord’s, I have always said that I want to embrace growing older, and grow older gracefully…now my hair (which is blonde) is beginning its graying…which to a blonde means it looks really dirty all the time till the white is finally here! I cannot wait for white! My hair dresser was simply stunned when she first heard me say this! But most importantly, I want my years to reflect His wisdom, a life being lived in the purpose He has prepared for me, and continuing to live in such a way as to draw others to His feet…

    Blessings and Happy Birthday friend!

  8. I try to do something with girlfriends – a movie night, dinner, anything just to enjoy the day. I think birthdays are good…to not have them would mean to stop living.

  9. I LOVE your candle pictures, how did you do that with the dancing flames? I love to welcome my birthday with a new book, which can be used or new, just new to me to read. 🙂
    karen

  10. For me, every birthday is a gift–I’m still here. I wake up and think “thank you, God!” I often think of the Shehecheyanu, the Jewish prayer for celebrating special occasions. The prayer thanks God, “who has granted us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this occasion.” It is repeated on any special occasion and definitely fits a birthday!

  11. My Grandmother lived to be 94; she died on my birthday. Her birthday mantra? “Yeah, I’m old but it sure beats the alternative.” Every year, we have friends over for my birthday – lots of smiles, lots of laughs and lots of chocolate. Grandma would love it! I may be getting older, but perhaps one day I’ll have a Faith as strong as hers as well as a sense of humor about most everything just like she did.
    –SueBE

  12. I have a birthday this month, too. I’m going to be 62. How old are you going to be?
    And when older folks tell you age is just a number, our word for it and don’t get hung up on how many candles. From where I am, the perspective is completely different.

  13. =) Sure hoping I can welcome it like that…not much time left! =) God bless you and thank you for sharing!

  14. When I was about 6, our family was going to a small Baptist church in our town. Having no family nearby, an elderly couple (the Barlows) “adopted” us. I had many happy hours at their house, climbing their maple trees, picking grapes from their grapevine, and eating sherbet floats. One day my mother, Ms. Lilly and I were in Ms. Lilly’s kitchen when I asked one of those questions that every mother of a small child dreads for their children to ask other adults: I asked Ms. Lilly how old she was. My mother tried to shush me, but Ms. Lilly said something I have never forgotten which has colored my view on birthdays ever since. Ms. Lilly said, “I love for people to ask me how old I am. It gives me a chance to praise God for every year He’s given me. Don’t ever be ashamed of your age. It shows how much He loves and cares for you.” (I am paraphrasing some, but the gist is accurate.) Anyway, I took her words to heart. This is my 39th year and I am happy to tell anyone who asks.

    • Oh my… I love Ms. Lilly. How sweet is she!?! What a perfect way to embrace your birthday. Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful story Amy! 🙂

  15. This is a great post, Jennifer…. a good reminder to me too – last year I turned 30, and I felt a little bummed about it. But you’ve reminded me that 30 years have been a GIFT, and that having a 30th (or 40th or 99th) are also gifts – more time to be a light. Thanks….

  16. Jennifer,
    I love the idea of not focusing on the light coming from the candles on our cake, but our light within. Happy birthday, girl.

  17. I hv come to realize yes, they are just numbers. It’s how we fill our days .. that’s what matters. We must choose to be happy, every day. Make ea moment count. xo hugs

  18. I use to sweat getting older. Then one of my good friends died of breast cancer at age 44. I got over any age hang-ups and learned to appreciate that I was having another birthday. Some of us need big wake up calls to appreciate what we have. I’m having another birthday next week. I embrace them all now 🙂

  19. Here’s wishing you a Happy Birthday and that you find the light in every moment of each day. Fondly, Roberta

  20. Today is my 54th birthday. Since my mom died when she was 56 (I was 26), I am oh-so-grateful for the life God has given me. To be sure, there have been sorrows… even some lonely birthdays… but, EACH DAY is God’s gift and I am grateful I can celebrate my life today with my family. Thx for this excellent reminder to embrace a grateful perspective. And, I LOVE the story of Ms. Lilly – THAT’S us in just a few more years, huh? You, me, and all of us above – glorifying the Lord for the blessed life He has given us! =)