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Remember Sara from yesterday? This week we’re giving away 5 copies of Tour of Duty using random.org.
Please post a comment here telling us your story – either you as a military wife, serving in the military or someone you love is a military wife and you want to bless them with this Bible study.
We’re hoping you’ll get a group of military spouse girlfriends together (they can purchase their copy at lifeway.com or at a local LifeWay Christian Store) and walk through the experience together.
We’ll announce the winners next Tuesday.
And don’t forget to listen to Sara on August 1 at Focus on the Family

Comments

  1. Mindy Van Andel says:

    Having lived in a military town for the last 6 years, I have become friends with many military wives (my heros); however, there is one that was hands down one of the best neighbors and friends a girl could have. She has gone the extra mile for my family, ie, while my baby was hospitalized, she took care of my 2 “older” kids (ages 4 & 3). The 3 year old got a stomach bug while at her house and she nursed her until my husband could get to them and get the 3 year old to the hospital. She kept the 4 year old over night and took care of her as her own. She has done COUNTLESS acts like that not just for me but for soooo many!
    We lived life together. She started me running and we ended up training and running a half marathon together.
    She discovered her youngest is blind in one eye and buried her father in the same year. Not to mention enduring the countless deployments and TDY’s but always with a smile on her face and a grateful word on her lips.
    The Air Force moved them last summer many states away and there will never be a neighbor like her. We stay in touch but I miss her terribly.
    We have had SOOO many discussions about God and His greater purpose in our lives. They are now being moved again international this summer with the Air Force. I can’t think of a better way to encourage her to stay grounded in God’s truth than giving her this Bible study.
    Dawn Arriola, you are one amazing friend. No matter where the Air Force life takes you, God has gone ahead of you and one day I pray that our manisions in heaven are right across the street from each other! Blessings to you my sweet friend!

  2. Kelly Mosier says:

    I am recently married to a pilot in the airforce. He has a very tough deployment schedule and deploys for two months every three months. It is a constant adjustment, even while we were only dating. I have so many girlfriends who are military wives and would LOVE to lead a bible study with this book!

  3. Katie Faffler says:

    I’m a marine wife.Deployments are coming up again I think It would be so amazing to do this study with the other wives.It’s actually been on my heart for awhile now. There are some wives who really don’t know God. and they always ask me how I get through deployment! God is my strength.

  4. I enjoyed Sara’s post from yesterday a lot, and wish I had a military story to share to enter the book giveaway, but I am not close to anyone that is in the military. I know we have families in our new church who have loved ones in the military, so if I had a copy, I would find someone to give it to, I am thankful for their service!And grateful for this ministry/study resource written for them.

  5. Amy Coe says:

    I am married to Gunny Sgt in the Marines. We have a 15 year old, almost 2 year old and 4 month old. He is currently deployed and I am getting ready to return to work as a Kindergarten Teacher. I don’t live near a base and I believe this book would be a great study for me. It would provide support and comfort that I need especially since I don’t live near a base. I know there are probably other military wives in my community that maybe in the same position that I could share this book with and possibly reach out to and do a study with.

  6. Jennifer Aker says:

    I am a new army wife my husband has been in for about a year now, we are currently Stationed at FT Hood TX and have two Children. OUr Daughter is 21 months and our Son is 9 mo. My husband just left for his first deployment to Afgahnastan. I would love read this book, and possibly join up with a few local girls to discuss!

  7. I just PCSed this week to Alaska (PCS is a military move=permanent change of station) and my husband is a chaplain in the US Air Force. I’d use these books as an outreach to women in the area who might not be connected with the chapel community.

  8. Rachael Diehl says:

    My husband and I met while literally tubing down the Chattahoochee river in Helen, Ga one day and it was the day before I was to get Baptized. It was love at first sight. We dated and were inseparable, we got married, had a child together, and 4 years later we are just as in love with each other as we were before we got married. He had been out of the military for a while, but re-enlisted after going back and forth with me 2 or 3 times. We knew a deployment was in the future and we weren’t sure about it. Feb 2010, we ended up doing it and January 2011 He was headed to his first deployment. I have become so much closer to God during this time, and my church family is so wonderful. They are a new church family so my husband hasn’t had a chance to meet any of them, but my son loves going, and we go twice a week every week. Especially with my husband being away, it’s really helped me in my strength and patience. I am thankful for every blessing that has come our way. And I love learning new things, and I know that broadening my literature with these positive readings will surely help me stay in the positive mindset that I need to be in. We’re half way through this deployment, but I will never stop praying, and learning Gods word. Thank you.

