Every year our church celebrates Veteran’s day by asking those who have served to stand and be recognized and prayed over.
August 1992 I stepped on to a plane to enter a season of life that I had no idea would bring me to my hubby.
For 2 months I completed more push-ups, sit ups, running, marching, and bunk drills than I can possibly count….or even keep track of.
I will admit there were times in the past that I never really thought about what it meant to have served in the military. To me it was a means to the end. I had grown up in a very small town. There were so many factors but the point being is I saw the military as truly the best option for me to be the best version of myself.
While I was in the Navy there were days I really hated it. I wondered what was I thinking. It was also a time in my life when I continued to received more sexual harassment than I care to count. BUT…..there truly were amazing blessings that took place.
First, I met my husband. Because of him I was able to vocalize my wounds, my rape, my abuses, and so much more.
When I met my husband I felt safe. I finally felt like I could truly be 100% myself.
Boot camp alone was healing. It had been that summer that the penetration rape had taken place. For me boot camp was about “beating” the emotions out of me. Or better yet stuffing it all in and becoming as tough as I could possibly be, therefore “I could never be hurt again!”
What I really learned from my service in the military was another way to be an intentional disciple!
When you serve in the military it is NOT about you……IT’S ABOUT THE GREATER GOOD! You make sacrifices, you put your desires aside to do for others, you have days you really want to throw in the towel but you know others are depending on you so you stand up taller and dig deep to show up and be all you were made to be aka hopefully be the best version of yourself!
And most of all you truly learn what it means to do team work and to be a leader!!!
So today I am able to reflect on my military service with humbling pride. I don’t reflect on it anymore as “ugh” or “oh yeah I did that….” No today I reflect and am so very grateful for my years of service. Years that formed my early adult years. Years that taught me I was much stronger than I ever would have thought. And years that introduced me to my amazing husband.
Today I am also reflecting on all the men and women who have made amazing sacrifices for their country. Who have said yes to provide us the freedoms we sometimes don’t even thing about…..and no to so many of their own desires.
This week reflect on your own dreams….your own sacrifices…..your own ways you serve: your family, your community, your Lord!
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