Today is Laura's birthday. Yes, she is a Christmas Eve baby. I'm so glad God brought Laura into the world. She's an amazing lady and an amazing wife. We celebrated her birthday today.
That's not a "first." We celebrate her birthday every year. Today Joel and Hannah Grace asked if they could put the candles on the cake and light them. That sounds a bit dangerous. Joel seemed a bit more excited about this than he probably should have been. It is a year of "firsts." I let Hannah Grace and Joel have free rein with the birthday candles for my "first."
I will admit to peeking in once or twice to make sure nothing but candles were on fire. There were a couple of "Ow's" that came from the kitchen area; mostly Joel. They took a pretty long time to put this candle masterpiece together. The only restriction I gave them was they could not put a candle decoration that had anything to do with Laura's age. Some things are just off-limits.
They made a cross inside of a heart. Everybody say "awww." How sweet is that? The heart standing for love and the cross sanding for Jesus is just an adorable way of decorating the cake for Laura. Laura loved it. They did much better than I would have if left to myself. This "first" was a big success. Nothing even got burned; except one of Joel's fingers just a little bit.
Their cake decoration speaks a lot about Christmas. It was out of a heart of love that God sent Jesus. He sent Him with the foreknowledge that He would one day die on a cross that people's (like you and me) would have the possibility of having our sins forgiven and entering into a real relationship with God. Acts 2; 23-24 says, "This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him." The cross was not an accident or an unforeseen tragedy. It was a major part of the plan for Jesus coming here. Without the cross, the Christmas story would not be full of such joy for us for then Jesus would not be a Savior. Praise God there is a heart of love than sent Jesus to a cross that you and I would have a Savior. Isn't it amazing that God would do something like that? What an amazing God we serve!!
Amazed in the abundant life,
3 things I thank God for today
1. Laura's birthday
2. Excitement of children on Christmas Eve
3. God has a plan to forgive us