Twenty Five Plus Twenty Five Equals Fifty

Today is the day I set aside every year to celebrate my birth. Some years, I’m home sharing it with my twin, some years I’m not. This year is a case of the latter. Today, on my 25th birthday, I am in Speculator.

Things I’m doing today:

  • Studying my Bible
  • Prepping some Bible lessons for next month
  • Writhing in pain
  • Shoveling 3 feet of wet, heavy snow
  • Chipping away at 3 inches of ice underneath that snow
  • Dinner at Tracy’s
  • Catching up with friends after dinner

So for the most part, the day will be similar to other days off, except today I’m getting more emails and phone calls. I am forced, however (especially with the time it’s taking to chip away at ice), to remember my 24th year of life. The Lord has brought me through much, molded me greatly and sustained me every step of the way.

While I was in Africa, I spent most of my quite time reading through the Psalms. While I’m waiting for my Bible study to kick back up, I’ve continued this reading pattern. This morning, on December 27th, I read through the 27th Psalm. It’s always interesting when you find a section of scripture that you identify with. As a believer, those sections are everywhere and are particularly neat on your birthday:

Psalms 27
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
3 Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
4 One thing have I asked of the LORD,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to inquire in his temple.
5 For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the LORD.
7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
8 You have said, Seek my face.
My heart says to you,
Your face, LORD, do I seek.
9 Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the LORD will take me in.
11 Teach me your way, O LORD,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!


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