Military wives, you are welcome here!

Green_05_smallerWelcome to the Faith Deployed Web site! The first thing you should know is that this Web site is all about you–and your walk of faith as a military wife. If you want to know more about me and all my books (not just for military wives), I invite you to join me at www.jocelyngreen.com. But for now, I’d rather keep the focus on you.

In fact, I wish I could take each one of you out for coffee (or lemonade, or ice cream) and hear your story. I want to know how God has been working in your life, and what is still unresolved that we can pray about together. I want you to feel a sense of community with other military wives who understand where you’re coming from. And I want you to be encouraged to keep walking this road faithfully, with God’s strength.

Since I can’t whisk you away to my favorite  Main Street cafe, this Web site is the next best thing–and might be even better. This online community was created as an extension of my award-winning books, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and Faith Deployed…Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives, to continue offering encouragement, strength, community and hope to the heroes at home. Whether your husband is currently deployed or not, these books and this Web site is for you!

Visit often for resources and spiritual encouragement for the unsung heroes at home.
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Bobbie July 21, 2009 at 9:27 pm

I have really enjoyed your book, “Faith Deployed’. As a veteran Coast Guard “underway” wife I have found it encouraging and refreshing. Thank you!

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Frank Vozenilek August 2, 2009 at 1:55 am

“Faith Deployed” is excellent! My wife Jamie and I have read it, I have mine noted, high-lighted, and noted some more. I want you to know also we use “Faith Deployed” as one of our standard, “go to” texts in our ministry, Cedar Valley Point Man and Home Front Ministry as we work with both veterans and their families. Thank God someone, specifically a wife with writing abilities, was sensitive to the Holy Spirit, to follow His leading and respond and obey.

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Sofia Hogan August 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Fortunately my deployments in the USAR and National Guard were during a great period of growth and noncombat war in the United States. I found your site from Twitter and was quickly reminded how many men and women have loved ones state side who need encouragement and support. God Bless everyone who reads this and if anyone ever needs a friend who has been there, please find me on twitter. God is with you all.

Sofia Hogan
USAR SSG (Ret)

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Patti Katter August 29, 2009 at 10:18 am

Thank you for using your God given talents to write a book that encourages and uplifts all of us military wives!

I highly recommend that others read the book!

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Melissa September 7, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Im starting a devotional group with the wives of our guys that are gone. Its so hard to find things geared towards military THANK YOU

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hank leatherman October 11, 2009 at 10:45 am

Our pastor at Lindley community church announced your good works today.thank you for the blessings.We have a son inlaw,major daniel jones at cetcom that will be leaving for afganistan next week until after thanksgiving. Our daughterDee has gone through this many times,being a carreer soldier’s wife.Again thank you for recognizing the untold hero’s’ the mother,the wife,the banker,and all the other titles that she carries. We will be looking for your book.thanks Hank

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holly October 29, 2009 at 11:44 am

Wow! I was given a copy of your book this summer the the day my family was throwing a “deployment party” for my hubby. His orders which were “on hold” had been changed 5 times to 4 different countries (twice to one country:) but we figured what the heck he’s gotta be going somewhere. We had been married a little over a year and I was in tears, at the party I used my brave smile, & for weeks after.
I would like to thank the you and the awesome women who contributed to this book. It taught me that it is not my husbands confusing communication skills, but that military life is….. changeable. The best part is I now feel hope. Hope because if other people can do this than so can I.
Peace, holly

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Arline December 2, 2009 at 11:39 pm

I am pretty new to all the military stuff. My husband joined several years ago at the age of 36. That is pretty old for joining the Army Reserve, however, he believes that that is his calling at this moment in time. I am a firm believer that you need to continue with where God leads you. This has not been an easy career change on me. He has been called to active duty with a transporation company. He has been gone on some training or anther since June and the kids and I have seen very little of him. Last week, we were able to spend his last 4 day leave, until he return for his 2 week R&R in the midst of his year long deployment. It is encouraging to have found a this site, where devotion, strength and encouragement is given on a daily basis. I never imagined it would be so difficult to let my husband go to a dangerous place to do a dangerous job. I am blessed to have a work enviorment that supports my faith and my husband’s mission fully. I have not read any of your books, but will be seeing which ones would be best to start with. I do know that my husband will be leaving within the next 3-4 days and then the uncertainty comes. I am a little scared of this part, when will we talk to him again, will we know when he is out doing a dangerous mission, and all the other unknowns. I will continue to seek peach through God, as he is the only one who can give that to me.
I just want to thank you again, for setting up this site for people like me to come to for encouragement and strength.

