Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives

Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives

by Jocelyn Green

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ISBN-13: 9780802452504
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 250,344
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

JOCELYN GREEN is an award-winning author who inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she authored Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and co-authored The 5 Love Languages Military Edition with Dr. Gary Chapman. Her novels, inspired by real heroines on American's home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration. The books in the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series have been honored with gold and silver medals from the Military Writer's Society of America. Wedded to War was a Christy Award finalist in two categories. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at

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Faith Deployed

Daily Encouragement for Military Wives

By Jocelyn Green, Pam Pugh

Moody Publishers

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by Jocelyn Green

The Gift of Solitude

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

* * *

It was a familiar ritual of mine: after dropping my husband off at his ship for a month-long patrol, I drove home with the radio on and steeled myself for the empty house awaiting me. Since we were in Alaska, it was usually still dark at this time of day and would be for several more hours, which only seemed to sharpen my sense of loneliness. When I arrived home, I'd flip on all the lights and turn on the TV to fill the void of silence that always came when Rob was at sea.

I was newly married, with no children yet, and living off base. I kept myself as active as I could. If I was particularly lonely, I called another Coast Guard wife. While quiet solitude offered itself to me every day, it was the absolute last thing I wanted (remember this is before I had children!).

And yet, by casting solitude aside, I also shrugged off the opportunity to reflect, to fellowship with God and hear His voice, to just be still and know that He is God. Solitude means withdrawing from conversation, from the presence of others, from noise, from the constant barrage of stimulation. It is something that Jesus himself sought after while he was on this earth. The gospel of Luke says that "Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed" (Luke 5:16 NIV). If Jesus, who was perfect and divine, needed to seek out solitude to be renewed and restored, and to receive grace and direction from the Father, how much more do we as mere mortals need to do the same?

Jill McMillan, whose Marine husband was often deployed, thrives in the company of others. She says, "And yet, the Lord told me, 'You don't need to be always in on the action. Go to the lonely places like Christ did.' That's when I really grow close to the Lord."

One writer says this: "Strength is in quietness. The lake must be calm if the heavens are to be reflected on its surface. Our Lord loved the people, but how often we read of His going away from them for a brief season.... The one thing needed above all others today is that we shall go apart with our Lord, and sit at His feet in the sacred privacy of His blessed presence. Oh, for the lost art of meditation! Oh, for the culture of the secret place! Oh, for the tonic of waiting upon God!"

While I was trying so hard to withdraw from what I thought were the lonely places, I should have taken my cue from Jesus and let myself enter into those places of quiet to pray. To dwell on the fact that no matter what I was going through, God is still God, and miraculously, He wants to spend time with me.


Am I jam-packing my life so much that I have no time to pause before the Father? What is keeping me from sharing moments of stillness with God?


Lord, You see how hard I fight against loneliness. You know I am trying to stay engaged in my community so that I don't have time to notice the pangs of emptiness that seek to assault me. But in my efforts to crowd out those aching feelings, let me not neglect my time alone with You. I need to be recharged by Your Spirit. Comfort me with Your presence today. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


by Jill Hart

Blessed Contentment

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4:11 NIV

* * *

During our first years of marriage we, like many military families, lived frugally. I worked full-time at a job I dreaded each morning, but dreamt of starting a family and staying home to care for them. As time went on, it became my focus and each day began to revolve around my desire to be a stay-at-home mom.

While the goal was admirable, my attitude was not. I began to resent having to work, which caused stress on my marriage. Fed up with my constant grumbling, my husband made a comment that changed my life. He said, "Jill, why don't you stop complaining, trust God to see you through, and start looking for a way to work from home?"

His statement made me reevaluate my attitude, and it ultimately launched what would become my own home-based business. However, what he said to me that day did even more than that. It made me realize that instead of being thankful for all God had given me and looking forward to what He may have in store, I had been focusing solely on the negative aspects of my life.

How could I possibly have a good attitude or find success when the only things I could see were the things I was unhappy with? That day, I sat down and made a list of things both big and small that I am grateful for. I keep the list in the top drawer of my desk and anytime I find myself with an attitude of discontent or grumbling, I pull out that list and read through it. It's such a powerful reminder to be thankful no matter what my situation in life. Even in times where we have found ourselves with more bills than money, He has been faithful and seen us through.

