Monday, July 4, 2011


***Happy Fourth of July!***

In honor of Independence Day, I'm going to share a little story with a *military* theme.

My dad, born in 1930, was a little too young to have fought in World War II. But by the time the Korean War broke out, he was just the right age. Having joined the Naval Reserves when he was in college, he now found himself, in 1953, eligible for the draft.

Now at this time, it just so happened that my mom had a suspicion that she was pregnant.

My grandmother, Dad's mom, and my mother (who was a very sweet, young girl of 20 at the time) made an appointment to meet with the local board of Selective Services. They planned to use the pregnancy as a possible reason to change my dad's draft status.

The board asked for proof of the pregnancy.

Well, my grandmother and mother wasted NO time in getting an appointment with my grandmother's doctor. They anxiously waited for the results of the "rabbit test" (poor, poor bunnies! Isn't it so much better that all we have to do now is sacrifice a little blood or…ahem…other bodily fluid to find out if we're pregnant?!)

They waited and prayed…prayed and waited.

And finally, the results came – yes, my mom was pregnant.

Evidently, the Lord did not want my dad to go to war – for the chairman of the local board, who knew my dad from the reserves, agreed that he should be granted a deferment because my mom was pregnant.

Oh, one last little detail to this story…

I was that cute little draft deferment!

The history of America is peppered with stories of war. And though war often brings moments of glory and honor, at its core, war is really a reflection of the evil that lives in the human heart. It reflects the unending urge for power, and the inner drive to rule.

And war is a symbol of the other battle – the epic battle between good and evil.

Once, a long time ago, an angel with evil in his heart also desired power, and wanted to rule everything – he wanted to be like God.

It didn't quite work out – he was cast out from Heaven for his rebellion – and he became Satan, the Adversary, the Accuser.

And since that time, Satan has used every available strategy to continue waging war against God. He even used humanity to injure the very heart of God. And we were complicit in the injury.

That epic battle is still being fought – every day. And though ultimate victory for God and His children is assured, the battle still rages on. We are an integral part of that battle, we are soldiers in the war.

How to be effective warriors for God?

Well, I don't know about you, but I'm wearing armor!

"Therefore put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground…" (Ephesians 6:13-14)

Here's what we’ve got:

The Belt of Truth – the only way to defeat the enemy's lies

The Breastplate, the Body Armor, of Righteousness – God's righteousness is the only thing that protects our hearts and ensures His approval through Christ

The Footgear, the Shoes, of the Peace that comes from the Good News – the motivation to proclaim the true peace that is available in God

The Shield of Faith – protection against the fiery arrows of the devil

The Helmet of Salvation – protecting our minds from doubting God's saving work done for us by Jesus, and the assurance that ultimate victory is ours

The Sword – the Word of God, the Bible, our Scriptures – the only weapon of offense in this list – we must use the Word of God as a weapon against lies, and deceptions, and temptations

Happy Fourth of July – and I hope you have a great celebration. But let's also take today and remember this other warthe one that Satan brought, the one that we are engaged in.

Let's keep up the good fight, and stand against our enemy with the Holy Spirit's power. We are enlisted soldiers in God's army, and we have joined the forces of the Lord's Kingdom.

OK, who's suiting up with me?!

BLOG = "Blessedly Leaning On God"


  1. That's a wonderful story!! God used you to bless lives even before you were born! :)

  2. Sharon - Great Word today - and story - you little deferment, you! I'm sure you wonder how different your life might have been had your father gone to war and never came back. But, God sifts the kings and nations - and draft boards - through His fingers. Our wars here in the natural world mirror the greater wars that you spoke of here being waged in the heavenlies. And God has the victory there, too - sifting the rebellious through His fingers for His ultimate purposes. Yes, we do well to "suit up" and in this case, not defer our call to arms - standing therefore.

    So glad today for the men and women who thought to do this in '76 for God's greater purposes. May this generation be worthy of their sacrifices - and the Lord Who called us to freedom inside and out.

    Enjoy your burgers and dogs!

  3. Hi Sharon,

    Well said, we are in a battle and we would do well to remember that and put on the armour. Enjoyed reading your family story too. My father was in the 2nd world war and told many stories from it.

    God Bless - Nita.

  4. definitely suiting up with you Sharon!! We need to remember we do have that armor that God provided for us! And we are in a battle, but I'm so glad the battle belongs to the Lord and he is fighting right alongside us!

    Enjoyed your war story!

    have a happy fourth!


  5. You cute little draft deferment!


  6. Hi Sharon -

    Precious post about your father and your family military story. I had no idea, Sharon, that you were a "draft dodger." Sounds like a family conspiracy to me. All for GOD reasons, of course.

    Can this info be kept under wraps? Or is it TOP secret?

    You asked, "OK, who's suiting up with me?!"

    Me and GOD's others who so appreciate the red shed blood of the Captain of our Salvation, JESUS Christ - Hebrews 2:10 - KJV.

  7. Lynda - Yes! And the blessings just keep on coming!

    Kathy - Such a great comment! You have said so many wonderful things. You know, I've never really considered how my life would have been different - but you have made me think about this - and yes, I'm grateful, I guess more than I ever realized. And I also appreciated the things you said about our country. I agree - may we be worthy of the sacrifices given on our behalf. Spiritually - suiting up!

    Nita - I would have loved to hear your dad's stories! And yes, we must be mindful of the other war we're engaged in. May God equip us to be warriors, and to stand firm.

    Betty - Sometimes I forget to wear the armor. Sometimes I forget to do battle. Sometimes I forget who fights alongside me. Sometimes I forget that God has already won - and that we are more than conquerers. I wrote this to remind myself! (Had a wonderful, HOT, 4th - hope you did, too)

    Sandie - Deferment? Yes. Cute? OK, yeah - I'll take that from you! Hope you had a wonderful 4th.

    Sandra - Jesus shed His blood so we would never have to lose the war. So, until we return home, we battle on - serving behind our Captain. I am honored to be fighting alongside you.



"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!

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