May 30, 2011

Memorial day...

Today we honor all those who have given their lives in service to our country.  You will never be forgotten, and our country will continue to be great because of you.


May 27, 2011

Think about such things...

"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." Philippians 4:8

What have you had to give up in order to follow Jesus?


May 26, 2011

"One is (Sometimes) the Loneliest Number" Throwback...

Originally posted August 8, 2008. 

*This is a long post, but if you are struggling with loneliness, I encourage you to actively read this post. 

Loneliness seems to be the ever-plaguing emotion of military families. We can all relate to moving to a new place where we don’t know anybody. We can also all relate to moving to a new place, knowing lots of people, but feeling like you don’t fit it there. Then comes the desire to become a hermit, followed by the inevitable pity-party. We’ve all felt the solitude and sting of loneliness. Let’s take a biblical look at this nagging emotion.

We Are Not Alone

*Read Genesis 2:18.

“The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be _____. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

From the very beginning, God recognized Adam’s loneliness in the beautiful garden that was created just for him. Imagine being in the most beautiful place in the world. Go on. Imagine the most awe-inspiring place you’ve ever imagined. Where would you be? What if you had nobody to share it with? Nobody to see it with you, nobody to show a picture to, nobody to try to describe it to? I get the feeling that Adam probably felt this way, too. But God provided for Adam during his loneliness. God made a “helper” for Adam.

Adam wasn’t the only man in the Bible who struggled with loneliness.

* Read Psalm 42:3-5.

The Psalmist (not David in this one) is tortured with loneliness. He cries all day and night and remembers going with the “multitude” to the temple to worship God. Fellowship has been ripped from him and replaced with the tears of loneliness.

Look again at verse 5. There is a striking change in the tone of what he is saying. Verses 3-4 are full of self-pity, but in verse 5 you can almost see the Psalmist shaking himself out of his wallowing, and instead of giving into feelings of self-pity, is putting his hope in God.

Write Psalm 42:5 in your own words as a reminder to shake yourself out of your funk when needed.

Paul also struggled with loneliness throughout his life.

* Read 2 Timothy 4:9-18.

The book of 2 Timothy was written during Paul’s second stay in prison. You can bet it was a cold and lonely place. So lonely, in fact, that he wrote this letter to Timothy. It seemed that everyone had deserted Paul during a time of his greatest need. This letter is an appeal to Timothy, Paul’s former companion in ministry, to come quickly to him.

Can you think of times in your own life where it felt like everyone abandoned you when you needed them the most?

Despite his imprisonment and loneliness, Paul had an incredibly optimistic and faithful attitude.

"Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.” 2 Timothy 2:8-9

"But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentles might hear it.” 2 Timothy 4:17

Those are mighty big “buts!” Even though Paul was chained and all alone in the cold prison, he still found hope in the Lord God. It is truly amazing! Despite his feelings of loneliness, Paul knew that even if no body else was on his side, God was standing right beside him.

What Would Jesus Do?

Jesus also shows us examples of loneliness in His own life.

* Read Mark 1:35.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a ________ place, where he ______.”

* Read Luke 5:16.

“But Jesus often withdrew to ______ places and ______.”

Jesus intentionally withdrew himself from other people in order to pray. Do you ever feel like you just need to be by yourself for a little while? Of course you do! In Mark, Jesus was even considerate enough to have His quiet time before everyone else was awake so as not to miss out on ministering to others. In Luke we see how Jesus’ popularity grew rapidly. He excused himself from the large crowds to be alone. Jesus was fully God and fully man. He needed time to refresh himself before continuing His ministry. It was during these solitary and lonely times that Jesus found time to pray and to reconnect with His father.

Maybe you are going through a lonely time right now. It might or might not be by choice, but take full advantage of it. Consider it a sacred gift from God. Use this lonely time to draw closer to your Lord. He has promised us that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Joshua 1:5). Treasure your alone time as time to spend with God. Have you ever thought that He is lonely for you?

Getting Your Fix

God sees our loneliness. You can bet it breaks His heart to see His people suffering. However, He has taken that into account, even for the military family! Being in a constant state of transition and never knowing for sure if a friendly or familiar face will meet you at your next home can be an intimidating feeling. But God has made an incredible promise to the military family.

* Read Psalm 68:6a.

“God sets the ______ in ________.”

God reaches out to His children and provides a remedy to our loneliness by preparing “families” for us at each new duty station. What an incredible blessing! Our military friends are actually our surrogate family!
God also provides us with comfort in our sufferings.

* Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-7.

What two things is God called? (v. 3b)

What effect do we have on others because of God’s love? (v. 4b)

Have you ever had a new friendship develop over a shared similar experience?

