Thursday, October 29, 2009

In All Things Give Thanks


This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
~1 John 5:14-15~

Today is Thankful Thursday. Our son is enduring an enormous challenge at USMC boot camp -- The Crucible. This trial-by-fire recreates battlefield stress including sleep and food deprivation while undergoing physically and mentally challenging tasks. It began at 0200 (2 a.m.) this morning.

At the completion of this exercise, 0800 (8 a.m.) on Saturday, October 31, he and his fellow recruits will be awarded the Eagle, Globe and Anchor and be called Marines for the first time since arriving on Parris Island, for our son 110 days ago.

I am thankful:
  1. That our son has found strength in relying on our heavenly Father.

  2. That he was able to call out to God when he was lonely and God was there for him.

  3. That God gathered our son into His arms when he was 6 years old and, even when our son ignored Him later on, the Lord never loosened His grip.

  4. That the Father's tender care of our son is not dependent on my emotional stability during trying times. He is always faithful to His Word.

  5. That God is wholly righteous and trustworthy.

  6. That His love for our son was proven on Calvary when God gave His Son as the perfect Sacrifice for sin and because our son believes in Jesus as his Savior, he is a child of the King.
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.
~Colossians 4:2~
Read more about the journey at Coming Full Circle: From Military Daughter to Military Wife to Military Mom.

The Crucible (The official USMC headquarters definition):

The culmination of recruit training is the Crucible, an intense field training exercise designed to build unit cohesion, reinforce core values, and complete the transformation from recruit to Marine. The Crucible is the defining moment of the recruit training experience. As a right of passage, the 45 Concepts and Issues Crucible is a 54-hour ordeal that tests the mettle of every recruit (and DI). The physical and mental challenges are intensified by sleep and food deprivation.

The Crucible focuses on six major field events and is augmented by eleven challenging Warrior Stations. Throughout this rapid paced exercise, emphasis is placed on the importance of teamwork in overcoming adversity and adaptive problem solving. The teams of recruits, under the leadership of their drill instructor, succeed as a team. The experience pushes recruits to their limits and is a poignant culmination to the transformation process.



Lynn is hosting Thankful Thursday on her blog Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Visit her to read more posts on Thankfulness and to post your own.








8 comments:

shopannies said...

is it not wonderful how this seems to happen. My son who recently went to college learned this lesson as well. I am so thankful that your son as well as mine reached out to the friend that is always there

Melanie said...

Wow! What a great accomplishment for your son.. tell him we are proud!!

It is such a blessing to see how God cares for our children, isn't it?

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Debbie said...

You have placed your son in the Father's hands. In our flesh, that's hard but it's so refreshing when we know the One who sees all and knows all is with our loved ones.

I pray that your son does well and I know you will be so proud.

Blessings,
Debbie

Denise said...

Congrats to your dear son.

Lynn said...

WOW, Patricia... Wow..

I could learn so much from you..

I loved this scripture: This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

~1 John 5:14-15~

Amen... Amen.. Awesome post. Thank you.

Debbie said...

This was a great post. CONGRATULATIONS to your son. Soo proud you must be!! I am so happy for you that your precious son is leaning on Him. Blessings to you, Debbie

Lindylou said...

It is so nice to see that he is finally completing his training and becoming one of our Country's Brave, Proud Men! What a servant heart it takes to enter the military, to sacrifice all for others! Thank your son for me!

Serendipity said...

Congrats to your son! You must be very proud of him! God bless you!