It’s My Birthday

Today I am 53 years old!

Although I am not so excited about my body getting older, I thank God for the many gifts He has generously given throughout my entire life. Because He has blessed me with so much – mercy, grace, compassion – I am refusing to stay the same. I want God to continue to grow me, change me, and mold me.  I don’t want to make the same mistakes year after year, but I want to learn from and overcome them.  I realize that God is doing a new thing in me each year, so I dare not look over my shoulder and dwell on past mistakes.

Psalm 139 says it is God who created us, and as a result, we should praise Him. Our birthdays should be a day spent thanking God that He created us and celebrating that He has protected us and allowed us to see another birthday. He has ordained our days and brought them to pass.

For years, I’ve heard women tease about their age and joke about being “forever 29.” In my opinion, age means credibility. Age means another year of life that God has blessed me with, and it beats the alternative (death). I do understand the anxiety some can feel when they realize they have fewer days in front than those that are behind. But there is a bright side to this truth. I would rather be the age I am now, than to be in my 20s and 30s again, still trying to figure out life, still needing to learn the lessons God has already taught me, and still making the mistakes I no longer want to repeat. This is the age where I can truly thank God for lessons learned, experiences gained, and wisdom that comes from living life. 

There is another thing that comforts me, especially on days when I can’t figure myself out or understand why God would want to call me His own. He was the God of my childhood, the God of my teenage years, the God of my honeymoon and parenting years. And He is now the God of the second half of my life, just as He was in the first half. God has seen my life from beginning to end, and as I’m in the second half of it inching toward the end, He is there to guide me to the finish line. For this reason, I can be content to “forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead, pressing on toward the goal to win the prize,” which is the best gift of all: to be eternally present with the Lover of my soul! These days, I live with eternity on my mind like never before.

With all that being said, I am reminded that my Birthday isn’t really about me. Rather, it’s about God and His work. He is the One who created me, the One who has protected me, and the One who has used people to shape, guide and grow me. My birthday shouldn’t be a day of selfishness, but a day spent thanking and praising God for all that he has done and for all the people He has used in my life.

I sit and bask in His grace that has been laced with so much love and favor.

24 thoughts on “It’s My Birthday”

  1. Yvonne {Boobie} Thomas

    Happy Birthday!!! You wear 53 well!!! 😎 I love that you pour out your wisdom for us to soak up and learn from I may not always say anything but I’m here learning from it!!! Thank you so much for just being you!!! I love you!!! Happy Birthday First Lady!!!😍👑🎂🎁

  2. This was very enjoyable to read. Enjoy 53, it looks so good on you. Keep living the blessed life. God loves and adores you and so do I. Happy birthday my sister in Christ and Flame sister and friend.

  3. Matika Garrison

    Happy Birthday Lady Baker!! He has blessed you with 53 years of graciousness, and I am blessed simply by having known you!!

  4. I•CON•IC { Gods Girl}
    one in the spirit- A God connection! You are my hype, encourager supporter and protector!!! 💕💕
    Happiest Happy Birthday!!!
    I Pray year 5️⃣3️⃣ more doors swing open, total healing, peace prosperity prosperity prosperity, joy love and that the lord will continue to use you in a mighty way!!
    Love you 😘 😘😘🎉🎉

  5. Wonderful read this morning! You’re so right about our birthdays not being about ourself but being about Gods work in our life. For years I’ve looked forward to my birthday because it’s all about me, where I want to eat, where I want to go, what I want to receive. But even on my special day it’s still all about God. Thank you for this!

    1. Talitha Johnson

      Happy Birthday!!!
      You are fearfully and wonderfully made and because of that it’s a honor to witness the God in you 😘

  6. Happy Birthday Amazing Lady!❤️✨
    Your spirit is so bright and your words are packed with so much wisdom, THANKFUL for the day/ a day to celebrate such an awesome virtuous woman of God !
    Thankful I get to witness & learn from God moving through you & hear testimony’s of your growth throughout life! Year 53 Gods Girl!
    Thank you Father for many more years to come !
    I Love you infinitely 😘😘😘

  7. To an honest leader who speaks her mind!
    He has entrusted you with
    a rare ability to counsel women of all ages. Approachable and candid, you tell the truth in a way that builds trust in your advice. Thank you! Happy Birthday First Lady💞

  8. Happy birthday, dear sister!! It’s a gift to have known you all of your life and to see God’s transforming power on display in you! 😘

  9. Happy birthday Lady Baker! May our Father continue to Bless you and your family. This year I pray that blessings overtake you. Love you

  10. Happy Birthday Beautiful you don’t look a day over 20😍 Hope you have the best day ever!

  11. Happy birthday first lady!! You make 53 look fabulous! I pray God continues to use you and continues to bless you and your family. You are ICONIC!!

  12. Screaming HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of the best aunts! 🍾🎈🎊🎂👏🏾I hope you have a great day!

  13. Wendy Crosswhite

    Happy Birthday to my beautiful sister ❣️ ❣️ ❣️ 🎈🎂 🎈 🎂🎈 🎂 Enjoy your special day, and may you be blessed with many many many many many many more!!!!🎂🎉 Love you xoxo ❤️🤗 😘

  14. Happy birthday! What a beautiful outlook on celebrating you creator on your birthday. The anxiety of aging is also big with reaching thirty and realizing the responsibilities that come with that age change. I will now be setting my eyes on what lies ahead.Love this!

  15. Happy birthday to you! 💞💞💞 Happy birthday to you happy birthday to you God’s girl happy birthday to you!! 53 looks good on you may God bless you with many many more to come! 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽. My prayer is that God will keep on opening doors for you. 💞💞💞💞💞💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽

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