It's been a few weeks since my husband left for a course on the east coast. We're going without any communication for duration of him being gone. Before we said our "see you on the other end of this thing" I sent him a handful of bible verses to encourage him during the challenging days ahead. Where he's at right now is tough, physically and mentally. For the first half I was there to encourage him and build him up, something we both know he needed. Seriously, there is nothing sweeter in marriage than someone 100% on your team and my cup is filled knowing that I could give him that during this time. Praying he's feeling encouragement and strength straight from the source.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord rather than people.
Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.
But one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and reaching for what lies ahead. I press towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ.
The Lord will be my light and my salvation -- whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life -- of whom shall I be afraid?
1 Corinthians 9:27
No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (He carried this one around throughout his entire deployment and we now have it framed in our office.)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Those who wait for the Lord
Will grow new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.