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I long to do great and noble things, but God reminds me it’s in the humble things that He can be extraordinary through me. Ultimately, I desire to be like Helen Keller: to do humble tasks as though they were great and noble.
For His disciples, God gives direction. Develop a habit of checking your tendency to slide off the course He sets. Seek and find that direction in all parts of life: personal, family, professional, and community.
Those who have laced up boots or buttoned an Armed Forces uniform in service to our nation know all-too-well the difficult and tough terrain of the transitional military life they lead.
Take time to examine your own support system, or if you do not have one, get started now. The health of a marriage can often hinge upon the strength of the support system that has been established.
Like you, my husband, Steve, and I know what it’s like for our marriage to have to go into survival mode during extended periods of separation. We know the pressure of caring for children in the midst of huge transitions. We know the challenge of supporting each other when our own personal resources are depleted.
When PCSing, the most common strategies teens use with one another involve simple avoidance, picking a fight to create distance so it’s easier to leave, disconnecting through moodiness or hyperactivity, or adopting the “It’s all cool” act. This is why we need to build a RAFT.
Marriage is hard enough for the everyday civilian. But add in the unique challenges of deployments, frequent moves, and high-pressure situations, and it’s no wonder military marriages are under stress.
We’ve been through a lot in our four short years of marriage, but it’s been exciting to look back and see how God has been a part of it all, especially in the last two years. God poured out countless blessings on my husband in the pursuit of his dreams, making it through the arduous training without any major injuries or setbacks. I couldn’t be prouder of him!
If your military family is a typical one, chances are you have moved about once every two to three years. With the many stresses associated with moving, one of the most difficult decisions can be whether to buy a house or rent one.
There are certain moments in a lifetime you never forget. For me, the memories of formally giving a father’s blessing to my children in person continues to give me joy as I recall each event.
Thriving Christian marriages reveal prayerful planning and purposeful intention.
Jump on in! Living completely sold out to God is a lot like doing a cannonball into a pool--not on the edge of toe-testing mediocrity.
Couples in resilient marriages are intentional and vigilant in building successful relationships.
Father's Day is the perfect venue to consider those who first loved us--especially our Father in heaven.
Challenges are unique for married-to-each-other military with families when duty calls
Lack of contentment comes from entertaining lies.
Balance the roles of Christian officer and Christian spouse.
Four keys to a godly marriage.
A chaplain shares his insights about young, deployed service men and women.
Every God-fearing dad in some way strives to image our heavenly Father.
How deployments affect the holidays.
Looking ahead motivates us to live, work, and plan while we wait--and it is the key to living in the present with energy and hope.
Practical ways to share your faith with your children.
Investing & Markets
Smart Christian Giving
God through the prophet Malachi told the Old Testament Jews that they were robbing God.
It's important to be a proper steward of the finances God entrusts to Officers's Christian Fellowship.
When our four children were young, my wife and I wondered how we could teach them financial responsibility.
There are three things you need to believe if you are to give the way God wants you to give.
What do you think of when you hear someone mention stewardship? Money, talents, or ownership? For many, money is the first thing on their minds and that often leads to uncomfortable feelings.
Knowledge and tools are great for your head, but you also need a heart to shape experience into judgment and wisdom. Learn to understand the numbers and balance them with what you value in your heart.
Financial goals are the basis of personal financial planning. A great many people are working hard to save and invest, but do not have a plan, or at least not one sufficiently specific to assess progress.
The essence of planning is found in your knowing the return you need and the risk you can accept.
The adjustments families need to make can be improved by a good understanding of the stresses of separation and a strategy for thriving.
A paraphrased version of portions of Proverbs 31.
Each themselves military officers, what's it like as a Mom and Dad to watch your child deploy?
Insight into the daily sacrifices of military children.
Sometimes the heroes are the ones who stay behind.
You've heard the horror stories about what can go wrong when your husband leaves... but it doesn't have to be all bad.
All fear vanished and courage rushed in.
LTC Frank Gray's letter to his son explaining why he is back in the Army.
The Wesley family shares some lessons they learned through deployment.