God bless you and all the soldiers and families. Thank you for all you do!!

Sincerely,
Arline

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Lamour Thompson June 10, 2011 at 9:01 am

Dear Arline,
I have been where you are 3 times. My husband decided to follow a lifelong dream at the tender age of 35! My first thoughts were that I hadn’t married a military man. Most of the time a principal is pretty safe, though there are terrorist acts at school sometimes!
God bless you as you begin this chapter of your life. The National Guard has been good to us. We’ve had opportunities that we never would have experienced had it not been for his military side.
My advice to you would be to stay close in your faith and look to your friends.

Sincerely,
Lamour Thompson

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crystal January 26, 2010 at 7:39 pm

i am new to all this military stuff but i need some help. my husband and i just got married in july. his ship is on deployment right now. they ar having a new homeport change . well he moved me there so i would be there when he got there. well his father went with me so i wouldnt be alone and it would help him get offf his feet. well his father got to me really bad. just little stuff he did would annoy the mess out me. well one dday i just snapped on him. well that day my huband and i talkedabout me goin to my parents till he got to where i was. well the next day i told him i didt wanna go to parents house i wanted his dad to leave. well he didnt like that very well. and he said i was goin to my parents and his dad was not goin anywhere. so i said well then im not comin bck at all..(i never should have said) well now we are talking abou getting a divorce. im so confised i need some advice.. please. my husband leave on a deployment and a few days before he leaves were taking about getting divorced.. give me some advice ladies please…

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christina May 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Hi-new marriage is hard hun! Not sure how things went but I do know that you two need to stick by each other. HE needs to put you first and stand by you even if it means his parents dont agree or support everything because you are married now. Its hard because you need to respect him so you got to kinda put things to him nicely and sweetly but stand firm that you need your space from his parents :-) Let me know how your doing?

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amy haynes January 28, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Hi Crystal,
Welcome! That was me 5 years ago & all I can say is you are in the right place!

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angel February 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm

hello my name is angel im 21 yrs and my husband is in the navy a few yrs now, we are newly weds as of january 2010. And a few days after he had to leave for training a month at a time and comes back for a month..so we didnt get to enjoy eachother or a honey moon :).. Its stressful on us and im not the easiest person to deal with at times.. We have had a few big misunderstandings. But however i am looking foward to readin this book to find some words of wisdom and guidance as to how i should act to these little problems that might just be a factor in our relationship ending! I love him very much and want to be the supportive wife i know i can be sometimes it just takes a little help and guidance.. Godbless… Love mrs. Valdez

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Susanna March 1, 2010 at 12:33 am

Thank you so much! You have really inspired me to be the best that I can be for everyone in my family!

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Patricia Hagaman March 21, 2010 at 10:43 am

Thank you, I am truly blessed by your writing.

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Evelyn Martin March 29, 2010 at 11:29 pm

I love the way you are educating and supporting the troops, their families and those who don’t quite know how difficult it really is. By using our faith it only strengthens and unites us all as one. God bless you, your loved ones and anyone reading my simple post. I am truly inspired by this website…thank you!

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Jenn April 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I am honored to visit here today, Jocelyn! I look forward to reading your books! ;) Hubby served in 3 wars and he is currently civilian but it was a very difficult, emotional and healing process, and just recently I can finally say it has been a rewarding journey. I also have a heart for mil spouses and building quality relationships … and a passion for writing! ;) I look forward to getting to know you more .. blessings to you and your hubby, Jenn

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Susan Emerick May 30, 2010 at 11:44 am

Thank You
Is there a list of a spouse I can correspond with
Susan

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Lylah May 31, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Aloha,

My husband and I are newlyweds. We just got married a few weeks ago, May. 06, 2010. My husband is in the Navy and he just left for his 6 months deployment yesterday. I have been in tears since he left. This is my first deployment with him and I am finding it really hard to deal with. I miss my husband very much but while browsing on the net to look for a devotion or some sort of comfort, I saw a link that shared about your book. I went on Amazon and ordered it. I am hoping it’ll be here in 4 days because I need some sort of comfort. I am praying for all the men who are serving our country who are out there. May God also bless all the spouses who are awaiting their coming home. I look forward to reading your book. God bless and aloha from Hawaii.

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Tara June 4, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I just got my two copies in the mail. Thank you for the note inside! One copy is for a friend. I look forward to reading it!

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Kristen H. July 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I love this book! My husband is currently serving in Afghanistan. Sometimes when I come home from work to a very quiet home and find myself getting sad, I’ll start a bath and read your book. It gives me SUCH peace to know how many other women have been in my shoes before me and with God’s strength, pulled through. Thank you for this!

