"We give thanks always for you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."
~1 Thess. 1:2-3
You are a gift from God. Your life has impacted so many people (and still is!). I admire the passion and grace that your life is rooted in. Because of your example, I am inspired to live my life as a work of faith--yielded to God's loving voice, and uplifted by His great faithfulness.
Everything you do is a labor of love. I've never seen you do anything half-heartedly. Whether it is nurturing and teaching your children, respecting your husband, or sewing a quilt for a new baby, you grab hold of the greater purpose. You see beyond a duty that has to be fulfilled and it becomes a testament of Christ's love.
It is so incredible to see your life in rhythm with a steadfastness of hope. Even through pain and loss, your eyes are fixed on Jesus. Not fixed towards Him with a false sense of happiness, but with real, raw honesty that allows His strength to be perfected in your weakness.
I'm truly glad you were born. I am honored to have you in my life.
Happy Birthday Gabe!!!