2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I have heard this verse many times in the short time I have attended church but it wasn't until I became an Army Wife that I realized how important in would be in my life. This verse reminds me that it is up to me to choose my attitude. I can either let the frequent separation from my husband fill me with constant sadness, or I can let the pride and respect for my husband shine through. During my hubby's deployment I often got comments about how people expected me to act sadder. Neither my hubby or I wanted me to mope around the whole deployment. We both knew that my job of the Wife meant that I needed to be strong. If I couldn't be strong for myself, how will I be strong when I have children to take care of during a deployment? But the main thing is that I let God be my strength and peace. Whenever asked, I was quick to tell people that God thinks I'm strong enough for this and I refuse to doubt him. Did I have sad days? Sure. But trusting God and realizing that this deployment could have a positive outcome helped me keep a positive attitude in my husband's absence. This verse is still written on my bathroom mirror with expo marker.
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