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jocelyngreen July 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Kristen, I’m so glad to hear that the book is a source of encouragement to you! You are right, many other women have felt (and are feeling!) exactly what you feel right now. With God, you can get through this.

Blessings, Jocelyn

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Beth Ann Miller July 29, 2010 at 3:22 am

I haven’t really learned a lot about the site, but what I have seen has been wonderful, so thank you and God bless! All the thoughts, prayers, stories, and blogs are so encouraging…but also scary. Mostly encouraging…in with the good, out with the bad, right? Ha!

Well, the reason I’m writing…my husband and I have been married about 10 months, he’s a Marine (shall I say WE are Marines, haha), and we just moved back to the states from Okinawa. He was supposed to deploy for the first time in Dec. He came to me tonight and said it will be in Sept. Before our 1st anniversary. Over Thanksgiving. Over Christmas. I know, I know…so many have done it before and I can do it. However, this said, (and yes, I have already said it amidst my pathetic tears), but I am still terrified. I do not have a job yet. Few friends (it’s been 3 weeks and family has been here 2 out of those 3 and they are sleeping upstairs as I type), and I am struggling with health issues of my own.

I guess my reason for writing is out of fear, and the sincere hope that someone can offer some advice and encouragment, and well….really anything! We are also looking for a dog to keep me company and we want to get him before he leaves.

Thank you all for reading this if you do and all this site does!

God bless,
Beth Ann

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Rebecca Garner August 21, 2010 at 10:57 am

Hi, I am a Navy wife for 12+ years and my heart goes out to all of the newlyweds that are having issues! First off, know that it is not that we have problems w/ our spouse, it is that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) and yes, we get hurt by words sometimes and say things we do not really mean BUT something I have learned over the years is, “it is harder to stay than it is to leave”….that means you have to be ready for anything being a military spouse, move your family/household goods across the country (or wolrd) by yourself, you have to be a single parent most of the time, adjust & adapt to any situation given to you and try to do it with a smile on your face and keep it together! I have always, always relied on the Lord to get me through tough times, deployment or just a rough homecoming trying to get everyone to “let” daddy back into our routine. I pray for military wives every day and please email me if you’d like to share specific requests (craftingqueen12@gmail.com). God bless us every one & keep us safe & sane in this journey we call life!

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Wanda Polk August 25, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Thank you so much for blessing us with Fatih Deployed. My spouse is deployed with his Army National Guard brigade. Your book has been such a source of comfort and strength for me. God Bless!

Wanda

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Laura August 29, 2010 at 7:17 am

I ran across your facebook page yesterday and ordered the book last night. Both my husband and I are active duty navy. I have been around the world and back for 17 years, but the last three years have left me at home while I watch him leave and it is devastating. In our three years dating/married, we have been together less than one year and he just redeployed to help with the Pakistan flood. I never knew how hard life was on the other side of the fence and I hope to find encouragement and prospective from others who have always served on the homefront while their loved-ones deploy. God bless!

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Naomi Ayala September 1, 2010 at 11:11 am

I’m glad to see the website up and running. I’m a huge fan of your Facebook feed. Although I discovered you after my husband came back from his first deployment, I’ve still received a lot of encouragement from reading your posts and the comments of the other wives. I’ve posted my prayer requests on there more than once, and it’s good to know that others are going through the same thing and that we are able to stand in solidarity together and pray for each other. Now that I’ve discovered this wonderful community I know that, during my husband’s next deployment, I will have somewhere to turn where there are women who are strong in the Lord that are going through the same things as me. That alone makes the thought of another deployment a little easier to bear. Thank you for all you do, and for the work that God is doing through you in the lives of all these women and myself.

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Stephanie September 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I absolutely love this book! I refer to it everyday. While I am not a military wife, I do have a brother and a astep-son who are both deployed and I worry about both of them each and every day!

