If you haven't read this article yet, I recommend you do. It definitely rings true for me: "10 things you may not know about military wives."
I espcially enjoyed #2, "We are not miserable the whole time they're gone."
A state of constant miserableness would be such a depressing one. I'm not sure I could handle half a year of that. Yes, there's an emptiness when my husband is far away. Yes, there's a certain part of my heart that constantly misses him, but no, I'm not sad. No, I'm not constantly walking around crying through each day.
Why? Because my Savior still reigns. He knows me, my hurts and pains, and gives me things to find joy in each day.
Some people have the impression that life goes on hold when your husband is deployed. But that's impossible. Seasons will still come and go. The holidays are getting closer even as I write this. Our daughter is continuing to learn new words and become more independent. Life is still full of playgroups and coffee dates and errand runnning and family visits. The house still needs to be cleaned. My blog still needs to be written. For the most part, our life moves on at a normal pace.
Life will always have it's ups and downs. Deployments, sickness, seperation, loneliness, they are all a part of life in this broken world.
I can't control circumstances. But I can control my own attitude. I can look at life and honestly enjoy it. I can seek and find the good in all things.
What about you? Can you find the joy around you today?
"But from there, you will search for the LORD your God, and you will find [Him] when you seek Him with all your heart and all your soul" (Deuteronomy 4:29, HCSB).