  9. Julie Green says:

    My husband is Army, infantry. We are in the middle of our 2nd deployment. Good Bible studies are a basic essentils for me while he is deployed, and one with a military theme would be wonderful. There are so many empty times and moments in that 12 months… God is the only way I get thur these very long months.

  10. I have been married to a soldier for 3 1/2 years and out of that time he has been deployed half of it and is going for his third deployment. The last was very hard on him and our marriage is struggling for it. I have been praying for a miracle that he finds peace in his heart. Please if you can pray for my soldier I would be so grateful. Thank you and God Bless.

  11. i am 21 and currently expecting my first baby in september! i’m married to a wonderful man who served in the Army National Guard and is currently deployed to Iraq. this is our first deployment, and it’s definitely been hard for me so far. it’s especially hard that he’ll miss his daughter being born, but i’m trusting God and His timing and His perfect plans. :) i’d love to check out this book, and i’ll probably end up buying it anyhow!

  12. I am 12 weeks into my first deployment. We have 11 more months to go. I have seen God’s grace and strength so far but it is hard. I think one of my favorite memories so far of deployment is being surprised by flowers from my husband while traveling on a business trip.
    I would love to pass this study on to other military wives. I’m hoping I can connect with some in my area for a Bible study.

  13. Laurie Kuh says:

    Hi, My name is Laurie and I am an “Army Wife”. My husband and Son-in-law are currently deployed to Afghanistan and my 19 yo daughter is away at AIT with the Army as well. They all three left for the deployment and/or training on the very same day from 2 different airports and needless to say, it was a very trying and emotional day for all of us. We literally had to split our family up and send some to one airport and some to the other to say our goodbyes :( This is our very 1st deployment and we have had our good days and our bad. However, we are all very thankful to have such a wonderful support system in place with family, friends and a church family as well. We enjoy reading Sara Horn’s Books and also enjoy the group Wives of Faith. Thank you for helping her publish her books as they have been a wonderful inspiration to me and my family….thanks again :)

  14. I am a Marine wife and know how important it is to have fellowship with other Christian military wives. This is a hard life we live, and we need all the prayer, support, and encouragement we can get. This book would be a great resource for my spiritual journey as well as an easy way to reach out to others.

  15. Sarah Smith says:

    I have always had a few friends who were military wives, daughters, sisters etc. I always had a different perspective until now. My husband has been in a little over a year now, and just deployed for the first time. I now know the obsticals, experiences, and efforts these close friends of mine have been going through. I now understand the cost of it all. I have enjoyed Sara Horn’s book: God Strong. I have enjoyed the message she puts out to military wives, and what great security the spouses must have overseas knowing that their loved ones have women to relate to back home! It is a great honor to be married to someone willing to sacrifice so much, but also to be a friend to another woman who also sacrifices the same things I do.

  16. I can really relate to Sara, since my husband is also a reservist with the Navy Seabees. I have always had a love for the military and especially the Navy. So, when I was pregnant with our 3rd child and he told me he wanted to join the Navy it was easy to be supportive. That was in 2007. In 2009, he was deployed to Central America to do humanitarian work for 7 months. I never imagined it to be so difficult. It is so important to have support from your church and family, but also from other spouses who have been in that same situation. Lately, we have been discussing the possibility of him being deployed to the Middle East. There are many things that I would do differently during a second deployment. And the first one would be to seek out military support. I commend Sara for being proactive as a military wife in seeking and being support with other military wives!

  17. I’d love to give this Bible study to my sister. Her husband will be deploying to Afghanistan (2nd tour) in 2012. This time she’s got two kids to juggle!

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