When you've been around the military life for a while, you have a tendency to go into autopilot mode when faced with PCS (Permanent Change of Station) orders. Well, at least I do! It can all seem so natural that I take for granted that other military families know all about the great, free resources out there, too. Here's a quick list of a few of my favorites!
I read recently that having a loved one deployed is akin to dealing with a severe long-term illness or family trauma. It’s an incredible, ongoing stress. While it's impossible in this short space to cover all you can do to care for your family while going through a deployment, here are a few thoughts.
"They also serve who only stand and wait". ~John Milton
At this point, we've been through several deployments, but this one has been the longest for us (a year). I've noticed that some people seem to not know what to do/what is appropriate but truly do want to help in whatever way they can, so I thought I'd list out a few thoughts if you have a friend or family member whose spouse is deployed.
I've had it on my heart for some months to share a few of the verses that have gotten me through years of separations and deployments, so I'd like to share those with you. God's Word has seen me through long nights, busy days, wondering how to help my kids cope with yet another separation from their dad, and the feeling that I didn't have the strength to do this another day. I have read these, said them aloud, and meditated on them through dark, wakeful nights and lonely moments. Why?
Because the Bible is powerful, and I need to be reminded regularly of the truth.