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Dear Sweet Will~
written by Sue, March 23, 2011..
I have been a little mellow today, but at the same time very proud,  we got a phone call from Will last night, saying that he was being deployed to one of the hot spots in the world, and that he would be leaving at about 11 p.m....

 Will just turned 20, to us he is still a baby. "Papa" and "Maw Maw" to him.,

When he was little Will and I would  climb in this old deer stand, where he would pretend to shoot a deer with his bow and arrow., I would be talking and he would say "Shhh Maw Maw, you might scare the deer off."

Rip Van Winkle..

During summer vacation he would get up early every morning  just to sit on the porch, drink coffee with us, and have devotion.

He wanted to serve his country, and  chose to join the Navy, and has just finished his training. As we talked I could hear of a little anxiousness in his voice, but at the same time excitement over being able to do what he was trained for. It is a very dangerous job, as most are especially during times of uncertainty.

Proud Dad and sister!! so handsome too!!

Both dh and I looked at each other when we were finished talking with him last night, and we too were feeling a little anxious. Philippians 4:6-7~ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which passes all understanding will keep your hearts and mind through Christ JesusWe have been and are  committed to pray for all military servicemen and women. But for this  reason it has now taken on a new meaning.

I didn't  do a whole lot today, because, as a grandmother and mother, I was thinking about him traveling...(reminisced and cried a lot) ..... here is a young man who has never been out of his own country, let alone going into harms way. I was wondering of what he was thinking as it was going to be a long ride, but I was comforted in the fact that he had 11 other guys that he had trained and bonded with going with him, and that they too were probably having the same feelings that Will was, and that the camaraderie would be of comfort.

Will is a Christian, and his faith will sustain him, we know that, he also knows that he is covered daily with the prayers of family and friends.

While pondering all these things and standing at the  laundry room sink today I looked up and saw this little sign I had placed in the window. Isn't God's timing perfect? Psalms 71:5~ For you are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.



 Please help us to pray for all of our military people, as they have put their lives on the line, so that we can continue to enjoy all of the freedoms that we have in the USA.
Much love,
Sue

A personal note from me....
As I was reading over this page before posting, I looked back over the pictures of Will, and asked myself. "Where did time go?"...  Savor every moment you have with your children and grandchildren, they may be at your feet today,.....tomorrow you will be waving goodbye.

Proverbs 22:6~ Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

30 comments:

Jenni March 24, 2011 at 2:05 AM  

Oh Sue... what a bittersweet day for you, pride at a valiant and courageous young man who loves his country enough to give his all, and yet sorrowing over him leaving the nest to venture into parts unknown......

Isn't God's Word a Comfort in stressful times? And I think of that Scripture... (need to look it up to source where it is found) about "hope being the anchor of the soul"

We are already praying for some servicemen.... but I am going to post Will's name up on our fridge where our young army friend's picture is, so that when we pray for Cris, we will see Will's name too.....
Heartfelt Hugs today, dear blogging friend....
Jenni

Mildred March 24, 2011 at 4:23 AM  

How proud you must be of Will. I will be praying for him and the many who so valiantly give for our freedoms.

Southern Lady March 24, 2011 at 7:25 AM  

May God hold Will close and watch over him for you, as you did when he was a little boy, Sue. I will remember your sweet Will and your family in my prayers in the coming days. I wish him Godspeed ...

LDH March 24, 2011 at 7:41 AM  

Your dear and handsome grandson is in our prayers. Our Wednesday evening Bible study never forgets to pray for our country, our leaders and our troops. Your Will will be part of that prayer each week too.

The verses you included are so encouraging!

Giving thanks for Will and his desire to serve his country in such a noble way!

Carol March 24, 2011 at 8:06 AM  

God bless your grandson for serving our country. I will pray for his safety & protection during his deployment.

Smiles,
Carol

Cheryl March 24, 2011 at 8:46 AM  

Oh Sue...I can feel your heart as you share about this precious grandson. I will join you in prayer for his protection...for God's grace in his life...as the Lord brings him to my mind. And I will also be praying for you (and for the rest of his family).

So comforting to know that He knows the Lord!

