One of my favorite things to do when I watch the boys on Thursdays is to, quite literally, watch them.
Oh and listen to their conversations because…priceless.
A couple of weeks ago they were playing downstairs while I was getting Joel up from his nap.
I found them down in the basement setting up some kind of picnic of play food on a blanket. The meal was a bit complicated as it required many dishes and some kind of preparation in a box that was serving as the heating device.
Throughout the process, they called each other “Soldier”.
“Can you hand me the plate, Soldier?”
“Here you go, Soldier!”
“Thank you, Soldier.”
Somehow this added element of identification as a soldier caused the whole picnic/camping/cleanup game to have a strong sense of order and camaraderie.
I asked their mom where they picked that one up and she had no idea.
The next morning I got a text first thing from her that simply said….”Morning Soldier”.
Which is one of the million reasons I love our three kiddos…they never fail to make me laugh.
I think the echoing memory of their little voices has combined with a new song by Toby Mac about marching and moving on, and this phrase has become my current pep talk to my soul.
Like this morning when my eyes opened to an overcast Monday…
and I glanced at a calendar that is jam-packed for the next two weeks…
and I looked around at the stuff I didn’t get to over the weekend.
When I am tempted to shrink back and wave the white flag before I even get started, I say to my self…
“Come on Soldier!”
And it makes me stand up straighter and fall in and want to knuckle down instead of buckle under.
The whole thing is really pretty biblical…
Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become restless and disturbed within me?
Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence. Psalm 42:5 AMP
So I say to you today….
Let’s go Soldier….let’s do this thing…together…with God as our Commander in Chief as we…
journey onward <3