• Joni

Day 8: Happy Birth~Day


Today

is my daughter Haley's

Birth~Day.

I smile as my eyes fill with tears, remembering the day she was born.

The day that God chose for her to come into this world.

I remember looking into her eyes,

with the same expression that I had when

I looked into the eyes of all my children's eyes on the day of their

birth~

in wonder,

and with such amazement

that it warmed my heart

in an unexplainable way.

And

that warmth grows every day as

they continue to grow.

Every day,

I celebrate their births

in my heart.

As we all are preparing for

Christmas Day,

to celebrate the

Birth of our King,

I think about

His

Birth-Day.

The day that He was born to Mary~

a humble little girl.

I wonder what happened to her heart that day

when she looked into her precious baby’s eyes.

I can’t even imagine.

I bet her heart was on fire.

I bet she was a wee bit wondering~

"Why me? Why would God choose me to give such a gift?"

I have asked that question myself~

“Why me, Lord. Why would you choose me~

after all that I have done and after all that I continue to do,

to give me such a gift~

Your Precious Son?”

And God answers~

Just because

I Love You.

So simple,

yet so hard to ingest~

Just because

HE loves me.

Just because

HE loves you.

I think of the words from the chorus of the song,

"Who Am I”~

"Not because of Who I am. But because of what You’ve done.

Not because of What I’ve done. But because of Who you are."

It isn't about me. It isn’t about you.

It really is about

Him~

wanting to give us all

His Gift of Love,

wrapped up in

HIS infant

Son,

born

2018 years ago.

Therefore, when I fix my eyes on

Jesus

my eyes fill with tears & my heart gets warm

as I experience

His

Forgiveness,

His

Love,

His

Grace~

and

I remember how

HE

has changed this heart of mine & continues to do so~

Just because .

May you daily unwrap this precious

Baby,

given to you from your Father above~

today & the day after & the day after that~

Just because

it isn't just about the Day

Jesus

was born,

as it is about

Jesus

being born into your heart

so you can experience all

His Promises

Wrapped up in the swaddling cloth~

the most expensive gift that you will ever get~

His

Peace

Joy

Love

Acceptance

Forgiveness

Hope~

Just because

Jesus

was wrapped up in cloth so HE could wrap it on you.

Have you ever hesitated to approach God because of something you said,

or shouldn’t have said or something you have done or shouldn’t have done?

Are you able to approach the manger with confidence just because

He loves you?

Happy

Birth~Day

my precious daughter.

&

Happy

Birth~Day

to you

every day,

as you daily enjoy all who the

Baby

was born to be.

Thanks be to God for His Indescribable Gift!

2 Corinthians 9:15


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