Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
2 Timothy 1:9
He has saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time . . .
Eldest granddaughter, Virginia Rose, and youngest, Alexandra Nancy, have birthdays exactly five years and two days apart, July 21 and July 23. So this past Saturday, we celebrate the milestones of ages seven and two with one big party for both girls.
Virginia wastes no time getting her party groove on.
Alexandra, however, is much more interested in playing with toy cars than wondering what could possibly be wrapped up for her in the big box behind her. (Note the Elmo paper - Alexandra is crazy about "Momo" as she calls him.)
Savannah Jane, flaunting her new hair barrettes, opts not to wear a party hat. This speaks volumes about her personality!
We all sit down to eat lunch, and Virginia shows great restraint in not asking when she can open her gifts. But when the time finally arrives, she's on it like a fly on honey!
Thrilled with the $5 from her Nonna (Danny's mom).
Virginia loves this book about the space shuttle; she is really into science!
And what's this? Wow! A gift card to Catch Air, an indoor playground, from her Nana (my mom). All three sisters can enjoy this with her!
Silly face when Virginia opens the checkers game from her Uncle Daniel.
And she's all smiles when she unwraps the shirt we had made for her.
Now it's Alexandra's turn. She's not quite getting the hang of this unwrapping business, preferring to wave the tissue paper than see what's actually inside the box.
When Alexandra discovers the shoes, she can't wait to put them on. Aren't they the cutest?
Alexandra's sisters strip the Elmo paper off while she looks on.
What could it possibly be? Daddy pulls something large and red out of it.
Why, it's an Elmo chair!!!
Alexandra takes to it right away.
Whoa! This is comfy! Can somebody turn on the TV and bring me my bottle?
Alexandra is so enamored with her new chair, she can care less when it's time to blow out the candle on her cupcake. Savannah happily steps up to the task.
Yep, Gammie, these are mighty good!
You're Number One, Gammie!
Yes, it would seem we nailed it in getting good and perfect gifts for Virginia and Alexandra. But it never needs to be a birthday, Christmas or other special occasion for the Father of the heavenly lights to lavish His gift of grace upon us. It is given freely in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time . . .
Think about that for a moment. From the beginning of time. Can you wrap your head around that?
I know I can't.
The good news is, I don't have to. And neither do you.
It's there to be unwrapped and cherished every moment of every day.
THE good and perfect gift!