Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Celebrate 9

Can it be? My Joshua celebrates 9 today. 9 years of pure joy wrapped in pure boy.

Always our adventurer ... He will lead his generation boldly into all the promises of God.

Tucking him into his mat at night, he whispers to tired Momma in Thailand "I like sharing Jesus." Through many countries, to this one, sharing the reason for the hope you have with the nations. Keep sharing Him Joshua. There are more that need to hear.

On boats to villages in deep jungle. Countless hours on buses marked with swervy turns. Your enthusiasm and smile carried many of us. When some thought to complain, they simply looked at you and changed their hearts. Your life son is contagious. It catches people and they are never the same.

One day, on the other side of eternity, you will see. See the lives of those you have touched. Doors you have opened for Jesus. In a few short years, I can count on my fingers, imagine the impact your life will bring for His kingdom.

A love of animals. A passion for creation. Use your gifts. Dream big. Soar high.

In Kenya, you gave pounds of toys you chose from your own to the children that had none. You gave your trip and in faith believed that Jesus would multiply the loaves. He did. You taught us the power of a child's faith. Never outgrow it.

Bold. You stood before a multitude. Sharing your story. Your life with Jesus. Baptized, following in Jesus' steps. Walking in His footsteps, you will do greater things than these.

Blow out the candles. May the flame remain. You are called to be a light. An unquenchable fire for your generation. This mommy celebrates today because of all that you are and all that you will be. I love you Josh.

Taking a peek into my family, I would love a peek in yours. What is one thing you are celebrating in your life this week? Whoop it up friends, let's fill this blog world with rejoicing.


Treasures Evermore said...

Happy Birthday to your precious son....I will change the world for the Lord, that is for sure.


Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSH! Sending all of our love to you!

Abigail turns 9 on Friday!!! She is pretty excited about it too!

Praying you remain steadfast for Him and share your light wherever you may go!

Love and hugs Sarah!

Theresa said...

Happy Birthday Josh. Thanks for sharing about your precious son.
I am rejoicing in the joy of my family. My kids are so joyful and always full of smiles :)

Bekah said...

Happy birthday - love the tribute! :) Here in my world...celebrating God's faithfulness to daily heal my heart from its hurt!

The Unknowngnome said...

A happy birthday beautifully and wonderfully shared.

"And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart."

The McClain's said...

Simply beautiful, your tribute to your son. Thanks sarah, for sharing! Happy Birthday Joshua!

This week, I am celebrating the joy of being family, sharing life and making memories with those the Lord has placed in our lives, wherever we are, whether it is with those bound to us by blood, faith or simply because we are enjoying this journey together.

Have a blessed day!
Brooke :)

Heather said...

I hope he has a great birthday!

Leslie said...

Aww, happy birthday, Josh, from all of us!!! Nine just seems so huge, doesn't it? Amazing!

Mich said...

What a loving tribute.

Have a beautiful time celebrating!

Sharon Kirby said...

Biggest Happy Birthday wishes to JOSH!!

I'm going to have to say that the one thing I'm celebrating in my life this week is the gift of my sons. They are such a blessing. In just two short weeks, my oldest will be 28. It seems that it was just yesterday that he turned 9. It is a great gift from God to see Him move in my son's heart.

I can still see the little boy in him, but I am overjoyed at the man he's become...

GOD BLESS, Sarah - enjoy the day with your boy!

Audrey said...

Celebrating brotherly love~not always visible :) but with the youngest one having a fever, the older boy is praying for, caring for and looking out for his little brother. So sweet to see!

Happy Birthday, Joshua! I know my boys would love to play a baseball game with you!


Janet - AKA: Latte Lady said...

Oh, how SWEET!!

What are we celebrating this week?

God's miracles in our life. We are believing.

Blessings to you!



A multi-dimensional life said...

Happy Birthday to Joshua!!! What a gift!

Sarah, your blog is an inspiration...so I want YOU to have yet another GIFT...

Please stop by my blog and pick it up.

Thank you for your beautiful example!
Lorraine xo

Pamela said...

Such a awesome celebration...beautifuly worded.

We're celebrating life this week as our new grandson is due on Friday.

Natasha said...

OH, SWEET JOSHUA!!! Tears well up as everything inside of me is shouting YES YES YES, to all who he is and what his heart is for YES.