Happy 50th Birthday!

What do you do for a man that has everything?  It’s hard to come up with a gift for a man that has so many toys already.  So, I thought I would give Kent a token of my love and respect by writing a birthday wish on my blog.  I wish I could write my thoughts eloquently. Writing is a true gift and unfortunately one I don’t possess .  I think all of these great things but yet they just don’t come out the elegant way they sound in my head.  So, here goes…

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Kent is my best friend.  Many people have only seen the serious, direct, and thoughtful Kent.  He doesn’t know how to have “small talk” so when you have a conversation with Kent it’s not typically about the weather.  All kidding aside,  he obviously can have light conversations but God created him to enjoy deep conversation or vigorous debate.  He is a curious man and wants to learn about various topics and different point of views.  He is diligent and perseveres when things are hard.  Discouragement motivates him.  When given an array of choices, he usually picks the most difficult.

The other side of Kent is the light-hearted and funny man.  In fact, he likes to push buttons, joke, and tease.  If he teases you, he likes you.  We have had times in the last year that we were driving down the road and laughing so hard that we had to pull over so we could see the road ahead of us.  That doesn’t happen often but when it does, it is joy.  He is not the typical proper straight laced Christian.  In fact, he runs from that stereotype.  He knows that behavior modification doesn’t make you a Christian- loving Jesus does.   And He does love The Lord.  I am so thankful for a man that has been a Christian for years but still reads scripture and comes to tears.  He knows what he was before and is so grateful for God’s continual work in him.

I could go on and on like I know you could about someone that is close to you.  I just want to tell my husband “happy birthday” and let him know he has my total love and respect.  We have been through many ups and downs since our first meeting in 1987, but being able to forgive and move on and become closer is the best gift we could give each other.

He has so many favorite verses from the Bible but Revelation 5 moves him.  I won’t write the whole thing but just a part of it.

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

Hallelujah!  Happy birthday!  I love you.

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