I am now in the position that everything my coauthor, Kathy Barnett, and I could have poured into our book to military spouses is done. The file is at the printers, waiting its turn in line to become a printed paperback. And now I wait for this book I spent so many hours praying over, so many hours writing and editing, so many hours wrestling with my coworker and editor on how to best convey truth to military spouses.

One author friend who was with us on most of this journey is Joanie Bruce. Her sweet encouragement and constant prayers helped us more than I could adequately convey, to her or to you. And today she joined us because she has something she wanted to say to you, my military readers.

My dad fought in Korea many years ago, before I was born, and that is the closest I’ve ever come to being affected by the life of a military soldier. However, even though I’ve never been closely associated with the military, I can still appreciate and be grateful for their service and the supportive service of their family members. So … this blog is for those of you who live the military life, or for those veterans who have lived it in the past: Active duty, retired duty, spousal duty, parental duty, sibling duty … if you are in the military or have a family member in the military, this blog is for you.

2014 0902First of all, for those of you who have been on active duty and stationed either here in America or on foreign soil … THANK YOU! Thank you for protecting our country, our leaders, our businesses, our schools, our homes, our freedoms. Thank you for putting your life on the line, sometimes daily, to assure us as Americans that we are safe. Thank you for being willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice that we might live. Your dedication to the mission of protecting America is unfailing and relentless and for that we are proud. Proud of you for loving your country and its values. Proud of you for your willing sacrifice. Proud of you for your courage.

For those who are spouses of active or retired military: THANK YOU! Thank you for sacrificing the time you would be spending with your spouse to a country in need of their services. Thank you for the hours you spend alone … needing a hug, a kiss, just a simple touch from the “number one” love of your life. Thank you for lying in bed at night alone, for going to church alone, shopping and unloading the groceries alone, and sometimes eating alone. Thank you for raising your children without the support of a mate—through nighttime sickness, the arguments between siblings, the discipline problems at school, the questions about why Daddy or Mommy is not home. Thank you for giving up your own career because of frequent moves and relocating to different areas. Thank you for standing at the departure area and waving goodbye to your loved one, with a smile on your face and tears in your eyes, when he/she has been summoned back to defend our freedoms and our way of life.

The decision of one soldier, to make defending and protecting America his mission, affects so many others. For those parents, grandparents, children, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins who have a loved one in the military and live each day without them. THANK YOU! Thank you for worrying and praying, supporting those military soldiers. Thank you for your willingness to let them go … to love them in spite of their calling … to love them because of their calling.

From this American, who knows what you sacrifice, and knows the battles you face … THANK YOU!

“We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ‘guardians at the gate.”    Allen West


About the Author:

1455990_735673193114111_1417669072_nAfter writing simple picture books for children and mysteries for teens, Joanie found that her passion for writing exploded when she started working in suspense fiction. As an avid reader, she welcomed the transition from reading to writing and considered it a wonderful new experience to please others with her words instead of visual means.

As an artist, Joanie’s primary goal is to achieve a strong likeness of her subject, while portraying it in the most complementary setting. Her greatest joy is realized in providing her customers with a cherished reminder of someone or something very dear to them – a work that will stand the test of time.

You can find out more information about Joanie’s books and artwork by clicking here to go to her website.  You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

If you like clean, Christian fiction with a lot of suspense and a touch of romance, be sure to check out her books Alana Candler, Marked for Murder and A Memory Worth Dying For, available on Amazon and other national retailers.



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