Lord, bless this military spouse whose battles are often invisible.
May she know you see her and her struggles, and that you walk in step with her.
Bless her as she waits through every uncertainty and moves through every change.
May she not grasp for quick answers but stay curious and ready to hear from you.
Bless her when she feels overwhelmed and under-qualified, anxious and nervous.
May she know real rest found in holding wide-eyed trust that you will not abandon her.
Bless her when fears stalk her and failings scare her.
May she place every one of them in your capable hands and see them transformed into abundant good.
Bless her for standing, even when that means standing alone.
May she be able to sit and receive your wild love and Hopeful presence in powerful ways.
Bless her for her courage to start over again and again and again.
May she find comfort in knowing you determine her locations, not the military assignments officer.
Bless her for keeping it real, especially when that means really falling apart.
May she know you’re the safest place to bring every question, frustration and concern.
Bless her with the knowledge she is more than enough for the job required today.
May she know who she is matters and what she does makes a real difference.
Bless her for not hiding her weaknesses from you and from safe friends.
May you give her bold, selfless community that surrounds her with the love of Jesus.
As the military lifestyle demands difficulty and discomfort, may you bless her with deep delight and profound grace.
May she have clarity and comfort in knowing Christ is capable of redeeming everything.
Bless her as she cares for babies who need tending, families who need loving, and hearts that need encouraging.
May her own heart be tended, loved, and encouraged, and may she know she is seen and held in the highest esteem.
Thank you, military spouse, for sharing in the sacrifice so we may share in the freedom. xo
**The Giveaway is now closed. And as chosen by random.org, congrats to Mandy in Alaska for winning!**
If you are a spouse to a service member or veteran, you are welcome to enter this giveaway for 2 copies of Girl Meets Change, its small group companion guide, *and* a $20 Starbucks card. (Perhaps you and a friend could read through it together?) To win, comment below on where you’re currently stationed and one thing you like about your location. If your husband or wife is no longer active duty, comment on your favorite past assignment. Happy entering!
Melissa K. says
We are at Ft Jackson, SC for a few more weeks then off to Ft Drum, NY. The best part about this 5 month duty station was seeing the hands and feet of Jesus in action during the flood! Also, so many great Southern towns to visit on long weekends.
Thank you for the opportunity to win your book, but more importantly for sharing your heart and blessing with us!
I love that, Melissa. What a heart you have for others.
My husband and I went to Charleston this summer for our anniversary. We loved so much about the area, but oh my word–the food! I still dream about the shrimp and grits I had there. SO good.
May God bless and keep you as you prepare for your next move. Much love.
I guess we really liked being stationed at Schriever AFB, because we stayed in Colorado Springs!
High-five neighbor! Wonderful to see another Colorado Springs gal here. 🙂
Kayla Dansby says
I am a military spouse and we are stationed at Tinker AFB. We are fairly new here but something I like so far are the people and the warm weather! (Much warmer than Wyoming weather!)
Kayla!! You’re in my home state–and my favorite state. I hope Oklahoma is treating you well. Thankful for you and the job you do!
Netherlands – Fall colors! best fall I’ve seen 🙂
I can only imagine! My husband’s aunt (whom I adore) is from the Netherlands. I would love to visit there someday.
So thankful for you and all you do, Janelle. xo
We are stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS. While it is not my favorite place, I have to say the people of the community are the friendliest and most supportive people I’ve ever met.
We are currently stationed at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, ME and preparing to move right after the new year to Air Force territory at Offut in NE. I love the fall leaves here in New England and being able to travel to multiple states in an hour or two.
Angela Campbell says
My husband is AGR with the NC National Guard but is currently on his 3rd deployment overseas. The first 2 tours….Iraq. Currently….Bahrain. We aren’t stationed anywhere but I do want you to know that during this deployment, your words have given me the courage to do things in sacrifice for my family I never would’ve thought. I’ve become a Mom that stays home with her kids because they need me at this time more than ever. I gave up my career of 13 years to do this. You have taught me that Change is an amazing thing with God’s help!
Angela, I just want you to know you’re a gift to this world, your family, and to me. Much love!
Christel Dale says
We are currently stationed overseas. We have been blessed with an amazing community of loving and supportive people.
My husband is a 31 year member of the Army Reserve in Broken Arrow, OK. I love it because this is home!
High-five to you, Debbie! I haven’t lived in my home state of OK in over 20 years, but for part of me it will always feel like home.
We just got stationed in Clearwater Beach, Fl. So, I’d have to say my favorite thing is the beautiful blue ocean! I love it!
