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Only Six More Months!
Military life is all about counting down. Either you are counting down to the next deployment, to the homecoming, to the R&R, or to the end of R&R.

Only Six More Months!

From the blog of Jessica Alley, wife of Chaplain (Capt.) Will Alley, Iraq (2008–2009)

June 26, 2009.

Military life is all about counting down. Either you are counting down to the next deployment, to the homecoming, to the R&R, or to the end of R&R. There always seems to be some sort of countdown. Well, one of my countdowns ended today when the kids and I dropped Will off at the airport. Our R&R had ended.

There are so many thoughts going through my head right now. I am not even close to being as emotional as I was when he left back in December, but I am still pretty bummed. We had the best two weeks! Having him home 24/7 for two straight weeks was awesome. We had such quality family and couple time.

I am incredibly thankful that Will’s battalion will not be extended, and that we only have six more months to go. We are halfway done with our year. Some of you reading this are laughing, thinking “ONLY SIX.” Some of you think there is no way you could go without your husband for so long. Let me reassure you, you can.

I miss my husband terribly, and he is not even out of country yet. However, I am even more convinced than ever that Mosul is God’s will for him. Being in the center of God’s will is an extremely peaceful thing, and Will and I have both learned that such peace is precious. We rest in knowing that we are obeying God and fulfilling his plan. It’s not always easy or enjoyable, but it’s right. As always, we are thankful.

When thrust into a situation like this, we are forced to rely on the only thing not influenced by emotion … that is our faith in God. Regardless of how happy or sad we are, God remains the same. He is unchanging and we find our strength and stability in Him.

Prayer:

Lord, help me place more trust in your unchanging character than in how I feel with my own changing emotions.


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