Monday, June 30, 2008

Please keep me in prayer

Gonna have a siong outfield Wed to Fri. Yeah.

Long tactical march, plus company level defence and offence.


Sunday, June 29, 2008

This week

Assigned the job of armskote specialist over and above my current duties. So kinda tiring.

Slept at 0030 HRS on Sat morn. Woke up 0400. Sun morn slept 0330, woke up 0615. All for platoon live firing. Quite tired really.

I know NS is good training for me. I also look forward to ORD.

Monday, June 23, 2008

This army

One of the most important things a specialist must learn is this:

The day your men stop giving you problems is the day they stop trusting you.

Day off

Have a day off today.

Enjoying it.

Monday, June 16, 2008

My most stressful week in army

My most stressful week just passed. I never expected it to be so bad.

Why I can't exactly say on a blog.

But I just want to thank God it's over. On to some easier stuff.

2 Corinthians 12:9

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in your weakness"

Goes on to say that

Therefore all the most I will boast of my weaknesses, that Christ's power might rest upon me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I will delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships and in persecutions, for when I am weak then I am strong.

That was God's answer to me when I was crying out to Him on Saturday. Calmed me down immediately.

Been some time since God spoke.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

This Sat

This Sat was the best evangelical outreach I've ever seen in YPM, in my life. And that kind of comment's quite hard to come by from me. I think Pastor Matthew is quite good. Exceeding my expectations.

Had a lil platoon offensive outfield this week. Next week have a defensive exercise. Saturday I have a platoon live firing, Sunday I have a guard duty. So my weekend's effectively burnt. Oh well.

Once more in a long while I am beginning to see value in coming to YPM.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Oh well

Aww right I ran the 12 klick in the end. More like 11 actually.

To all those going CAC, God bless, may the Holy Spirit's strong presence be with you. Tai Yong will be somewhere in those jungles (you know, those vegetated areas that you pass along the expressway and then you see a red sign with a white soldier warning you not to enter?) marching with a field pack on his back and weapon loaded (ok, with blanks). I'll be praying for you guys even as I do my stuff (well, after I finish scolding that man in front of me for not giving the proper field signals... etc. See? I can already predict what's going to happen).

Wish I could be there. But as Isaac Low, who's already ORDed told me, you don't exactly have to pray for God to put you where He wants while serving NS. As long as you trust Him and keep close to Him, He will send you to where He wants you to be. So here I am in the infantry. Army sergeant. His grace is sufficient for me. His strength is made perfect in my weakness.

This week

This last week was rather restful, even in camp. Just a lil bit of PT here and there, some planning etc. Coming week I'll have an outfield, albeit a short one. Thank God that I've been spending more time with Him this last week. Also started doing bible study with 2 of my men in camp. They're Christian yeah, but not really been chasing God.

Brought 2 people to YPM this week. One was one of my men. Have invited him to come again next week. Gonna be a long road ahead finding friends for him in this place though. He's rather hard to break through to. But that's God's job innit?

Came home right after CM today. Was feeling kinda sleepy. Planned to get a little bit of eye shut then maybe try to run 12 klicks... sorta training up for Army Half Marathon, which is a stepping stone to Stan Chart 42.195 to me. But looking at the weather... (the slacker within me yells "hurray!!!!").

Over the last few weeks have seen more of God's providence and planning as I spend more time with Him. Eg. I passed my SOC quite well. Haven't run it in about 6 months. In other words, I don't ever have to do SOC again for the rest of my life. And I ran faster than all the other commanders. Got 8:50, which isn't really a fantastic timing. But I simply don't understand how I made it, except for God's help. You see, the fastest I ever reached was 9:09 at Pasir Laba.

Have wondered whether I'll be able to keep healthy after NS. The amount I can eat and get away with without really getting fat is tremendous. Okay, I don't have nice six packs... etc, but I don't really increase in weight either, with the amount of physical activity I do.

Awwww. Can't go CAC the coming week. Wish I could though. But the army will not allow me to. Oh well.