I hope you have all had a wonderful Military Spouse Appreciation Day! I have absolutely loved reading through all your comments on the give-away post, and wish I had time to respond to each one of you individually. Your words have been so encouraging to me, and it certainly warms my heart to hear that the Faith Deployed ministry has encouraged you.
Now, for the winners:
Gift Pack #1 goes to:
*Yes, I found three sets of this package to give away instead of just one. Yippee!
Gift Pack #2 goes to:
Congratulations ladies! Please email me your mailing addresses so I can ship the books to you! firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Thompson’s book, Dear God, He’s Home! may very well be the first of its kind! Janet’s God-given gift, and heart-felt desire, to mentor women from all walks of life has allowed her the ability to reach beyond her civilian world experiences, and minister effectively to both civilian and military wives! This resource speaks to the hearts of women, inspiring and equipping them to embrace their God-ordained marriages through the journeys of having a stay-at-home man. It is humorous, and often times, serious and raw, but that is what sets this book a part from all the rest! [click to continue…]
Update! The drawing has been extended–closes at 5pm Central time today, May 10!
Military Spouse Appreciation Day is coming up this Friday, May 10, and I want you to know that we at Faith Deployed appreciate YOU! To celebrate I am going to give away TWO gift packages.
Gift Package #1:
Gift Package #2:
Enter the Drawing
To enter the drawing, simply leave a comment and tell me if you have a preference for either gift package, should your name be drawn. For extra entries, you may leave extra comments for each of the following:
- Signing up for my newsletter (do this in the right hand sidebar).
- “Liking” the Faith Deployed FB page (www.facebook.com/faithdeployed)
- Sharing this give-away blog post via Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest. You get an entry for each method you use!
- Visiting www.jocelyngreen.com and telling me one thing you learned while there.
Winners will be drawn at 5pm Central time on Friday, May 10, and announced shortly thereafter!
Great news for military wives!
Zondervan is running a special throughout the month of May! Buy one Military Wives’ New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs, get one FREE to give to a friend! Here’s how: Visit www.churchsource.com Add 2 copies to your cart, and enter promo code BD5W11 at checkout. For more about this special devotional for military wives, visit this page.
But that’s not all.
Some of you are aware that I also write Civil War historical novels. My latest novel, Widow of Gettysburg, released just yesterday, and from now until Saturday, the ebook is absolutely free at Amazon, BN.com, and ChristianBook.com! As a military wife, I believe that you, especially, will appreciate the stark look at loss and hope. The theme verse for Widow is Psalm 30:5: “Weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” [click to continue…]
by Sherry Lightner
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:18)
On August 18, 2012, amidst deployment, fear swept over me like a tidal wave when I found our daughter lying hopeless and looking lifeless upon her bed. With heart rate-slowing and emotions flat-lined, the eating disorder that held her captive now consumed her will to live. [click to continue…]
For the past couple of years, National Guard army wife Sherry Lightner (at left) has been faithfully blessing us every day on the Faith Deployed Facebook page. Sherry is an invaluable part of the Faith Deployed online ministry, as I’m sure hundreds of you can personally attest to! She also is a contributor to both Faith Deployed…Again and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front.
Now, I’m pleased to announce that veteran army wife Patti Katter (at right) is joining the Faith Deployed Facebook team, as well! You may already recognize her name or know her yourself. Patti Gallion Katter is the wife of a combat disabled veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and in the U.S. Army. Patti is the mother of three beautiful children. In April of 2007, Patti founded Christian Military Wives. Christian Military Wives is now a 501c3 non-profit ministry of Christian Military Fellowship. You’ll also find her at www.VoiceofWarriors.com, a support site for veterans, and those who love them. Patti is also a contributor to Faith Deployed…Again and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front. Her story is featured in the new Military Wives’ New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs.
I’m on the Facebook page some, too, but not as much when I’m on a book deadline (which is pretty much all the time). So I am incredibly thankful for both of these ladies. Their hearts are to serve the Lord by serving you, and they do it so very well. If you think of it, please pray for them and for the Faith Deployed ministry, that our words would be effective and military wives worldwide would be encouraged and strengthened in their faith.
By Jocelyn Green
*Originally written for Military Success Network, a site dedicated to easing the transition from soldier to civilian.
When my husband transitioned out of active-duty Coast Guard—a decision he had made freely, on his own—I was thrilled. Yes, we took a 66 percent pay cut when exiting the military, but we moved closer to my family, he found a job, we bought a house, and put down roots. Who needs lots of money when we have each other? I thought. This is enough. This is all I need.
Soon, it became apparent that Rob was not as happy in our new civilian lifestyle as I was. He was moody, distant, and anxious. I was baffled. We argued more in those first six months of transition than we had since we had met.
If I had grasped then what I do now, I would have stopped taking his personal struggle so personally. I could have supported him better. Eventually, though, the pieces fell together. [click to continue…]
Have you ever felt a little weird referring to the day Christ died as “good”? Last year, I attended one of the best Good Friday services I’ve ever been to. During it, they played the following clip which explains beautifully what’s so good about this traditionally dark holiday. I love this, and hope you’ll be encouraged by it as well.
Why I Call It Good Friday from ignitermedia on GodTube.
by Rebekah Benimoff
When Roger and I married, I dreamed of the two of us growing a family as we worked together to build a life of ministry. I didn’t need a white picket fence, but I did hope to have an meaningful life. As a teen, I had surrendered to serve God “in a special way”, and I longed to make a difference in this world. I assumed I would be a missionary, but was happy to be a minister’s wife instead. I ended up serving as a little of both when Roger became an Army Chaplain.
I’d imagined preaching the Good News in a country far away, but it seemed I was called to tread the soil of my own country, gradually moving farther and farther away from all I knew. God took me out of my comfort zone and brought me to a place where I could focus on knowing Him, where I could learn about healing, forgiveness, and how to serve in the ways he created me to serve. Through all of this, God prepared me for the lightening bolt that would split my life in two. [click to continue…]
Military Caregivers – Voice of Warriors and Military With PTSD has a great opportunity for you! Win a Caregiver Gift Box worth over $100… Voice of Warriors and Military With PTSD are working together to create a beautiful online dedication for our wonderful Caregivers.
We are in search of head-shots (photos) of caregivers along with a short bio about yourself which we will post as tribute to military caregivers. Thousands of people will be able to view this site. We will use this online dedication as a free educational tool for civilians, government officials and our military. We will use your first name and last initial.
If you choose to participate in this adventure as an added perk you will be entered into a contest to win a Caregiver Gift Box stuffed with over $100 worth of goodies.
This dedication is not about any organization – it is totally about YOU… its about our veterans and it’s about bringing warriors and communities together. All of the VOW team and Military with PTSD team is made up of 100% volunteers. We do NOT make money off of what we do.. we do it because we are genuine about helping our military veterans and their families live with their new lives after war.
To enter your photo and short bio, please send it to: email@example.com with the subject line CAREGIVER. All photos must be in no later than March 25, 2013.