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Birthday Haiku 2015

He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.  It is through his Son that we have redemption — that is, our sins have been forgiven. He is the visible image of the invisible God. He is supreme over all creation, because in connection with him were created all things — in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, lordships, rulers or authorities — they have all been created through him and for him. ~ Colossians 1:13-16, CJB

But to as many as did receive him, to those who put their trust in his person and power, he gave the right to become children of God, not because of bloodline, physical impulse or human intention, but because of God. ~ John 1:12-13, CJB

You crown the year with your goodness,
your tracks overflow with richness. ~ Psalm 65:11, CJB

 

I mentioned in my last blog posting that during the first eight days of March I experienced some additional milestones in my life. That is why beginning yesterday (March 1st) and continuing through March 8th, I will be celebrating these milestones, which began with my spiritual rebirth and the Spirit washing me clean with God’s Word. This milestone probably actually happened on February 28th of 1965, as it was on this day that I was led by the Holy Spirit to give my life to Jesus Christ. However, the magnitude of my decision to confess I needed a Savior did not fully register with me until the very next day, which was March 1, 1965. This is the day my spiritual new birth became a reality—felt genuine to me. Additionally, this week I will be celebrating my physical birth on Friday. I was physically born on March 6, 1951. Lastly, on Sunday I will be celebrating my water baptism or public outward expression of the Holy Spirit’s inward work. My water baptism took place on March 8, 1965.

These milestones are addressed in my above illustrated Birthday Haiku graphic. They also are noted in the same graphic by the numbers 50 (my spiritual birth years) and 64 (my natural birth years).

It is such a wonderful blessing that in the month of March God planned for the most important days of my life to happen. It is amazing how He planned for me to become spiritually alive (spiritually reborn into God’s family), saved and justified, as well as planned for me to become physically alive (physically born into my parents’ family). These born days are why, for me, the words the prophet Jeremiah speaks are all that more applicable to my life. Jeremiah writes:

For I know what plans I have in mind for you,’ says Adonai, ‘plans for well-being, not for bad things; so that you can have hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11, CJB

There can be no doubt that being able to commemorate these two most important days of my life (spiritual and physical born days) is part of God’s plan for my well-being. He not only allowed both days to happen in the same month but also He allowed them to happen within a matter of days. That is why it is clear to me that God put my two born days in March to help me better understand both the simplicity and complexity of my “old man” and “new man” natures, primarily by their juxtaposition.

I am so grateful to God to have clustered so many of my milestones in close proximity of one another. Without doubt, the milestones on the 1st, 6th, and 8th of March are the cream of the crop! Thank You so much, Father God, for these rich and abundant blessings!

Shalom . . . . .

 

HAPPY BORN DAYS to me (March 1 and March 6)! HAPPY WATER BAPTISM DAY (March 8)!