A great example of contentment in the face of trials is Horatio Spafford. Spafford lost much during his life—real estate that provided his living burned in the Chicago Fire of 1871, a son died about that same time, and four daughters were lost when their ship sank crossing the Atlantic. In the midst of these tragedies, Spafford met with his good friend, evangelist D.L. Moody. He reportedly told Moody, "It is well. The will of God be done." It was these words that eventually led him to pen the well-known hymn "It Is Well with My Soul."

During his time as a missionary, the apostle Paul was loved by some, beaten and imprisoned by others, and yet always content. Philippians 4:11b–13 (niv) gives us a glimpse of his attitude: "... I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength."


What is my attitude? Am I grateful for all I've been given or focused on what I don't have? How can I develop an attitude that pleases God?


Dear Lord, You know how hard it is to be grateful when circumstances are difficult. Help me to keep my eyes on You, knowing that You have what's best for me at heart. Help me to be content no matter what my situation. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


by Sarah Ball

In Everything Give Thanks

In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

* * *

Give thanks in all circumstances? I think I'd be much more comfortable with this verse if it said: "Give thanks to God in as many circumstances as possible, excluding car breakdowns, child behavior problems, and deployments." After all, who could possibly expect me to be thankful during deployments?

The uncomfortable answer to that question: God does. God expects and desires my thanksgiving in all circumstances. God does not command us to be thankful for everything, but we are expected to give thanks in everything. I was relieved to realize that I didn't have to be thankful for deployments, but convicted of my need to continue praising God even during deployments.

Picture the scene of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego with me. Three young Jewish men, taken from their homeland to serve in a foreign land, are going head to head with the king of an empire. King Nebuchadnezzar orders them to bow and worship his statue, and they refuse. He threatens them with death in a fiery furnace, and this is their reply:

"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego replied to the king, 'O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up'" (Daniel 3:16–18, emphasis added).

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego did not know how God would act in their circumstances. In their lives, they had seen times when God provided safety and times when God allowed His people to suffer. They did not know if God would intervene, but they trusted Him completely, and they were prepared to praise Him all the way to the furnace.

The challenge is to recognize that God could choose to shower us with blessings—but regardless of whether He chooses to do so, we are to give thanks. God could keep my husband here at home with me all the time, but if not, I will thank God for the husband He has given me. God could give my children hearts of perfect obedience every day, but if not, I will thank God for being their Heavenly Father, who holds my children in His own hands. God could PCS (permanent change of station) my family to a warm and sunny climate near the beach where housing is abundant and the cost of living is low, but if not, I will thank God that He never leaves me alone, no matter where I am.


Do I give thanks in all circumstances, even those that are challenging or difficult? Does my attitude of praise give glory to God in front of other people?


Dear Lord, I thank You for Your Word, which challenges and encourages me. I thank You for sending Your Son to provide my salvation, so that I can live in hope, regardless of my circumstances. I thank You also for__________(fill in your own list here, as long as you like!). Give me a heart of gratitude so that I may praise You in every situation. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


by Jocelyn Green

Comparing Trials

Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

* * *

I sat in our Bible study and watched another woman share a prayer request. She was having a hard time dealing with the fact that her parents and sister's family had moved across the country. After years of living in the same small town of Homer, Alaska, this woman missed them terribly and was growing bitter about it.

As I listened to her share with broken voice and many tears, I'm ashamed to admit I had no compassion for her whatsoever. The first thing that jumped into my mind was, "You call that bad? Try being a military wife! We hardly ever get to live near our extended families. We don't even live with our own husbands half the time!"

I carried my "I have it worse than you" attitude home with me that day. I snuggled up to it to make myself feel more virtuous or worthy somehow. But the tighter I held on to it, the less Christ was able to use me. I used my own trials as something to be proud of. What a ridiculous thing to boast about!

Proverbs 14:10 says, "The heart knows its own bitterness, and a stranger does not share its joy." When I read that verse, it seems to tell me that each person's burden causes him or her a pain that should not be diminished just because someone else has it worse. It is impossible and worthless to compare trials. A truly humble person would have compassion and bear others' burdens no matter how they "rank" next to my own.

