"A soldier doesn't fight because he hates what is in front of him. A soldier fights because he loves what he left behind." - unknown

"God is our refuge and strength. He will protect us and make us strong" (ps 46:1). For those who will fly today, for those who are there now, and for those who will soon join the fight, Lord, shield them from all evil, strengthen their hearts, and bring them home safely.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Faith Deployed ... Again - A Review and a GIVE-AWAY

Using Random.org the winner has been determined and it is Cate!! Thank you to everyone who entered. We will have another give-away in the future!

"The choice is ours. The stakes are high -the minds, hearts, and attitudes of our families. We can either live our military lives victoriously, confident in the goodness and sovereignty of God, or in defeat, as victims of circumstances beyond our control." 
-Jill Bozeman and Jocelyn Green

When I received the reminder email a little over a week ago that a review was soon due on a book I had volunteered to check out, I meant to pick up the book right away and get started. In the last week our world was turned upside down and this became just an intention and not an action. But two days ago I began reading and I didn't stop. I was blown-a-way. 

I mean, hello?! How many times have I said what that quote says? The whole time I was reading, I was highlighting, marking, writing, "YES!" in the margin, "Exactly!" "Amen!" What a book!

Faith Deployed ... Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives is a collection of reflections, stories, and encouragements from military spouses across every walk of this life. Each short piece offers scripture, reflection, and a prayer. Every military wife should read this book together with her bible and be encouraged, grow stronger, cry when needed, and use it to move forward each day. 

I tell spouses all the time: "Use the tools He gives you and you cannot fail." Consider this book one of those tools. Happy Reading!

Faith Deployed ... Again

What's better than going out and buying this book? WINNING it! Yup, ya heard right, I am doing a Give-Away. Bloggers pat me on the back - this is a big step for me. HAHA! So here's the deal...

There are two ways of entering:

Find your favorite post from To Love A Soldier and tell me what it is in the comments! That counts as one entry. (If you really want to make my day and just be nice, go ahead and share with the social media of your choice. It won't get you another entry but it will make me smile!)

Become a public "Follower" and leave another comment telling me you did! Ya know you want to. Already are? YAY! Thanks! Go ahead and leave a comment telling me how how you found me and how long you've been a follower. It's another entry for you too!

So that's it - two ways of entering. Simple? I hope so.

Other Rules: You must be 18 years or older to enter into the give-away. The contest begins at 10:20 am mountain time on September 7th  (11:20 am Central) and ends a 11:59 pm mountain time on September 15th. The winner will be selected at random and will be announced on the blog and FB page by September 17th. You cannot comment "anonymously" because I won't know who you are so make sure you leave your name or blog name. I know that many of you are out of the states so I will ship to the US and Canada - as well as Germany, Japan, or Italy with an APO address. If you have questions please email toloveasoldier (at) gmail (dot) com.

Happy Commenting! 


  1. Oh gosh. My favorite post of yours? Probably "Promises" or "Not Over". They both put into words what I was feeling and just couldn't say as well as you. I am so interested in this book! I'm glad you are finally doing a give away :)

  2. Honestly, the "Why I Write" post is my favorite. I cried, and yelled "YES YES YES! THIS IS ME!" It was SO good to finally find someone who had the same ups and downs as I had at the beginning of being a milspouse and wasn't afraid to say that there had been downs as well as ups. Love it!

  3. I am already a follower and have been for about a month! Still loving every post! :) I found you originally through Facebook


    i love it because i now understand a bit more aboout the way my husband is.. you might not remember me telling you this but he read this poem to me and could not finish it, he was all choked up.. in the few years that we have been together i have never seen that side of him by something he read... i love it!.. =)

    p.s- i "like'ed" your page since he read this to me =)

  5. Oh wow...ny favorite post? There's quite a few to choose from! I guess "Promises" would be my most favorite - but I love them all!

  6. Also, I have been a follower since February. I found you while my soldier was away and a good friend of mine and fellow deployment warrior sent me the link to Promises. I think her words were "Warning! You WILL cry but it is soooo good!" And she was right! I was hooked ever since I read that and it inspired me to keep up with my own blog!

  7. I'm already a follower and have been for about 5 months. Found you through a search for military spouse blogs and yours was one of the first ones that I read and followed!

  8. Okay, so I think I've been a follower since around February. I can't remember for sure. I found your blog through a college friend, who posted it on my Facebook page, because she thought I could relate. She has no idea--this blog expresses EXACTLY what I feel or endure at various points of our current deployment and military life in general.

    ONE of my favorite posts (I can't currently locate my ultimate favorite one) is Hard to Breathe. I've been there, and hearing another military wife has gone through that scare makes me feel more...normal. ;)

  9. I started following you on facebook, through a good friend, I read every post!

  10. I have to say my favorite is the beauty in the old, although I haven't been able to read all your posts. Time doesn't always allow. I did the same thing. The first time he was gone, we wrote back and forth and I have a bag of many memories to look over again and again. This time we just relied on facebook mostly. :(

  11. And I already follow you on facebook. :)

  12. my favorite post is Promises. I have been reading you blog for several months now. I also follow you on facebook and have since i stared reading your posts.

  13. I don't know exactly how long I have been following you. It has probably been almost a year now.

  14. My favorite post?

    Hmmm... I have a few.

    I think that my absolute favorite post is "Promises."

    Although, I love all of your posts. I am always visiting you and reading and re-reading your posts.

    You are the main reason that I started to blog. :)

  15. Well I love many, many, many of your posts!!

    I think one of my absolute favorites is: "Sisters, Mothers, Friends." I love that post!! It talks about so many aspects of the life that we choose when we marry our soldiers. This post talks about the immense pain, the joy, the priceless, amazing moments we we walk through. We can't do this alone-- without each other!!

    danielle boyle :)

  16. I'm not sure when I started following you exactly. I guess it was from the beginning since I found your blog when you posted the link on your facebook page.

  17. "Promises" is definitely my favorite. It reminds me that as much as I don't want my husband to leave, he is feeling the same way. I have it taped to the dashboard of my car. You have an amazing gift. Thank You!!

  18. I thought I already did enter.. I guess not. Anyway I have been following your blog since March last year. I started following on facebook shortly after that.
    You are the reason I started my blog. You helped me so much with many of your post that I wanted to help others. My all time favorite would have to be a guest post on money saving mom, which is how I found you. It was about time management. You were writing about my life! The next one would have to be promise, that made me cry!

  19. so i wasnt ignoring the giveaway...i just couldnt decide which post was my favorite. they all make me cry. :) some happy tears and some sad tears, but i always feel with you.

    i think i like the one from april about military pay being up in the air, when your husband tells you he is going to do his job. just like the day before. and just like tomorrow.

    i feel honored to read your family's story and thank you for writing it. :)

    i started following you last year while my husband was also deployed.


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