We have certain life experiences, feelings, and emotions in our lives because God allowed them to happen that way. Why? So we can be a comforter to those we meet that are experiencing the same kind of thing that we have already gone through. God places people in our lives so that we can minister to them by simply comforting them with the same comfort that God gives us. He also places people in our lives so that they can comfort us with God’s love.

King Solomon found that the sure-fire way of curing loneliness is through friendship.

* Read Ecclesiastes 4:7-12.

Go ahead! Be courageous and take the first step in beginning a friendship. Invite a couple over for dinner. Invite a new neighbor out for coffee or lunch. Sure, it’s just like dating, only with an end goal of a friend, not a spouse. That should take enough pressure off for you to just enjoy the company of another person.

Wrap it up!

* Adam, the Psalmist, and Paul all suffered from loneliness. It’s not just you!

* Jesus used times of loneliness to draw closer to God.

* God provides us with surrogate “families” at new duty stations and friends who will comfort us just as God does.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:5-8


May 17, 2011


I usually love the sound of jet noise. 

I love hearing it in the morning as the first flights of the day are taking off.

I love hearing it when I'm outside running.  It gives me that extra bit of motivation to work harder.

I love hearing it when the we're on family walks, finding where the noise is coming from, and having Hubby explain what they are probably doing. 

I love hearing it when I'm driving around base with my sunroof open on a beautiful day.  It can be quite pleasant.

I do not love hearing jet noise when I am trying to put Baby down for his nap.  The thunderous sound riles him up and leaves me shushing...yes shushing...the jets.

C'est la (military) vie!


May 13, 2011

Keep calm and carry on...

Originally designed in 1939, this poster was intended to be a morale booster in England during World War 2. Its now-famous simplicity has become pop art extraordinaire (and the prominent wall hanging in our living room).

In keeping with the nature of the poster, I will keep this short and sweet: I. Love. It. The phrase packs an optimistic punch, ideal for any (military) family to adopt as its mantra.

Here are some of my favorite images inspired by the original poster. They all make me smile. :) <-- See?  Smiling!


May 10, 2011

Pink frilly skirt...

I *heart* this outfit so much!  My pink, frilly, how-the-heck-do-I-wear-this skirt has earned its keep in my closet!  I simply paired it with a white tee, blue boyfriend cardigan, and gladiator belt for a trip to the commissary, meeting with a friend, and hosting a women's Bible study.  Maybe my fashion creativity is emerging again after being stifled by exhaustion.  Maybe.   


May 6, 2011

Top 5 in Honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day...

Top 5 things I love about being a military wife...
  1. The sense of pride and purpose I feel for my family, knowing that our personal sacrifices are for something far greater than ourselves!
  2. Getting to move around the country!
  3. Meeting fantastic people that I otherwise would never have met!
  4. The closeness my immediate family experiences because of the isolation from our extended family!
  5. Seeing my Hubby in uniform! ;)
Top 5 things I love about other military wives...
  1. When they offer to help you before you have the chance to feel awkward about asking for help!
  2. Their willingness to become part of each other's families!
  3. Having others around you who can say, "I know, right?!" 
  4. The independence and strength that emerges, especially in their husbands' absences! 
  5. How easy-going, friendly, and welcoming they are!

May 2, 2011

Link Up: National Day of Prayer...

The National Day of Prayer is this Thursday, May 5, 2011.  This day is intended "to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture" (citation). 

People throughout our country will join forces to pray for the 7 centers of influence in the United States: government, military, media, business, education, church, and family.

I will be praying for these specific things for our country:
  1. Government: I pray that our leaders will have a humble and submissive spirit to God's will and vision for our country.  I pray for godly wisdom and courage to do what God calls our leaders to do. 
  2. Military: I pray for the safety of our military men and women.  I pray that God will protect them from those that wish to harm them on the at home and away.  I pray for their minds and emotions, that God would protect them from destructive thoughts and feelings and would uplift each and every one of them.  I pray that there would be a great revival of faith throughout the military community. 
  3. Media: I pray that the media would place truth as their utmost importance.  I pray for peace for the warring ideals of what the media is/has become/should be. 
  4. Business: Not sure what to pray for.
  5. Education: Not sure what to pray for.
  6. Church: I pray that our country's churches will be submissive to God's desire for churches and that they will seek God's direction and use discernment when preaching God's word.
  7. Family: I pray that God will protect our families from the issues in our culture which seek to destroy families.  I pray that parents will provide a stable, loving home for their children.  I pray that God will protect the innocent children from negative life situations.  I pray that God will convict parents of their actions and that parents will strive to provide a godly home for their children.
Please link up and offer your prayers for our great country.  Then I encourage you to see what others are praying for and then proceed as you feel led. 



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