Happy Birthday!

Several years ago (like, several), a beautiful young momma gave birth to a sweet bundle of joy.  The happy parents named him Timothy (aka Tim, Timmy, Timmy Boy, Timmy Newgene…).

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With four older siblings to teach him many things, this bundle of joy quickly learned how to get into all sorts of mischief (although he really didn’t need to be taught this skill.  Funny how mischief comes so naturally to little humans).  There is not enough time to tell of this young boy’s mischievous ways, tales that would include the incident where he killed a neighbor’s flower bed with a “magical” potion that he and his brother had concocted, or that occasion where someone’s beautiful flower pot was broken due to his rough-housing ways, or even the many episodes of his thievery from the local grocery store.  Suffice it to say, he was known to be a naughty (albeit extremely cute and funny) boy at many times and in various ways. 😉

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It was at a young age that this oh-so-adorable-but-rascally boy also learned about the Holy Creator God.  He understood his sin, and he saw his need for a Savior.  It was at this time that this little boy saw the sufficiency of Christ to be {his} Savior; he met the perfect Son of God who had paid the penalty for his sins.  This young boy embraced Christ by faith, repenting of his sin and turning to the Savior for eternal life.  But unaware of what it meant to “be filled with the Spirit”, and not really understanding all that Christ accomplished for him at Calvary, he soon turned to other things to fill him as he grew into adolescence.  Chief among these things was alcohol.  He would drink a lot and very often; and there is the story of one particular night during his high school years in which he was life-lined to the hospital for consuming so much alcohol in one evening.  The doctors said it was a miracle that he survived.  Miracle, indeed.

But that was not the incident that turned this young man’s life around.  Fast forward a few more years, and he was a 25 year old man still looking for satisfaction in all the wrong places.  Again, mostly alcohol, which was really just a cover-up for the attention he craved and thought he needed from others.  But God.

But God, who is the faithful Father to His children and the Seeker of the one lost sheep of His, rescued this man (again).  Finally, this man began to learn what it meant to be “filled with the Spirit”, and he embraced by faith the promise that God would be faithful to supply all his needs in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).  The reckless nights of too much alcohol consumption ended, and the nights of seeking to know God intimately in His Word and through prayer began.  The craving of attention from others slowly diminished over time, being replaced with a genuine desire to truly love others and point them to the Savior who brings forgiveness, redemption, adoption, and satisfaction.

And while a number of girls might have grabbed this young man’s attention or won his heart, I was the one he chose.  And I am so thankful.

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I am thankful to be this man’s bride, and I am thankful for the funny and caring man that he is.  I am thankful for his humility and desire to work hard and care for his family; and I never cease to be thankful for the many creative ways he brings laughter and much joy to our home.  I am thankful for his many strengths that “just so happen” to be my weaknesses, and for his ability to stretch me out of my comfort zone to live boldly in Christ.  For these things and a million others about this man, I am thankful. But most of all, I’m thankful for what God is continuing to do in him.  As I have the privilege of living day in and day out with him, I can see the transformation of Christ’s character being built up in him, and it astounds me.  Every day, I witness a miracle.

To my dear husband Timothy, a very happy birthday to you!  Age looks good on you, my dear (i.e. the gray hairs), and I look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with you!  But most of all, I anticipate the great joy and ultimate satisfaction we will both face when we are united with our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ.  I look forward to that Day with you, love, most of all.

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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” -Ephesians 3:20,21