John Ortberg says this: "Humility ... involves a healthy self-forgetfulness. We will know we have begun to make progress in humility when we find that we get so enabled by the Holy Spirit to live in the moment that we cease to be preoccupied with ourselves, one way or the other." When we are with others, we're not assigning value to their prayer requests and feeling more spiritual if our own trials seem more acute.

In Galatians 6:2, Paul does not say, "Bear one another's burdens only if you deem the burden of sufficient magnitude. If it isn't a big deal to you, go ahead and let your sister in Christ figure it out on her own. She'll get over it." We are to "bear one another's burdens"—period.

Philippians 2:4–5 tells us, "Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus." Now, if anyone had the right to consider other people's complaints as petty, Jesus did. Jesus knew He would die a horrific death on the cross to pay for the sins of the people who put Him there—and yet He took time to comfort and heal thousands of people with lesser trials. May we seek to model Jesus' humility and compassion in our own lives.


Am I harboring feelings of being more spiritual because of the difficult circumstances the military has given me? How can I communicate love and understanding for other people this week?


Lord, It's so easy to focus on my own troubles. Please grant me the humility to set them aside so I can be genuinely available to minister to my brothers and sisters in Christ without comparing our burdens. Help me get my mind off myself by serving other people this week. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


by Marshéle Carter Waddell


Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

* * *

One morning, as my husband dressed for the day, I sensed his anxiety. He was to be the ringmaster of a dog and pony show for several captains and admirals scheduled to arrive that day. I put my arms around his neck, looked deep into his green eyes, and said, "Remember, Honey, the admiral puts his pants on one leg at a time, just like you." Mark relaxed.

There is danger in putting too much emphasis or value on a person's military rank. All personnel, from E-1 to O-10, share the same heart, mission, and vision for our nation. The only difference is in the duties assigned to each person. Rank and responsibilities differ; their souls, significance, and sacrifices don't.

The saying "You can't take it with you" is trite but right. Once an admiral, general, master chief, or sergeant major retires from military service, they can no longer command the same respect from the civilian world that they once did from the military realm. Sooner or later, the reality hits home that respect is earned, not assigned.

Our pastor has said that we should remember to take our "vitamin E" every day. He meant that a daily dose of looking at the eternal and getting our eyes off the things that pass away promotes health. God, His Word, and people are eternal. The black shoulder boards, gold stars, red stripes, colorful ribbons, and shiny medals will one day be placed and stored in a shadow box. Our bodies and worldly achievements, likewise, will be laid in a slightly larger box and given back to the dust. In the end, all that matters is our love for God and His highest creation, people. Friends and family are the only treasures that will survive beyond the grave. A daily dose of vitamin E-ternity can do much to correct an impaired view of people.

There is no partiality with God. Christ died for the private and the general alike. He came and died to redeem the seaman and the admiral, their wives and their children. Because He values and loves all of us equally, there should be no partiality in us. "Now then let the fear of the Lord be upon you; be very careful what you do, for the Lord our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality or the taking of a bribe" (2 Chronicles 19:7).

A chest full of ribbons and a shoulder heavy with stripes are not impressive to Him. "God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7). Only humility, faith, and service move the heart of God.

Governments, rules, regulations, protocol, and etiquette are temporary. God wants us to live humbly in the present and to keep our focus on the eternal.


Do I assign value to people based on their rank? How would the Lord rank my heart in comparison to His?


Lord, Thank You that You love us all the same. Thank you that You do not show partiality among Your children. Please give me eyes to see others the way You see them. Live Your life through me and cause me to love each individual regardless of where they currently rank in the world's value system. Enable me to give respect where it is due and keep my eyes focused on the eternal, priceless soul of each person who intersects my life today. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


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Table of Contents

Section One - Taking Every Thought Captive:  Training Our Minds to a Biblical Perspective

Section Two -  Guarding the Heart:  Protecting Ourselves From the World's Temptations

Section Three -  Ambassadors for Christ:  Viewing Our Role as a Ministry

Section Four - Taking Orders:  Living the Life That Has Been Set Before Us

Section Five - Total Surrender:  Giving Up Our Attempts to Be in Control

Section Six -  The Price of Duty:  Overcoming the Trials Inherent in Serving

Section Seven - Active Duty Faith:  Leaning on a Faith That Sustains

Section Eight - Hope of Victory:  Recognizing God's Goodness

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Faith Deployed should be essential reading for everyone whose husband serves in uniform.
-Tom Neven, editorial director, Focus on the Family; Marine Corps veteran, and author of On the Frontline

One of those rare books that totally delivers what it promises—daily encouragement for those brave, unsung heroes who are called to be military wives.
-Ron Holechek, director, The Navigators Military Ministry; vice president, The U.S. Navigators

I’m excited for all those who needed such a book as this—who knows what new heights it can bring to our relationships with God, our husbands, and our communities?
-Starlett Henderson, coauthor of Field Problems and cohost of Army Wife Talk Radio

