Many of you may not know this about me but I am a U.S. Navy Veteran.
I have been on two deployments on an air craft carrier. The first was a nine month deployment, and the second was about a five month one.
I have seen: Dubai, Bahrain, Spain, France, and Croatia. I have traveled by ship through the Mediterranean Sea, and we squeezed our way through the Suez Canal.
During these times, by the grace of God, I have completed various trainings, met all kinds of people along the way, concurred surface warfare training, and of course important life lessons were learned.
Certainly, this is considered both an honor and a blessing. These experiences are a huge factor, a big piece, as to who I am and why I am where I am today.
Although, believe it or not, sometimes this portion of my life is hard to talk about. This period of my life was not my favorite to say the least. I do not speak for every veteran, I am sure there are so many others who have had served and where able to move many mountains. That were able to not only climb high but to serve with dignity and strength.
I thank you.
For a long time now, I have been hesitant to tell this part of my story. Mostly because it can be complex. You know, we think that only one section of our lives define who we are sometimes, yet when you look at the entire picture you realize you are wrong. I wish it could be that simple to say, here is one thing that has happened during my time here on this earth, and give you just that. However, God has taught me that every moment counts. Every single moment of your life He has watched. Each encounter, growth, fall, rise, accomplishment, and trial are all accounted for.
“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”Matthew 10:30, NKJV
Since this is the case, God has shown me that this verse: “Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” (Romans 8:30, NKJV)- is true. Let us not over look our stories. Let us not take for granted this word predestined.
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