Tuesday, August 9, 2011
XIII -- Happy birthday to Daniel!
What 13 looks like:
A godly young man who loves his sister.
A near constant companion to make memories with (our annual free breakfast at the fair)...
...and someone with whom to share a cookies and cream milkshake.
He has many good friends including Marcus...
Childhood comes but once with its opportunities. Whatever is done to stamp it with beauty must be done quickly.
1998 seems like just yesterday...he's almost as tall as me now.
But he's not too old for that grand tradition of birthdays. He fought hard, but his big brother prevailed and all 13 were applied. :)
Whole Wheat Caramel Cake with 13 candles...
Happy 13th birthday to you, Daniel! May you continue to walk with God and to grow in His grace.
My son, do not forget my law,
but let your heart keep my commands;
for length of days and long life
and peace they will add to you.
Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart,
and so find favor and high esteem
in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh,
and strength to your bones.
Honor the LORD with your possessions,
and with the firstfruits of all your increase;
so your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will overflow with new wine.
My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
nor detest His correction;
for whom the LORD loves He corrects,
just as a father the son in whom he delights.