God’s Boot Camp

Even If (Mercy Me)


“They say sometimes you win some
Sometimes you lose some
And right now
Right now I’m losing bad

I’ve stood on this stage
Night after night
Reminding the broken
It’ll be alright
But right now
Oh right now I just can’t

It’s easy to sing
When there’s nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I’m held to the flame
Like I am right now

I know You’re able
And I know You can
Save through the fire
With Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Good thing
A little faith is all I have right now

But God when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Give me the strength
To be able to sing
It is well with my soul

I know the sorrow
I know the hurt
Would all go away
If You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

You’ve been faithful
You’ve been good
All of my days
Jesus, I will cling to You
Come what may
‘Cause I know You’re able
I know You can

It is well with my soul”


 Here’s the song:
We got an email recently from friends also battling cancer.  I like the quote they shared by Charles Swindoll: 
“In a very real sense, God has designed a boot camp for His children, but it doesn’t last just 8 weeks or 10 weeks. Nor is it a weekend seminar we can take or a day-long workshop we can attend. God’s boot camp takes place periodically throughout the Christian life. And there, in the very center of obstacles and pain and solitude, we come to realize how alive God is in our lives—how alive and in charge. He will invade us, reduce us, break us…so that we will become the people He intends us to be.”

2 Timothy 2:1-7The Message (MSG)

1-7 So, my son, throw yourself into this work for Christ. Pass on what you heard from me—the whole congregation saying Amen!—to reliable leaders who are competent to teach others. When the going gets rough, take it on the chin with the rest of us, the way Jesus did. A soldier on duty doesn’t get caught up in making deals at the marketplace. He concentrates on carrying out orders. An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere. It’s the diligent farmer who gets the produce. Think it over. God will make it all plain.


2 Timothy 2:1-7Amplified Bible (AMP)

So you, my son, be strong [constantly strengthened] and empowered in the grace that is [to be found only] in Christ Jesus. The things [the doctrine, the precepts, the admonitions, the sum of my ministry] which you have heard me teach [a]in the presence of many witnesses, entrust [as a treasure] to reliable and faithful men who will also be capable and qualified to teach others. Take with me your share of hardship [passing through the difficulties which you are called to endure], like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service gets entangled in the [ordinary business] affairs of civilian life; [he avoids them] so that he may please the one who enlisted him to serve. And if anyone competes as an athlete [in competitive games], he is not crowned [with the wreath of victory] unless he competes according to the rules. The hard-working farmer [who labors to produce crops] ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. Think over the things I am saying [grasp their application], for the Lord will grant you insight and understanding in everything.


I’ve been going through the rigors of God’s Boot Camp training, how about you?
May we learn and grow and not waste a single thing in the “Bootcamp” God’s got for each of us! 🙂
God’s Beloved Paula
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8 Responses to God’s Boot Camp

  1. Joy says:

    Keep trusting and resting in Him and shining His bright love for others! Love you!

  2. Deb McCrary says:

    Praying for you this morning Paula. Thank you for sharing what encourages you so that others might be encouraged in their walk with Christ.

    Lord I pray that you would strengthen and encourage Paula today. Equip her body to fight and erradicate all cancer cells. For your glory, I ask that you would bring her complete healing. Remind her that she is loved and valued by so many. Father, encourage her family in this journey. Give them patience and strength as they care for Paula. Remove all fear from Paula and her family’s hearts with your perfect love. Thank you for carrying them through this boot camp. I pray this in your Son’s name, amen.

  3. Sue Neverve says:

    Dearest Paula…have had you in my heart sooo much and in my prayers…this REALLY hits home…me being in the Army for 13 years, ha…”Soldier!!”

    Anyhow…my sister-in-law met Jesus at the young age of just turning 56…to stage 4 lung mets this past Monday…….this horrific disease grabbed her quickly…her youngest daughter married last Oct, a baby is due in July…

    So thankful we HAVE JESUS…yet so tough for those of us left behind…God is teaching me A LOT lately……

    Much love and tender hugs to you…continued prayers!!!

  4. Paula says:

    Thanks, Joy for your words of encouragement. I love and appreciate you.

    Deb, I wept through your sensitive, dear prayer. Thank you.

    Sue, I’m so sorry about your recent loss of your sister-in-law. (((Hugs backatcha and prayers lifted on yours and your family’s behalf)))) Thx for your prayers.


  5. maggie bruehl says:

    Paula, I’ve been thinking of and praying for you lately. I appreciate your strength, and your humor, during your journey.

  6. Paula says:

    Maggie, I’ve been thinking of you too and just lifted you in prayer. 🙂

  7. Kathy Geiger says:

    I love how you signed off on this page. God’s Beloved Paula. So simple. So beautiful. So absolutely true. How wonderful that you recognize His love for you. Isn’t it wonderful to feel that you are His beloved no matter what is happening, what day it is or whether we are feeling well or having a very bad day.
    God bless you sweet lady, in Christ Jesus. Amen

  8. Paula says:

    Kathy, you are so right: it IS wonderful to see His love through the sunshine and the storms! Thanks for praying and for your encouragement. 🙂 Hope you are doing real well.

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