Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tuesdays Together

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I cannot let this Tuesday Together pass by without sharing some thoughts from the Psalms.  As I have mentioned before in a previous post, I promised to share some about this past year.  I cannot read these Psalms from our list without thinking about my journey through new motherhood and deployment. Psalms like these carried me through.  I cannot read these Psalms without my heart being stirred.

Psalm 27

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation,
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life,
of whom shall I be afraid?

3Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me, 
even then will I be confident.

5 For in the day of trouble 
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
and set me high upon a rock.

13 I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

There are more than a few folks out there in this world who know what it is like to go to bed at night wondering if they will wake up a widow.  Knowing that you very well could and trusting that you won't....... This is the war of the spouse left behind during  a deployment, during a time of war.  It is a battle on the insides of her head and heart.  I don't pretend to think that I am the only person to ever have their Marine go off into harms way.  Many wives have done this before me and more still will travel this journey in the years to come.  Often it was the knowing that got me through an hour- knowing that someone always has it worse and knowing that my blessings are plentiful.  Knowing that God and I were okay before my husband came along and would be still even if.........

Often, in the late hours, when the baby was down for the night, the pumping was still to be done, the bottles and accessories still to be washed, and all the other "stills" that occur when you are running a household by yourself.......I would talk out my cries of the heart and my Psalms would frequently sound a  bit like this:

The Lord is my light, is my strength, is my salvation.
Whom shall I fear? Whom shall I fear?
Of Whom shall I be afraid?
Not these thoughts, certainly not tomorrow.
If HE is for me, Who then can be against me?
Though my aloneness bears down upon me,
He shelters me
I am confident in the Lord's tomorrow,
This too shall pass, This too shall pass!!
Although my weariness is heavy,
I SEE the Lord's goodness and I am strengthened.
I count my blessings and am uplifted.
Take heart, have courage, wait upon the Lord!
have courage, have courage!
Of Whom shall I be afraid?
Whom shall I fear, whom shall I fear?

May my mutterings bring you encouragement, wherever your journey may be taking you today!!  
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  1. Meredith... your faith and your trust in the Lord so inspire me. You are a lady of quiet and simple faith, you are an exhibit of His strength, the beauty of the Lord just radiates from you. Whenever I see your family together I am reminded of God's faithfulness, and that He will bring us through anything and everything we have to go through in this life...

    Thank you so for sharing from your heart...

    You are a dear friend and I am so thankful for your friendship!

    Happy Birthday to John Ryan!! I hope you all have a wonderful day!!


  2. Your faith is amazing and seems so strong. Keep clinging tightly to that. I will be praying for your husband's safety.

  3. Oh...there is so much comfort in His Word. How He sustains us daily with His faithfulness. I could feel your heart through this post...and just want you to know that you are in my prayers. You...your Marine and your little one. Our God will carry you today...step by step with His sufficient grace...

    And thank you both for the sacrifices you make everyday to serve this country. May God richly bless and provide for the needs of your family.


  4. The Few
    The Proud
    The Marines....and their families.

    You both have my prayers AND my respect!

  5. beautifully put Meredith. It was not my spouse - but my son. And here I go again. I held on to many Psalms too and now know that Brantley will be in your shoes (just not a mommie yet).
    We hold on to the Word.
    Thanks for sharing your heart.
    love you!

  6. There have been many times when Joey would be out of town on church nights and I would think about not going. Then God would remind me of you and I would go and be so glad I did. I don't have a small child and my husband is not in the marines. He is on the road all week and leaves alot of times on Sunday to start his week to not return till late on Friday evenings or sometimes Saturday. The night time is the hardest for me. God always gives me the strength to not be afraid and the courage to be a big girl.
    Thanks for the encouragment and sharing this post!

  7. Love the Psalms. OK, I'm just coming over from My ADHD, and I saw (sneaky me) that you are joining in the 30 x 5 Challenge! Yay!

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