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“Faith, Love and Endurance”


"We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work of faith, labor of love, and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, knowing your election, brothers loved by God” (1 Thessalonians 1:3-4, HCSB).

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why.

Why I persevere.

Why I continue to look after the needs of my daughter and husband.

Why God would chose this life for us.

Why God has called my husband into the military. Into a life that would take him away from his family for long stretched of time.

Why we can’t live close to our extended family.


There’s so many whys. I could spend my life comparing my life to that of others. Or I could truly embrace the life God has given me.

I can mope around while my husband is away, or I can focus on all the ways we are truly blessed.

We have a beautiful house to live in. No, it doesn’t belong to us, it belongs to the Air Force, but it’s beautiful just the same.

We have a good church, one in which the Pastor preaches scriptural truths week after week.

We have a great family, one we look forward to seeing over the holidays each year.

We have a beautiful daughter who fills our house with laughter and mischievous acts.

We have each other. Oh how blessed I am to have a husband who prays with me every day! That’s definitely something I should never over look.

No, I can’t answer the whys of this life. I wish I could. But instead of trying to answer them, I can live each day embracing the blessings that surround me.

I can endure these hard times because I have hope in a greater power. I can get through these lonely days because I know someone who takes my heart and holds it each step of the day, my Savior Jesus Christ.

This life is a life of faith. It’s a life with things we often can’t understand. As a military wife, I’m starting to understand this more and more. It’s a life filled with hard work. The nights can be so long with a baby in the house and a husband far away. And it’s a life of endurance, knowing that better days are surely ahead. We have to trust in that, we have to hope in that, so that we can get through the tough days.

Even in the midst of a hard season, where can you see God at work in your life? What blessings can you find? Sometimes it seems almost impossible to find them, but they’re there, just the same.