Last week my daughter came home a shocked me. The boys were with there daddy and she and I decided to get ice cream. As we sat in the drive thru, she drops the bomb on me.." Momma, the recruiter came to school today and I think I am going in the Army." Now my daughter knows me well and with that comment, I could see her brace herself against the door of the car. My daddy was in the Air Force, my brother is there, my sister was in the Navy and my niece is in the Navy now so military I am use too. The Army though?? Ughhhhh. So as calmly as I could I asked why. She began to tell me how the guy told her that she could go to college for free and how she would get a job she really liked, etc. Now I am fan of the military to be honest with you. Not a big fan of war, but college is not for everyone and the military is an honest living. I have had so many people (including my own brother) say do NOT LET her do that, she could die in a war, she could get hurt and the list goes on and on. To them I say this, when God is ready, He's ready and military, college, at home.. it doesn't matter. You are not going to go before He calls you home. So no, I don't have a problem with the military and if she decides that is what she wants to do with her life (although I have dreams of a college life for her) then so be it. I have raised her to be independent and make her own decisions and I support her no matter what.
Proverbs 22:6 (The Message)- " Point your kids in the right direction- when they are old, they won't be lost."
I wish there was some kind of book given to me the day I had my kids. Each day I can honestly say something new comes up and I have to try and figure it out. As Christians, the job of raising children is probably harder than anything else we face in life. Kids have so many distractions... friends, school, family...that makes raising them a challenge. But children learn from what they see and if we as Christian parents give them examples to live by, they will be fine. I have learned from my daughter that even though she tries me (MANY MANY TIMES) she is looking to me as an example. If she sees me showing love, kindness, compassion, then it will be easier for her to do it also and it will become her norm. If I do the best I can, with what I have my kids will see it.
I don't mind if my daughter makes the choice of going in the military. I have been honestly praying about it and just asking God to be with her and help her make clear decisions as she starts to plan what she wants to do with her life.
I hope you all have a wonderful day, until next time Lord willing..