Nine years ago the Lord brought you and your round head and giant blue eyes into our family ...
and we have never been the same!
You are ...
encouraged by words of praise
a boy who likes to serve others
a boy who craves friendship and companionship
a lover of God's Word
and a boy who needs to know he is loved - and wanted.
The Lord created you exactly as you are, Josiah Timothy.
Every detail of who you are - physically, emotionally, intellectually - was designed by a God who loves you and wants to use You for His purposes, and for His glory.
You have to fight hard in so many areas, and I know you feel defeated. Often.
But you don't quit.
You struggle - you know things are effortless for others, and difficult for you ...
but you keep going. You keep trying.
And when you succeed, the smile on your face could light up a city block!
Josiah, God's purposes and plans sometimes include suffering and trials, and they can be hard to bear and frustrating to endure. But there is always a reason. Remember when we watched our ducks hatch from their eggs? Remember how bad we felt that they had to spend hours pecking through the shell and fighting to get out of it? It would have been so easy for us to break the shell so they could be free instantly - but they NEEDED the struggle. It's what made them strong, and able to survive outside of the protective covering.
Our struggles strengthen us. Mature us. Refine us. And most important ... sanctify us.
When you feel defeated and want to give up - pray.
When you feel misunderstood, rejected, or unloved - read God's Word.
No one knows you better than Your Creator - and no one can meet your needs like He can.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made, my son, and my prayer is that you will always look at life through a biblical lens and see yourself not as others see you - but as Christ sees you.
These are the verses I have for you this year ...
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23, 24
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually! 1 Chronicles 16:11
I love you, Josiah Timothy Eastman.
The Lord is teaching me how to love and serve you better, and I am a willing participant.
You bring me joy, and I pray I will become a mom who offers more compassion, empathy, and understanding as He transforms my thinking and refines my heart.
Happy 9th Birthday!