Tonight you surprised me. Tonight you celebrated me. Tonight you filled my heart to overflowing with your love for me.
Tonight you prayed for me, you hugged me and you gathered together for ME.
Tonight you sacrificed your time, you asked me questions and shared stories and poured into me.
Tonight you blessed me with your presence, your friendship and your love.
Tonight turning 36 felt a whole lot better because God used each of you to shower me with love and laughter.
Tonight God used your printed words on cards to remind me that I am valued and worthwhile and that He is using little ole ME.
Tonight God used your prayers to fill my heart and renew my mind and encourage my spirit.
Tonight the tears poured from my eyes because I am so undeserving....so humbled...so grateful.
Because of tonight I am encouraged to embrace tomorrow and all that God has in store for the 36th year of my life.
As my husband wrote on my card: "Look around you and know that you are loved." That is what I did tonight. That is how I felt. And I give all the glory to God for who He has created me to be and who I get to journey through this life with. You are my friends. You are my community. I am in awe. I am amazed. I am deeply and profoundly impacted by each of you and who God has uniquely created YOU to be.
And I am crazy about each of you and that I get the privilege of (as my friend said tonight) knowing you and being known by you. What a rare gift.
You know my weaknesses...you've seen my imperfections...and yet you still call me friend.
Tonight you brought the words of Zephaniah 3:17 to life for me: The Lord God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Thank you friends. My heart is full tonight. I feel so loved and celebrated by your friendships and presence in my life.
And thank you Jesus. You are so good to me.