This week I celebrate my 53rd birthday.
I always take this time to reflect on where I’ve been, where I am, and where I am going.
I reflect on the goodness and mercy of God in my life
I reflect on the life lived out loud in joy and in sorrow.
I reflect on the enormous blessings that is my life right now.
I reflect on the people who surround me, the ones that have touched my life and the ones that I need to reach out to.
I reflect on the dreams yet to be fulfilled, and the prayers left to be answered.
And I am still.
This past year I have seen the skillful hand of God thread mercy, grace, love, forgiveness, and wholeness into my life. I have seen him mend relationships, restore hope, and heal hurt.
I have witnessed the beauty of my family becoming whole.
These men in my life (pictured), my husband and two sons belong to me, but more importantly, they belong to God. He’s entrusted me to love them, cheer them on, and believe them. He asks that I respect them, honor them, and laugh and cry with them.
So what I know for sure as I turn 53…that I have a lot more life to live and so much more to learn.
When your birthday comes around, stop, and reflect on all that you’re becoming.
A birthdate is simply a reminder that we were formed for a purpose!
-Annette Ortiz Mata