HONORING TRUE WARRIORS: WALKIN’ WHILE WE WAIT
Are you a “worry wart” or a “worried warrior”?
Well, I was. But on Thursday, April 22, 2010, I decided to change that. My brother, Joshua, and his buddy Nicholas along with the 724th Engineer Battalion and the 273rd Sapper Company (Wisconsin) left for Iraq on that very day, and I knew it was going to be a very wearisome year for all of us. My brother and his company, proudly serve in the Army National Guard, but they were being deployed to fight in a war. My family was no stranger to men serving in war. My uncle Corky was in the Army and fought in the Vietnam War. Sadly, Corky was killed in action only months before he was due to return home. As a result, the news of my own brother’s deployment to Iraq was nearly paralyzing to all of my family, and in an effort to support them throughout Josh’s deployment, I invited family and friends to stop “weeping, whining and worrying” and “walk together” with us.
I called it a “Walkin’ While We Wait-A-Thon,” and our goal was to walk 12,848 miles TOGETHER by April 10, 2011!
Why 12,848 miles? Well, 6,424 miles is the distance to Iraq (from Wisconsin) and of course we wanted them to return, so the other 6,424 miles is the distance to Wisconsin (from Iraq) equaling a total of 12,848 miles (round trip)!
By the grace of God our “warriors,” including my brother, returned home, even before we were able to complete our mileage, however, we continued to walk and finished the 12,848 miles by September 2011!!!! It was amazing! And even more extraordinary, was the day our soldiers returned home. Thousands impatiently waited outside in the frigid Wisconsin cold on that glorious February day, for what seemed like an eternity, but when they walked off of that plane, it was as if Jesus himself had come again!! We were so overcome that only our tears could talk. Huddled together, longing to wrap our trembling arms around our loved ones were husbands and wives, children and cousins, sisters and brothers, moms and dads, parents and grandparents, and, even children who had never hugged their mommy’s or daddy’s neck. It was a seemingly endless, burdensome year, but we did it together, “walkin” as a family!
Maybe you have a soldier overseas and you are lost, obsessing, and paralyzed over the days until their return?
Imagine how awesome it would be if you and the other families from your loved one’s unit could WALK TOGETHER as you wait!
Why don’t you start a “Walkin’ While We Wait-A-Thon” in his/her honor!!!!
Contact Kristy (author of “Ponderings of a Warrior Princess”) and commit to WALK— 1 mile a day, 5 miles a week, whatever you can!
Where can you walk?
Around the block
The stairs in your home
Anywhere will do!
Just walk or run or bike even, but please, be healthy and pledge to do less “weeping, whining and worrying” (which I guarantee I did plenty of during my brother’s deployment) and instead be WALKIN’! I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that God is watching over all the troops overseas, so there is no need to weep, whine or worry.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
So often, when families go through stressful situations, they turn to unhealthy eating habits, smoking, drugs or drinking alcohol to numb the pain. But clearly that is not benefcial, and I was determined to NOT let myself or my family move in that direction. Instead, we were WALKIN’’ and we hope you will too! To start a “Walkin’ While We Wait-A-Thon” for your loved one, contact Kristy! “Walkin’ While We Wait-A-Thons” are totally FREE, in honor of soldiers who fight for our FREEDOM every day! Let’s see how many miles we can walk!