A devotional to help military families stay connected during deployments

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“They are not just idle words for you—they are your life.”  —  Deuteronomy 32:47a

Military_Wives_NT-for-EorPRecently my husband and I were with a group of military couples attending a marriage seminar. During one session, I had some time with just the wives, and I encouraged them to go to Psalm 139 whenever they felt lonely—to Psalm 145 whenever they felt hopeless—James 1 whenever they felt discouraged . . . and so on. The truth is—the Bible has the answers to whatever we need.

Because this is true, Zondervan Publishing wants to honor you as military wives with a special devotional Bible. They called on Jocelyn Green (faithdeployed.com) to edit this much-needed publication. Jocelyn writes in the Foreword, “ . . . I couldn’t be more thrilled that you have picked up this Bible. If what you want—what you desperately crave—is a faith that shields you, a hope that sustains you, and a peace that defies the stress of your lifestyle, there is simply no substitute for the Word of God . . . The Bible is powerful, living and active; it is sharper than any two-edged sword. And it is relevant to you. Amazingly, wonderfully and undeniably relevant.”

The devotional Bible contains the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs—along with 60 devotions written by “veteran women of God who have walked where you walk as the wife of a military man.” There are also 30 stories told about heroines on the American home front which aptly illustrate a biblical principle. The purpose is that “these features will deepen your faith and enrich your personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Here are some excerpts which will strengthen your heart and encourage you to delve into this material:

These are just a few of the devotions offered as lessons in godliness for today’s military wives. Jocelyn concludes her Foreword with this charge:  “Just as surely as a physical enemy attacks our military, the enemy of your soul will attack you. The Bible is both your protection and your weapon. Read it, dwell in it, pray it, wield it. Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”

Work Cited:

Green, Jocelyn, General Editor, NIV Military Wives’ New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013).

 Questions to Share:

1. Where do you turn for help during troubled times?

2. How can you encourage each other to turn to the Bible for answers to the questions of life?

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