Mr. Edwards also made a birthday cake and last night we enjoyed it with our family of six. (Mr. Edwards took all the pictures and isn't in any of them! Oops.)
The cake had to be stored on top of our kitchen cabinets all day long because Toby wanted to eat it so badly. I know he was more thrilled to light the candles than I was. At least we lacked the right number of candles! The kids asked me, "Why are there only six candles, Mom?"
The boys gave me a bouquet of carnations and the girls gave me a sweet charm for my necklace. It is engraved with "Mom."
After all the kids were tucked in, our friends and neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. B. came over for cake. (Yes, I had another slice!) Mrs. B. gave me the book Desiring God, which, if you can believe it, I hadn't read yet! Last night I couldn't resist starting in on reading it. It turns out that The Weight of Glory was one of the things that influenced John Piper to encapsulate his understanding of the Christian life in this way: "God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him."
The Bible reading plan I use has me reading Colossians every year around my birthday (along with the end of Proverbs and portions of 2 Chronicles about Asa, Jehoshaphat, and the prophet Micaiah). Nearly every line in Colossians is underlined in my Bible. Listen to this:
"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.But don't settle for this cut-and-paste version of Colossians 3! Read the whole thing. (It also goes along very well with the account of Micaiah, who had his mind set on things above and lived as one already dead to the world.)
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:...In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth...Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience...Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly..." (Col. 3:2-4, 5a, 8, 12a, 16a)