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Marriage takes work, especially in the military. Here's how to prepare for your next deployment.

Marriage takes work. There are wonderful, happy seasons, and there are difficult seasons. When you or your spouse are in the military, one potentially difficult season is deployment.

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Key Points:

  • Be ready to be gone… it’s going to happen.
  • Have a good financial plan with the extra income.
  • Make an extra effort to communicate while you’re gone.
  • Carefully re-establish norms when you get home.  

From the Bible:

James 1:2-6 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Have you had conversations with your spouse about deployment? Are there any aspects of deployment you have been hesitant to bring up? Explain.
  3. How is money handled in your marriage? How will that need to change once you or your spouse are deployed?
  4. Describe your current communication patterns. What is healthy and what needs some work? What are some strategies for making sure there is adequate communication while physically separated?
  5. Discuss how you can enter into healthy dialogue about re-establishing family norms once you or your spouse return from deployment.
  6. Read James 1:2-6. How can you apply this to your next deployment?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.