Jocelyn was gracious enough to let me review and host a giveaway of her book and I want to give you readers first chance at entering.

http://fortheluvofsanity.blogspot.com/2010/09/jocelyn-green-2-book-reviews-giveaways.html

~Steph

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Beth September 16, 2010 at 12:49 am

I have only posted one other time on here, and that was about a month ago when we found out my husband was deploying for the first time,and he’s now been gone a little over a week. I’ve done pretty well for the most part, but tonight because of, well, life…I’ll just leave it at that (haha), but I feel so alone and afraid. I’ve been looking for a job, because I really struggle staying at home, but I’m having trouble finding one. I just don’t really know how to handle the feelings, and I just find myself wanting to cry tonight. I’ve tried reading the verses for strength, and I would love to call a friend, but there is no one here that I’m close enough to call. It’s well past midnight where my family is, so that’s not an option. And where my husband is, there’s barely even an internet connection. I don’t want to complain to him about the different things, but I feel so alone. I thought you got married and that was your partner…I have no partner anymore. I feel sad, alone, and that it’s just wrong. I’ve always been so independent, and I hate feeling this way. Feeling like I’m a desolate individual. I KNOW it will be ok, and honestly, I don’t even want to hear that it will be ok, because yes, it will. I just…I want someone to sympathize. I want someone to just hold me and allow me to cry. I haven’t cried to anyone because other people in our lives have stolen that from me. I guess I just feel cheated as well…and not because of him. That’s why i don’t want to bother him, but…o…I just need to stop for now. I apologize for the spill, but I really had no one else. I’ll try to keep these limited. Thank you and God bless.

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Amanda October 4, 2010 at 2:42 pm

I would like to read about World War 2

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Nicole Taylor October 4, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I have really enjoyed reading Faith deployed and it has helped through my husbands third deployment which he just recently returned from. Thank you. I would be interested in reading this second book.

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Lori October 11, 2010 at 10:12 am

I am extremely encouraged today by the words of life spoken into this much needed ministry to military spouses. I will be ordering this book and sharing it with all who will receive it.

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Jocelyn October 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Lori,
I’m so glad you are encouraged! I hope and pray the book Faith Deployed offers you just as much or more to uplift your spirit.

Jocelyn

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Lisa McMullen November 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Thank you so much Jocelyn for such a heartfelt and inspiring book. I read it everyday to help me get through this deployment. I find such strength in reading God’s word and all of the beautiful devotionals in your book.

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Jocelyn December 15, 2011 at 9:46 am

Lisa, thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so glad Faith Deployed (or Faith Deployed…Again) is encouraging you. God bless!

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Jennifer November 1, 2010 at 11:19 pm

My husband just deployed for his second time (for a year) and this is my first time going through this. We’re. About to have our first child. Not only am I terrified about going through so much without him, I’m also so scared of losing my husband to tragedy. Is there anyone out there who can relate? I don’t know if your book will help to ease my mind but I’m going to give it a try. Thank you for writing it…it sounds like it has helped many.

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Jocelyn November 4, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Hi Jennifer,
There are countless other military wives “out there” who can relate to exactly what you are feeling and going through! I hope you’ll find encouragement on this Web site, and in the book too, but please do join the Facebook page for lots of support from more than 15,000 military wives. Facebook.com/faithdeployed

Blessings,
Jocelyn

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Heather Hahn January 5, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I’m a military spouse living in Travis AFB looking for friends to connect with here on the base. I have lived here 5 years and haven’t met too many people. If you live at another base I wish you the best of luck in finding a good friend to connect with.

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Conni January 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I was pleasantly surprised with this devotional. I just did my review on my blog:
http://mrsmamahen.blogspot.com/2011/01/book-review-faith-deployed-daily.html

Thanks!!!!

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Jocelyn January 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Conni, thank you so much for the review! I just stopped by and left a comment for you there. :)

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Yve C January 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm

My husband & I attend River of Life Church in Jacksonville, (Camp LeJeune) NC. It is a non-denominational church & is largely made up of military families. They have a great support group for deployed military & their spouses as well as many other Life Groups & programs for the community. The senior Pastors are Chris & Miriam Phillips, and assistant Pastors include former Marines Mason Phillips & James Grayson. We absolutely love this church. It is a tight knit family, and for us, since we aren’t “natives”, it’s become our family away from family.

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Yve C January 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Also their website is: http://rolchur.ch/

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Annette Kerr January 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Your book helped me get through our last deployed. I looked forward to reading it everyday. There are times when I clung to it as hard as I cling to my bible! Thank you!!!

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kayla May 18, 2011 at 11:37 am

im not a wife yet but im fixing to be here in 3 months my fiance is in boot camp for 2 more months im new at this navy stuff just kinda like to talk to some ladys that know alot stuff about the navy.

