Nov 11, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day to all of our Soldiers. You are in my prayers!

I woke up early this morning to our little Chihuahua licking my face. I wondered, "What time is it?" I glanced over at the clock on the Charter Cable Box. 6:00am? That can't be right! I took a second look. Wow! As my military husband would say, "It's O'Dark Early!"

Almost immediately, I remembered today is Veteran's Day, September 11. I began to create my mental to do list. So much to do today. I have to remind people about the book launch so that I can raise relief funds and help out our local troops returning from war. I want to bake a cake for the homeless family I met yesterday. But most of all, I need to spend some time with my own family. My husband wants to go to Apple bees for a free military meal. I hope I can fit it all in. I started to pet our family dog for a few minutes. Then I kissed her cheek and brushed her aside. I was ready to begin my day.

Unlike usual, I checked my email before grabbing my bible and a cup of coffee. I figured, "I still have plenty of time before anyone wakes up." In my email box, was a daily bible verse. Today's verse was 2 Corinthians 2:14. The verse spoke to the Victory we faced when obeying God's will. I thought, "Maybe I will be Victorious today with the book launch. Surely the Good Lord knows my heart and how hard I have tried to please Him with this effort."

Next, I read a disheartening email from Samaritan's Purse about a bombing to a refugee camp in South Sudan. Suddenly, I thought of of our young men and woman out in a desert surrounded by bombs and my chest began to hurt. As God would have it, I instantly recalled a documentary I watched over a month ago. The film makers relied on behind-the-scenes footage from front-line soldiers in Iraq. What broke my heart while watching this program was a comment from one particular soldier. He said, "I don't believe in God anymore. I prayed everyday that He would keep us safe, and then I lost a few of my buddies to road side bombs! So, why should I pray?" I remember thinking, "If I could only give this soldier a bible, then God could answer those questions directly. Then, HOPE would stand a chance!"

crying soldier
Suddenly, my daily to do list was replaced with concerns that were no longer about me. I decided that today, I would spend some extra time on my knees in prayer. I would pray for the Soldiers who had given up on believing in God. I would pray for those who have lost all hope.

In the past, when God answered my prayers, it was just after I had poured my heart out to Him. So, I promised myself today, what when I prayed, I would pray with a mother's heart, because I have taken on the roll of mother to a soldier whose family lives in my apartment complex. I will pray as a wife, because I am a wife of a soldier. I will pray as a daughter, because am a daughter of a military father. And, I will pray as a granddaughter to two Veteran grandfathers. But mostly, I will pray as a BELIEVER, because I trust the Lord when He says, "And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive (Matthew 21:22)."

With all of my heart, I wish a Happy Veteran's Day to all of our Soldiers. You are in my prayers and will continue to be!

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