Friday, June 27, 2008

Uplifting Military & Their Family

Many families this year will celebrate the fourth of July by having a picnic and watching fireworks. Most festivities for the fourth of July take place outside. The forth of July is a Federal Holiday... most people have the day off of work, planning parties and BBQs.

There's one group of people who do not have the day off of work... our military men and women.

Our military personal who are in war do not have the day off of being shot at, they are always on guard. Whether you are for or against the war, the fact is - we have thousands of soldiers deployed to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

If you are a military wife, you have many giants to face - especially the holidays. While others are having fun and enjoying freedom, military wives worry about their husbands being hurt, losing limbs or being killed. I have seen first hand how war effects family life. War is not pretty, it can be very scary.

If it were not for Christ, I do not know how I would have gotten through my husbands fifteen month deployment. 28 of the soldiers in my husbands unit were killed. My husband was injured in the war and now has numerous health issues. My best friend lost her husband, leaving behind four children under the age of 8.

This year, as you celebrate the forth of July - PLEASE pray for our military soldiers and their families. We have been at war for years. Families are facing their 5th, 6th and yes - even their 7th deployments... it is hard, yet - our military families are strong.

Bible that really helped me cope with being a military wife in the time of war are:

Psalms 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

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