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Kathi K June 27, 2011 at 12:08 am

Hi. My husband and I felt the Lord wanted him to take a year contractor job serving our troops in Afghanistan. He had done some traveling before, but they were short trips. Everyone always asks how he is doing, but rarely ask me how I am. I am incredibly lonely and have lost all interest in doing the things I once loved – everything has become a chore. There is no one to share things with so it’s like – why bother? I take care of most everything by myself, but much is falling by the wayside. I have tried to go out with people, but knowing I have to come home to an empty house almost feels worse. We knew this would be hard, but I don’t think I am adjusting very well. How do all these military wives do this? I feel like I would do better if I had children home, but ours are grown and gone. He is coming home for a 2 wk visit soon and I think how great that will be, but how do you stay in the moment and not be constantly thinking that he will be leaving again? No one seems to get it. Do you think your book would be of help to me?

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Jocelyn June 27, 2011 at 12:19 am

Hi Kathi,
YES, both books –Faith Deployed and Faith Deployed…Again– would definitely be of help to you. What you are experiencing is very normal, but I understand that doesn’t make it any easier. I’m so glad you found this Web site. Please look around, and be sure to join our Facebook page as well- http://www.facebook.com/faithdeployed. We have more than 35,000 women who would love to pray you through this!
Blessings,
Jocelyn

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A. Sharp July 13, 2011 at 11:19 am

Kathi K.
I felt exactly like you just described when my husband left. The lack of motivation you’re experiencing, as well as the other things you’ve said make me think you may be experiencing depression. The loneliness and depression I felt really affected my marriage, and I felt too helpless and alone to do anything about it. You may want to consider seeing a counselor or your primary physician about your feelings because you are helpless or alone. Good luck!

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Anne (Annie) Berryhill June 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm

So, are Moms allowed here too? Having made it through our sons first deployment, waiting for the next, I continually have to rely of faith to remind me Who is in charge of all of this, all of us, all of our warriors past, present and futures. Thank God that he will never be far from us…I can’t wait to read your book, what a blessing!

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Jocelyn June 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Yes, Annie, of course you are allowed here! We welcome you with open arms. You are the reason we dedicated a portion of the latest book to Blue Star Moms. As a former military wife, even though I have not been in your shoes, I recognize that moms need spiritual support just as much as wives do. So check out the book, but also look in the blog category for Military Moms.

Blessings,
Jocelyn

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Michele July 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I am not a military wife – just a proud member of a military family – and I want each and every one of you to know that we value your sacrifices. You and yours are in our prayers – always. What a great web site and resource!

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CHERRYANN NOVENCIDO July 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Hello, I am not yet an army wife, but will soon to become one in the next 2 years. I am 21 years old and me and my soldier has been in the military life for the past 10 months since he went off to BCT back in October. He will be coming home for his 2 week BLOCK LEAVE and then he flies over seas to Afghanistan for our 1st 1 year deployment. For the past 10 months, I have seen the very hand of God held our relationship and hearts closer than it has ever been. I thank God for military life, not that I like the pain of being physically seperated from the love of my life, but it draws me closer to God in deeper areas. It lets me know who God really is in my time of sorrow and loneliness. It always makes me depend on the strength of God. God is writhing a story of the miracle of how God can show no matter how many times our soldiers leave. God is showing himself to be faithful in every area of military life. If we just sit down and be still, then God will show us a different perspective of how to walk this military life with Christ. Lets let God be our Jehova Rohi, the Lord our Shepard.
ARMY GIRLFRIEND……Cherryann

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Jocelyn August 26, 2011 at 9:38 am

Hi Lisa, I’m so glad you found this Web site and the book! Whichever book you have, Faith Deployed or Faith Deployed . . . Again, I recommend that you get the other so you have both! You will need both to help get you through the deployment as well as the post-deployment transition. If you haven’t found our Facebook page yet, please visit us there too- facebook.com/faithdeployed. I’m thrilled to meet you, and will be praying for you.

God bless!
Jocelyn

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Ron and Marilyn Leonard October 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Marilyn and I are excited about coming along side the military ministry of First Baptist Church Clarksville,TN. This is where FT Campbell is located (Home of the 101st Airborne). Marilyn and I would covet your prayers as we lead the ministry as volunteers. Pray many lives will be eternally impacted for Jesus Christ!

Yours For Today’s Military,
Ron and Marilyn
inchristalone2004@yahoo.com

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willems priscilia October 25, 2011 at 12:33 am

ce livre existe t’il en français ? this book exist in french ?

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Jocelyn October 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I’m sorry, it’s only in English. Are you a French or Canadian military wife?

