Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Finally! After too many weeks of illness for my husband, Danny, and me, we are well enough to have the family over for my belated birthday celebration. While I'm perfectly content to simply have a get together, I go all out for the trimmings for the sake of the granddaughters.
And they are having tons of fun.
Virginia loves to toot her horn.
Savannah in her own little world.
Alexandra, with ketchup on her face, takes it all in.
Alexandra with Mom
Virginia playing a game with Dad.
When our six-year-old, Virginia Rose, spies the "six" and "two" candles, she asks me point blank, "Gammie, are you sixty-two or twenty six?"
Her innocent question prompts lots of laughter. "I'm sixty-two, Virginia," I confess, never having been one to shy away from telling my real age.
"That's old, Gammie," Virginia blurts without thinking, then quickly adds, "I mean, you're not old, old, just older."
Older, yes, and I do hope wiser. I give her a reassuring hug. "It's okay, honey. That's the way birthdays work. You turn another year older every time one rolls around."
And after a hearty rendition of the "Happy Birthday" song, Virginia helps me blow out those candles.
As everyone enjoys the sweet and tasty carrot cake, my mind drifts back to the time when I was only twenty-six. That lost, confused, unsaved young woman, drowning in a people-pleasing sea, drifting aimlessly on the winds of the world, is someone I no longer recognize. And how I thank God for that!
Ever since the moment I opened the door to Jesus, the one upon which He had been ever so patiently knocking on for years, the Lord has faithfully led me along the straight paths for His righteousness sake. And though I'm still learning from Him, day by day, I'm so grateful for the wisdom God has imparted to me over these blessed years.
So thank you, Father, for these sixty-two years of life You have given me. Teach me, and all of us, to number our days, that we might gain the heart of wisdom You desire for each one of us.
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