1.24.2014

My New Birthday Song

How do you feel about your birthday? Okay, for real. How do you feel about celebrating the day you were born? Is it a day of rejoicing? A day when you embrace how fearfully and wonderfully made you are? Is it a day of significance and importance? A day you allow yourself to be delighted in? A day you believe you are worthy of celebration and honor?

Or is it a hard day...maybe even a dreaded day? Are you afraid of being forgotten...or on the other extreme, the center of attention? Is it a day marked by fear and insecurity? A day of heightened sadness or loneliness? A day of high expectations and inevitable disappointment? A day that reinforces your belief that you aren't worthy of delight and celebration?

I've been all over the map on my birthday. You name it, I've felt it. But even on the best of birthdays, there's always this underlying feeling of fear. {I didn't realize that until recently, but it was always there.} In recent years, I've been trying to get to the bottom of that. And while I may still have some digging to do, I've discovered something: my fear of birthdays has everything to do with what I believe about myself.

Did you know you can believe an untrue thing about yourself deep down to your very core and not even know you're believing in it? SO many lies...the lie that you aren't wanted, you aren't enough, you aren't worth celebrating, you aren't beautiful, you aren't fearfully and wonderfully made, you aren't ___________ {fill in the blank}.

It pains me to type those lies, and pains me even more to have believed in them.

Back to birthdays. There's a story that surrounds the day of our birth. We're born into a story that began long before we entered the world. I hope the day of your birth was a joyful celebration. But I also know enough about life to know that it might not have been.

I don't know your story, or what you've learned to believe about yourself because of it, but here's what I know for sure: you are wanted, you are enough, you are worth celebrating, you are beautiful, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Even in the most broken story, this is what is true of you.

Today, on my 39th birthday, I'm singing a new song. And I'm inviting you to sing it with me. Turn it up and belt it out. Because THIS is what is true!

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From the day you were born 
And took your first breath
You opened your eyes and in came the light
He was watching you
But all of your life you couldn't shake the lies in your head 
Saying you're a mistake
Oh but you were made
By a God who knows your name 
He doesn't make mistakes

CHORUS
You are wanted
To every broken heart, He stands with open arms
You are wanted 
To every searching soul, look to the rising sun
If you're lonely, hurting, gone too far
To the outcast you come as you are
For you, you are wanted, you, you are wanted
You, you are wanted, you, you are wanted

Let this be the day that joy takes the place
Of all of the years that shame tried to steal away

He is calling you
Lift your eyes to see His face 
Come run into the arms of grace

CHORUS

You, you have been marked 
You're set apart
And He calls you His

So you don't have to search
Don't have to look for where you belong

You are wanted

Awesome! Let's sing it again...and again! Ready?
For YOU are the one the Lord has made! There is no one like you!
You are wanted...and absolutely needed.

With joy on my birthday, 

22 comments:

  1. happy birthday linsey...wishing you a joyous & peaceful day :)

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  2. Happy BIRTHDAY, friend!
    I think we're all unpacking lies that we've believed about ourselves.
    I'm reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, and it's been amazing to get a little more in touch with some of the lies I'm still believing about myself….shame does a number on us, huh?!

    Hope your weekend is beautiful.

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  3. Happy Birthday. May this be the best year yet (next year is the big one?)
    xo, Lee

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  4. Happy Birthday!

    Another post with words of wisdom...

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  5. Happy Birthday, Linsey! I am so glad you are embracing your special day and special self! I attempted to write when you brought your new "baby" home and somehow lost it. Aslan is a beauty! I had a little tri-Sheltie when I met my husband. Schatze was our first "baby"! She was an absolute mess, but she also brought us so much joy. She did settle down - eventually. We did training classes with her and she always "put on a show" and won - most well-behaved etc. Sadly, that didn't change her behavior at home. I hope you have a crate because that could really help! Much luck with Aslan and happy birthday!

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  6. Love that song. Thank you for your always-inspiring words. Here's to the year ahead - happy birthday!

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  7. happy birthday, sweet friend! enjoy the last year your 30s! I have never felt unwanted or undeserving, so I count my blessings for having always felt so much love in my life, not just from my parents, but my close friends too. But I worry that Andrew doesn't have a circle of best friends like I always did growing up, I think it makes life so much harder. I guess it might be different for boys but I'm not sure. I hope you have something special planned for your special day! xo, Tessa

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  8. Happy Birthday, Sweet Linsey! Love your words.

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  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you enjoy every minute of it! I love that you always share from your 'heart'...keep it up! Sending birthday blessings!!!

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  10. Happy Birthday, Linsey. My birthday is next week so this was very thought provoking. I have believed in many of those lies and I think that I will be working on letting loose of them for quite a bit more time. I hope I have risen above many of them.

    Turning 30 was the hardest for me, I didn't know if I was quite mature enough to live up to that milestone age! Every birthday since has been very special because of my wonderful family and friends.

    Enjoy your BIG day! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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  11. Happy Birthday Linsey--you are beautiful!

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  12. Happy birthday sweet Linsey! Your heart shines so brightly with the love of God as you on this day of your birth are the bearer of the gift of God's peace, love, joy, and hope. I needed to hear your words today and I am so grateful to you in this way that you have gifted others I this beautiful message from the heart. In this year, may God's light continue to envelope and shine through you so as you continue to place your trust in him.

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  13. Happy Birthday! Thank you for giving us this beautiful post.

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  14. Happy Birthday! Thank you for giving us this beautiful post.

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  15. LOVE this! Happy Birthday dear Linsey...

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  16. Wow, was this a timely blog post. My birthday is Sunday and it is and has always been...the birthday the day after my mom's birthday. I've never owned the fact that this bothers me and makes me feel second choice and less than. I needed to hear this melody and feel the words deep in my soul. Thank you.

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  17. Happy birthday, Linsey! I'm so glad I found you out here in cyber-land - even though you lived a few miles away from me in Houston:)
    I find that as my birthdays add up, all 58 so far, they're becoming more precious. I lost two friends this year, and two last year, all my age(ish). Two to cancer, one to a freak bicycle accident, and one killed by a home burglar. None of them knew their last birthday would indeed be their last. So I've resolved to be pretty happy to even have a birthday. And then to celebrate it!

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  18. Happy Birthday! Love this song and its message of truth! Wish we could bury them in our hearts and believe them always. Hugs and wishes for a wonderful day and year!

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  19. Happy birthday, Linsey! Dara is the sister of a friend of mine. She's got a great message, and they're a sweet family! Small world. :-)

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  20. I just received a Valentines Day card in the mail from my sweet Dad and the first lines of it says from the very first day I laid eyes on you I have loved you. What a gift to have that love from the very beginning. Thank you for pointing that out.

    Happy Birthday to You Linsey! I hope this year is the best!! I do for you and your whole precious family. Love Katey

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  21. Hope you are still celebrating and not buried under the snow :). Although I'm sure girls and dogs love it! Missing your blog posts. Enjoy your Saturday!

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  22. Sweet blog friends, thank you for your birthday wishes! It's taken me a few weeks to get back here, but my birthday was full of goodness!

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