Monday, March 13, 2017

Military Monday: Fit For Service

 


Welcome to another Military Monday! Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well. Today I want to talk about being fit to serve. 

In the military community a huge emphasis is placed on the physical fitness of our servicemen and women. Here at Fort Bragg, soldiers have to be able to run well, carry a massive ruck, absorb the physical shock of an airborne mission... and then be able to actually do their job. The Army (and other branches of the military) carefully plan and execute training opportunities to help the soldiers to be as ready as possible for the tasks to which they are assigned. Accountability is available for soldiers that struggle with the discipline of physical fitness. All of this is put in place to keep our service members fit for service. 

 But what about the families?

This is usually the point where I lose people.

The soldier is in the service and should be fit to serve.

Why does the spouse need to be?

 Can I let you in on a little secret?

Service members have to be gone often. Whether it is TDYs, deployments, or just being in the field our soldiers are often gone more than they are home.

So what does that have to do with fitness? 

When your spouse is gone over Christmas, can you get the decorations down from the attic? If you have to PCS while your soldier is en route to a training or coming home from a deployment, can you lift your furniture? When your three year old wants to play airplane like Daddy does, do you have the arm strength (let alone the midline stability) to do it? How about your overall general health? Are you having to go to the doctor over and over again for colds, aches, and pains? 

Military spouses absolutely serve their country, there is no doubt about it. Sacrificing holidays, first steps, last days of school so that your spouse can serve our country isn't easy. But it is a whole lot harder when you physically can't take care of yourself.

The word "resiliency" is thrown around a lot in our world.

We are told often to bounce rather than break.

I think the first step towards this goal is teaching military spouses how to take care of themselves through fitness and nutrition. Only when these spouses have the tools and understanding to achieve true health and fitness will our whole military family truly be fit to serve.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Female Christian Role Model: Amy Charmichael

Welcome to my celebration of Women's History Month!

Today's Female Christian Role Model is.... Amy Charmichael!

Amy Charmicheal was a very spirited child, born to Christian parents, in Ireland in 1867. She attended several schools and was quie the trouble maker as a young girl. Prior to becoming a missonary, Amy created and taught classes for over 300 of the poor and orphaned children in her hometown.  Amy served as a missionary in Japan and India despite never marrying. Amy's mother taught her from a very early age to listen to God and be ready for His answer, even when the answer is no. These teachings from her mother fueld her thinking for many years to come.

So why is Amy Charmicheal on our list of noteable Chrisitan role models? Amy served despite having a desiease that caused her entire body to be in excruciating pain. Many people thought that she wouldn't be able to be a missionary because of the condition. Amy istened to God's call and went to India anyways.  Despite the fact that many other missionaries in Japan told Amy to slow down and not reach for so many converts, Amy persisted. She went on winning more people to the goespel in one day than many missionaries reached in an entire year. Due to her failing health in the cold climate of Japan, Amy was forced to return to England where she immediately started looking for opportunities to serve again. Warm and sunny India allowd Amy to work in missions wihout being very ill due to her desease. Once in India, Amy heard of the plight of children being sex slaves in the temples. Amy had to dress in a sari and paint her skin to be able to enter the temple and see what was happening to these children. Other missionaries told her not to get involved because it aggitated local leaders and made things difficult for everyone. Amy didn't care about the difficulty. Once God placed it on her heart to help these children, she did not stop and she could not be deterred.

Suggested reading:
Great Women in Christian History: 37 Women Who Changed Their World
50 Christian Woomen Every Christian Should Know: Learning From Heroines of the Faith
With Daring Faith: A Biography of Amy Charmichael


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Female Christian Role Models: Intro

Welcome to the start of Women's History Month! 

Each year during the month of March I focus my time and energy on helping women to see strong Christian role models.since there are so few godly Christian role models in mainstream media.  As I wrote the first year,  my original plan to celebrate Women's History Month was to give a couple of links for female role models. However, when I typed female role models in the search engine, I got everything from Katy Perry to Mother Theresa. Typing Christina female role models in the search bar didn't produce much fruit either. I was so disappointed!

So, I 
decided to tackle the issue myself! I wrote one post per day in March (Women's History Month) dedicated to a godly female role model. You can read last years posts here! Since it was SUCH a success last year, I have decided to do it again this year! 


I will be writing a short biography of notable female Christian role models (past and present) each day.

I will be writing about two main things in these posts:
1.) Who the woman is/was and what she does/did
2.) Why it matters to the world

If possible I will attach a picture of the woman and any links to her websites or biographical information. 

We will start with our first female Christian role model tomorrow.

I hope that you enjoy this exploration of Christian women past and present!


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thoughtful Thursday: Call It A Plan

Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday. This is where I post things that catch my attention or inspire me. Most of the images and their links can be found here. I post these pictures in hopes that they will make you smile as well. Have a beautiful Thursday.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Military Monday: U.S. Army

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thoughtful Thursday: Giving Up

Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday. This is where I post things that catch my attention or inspire me. Most of the images and their links can be found here. I post these pictures in hopes that they will make you smile as well. Have a beautiful Thursday.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Military Monday: Man's Best Friend

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thoughtful Thursday: Crossing Oceans

Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday. This is where I post things that catch my attention or inspire me. Most of the images and their links can be found here. I post these pictures in hopes that they will make you smile as well. Have a beautiful Thursday.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Military Monday: Movers

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thoughtful Thursday: Find 3 Hobbies

Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday. This is where I post things that catch my attention or inspire me. Most of the images and their links can be found here. I post these pictures in hopes that they will make you smile as well. Have a beautiful Thursday.