HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A WONDERFUL DAUGHTER! This date is our daughter’s birthday. We are rightfully proud of our daughter and her love for Jesus, her love of family, friends and God’s Kingdom in this world. The world would be a much poorer place without her and she is a blessing to many people. My wife and I love to spend our daughter’s birthday with her and have a great time of celebration. But that can’t happen every year because of the distance between our homes and often because of health complications of both my wife and daughter.
Distance or problems may separate us on birthdays but the reality of God’s blessings for the gift of a wonderful daughter causes us to reflect on God’s Word. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:4-7 NIV). We are thankful for the peace God gives us in realizing that we don’t control all the circumstances of life, such as when we may or may not celebrate birthdays together, but we know God does and we should take time to enjoy times when we are together. We look forward to pleasant birthdays with our daughter in the future. Life is uncertain so enjoy life in the good times, pray always, trust in God every day, and rejoice in the Lord always. Rejoice in your day today. Happy Birthday to a wonderful daughter! ("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis).