Happy Birthday, beautiful baby! The sun is shining, and the birds chirp among the trees whispering in the breeze. The puffy, clouds float along in the aquamarine blue sky. You’re alive! “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life” (Job 33:4 NIV).
Beautiful baby, you were just born, but you’re already broken. You need a blood transfusion. You’re sick precious baby, but you are created in My image. You are oh so sweet and beautiful! “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Ps. 139: 13).
Beautiful baby, you’re only one year old, but your lungs are a bit broken in how they work. You have asthma. I know it’s hard to breathe, but you can do it. “This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life” (Ez. 37:5).
Beautiful baby girl, you’re two. You’re immune system is broken down. It overreacts to, of all things… peanuts! Anaphylaxis shock is scary, and now as long as you live; if you have any food with peanut dust, you may die. Don’t be afraid. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Is. 41:10).
Beautiful five year old girl, your innocence is broken. The evil you experienced should never have happened. But you are my daughter, and you’re beautiful. When my Son, Jesus, knocked on the door to your heart; you reached out to hug him and invite him in. He will never abandon you. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20 ESV).
Beautiful seven year old girl, your emotions are broken; leaving you with false guilt, anxiety, and insecurity. Another evil has creeped in, and no one understands you. But I do. I know you’re also still sick, but Jesus is your Healer. He’ll be ministering to you. “Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” (Mt. 8:7 NLT).
Beautiful nine year old girl, your heart is broken, leaving you confused, insecure, and afraid. I know you have been left alone and neglected. What happened to you is an abominable evil. It should never have happened to you. You’re so little you don’t understand; so you’ll choose to forget for a while. My precious child, you are still pure, and beautiful. When no one is there for you, I Am. Jesus is your Witness. I believe you, my beautiful child. I will make all things right and just. “If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea” (Mk. 9:42 NIV).
Beautiful, lovely teenaged girl. You are broken and have experienced inconceivable damage and trauma. I know you are dealing with even more pain, betrayal, depression, sickness, abuse, neglect, and abandonment. You do not yet understand unconditional love, for you have not received it where and when you needed it most. But I AM unconditional love; and I live within you. I will teach you how to love like Jesus. I know sometimes you feel like you want to die; but it is not your time. I have many great plans for you! “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jer. 29:11).
I will never, ever leave you. I know you struggle with thinking you are ugly, and that you sometimes feel you have nothing to offer. But these are all lies from the enemy, meant to keep you down. You are beautifully gifted by Me. My Word is all that matters, for My Word is Truth. The truth is, my daughter; you are made in my image, and you are beautiful. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27).
Beautiful, beautiful young woman; your spiritual life is broken. You’ll make many mistakes, for you were not taught the truth about Who I AM, and who you are in Me. The fear, guilt, and anger are strongholds. They lead to depression. I know it is a black, cold, and ugly place. I see your tears, but you remain beautiful. You’re my daughter. Jesus is your brother; take his hand, and he will protect and shelter you. “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you” (Ps. 5:11).
Beautiful wife, your marriage is broken. Because your husband is broken too, it will be a hard battle. But both of you belong to Me; and you will heal, gain wisdom, and walk with me together. Your body is broken, so at first the babies won’t come. But I’ll be by your side, and I’ll double the blessing for your patience and perseverance. “Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Rom. 8:17).
Beautiful young mother, your emotions, body, and spirit; are all broken. There will be tears, pain, grief, along with unimaginable sickness during all your pregnancies. Your name will be slandered; lies will threaten to overwhelm you. But I know your true heart. I will give you gifts of three beautiful children to be light on your darkest days. They will be part of your healing. Because you have drawn close to me, and continue to persevere, and place your trust in Me, I shall reward you. “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Ps. 37:4 ESV).
Beautiful older mother, though you’ve healed so much, your body is broken. You’ll deal with diseases, infections, surgeries, and procedures. Your children will experience illness and trauma.. You’ll be very, very, very tired. But your beautiful family and friends will stand with you, supporting you and loving you. Your family is my greatest gift to you; they will help you keep going. I will be watching over you all. “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all” (Pr. 31: 28-29 NIV).
Happy Birthday, beautifully broken woman. You’re still struggling but now that you know Me better each day, you rely on me to get you through it all. You look for the silver lining, encouraging others to do so as well. When everything begins to get dark, you look towards the light of my salvation. You seek out my gifts day by day; knowing I keep my promises to my children. There is more pain ahead, but I will be closer than your breath, and the blessings will far outweigh the suffering. And waiting always, is your perfect, joyful, eternal home in Heaven! “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you” (Jn. 14:2 ESV)?
Happy Birthday, beautiful daughter! When when were unwanted, I wanted you. When you were abandoned, I held you. When you were not cherished; I sought and cared for you. When you were unloved, I ached for you, and I loved you more than anyone else ever possibly could. Beautiful baby, you are my child; chosen, adopted, gifted, loved… and forever sealed and saved. Happy Birthday, my beautiful child. I will never ever miss your special day, for I AM your Creator, and you are fearfully and wonderfully made!
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Ps. 139: 14).
Hi, I’m Angela Royse Pelleman. I love to write a blog post for The Silver Lining, on my birthday each year. With my chronic illness, I don’t get to do as many things as I want to, because I don’t have the energy. I was pondering today, why I wanted to write a blog before doing the other relaxing things I’d plan to do. Then I realized: Every birthday, I’m giving myself a present; the gift of spending time with God. Writing is one of the things that makes me closer to God. I’ve had a great birthday because I’m hearing from God, and getting a chance to share to His Words with you; along with introducing you to Jesus if you don’t yet know him. Here are some links I hope may interest you, if you’ve found yourself here. God bless you, in Jesus’ name!