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Kristen Strong, author of Back Roads to Belonging and Girl Meets Change, writes as a friend offering meaningful encouragement for each season of life so you can see it with hope instead of worry. She and her US Air Force veteran husband, David, have three children and live in Colorado...

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  1. Kristen,
    This really touches the heart…for all of us who haven’t walked this path, may we be softened to pray for and reach out to the military spouse. May we look to be in the answers to her prayers. May we be cognizant of the great sacrifices she makes each and every day to keep the home fires burning while her spouse is fighting for our freedom to come and go and worship as we please. Give us gratitude, both inward and outward, that blesses these women and men who remain behind and are the backbone of our Nation. God bless our veterans, those who have given their lives for our country, and those who serve and especially those who serve the ones who serve. Amen
    Beautiful Kristen…God bless you for your service and for how you encourage all the military spouses and families! Honoring you today!!
    Bev xo

  2. That was beautiful and really touched my heart
    It’s a prayer for so many more then just military wives…I felt like it was a prayer for me…

  3. This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you….as a veteran and a prior military spouse. I will be sending to all of my friends that served and continue to serve as encouragement, as I know all those feelings you have placed in this prayer. Blessings to you and again, thank you!

    Lisa

  4. Kristen,
    This deeply touched me, thank-you from my heart. I know it would of brought my grandmother, and especially my mother a great deal of comfort.

    I am grateful to you, and to those who have, and do provide us with this service. May God bless them, keep them safe, and bring them peace, comfort, and strength.

    In Remembrance,
    Penny
    (In Canada it’s Remembrance Day)

    • I was thinking of our Canadian friends like you on Remembrance Day! So thankful for your family’s tremendous service, and for your own generous words here. They matter. Much love to you sweet Penny. xo

  5. That was a beautiful and touching prayer, and I am not even a military wife, so I know this is going to bless the military wives it reaches. Thank you <3

  6. Lovely. You should pin this to as many Pinterest military boards as possible. I would, but the one I contributed to was taken down after some glitches.

  7. Kristin, I praise the Lord for this grace-filled posting and thank you for these words of prayer 🙂 Having been both veteran and spouse, these words brought tears of sorrow, but also gratefulness and joy. It is hard to be in both places, yet our Lord was a warrior of Love who showed true loving sacrifice while His mother supported His ministry and friends, showing us the way through military service with love and grace, through the suffering that can follow military service. May we, veterans, spouses, and civilians feel His gentle touch of mercy, unity, and hope today as one body of warriors, military and prayer alike, come together in gratefulness and love for the one Warrior who saved us all :). Thank you to each of you for your service!

  8. Thank you for this beautiful prayer. I am a veteran’s wife (49 years) and have found that being a military spouse or the veteran him or herself is a lifetime calling. The prayer still applies. Please reach out to your neighbors, veterans or otherwise, pray for them and be the family style support that they need.
    In Thankfulness and Remembrance,
    ~Kay

  9. I am a vetran and so is my husband. I became a mother while in the USAF. That was a change but it worked out ok. It’s interesting to look back to 40 years ago when I first went in (Aug). How my life changed. But I stayed true to my faith in God and enjoyed the chapel on overseas at base I was at. Amazing sweet friend Deb was my second roommate in barracks and a Christian. So many stories to share but not here in comments. I’m glad I served. Thankful for God being there in the midst of my life story. Thanks for this post, Kristen.

  10. Thank you so much for your kindness and prayer. As a military wife of 19 years (since we were married)… I thank you for thinking of us spouses. Hardly anyone recognizes the difficult sacrifices the spouse or children have to make each day. We didn’t choose this life but yet we serve and support our loved one with pride and love. Many hard times of a loved one coming back from Afghanistan and the denial of any problems he had. The military would not help our family with counseling until our service member went for help first. That just didn’t happen. I continue to pray for all military members and families that God would help in their daily lives with coping with being one unit family again, with PTSD, with helping have positive memories. I remember one day my husband was home with us and the next he was gone and in a war zone. Washing our family’s clothes and slowly seeing his dirty laundry disappear before my eyes. It felt like he had died… since one day he was there and the next he wasn’t. I am proud of our boys who survived a year without their Daddy. Seeing their friend’s Fathers at their soccer games or attending school functions and not having their Dad there. Heart wrenching… Worrying for their Dad’s safety and praying for God to keep him safe and allow him to come home. Not something children of 5 and 2 years old should have to worry about. Thank you Lord for keeping our military and their families safe while they are away in a war zone. Amen…

  11. I love this prayer, and I printed it for my sister. My mom is coming today to spend the weekend with her. My brother in law is deployed. Perfect timing for a special prayer. One note: there is a misspelling on “rolls” on the line where is says when she’s tired out from filling countless “rolls” … I think it should be roles. 🙂 Just a note to the editor. I know my sister loves to eat rolls but also fills many roles!

  12. Kristen,

    May we never ever forget the service and debt of gratitude we owe our servicemen! We should always remember those left behind. The spouse & children. They need our support and prayers even more. They didn’t choose their roles, but accept them graciously~ In my area our VFW and American Legion remember our veterans in nursing homes and assisted living by giving them special bags filled with “daily need” items and a lovely poem on the front. Those people need to remembered also! Never ever forget the sacrifice of ALL who served in any capacity!

    Blessings 🙂

  13. Thank you Kristen, for your beautiful prayer and thoughts.
    from the spouse of a retired AF Vet.