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“…a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.”

Ecclesiastes 3:8

As I now look back over my army career, the pain and anguish I felt at the time was not that at all. It was the beginning step to who I now am. I am no longer a soldier of the U.S. Army but now serve a part of a much greater army: God’s army. The experiences I had the privilege to go through taught me integrity, honor, and endurance. I feel great pride to have been given the opportunity to serve our country and am grateful the character-building experiences and to have learned the true meaning of Philippians 4:13:

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

Oh! And by the way, the man that I mentioned that sparked my interest in the army still holds my heart and we have been married for 22 years.

As you think about this military woman’s story of challenge and growth, do you want this too?  Do you want to see your hard circumstances used to mold you in to the woman God has designed you to be?  God wants to make you all you can be!  Now is a great time to pause and thank God for every challenge He is using to grow you and shape you.  Move forward in faith in God’s timing and may He bless you with His strength as you endure.

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“…a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak…”

Ecclesiastes 3:6,7

After basic training, I was assigned to Fort Huachuca, Az. for my MOS (job) training. I felt great relief as I began to have freedom again.  My heart felt at peace finally!

“...a time to mend…a time to speak…

After spending five months in Arizona, I graduated to learn that my duty station was overseas to Germany.  To go overseas to live by myself, away from family was exciting but fearful at the same time.  But I was learning that with every new challenge there is an opportunity to grow.

Consider the challenges you are facing personally.  Identify them specifically and how they cause you to struggle. Now consider how God could grow and develop you as a person through those hard things?  Is it too overwhelming?  Stretch your imagination and ask God to place in your heart hope and trust that He is indeed God and He is indeed able to accomplish anything in your life!  Rest in His timing!

See you tomorrow…

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“…a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain…”

Ecclesiastes 3:4,5

I was mentally and physically drained from Basic Training. I began to feel as if I couldn’t go on. I was tired of the barrack inspections and the finicky details, the endless marching, the strenuous activity.  I was challenged by the ten mile hike to play army for a few days, the gas chambers, and the night firing drills which consisted of us low crawling on our bellies as shots were fired overhead. It was more than I have signed up for… or was it?
God’s word says that He will never give us anything we can’t handle. The earthly hell I felt that I was going through was just a lesson in endurance and to continue on when my physical strength was depleted because for when I am weak, my God is strong.

While we would prefer the times of laughing and dancing, real life for us can often be the opposite.  Where do we turn during the hard times?  Do we franticly grasp after “the good life” regardless of consequences?  Do we lie down and quit when we find ourselves depleted and tired?  Or will we wait on the Lord’s timing, rest in His strength, and keep moving forward?

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“…a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build…”

Ecclesiastes 3:2,3

“Oh my…” was my first thought. What was I ever thinking? Was everyone right? Am I not able to physically or mentally handle Basic Training in the military?

To have someone in your face tearing you down, making you feel more inadequate than you could ever feel and depriving you of communication from home, was not how I imagined the army to be. Was this truly the way to make us recruits into being all we could be?

The rebellion I was living with at home, did not magically go away because I joined the army. I had many conflicts with my drill sergeants and my body strength increased with the many pushups and various taxing positions. You see, pushups were the discipline of choice for most drill sergeants.  At the time, I believed I was being torn down as a person. But sometimes we have to be torn down in order to be rebuilt into the person we should be.

Do you have people in your life who seem to serve no purpose other than to cause you pain or heartache?  Do you feel like you are being torn down bit by bit by circumstances you are facing?  Read through the above verses one more time and ask God to give you hope.  Boldly ask Him to reveal how He will use those trials to turn you in to the person He wants you to be.  And trust in His timing!

Join us again tomorrow for more of this story…

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“There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under heaven…”

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Direction. Ever wonder which way to go? Which path to seek? What you want to be? That’s how I felt upon my high school graduation. Most of my classmates had set out for college, but it wasn’t the way for me. I lacked the funds, the motivation and had fallen for a man who had decided to join the army. That started my thoughts that maybe the army wasn’t such a bad direction for me to go also.
I met with recruiters first to see what they had to offer. When I shared my new found interest with family and friends, no support was to be found.  No one thought I could do it.  I was not one who enjoyed being told what I could and could not do, so I grew frustrated, yet I continued on with my plans.
I went through necessary testing to find where my skills lay and decided upon military intelligence. In less than two months, I found myself in basic training, herded with others like cattle through different assembly lines, picking up necessary gear and receiving shots for who knows what. With a duffel bag full of heavy equipment and blood trickling down my arms from the vaccines, I became demoralized by shouting drill sergeants who had no regard for personal space. I was assigned a bunk and a 4×8 foot locker to mark the start of our six weeks of basic training.

Even in the most terrifying of circumstances, God can and will hold our hand.  It is often comforting to recognize there really is a time for everything under heaven.  Peace can be found in His presence.  Wisdom can be found in His Word.  Hope for a better tomorrow is available through His promises.  

What circumstances have thrown you off center this week?  Take a moment right now and ask God to hold your hand through those hard times and take comfort in knowing you aren’t alone!

Join us tomorrow for more of this lady’s story…

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