Checklist of Roller-coasters

So, day by day, we really try NOT to get suckered into the ‘Debby-downer’ side of ensuing deployment, all the known and unknown. BUT, let’s just be real. There is a check-list. A check-list like none other (even more detailed than our first go-around 6 years ago), it’s all-encompassing: military, civilian, husband, daddy, son, friend, wife, kiddos, family, and so forth; covering all of the certainties, possibilities, and what-ifs.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
{makes it an opportune time to grow, yet again, in the wisdom from Matthew 6:25-34 ESV}

Dare I state the obvious that it feels good to check things off ‘to-do’ lists. EXCEPT when your checklist is on the deployment roller-coaster. And, such was the case this last week.

First, and ‘final for-now’, Veteran’s Day celebration at hubby’s NEW school – CHECK!

Then the final ‘for now’ series of concerts for hubby’s 6th-8th graders (including one of our nephews) – CHECK!

Holiday plans (near and far) – CHECK!

Then we moved into the weekend, preparing for yet another week apart due to training, when:

Fairly impromptu family photo session. …sigh… CHECK!

Yes, it was fun. Yes, it was long overdue. BUT… it’s one less ‘major’ thing on the check-list and one step closer to being one step further apart.

It was the happiest, most smile-filled, and yet depressing afternoon we’ve had in a while. Luckily, we had this AMAZING photographer {Millie B Photography… Amelia Benjamin is TALENTED, folks!!!} on our side  keeping it real, capturing giggles and sentiments {mind you, amidst a cold snap rather than 66 degree weather}. Then, we drove our separate ways for the week… and the phone call came… and the HARD HIT… and we each had a minimum 2 hour drive remaining, headed opposite directions.

Silence – CHECK.
Heavy heart – CHECK.
Tears – CHECK.
Soft words – CHECK.

That moment, that hard right there… THAT is where HIS comfort was {and is} found.

His strength.
His peace.
His love.

A great Psalm came to mind through this week – 84. I hadn’t visited it in a while but it’s power remains. Needless to say, it lit my fire a bit. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you take your head knowledge, get over the mental hard of things, and turn it into heart knowledge. He has poured more strength, peace, calm, direction, motivation, energy, and unspeakable goodness into me and our home this week. May this Psalm hydrate your valley as it has ours and remind you that should we {simply} trust, He will lead us through the valley by His strength and blessing.

Psalm 84 {click here for the whole}

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord of hosts!

4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
    ever singing your praise!
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
    in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
6 As they go through the Valley of Baca
    they make it a place of springs;
    the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
    each one appears before God in Zion.

10 For a day in your courts is better

    than a thousand elsewhere.

12 O Lord of hosts,

    blessed is the one who trusts in you!

{NOTE: in my study Bible, it is stated that there is no known Valley of Baca but that this reference is more towards the dry spells we journey through.}

{NOTE: this image is courtesy of the Examiner… fitting enough, from an article about the Valley of Baca mentioned in Psalm 84 – check it out, it’s short and some great insight!}

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