He Knows What We Need

by Jocelyn on January 14, 2014

openarmsBy Lisa White

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. –Philippians 4:6

Early in December, my husband was away on a trip that was supposed to last no more than five days. The week started out smoothly, but soon a series of events caused my emotions to enter into a downward spiral and I found myself anxious, overwhelmed, and negative. Things that shouldn’t have been a big deal became mountains I was struggling to climb. Then, when my morale was at its lowest, my husband informed me that his trip had been extended three extra days. Again, this shouldn’t have been a big deal, but for weeks I had been depending on him to be home on one of the days so I could attend a function and he could watch our son. I became angry and wondered why I bother to depend on him in the first place when he has a job that is so unpredictable. [click to continue…]

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“The Night I Told My Husband I Cheated”

by Jocelyn on January 9, 2014

poundingheadacheA note from Jocelyn: The following is Part 2 of a two-part series written by a military wife who chooses to stay anonymous. Though her identity is hidden, she bravely reveals her mistakes, her pain, and her healing.

I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes, O Lord; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free. – Psalm 119:30-32

The night I told my husband I had cheated, five years after the fact, I was literally screaming and shaking violently in fear.

You see, five years earlier, I led a secret life while my husband was deployed in the military. I did everything I thought I’d always wanted to do. I drank. I danced. I went out every weekend night. I had always been the good girl prior to that point, and I didn’t want to be good anymore. And in reality, I was sick – and lonely – and I felt desperate for attention, any kind of attention. Mind you, I still wanted my husband, and all of his loyalty and affection, too. [click to continue…]

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womanatlakeA note from Jocelyn: The following is Part 1 of a two-part series written by a military wife who chooses to stay anonymous. Though her identity is hidden, she bravely reveals her mistakes, her pain, and her healing.

There are so many moments that lead to a bad decision, a life-altering bad decision. They don’t usually happen in a split second – God gives us lots of opportunities to pick a different path. And what was true for me is probably true for many others. Once I started making bad choices, started “compromising,” it was only a matter of time till I was so deep in bad decisions, it was almost impossible to see my way out. It didn’t seem real. How could I? What was I thinking?

But it is always easier to start at the end, and ignore or politely deny the beginning. So here goes. From the top…

I knew Jesus. I knew Him, and I denied Him.

In 1996, when I was 16, I was saved at a church retreat. I spent the next three years loving God – but not really knowing God. I thought I knew Him, but when He didn’t answer my prayers, I bailed. I wasn’t interested in the hard part, and I also didn’t have a background or a support system to hold me up when things got tough. My parents were both atheists.

I met my husband when I was 18, and we started dating seriously when I was 19, until we were married when I was 21. He had no interest in Jesus, and I only had interest in my husband. I didn’t know what it meant to be “unequally yoked.” (2 Corinthians 6:14) I may have never even heard the term before.

When two friends tried to convince me not to marry an unbeliever, I thought they were cruel and just didn’t understand my love for my husband. How could they not know what this love, this desperation and passion, was like? [click to continue…]

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Grace Fox 2014by Grace Fox
www.gracefox.com

Every morning before my household wakes, I tiptoe downstairs, pour a cup of coffee, and settle into my leather loveseat for quiet time with God. Bible and journal in hand, I spend an hour delving into the Scriptures where—without fail—I discover nuggets of life-­‐changing truth.

I regard this “sacred habit” not as a duty, but as a delight. It’s a discipline I guard selfishly. The benefits of maintaining it far outweigh the effort.

Spending time with God in this way helps me get to know Him better. I learn more about His thoughts regarding marriage, purity, communication skills, priorities, money, and other matters relevant to my every day life. I learn to view life and people through His eyes, and my perspective matures as I allow His thoughts pervade mine.

For instance, if unforeseen circumstances complicate my schedule, I’m now able to rest in knowing that God is in control rather than fussing and fuming about the unexpected changes. If someone behaves unkindly toward me, I resist the urge to do likewise and, instead, pray that God will meet that person at her deepest point of need. I now understand His compassion for the poor, the widow, and the orphan, and I share His desire to, in as much as is possible, live at peace with all men. [click to continue…]

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Most Popular Blog Posts of 2013

by Jocelyn on December 31, 2013

As 2013 winds to close, let’s take a look at what the most popular Faith Deployed blog posts were this year. Find them below, with the most page views in the #1 position:

  1. Favorite Bible verses for deployments
  2. The Seven Deadly Lies of Deployment
  3. Bible verses for Sleepless Nights
  4. Bible Verses to Give You Strength
  5. To the lonely military wife at Christmas time
  6. What I Wish my Civilian Friends Knew: A Letter from a Military Wife
  7. Post-deployment: 37 things to keep in mind
  8. Military Marriage: Mission Possible–Staying Together Apart
  9. What does the U.S. flag really mean?
  10. Go-to Scriptures for when you’re fearful or anxious

Personally, I find it remarkable that four of the top ten are topical compilations of Bible verses. I love that! Great choices on ALL these posts.

