October 6, 2019 by Kgalalelo
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8).
October is my birth month, and for me, it means taking a moment on my Birth Day, the 8th, to reflect on my life. I’m beginning a new cycle around the clock again and I usually look back to the year that has just passed, ending the 7th October for me, to give thought to what I have achieved so far and the greatness of God in my life.
When the world celebrates New Year on the 1st January every year with all kinds of festivities, and I do too, my birthday takes the first crown. I guess it’s because on the 1st January on the year I was born, I still had a few more months to make a grand entrance into this world.
Different nations celebrate New Year in different ways and seasons based on religious observances or other; the Jews for instance, celebrate their new year known as Rosh Hashanah around September usually, while the Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival is celebrated around January or February, the Hindi New Year on the other hand is around March or April, whereas Ethiopians and Eritreans, in Africa, celebrate their new year termed Enkutatash in September and so forth.
So, every culture does it differently for various reasons but most of the world use the Gregorian calendar and stick to the 1st January with parties thrown everywhere, plenty of food and drinks, joy, love and laughter.
Celebrations are wonderful, they bring people together often times but then again you can celebrate on your own as well. The best way is to rejoice on the goodness of the Lord in your life.
On my birthday, I take a moment to honour the Lord for His unconditional love and amazing grace over my life. For every year that I have been on earth and many more to come, I give thanks.
I’m grateful to God for the womb that carried, nourished and delivered me on earth on that special day of the 8th October, all those years ago; the pre-selected divine hour, minutes and seconds of my birth.
I thank Him for both my parents who agreed to participate and execute the perfect role of being channels through which I came to this world.
I thank the Lord for the city and hospital where I was born; the theatre, equipment, bed, ward, medical staff, cleaners and all those souls who were present to witness a new entry to the planet and celebrated with my family.
I thank the Lord for the cleaning agents, disinfectants, gloves and all sanitary measures taken to keep germs and infections at bay at my birth.
I thank Him for the breath of life that He breathed into my nostrils and made me a living soul and the angels that surrounded the entire theatre and hospital to behold the beauty of God’s new, whole, complete and perfect creation.
Lord, I thank you for that first skin-to-skin kangaroo care, the special hands that held me, that first blanket that swaddled me, the clothing, tiny socks, hat and mittens, and the nursing.
You kept me safe and warm, looking after me day and night, ensured that I’m bathed regularly, the divine times chosen to pour that pleasant warm water over my soft skin, the baby care products for my body that made me smell fresh like a baby should, Lord I thank you.
I thank you Father, for all the other souls, who incarnated with me around the same time, who awaited me already in the nursery or came after, their nurturers alongside the medical staff who helped nurse and the check-ups which were calculated and accurate all the time.
I thank you God for the entire experience at the hospital and the journey home to begin a new life with so much love in the home and above all, your presence 24/7.
I thank you for preparing me for my mission, taking care of every detail, great and small, guiding and directing me, guarding and watching my every step and helping me make the right decisions right from the beginning.
I thank you Lord for the strictness of my parents in order to protect me, taking care of the treasure you brought forth; my siblings too, who agreed to be my brothers and sister, how we played together and fought sometimes; it was all part of the plan to strengthen me and equip me for the road ahead.
I’m grateful Lord for the reminders along the way through signposts you placed everywhere that I may not forget who I am and the assignment I came to fulfil. I thank you for wisdom and a discerning spirit.
Father I thank you for my the relatives who were all in this and still are, who helped raise and educate me as well as everyone who have been present during my growth stages, teaching me many things, be it friends, neighbours, people in the street, shop owners and their staff, teachers at all schools I’ve attended, people who taught me informally, colleagues and bosses at different work places, my spiritual teachers and the entire body of Christ.
I thank you Lord for every soul who have and are supporting and contributing to my assignment, to challenge, train, perform, laugh, cry, love, share, unite, befriend and accompany me to various engagements.
The Bible remarks in John 13:13 that, “One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him”. I’m grateful Lord for those souls that I have loved the same way and they me, throughout the years of my existence, who became my confidantes and whom I reclined on or they on me.
I thank you Lord for every benefit in my life whichever way it has presented itself, all employment and the positions I’ve held, my formal education, my finances, my perfect divine health, how I’ve travelled and explored both locally and internationally, my blog and writings and Your overall inexhaustible goodness in my life.
I thank you Father for blessing me with a family who loves me very much, my husband and my children and my complete love for them. The covenant that we share is all part of Your divine plan. Thank you that as we evolve, we grow even closer to each other in love and harmony to fulfil Your perfect Will for our lives. Thank you that we are united together in Christ always.
I thank you Lord for grace that abounds, Your mercies renewed every single day, Your daily provision and Your favour that rearranges everything just to accommodate me. Your love is indeed unconditional.
I am filled with gratitude for my entire existence and I raise a glass and toast to God; so here’s to God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth and all that is in it.
"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." (Revelations 4:8)
"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." (Revelations 4:11)
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