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Heather October 29, 2011 at 9:10 am

Just wanted to send out a Praise of Thankfulness to my Lord and Savior, he totally intervened today as the attack in Kabul killed 13 Soldiers.. my husband is there and has been fighting a terrible bought with cold/flu/sinus issues and has been down on 2 different medications, he was suppose to be on that mission, but he is still sick and was not able to go, PRAISING GOD this morning for his intervention! Even though this deployment has come with much sadness, health issues and of course murphy’s law disappointments, God shows us he is STILL in control and he’s still got this deployment! Thank you for the support!

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Lisa November 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm

If you are a military wife with a chronic illness, I would love to ask you a few questions for an article at our ministry’s site for those with chronic illness! email is lisa.restmin{{@}}gmail.com thanks!

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Alison November 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Thank you Jocelyn Green for directing me to your new site! :) And thank you for your prayers!! I am so thankful for this site and for what God is doing for me and my boyfriend, I know God is working and will always make a way for us! :)

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Virginia Cruse December 8, 2011 at 2:03 am

Just finished Faith Deployed… Again – What a wonderful sequel! This is my go-to gift for Christmas this year! Thank you for putting together another inspiring resource for military wives!

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Jocelyn December 15, 2011 at 9:49 am

Virginia, I’m so glad you enjoyed Faith Deployed…Again! Thanks for helping me spread the word about it. I’m so excited about your Web site too. The Veterans’ PTSD Project is sure to bring great healing to many.

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Marianke December 15, 2011 at 4:35 am

With my husband recently deployed, I was looking for a daily devotional for military spouses. I stumbled upon both your books on my Kindle. This way if I don’t have my Kindle with I can still get it through my Kindle app on my Android. I’ve been feeling very far away from God lately after my husband had lost 2 babies in 4 months after 6 years of infertility struggles and have been trying to get closer in relationship with God. It has been hard, but hoping to add this as an encouragement through this deployment to grow closer.

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Jocelyn December 15, 2011 at 9:56 am

Hi Marianke, I’m so glad you stumbled on both of the books- I’m hoping they prove to be a great source of encouragement to you, and help you grow a little closer to God. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your babies, and about your struggle with infertility. We do address miscarriage and infertility in the new book, Faith Deployed…Again, but briefly. I highly recommend that you also read “Notes from the Margins,” a book by Alane Pearce. Alane is a contributor to Faith Deployed…Again, and an Air Forcd wife. She wrote her book Notes from the Margins after losing eight babies- seven to miscarriage, and one baby died shortly after his birth. Her book gives us a glimpse into her healing conversations with God, and it is one of the most honest, life-changing books I’ve ever read. (By the way, if you participate in our online book club in January, you will have a chance to win the book. We’re giving it away on Jan. 16.)

Blessings,
Jocelyn

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Summer Ramsey January 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I am not a military wife, just a Marine girlfriend. My boyfriend has been home from his deployment for a little over a month. He came home ADVON, which I think has a lot to do with how he is having a hard time adjusting to being home. He is very distant, shows no emotion, basically is numb. I was able to go to Jacksonville, NC to spend Christmas with him and to see the rest of his unit come home, which was nice. He told me is has no emotions right now, doesn’t like to be touched, and won’t text or call me all the time. It has been a week and a half since I’ve seen him. He has texted me a couple times and I have not talked to him on the phone. I am trying to so hard to give him his space and to let him come to me, but it’s really hard. He goes on his long leave starting the middle of next week. He is from GA and I am in VA, and I don’t know when I will be seeing him again. I am really trying to stay positive and I plan on giving him the time and space he needs. He is content in where we are in our relationship now, and would rather talk/hang out with his Marine buddies then have a phone call with me. Are there any other Marine girlfriends or even wives who went/are going through the same thing? Since I don’t see him every day it makes things a little bit different. I have been reading Joel Osteen’s book It’s Your Time, which has really helped me a lot. I am putting it all in God’s hands and reading this blog has also helped me cope.

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B January 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Thank you for your ministry. My husband has served in the Air Force Reserves & now Air Guard for 15 years and although we have been blessed to have had him mostly close to home, we did experience a separation for a year while he was in training here stateside. I believe that was training for me to get ready for his deployment away from us for 6+ months and this time he will not be stateside. We’ve had many changes in our lives recently and I know that this upcoming separation will be especially difficult and yet I have peace from the Lord knowing that He alone is in control of all things. I will choose to rejoice daily. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:4-9

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Art Schade January 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Jocelyn,

Thank you for your inspiration. On your blog you referenced the great work Virginia and Joan, founders of “The Veterans’ PTSD Project
Changing the National Conversation on Post-Traumatic Stress Share Your Story.” I have had the privilege to work with Virginia to post my story; “The Demons of War of Persistent” on their site: http://bit.ly/xn3Ahr. I believe the the story can be of benefit to many of those trying to understand and break the stigma of PTSD. Semper Fi! Art Schade

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confused January 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm

My husband and I were married about 10 months before he deployed. I had just recently moved to live with him before we found out he was deploying, we have only lived together for 4 months. Anyway I have a really good job and he is coming home soon. It was a hard deployment with a lot of arguments. Well my boss keeps telling me no way can she give me any time off,other than the day he gets home, for a couple months after. I have come to the conclusion that my marriage and my husband are more important than a job so I am putting in my notice. I was just wondering if anyone else has gone through this?

