Giving God Your Fears.

Let me encourage you to give your worry and fear to God, not just today but every day. Today I talked with a mother whose son is leaving for a year of duty in Iraq, and I could relate to her anxiety and concern since my son has served in Iraq. I was reminded how vital prayer is to us when our loved ones are deployed—praying for them and asking our faith community and military support group to join us in praying for your family member and all our servicemen and women.

Whether we’re a mother, wife, sister, or friend of someone deployed to a combat zone, prayer soothes our anxious souls. Over and over in the Bible God invites us to give Him our worries and fears, like in 1 Peter 5:7, where it says to cast all our cares, anxieties, and worries on the Lord, for He cares for us affectionately and watchfully. Prayer will help you remain emotionally, physically and spiritually healthy so you can be the support your loved one needs. As you experience God being there for you, and trust Him to be there for your loved one, He will be faithful! And your love combined with God’s love through prayer has a far-reaching ripple effect that will touch even across the world to the Middle East. May God pour out a spirit of grace and prayer in our hearts and in churches and families across our nation on behalf of our military!
—Cheri Fuller