Beth Williams says
Thank you to ALL military spouses and their families! You people make great sacrifices for the rest of us to enjoy our freedoms. You don’t always get to be with your spouses on holidays and you move often!! May God Bless you!
We’re at JBER up in Alaska. Alaska was never on my list of places to visit, but the natural beauty is breathtaking! Every picture I take, I end up deleting because it doesn’t do the real view justice. We camp, fish, hike, hunt, snowshoe, bought a four-wheeler…. All things that weren’t really among my interests previously. It’s a place to embrace adventure. 🙂 Thank you, Army!
Hi Kristen! I heard about your blog and books through my mom! I am an army wife to an active duty soldier. We are currently stationed in Hawaii. One of the things I like best so far (we’ve only been here 7 months and I am almost 9 months pregnant) is the scenery! God’s work is just breath taking. We plan to do a lot more exploring once our little bundle arrives. 🙂
Thanks for this giveaway! God Bless!
A warm wave to you, Casey! And thank your good mom for introducing us? Enjoy Hawaii, and you have my prayers for a safe, healthy delivery.
Michelle M. says
Hi, I rarely comment,but always look forward to reading your wise words. We are currently stationed here at Ft. Carson. We are also in the middle of our fifth deployment. Absolutely LOVE Colorado Springs! Love waking up everyday and seeing the majesty of he Rocky Mountains!
Oh my–your fifth deployment. Girl, I applaud your good man and you for all the ways you both serve overseas and on the homefront. Much love…and many prayers. xo
We’re in year 4 at Cannon AFB in New Mexico. Two related things I love about our rural location are: my five minute commute to work, and school zones being the biggest traffic problem. Plus, the people are really friendly!
Thanks for sharing your real life struggles with all of us!
My husband is a chaplain in the Canadian military and we are currently in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The best part of this posting is that it is my husband’s home town, and near both our families.
We’re at Dover AFB in Delaware. I love that we are still close enough to visit home, and it’s fairly calm and quiet here 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to win!
Jill Johnston says
This is really beautiful… Thank you. My husband is at Buckley AFB, so not too far from you! I think Colorado is very beautiful and I’m thankful to be given an opportunity to live here.
Waving up the road to you, Jill!
We are stationed at Scott AFB. It’s been a hard assignment for me and I appreciate the line in your prayer that reminds us that the Lord chooses our locations. I am thankful we can drive to see family here.
What a treasure you are, Laura. Much love to you as you serve at home.
We are at Ft. Bliss, Texas- I LOVE the people! Everyone Army and locals- we’ve been blessed to find a church, Bible study, and friends who give so much to one another. ??
Holly Massie says
Fort Bliss, Texas. Lots of Sunshine and great Mexican food!
My husband retired after 20 years in the Army and now my daughter is in the Army. I think Ft. MacPherson, Georgia was my favorite. We had 3 small kids and a bunch of friends from the church we attended there. God blessed us and grew us in so many ways that assignment.
Thank you for your encouragement. Blessings on your next move.
Laura S says
We are at Schriever AFB in Colorado Springs. We love it here! Great people, great weather!
Waving to you from just up the road, Laura!
Jennifer O says
We’re at Lawton/Ft. Sill, OK.
Jennifer O says
Just cried through this a second time. I didn’t see the audio until I read about it in the comments. Thank you!
You are SO loved, Jennifer. Thank you for all the ways you serve from home. xo
DeeAnn Stichter says
We are stationed at RAF Lakenheath, U.K. I am really enjoying the beautiful scenery and most of all the history! There is so much history here to see…oh!! And the museums…there are so many and they are free!!! Loving it!
My husband had the audacity to be stationed at RAF Mildenhall before we met. 😉 I am a history lover, too, so I will live vicariously through all your museum visits there. Much love, DeeAnn!
What a treat to hear your sweet voice!
Tiffany S. says
Wow! This blessed my heart so much and had me in tears. I have been struggling and your blessing spoke to my heart! We are stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state. We love seeing Mt. Rainier on a clear sunshiny day and we love all of the trees and how green it is all year round.
Dutchess Horton says
I met my husband while we both served in the Air Force in Korea. Shortly after we married I separated from active duty and took on the much more difficult task of military wife. As for my favorite assignment, I’d have to say Spangdahlem AB, Germany. I had the best church family and the group my husband worked with were wonderful. I loved to cook and they loved to eat – a perfect match! They all were such a blessing when after many difficulties my daughter was born and family was an ocean away. I can’t help smile even now when I think of them and the love of God they all demonstrated.
I tell ya, fellow military families are SUCH gifts, aren’t they? So many we encountered will always be our “framily.”
And you completely won me over with this line: “I loved to cook and they loved to eat–a perfect match!”