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Patty Hillis January 30, 2012 at 1:39 am

I would like to see if there is anything out there for military moms. I haven’t read your devotionals, yet I really would like something that applies more to a mom and son. My boy joined less than a year ago and deploying in March. So, if you can help me, that would be great. :)

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Jocelyn January 30, 2012 at 9:08 am

Hi Patty,
My second book, Faith Deployed…Again, has a section just for Blue Star Moms like yourself. Also, we have lots of blog posts written by and for military moms here on this Web site. Go to the blog categories on the right side of the page and scroll down until you see “military moms.” That will be more of what you’re looking for. Thank you for stopping by!

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Jessica March 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I am a Marine wife. Yesterday I went to my local Christian bookstore to purchase “the Love Dare”, but stumbled onto “Faith Deployed…Again” and immediately burst into tears and purchased it. I don’t have access to any other military wives as I do not live with my husband and I have never been introduced. I do not have any sort of access to any information. My husband has never given me any access to any of his military stuff. I haven’t seen him since the beginning of February and our communication has only been via text since. My husband and I are going through an extremely rough patch. He wants it to be over and I don’t. We do not have a long history together; however, it is a strong history. We met in July of last year and fell madly in love with each other. Very shortly after, we were married. I knew that he had a deployment coming up after the beginning of the year and things were perfect till then. Now, we constantly argue. I know that it is not uncommon for a military person to become distant pre-deployment, but I didn’t imagine it would get this bad. He leaves in less than a month. My husband is a non believer so I was thinking I would have enough strength in my faith to carry us both. I went into the bookstore thinking I could do the Love Dare for him. I have started it and I know on my end I will do everything I can to make our relationship work. I am just unsure on his end. He is so committed to the divorce. That is the only thing he will talk about with me. I pray all day long for him and his soul. I guess what I am trying to get at is since I have no resources; I need someone to talk to that has been in my shoes before. My family and friends have no idea what I am going through and they advise me to give up. Is anyone able to recommend a discussion board or is there someone out there that can give advice based on personal experiences? I love him that much I cannot and will not give up. God says love is patient, if I am patient will it bring him back?

Jessicamarie8@verizon.net

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Jocelyn March 30, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Jessica, welcome! We are so glad to have you here. I’m so sorry you are going through this extremely rough patch right now. I have two resources to point you to.
1) I just learned of a two-part radio broadcast you can listen to online from Focus on the Family for women who are married to non-believers. Listen to the first part here: http://www.focusonthefamily.com/radio.aspx?ID={BAC22CA1-E77F-4F99-BEE1-C0416C273926} and from there you should be able to see how to listen to the second part.

2) Military ministry has a Rapid Response Center with people who would love to listen to you, pray with and for you, and point you to any other resources to help you through this trial. Read more about the RRC here: http://www.faithdeployed.com/2011/06/help-is-just-a-phone-call-or-click-away/ These are wonderful people!

Blessings, and praying for you,
Jocelyn

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beckie saloga June 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I really enjoyed this book and I have recommended it as well as given it away in the hope of helping military wives. May God Bless you and the other authors of this book. You are fine examples of the positive in this world and a comfort to the military wives out there.

Beckie

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Alexis July 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Hey there.
Unlike a lot of the women who’s posts I have read, I am not an Army wife just yet- I still hold the girlfriend status. I have been looking for books to give me some spiritual guidance during this difficult time of preparing for deployment. I am attending a military university (where I met my boyfriend). He has recently graduated and expected to deploy this fall. I’m going through a mix of emotions as I spiritually, emotionally and mentally prepare myself for this. Preparing myself for his deployment as well as focus on getting into Law school is a lot to take in… could your books benefit a woman in my situation? Looking for all the guidance I can get. Our amazing Heavenly Father will never give us more than we can handle. HE placed us in the lives of these loving and heroic men because HE knows that not only are we strong enough to handle it, but how much more our honeys in uniform need that strength and love. Sometimes we just need some inspiration to remind us of this. My prayers are with all of you amazing women! You are my inspiration as I take on this first deployment. God Bless each of you and your families.

