This week, we are joined by guest, Ashley, who encourages us all to keep marching toward revival all the way to the ends of the Earth. We military women know a little bit about marching, but she offers a unique perspective and challenge for us all.
Keep Marching Toward Revival to the Ends of the Earth
by Ashley Saulnier
We’re pretty used to seeing marching in our military lives, right? Whether it be parades, change of command ceremonies, rehearsals and the like, we’re used to it. To me, it never gets old. It’s prestigious, something that makes us proud and for the most part, flawless. As a veteran and former West Point cadet, marching just becomes innate within us. Now as a military wife, although I don’t partake in that sort of marching anymore, God has introduced me to a new sort of marching.
Marching toward revival and spreading his good news to the ends of the Earth.
Where did this come from? I have definitely grown accustomed to spreading his good news and we all should as Christian women. But marching has been a new theme he’s laid on my heart lately. With the recent prayer march on September 26th in Washington D.C., God sparked a few verses and revelation within me.
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets… And Joshua ordered the army, “Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord.”
Joshua 6:2-4,7 (NIV)
In these verses, God already delivered the city in Joshua’s hands. All they had to do was march and eventually shout. But all they had to do was march. Why is this so significant and why can’t this get out of my head? We serve a God who has already laid out our plans, given us victory and all we have to do is follow Him in obedience.
How can it be this easy?
Well, sometimes it’s not, especially in the military life and what it demands of us. But what do we always have to do? March on. We have to march on, stay the course and continue to strive for what God has laid out for us.
God has shown me that even in this recent move to Kansas, which was heartbreaking and challenging during a pandemic, he has already given me the victory through his Son, Jesus Christ. As a Christian, military woman, I just have to march on.
Elizabeth Elliott said, “The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of woman.”
I will continue to march toward bringing revival and spreading God’s great news to the ends of the Earth because as a Christian woman, that’s what he’s called me to do.
Will you join me in this crusade?
If you’re up for the challenge, I encourage you to read Acts 1:7-8. These are the last words Jesus speaks to his disciples. Are these words encouraging or discouraging? How can we be witnesses and march where we need to march? We, too, have the Holy Spirit within us. Have you prayed about where God wants you to march and witness? What has he revealed to you?
Together, let’s keep marching toward revival to the ends of the Earth.
Lord, thank you for showing us how closely we can relate to you because of the positions you’ve placed us in. You have told us to ‘witness to the ends of the earth’ and I pray you will continue to let me do so right where you have planted me. May we focus on marching where you’ve placed us instead of losing focus on where we could be instead. Thank you Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Ashley Saulnier is a former Army veteran and a current military wife. She and her family currently reside on Fort Leavenworth, KS. There, she serves as a study leader for the Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) and piano player/singer for the PWOC worship and chapel teams. Ashley is an aspiring writer, with a blog found at Heart for Her, Always