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Josh Deploys

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Howdy and Happy Monday!

I missed talking to you last week.

I have a lot my heart wants to write, Mexico always refreshes my soul and I saw parts of it that I never have seen before. I long to describe to you so you could be there with me, even if only in your mind, wonders like fog grass that made the desert valley floor look like it was misted with grass despite the bright winter sun.

Another Monday, I will tell you about more of those natural wonders but today I am getting ready for Josh’s deployment and its all I can think about.

My soul searching for this time in the Siefert household has made me consider that all God graced all three of my sons with the hearts of a servant and I pray over their choices of duties to satisfy that heart. In my times of quiet and reflection these last two days I have prayed for Josh’s safety as well as all the soldiers and families around the world,  you know of course it is what we beg God for, but I have realized something very important. It was one of those moments that I have explained to you before, where God puts something in my heart and that I never expect.  

Janet, He said, “Certainly pray for his safety and just as Jake told you of the times he knew I protected him, I will do the same for your Josh. But also pray that Josh will grow in knowledge of the power of faith, as he goes through each day, serving in that far away country.”  

I sit in Josh’s home in Harker Heights this morning. Josh has made some great friends here in central Texas. They love him. I know how important that is from the experience that Jake’s friends have given us.

It’s God’s plan to have relationships.

Last night, we sat around Josh’s dinner table after cooking steaks in the unusually warm Texas evening, and the assurance of love and faith and caring was all around us. There was laughter. Bottom line, it felt good. We are where we are supposed to be.

Next week Josh will be surrounded by another group of people, people who will be his temporary family in a land where our faith in God has its roots.

He will form relationships, find friends, and seek wisdom for his soldiering duties and those that this service will bring him into contact with. My heart now knows that today and every day that Josh is deployed, I should be praying that each experience, each person he meets, each life he protects or has responsibility for, every decision he must make, as he speaks with God, he will come to know more fully the power that will guide him towards the wisdom that comes only from God. Life is a process and this is part of Josh’s, one that I might not have chosen for him as his mother, but its one that God is in control of. Josh’s service will change him. I know this because it changed Jake. So I am praying that the changes that will be woven in Josh will be centered around knowledge that only God can put into his heart. When Josh returns, I look forward to how God will use that servant heart of his. 

Josh isn’t the only soldier, or the only person whose sacrifice of time and effort is more than some of us might be willing to provide… to each of you I know by name, for each of you that I know by association, for each of you who God knows, I thank God for you and pray for you.

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