Most people who reach thier mid 40’s choose to ignore or deny birthdays. Not me!! I have always loved my birthday because it is MY day!! I have always hoped for this day to be a super special day, and many times have been disappointed. But, this year, no matter what occurs today, it is going to be a good day! This is the day the Lord has made! I will rejoice and be glad in it!!

I am so grateful to God for giving me these 47 years on this earth. I hope he has at least 47 more planned for me as well. I mean, I look forward to the day that I go to heaven and meet my Lord and savior, but at the same time, I want to be here to see my grandchildren get married and have families of thier own. I want to be able to enjoy retirement with my husband, when he finally retires! I am most ready to meet Jesus, but I’m not ready to leave this world just yet. I believe there is so much more that God has in store for me here still.

This past year has been a year filled with ups and downs, some major, some minor. I pray that this next year be a little more even with fewer major ups and downs! Tomorrow, we will find out the results of the recall election in Jasper. This has been one of our major downs. There is so much riding on this election, I don’t know how either myself or my husband will handle the outcome, no matter which way it goes!

We have been put through the ringer over the past 10 months, had dreams crushed, and been publicly embarrassed by our city leaders who made the decision to act irresponsibly with hiring an unqualified individual for a major position within the city. Prayerfully, some of that will begin to change after tomorrow.

I know God knows what He is doing and I do trust Him completely. I don’t necessarily understand what He is doing or what His plan may be for our lives, but I just have to leave it in His hands. If I do my usual and try to control things myself, I know I will fail miserably. Without God leading me, my steps are useless.

We both have turned this entire city council/police chief situation over to God and we trust that He is going to do what is best for all believers involved. I know God loves us and wants what is best for us. If He does not want Gerald to be in a leadership position at the police department, then so be it. If He DOES want Gerald to be in a leadership position, we know that it will happen in God’s time, not ours.

We also have other issues going on that will directly affect our family, depending on the outcome. If you are reading this, please pray for a good outcome for us! I feel my husband deserves a break, reinforcement of what a good job he has done for the past 18 years with the PD. He deserves it, and we need it.

So, today as I celebrate my 47th birthday, I have many other things my mind as well, but first and foremost, I am thinking of God, my wonderful counselor, physician, Father, friend, and that I believe God is leading me toward great things! I pray that as each day passes, I can better understand what it is that God is leading me to do. I want to be able to do whatever He asks of me, and do it well. I don’t want to do a half-hearted job of an assignment God has given me!!

I pray you all have a wonderful day filled with blessings!


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