I was asked today about what its like to be a Navy Wife (A question often asked!) and it caused me to be very pensive - especially in light of the upcoming separation. Perhaps the answer I've come up with will help in understanding me...or the role...or you might think it is completely wrong....oh well - here it goes anyway!
Being a Navy Wife for me has been a journey. It has been - at times - a training ground for remembering Who is actually taking care of my husband. (Nothing like having no control over your schedule - even 24 hours in advance to make THAT one clear!) It has been a boot camp in personal growth. We've been married almost 7 years now - and all except for the first 3 months I've shared my husband with the US Government. It can be exceptionally hard. It can be extremely rewarding. It is a constant mix of sadness and joy - because every time my husband has a homecoming, I know someone else just said goodbye. It can be lonely, yet it is filled with opportunities to build friendships to last a lifetime - even if you only live near each other for 6 months! It is a wonderful place for self-discovery. (Nothing like moving to a new place and being surrounded by challenges to see what you are made of! Or what you CAN be made into!) It is the tool God has used to break me and rebuild me over and over.
Would I recommend this military spouse life to everyone? No.
But for me, it is completely a right fit. How do I handle the deployments, the moving, the combat zones, and the loneliness? I know I married the man God made me for...He has fit me perfectly to help my husband and support him wherever he is. That doesn't mean it is easy - but it does mean the Lord is with me and will give me strength to get through whatever lies ahead.
|Me and my Navy man. :)|