Hugs from your bloggy friend,
Cheryl

Debbie March 24, 2011 at 9:57 AM  

Oh Sue I am in tears with you over here. Your soo right. The years whip by so fast and before you know it they are out in the world doing battle both spiritually and literally...but your grandson is well prepared in both areas. How blessed he has been with his parents and grandparents. I will lift him to the Lord just as often as I can I promise. What a HANDSOME man he is, and such a darling little baby and boy too. I enjoyed these pics. Hugs to you today, Debbie

Farm Girl March 24, 2011 at 10:33 AM  

I am crying with you my dear friend. I will be praying for for him too. He is a very handsome boy. I know it is so hard on you and I would be such a mess too.
I know that God will keep Him in the shadow of His wings.
I will be praying for you all,

Happyone : ) March 24, 2011 at 12:02 PM  

Prayers always help.
My husband was in the Navy for 20 years, 18 of them I was right there along with him.

Vee March 24, 2011 at 12:27 PM  

Yes, I'll be praying for Will. Hope that you might put him right there in your sidebar as a reminder. These things are so challenging. John has two granddaughters over there right now so I know that he would especially understand your concerns. Time...amen...where does it fly to? Gentle hugs today...

Janette@Janette's Sage March 24, 2011 at 1:09 PM  

I need to first dry my tears. This mother of five boys just breaks at the need for young men to go to war, but then I am also so thankful for those God has called to this ministry.
I have three in their 20's and one who turns 20 this month, so this age is close to home.

My prayers, and tears of compassion are with Will and the whole family. May God protect him at every turn, may he feel the Lord's hand on him, may he be a light in the darkness to those around him and may God provide a Christian friend to help them both walk up rightly before Him. In Jesus Name

Lori March 24, 2011 at 1:14 PM  

This was hard to read. I was praying for Will and you as I read your post. God grant him strength to the job and peace in knowing God is watching over him and protecting him and his loved ones.

God bless you and your whole family.

Julie Harward March 24, 2011 at 3:57 PM  

My heart is with you...I feel your worry and fear. That is our greatest hope..hope in our Heavenly Father..prayer. God bless him! :D

A Hint of Home March 24, 2011 at 4:05 PM  

Hi Sue,
Please tell Will thanks for us for giving his life to serve so we may remain safe.
They do make a sacrifice and we pray for them regularly.
My Dad, brothers, and hubby have all served. Some in the Army and one in the Navy.
I'll keep him and you in my prayers.
Give Will my best!

Vintagesouthernlife March 24, 2011 at 6:57 PM  

Sue, I will be praying for your grandson, you and your family. I know your heart is bursting with pride. Pride that he loves the Lord and pride that he loves his country.We know that God will hold him in his hand but we are still moms and memas and it hurts.
Love an prayers,
Annette

Karen March 24, 2011 at 7:11 PM  

Oh Sue.. I will join in and pray for Will and for other men and woman of the services.. I do not personally know anyone that is serving,,but I read that and my heart fell.. My youngest (14) is so into AirForce JROTC,, and he want to enter the service as soon as he can,, and like you.. I know he is protected by his father (God) but as a mom or grandma,, I would cry with concern too..
God Bless you and your family..and we plead the blood of protection over Will..

Heidi Pocketbook March 24, 2011 at 7:51 PM  

Sue, this post made me tear up. I'm so thankful for brave people such as
Will who are willing to give their all. I know this had to be a hard post for you to put together. Praying that he will return safely and for peace for your family as you wait for his return.

Lynn March 24, 2011 at 10:08 PM  

May your sweet Will be safe in God's hands until he returns home safely to you. Lord, guard him and keep him, and thank You for loving him and never leaving him, or his dear sweet Mama, either.

Susan B March 25, 2011 at 12:07 AM  

Hi Sue,
I will be praying for Will and your family. How proud you must be of him! I am so thankful for the sacrifices those in our military make for us everyday. Take care, my friend.

BECKY March 25, 2011 at 12:42 AM  

I am so thankful for Will, and his commitment to his country. I will definitely be holding him up in prayer, sweet Sue. Yes, indeed the time flies by...yet thankfully, as your little sign reminded you, the God of all hope will watch over Will.
How blessed he is to have you for his Maw Maw!
May God bathe you and all of your family in His peace.
Love you!
Becky

Elena March 25, 2011 at 12:58 AM  

Dear sweet Sue my heart goes out to you tonight. I pray that angels surround your grandson and bring him home safe. I know a little how you feel. My brother-in-law served in the Saudi War and in Iraq. Now my nephew, his son, is in the Airforce. I also know how quickly little ones grow up. Hugs, Elena

Nellie's Cozy place March 25, 2011 at 9:35 AM  

MORNING SUE,
WHAT A SWEET POST ABOUT WILL. LOVED THE MEMORY OF YOUR CLIMBING UP IN THE DEER TREE OR WHATEVER THE CALL IT, AND HIM SHOOSING YOU CAUSE YOU MIGHT SCARE THE DEER, HOW ADORABLE. HE WAS SURE A LIL CUTIE AND GREW INTO A VERY HANDSOME YOU MAN.
I KNOW THIS HAS TO BE VERY HARD FOR ALL OF YOU, CAUSE THEY DO LOOK LIKE BABIES, BUT JUST REMEMBER THAT EVERY WHERE WILL GOES THE LORD JESUS GOES WITH HIM!! HE WILL LEARN TO LEAN HARD ON THE LORD DURING THIS TIME.........

HOPE....WITH CHRIST WE HAVE SUCH A GREAT HOPE, SO THANKFUL FOR THAT HOPE,THAT CARRIES US THRU EACH AND EVERY STORM OF LIFE, SOMETIMES YOU JUST WISH WE DIDN'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH THESE DRATTED EMOTIONS BUT THEN I REALIZE WE CAN'T JUST HAVE ONLY GOOD EMOTIONS, IT IS THOSE HARD EMOTIONS THAT MAKE THE GOOD ONES ALL THE BETTER.
GLAD YOU ARE TAKING TIME TO REMINISCE AND GRIEVE, A GOOD THING TO DO..........AND YOU ARE SO RIGHT WE NEED TO CHERISH EVERY MOMENT CAUSE THE TIME GOES LIKE A SNAP OR SO IT SEEMS AT TIMES.
PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND ESPECIALLY FOR WILL, LET US KNOW WHEN HE GETS TO HIS DESTINATION.
LOVE AND BLESSINGS SWEETIE, NELLIE

ALSO, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SWEET BIRTHDAY WISHES. YOUR SUCH A BLESSING MY FRIEND.

Denise March 25, 2011 at 7:11 PM  

I am so understanding your mixed emotions today. Our son-in-law received word this week that he will also be deployed within the next few weeks. He, too, is a Christian so I know God will take care of them both. I am very proud that these young men are willing to serve for my freedoms but I surely hate to see them go into harms's way. I will be earnestly praying for them both. Hugs to you today.

PS Found you from Words on Wheels. Debbie is my sister.

NanaNor's March 26, 2011 at 11:23 AM  

Dear Sue, After reading the above comments I feel like I'm just reiterating them-so I am joining these dear ones in prayer over your Will. Today our youngest granddaughter turns one but I'm realizing how quickly the years go. I can imagine our grandsons defending our country. May the Lord bless and keep Will.
Hugs and much love,
Noreen

Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage March 26, 2011 at 6:10 PM  

He's so young and handsome, Sue.
Despite the just cause..I hate war and the lives damaged and lost.
May the Lord shield and protect your beloved grandson, and return him home safe and sound, into the heart of your loving family.
Though my heart hurts for you today, I know God truly is your refuge and your hope!
bless you and yours..Trish

Happy@Home March 27, 2011 at 10:12 AM  

I will gladly include Will in my prayers. I can only imagine the emotions you must be feeling now. My heart goes out to you.

GardenofDaisies March 27, 2011 at 1:20 PM  

Saying a special prayer for your Will. (I have two nephews in the service- Army and Marines- so I understand how you feel.)

Debbie March 27, 2011 at 2:14 PM  

Sue, I have had a terrible time getting some blogs to come up at home. I'm at my mother's house, and she and my sister told me about your Will.

I will be honored to be one of the prayer warriors on the home front for him. I am so proud of our military and the character of the ones willing to serve so the rest of us can enjoy our freedom.

My newlywed nephew (in law) will be leaving in about two weeks as well. It's an uncertain world. I'm so grateful that I (and both your soldier and ours) serve a very certain God.

In Him only do we trust.

This mother's heart hears you very well about the time flying by.

Will will remain on my personal prayer list until he is safely home again. I will let my pear tree be a constant reminder, too.

Huge hugs to you, Grandma.

The Quintessential Magpie April 1, 2011 at 11:41 PM  

Sue, I have tears in my eyes as I read this, and I am so grateful to Will and all of his compatriots for protecting us so well. I just said a prayer for his protection, pleading the blood of Jesus over him, and I'm believing that the Lord answered that prayer.

I spent this afternoon with a young lady (another blogger) whose husband is about ready to deploy to a hotspot. I am in awe of our military and the sacrifices they and their families make so that we might be free. My heart goes out to them and my hat goes off to them. May Will be exceptionally blessed through his experiences.

Love you...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Sue April 6, 2011 at 11:58 AM  
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