Surviving Deployment With Help From A Tasty Morsel
One look in the mirror makes you wonder if you’re actually surviving deployment. Or are you not going to make it?
You thought you were in a rhythm. The dog is being fed, and the kids are alive at least. However, it’s trash night, hubby’s car has a dead battery, the blinds are broken and you haven’t worked out in 17 days. Or 47. You’ve lost count. Not to mention the pile of mail on the counter.
A handful of chocolate chips, of course.
The tasty morsels have a way of drowning out everything, at least for a minute. They give the impression that I’m surviving deployment for now. And they go down quickly enough to sneak in between rocking a crying baby and vacuuming up dog hair AGAIN.
Surviving Deployment In Your Soul
I do have to get my chocolate fix in every day. Twice a day. But there are a few other morsels I turn to in my darkest hour. When I am fed up. When all hell is breaking loose. When surviving deployment seems the most difficult.
I turn to little bites of scripture from the Bible. I sing the chorus of a worship song, or even a song from Sunday School from long ago that is cemented in my mind. I turn to Jesus for His peace and strength.
I don’t always have time for a long Bible study, prayer session, or call to a friend. I love those too. But sometimes you only have time for a morsel of yumminess. A little Bible verse is like a chocolate chip for the soul.
Here are a few of my favorite “morsels” or tools for surviving deployment:
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
I love this one in the Amplified version (more in-depth translation):
1 Peter 5:6-8
Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
I also like to post verses around my house, such as this one which is on my bathroom mirror:
You Version– a great Bible app. I pull this out frequently to read a verse or go through one of their many plans.
Jesus Calling. Inspiration devotionals for each day. Not free but a good one. It also comes in a book, which is what I have, and Kindle as well.
Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives This one is encouraging and written by military spouses who know deployment well.
James MacDonald: Walk In The Word. This is an uplifting page, lots of verses and he also does great podcasts on iTunes.