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Kristen Strong, author of Back Roads to Belonging and Girl Meets Change, writes as a friend offering meaningful encouragement for each season of life so you can see it with hope instead of worry. She and her US Air Force veteran husband, David, have three children and live in Colorado...

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  1. Beautiful words, Kristen. I grew up as a “military brat” and watched both my sister and brother follow in my fathers footsteps to join the military as young adults. My brother has since gotten out (he’s in Seminary now! Yeah!) and my sister still serves in the Army. She’s been to both Iraq and Afghanistan, but thankfully is statesdie now. I would be humbled and grateful if you lifted her in prayer. Her name is Seana. Thank you for this. Military life was a sacrifice, but what a blessed opportunity it was to see so much of the world… It’s some kind of crazy life, isn’t it?! 😉 God bless you, sweet sister-friend.

  2. Please pray for Lisa McNeely, a friend stationed in Kandahar, Afganistan currently.

  3. We had a Chaplin from Ft. Leonard Wood, MO speak during our church services yesterday morning. His message opened my eyes to the emotions and turmoil that he and our soldiers endure when deployed, especially in heavy fighting locations such as Afganistan. My heart aches for each one of them. Please pray for all our soldiers mental wellbeing and well as their safety. They bring home with them emotional scars that aren’t easily visiable from all the horror that they witness. I’m sure it’s not an easy thing to deal with. Even this Chaplin had difficulty delivering this message. May God continue to protect them while deployed and when they come home to their families.

  4. Please pray for my boyfriend, Donald Perdue II, and friends Jessie Galloway and Anthony Daugherty currently deployed on the carrier CVN 72 Abraham Lincoln. Thanks!

  5. My nephew Chad is deployed near Kabul Afghanistan. His first deployment! Was so filled with pride when we sang the Star Bangled banner yesterday at a high school graduation ceremony! Semper Fi!

  6. Thank you for your kind words. Prayers for my son serving with the Navy. While he is not currently deployed his presence at home is missed every day. Prayers for his new wife who is waiting to join him. Prayers for strength as they begin their new life as a military husband and wife. Today my thoughts and prayers are with our Gold Star families and all those that have served and currently serving. God bless.

  7. Yard work 🙂 ~ ( in response to your question ).

    Each year I’m trying to instill the meaning of special days like this in my kids’ hearts in a more prominent way – age appropriately, but honestly. My dad was an army guy long ago. I don’t think any of us take the day to day of military familys’ lives lightly. I hope not. Saying a special prayer for all today. Thanks for your service, too, Kristen!

    Blessings

  8. Thank you for this tribute.
    Please pray for my favorite hero and my husband, James. He is currently training to serve as a Chaplain with the Army National Guard. It is heartbreaking ministry, but God has clearly called him to it and given him a passion for the souls of his fellow soldiers.

  9. Please pray for my friends daughter Jessica French who is on her first deployment to Afghanistan. Please also pray for her family that through all of this they will all come to Christ. Prayers too for my son Sean who is a first ltd. in the Marines and is presently training flying jets and a few months away from earning his wings! Oohrahhh!

  10. Please add Chris McKinney and Bart Branyon, serving in Afghanistan and Brian McCarty serving in the Navy. Thank you for all the wonderful sharing of stories and inspiration through (in)courage!

  11. Nice please pray for my boyfriend( butiki lucas kekana) he has deployed to sudan.

  12. My son is in the Air Force! Bless your husband and YOU for your service. Because sometimes these brave men and women just can’t do it without all the love and support at home.

  13. Please pray for Blake, serving in the Army in South Korea and his brother, Tyler, also serving in the Army, in Afganistan.

  14. How perfect these words and thoughts! Thank you to the countlemen and women and their loved ones for serving our country.May we never forget…………..
    “Air Mom” <3

  15. Jeremy Cobb will be deployed to Afganistan on 6/2 for a 9-month tour. Please pray for his safety and his family’s peace of mind while he is away.

  16. Please pray for my husband, Steve, currently deployed to Afghanistan.

    Kristen – thank you so much for your kind and inspiring words. I’m so glad that (in)courage helped me find your blog!

  17. Thank you Kristen for your beautiful message, inspiration and source of strength. Gracious thanks are extended to your family and all the previous and current serviceman & women who protect our country.

    Our son Chris, is deployed for his first time in the Navy. We are grateful for any and all prayers which have sustained him and will continue to do so throughout his military career.

  18. Kristen,

    Praying for all military men and women & their families! A heartfelt thank you for all that you’ve sacrificed for our freedom!

    I know some people currently serving in the military and want to Thank them all for their hard work & their families for their sacrifices!!

    God bless you all-_!

  19. Love this tribute to our military heroes, Kristen. Remembering those who have fallen and lifting up their loved ones in prayer.

  20. Friends, thank you for trusting this space with the honor of praying for your cherished ones. May God keep them safe, and may God give His peace that passes all understanding to each of them *and* their families and friends on the homefront. I love you all!

  21. My sons name is Michael James Minervini II.Please pray for him and his family.Michael just re-enlisted Tuesday for another 6 years. We are so proud of him!

  22. How awesome this is to see that there are people who still trust in God and are doing and seeking his will for there lives . In this wordly world that we live in God is still on the throne and we all should seek him (God) no matter where we are or what God calls us to do. What door is God opening in my (your) life.
    Thank you God for my husband Steve Deaver who served in the Air Force .
    May God Bless and be with all!

  23. My uncle don is a master diver still serving in the navy. Sometimes he has to go to places we aren’t allowed to know to dive and check for bombs or other possible threats in the water or on boats. It’s always scary when he does but the Lord has returned him safely home to us each time so far and we are grateful for that mercy. My family comes from a long line of military service though most are retired now.

  24. My uncle don is a master diver still serving in the navy. Sometimes he has to go to places we aren’t allowed to know to dive and check for bombs or other possible threats in the water or on boats. It’s always scary when he does but the Lord has returned him safely home to us each time so far and we are grateful for that mercy. My family comes from a long line of military service though most are retired now or have been recruited into Heaven.

  25. My uncle don is a master diver still serving in thr Navy. My family comes from a long line of military service though most are retired now or have been recruited into Heaven.

  26. My uncle don is a master diver still serving in the Navy. My family comes from a long line of military service though most are retired now or have been recruited into Heaven.

  27. Please pray for my granddaughter’s husband Jimmie Snider who is serving in Afganistan.
    Thank you!

  28. My son, Robby, is currently serving in the Air Force in Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Thank you for praying for him.

    I will keep your family in my prayers as well, as you faithfully serve our country.