Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I am a Soldier in the Army of God

At D-Now this weekend a group of girls got up on stage wearing pink t-shirts with "Active Duty" written across the front. One of the girls read the following letter she'd found on the internet. The author is anonymous but the message is powerful. I'm posting it so I don't forget it. I'm hoping for a way to work this in to our youth group. Or should I say praying.

Here it is:
I am a soldier in the army of God.
The Lord Jesus Christ is my commanding officer.
The Holy Bible is my Code of Conduct.
Faith, prayer, and the Word are my weapons of warfare.
I have been taught by the Holy Spirit, trained by experience, tried by adversity and tested by fire.

I am a volunteer in this army and I am enlisted for eternity.
I will either retire in this army at the rapture or die in this army; but I will not get out, sell out, be talked out, or pushed out.

I am faithful, reliable, capable and dependable.
If my God needs me, I am there.
If He needs me in the Sunday school, to teach the children, work with the youth, help adults or just sit and learn, He can use me because I am there.
I am a soldier.

I am not a baby.
I do not need to be pampered, petted, primed up, pumped up, picked up or pepped up.
I am a soldier.

No one has to call me, remind me, write me, visit me, entice me, or lure me.
I am a soldier.
I am not a wimp.
I am in place, saluting my King, obeying His orders, praising His name, and building His kingdom!

No one has to send me flowers, gifts, food, cards, candy or give me handouts.
I do not need to be cuddled, cradled, cared for, or catered to.
I am committed.

I cannot have my feelings hurt bad enough to turn me around.
I cannot be discouraged enough to turn me aside.
I cannot lose enough to cause me to quit.
When Jesus called me into this army, I had nothing.
If I end up with nothing, I will still come out ahead.
I will win.
My God has and will continue to supply all of my needs.

I am more than a conqueror.
I will always triumph.
I can do all things through Christ.
The devil cannot defeat me.
People cannot disillusion me.
Weather cannot weary me.
Sickness cannot stop me.
Battles cannot beat me.
Money cannot buy me.
Governments cannot silence me and hell cannot handle me.
I am a soldier.

Even death cannot destroy me.
For when my Commander calls me from this battlefield, He will promote me to Captain and then allow me to rule with Him.
I am a soldier in the army, and I’m marching, claiming victory.

I will not give up.
I will not run around.
I am a soldier, marching heaven bound.

“Suffer hardship with me as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:3-4

Sunday, March 29, 2009


This weekend was Discipleship Now for the Lumberton churches and NEBC in Beaumont. It was a wonderful concept.

Normally D-Now involves a single church. Doing a large number of churches allowed it to be further reaching. We still had host homes with our church but did worship and missions with all churches!!!

I stayed with the High School Girls and we had a great time.

Once again it was a growing experience for our youth. We were in Sunday School, having breakfast, this morning and David looked over and noticed that our entire youth group was over together at the couches and new ones would join. There was no separation of many little clique type groups, like usual, just one big group all talking together.

Blessed to be a part and to have these experiences.

1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature
God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man,he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil. 2:1-11

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The First Girlfriend

How totally sweet! Jeremy has a girlfriend and it's his first. I'm totally happy with it, cause it's all about me, right?

What I mean is he's a steady kid. Takes it slow, takes it easy, makes it last.?

The nice thing is keeping the lines of communication open. Right now he's talking to me and asking my input.

They know each other from church and are taking things at a slow pace. Keeping God at the center.

They've gone out on two dates. To see "Taken" before we left on the cruise. It was the Friday before we left and I offered to go with them because I had really wanted to see the movie. He shot me down! What's that about?

Then Cindy came over and helped roll change and we texted him to try and get him to save us seats!

"Mom it's our first date!"

"So is that a no?"

No reply. So I guess that was a no! Like I'd really go on his date!

Anywho, The next date was the Friday after we got back. The Wednesday before he'd given her the souveneirs he'd picked out for her, a chain neclace with dangling hearts from the ship, a handmade beaded purse from Guatemala, a handmade name bracelet from Cozumel and he showed her the henna heart tatoo with her name. Their second date was putt putt golf.

Tonight they held hands and he put his arm around her. He was over the moon happy.

The next date is the Fair which means two things: His grades need to be up and he needs to earn quite a bit of money.


"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Cruisin' On a Sunday Afternoon

Oh my goodness!!!! We're at the Drury Inn in New Orleans. We are checking out and headed for our cruise ship!!!! We are going on a seven day cruise to the Western Carribean, did I spell that right? Oh well, no time to check.

Will have lots to write about when I get there. Praying for an easy embarking experience and a great time.

Remind me to tell you about Jeremy's date! Yes, I said it, "Date". A real live date.

Blessings and Bon Voyage!