It's my mom's birthday.
She would have been 71.
Her birthday so near Mother's Day.
I would always send her flowers for Mother's Day and a present for her birthday.
I remember her last Mother's Day.
The woman asked me what I wanted to say on the card.
I must have known in my spirit that this would be my last with her.
I couldn't say anything.
I just started to cry.
The poor sales lady.
There's not enough room on a card to say all I had wanted.
In the end I said, "Thank you".
I had told her how I felt through the years.
There were no regrets.
She knew I loved her.
It's hard to believe this is her second birthday with the King of Kings.
Elijah will celebrate with her.
I can't put into words how this feels.
There is joy knowing they are together for all eternity;
yet deep heartache at missing them.
Mom loved birthdays.
She made such a big deal.
She would get up early and sing, rubbing butter on our noses to wake us up.
I have no idea where or why that tradition.
It is NOT one I have continued.
She loved parties and reasons to celebrate.
She found the good in things.
The joy deep and overflowing.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
She loved life.
She loved her Lord.
She served him faithfully.
Her positive attitude contagious.
Even when the clutches of death hovered over her.
I miss her dearly.
It's hard to think about.
So much loss in such a short amount of time.
I have to portion out the pain.
But I have the deep assurance of seeing her again.
I long for that reunion.
We will sing Happy Birthday to her today.
It is also a dear friends 60th.
She too in a battle against cancer.
I was able to send her a note celebrating years of a friendship.
Find the time today to celebrate someone.
Remind them of God's love.
Share with them the joy they bring to your life.
Pushing through with joy today.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.