"Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the LORD has helped us.""
1 Samuel 7:12
We are so close to the finish line with our 5th deployment. My heart races, my smile widens, and my praise lifts to God as I think of that "first" hug with my husband again. There is nothing like a homecoming, knowing that God has once again been faithful, supplied every need, lavished grace upon grace, and shown mercy every step of the way.
I cannot count how many times I have been asked, "How do you do it?" or had statements made to me like, "I could never survive a deployment." or "You are so strong." And in reality, I'm just me. But My Jesus is with me. And He carries us through.
God blows me away with His timing and knowing exactly what I need at every moment. So many of you who read this blog have been apart of His faithfulness to our family and from the bottom of my heart I say thank you. Those of you who have sent a text, called to say hi, invited us for dinner, sent a FB message, loved on my kiddos, mailed a package to Chris, mailed a fun surprise to us, made me laugh, prayed with me, and prayed for us there are not enough words to express how much I appreciate it!!!!
My family, who made our Christmas so very special in the midst of our missing Chris. Thank you for taking our kiddos and allowing me to go to NYC with my sis and also have a weekend away with my college girlfriends. Thank you for coming to visit and making the 8th months of Daddy being gone a little more bearable.
Thank you to my Bible Study crew. What a huge blessing you all have been. God had so much to say to us in James, and He grew me in big ways. Thanks for your friendship and coming along on the journey with me.
Thanks to Kelly, Donna, Laurel, Christine, Jen, and Kierstin for being our family away from family. You all are a testimony of God's provision during this deployment. I love you all so much.
So here we are, the week before my very favorite holiday, Resurrection Sunday, getting ready to celebrate our Risen Savior and also celebrating Chris's homecoming.
My cup runneth over.
Thank you, Jesus, for loving me.