Good morning, Lord Jesus. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Thank you for the birth of my son -- Josiah Benjamin Hays -- born at 6:11 p.m. on March 31, 2006 at 8 pounds, 10 ounces, 21 inches long, with curly blonde hair. Praise You for a healthy mama, a healthy baby, and a happy daddy! ...
"For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to Him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives, I have given him to the Lord" (1 Samuel 1:27-28).
The day we found out this baby would be a boy, Tricia and I believe You impressed the name of our son upon our hearts. In Your Word, a person's name speaks of their nature. Every time we call his name, we are calling forth his nature. In the Hebrew of the Old Testament, "Josiah" means "the fire of the Lord" and "Benjamin" means "son of my right hand." Josiah was a king of Israel who ruled with righteousness, authority, and boldness, knowing his calling and destiny from an early age and then living it out in obedience and faith. "He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of his ancestor David; he did not turn aside to the right or to the left" (2 Chronicles 34:1-2). You set him ablaze with passion and zeal to purge and purify the land and the people in the holiness of the fire of the Lord. There was great revival throughout the land in the days of the reign of King Josiah.
Benjamin was one the sons of Jacob, the last born of the twelve tribes of Israel, speaking of the last generation of the sons of men before Your return. At Joseph's table, Benjamin received fives times as much as his brothers and when they were given provisions for the journey, Benjamin again received fives times as much as his brothers, along with a wealth of silver (Genesis 43:34; 45:22). Your glory and grace upon this latter generation will be greater than the former in an exceeding abundance of provision and power than ever seen before. This is a generation of abundance and fulfillment of the purposes and promises of God.
At Josiah's birth, our obstetrician Dr. Owen said, "He's great." This morning, our pediatrician Dr. Wilkes said, "He's perfect." That's a pretty good start and a pretty high calling, but we entrust him to You and to Your calling alone. Father, it seems You are saying, "Josiah Benjamin Hays is a carrier of My fire and a son of My right hand." Lord, You have answered our prayers and we give him to You as long as he lives. With Dr. Owen and the nurses, I held my son in my arms and blessed him, as his mother and I dedicated and consecrated his life to You as holy unto the Lord, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Lord, let it be so in his life and in our lives and in the lives of the generations who live out their calling and destiny for Your glory and Your kingdom. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged this day! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Friends, thank you so much for all your prayers. Mama and baby are doing great! I am now a father of five, please keep praying for us! God bless you!