Guard your heart (Proverbs 4:23). Women have to be very intentional about this. Our hearts are the wellspring of life and staying alive means cultivating our hearts and guarding them against deadening activities and relationships.
Choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19). Choose life-giving activity and social interaction. Select lunch friends, church, Bible study, OCF and other service and fellowship opportunities. Often work is very draining and difficult. Outlets are important.
Seek to uphold the dignity of others. We often feel like we need to dominate in order to be heard, noticed, appreciated, or followed. A woman is respected first of all when she respects herself enough to stand firm, and when she respects others enough to honor them as persons created in the image of God (Psalm 139).
Uphold the dignity of femininity. Seek out what it means to be female, feminine, woman-at the core it means being created in the image of God, which is amazing and beautiful. There is a depth, strength, and an inherent receptivity in women. We play a large role in upholding the masculinity of men and helping men to be the men God created them to be. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states it this way: “Each of the two sexes is an image of the power and tenderness of God, with equal dignity though in a different way.” Understanding how our differences equally reflect God’s image might lend itself more to teamwork than competition. First Peter 3:4 teaches about the heart of true adornment and beauty. Gentleness and quietness are not the same as weakness and silence.
Keep the standards high (Romans 12:1-2; James 3). I try to guard my own tongue. Women have many words to speak each day. May they be words that edify and build others up.
Guard the hearts of others (Hebrews 13:1). As women we have a lot of responsibility in helping the men in our units be true to themselves, their wives and their families. Modesty in speech, dress and behavior plays a role in this.
Pray. Pray for your supervisor and those in your care, especially to find ways to honor those most difficult to respect.
Combat loneliness. Loneliness is the cross that single women often bear, particularly for those serious about following Christ. One of the best cures is to pour yourself into the lives of others. See what your chaplain might be working on and volunteer where help is needed. There are many service outreach possibilities around most installations. Cultivate a hobby. The servicemen and women under your care will also benefit from receiving your prayers and creative leadership.