Happy Birthday, Josiah!

11 years!

The Lord brought you into our family eleven years ago, and life has never been the same.
You were a quiet, observant, content baby and toddler, and everyone adored you.
You had nothing but smiles and affection to offer, and every one of us gladly accepted them!

You are the same today.
It is your nature, Josiah. How God created you.
You are sensitive, thoughtful, quick to offer assistance and the first to notice when someone is being left out or ignored. You defend the weak and stand up for the underdog.
And you do so because you, too, are an underdog.

You (literally) did not speak for three years but for a few words. We didn't know at the time, but it was the first sign that you had dyslexia. You watched, listened, and took everything in that was going on around you, but you could not push out what you were seeing and experiencing through words.
But you were joyful and content. You didn't need words to enjoy life. You just needed to know you were accepted and loved. And you were. By everyone. Which gave you confidence!
As you grew, however, you realized you could not make your mind work the way you wanted it to, and frustration began to creep in. You didn't understand why everyone else could read, but you could not. There was no shame, for you were safe at home with your family, but there was confusion.
We worked hard - together - and when you were eight years old, the Lord rewarded your efforts and blessed you with the ability and the gift of being able to read! What a WONDERFUL day that was!

You are not a rough, tough, athletic, physical boy.
You love to play and you have an adventurous spirit,
but you would much rather lose yourself in a story or art than jump over hurdles or kick soccer balls.
You are a thinker. A planner. A boy who loves (and needs) details.
You enjoy conversation and want to know what is going on with everyone around you.
And you love God's Word. You love people. You love being a leader.
And it is my prayer that the Lord will pull all of these qualities together and use you to do Kingdom work and glorify Him with your strengths, talents, and skills.

As it is with all of us, strengths also act as weaknesses.
Your love of details can overwhelm you and others.
Your desire to lead can cause you to lord it over others.
Your love for God's Word can cause you to see the flaws in others without seeing your own.
Pray over these, Josiah, fervently and often.
And ponder these verses as you pray:

Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting! Psalm 139:23, 24

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8

Our God is faithful, Josiah. He is merciful and gracious and filled with loving kindness.
He will always give you the wisdom and strength you need when you ask for it, and He will always be your greatest helper, your greatest support, and your greatest encourager.
Seek Him daily.
Love Him fervently.
Confess constantly.
And then walk with confidence and joy in the blessings that flow from obedience.

We love you, Josiah Timothy!
You are a bright, empathetic, loving, and thoughtful boy, and we are grateful to call you OURS!


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