You are a GEM. xo
I’m up in JBER Alaska, and I love it here. I love the mountains and the wild life and the snow and most of all, the people. This prayer made me teary as we were hoping to stay, but God is moving us to Minot in April. I just pray to find godly people I can connect with at our new station. The rest is just perks.
“I just pray to find godly people I can connect with at our new station. The rest is just perks.”
So thankful for you, Mandy, and all the ways you love and serve from home. xoxo
My favorite place my husband was stationed was Hawaii. How can any duty station be more amazing? It worked out to be a two year honeymoon, basically.
We are stationed in Mobile, AL with the US Coast Guard. I really love how our land lady has “adopted” our family and helped us settle in as well as have us over for meals together.
I *love* hearing from a Coast Guard family member!
And thank heavens for kind folks who adopt military families and love them so well. Much love to you, Jerian.
Laura J says
Denver, CO…as a Navy wife I love that my husband is landlocked and we have all four beautiful seasons here!
Susan P says
My favorite assignment when my husband was on active duty was at Camp Lejeune, NC. We lived on base and it was so great having the other wives close by when the husbands were gone.
Tara Hernandez says
Hi! We are stationed in San Diego. Believe it or not, we have been stationed here for the past 17 years. We’re originally from San Francisco. We love sunny Sad Diego. Its just beautiful all year long. Truly a blessing to stay in one location.
Dahisy Cano says
My husband and I are currently stationed at Fort Lewis, WA — and there is not ONE thing we do not like about the state of Washington. If we had to choose, you just cannot beat the vast opportunities to get outdoors. Be it at the beach, forest or the Puget Sound there’s always an adventure awaiting!
AJ Schroeder says
Love this! Thank you, Kristin. Currently stationed at Ft. Carson, by far my fav! My husband and I love the mountains.
Ashley V says
We are currently at Columbus AFB in Mississippi. While the work hours here seem to be very long, the prospect of no deployments is a blessing, especially when young children are involved!! Thanks for the blessings (and the giveaway! What a fun book to read together as a spouses group)!
Jessica Christensen says
We are currently at Ft Wainwright Alaska. I couldn’t ask for a better duty station than this one. The military and greater community are amazing. Living in colder temps causes one to have to think outside of the box to experience the true beauty of God’s creation, from the most incredible aurora borealis dancing in the winter sky to amazing ice fog at -40. Then to have almost 24 hours of sunlight in the summer to see God’s world with is breath taking.
I am sad at the thought of having to leave here in 6 months but excited to see what the next adventure has in store for us.
Thank you so much for your sweet words. We are currently stationed at Fort Carson. My husband and I have loved exploring God’s creation around us here in Colorado and seeing his blessings in giving us Christian friends to fellowship with here.
RAF Mildenhall, England. I like that my husband and I got to recreate my grandparents’ wedding photos at my British grandma’s home church 70 years later: http://www.crystalkupper.net/remembering-10-years-ago-and-70-too/
Crystal, those are marvelous! And what a story! I love how you walked in the footsteps of your grandparents.
My husband was stationed at RAF Mildenhall before we met. He loved it there.
Thank you for commenting and for serving in your own beautiful way. xo
Katie H says
Currently we are in hampton roads. I love that we have found a great church family here
My husband is at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, while I’m home in Arkansas. My favorite thing about his assignment is that it’s almost over and that soon he’ll be home where he belongs!
As a military veteran spouse, I know I learned so much! It was a pleasure and the memories spent with so many will remain in my heart forever?
From Air Force wife to Air National Guard wife, the adventures with my husband continue! My favorite place was Nellis AFB, because we saw just about every iconic national park from there.
My husband is in the Army Reserve, so we’re just in my hometown, though he’s often away on duty. My favorite thing about that is being near family!
Laura Venning says
We are currently stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. My favorite thing is hard to pin down because Alaska is simply amazing, but the scenery and outdoors exploring are among my favorites!
We are currently stationed in Southern CA, and I am enjoying how different it is from where we are from – MN! Being near the ocean and having such temperate weather is amazing!
Kathy Dixon says
We’re stationed at Andrews AFB in Maryland and what I love about it is that it’s near my hometown so I get to be close to family and friends! Excited to see who wins!
We’re currently stationed at Fort Meade, MD. We love being so near to our nation’s Capitol and visiting the monuments there. This area is full of interesting, vibrant people!
We are stationed at Whiteman AFB, MO. So far, our favorite thing about being here is seeing four distinct seasons. 🙂 Transitioning to being a military spouse has been challenging, not to mention unexpected. I am so grateful for your words, Kristen, as they are exactly what God knew I needed for this chapter in my life. Thank you!