Two weeks ago, Ryli and David participated in the Marine Corps Marathon. I sure wish my dad could have been there to watch, but I’m sure he was watching from above.
Growing up the daughter of a Marine had it’s definite advantages. My dad was a big bad a$$ that used his size and booming voice to his advantage. He was a scary man when he was angry but to be honest, growing up he hardly ever told me no– and he gave me just about every darn thing I ever asked for. He scared boys off by training our doberman pinchers to hate all adolescent men. They would bite the tires of any kid driving anything even resembling a sports car and then trap them in their vehicle until my father called them off. But I digress…
Besides colorful language, I also inherited a bit of “devil dog” spirit myself after the ol’ marine. Tenacity. Brazenness. A Ready-Aim-Fire approach to life. Never take no for an answer. Never give up, never give in. Fight…and fight harder. It has served me well in my line of duty…as a wife and mother.
Because sometimes, as moms, we fight.
And sometimes as wives, we fight.
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We fight in prayer for our families, for our husbands. For what we believe and want for our family, even if the individuals in our family don’t believe it in and for themselves. Many times, as a mentor I have been driven to frustration when a parent expresses a lack of will to FIGHT. I can fight with you in prayer. I can help hold your hand or still your heart. But if you won’t fight, there’s not much I can do. A fighting spirit as a wife and mother is essential to winning the war that is over our families and our children’s souls. Oh, you didn’t know you were in a battle? Well wake up soldier, forewarned is forearmed and I’m about to arm you with some real grit.
Chesty Puller was a legendary Marine who fought in several theaters and several wars…so legendary in fact that many Marines still wish him goodnight as they turn out the lights at Parris Island.
Which brings me to my favorite Marine Corps quotes. There are several Marine Corps mantras that are just too good not to use in your parenting philosophy.
Don’t you forget that you’re First Marines! Not all the communists in Hell can overrun you! – Col. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, USMC; rallying his First Marine Regiment near Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950
I try and remember Who my General is when I am fighting and feeling like I am loosing. I can not lose with Him on my side.
You’ll never get a Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me! – Capt. Henry P. Crowe, USMC; Guadalcanal, 13 January 1943
I’ll admit, many times as a mom I have crawled into a foxhole. I remember Who my Commander is and trust that the Jesus I am following has a greater plan than I can imagine.
Courage is endurance for one moment more…
Unknown Marine Second Lieutenant in Vietnam
Sometimes as a mom, endurance is the key to winning. Enduring in the fight for your family or even with a specific child who is testing your limits is what it takes to win. Win for your family and never give up. Endure.
You cannot exaggerate about the Marines. They are convinced to the point of arrogance, that they are the most ferocious fighters on earth- and the amusing thing about it is that they are. – Father Kevin Keaney; 1st Marine Division Chaplain; Korean War
As self deprecating as I am, many times in the mirror I play a much harder game. I tell myself that I know what the heck I am doing even if I am standing on quaking knees. Many times, your best poker face in the fight with a teen whose got you darn near convinced of their argument is all you can muster. Let them believe you are the most ferocious fighter on earth. Let them think you know what the bleep your doing, even if your only really about 67% sure. And wait till; their asleep to cry in your pillow and beg God for answers. Your confidence in the face of such challenges is many times your best weapon.
“All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us…they can’t get away this time!” – Lewis B. Chesty Puller, USMC
This is perhaps my most favorite Marine quote of all. Because as a parent, I have many times been surrounded by an enemy…filling me with fear and doubt, taking ground in my family, overrunning me with every weapon known to man. Outnumbered, outgunned, out-planned by a schemer from the days of old, I have at times felt like running for cover. But then I read this quote and thought to myself, “:when I am overrun and completely outgunned, I can fire any which direction and make headway!” And surely, with the Lord on my side, the victory in and for my family is secure. The win for my children is settled…I just have to stay and fight. Fight in prayer. Do my best. And trust that a sovereign God is on the throne who loves these children more than I do. He wins. But man, Chesty and those Marines have sure inspired me along the way.