December 12, 2011

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted...

As military wives, we are destined to experience an abnormal amount of heartache. Long separations and deployments leave us with a heart broken by the absence of our husbands and the temporary splitting up of our families. Long days, lonely nights, single-parenting, a solo life, and constantly pushing the “what if” thoughts away can make for a bleak life that yearns for a whole heart amidst the brokenness.

That’s when the Lord calls out to us, the brokenhearted military wives, “[I] am close to the brokenhearted and save those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

But just saying this isn’t enough sometimes. I need to feel God’s closeness. And as I try to feel Him, He reveals Himself, and I know for sure that He is, in fact, right there with me.

When I heave a big sigh after uncontrollable sobbing and sink into an exhausting peace, that’s when God is pressing my head to His chest, peacefully shushing me.

When I get a phone call, email, or card from friends or family offering an encouraging word or prayer, I know God has spoken to their heart to offer me that simple, yet profound, support.

When I get a wave of hopefulness in the midst of my despair and hopelessness, I know the Lord is near and encouraging me to carry on.

When I can still get out of bed in the morning and rejoice in the blessing of my son, I know God is highlighting His beautiful creation.

The Lord is near the brokenhearted. And I believe He has a special place in His heart for the hurting military wife. Whenever you feel down, take a minute to reflect on how the Lord is making His presence known to you. If you’re like me, you’ll see just how close He is.


  1. Thank you, Daneilia. It's always my prayer that someone will be encouraged by these posts. God IS faithful! :)


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