Your Extended Family
A Military Spouse’s Biblical Guide to Surviving within and without Your Family
Family. They can be one of our biggest blessings and one of our biggest stressors. Family members that don’t understand the military system can complicate your life, and sometimes the best-intentioned relative can undercut everything you are trying to build with your husband.
Living far away can also be hard if you have a medical emergency. Deployments and high ops tempos give loneliness and depression the opportunity to take over. Are there really any practical answers? What does the Bible say about dealing with and living apart from family.
I think this book can help many not just military families. We all have different paths in our lives that pulls us from God and family. Military does pull on the family by the spouse being pulled out of the family for long periods of time. To where the wife (husband) has to pick up the pieces to carry on while the other spouse is missing. I think we can get so tied up in certain aspects of our lives that we are either putting most energy on religious things or the opposite on family.
Carrie through her own experience shows us how we can have both and have a happy family and also be pleasing to God. I do not have a husband in military but I do have one who works anywhere from12 to 16 hours a day. so he is mostly here to sleep and eat. My extended family does not live close so I learned to move on in my own life, not to feel sad or guilty cause I cannot attend functions. I know I did go through that stage in my life and through reading God’s word I know where my place and heart should be. I know though military families give up a lot. I watched my own son and his family as he was away in Iraq for the 911. How it tore his family apart.
Where we are with God in our relationship can help in so much. I loved the quote of Carrie’s and it has stuck in my head, “before us stands a prize that is worth the cost. Be careful that you do not casually throw aside family in order to become more religious, but do not cast off obedience to God in order to meet your family’s expectations.” There is a happy medium to where we can have both, whether it be military family or those who are gone a lot. It all works good through Christ.
– D.L.M., Amazon Review