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Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
palmtreegirl24 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I was very excited to get to read and review this book because I had heard great things about it, and I was not disappointed. Jocelyn Green along with 14 other military wives from all different branches, has written a wonderful selection of 86 different devotionals filled with scripture verses, faith, and encouragement. Each devotional has verse that goes along with it, and at the end of each has an "Ask" and "Pray" section which asks you questions that make you think about what you just read and a written prayer for you to pray aloud. There was a wide range of topics that covered almost every area and aspect of military life including main topics such as: -Taking Every Thought Captive: Training Our Minds to a Biblical Perspective. -Guarding the Heart: Protecting Ourselves from the World's Temptations. -Ambassadors for Christ: Viewing Our Role as a Ministry. -Taking Orders: Living the Life That Has Been Set Before Us. -Total Surrender: Giving Up Our Attempts to be in Control. -The Price of Duty: Overcoming the Trials Inherent in Serving. -Active Duty Faith: Leaning on a Faith that Sustains. -Hope of Victory: Recognizing God's Goodness. This book really hits close to home with real-life stories of other military wives and their daily struggles. There were so many things that convicted me and really spoke to me through this book and also so much to learn from! I was able to get something out of every single devotional in this book, and walk away feeling encouraged on a daily basis. There were some sections that just brought me to tears, because of how much I was able to relate, or because of something that God used to show me. This is a book that women of all ages, no matter how long they have been a military wife, can relate to. It's something I will definitely be reading again and will be passing on for others to read as well!
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daws1996 More than 1 year ago
What a great book! While not every devotion spoke directly into my life, I could relate in so many and felt the author's love and encouragement throughout. While each marriage should find agreement and compromise on the issues raised within the pages, much of what you'll find helps you to think through and pray about the topics before approaching your soldier to determine what will work for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very GOOD book for Christian military spouses who have their men/women out on deployment. It relates real life stories to bible verses. It brings you closer to Christ and his words. My Soldier is currently on his first tour but this book has given me a bright light, guidance through this. I recommend this book to all military spouses, whether their significant others are or are not deployed.
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Airmansstar More than 1 year ago
I found this book at the Airman's Attic (a second hand store) on base along with some other books written by/for military wives a week or so before my husband left for his first deployment. The three other books frustrated and saddened me. However, Faith Deployed contains wonderful, relevant, Faith-based messages, and I have come to realize it is a MUCH better choice!!! Instead of depressing thoughts and tear-inducing stories, Faith Deployed is honest and uplifting. I am glad someone chose to pass it on!
armychwife More than 1 year ago
In the introduction to her book Jocelyn Green states, "Faith Deployed is not a guide to long-distance relationships or a how-to on navigating through the military culture. It does not offer "ten easy steps" for an easier, painless life. Instead, through squarely addressing the challenges you face, Faith Deployed will equip you to respond biblically to the daily struggles that threaten to wear you down." This book is exactly what Green set out to produce. It is a great tool to help women get through the ups and downs of life as a military wife. Faith Deployed is written by military spouses, from all branches of service, who share their common experiences that most military wives will relate to. Their honesty and transparency is refreshing. This book is not only for those going through a deployment or separation, but for all military wives. We were new to the military and were going through our first deployment when I received a copy of this book from my local PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel) president. While my husband was in Iraq, I used Faith Deployed as part of my devotional time each morning. It was just what I needed to start off my day. Faith Deployed is broken down into 8 themed sections with approximately 10 chapters per section. The chapters are short and concise. Beginning with a scripture, each chapter encourages the military wife with personal stories by the different authors, followed by thought provoking questions to get you thinking, and ending with a prayer related to what you just read. Faith Deployed is a must have book in the library of every military wife. It is an invaluable tool that I will not only keep on my bookshelf, but gladly share with other military spouses. It's an inspirational book for women who are holding down the fort, giving hope for those keeping the family moving forward in the midst of war and separation
Sweetslady More than 1 year ago
This is truly an amazing and one of a kind devotional book. I have looked forward to reading each devotion, when I do my devotions each morning. Every time I turned to the newest one to read, as a military wife, I could nod my head with each example and things that I've experienced as a military wife of 17 years. I love how it is divided into sections that speak on different subjects and the wide range of military spouse writers. The devotions have spoke to me in so many ways from showing hospitality to contentment and so much more. I can't wait to share it with my military spouse friends.
Trooppetrie More than 1 year ago
Wow, did this hit home. It talked about a couple who left good jobs to join the Army and how he came in as a private and how hard it was to even see other soldiers get promoted. That was our story to a T. It was just the reminder to be content to be happy where I am at. We have been that specialist with no money. Now as an Officers wife I can look back and understand what that private's wife is feeling. I try daily to not be thinking about the next promotion but be happy with what we are doing now and what I am being taught now. This book was a very easy read and fits perfectly in my purse. It is something I can read with my older children and not worry it is too much. It helps me to realize I am not the only military spouse dealing with these things
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Military life is a sensitive subject to write about, especially from a spousal point of view. Wives have trained themselves to be independent and can be dismissive when it comes to hearing advice, but Green's book had me grabbing my highlighter from the first story-something that I rarely do. I found myself nodding in agreement, smiling at the similarities between the stories and my own, and, at times, wishing I had heard the advice earlier in my journey. Some of the topics discussed are "Guarding Our Hearts," "Viewing Our Role as a Ministry," and "Giving Up Our Attempts to Be in Control. Faith Deployed is divided into topical sections (e.g. Section One: Taking Every Thought Captive: Training Our Minds to a Biblical Perspective), as opposed to chapters. I was confused at first as to how Green picked her topics for encouragement, and then found in the first paragraph of the Introduction that the book addresses different challenges that military wives face in their lives. The subtitle is, "Daily Encouragement for Military Wives," and while the book certainly is encouraging, I would have preferred for the "Sections" to be labeled instead as "Challenges." I realize this sounds picky, but knowing this little fact helped me to categorize how the author selected the topics and how they applied to my life. I also felt that the Section subtitles were a bit redundant and only clouded the main ideas. These were my only concerns with the book. I didn't agree with everything written. There were a few stories that didn't apply to me or made me think, "I'm not sure many people would feel that way." However, the great thing about the book is that when there is a story about one end of an extreme, there is usually a different story that discusses the other end of the extreme. For example, while there is one story that encourages wives to reach outside their comfort zone of the military life and into the civilian world (83), there is another story that cautions us against exclusively creating friendships with civilians in an effort to avoid painful military friendship separations (90). The book does a good job of covering its bases and includes struggles of all kinds. The stories were inviting, written with a tone that said, "I'm not perfect. Here is what I did wrong and here is what I learned." I never felt as though the writers were talking down to me. Instead, I felt like I was sitting around a café listening to my friends who care about me. The advice is biblically sound and is spoken with love for the reader. For the most part, I felt that the stories were written by women who are mature in their faiths and have successfully overcome the issues they were discussing. By the time I finished the book, I was challenged in ways I didn't expect to be challenged. In all, I enjoyed the book and expect to use it as an encouraging reference during the next deployment or military struggle. I look forward to sharing it with my friends and would love to see it passed down within military units from wife to wife, encouraging those who serve outside the ranks.
LisaMc12 More than 1 year ago
As a Christian Army National Guard wife of a deployed soldier I am so blessed to have this book in my life! This is our first deployment and we have two small children and it is tough! When reading Jocelyn Green's book Faith Deployed:Daily Encouragement For Military Wives I feel a sense of calm and reassurance. Reading this book that is full of God's wisdom helps to ease my mind and gain much needed strength to get me through the day. Thank you Jocelyn for sharing this wonderful book with me!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book if FULL of advise on how we feel, the ones who are not being deployed but are left at home to deal with the day to day things. There are a lot of things that are mentioned in the book that describes the way I'm feeling about certain things with the upcoming deployment my boyfriend is facing. Whomever you believe in faith wise it will help you understand and bring peace to a very turbulant time in your life. This book is a MUST READ for all who are strong in their faith, or need incourgement in their faith, and have a loved one facing a deployment.
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718sgirl More than 1 year ago
Faith Deployed is a must have for spouses of those in the military. Marriage always has its ups and downs, but a military family experiences challenges that most civilians do not understand. The stories compiled for this book are heartfelt, inspirational and leave the reader with hope that can only come from God our Heavenly Father.
RhondaR More than 1 year ago
Jocelyn Green gets it. She knows the life of a military wife. And she knows the challenges unique to that life. In Faith Deployed, she offers encouragement centered powerfully on the word of God in perfect, bite-size servings that feed the soul. I'm talking, delish! For the military wife, for those who know a military wife, or for those who minister to military wives in any capactiy, Faith Deployed is the gotta-have-it resource!
kathy_reads More than 1 year ago
This excellent book covers just about every concern that a military wife could think of. The devotionals compact a lot into pithy, short 2-3 pages on subjects like jealousy, being still and seeking God, finding support, stress, and oh, so much more. I so appreciate the vulnerability and honesty of the military wives who wrote the devotionals. They share their hearts and give practical ideas and advice. I actually think any woman could enjoy and benefit from this book even though the focus and topics are specific to military wives. But who shouldn't and couldn't benefit from reading about seeking God? The ideas are powerful enough for everyone but yes, military wives will appreciate it the most. I'm passing this valuable book along to my niece who is a Navy wife. I just know she's going to gain so much from it and draw closer to God because of it. And she'll know to a greater degree that her service for our country is appreciated. Because she is serving too!
KathiMacias1 More than 1 year ago
For anyone who has ever had the privilege of loving and supporting one of our military heroes--particularly a spouse--Jocelyn Green's new book, FAITH DEPLOYED: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives, is the perfect source of guidance and companionship. With contributing authors from every branch of the U.S. military, this excellent release from Moody Publishers contains not only encouragement for daily living, but also applicable prayers and even resources for military families.
