Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives
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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 7.00 X 4.25 (inches)|
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If your spouse or someone you know has been deployed recently, the stress of this situation will resonate with you.
Jocelyn Green speaks directly to the wives of deployed seamen, marines, airmen, and soldiers, through the experiences of their spouses. This book is not "ten easy steps" for a painless life; instead, it is a collection of devotions that squarely addresses the challenges wives face when their husbands are away protecting freedom. Challenges like: how does a military wife maintain a strong sense of patriotism without allowing her country to become an idol? What good can possibly come from moving every two or three years? How can I be sure that God has a purpose for my life thats as strong as His purpose for my husbands?
The foundation of this devotional is the unchanging character of God and the anchor of Jesus Christ, even amidst the shifting circumstances of a military family.
Daws1996VirginiaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Thought Provoking, EncouragingNovember 26, 2012Daws1996VirginiaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a great book! While not every devotion spoke directly into my life, I could relate in so many and felt the author's love and encouragement throughout. While each marriage should find agreement and compromise on the issues raised within the pages, much of what you'll find helps you to think through and pray about the topics before approaching your soldier to determine what will work for you.
marciHawaiiAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5awesomeAugust 5, 2011marciHawaiiAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great words of wisdom. I highly recommend this book to any wife preparing for, or in the midst of his deployment.
ChrisLAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Faith Deployed: A Husband's PerspectiveApril 7, 2011ChrisLAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My wife has read many biblically-based books on military life. One such book is Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives, by Jocelyn Green (and contributing writers). As my wife shared these encouraging devotionals, I realized this book not only was applicable to military wives but to the soldiers lives, as well. While on temporary duty, I ordered my own copy with much expectation.
As I read through each devotional, I found relevance to my own life, as well as helping me understand my wife's experiences. After receiving news of a potential deployment, I was reminded of God's Sovereignty when I read Jill Hart's devotional, "Blessed Contentment." Jill Hart's personal struggle to find contentment in the midst of her circumstances helped me realize the importance of a grateful heart.
Sarah Ball's devotional "In Everything Give Thanks" spoke directly to my circumstance when she questioned, "Who could possibly expect me to be thankful during deployments? The uncomfortable answer to that question: God does. God expects and desires my thanksgiving in all circumstances. God does not command us to be thankful for everything, but we are expected to give thanks in everything. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) She continues, "I was relieved to realize that I didn't have to be thankful for deployment, but convicted of my need to continue praising God even during deployments." After receiving word of my now impending deployment I, too, am convicted of my need to offer my praise to God.
I continued to find nuggets of truth in each devotional. The Holy Spirit has made my marriage a great priority in my life, second only to my relationship with Christ. I read with great anticipation Section Two, Guarding The Heart: Protecting Ourselves from the World's Temptations. In Affairs of the Heart, by Jocelyn Green, I was reminded to watch carefully over even the small traps that can lead to an emotional affair. There is always more I can do to guard my heart. Jocelyn writes, "One way to play it safe is to guard our mouths. Flirting, complimenting, complaining, confessing, and inappropriate counseling and praying are all ways of communicating that could lead to a deeper relationship - in other words, avoid them!"
There are many truths of God's word which relate to life. The final devotional, "Making Ourselves Ready", by Jocelyn Green, clearly speaks to all of us in the military. She declares, "God wants to be more to us than merely our Creator. By assuming the names Bridegroom (Nymphios) and Husband (Aner), Jesus reveals the kind of intimate relationship He desires to have with us, His bride." What do brides have to do with men? In scripture husbands are told to "love our wives, just as Christ, also, loved the church" (Ephesians 5:28). We were given marriage, as the example to understand our relationship with Christ.
I highly recommend that husbands read Faith Deployed, as there is great wisdom which can be applied toward every soldier's life. I would encourage you to read this book with your wife. If deployment or temporary duty prevents you from doing so, then share your thoughts through e-mails, phone calls or other forms of communication. The words you read will lead you closer to Christ and bring you closer to one another.
tbmk5 Stars Out Of 5Great Book!March 25, 2011tbmkQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This was just what I was looking. Being a military wife, I can relate to the segments. It is so powerful how the author brings those situations that we face as military wives back to God. Wonderful mini-lessons that could be adapted into a bible study.
Marine WifeOhioAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5January 3, 2011Marine WifeOhioAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love the book. I like how it's so scripture oriented. I can relate to the stories too. The book definitely touched the heart.
Located in: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Submitted: April 29, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. My husband Rob and I are parents to two small children, a daughter and a son. My freelance articles have been published in Christianity Today, Today's Christian, EFCA Today, InSite, Ignite Your Faith, Today's Pentecostal Evangel, and more. I also write for universities, nonprofits and corporations. I am an active member of the Evangelical Press Association.
What was your motivation behind this project? When I became a Coast Guard wife, I saw first hand the need for biblical encouragement specifically for military wives. Scripture passages jumped out at me with new relevance, and I assumed there must be a book out there already which draws connections from God's Word directly to the military wife's unique lifestyle. When I didn't find exactly what I was looking for, I decided to organize a book myself. I enlisted the help of 14 other military wives from each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, and eventually, Faith Deployed was born.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? More than anything, I want military wives to see how God is speaking directly to them through His Word. He knows what they are going through, He cares, and He has a lot to say about their challenges and trials. Since military wives are usually the ones holding up their families, I want to hold them up. I want them to be nourished and cared for, and I want them to grow spiritually with the help of this book. Loved ones of military wives can also get a much better understanding of what military wives experience by reading Faith Deployed. They will know how to better pray for and support them.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Reading the contributions of the other military wives, I was often moved to tears. These women poured their hearts into this book and laid bare their struggles- but also the enduring hope they have found in God. The theme running throughout the book is that we can find hope when we place our trust not in what happens, but in who God is. The very character of God is our solid anchor amidst the stormy waves of shifting circumstances.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Favorite authors of mine include C.S. Lewis, John Piper, Carolyn Custis James, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, John Ortberg, Ellie Kay, Marshele Carter Waddell-- and you'll find quotes from all of these writers within the pages of Faith Deployed.
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