Today is going to be a fabulous day!
We actually began our celebration last night after supper. Jimmy and the children presented me with two beautifully wrapped gifts with instructions to open them "right now". So I did. And I was given marvelous presents: a huge bag of M&Ms, a bag of Hershey Kisses, and the movie Moms' Night Out. Fun! Our whole family (minus our college student) gathered in our den to eat chocolate and watch the movie. Even the third time, that movie is hilarious! Jimmy and the boys had never seen it, so it was fun to hear them laugh too. Jimmy even stayed awake for the entire movie!
Today we will celebrate with a birthday lunch at a Japanese restaurant, and then this afternoon we will be watching Julie and Clay run in their first cross country meet of the season. I slept in this morning, and I don't plan to run or do (much) laundry today. My children and husband are so sweet to make this day special for me. I intend to enjoy every bit of it. Sam and Julie are in the kitchen right now preparing breakfast.
I read the book of Philippians this morning. This verse stood out:
"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others."
I think this verse can apply to numerous areas of my life. From my service to God to my relationships with my husband, my children, and my family and friends. Dying to self is difficult. Yet Jesus commands it.
For this my 45th year and for all the remaining years of my life, I aim to keep the following verse in the forefront of my mind:
"I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."