August 13th – Sunday

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition. – Colossian 2:8

Opha May Johnson became the first female Marine on this day in 1918, standing first in line with 305 women who arrived to register with her. The service tapped women during the First World War to “free a man to fight,” requesting their aid in administrative duties to allow men to serve in battle. Johnson served as a clerk at the Marine Corps headquarters for over a year, becoming a clerk manager and the highest ranked woman during her time of service. Once World War I ended, the armed forces slowly disenrolled women, Johnson included. The Marine Corps did not permanently allow women into the ranks until June 12, 1948. The legacy Johnson and her peers left behind from their emergency services throughout the First World War paved the way for the future. As you consider, Opha May’s service to her country, pray today for God to strengthen and prepare you for the spiritual battles that you face.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For Secretary Carlos Del Toro as he heads the branches of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • For members of the Senate as they query, consider, and vote on the military nominees for confirmation.

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