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WELCOME AUTHOR HOPE N. GRIFFIN
6/16/2018 12:40:00 AM by: Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Finding Joy: The Year Apart That Made Me A Better Wife

AUTHOR:  Hope N. Griffin

PUBLISHER:  Ambassador International

GENRE:  non-fiction

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  stand alone

TARGET AGE:  20+ .young military wives

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR HOPE N. GRIFFIN TO PATTI’S PORCH. HOPE SHARES THE EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER SHE FACES AS AN ARMY WIFE WHEN WAITING FOR HER SOLDIER’S RETURN.

 

 

HOPE IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF FINDING JOY: THE YEAR APART THAT MADE ME A BETTER WIFE.

 

 

JOY IN THE WAITING

 

 

by

 

 

Hope N. Griffin

 

 

Hurry Up And Wait is a phrase familiar to every military household. The Army teaches us to be prepared for anything, to show up on time when asked, but to be flexible in the moment to the needs of the Army. It means we show up without a guarantee that this is the schedule, location or appointment the Army will commit to. This is true in day to day life and also in the moments we are waiting for our soldiers to return.

 

It’s funny how experience brings to life stories in the Bible that we’ve read but never quite grasped.

 

Mathew 25:1-13, The Parable of the 10 Virgins and their Lamps, has always been a source of struggle for me.  I never quite understood why the bridegroom would refuse them entry. It’s not the overall meaning of being prepared for Christ’s return that I struggled with, it was the details of the parable itself.  Really, what’s wrong with being fashionably late to a party?

 

My heart breaks every time my soldier leaves, there just isn’t another way to say it. From the moment he walks away from us and stands in that final formation before heading off to war, I am already planning his return. He hasn’t even left yet and already I am thinking of his homecoming.

 

I’m not the model Army wife. Deployments exhaust me and I anticipate and prepare for my soldier’s return daily. We have countdown calendars, we make welcome home plans, schedule trips and extra-curricular activities around the possible homecoming. I never stop preparing. His return could occur at any time. Yes, it was scheduled from a year to the date of when he left but nothing is ever final in the Army.  An injury, a family emergency, the needs of the Army or a Military withdrawal could bring him home. 

 

The 2009 withdrawal brought many of my friends’ soldiers home in late July early August, 4 months sooner than scheduled. Of our church members, my soldier was the only one who remained. I watched eagerly as friends welcomed home loved ones and anxiously awaited my own phone call.

 

Due to security reasons we are not told the exact date or time of our husbands return.  We are given a week window, which could change. Then as the day comes closer we are given a day, which could change. Then the day of we are given a time, which could and often does change.

 

Sleep did not come easily that last month. Everything I did, from scrubbing baseboards to loosing those last few pounds to buying new outfits for me and the kids to stuffing our fridge with his favorites, was all in preparation of his return. The idea that I would become complacent and not do everything possible to welcome him home is absurd. No matter how tired I became the forefront of my thoughts was on our reuniting.

 

Now when I read Mathew 25:1-13 there are so many layers to dive into. 

 

The 5 wise virgins who brought enough oil are not unlike the Army Wives who keep “the fire on the homefront lit.” The women in the story and the wives surrounding me eagerly await the bridegrooms return. They are respecting and honoring the men they are waiting on by being prepared at any hour.

 

The 5 foolish virgins are not prepared because they are thinking only of their immediate needs and expect the bridegrooms return on their time schedule.

 

Suddenly the meaning of the passage found in verse 13, to stay alert because we do not know the day or the time, has become so alive to me.

 

What life experiences have brought passages of scripture alive for you?

 

 

Blurb for Finding Joy: The Year Apart That Made Me A Better Wife

Finding Joy is not always an easy task. Plenty of couples share everything but a zip code. Fifteen million people in the US currently claim to be in a long-distance relationship and a huge percentage of these fail. Like many of her peers Hope didn’t get married so that she could spend her nights alone. When she put the ring on her finger and took the vows she did not know that for better or worse meant oceans apart.

As a military spouse, Hope has faced some long, lonely nights questioning God’s faithfulness and the strength of her marriage. If you’ve ever found yourself in a long-distance marriage and wondered if it was possible not only to survive but also to thrive, this book is for you. Hope invites you—through personal experience, examples of others in history, and Scripture—to explore the possibility of a stronger more fulfilling marriage.

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF FINDING JOY: THE YEAR APART THAT MADE ME A BETTER WIFE. BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, JUNE 26TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

 

 

Hope N. Griffin if a full time freelance writer and published author. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary she uses her love of theology and scripture to explore what it means to live our Christian faith. To read more from Hope visit her website.

 


Comments

Patti From SE Colorado At 6/26/2018 4:56:19 PM

Brenda, my husband was a Vietnam vet and served long before I met him. i spent most of my psychiatric nursing career practicing at a VA hospital. Vets & their families are so special Hope has shared much of that sentiment in this post. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing.

Brenda Bethea From Port Orange, FL At 6/26/2018 2:43:43 PM

I would love to read this. I was a military wife, and my hubby flew on aircraft delivering supplies during Vietnam war.

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Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
2/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
2/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

A Matter of Perspective
2/1/2014 12:52:05 AM  by: Patti Shene

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
1/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Monopoly!
1/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
1/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

What Did You Mean By That?
1/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Wildlife Video
1/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

My Best Reads of 2013
1/8/2014 1:28:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Dumbest Kid in School
1/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Good-bye to 2013
1/1/2014 1:35:09 AM  by: Patti Shene

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
12/22/2013 7:00:40 PM  by: Patti Shene

One Spectacular Christmas Display
12/19/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
11/29/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shared Experience
11/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Facing the Monster
10/25/2013 12:46:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
9/27/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I'll Be Happy When...
5/14/2013 11:49:55 PM  by: Patti Shene

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
5/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I Can't Do This!
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BREAKING THE RULES
4/28/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
4/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vulnerability to Fear
4/17/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Faith and Fear
4/15/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Those Temporary Interruptions
2/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
2/7/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
2/3/2013 2:04:28 AM  by: Patti Shene

Taking Stock
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
1/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Winter - Bah Humbug!
1/22/2013 10:18:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
1/19/2013 10:35:41 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
1/16/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
1/12/2013 4:00:39 PM  by: Patti Shene

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene