“The LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
— Psalm 121:8
Staying connected while you are geographically separated during deployment takes preparation and commitment. Couples who do it well find that they are helped by ideas to encourage their regular communication.
Six sessions to help equip couples facing deployment. This can be a challenging time as the reality of separation sinks in. Many questions arise, and one of the biggest is: “Will my marriage be okay?” This study is designed to strengthen your marriage before deployment and bring you closer to each other and to God. The study ends with a recommitment ceremony and presentation of a two-piece marriage commitment coin.
Devotionals and Bible reading are time-tested togetherness tools!! The more you can “talk” at the “heart level” about your feelings, fears, hopes and dreams, the easier it will be for you to come back together for reintegration. Here are some devotionals we recommend reading together during your time apart:
Our Connection is a small devotional booklet available from MilitaryMinistry.org. The forty short devotions are based on the mind, heart, and spiritual connection between couples. Get a copy for each of you and share what you have learned daily from its pages.
Communication Cards available from FamilyLife.com
Facing Your Fears
This handy 4” X 8 ½ ” laminated prayer card gives you hints, instruction, Scripture, Questions, and Prayers for the fears which naturally come to families before deployment.
This 4” X 8 ½” laminated card is easy to carry with you, and easy to study in preparation for reintegration. Focusing on the three-part harmony of the mind, heart, and soul/spirit connection, the card has instruction, Scripture, and prayers for bringing a family back together in harmony.
Battlefields and Blessings: Stories of Hope and Courage on the Home Front
Battlefields and Blessings is an excellent series of devotional books which focus on the wartime experience. Other Battlefields and Blessings cover the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War II, Vietnam, Iraq/Afghanistan, and now the additional stories from all of these wars but from the perspective of the home front.
Excellent or Praiseworthy (excellentorpraiseworthy.org)—This is an online devotional blog created just for you! There is Scripture, a story about spiritual training, lessons from history, marriage and family, or prayer . . . followed by two questions which you can discuss by email, skype, or phone.
Jocelyn Green has collected a variety of devotions written by contributing authors from every branch of the U.S. military. Specifically written for military wives, this devotional has become a classic for all of those experiencing deployment.
Faith Deployed . . . Again
—Faith Deployed was so popular that Jocelyn Green edited another collection of military devotions written for wives. These offer spiritual help to encourage families experiencing deployment—or multiple deployments.
The One Year Yellow Ribbon Devotional
This book contains 365 devotions written for military families by Brenda Pace and Carol McGlothlin. The yellow ribbon has become a symbol of hope for those awaiting soldiers return home, but it is also a statement of support for our military. These devotions will encourage all readers to pray and not give up.
179-Day Bible Reading Plan
Would you like to read the same Bible verses each day, with the plan to share spiritual insights? Buy two “One Year” Bibles and follow the daily readings, or try this 179-Day Bible Reading Plan. Other couples have chosen a particular book from the Bible to read and study while they are apart. Here is the link to the
179-Day Bible Reading Plan
Your excitement at the prospect of reunion is tempered with anxiety. You have heard the stories of divorce, discouragement, and depression. Will your account be any different?
Let Rob Green lead you through the tools to successful reunification. Green offers practical advice for seeking to understand your spouse's struggles, reevaluating schedules and responsibilities and using your new family time with purpose. Learn how to "intentionally transition out of deployment mode and back into the unity God has given you as husband and wife. You can rebuild a family that is stronger than ever.
Rob Green, MDiv, is the pastor of Counseling and Seminary Ministries at Faith Church in Lafayette, Indiana. Booklets available from New Growth Press.
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