Our nation has been at war for over a decade. This means many active duty military personnel have been in a constant cycle of training, deployments and reintegration. Unfortunately, the stresses and difficulties of being on the job aren't only affecting soldiers but also their spouses and family members. These prolonged and significant pressures are taking a devastating toll on many military marriages.
As a relatively new active duty military spouse, Claire walks readers through many of the common trials of active duty life. From assignments, relocation, making friends and reinventing yourself at each new duty station, to the painful moments of the deployment and reintegration, Claire shares her personal struggles to make sense of what it means to be a supportive military spouse and do her part to keep her own marriage mission ready.
As a Christian, Claire explores the idea of what it means to live her life in full submission to God, her husband and her country. With humor and deep emotion, she shares how this isn't her natural, typical response. You might even say she has gone kicking and screaming (and sometimes crying) at every turn.
Claire hopes that her own experiences and reflections will inspire other military spouses to stay the course, keep the faith and find hope for the future. You don't have to be a military spouse to relate to and understand the ideas presented in this book. Mission Ready Marriage is for anyone who has ever wondered if God had the right person in mind for their current assignment. God has called each of us to honor our husbands in our partnerships and he has given us everything we need for the mission field in which he has placed each of us.
You will find a series of questions for reflection at the end of each chapter asking you to think through some of your own experiences, trials and victories as a military spouse. Optionally, this set-up (13 chapters) is designed to be used as a semester-long study in a women's Bible study, spouse group or book club. One of the best resources I have found for military spouses is other military spouses sharing their wisdom. The questions at the end of each chapter have been formulated to prompt meaningful discussion and sharing of such ideas.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Life Before the Military: How in the World Did We Get Here?
Chapter 2: Homesickness and Longing for What Was
Chapter 3: Leaving and Cleaving
Chapter 4: Home is Where the Army Sends Us: Broken Furniture and Mending Dreams
Chapter 5: Preparing to Say Goodbye
Chapter 6: Thriving Through a Deployment
Chapter 7: Reintegration
Chapter 8: Making Limonada Out of Limones
Chapter 9: Moving? So Soon?
Chapter 10: The Art of Reinventing Yourself…Again
Chapter 11: The Friendships of Women
Chapter 12: The “S” Word and Other Profanities
Chapter 13: He Gives Us What We Need