When I was writing my book, I had a thought of encouraging other military spouses with some of my experiences. About a year into the process of putting it together, I had a long talk with my publisher about the format. I felt that, in just telling and recounting stories of what I'd learned from decades as a military wife, I was leaving out one of the most important aspects of what had gotten me through--my faith.
You see, in leaving that part out, I was leaving out the biggest part of me. So we went back to the drawing board, reformatted, and rewrote the entire thing as a daily devotional, complete with the spiritual aspect and daily Scripture readings. Phew. Not exactly an easy task, but one I'm so glad we did!
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.
If you're currently going through a separation, long TDY, or your spouse is deployed to a dangerous location, I hope you'll find comfort in reading through these and being reminded that the God of the universe knows your circumstances exactly and is with you always. I've included a visual (I'm very visual, so I figure someone else is, too!) of the Bible references for you to save, print out, or refer to later. All verses are NIV unless otherwise noted.
Blessings to you as you walk this path! In no particular order, and with no further commentary from me...
15 Bible Verses for Military Spouses Facing Deployment or Separation
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
2 Thessalonians 3:13
And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint;lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faithproduces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.