Monday, 27 January 2014

Birthday Blessings {God is good}

It's my birthday today.

36 years old.

Wow. That's getting nearer 40....

That  aside, today I am feeling very blessed. I have had a whole week filled with various blessings from others for my birthday.  People visiting, meals out, gifts, flowers, cards, shopping with my sister and my Mum, yarn shopping with a friend.  So many happy times, so many happy memories.

My niece, to my sister, when we were out, "I wish Susie was my Mummy's daughter, because I love her".


I was blessed by my wonderful family today - a lie in, breakfast in bed, then all the children crammed on the bed, whilst I opened my presents. So many lovely things, including lots of crochet loveliness! Out for a shopping trip with the family, then dinner out.  No cooking! Happy days!

Amongst my lovely gifts, I got two very precious plaques from my wonderful husband.

This one is a reflection of the fact that he knows how manic my days can be, but a gentle reminder that I need to stay calm - that I need to keep my focus on the Lord, who alone is the giver of true peace.  I love that Robert can tell me something I need to hear. 

This one brought tears to my eyes. How unworthy I feel, to merit his love at all - how often I am not the wife I should be, or the mother I ought to be. So imperfect, and full of faults in many, many ways. Yet, he still loves me SO much. 

I got lots of other wonderful goodies, too.  Lots to be thankful for. (Including chocolate...)

However, the thing that overwhelms me, above all else, is God's goodness. I am so incredibly blessed, in many, many ways.

I bought myself a wall hanging on Friday.  Let me show you...

This is my desire.  That God would bless this house. And, He DOES. Daily. Hourly. Moment by moment.

I have so much for which I am thankful. The knowledge that God is at the centre of it all, is what I am most thankful for.   Every good and perfect gift comes form above. GOD is good.

I want to share with you the verses that people put in my birthday cards. It's interesting, because several of them refer to God's blessing, and the others are about what God IS to me, which is a blessing. I trust that I am a blessing to my wonderful husband, who was the one who gave me the verse from Proverbs...   I trust they bless your heart, as they have mine.

 "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! "
Psalm 139:17 

"The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it."
Proverbs 10:22

"Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah."
Psalm 68:19

"who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;"
Psalm 103:4  

"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies."
Proverbs 31:10

"The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: 
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:" 
Numbers 6:24-25 

 "worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness"
I Chronicles 16:29

Psalm 68:19 really sums up how I feel. The Lord LOADS me with benefits, every day. He blesses me beyond measure. Not just in big ways, but in the little ways which can be so easily overlooked or forgotten. Smiles and giggles from children. Impromptu hugs. Funny little sayings. Loving and kind words from a husband. Friends. Family. Just having so many precious people in my life. That is a wonderful blessing. 

As I head to my bed, I have so many blessings that I am thankful for. A wonderful husband, precious children, special family and friends - all who love me more than I deserve. SO many gifts of kindness, given from generous hearts. I am thankful for all these people, but more, I am thankful to God, who is the ultimate giver.



  1. Yes, you are blessed indeed. And what a blessing to SEE these blessings, and to give thanks to God, who is the Giver of them all.

    Happy Birthday, m'dear.

    My verse for you will come in this comment, rather than in a card ;)

    "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

  2. Oy!! I AM 40. LOL, YOU MAKING IT SOUND TOO OLD ;-) Happy birthday.

  3. Blessed to have read what you have shared. Happy Birthday, Caroline x

  4. Ah! A Very Happy Belated Birthday! (I've not been much in blogland lately!) I'm enjoying getting caught up on your blog though! So many wonderful encouraging words and testimonies of the Lord's goodness! Such a pleasure to read! May He continue to bless you in the coming years even as you use your resources to bless others (even on the other side of the world!)
    Happy Birthday, Caroline!