Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Support for Ryan

We are having a 4th of July bash this weekend. It's Ryan's birthday and we thought it would be a good opportunity to give him a send-off into the mil*tary. Since we are moving in a few weeks, we wanted to give friends a chance to say good-bye before Ryan heads off to bo*t camp. (I have to use the * to prevent creepy people from doing a Google search.)

I invited our friends and family to bring a note of encouragement for Ryan that I will compile and put into a book for him to take with him. Since many may not know a soldier, I wanted to open it up to those of you who read the blog. If you would like to send Ryan a word of encouragement, advice, or your favorite Bible verse, it would mean so much to us. You can leave it in the comment section and I will print them out and put them in the book for him.

Our families have been struggling--all of us in different ways--with him joining the mil*tary. Of course, we are proud of him, but we also know that he has been told that he will most certainly be depl*yed to 'the desert' at some point. It's scary. I have to hang on to what I believe...that Ryan's life is in God's hands and all of his days have been written. God will hold him safe until it is his pre-ordained time to go.


Kim K. said...

Ryan - Thank you for your dedication and your part in preserving this truly great nation.

From every mountain side,
Let Freedom ring.

~Samuel F. Smith

Lori said...

Ryan...I don't know you at all, but I know just enough about your Mama to know that she raised you right. I am thankful that such a wonderful Christian man is going to represent and defend our country. God will honor you for that. Don't ever compromise your Christian values but share them at every opportunity. God has huge plans for you!

Lori from Kansas

Holly said...

Dear Ryan,
I am a military wife who is thankful for those who choose a life of service. It is because of men and women like you that I am able to live the life of freedom I enjoy so much. My husband leaves for Iraq in two weeks. This will be our third separation in 4 years and our second deployment. Our youngest son, adopted from China in 2007 has never experienced life without Daddy. This life is not always easy, but it is blessed.
We have all that we need and then some. God always supplies our needs and ministers to our hearts in tough times. There will likely be days when you wonder if you made the right decision. You may want to walk away and choose a different path. You will not be the first nor the last to feel these things but I want to encourage you to press on. You can do ALL THINGS through Christ Who gives you strength. Ryan, you may never know how much your walk, your faith and your actions will minister to other young men the Lord will place around you. Military life is a mission field!
May the Lord surround you with favor and protection as a shield and may He give you strength when you feel weak and weary. The work He gives you to do is making an eternal difference. Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart because you are working for the Lord and not for men.
You will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust". Surely He will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge. His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night nor the arrow that flies by day nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand my fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you make the Most High your dwelling, even the Lord, who is my refuge, then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.....the Lord will say "Because he loves me, I will rescue him, I will protect him for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me and I will answer him. I will be with Ryan in trouble I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and who him my salvation". (from Psalm 91)
God is with you. His grace is enough. Walk in His power.
Holly from Purpose Driven Family

Holly said...

oops, that last line is supposed to say SHOW him my salvation, not who him...that makes no sense!!

Mary McG in TN said...

Go forth with courage, commitment, and the love of God. I want you to know that a whole nation is behind you and your desire to ensure that this nation is forever free. We appreciate you! Remember that after the love of the Lord that you have the love of your family. Your mom is most important and needs contact as often as it is possible. I wish you peace.
Mary McG
in TN

Cari Bacon said...

Ryan - I don't even know you, but I already have much respect for you because of your willingness to obey God's leading. There is no greater joy than being in God's Will. My family will be praying for your protection wherever you go. May you be a light in this darkness for those who are lost.

2 Samuel 22:2-4
"The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior from violent men you save me. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies."

God Bless!
~ The Bacon Family in Michigan

Cindy said...

Praying for Ryan here in California too. Thank you Ryan for your dedication to our country, may the Lord keep you safe in His Hands.

Angie said...

Dear Ryan,
I'm a blogger friend of your mom's, and your aunt lives next door to my brother and his family. Anyway, I had to think about this a little before throwing out just any Bible verse, but here are two that I hope will serve you well. And thank you, for serving your country. God Bless You and your fellow soldiers.
1 Thes. 5:16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Zech. 4:6 ...not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts.