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Dear Future Marine Mom,

 

While I do not know you… I know you.  When something isn’t quite right with one of your children you sense it.  God wired us this way.  He created us moms with an invisible cord to our children.  Over the years I’ve come to realize that the purpose of this cord is to gently tug at us; drawing us into prayer.  Often times we cannot pick up a phone to reach our children to find out what’s wrong… it’s ok.  It is enough to kneel before the Lord and say “Be with my son/daughter.  I feel an urgency to pray for him/her, yet I do not have the words.  Spirit of our Sovereign Lord, intercede on my behalf.  You know what issue is at hand.  Please be with my child now…  strengthen, comfort, encourage and protect him/her wherever he/she may be.  Amen.”

 

Mom – I would like to share the following story with you because it is real.  It is a real story of the same loving God who reached out to numerous moms in the Bible.  He is still reaching out today.

 

God bless you as you storm heaven’s gates on behalf of your recruit. 

 

Sincerely,
Another Devoted Future Marine Mom

 

 

Last Night at Home

 

The night before my son left for boot camp, a storm began in my mind.  Thoughts of missing him, the physical and mental pressures he would face… all of these things and more crashed against my peaceful shores.  Emotions were swirling around and I was sinking beneath them.  I slipped away to my bedroom and knelt down before the Lord.  As I prayed, He began to calm the storm and gently guided me back to solid ground. 

 

Embracing the moment and the quiet, I turned to a favorite daily devotional.  Before opening it to the current date, I wondered if there would be any words in it that would bring encouragement to a future Marine Mom.  I flipped through the pages until I found November 3rd.  On the opposite page was November 4th (the day he was leaving).  Between these two pages a slip of paper was tucked deeply into the fold.  I couldn’t remember what was on it or why I’d placed it there, I only knew the paper had been there for years.  Unfolding it now was like opening a treasure chest. In this case, the treasure that was revealed was “Psalm 91 – Security Under God’s Protection.” 

 

Turning to the Bible, I read the Psalm in entirety.  As I did, it occurred to me that this was the perfect prayer when seeking protection for a loved one; especially a loved one in the military because it covered all the bases.  Wholeheartedly I thanked God for sharing this very special and timely Psalm with me and for giving me full confidence that my son would be shielded beneath His protective wings.  His Word was balm to my soul and indeed brought encouragement to a future Marine Mom.  Before my son left the next morning, I told him about Psalm 91 and how God led me to it and I promised I would pray it for him daily.  

The day my son reported to Parris Island, I discovered that God held back one very special piece of treasure.  His timing made it more precious than ever.  This was the day I discovered that Psalm 91 wasn’t just a Psalm of Protection… This Psalm (are you ready for this?) is better known as “The Soldier’s Psalm” and has been a source of strength and hope for soldiers and their families for thousands of years.  Peggy Joyce Ruth’s awesome book, “Psalm 91: God’s Shield of Protection” documents miracles on the battlefield as a result of soldiers and their loved ones praying this Psalm. 

 

You see… long before I knew that my son would leave home to become a United States Marine – God knew.  He knew the date and the time and then with great love He placed the perfect prayer into my hands. God’s ways are too great for me to fathom.  His goodness beyond measure.  His timing – perfection.   What an amazing and loving God we have. 

 

Mom, as you read this – know you are not alone in this journey.  God is with you.  He has gone before you.  Trust Him with all your heart.  Pray for your soldier vigilantly.  Daily read aloud Psalm 91.   As you come before God’s throne of grace and mercy, boldly speak out the words of the Soldier’s Psalm.  Let the power of His promises fill you with peace and confidence in your Mighty God and Father. 

 

Psalm 91  - “The Soldier’s Psalm”

 

Dear Heavenly Father, I offer this Psalm to you as a prayer for my son/daughter, (name).

 

You (name) who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,

who abides in the shadow of the Almighty,

Say to the Lord, “My refuge and fortress,

my God in whom I trust.”

God will rescue you from the fowler’s snare,

from the destroying plague,

Will shelter you with pinions,

Spread wings that you may take refuge;

God’s faithfulness is a protecting shield.

You shall not fear the terror of the night

nor the arrow that flies by day,

Nor the pestilence that roams in darkness,

nor the plague that ravages at noon.

Though a thousand fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand,

near you it shall not come.

You need simply watch;

the punishment of the wicked you will see.

You have the Lord for your refuge;

you have made the Most High your stronghold.

No evil shall befall you,

no affliction come near your tent.

For God commands the angels

to guard you in all your ways.

With their hands they shall support you,

lest you strike your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the asp and the viper,

trample the lion and the dragon.

 

Whoever clings to me I will deliver;

whoever knows my name I will set on high.

All who call upon me I will answer;

I will be with them in distress;

I will deliver them and give them honor.

With length of days I will satisfy them

and show them my saving power.

 

Thank you, Almighty Father, for hearing my prayer for (name) and for the protection I know you will provide him/her.  Strengthen, shield and protect all who serve this great Nation and may those who call upon Your name, know Your love and saving power.  All glory and honor to You, Almighty Father, now and forever.  Amen.

 

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Comment by Marina on March 21, 2017 at 4:43pm

Hello. My name is Marina and my son is scheduled to go to boot camp in September but they might send him sooner in June. I read this post and it made me cry I so needed this right now. I am so scared and I don't want my son to go. Please help me threw this journey I am a wreck.

Comment by Kathy from Mi on January 26, 2017 at 2:56pm

Has anyone had a child in MRP before? y son has Mono and I'd like to know his prognosis?

Do they give Parents an update on how your kids is doing?

Comment by Marcy on November 12, 2015 at 2:25pm

Hello JamesMum, BusterBogey, Jean, Melaniem2, x602xMarineMom and all who've commented on this blog this past year.  Thank you for posting your thoughts.  When my son was in boot, this website was my lifeline.  I spent a great deal of time here trying to find words from others that would comfort me and bring me hope. Boot, while it seems to last forever, does come to an end and that end will result in one of the proudest mom-moments you will ever experience.  When our young men and women are in boot we are in a state of worry about what we do not know.  We cannot communicate with them nearly enough -- letters are slow and you try to read between the lines.  Yet, what is happening behind the scene, is beyond comprehension -- a breaking down of the old, eventually building up to the new.  Don't worry -- the best of the "old" will still be there and polished to a high shine.  The "new" will come along side the polished old and shine brightly with it.  Here are a few words that describe my son post-boot:  Mature, Responsible, Respectful, Self-Reliant, Timely ;-) and yes, still Loving!   All I can say is get ready to meet your son or daughter again.  Bring a roll of paper towels because tissues won't be nearly strong enough to contain the tears of joy.  You are amazing women -- I know you are -- you raised a future marine!!!!  Peace to all!  God be with you and yours.

Comment by JamesMum on November 12, 2015 at 8:17am
Awesome God to Whom belongs all the praise & glory we can give..
Comment by BusterBogey on November 10, 2015 at 7:02pm

Thank you for sharing.....brought me to tears. God has been what has kept me sane prior to my son leaving on 9/21/15....now that he is at Parris Island, I am calmer knowing that God has placed him on this path. I send him letters almost daily and put bible verses (googled "bible verses for Marine recruits" and found a bunch) in his letters and tell him to ask God for His help each and every step of the way and to thank Him. He is not that religious but has told me that he prays on the little bible I gave him every night and goes to church on Sunday!! God has already answered a prayer for me and my son. Anyone have a recruit graduating on 12/18/15??? Peace and courage to all of you Moms and Dads.   

Comment by Jean on November 2, 2015 at 12:28pm

Thank you so much for sharing, I needed to see this right now...

Comment by melaniem2 on October 28, 2015 at 2:34pm

i am so glad i found this!!! the right thing at the right time!! i have been praying this for my son since i knew he was leaving.  He just left Monday for Parris island.  I have been a little anxious, but today i have found several scriptures and things that made me realize that God has this and i can calm down and just keep praying and moving forward till i get to see him in Jan.

Comment by x602xMarineMoM on July 22, 2015 at 11:24pm

Thank You for your story.  My son left on Monday, I've been a wreck ,a little comfort when I got the call from him the first night.  I miss him so.  I have been looking around hoping to connect with other parents w sons in San Deigo...Lima Company 3rd Battalion.  

Comment by JamesMum on December 16, 2014 at 6:54pm
Two years later- still bearing fruit w/ the post (Future Marine Moms). The comfort I'm finding here is priceless, & I'm thankful.
Comment by Mom on December 1, 2014 at 8:08pm
Thank you for sharing this. My son left for Parris Island today and I miss him already.

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