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This post is in memory and honor of Joshua Steven Eddy, who surrendered his precious dream…and left behind a beautiful legacy as an amazing photographer, a warrior of faith and a servant of God.
Joshua Steven Eddy
March 5th, 1993 – May 5th, 2012
The last blog post Josh wrote on his blog was one entitled ‘To Surrender a PreciousDream’. I have read it numerous times…when I first found his blog, when I first heard the news of his drowning, when they found his body, and just a couple days ago, when I stumbled upon it again…it was by accident really, but I’m pretty sure God just wanted me to read it again.
In his post, Josh wrote about how overwhelmed he was with the beauty of a sunset he witnessed on the evening he took his brother and sister-in-law’s engagement pictures. He says how much he wanted to share that moment with ‘his love’. How he wanted to ‘pull her close and enjoy this beauty with her’. But alas, she was not by his side. He did not have ‘his love’ with him. He wasn’t even sure he had met her yet. Who was this woman that would have been Josh’s girl? We will never know…because God didn’t write that in Josh’s story.
In the closing of his post, he said something that has become his, perhaps, most memorable quote. And honestly, one of my favorites of all time.
‘To surrender a precious dream is a fearful thing, but to pursue anything but the full measure of the glory of God’s love is a wasted life.’
Josh has challenged me to surrender my precious dream. And I thought ‘what better place to have a cloud of witnesses than through my blog?’
So readers, witness now as I surrender my precious dreams to my loving heavenly Father. So that all of my love and passion may be directed to Him alone. So that I, like Josh, can ‘love God fully’.
And if anyone reading this would like to write a similar post on their blog, I have provided a link-up below. Write your post, then copy and paste the direct linkto the link-up form below.
~My Precious Dreams~
>>to marry the love of my life
>>to get married young
>>to get married
>>to have lots of children
>>to see all my children graduate from homeschool
>>to see all my children get married
>>to hold my first grandchild
>>to hold all my grandchildren
>>to become an aunt
>>to adopt a child
>>to publish a book
>>to become exceedingly good at music
>>to become a professional actress
>>to die at an old age
>>to die peacefully
>>to die heroically
These are my precious dreams, dear LORD. And I am laying them at Your feet. Take these dreams…these aspirations…these hopes…and use them for Your glory. Do with me as You please.
‘Take my life and let it be consecrated, LORD, to Thee. Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise…’
PS: For those of you who are not aware, I was able to attend Josh’s memorial in Grants Pass, on May 16th. His body was found the same day, only a few hours following the memorial service. He was buried on May 29th, where his body rests in peace, but his soul is soaring in heaven.
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