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A Touch of Love for Your Birthday: A Collection of Storeis, Quotes, Scriptures, and Inspirational Thoughts
     

A Touch of Love for Your Birthday: A Collection of Storeis, Quotes, Scriptures, and Inspirational Thoughts

by Howard Publishing (Manufactured by), Howard Publishing Staff
 
A Touch of Love for Your Birthday is overflowing with all the fun, wonder, and excitement of birthdays. From glimpses into the long-forgotten joys of childhood to new ideas for celebrating life every step of the way, this book is an inspirational gift that the birthday guest of honor will treasure for years to come.

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A Touch of Love for Your Birthday is overflowing with all the fun, wonder, and excitement of birthdays. From glimpses into the long-forgotten joys of childhood to new ideas for celebrating life every step of the way, this book is an inspirational gift that the birthday guest of honor will treasure for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582292274
Publisher:
Howard Books
Publication date:
02/01/2002
Series:
Touch Of Love Series
Pages:
94
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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Touch of Love For Your Birthday


By Howard Books

Howard Books

Copyright © 2001 Howard Books
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781582292274

Chapter Eight -- Youthfulness

    Youth has very little to do with age and much

to do with state of mind. Whatever marker your birthday celebrates this year,

take a moment to remember some of the symbols of your youth:

  • running barefoot through the prickly grass in your backyard

  • catching lightning bugs in a jar with a friend

  • recording your heart's secrets in your diary and locking it with

    a tiny key

  • riding a bike for the very first time without training wheels

  • dreaming about what you would be when you grew up

    Now, take that same spirit and apply it to

some new adventure you've been leery of trying or a secret you've not yet

ventured to realize. You really can do it -- for youthfulness is a state of mind.

Isaiah 40:31

Those who hope in the

Lord

will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.

 

Now faith is being

sure of what we

for and of what we do notsee.

 

One can never creep when

one feels an impulse to soar.

-- Helen Keller

Something More

    "Mom, puh-leeeeze," Lauren groaned, her eyes rolling.

The mall would close in ten minutes, and her mother, Beverly, was desperately

seeking a new skirt. With time running out, she was forced to try an old trick

her sister had taught her. She held the skirt to her front and wrapped it from

side to side to see if the seams lined up with the outside of her legs. Then she

held it to her backside and did the same. Beverly knew that mirrors and seams

never lied.

    "We would like to inform all shoppers that the doors will

close in fifteen minutes," the voice over the loud speaker said. Lauren was

thrilled. She had shopped all her twelve-year-old body could shop. Besides that,

Lauren was always a bit embarrassed by her mother's unconventional behavior.

Beverly knew her daughter had to put up with a lot from her. Their personalities

were direct opposites. Lauren was quiet and laid back, just like her daddy.

Beverly, on the other hand, sang along with songs on the car radio with the

windows down. She often requested extra chocolate chips in her scoop of

chocolate chip mint from puzzled teenagers behind the counter at the local ice

cream shop. And worst of all, she drove Lauren to school in her bathrobe. Who

would ever know, her mother reasoned. Lauren had made her promise never to get

out of the car.

   

But today was Beverly's birthday, and Lauren was trying to be as patient as she

could with her mother, who had a few years earlier decided that she wanted to

stop growing up. "I don't mind growing older," she would say, "I just don't want

to grow up." Celebrating her birthday always included something "goofy," as

Lauren put it.

   

Lauren had decided to try being a little "goofy" herself to help her mom

celebrate her thirty-fifth birthday. It wasn't easy for a "non-goofy" kid to be

"goofy," but she did have a plan.

   

Once they got home from the mall, Lauren told her mom to go put on some jeans

and a sweatshirt. As Beverly returned from her bedroom, she noticed Lauren

putting something in her pocket.

   

"Follow me," Lauren ordered, and they headed behind their house to a hill that

overlooked a canyon. Lauren's head moved back and forth as if she were searching

for a buried treasure. Soon she said, "This is the place. Sit right here. It

might be a little damp, but we'll be OK."

   

"OK, this is a great place," Beverly replied and plopped down Indian style next

to her daughter. "Now what?"

   

Fifteen minutes of silence passed while the sun sank lower in the sky. Together,

mother and daughter watched as gold fused into pink and, finally, purple.     There

on the side of a little hill, they shared a sunset. At that moment, Lauren took

a bottle out of her pocket and blew bubbles toward the horizon. Beverly watched

each bubble emerge as they shimmered and floated against the sky.

   

"Now make a wish," Lauren said quietly. "Happy birthday, Mom."

   

Beverly was filled with love for a daughter whose nature would be to put candles

on a cake but whose love told her she needed to do something more.

God's gifts put man's best

dreams to shame.

-- Elizabeth Barrett

Put on the new self,

which is being renewed in knowledge

in the image of its Creator.

Colossians 3:10



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