I had a good friend twist my arm today to get me to PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel). I've been on sabatical for a little over a month, but I really have missed my sisters. My best battle buddies have come from the ranks of my PWOC sisters, so I figured it was time to get back into Bible study and Christian fellowship. As much as my family supports me and would do anything to help me, they are hundreds of miles away and don't always completely understand what its like to be a military spouse during a deployment. I've been blessed with a great group of fellow Army wives (and a few Air Force ones too) who will bring me dinner when I'm sick, help with the kids, laugh, cry, and pray with me over the next year.
When I saw (and hugged) all of my PWOC sisters this morning it reminded me of why as Christians we are not meant to fly solo in our walk with God, but alongside fellow believers. We are meant to encourage, uplift, teach, and pray for each other reflecting Christ's love to each other. I'm guilty of forgetting this or sometimes even running away from it when I felt like I had nothing left to give. Too much time being Martha and not enough time being Mary. One of my goals for this next year is to spend more time at the feet of Jesus so that I can be refreshed and renewed by His word. Being healthy doesn't just refer to your physical health, but also your spiritual health. You can be in the best shape of your life, but still be unhappy if your spiritual health is not being nourished and strengthed.
Phillipians 4:12-13 (NIV), "12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
That could easily have been written by a military spouse. I love this passage and how it applies to life during a deployment. No matter what happens, I know He'll see me through and give me the strength to get through each day.