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On the week of your birthday, smudge some of your birthday cake icing on one of your pages for that week.

You have crowned the year with Your bounty, And Your paths drip with fatness. Psalm 65:11

Adult birthdays kinda sadden me, you know?  I mean, think about how our parents used to REALLY celebrate our birthday, and about how we go all out for our kiddos’ big day.  But, as we get older it seems as if we celebrate our birth day less.  Why is that, I wonder?

I think it is more important to celebrate adult birthdays because we have a tendency to become more isolated as we get older, and it feels a lot more like people care less about us.  In my family, we have a birthday week!  We celebrate all week with little gifts, special recognition moments and various meal celebrations.  For a whole week, that special person is made to feel, well, SPECIAL!

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To celebrate the life that God has birthed in me – hopefully, one that honors and exalts Him, I have added icing from my yummy strawberry cake (my current favorite) to my wrecked prayer journal.  I have tried to make it look like little pink flowerettes.  Perhaps you can think of a creative way to add your birthday cake icing to your prayer journal?

By the way, for a great birthday celebration cake, try my recipe for Gina’s Yum-Yum Cake that was given to me from a catering friend here.

Also, since it is the weekend, I hope you join me for my regular #ShePrayerJournals Weekend Workshop!


Happy Prayer Journaling!


p.s.  To check out more ways to WRECK your prayer journal, go here!

Award-winning author Gina Duke is a wife and mom who loves sharing the gift of creative structured prayer journaling. You may also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheGinaDuke.


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  1. Hi Gina,
    I’m so sorry you’re going thru so much right now. I can feel your pain and confusion and the uncertainty of of things between those we love. I’ll try to make it short but we found out last week or so that my husband has squamous cell carcinoma of his throat and it has spread to the surrounding lymph nodes and this was right after he had his second aneurysm repaired. I have been married before to a very abusive no-Christian and also alcoholic. My husband now, who I love so much, has been so good to me and so I’m not afraid of him at all and I can trust him always. But there are three churches praying for him. With all this, and I am not complaining at all, my daughter and 4 grandchildren are staying with us in a 13 hundred sq.ft. I am happy, so happy she is here until her apartment is ready to move in too in January. She will be a big help for me and the kids are well minded and Fred enjoys talking to them so that keeps his mind in a little better shape. Anyway, the way I look at it is that the trials we are going thru as the Bible says it produces perseverance, and strength. I believe in the long rung that God has his reasons and he intends no hurt to us even, as my daughter, feels kind of lost after a divorce and moving from MT home to TX. Thank you so much Gina, I hope I didn’t drive you crazy but I felt a bond with you and the things you are going thru. Just keep praying and at church go up for prayer if you care to and just stay immersed in His Word. In Christ Alone,

    1. Linda,
      Thank you for sharing. I have lived some of what you are going through right now believe it or not. Life has so much pain. We always live in a contrast. Things can be bad, yet we know that God is good (Though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil). Things can be good, and the enemy is still there to steal, kill and destroy (He has prepared a table for me in the presence of my enemies). The one constant is that God is there no matter our circumstances. Praying God comforts you in the days ahead, as He has me. God bless you and your family. ~gina

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