yesterday morning…at the dawn of my 40th revolution around the sun…i awoke to rain…glorious…“see how much God loves me” rain…

so i jumped out of bed, changed that little leaker, threw on my tennie runners and headed out for my walk around the park…

halfway through, i pulled my cap off and let that rain really soak me through…

and when i got to “the cathedral”…that place in the trail where it meanders through all those big, tall trees…i threw my arms out, tipped my head back and sang along with matt redman…

Who shall we say You are
You’re the living God
Who shall we say You are
You’re the Great I AM
The highest name of all
You’re all You say You are

You are holy, holy, holy
God most high and God most worthy
You are holy, holy, holy
Jesus, You are
Jesus, You are

me all sillyhappywatching those glorious raindrops falling from the heavensfeeling them splash on my face

and then…one gloriously ginormous raindrop came down and hit me…right on my left eyeball!

proving that the devil was alive and well…even on my birthday!

when i got home, i made my family line right up and give me my birthday hugs…them all jammified and cozy…me all sloppy wet…

‘cause sometimes, i’m just kinda naughty like that…even when it’s not my birthday!

and the rest of my happy birthday was filled with personalized “we love you’s” from my kiddos…time spent here and there and finally here with my honey…reading sweet emails and listening to “happy birthday to you…” sung over the phone…

and this morning?  this morning as i walked…and shared the trail with others…i was brought to tears when i realized that i’ve never been alone on that trail before…


that God would purposeyesterdaytens of thousands of days after He first placed that sun in the sky and sent this earth spinning ‘round itto plant mealonein the cathedralin the rainwhile that songof all the songs on my ipodwas playing


He’s always “there”…but holy, holy, holy…did he ever meet me…and on my 40th birthday!

being 40…still not too sure how i feel about that

but turning 40?

well…i could say it was “a piece o’ cake” (it’d be more punny that way)…but i have to say…it was “a walk in the park”…

i will forever remember my 40th as a glorious…see how much God truly loves me…walk in the park…


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