"Love the Lord your God, walk in all His ways, obey His commands, hold fast to Him and serve Him with all your heart and soul." Joshua 22:5

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Josiah, my son... and now my brother

On Sunday night, sometime past midnight, Josiah gave his life to the Lord!
It was "officially" my birthday, August 29th, and I have never had a more awesome gift.
For years we have talked, listened, prayed, begged God, taught about the Lord and HOPED...  and finally just simply asked for God's mercy to draw Josiah to salvation.  It has been quite a journey.  We struggled to understand his resistance through the years and yet we continued trusting, praying, hoping... knowing that if he did choose to make a commitment to the Lord it would be total, complete, well thought through, serious and with great understanding.  That's who Josiah is.
He came to John to talk one night.  Then he came the next night.  The Holy Spirit was calling him.  He struggled with big questions.  Real questions.  The Lord gave me some specific verses that very morning to share with Josiah and the Lord gave John and I new insight and wisdom in our discussions with Josiah.
Josiah prayed to the Lord with his own words and thoughts...  one of the most humble, sincere prayers I have ever heard.  With the understanding and strength of a man, he gave his life to the Lord!

And he is a NEW man!  The old is gone...  Josiah is walking with the Lord now.  He hungers to talk with us about the Lord and His ways.  He searches scripture for more understanding.  He says he can't explain it, but he knows he's different, changed.  And we are blown away to see the transformation that the Lord has made in his life.  Wow.  Thank you, Lord!