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Jocelyn July 1, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Hi Alexis,
Welcome! And yes, my books would definitely be of value for you, as well. I’m sure it would be great preparation and encouragement for you!

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Andi July 20, 2012 at 12:53 am

Hi,
I am a former military spouse. Navy, and I am also a Navy brat, my dad was active for 32 years.
I divorced my husband four years ago, we were married for 23 years, and in those 23 years he was gone half of it on deployments. Both on ship and in battalion as he was a Seabee. I found out about this book because I have a copy of Wedded to War. My question is who all has contributed to this book? I have a daughter whose husband is a submariner and is on his first patrol, and this may be good for her, however, I want something written by people who have walked the walk. Not just talking about a few weeks here, or a month there.
I don’t mean to sound harsh or crass, however each branch’s “deployment” status is different and for the U.S. Navy, Marines, & Army it is long.

Thanks!
Andi

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Jocelyn July 20, 2012 at 6:42 am

Hi Andi, your question is a good one! You can read all about the 14 contributors to Faith Deployed here (just click on the names to see their bios): http://www.faithdeployed.com/faith-deployed/about-the-authors/ To see the bios for all 29 contributors to Faith Deployed…Again, visit: http://www.faithdeployed.com/coming-soon/meet-the-authors/ We have a wide range of contributors to each book, with a balance from all branches. Some of our contributors have weathered their entire military careers and are speaking from the other side of retirement. So even though I was the project manager and my experience was as a Coast Guard wife, this is definitely NOT a book just for Coast Guard wives! If you look at the book tabs at the top of this page, you’ll be able to find out more about the books and read free excerpts as well. Thanks for your interest!

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Marcella Lewis August 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

Thank you for this wonderful books! Everytime I felt lost and not in touch with God during my husbands last deployment I opened my book and the message for the day was just what I needed! I have ordered Faith Deployed, Again now that my husband is set to deploy on Monday. Please add the USS John C Stennis to your prayer list as we embark on our second 8 month deployment back to back. Thank you.

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Sarah Brooks September 2, 2012 at 6:44 am

Hi Marcella, my name is Sarah Brooks, I was looking at this Site because I became interested in finding something to help me while my husband is deployed on the John C. Stennis. Possibly we could exchange emails and keep in touch to be of support to each other. I hope that. hear from you. My email is calibu88@gmail.com My husband husband is on that deployment with your husband too! My husband and I are dual military and so this will be the 4th deployment we will have been through together over just the almost 4 years we have been in together. I am at home with just me and my daughter who is 18 months old and this will be the second set of holidays daddy was unable able to spend with her, and missing out on her birth and first and second birthdays. It has been a long and trial some journey and I was looking for something encouraging to read. I will be ordering this book!

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Genoveva Orona August 24, 2012 at 7:39 am

I just want to thank you for having this type of support for military spouses. For me it has been very important, my husband is currently deployed in Afghanistan (regular Army) and I am with my 4 children and grandbaby. I am currently in Puerto Rico and all my family is here but it is not the same because they have always been civilians and do not understand fully what military life really is. I am not attached to any unit here in PR, not attached to any support group. Again thanks for the support and words of encouragement given through Faith Deployed.

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joshuajmasters March 13, 2013 at 5:44 am

Thank you for your ministry. We so often forget the sacrifices our soldiers’ families make at home so we can live in freedom with ours. May the households of our brave men and women be blessed by God.

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Rose Rader May 13, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Do you include Mothers? My Son is Green Beret Sgt.Major deployed right now Thank You for your kindness Rose.

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Jocelyn Green May 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Hi Rose,
Of course you are welcome here! Most of our content speaks specifically to military wives, but if you look in the drop-down of blog categories, select “military moms.” I’m sure you’ll find the category “Truths from God’s Word” applicable to you, as well. We have also included a special section of devotions written by and for Blue Star Moms in the back of Faith Deployed…Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. Thank you for coming!

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AdamFamilyArmy December 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

God Bless you Jocelyn and your ministry. I have learned to help share and mentor those wife’s young then me and not to be afraid to add the Lord to that ministry. You never know when one is looking for a PWOC group or any group because their spouse is deployed. Would love to be able to share your books as you are. I have with the 5 Languages and as I read the other books you have shared I hope to share more as well.

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Cindy December 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Your devotionals are so uplifting and always seem to apply to something that is going on in my life as the wife of a Navy boy. Thank you!

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