Hey yall! I am so excited that you have happened across this blog. My name is Brynn Gray and I am a veteran. I graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2014 and served in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO). After three deployments over five years, I decided to leave the military in order to spend more time with my husband, Garrett, who is a Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer. I currently work with Valor, a Christian ministry focused on mentoring and empowering future military leaders to share Jesus with their fellow service members and around the world. It is my prayer that this blog is a source of encouragement both for college women who are preparing to become military officers and for all the ladies out there who are already serving our country.
One of my main goals for this blog is to always be real and raw with you. I hope that through stories of mine and other women’s journeys, with all the trials and triumphs that came with them, you will learn more about our great God. He is a God who loves us deeply and can redeem any situation for the good of the Gospel and those who love Him. Whether you are the only Christian in your college ROTC program, you are far from home and struggling to find the joy of Christ in your unit, you are one of the only Christians on a ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (like I was!), or you are the parents of a young woman in the military, we are here for you. We are here to remind you to cling to Jesus. You are not alone.
“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
I would like to say a special thank you to the following organizations and individuals who believed in this blog from its conception and have helped keep it going since then: the Valor and Cru Organizations, Kaleo Church El Cajon, Lindsey Ketchum and Alyssa Albertson (my editors!), the talented Hannah Presley and Jovanna Penney (for contributing their photography), and my wonderful family and husband.