Thursday, May 30, 2013


"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."  James 1:7

Today just happens to be my birthday.  : )  As we all know, it is customary for one to receive gifts for a birthday.  I have gotten many wonderful gifts in my life for my birthday and some...umm...not so much.  

The worst gift I can remember was on my 25th birthday when I received a weed eater and an extension cord -- (Can anyone say "hello adulthood!"?)  Not necessarily an ideal birthday gift for a girlie girl. 

The best birthday gift ever was the gift of my son, Luke, who was born 6 days before my 31st birthday.

I love getting gifts.  And God is the best gift giver!  Last night I was making a list of some the gifts the Lord has given me lately.  I couldn't even list them all.  I am so thankful for all the blessings the Lord has given us.  However, since I cannot possibly list all of them, I will only list a few here today to give praise unto Him  (Hebrews 13:15, Psalms 71:8).  (not listed in any particular order) 

Gift #1:  

My husband (who is also a huge gift!)  took me out for a VERY NICE birthday dinner last Saturday at a local jazz club/steak house with VIP reserved seating on the patio with live Jazz music playing while we enjoyed a wonderful meal.  

Gift #2:  

A friend is letting me drive her convertible all week and I LOVE IT!!!  Thank you Kristi!!  

Gift #3:  An opportunity to write for and serve on the Deeper Still Ministry    Team.

Gift #4:  The blessing of serving as a small group facebook leader for Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Studies with Melissa Taylor.

Gift #5:   
   The gift of three beautiful and wonderful children...Joe, Sarah and Luke.  

Gift #6:  

I am thankful for 15 years with the man I love and the gift of going to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico next week for our 15th year anniversary. 

  Gift # 7:  The gift of a dream being fulfilled of swimming with dolphins while in Mexico!!  My birthday present this year from my awesome husband!! 

God is sooo good!!  His gifts are plentiful and abundant!  And of course, as great as all these gifts and blessings are, the gift of His son, Jesus, is better than them all.  So thankful for Jesus!

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; [it is] the gift of God"  Ephesians 2:8

What are you thankful for today? 


  1. Happy, happy birthday, Sue!!

    What a WONDERFUL, SWEET post today, overflowing with thanksgiving of God's gifts! I'm so thankful you're having a special birthday, and LOVE the fact that you have such a good friend that is allowing you to use her convertible all week!!

    Enjoy your special day!!
    In His love,

  2. Wow! What an amazing list!! Happy, blessed birthday to you! And thank you for sharing these gifts with us! Will you take me for a ride in your convertible this week? ;) Or perhaps I could tag along to Mexico...

    One day, we'll meet in person! And THAT will be one of my gifts :)

    Blessed to serve on the OBS team with you, Sue!

    Again, happy birthday and happy early anniversary! Love, Shelly (OBS Leader)

  3. Thank you Pat and Shelly!! Shelly,I would LOVE to give you a ride someday when I have one of my own! ;) It is a blessing serving with you! Love, Sue

  4. What a fantastic list and for a birthday - I wish!!!! This is one special, blessed birthday for you and you DESERVE it. So happy for you and can't wait - it will be my birthday gift to meet you and yours belated too to meet me. Hugs. Love you Sue. Debbie W. (OBS Group Leader)


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