2013 was a banner year for three more reasons: [click to continue…]

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One More Night With the Frogs

by Jocelyn on December 30, 2013

By Jocelyn Green

As we approach the New Year, discussions are now shifting from Christmas celebrations to resolutions and new beginnings. Now I’m not a betting sort of person, but if I were, I would put down money (plenty of it) on the fact that military families go through more “new beginnings” than just about any other group of people. Of course, maybe we don’t see it that way every time there is a PCS, deployment, or homecoming from deployment. Maybe we just see it as change. And change is hard.

One of my favorite memoirs is Found Art: Discovering Beauty in Foreign Places (Zondervan) by Leeana Tankersley. She wrote this book based on her first year of marriage to a Navy SEAL. They married in San Diego and eight days later forged a new beginning together in Bahrain. Talk about change! I love how she describes it: [click to continue…]

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Immanuel: God With Us

by Jocelyn on December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas for FD

by Amy Brigham

On Christmas Eve 2008, my husband was deployed to the Middle East and I was trying my hardest to make Christmas a happy occasion for our daughter despite his absence. To accomplish this I invited people over for a Christmas open house and made a table full of good food for the occasion. I decorated the house nicely, including a live evergreen wreath with a pretty red bow. And I lit a lot of candles. Can you see where this story is going?

As my daughter and I were putting the finishing touches on our party and waiting for guests to arrive any minute, she started yelling “fire fire mommy!” and I looked behind my back and somehow the bow on the wreath had fallen off the wall and was ablaze. I yelled at my daughter to get out the front door while I grabbed the fire extinguisher. The smoke was thick and dark as I headed towards the fire causing me to feel dizzy and making the fire extinguisher difficult to operate. [click to continue…]

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Christmas Presence

by Jocelyn on December 23, 2013

The following article is reposted by permission from Excellent or Praiseworthy, the devotional Web site of Cru Military.

by Linda Montgomery

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” —2 Corinthians 9:15

Is this the Bible verse that you normally think of when you think of Christmas?

Probably not . . . . Traditionally we go to the second chapter of Luke and begin with, “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.” (Luke 2:1)

But it makes a wonderful study to look throughout the Bible for verses which point to the coming of God’s gift of Jesus Christ! [click to continue…]

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Is it Giftmas or Christmas?

by Jocelyn on December 20, 2013

by Erin Kent

“Merry GIFTmas!” I couldn’t help but feel my mouth gape open as I read the promotional e-mail from a national retailer. It was bad enough that we have to deal with the, oh, so common “X-mas,” but to replace the reason for the season with the idea of “things?” I was absolutely appalled.

The common habit of people crossing out the name of Christ is something that I’ve never grown quite accustomed to. It seems so wrong, so selfish of us to attribute this time of the year to things other than the birth of the Christ child. I often find myself in wonder of how difficult typing out C-H-R-I-S-T could be to others. What is it that makes His name unworthy of proclamation? [click to continue…]

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Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for the Christmas give-away! Your comments inspired me to write you a letter–if you haven’t already seen it, I hope you’ll take a moment with me here.

Now, the winners! Using random.org, the following ladies were selected to receive The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, Faith Deployed, and Faith Deployed…Again:

  • April McHugh
  • Melissa McNamee
  • Nichole Cassidy
  • Deborah Dimmitt
  • Rebecca Groot

Winners, if you haven’t already, please email me your mailing address as soon as possible so we can get your gifts shipped to you. (Jocelyn@JocelynGreen.com) Thank you!

For those of you who didn’t win this drawing, I hope you’ll consider putting these titles on your Christmas wishlist. They are available in paperback and ebook formats, and The 5 Love Languages is also an audio book. Other books you might be interested in for more encouragement are below:

Military Wives’ New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs

480 pages, hardcover

This special New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs includes 90 special devotions written by military wives and edited by Jocelyn Green, a former military wife who actively ministers to women in your situation. Let her words of help and hope, alongside God’s Word, encourage you as you serve our country in your own way. Features:* 90 devotions written by military wives, for military wives that provide hope, encouragement, and spiritual growth* Preface from Jocelyn Green * Scripture from the New International Version* Topical Index and other study helps

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Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front

598 pages, softcover

*Gold Medal Winner, Military Writers Society of America, spiritual category

* Golden Scroll Award, Advanced Writers & Speakers Association

This devotional book contains 365 true stories of struggles, courage, and actions of women, children, and men involved in the home front of American wars, in chronological order, from the French Indian War through the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. These stories illustrate effective prayers, heroism, volunteer efforts, and daily courage. Special weekend devotions consist of original words from a journal, newspaper, letter, or newspaper, and glimpses into life during that era, such as fashion, pastimes, work, and celebrations. Each story includes a coordinated Scripture and a prayer for today’s military, families, or individuals encountering struggles.

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And good news: AMG Publishers has agreed to give away two sets of Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front and Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan! Enter that give-away by leaving a comment on my author Web site here. I hope to see you there!

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