You see her driving up to the Chick-fil-A drive-thru a few hours before dinnertime to beat the long lines. She’s on a mission taking care of her kids while her husband is deployed faithfully serving our country. A worldwide pandemic wasn’t an issue on the day he packed his bags and now they’re tackling this crisis together long-distance.

She’s parenting solo with new fears of the unknown.

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Her world’s been turned upside down just like many of us, yet her husband isn’t within arm’s reach to help carry the daily load of responsibilities. She’s battling anxious thoughts about childcare, her part-time job, social distancing, financial pressures, her relationship with her husband, and his safety on land, in the air, or at sea. She has many concerns about her family’s health too. 

God, give her extra grace, I pray.

Bring friends and neighbors for her to lean on in this nervewracking time. Send her love through care packages, encouraging text messages and phone calls, fellow military families and friends, emotional and mental support, meals at her doorstep, and Starbucks gift cards to get her through the long and tiring days. 

Wrap your arms around her when she feels loneliness and darkness settles over her house at night. May your peace cover her family and all their fears. Help them feel your love and protection each day until Daddy walks through the doors of their home again. 

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Comfort her kids when they miss Daddy’s hugs, kisses, tickles, and wrestling matches. Carry them through when they can’t express how they’re feeling without his presence close by. Give her joy and thankfulness in the pain of missing his touch, protection, leadership, help, and strong hands. 

Let her know how much all the tremendous sacrifices her family has made are appreciated, seen, and acknowledged.

Military mamas are the strongest kind out there. 

Most of all, give her hope that this too shall pass. This crisis won’t last forever. Keep her husband healthy and strong in this time of great uncertainty. May his hands be used to do great things until his time is finished on deployment.

Bring her husband home safe and give her patience while she awaits his return. Bless all our military and their families. 

We pray all this in Your name,
Amen.

Samantha Krieger

Samantha Krieger is a pastor's wife and mom to four children, 11 and under. She's the author of Quiet Time: A 30-day Devotional Retreat for Moms in the Trenches. She writes from rural Colorado and enjoys connecting with readers on her personal blogFacebook and Instagram.