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Tuesday
Aug112009

Sweet Encouragement 

Hello everyone,

I have to admit that I’ve been struggling these past few days. In front of my hubby I’m upbeat and helpful, but on the inside, I’ve once again let fear take hold. I didn’t want it to come back in. It came in unannounced. And once again reigns in my life.

A friend saw that I was struggling, and sent me a note, telling me that she was praying for me, and giving me a Psalm to read. What an encouragement. I cried as I read this Psalm. It expresses exactly what I’ve been feeling about this deployment.

Are you in a similar state? Are you fearing separation from your hubby today? Or maybe you’re struggling with some other issue of fear. Let these words be an encouragement to you as well:

Psalm 91:2,4-5,7-12 (NLT)
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.

In this Psalm, I was reminded that God alone is my refuge and strength. He is my “place of safety” when the whole world feels out of whack. He really will keep me safe when I’m alone in a big house at night. He will hold me in his arms as I fall asleep without my hubby by my side.  He will watch over me each day as I run errands and live my every moment for him. This Psalm also brings great promises for my husband, who will be serving his country over seas. God promises to protect and keep him safe, so that one day, when his deployment is through, he can come back to me. These promises are what I have to cling to when I begin to doubt, begin to fear the unknown. I hope they were an encouragement for all of you as well.

For more encouragement see www.incourage.me.
Friday
Aug072009

Blessed Be  

In my devotions this morning, I was reading the last two chapters of the book of Job. One verse in particular stuck out to me. Job 41:11 says, “Who has given me anything that I need to pay back? Everything under heaven is mine” (Job 41:11 NLT). In this verse, God is reminding Job that He really doesn’t have to give him anything. The Lord knows what we should and shouldn’t have. He doesn’t have to “repay” us for any of the good things we did on the earth. He deserved our praise and adoration no matter what we have or do not have.
In Job, we read about a man who was blessed abundantly. Then, one day God allowed all of that to be taken away. Why? Because he wanted to see how Job would react to the situation. Although Job grieved, he did stay true to the Lord, praising him even in the hard times. And so, God blessed him in the end even more abundantly than before.
With the deployment looming up ahead, it’s easy for me to feel bad for myself. I can start wallowing in the fact that I’ll be lonely and I won’t have fun. I can even be mad at God for allowing this to happen.
But that isn’t what God is asking from me today.
Today, he is asking me to worship him in every circumstance. Yes, this next season will be a tough one, but He wants my adoration even then.
I’m reminded of a song by Tree63 called, “Blessed Be Your Name.” In this song, there’s a refrain that goes, “You give and take away/You give and take away/ My heart will choose to say/ Lord, Blessed be your name.”
May this always be my attitude, in the good times and the bad.
Tuesday
Aug042009

Lord, give me some peace please?

When I heard my husband was going to be deployed, one of the things I struggled with the most was finding peace about the situation. I was worried about my husband’s safety while he was over seas. I was worried about living in a house by myself. I was worried about taking care of the household finances. I was worried about traveling to visit family on my own. I was worried about going to the store, at night without my personal bodyguard (aka husband) by my side. I was anxious about all of these things. Any sense of peace was far from me. In essence, I was a mess. I really needed to ask the Lord for help.
Luke 11:10 says,
“For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” (NIV).
God was ready and waiting to give me peace, when I asked for it.
That peace made such a difference in how I looked at the impending deployment. Yes, I still had times when I worried, but beneath it all, I felt God’s comfort through it all.
Here are a few verses on peace that I hold close to my heart. Hopefully they’ll be a blessing to you as well:
•    “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace” (Psalm 29:11 NIV).
•    You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3 NIV).
•    “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7 NIV).
Saturday
Aug012009

When your heart deploys

When your husband deploys, it feels as if part of your heart deploys along with him. After I heard the news that my husband would be leaving me and going overseas, I was in shock. I couldn’t concentrate on any one thing. I would go from one thing to the next, never really finishing the project in hand. I listened to music, cried, and thought in detail about how lonely this next chapter of married life would be without my husband by my side. I would be living in a town where I hardly knew anyone, with only my cat to keep me company at night. The time we had left before he left would be so scarce. I dwelt on the holidays and memories he would miss while he was away. I felt hurt, alone, and despondent.
After a few days of sadness, I had a decision to make. Would I wallow in grief and loneliness, or would I live my life to the fullest?
I began to realize that my life really wasn’t over. My husband still loved me, and needed me to be his encourager and manager of the household while he was away.
I still had a great purpose.
Looking toward the deployment, I honestly still didn’t know what it would be like, but just the same, I had hope. Hope that God would be my strength and help me through it. Hope that he would guard me each night and keep me safe as I slept all alone. Hope that my marriage would grow from this separation and come out stronger on the other end.
I knew that there was no way I would make it through this next lonely chapter on my own. I needed my Lord and Savior to be my rock. As one of my favorite Psalms begins, “God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). Isn’t that a wonderful promise? That he will be our strength when we have none on our own. That was certainly the place I was at, as I looked toward a lonely deployment.
And that is why I want to encourage you through your owns struggles, whether they be a deployment, a family hardship, or just the stresses of life in general. Cling to God, my friends, and he will see you through the tough days ahead. As Psalm 62:6 says,  “He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”
Saturday
Aug012009

Welcome!

Welcome to Devotions for the Deployed Heart!

My hope is that this site will serve as a great encouragement to military wives all over the world. As a military wife myself, I understand the ups and downs this way of life can bring. It’s exciting living around the world with your family, but it can also be tremendously lonely. Be encouraged and know you’re not alone!
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