It’s unusual for a wife to speak at her husband’s military retirement ceremony. More “normal” is for him to give her a gift—maybe a bouquet of roses—and then speak about her sacrifices as a military wife. Then she usually receives a commendation—pictures are made with her—and much applause is given to her, as it should. So when I heard about this poem, recently included in the printed retirement program of a dear friend,
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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. — Romans 15:13
2015 is quickly drawing to a close, and the joys and struggles have been many . . . no doubt. Our nation is still at war . . . and deployments continue. Our bi-weekly devotional blog continues for its eighth year, seeking to remind you that you are loved by God, He is present with you, and that His sovereignty rules in spite of what appears to be randomness.
Through it all there have been some favorite postings which we want to share again—compiled together chronologically in case you have a chance to peruse them during the next few days:
Louise is not able to tell her story anymore, so I am grateful that we captured what she wanted to share with us before dementia took its toll at age 97. Her advice is timeless.
The call to patience, purity, positivity, and prayer is clear in this posting—when friends do not want to hear about what would help their marriages.
We have never had a posting that was shared more than this one. Help for the hurting presented in a way that is counter-intuitive and filled with hope.
This story makes the Top Ten every year. While not being “military”, it is truth to stand the ages . . . and has! Mrs. Evans continues to stay in touch with us, and we are grateful for how her family has shared their legacy.
We continue to hear from pastors, chaplains, and lay leaders who ask, “What can we do for the military?” We point them to this, along with CruMilitary.org and MilitaryReadyFamily.org
Paul David Tripp is a favorite author/speaker, and his writings share truth which is essential for relationships—whether experiencing deployment or not. The truth is—a healthy marriage takes work!
Kathryn is one of our 35 authors who share their writings with Excellent or Praiseworthy. What she learned during one of their deployments was important to pass along to you.
We are seeing that reintegration—especially multiple reintegrations—can be more challenging than the deployments which precede them. How can that be? The good news is . . . there is grace for this!!
Combat trauma is not new, and it should not surprise us that King David wrote about his experience with PTSD in the Old Testament psalms.
Diana Juergens and her family have a lot of experience with deployments! We are honored that she wanted to share what God taught her throughout their Army career—with 8 daughters.
Questions to Share:
- Which of these ten articles really impacted your thinking about your spiritual life during deployments?
- Pray for each other to hold on tightly to God—and each other—even though you cannot see one another.