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WELCOME AUTHOR HOPE N. GRIFFIN
Saturday, June 16, 2018 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Finding Joy: The Year Apart That Made Me A Better Wife

AUTHOR:  Hope N. Griffin

PUBLISHER:  Ambassador International

GENRE:  non-fiction

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  stand alone

TARGET AGE:  20+ .young military wives

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR HOPE N. GRIFFIN TO PATTI’S PORCH. HOPE SHARES THE EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER SHE FACES AS AN ARMY WIFE WHEN WAITING FOR HER SOLDIER’S RETURN.

 

 

HOPE IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF FINDING JOY: THE YEAR APART THAT MADE ME A BETTER WIFE.

 

 

JOY IN THE WAITING

 

 

by

 

 

Hope N. Griffin

 

 

Hurry Up And Wait is a phrase familiar to every military household. The Army teaches us to be prepared for anything, to show up on time when asked, but to be flexible in the moment to the needs of the Army. It means we show up without a guarantee that this is the schedule, location or appointment the Army will commit to. This is true in day to day life and also in the moments we are waiting for our soldiers to return.

 

It’s funny how experience brings to life stories in the Bible that we’ve read but never quite grasped.

 

Mathew 25:1-13, The Parable of the 10 Virgins and their Lamps, has always been a source of struggle for me.  I never quite understood why the bridegroom would refuse them entry. It’s not the overall meaning of being prepared for Christ’s return that I struggled with, it was the details of the parable itself.  Really, what’s wrong with being fashionably late to a party?

 

My heart breaks every time my soldier leaves, there just isn’t another way to say it. From the moment he walks away from us and stands in that final formation before heading off to war, I am already planning his return. He hasn’t even left yet and already I am thinking of his homecoming.

 

I’m not the model Army wife. Deployments exhaust me and I anticipate and prepare for my soldier’s return daily. We have countdown calendars, we make welcome home plans, schedule trips and extra-curricular activities around the possible homecoming. I never stop preparing. His return could occur at any time. Yes, it was scheduled from a year to the date of when he left but nothing is ever final in the Army.  An injury, a family emergency, the needs of the Army or a Military withdrawal could bring him home. 

 

The 2009 withdrawal brought many of my friends’ soldiers home in late July early August, 4 months sooner than scheduled. Of our church members, my soldier was the only one who remained. I watched eagerly as friends welcomed home loved ones and anxiously awaited my own phone call.

 

Due to security reasons we are not told the exact date or time of our husbands return.  We are given a week window, which could change. Then as the day comes closer we are given a day, which could change. Then the day of we are given a time, which could and often does change.

 

Sleep did not come easily that last month. Everything I did, from scrubbing baseboards to loosing those last few pounds to buying new outfits for me and the kids to stuffing our fridge with his favorites, was all in preparation of his return. The idea that I would become complacent and not do everything possible to welcome him home is absurd. No matter how tired I became the forefront of my thoughts was on our reuniting.

 

Now when I read Mathew 25:1-13 there are so many layers to dive into. 

 

The 5 wise virgins who brought enough oil are not unlike the Army Wives who keep “the fire on the homefront lit.” The women in the story and the wives surrounding me eagerly await the bridegrooms return. They are respecting and honoring the men they are waiting on by being prepared at any hour.

 

The 5 foolish virgins are not prepared because they are thinking only of their immediate needs and expect the bridegrooms return on their time schedule.

 

Suddenly the meaning of the passage found in verse 13, to stay alert because we do not know the day or the time, has become so alive to me.

 

What life experiences have brought passages of scripture alive for you?

 

 

Blurb for Finding Joy: The Year Apart That Made Me A Better Wife

Finding Joy is not always an easy task. Plenty of couples share everything but a zip code. Fifteen million people in the US currently claim to be in a long-distance relationship and a huge percentage of these fail. Like many of her peers Hope didn’t get married so that she could spend her nights alone. When she put the ring on her finger and took the vows she did not know that for better or worse meant oceans apart.

As a military spouse, Hope has faced some long, lonely nights questioning God’s faithfulness and the strength of her marriage. If you’ve ever found yourself in a long-distance marriage and wondered if it was possible not only to survive but also to thrive, this book is for you. Hope invites you—through personal experience, examples of others in history, and Scripture—to explore the possibility of a stronger more fulfilling marriage.

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF FINDING JOY: THE YEAR APART THAT MADE ME A BETTER WIFE. BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, JUNE 26TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

 

 

Hope N. Griffin if a full time freelance writer and published author. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary she uses her love of theology and scripture to explore what it means to live our Christian faith. To read more from Hope visit her website.

 


Comments

Patti From SE Colorado At 6/26/2018 4:56:19 PM

Brenda, my husband was a Vietnam vet and served long before I met him. i spent most of my psychiatric nursing career practicing at a VA hospital. Vets & their families are so special Hope has shared much of that sentiment in this post. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing.

Brenda Bethea From Port Orange, FL At 6/26/2018 2:43:43 PM

I would love to read this. I was a military wife, and my hubby flew on aircraft delivering supplies during Vietnam war.

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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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12/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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11/22/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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9/19/2014

BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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7/26/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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6/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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4/23/2014

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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2/5/2014

A Matter of Perspective
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2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/25/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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12/22/2013

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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12/19/2013

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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11/24/2013

Facing the Monster
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10/25/2013

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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Accountability in the Extreme
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1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
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12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
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12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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