Although I’ve never been “in” the military, I’ve now received an extensive amount of “military” training. My education began in 2004 when my only son left for Basic Training. It continued when my son in law enlisted soon after. Since then, I’ve grown into a well trained and very proud military mom.
As military family members, we don’t usually live a simple, day to day kind of lifestyle. Instead, we generally cling to sanity, living moment by moment, often surrounded by turmoil, fear, loneliness, and a whole trunk load of other unhealthy emotions and circumstances. The lessons I’ve learned during my “training” have all led me to a deeper understanding of my need for a firm belief in a Supreme Power. I have learned that I am totally dependent upon Him and that I can trust Him implicitly with every aspect of my moment by moment life.
None of the lessons were easy for me, and the tests, especially the pop-quizzes, were down-right difficult. Although the path you walk will not be identical to mine, I believe that many of the truths I’ve learned may be applied to whatever challenges you’re facing, and my prayer is that my reflections, poems, prayers and musings will encourage your heart as you journey along in your own path in this boot camp kind of life I like to call the “life of someone who loves a soldier!”
Bible Translations I will use: New International Version, King James Version, New King James Version, Contemporary English Version
“The Soldier’s Prayer”
Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”