Personalized Date

NO ONE CAN REALLY PICK HIS OR HER BIRTHDAY


Mar, 07 2014

It's our birthday today! Yup, I did say OUR, because my husband and I share the same birthday!

I was born on March 7, 1981, while Joseph was born March 7 also, only 2 years after. God really must love me so much he sent such an awesome guy after me. 🙂

This year’s birthday for the Peralejo-Bonifacios is actually extra special because it is our first birthday as parents. Philip, indeed, is a very nice present! And with this nice present also came a greater understanding of birthdays, as when we were waiting for him to come out, I kept wondering when his birthday’s going to be!

One possibility was that, who knows but he could have been a preemie or prematurely born. (Though I definitely didn’t want nor wish that.) And in that case, his birthday would’ve been anywhere before December. If he had come out in December, specially late December, he would still have been a preemie but more formed and less delicate. Come early January, then he’d be an early baby in his full term. Late January would be the fullest, of course, and if he hadn’t gone out by then I’d have to be induced. The point is, I realized, babies can actually pop out of there ANY time!

But Philip perfectly came somewhere in between. 38 weeks and 5 days old, on January 17, 2014. 🙂

And in my 22 hours of waiting in labor I was able to grasp the revelation some more, that all birthdays are given by the Lord. No one really knows when it will happen. (And actually, no one knows when one will conceive! It took us 6 months of trying before I got pregnant.) Even scheduled ones can be interrupted for a million other reasons. There are too many factors involved in one’s birth to say when for certain. No one can really be too sure when God intends for each baby to come out. And I know this because I can be pretty determined about things I set my heart on, but there was no way I could have even guessed the way and time and date of Philip’s birth.

Hello eyebags! Together with the gift of my son's life, came big bags under our eyes, too. Hahaha!!!

Hello eyebags! Together with the gift of my son’s life, came these big bags under our eyes, too. Taken late last night…like all other late nights since our son came, hehehe.

This is why I celebrate not only my life today, and my husband’s, but GOD and His loving gesture of picking a special date for us both. My birthday, from this day on, will always be a reminder of a really, really personal God, who didn’t choose to mass produce people, instead had given each and everyone of us a set time and place to be born, a moment to be celebrated!

Taken early this morning, after feeding Philip. Nothing beats the feeling of maximizing both arms for hugging 2 wonderful people God has blessed me with!!!

Taken early this morning, after feeding Philip. Nothing beats the feeling of maximizing both arms for hugging 2 wonderful people God has blessed me with!!! (P.S. Our birthday is March 7, Philip’s is January 17, and today is his 7th week!)

Thank You Lord for the 33 years of March 7’s! Thank You for creating a day that is just especially for me. How cool is it that my Father in Heaven personalizes birthdays! You really are the sweetest, and You make all of my years on earth so full and so special. I love You and thank You for always making me happy 🙂

When I opened my eyes this morning, this song was playing in my head. I am so happy that God started my day with worship!

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy nameYou’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
Lord, I’ll worship Your holy name

Rica

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By Rica Peralejo

Rica is a wife, a mother, and writer whose topics range from faith to family to everyday curiosities.

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"Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom."
(Psalm 90:12, NLT)

What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.

Ecclesiastes 3:9

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