JulieDJP More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book! The book is filled with little devotionals for those going through a deployment. Right after my husband deployed last year I saw this book at our PX. I just had to have it. As a Christian and a military spouse, I knew this book was written for someone in my situation. The book itself is divided into sections. This is great so that if something specific is on your heart, you can look up devotionals under that topic. The different sections are: Taking Every Thought Captive: Training Our Minds to a Biblical Perspective Guarding the Heart: Protecting Ourselves from the World's Temptations Ambassadors for Christ: Viewing our Role as a Ministry Taking Orders: Living the Life that has been Set Before Us Total Surrender: Giving Up our Attempts to be in Control The Price of Duty: Overcoming the Trials Inherent in Serving Active Duty Faith: Leaning on a Faith that Sustains Hope of Victory: Recognizing God's Goodness The setup of the book makes it very easy to read. You could sit and read several chapters in a row or just take in one at a time. During my husband's deployment I did try to read at least one devotional a day. Some days I would end up reading two or three of them. These 14 writers along with Jocelyn Green make up all the devotions in the book: Pamela Anderson, Sarah Bell, Rebekah Benimoff, Paulette Harris, Jill Hart, Sara Horn, Denise McColl, Lori Mumford, Vanessa Peters, Lasana Ritchie. Sheryl Shearer, Ronda Sturgill, Marshele Carter Waddell and Eathel Weimer. What is great about all these authors is that they come from all branches of the military, both Active duty and the Reserves. This helps bring perspective and a sense of realness to the devotions. I enjoyed the different tones and experiences that the different writers brought to the book. There were several devotions that I read and thought, "Wow that totally hit home!" Then others I could not relate to as well. The book was also able to address some of the fears I have had or do have about having a husband in the military. Each little devotion starts with a Bible verse. I love that after each devotion there is a prayer and a question for the reader. I would say this book is necessary for anyone who is going through a deployment or military life in general.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A few nights into my husbands 2nd deployment (1st being married)... I was unable to sleep. I prayed about what to do... got on the internet and stumbled across the FaithDeployed website. I wanted verses but also to hear from real people who had been through this and had positive solutions to getting out of my cave!! I felt instantly connected to the stories and testimonals so I ordered this book! I am not lying to you when I say- from the first day I got the book, each entry went exactly along with the trials of my heart, mind and spirit! I was amazed at how much it helped me to know other women were struggling with the same issues... and there was solid Biblical references to turn to. I read this at night with my devotionals to keep my mind in a positive direction and also to feel connected to the "Military family" when I'm feeling lonley. Check out the website too... there is daily help on all sorts of topics!! This is a "Must have- Must read and Re-Read" for all military spouses or family members struggling with the issues of a deployment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book for me and a friend. It's my fourth deployment, and my friend's second deployment. And it never gets easier. Every night at the end of another crazy day of kids, work and life in general, I sit down and read an entry a day. It helps to put things in perspective and even offers a little prayer for me to say when I found that I have not prayed the WHOLE day! A lot of the entries really hit home with trips to the commissary, coffees and other military events. A must have for any military wife going through deployments--or even not going through deployments!
CheriC More than 1 year ago
I have a friend whose husband is deployed in Afghanistan and I've been searching for the perfect gift to let her know how much I appreciate her faithful service. With Faith Deployed, I've found it. Jocelyn Green and her army of been-there, walked-a-mile-in-your-shoes writers, have packed a lot into this little book. Through this book, I know my friend will be ministered to in a way I'm not able to. So many of the books I looked at offered nice stories and gave great advice, but Faith Deployed goes deeper. It connects biblical principles to the real needs these keepers of the home front share. I know my friend will find in the pages of this book, a new set of friends, and closer walk with the One True Friend who never leaves nor forsakes. What more could I ask for my friend?
BelovedKeepsakes More than 1 year ago
I had the honor of receiving "Faith Deployed - Daily Encouragements for Military Wives" and I have to be honest with you as crazy and stressful as my life has been of late with health issues, business issues and then with hubby return for his R&R and then him leaving again - I kind of put the book on a shelf and that is where it sat!!! WHAT WAS I thinking?!?! As much as my family and friends want to understand and sympathize with me they really do not understand the daily challenges and struggles of being a military wife. Much less being a military wife with a deployed husband. I have to tell you I was so struck by the honesty and the willingness to talk about REAL issues and real concerns that I struggle with daily as a military wife. And to discuss them from a Christian point of view and then to back them up with scripture! WOW! If you are a military wife, girlfriend or fiancée I HIGHLY encourage you to get this book and get it NOW! Besides the fact that it is a very quick daily devotional that deals with a huge gamete of military life issues each section has an "ask" and "pray" section which I found had me thinking about the devotional all though out my day! I feel encourage that I am not alone. That there is someone else out there that understands my fears and struggles and who is willing to encourage me and remind me that though God's word and with God's help I CAN face and overcome anything - including deployment! In addition to the book, there is a website that you can follow with devotions, contest, book reviews and a ton of great resources!! Make sure you check it out! Thanks Jocelyn for understanding my struggles, concerns and issues and for "Getting" what I am going through! I now feel like I can face each and every day of this deployment with those who understand me and with the word of God as I make my way through this devotional.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was written with the help of fourteen other contributing military wives hailing from each branch of the U.S. armed forces. They are active duty, reserves and retired, and the breadth of their experiences translates into insights relevant to any military wife who picks up this book. The book is designed to bolster the military wife on her own spiritual journey as she walks through valleys and over mountains. It should be on every military wife's book shelf.