By   •   June 7, 2007   •   Topics: ,


I prayed a lot while I was on duty in Iraq and I made all sorts of promises to God about the way I'd live if He got me out of there alive. Well, He did, but I've been back about six months now, and I'm ashamed to say I have not followed through on my promises. How can I do better?


One place to start would be to pause at the beginning of every day and thank God for watching over you during a very dangerous time in your life. The Bible says, “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance” (Psalm 32:7).

But I urge you to take another step—and that is to ask yourself why God delivered you. He didn’t deliver you because you made promises to Him (although it wasn’t necessarily wrong for you to do so), or because you were better than anyone else in your unit. He delivered you for one reason: He loves you. And because He loves you, He has a plan for your life.

How do I know He loves you? I know it because Jesus Christ was willing to lay down His life for you. Christ could have stayed in heaven and forgotten all about us—but He didn’t. Instead, He came down from heaven and died on the cross so you and I could be saved. You and I deserve to die for our sins—but Christ died in our place. He did it so all our sins could be forgiven and we could be with Him forever in heaven.

The most important step any person will ever take is to turn to Christ and commit their lives to Him—and that’s what I urge you to do. Then seek out other Christians, and learn to walk with Christ every day. God bless you.

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  1. Cathy Stewart, SFC,us army retired says:

    When I was in the service we were given every chance to go to church, even in the field, every Battalion had a Chaplain you could talk to, now the us government doesn’t think Christ should be talked about to service men and women and are not letting Chaplain’s preach the gospel to the troops. What are your thoughts when a USAF Chaplain is persecuted for speaking about Christ? please help our troops.

  2. Lois m Jensen says:

    My son was over too Iraq and he came home safe but he told me he might get sent over again I have said alot of prayers when my son was over there and I’m still saying prayers for the troops are over there since my mother died seven years ago.I have been praying alot and I have turn my life around I have lost alot of my family but there are alot of angles looking over me and I.thank God every day for taking care of me thank.u dear God for bringing my son home safe now I pray to.u too.bring the rest of our troops home safe