Break out the confetti, blow up the party balloons, hoist up the pinata, put on your party hat, and blow on your noisemaker because today is the 17th! It’s “JOSIAH DAY!” If you are new to these parts, give me back your party hat and quit blowing spit into your noisemaker because you need to first read “Sweet Dreams: The Story of Josiah Day” to discover why we are celebrating. Once you have put the puzzle pieces together, I will give you back your party hat, and you may start blowing the mess out of your noisemaker because it’s party time!
Since my friend’s sweet dream in July 2013, the 17th of every month has always been called “Josiah Day” in our home–it’s a day in which I celebrate God’s promise of my future baby bird. I might go out to dinner with my husband and talk about future nursery ideas, baby shower plans, or who gets up at 3 am for feedings. Or I will buy a cute outfit that screams, “well, aren’t you just the cutest thing!”I might even write a note in my journal expressing how excited I am to hear him one day call me mommy, or sometimes I will write a thank you letter to God for what I believe He will give me. Regardless, no matter what I do, I celebrate the 17th in faith that Josiah will be snuggled in my belly or my arms soon.
Celebrating without evidence wasn’t always easy and exciting. Faith wasn’t always something I could grasp or comprehend. I would try to rationalize, analyze, and figure out faith and how to feel it, but then one day, I realized faith wasn’t something to be felt. It can’t be rationalized, analyzed, or figured out. It’s not meant for me to comprehend. It simply believes in something without having evidence. It’s as simple as being three again and using your imagination.
There was a time when I would pass by cute onsies, funny pacifiers, or soft blankets that I wanted to purchase for my baby bird because I harbored the “what if” thoughts. What if I don’t get my baby bird? What if I heard God all wrong? What if He doesn’t heal me? Those “what if” thoughts spoke what I believed…they demonstrated my doubts.
Do you remember when you would play with your baby doll as a child? Did you sit there and stare at it and play with it in your mind? No! You talked and acted as if it were real. You called it by name and played with it as if it was alive. You had to feed, burp, and tend to their every need. You took it to the grocery store when you went shopping with your mom, and you made sure nobody hurt your baby. It was real.
Just like your imagination goes a step further than daydreaming and requires action, so does your faith. Faith requires more than just daydreaming about what you are hoping for because it sees it as real and takes action to demonstrates such a belief.
The Bible says, “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”Hebrews 11:1
Confidence: firm trust
Hope: joyful, confident expectation
Assurance: a strong statement that something will happen
Hebrews 11:1 can be read like this, “Now faith is having a firm trust in what we are joyfully and confidently expecting and we have a positive statement about what we do not see.”
This is why I celebrate “Josiah Day.” I celebrate because I have faith in God’s promises, and I believe with confidence that He is faithful to perform His word. He is not a man that He should lie or a human being that He should change His mind (Numbers 23:19). Just daydreaming about His promises isn’t enough. Not for me. I need to back up my belief with words and actions.
What are you hoping for? Are you just daydreaming about it, or are you taking action? If there is something you can say or do to demonstrate your faith, do it!
Faith believes. Faith speaks. Faith acts.
Today, I celebrated my excitement of when I get to wipe his stinky booty at 2 am by purchasing some Pampers diapers and baby wipes.
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