Celebrate Your Birthdays with God

Longtime Daily Guideposts writer shares a birthday tradition that deepens her faith.

By Carol Kuykendall, Boulder, Colorado

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“Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain…”—I Chronicles 4:10 (NIV)

This year, my birthday fell on a regular workday, so I took the day off, just as I’ve done for the last several years. “Why?” asked a co-worker who is many years younger. “When you become an adult, isn’t your birthday just like any other day?”

“Actually, I have this thing about birthdays,” I told her. “I see them as God’s gift of a once-a-year day to celebrate the person He’s created each of us to be, and an opportunity to pause and consider where we are in the process of becoming that person.”

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She rolled her eyes, so I continued to defend my birthday theory. “It’s a day when you’re supposed to have a private birthday party with God.”

“How?” she asked.

“I like to find a nice quiet place outside. Sometimes it’s at the table on our back patio, or on top of a rock by a stream in the mountains, or on a bench in the shade at a nearby park. I take a notebook and my Bible. I read and reflect back and look forward and talk to God and listen to Him, asking Him where we are in my growing-up process. I always end by writing a birthday prayer, filled with ‘thank-you’s’ for past blessings and ‘pleases’ for future ones. Then I tuck the prayer in my journal or Bible so I can read it several times during the year. Later in the day, I like to celebrate with my family and friends.”

She gave me one more roll of her eyes before turning and walking away, as if my birthday tradition sounded a bit odd to her. But when her birthday fell on a regular workday a few weeks later, she took the day off, too.

Father, thank You for my once-a-year birthday and the opportunity to celebrate with You.

This devotional is excerpted from Daily Guideposts.