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The Real Enemy

The real enemy rears his ugly head whenever there is a revival among God’s people, so it is fitting that we end our month of growing together for revival with this powerful piece by Muriel. The Real Enemy by Muriel Gregory   “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the…

10 Ways to Celebrate Jesus at Christmas

This week, we are joined by guest, Beth Runkle who shares with us 10 practical ways to celebrate Jesus at Christmas, no matter where you’re stationed. A Life-Giving Christmas: 10 Ways to Celebrate Jesus at Christmas by Beth Runkle I plopped down on the couch to rest for a moment while my kids were napping….

Essential Requirements for Revival

As we continue our growing together for revival series this month, Jennifer shares with us some essential requirements for revival we all need whether we share the gospel in daily life or seek personal spiritual growth. Essential Requirements for Revival by Jennifer Wake   Sitting outside enjoying the Fall colors reminds me of home. Growing…

When You Long to be Home

As a military woman, you have more than likely experienced a holiday season when you long to be home. We know what that’s like, but we also know the Psalms can be balm for our souls any time we ache for home. When You Long to be Home by Kristin Goodrich Once upon a time……

Hope Because God Restores

And For this week’s Monday Minute, Kelli brings a powerful message about how no matter what we face in this world, we always have hope because God restores. Please be warned this post covers the topic of suicide in our military community. Hope Because God Restores by Kelli Baker Mental health is just as important…

Jesus is Coming Again

As we continue our series on Growing Together for revival, Rose’s post shares how remembering Jesus is coming again helps us keep an eternal perspective. That eternal perspective can be the key to daily personal revival despite the uncertainty we face. Keeping an Eternal Perspective: Jesus is Coming Again by Rose McConnell This year our…

Feelings of Loss Over the Holidays

If we’re honest, most of us have feelings of loss over the holidays this year. Join Kristin for some encouragement from the Psalms as we head into this holiday season feeling less than festive. Feelings of Loss Over the Holidays by Kristin Goodrich Over the years, I’ve told and heard many sea stories about military…

The Call to Personal Revival

Brenda kicks off this month’s series on Growing Together for Revival with this call to personal revival in today’s Monday Minute. The Call to Personal Revival by Brenda Pace Military assignments afforded me the pleasure of living in a variety of locations and climates. I still wonder how I survived six hot and humid summers…

Sharing Christ in Daily Life

Kelli shares three tips for sharing Christ in daily life, in this last installment of our series on growing together the share the Gospel. Sharing Christ in Daily Life by Kelli Baker   “What will people think when they hear that I’m a Jesus freak? What will people do when they find that it’s true?”…

Living as Salt and Light

Have you ever wondered what it means to be living as salt and light in a military context? In this week’s Monday Minute, Brenda breaks it down for us as we continue our discussion on growing together to spread the Gospel. Living as Salt and Light by Brenda Pace   “Shhhh! They will hear us.” …

Simple Ways to Share Christ Wherever the Military Sends You

Ginger shares some simple ways to share Christ wherever the Military sends us, as we continue our Monday Minute discussion on growing together to spread the Gospel. Simple Ways to Share Christ Wherever the Military Sends You by Ginger Harrington She was not the friendliest woman in my new neighborhood.    Our kids played roller…

Stories of Hope Despite Racism

In our final week of our series on Racism in the Military Community, Planting Roots staff members share a stories of hope despite racism and how they have seen Jesus amid their struggles. Question #5: Share a story that gives you hope and/or points to Jesus.  Voice #1 – Nicole Williams I am always hopeful…

Go Tell it on the Mountains

In this week’s Monday Minute, Muriel encourages us to go tell it on the mountains, as she kicks off our month-long discussion about growing together to spread the Gospel. Go Tell It on The Mountains By Muriel Gregory   There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. -Maya Angelou   Why…

Heartbreaking Racism Stories

This week Planting Roots staff members discuss their most heartbreaking racism stories as part of our series on Racism in the Military Community. Question 4: Share a story that breaks your heart.  Voice #1 – Claudia Duff Goodness there are so many. One of my husband’s first prominent performances as a Navy bandsman was for…

When I am a Part of the Body of Christ

For this week’s Monday Minute, Claudia shares with us why it is important that we all participates a part of the body of Christ. When I am a Part of the Body of Christ  by Claudia Duff Part of the military lifestyle is the fact that you will always be in some type of movement….

How to Encourage Diversity in the Military Community

As we continue our discussion on racism in the military community, Planting Roots staff members share their suggestions for how to encourage diversity in the military community. Question #3: How do we encourage diversity within our community of Christian military women?  Voice #1 – Nicole Williams I think we have to be accepting and understanding…

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

For this week’s Monday Minute, Jennifer reminds us that while it is often said actions speak louder than words, we need to use our words to share the Gospel. Actions Speak Louder Than Words by Jennifer Wake   “Hey mom, my chemistry teacher is going to be gone for six weeks, will you be his…

Not Seeing Color

Our Planting Roots volunteer staff members discuss the idea of not seeing color as we continue our discussion on racism in the military community. You can read their backstories here. Question #2: Many of us have applied the idea of “not seeing color” while living this military life. What recommendations do you have in response? …

Do Not Forsake Meeting Together

In this week’s Monday Minute, Muriel encourages us to find new and creative ways of meeting together despite our current circumstances. Meeting Together Despite Our Altered Reality by Muriel Gregory Confinement.  Social Distancing.  These words have become the backdrop of our new reality.  Since the beginning of the year, the entire planet has been fighting…

Racial Integration in Military Community

As we continue our series on Racism in the Military Community, this week we are discussing racial integration in the military community. Last week you had the opportunity to meet some of our Planting Roots volunteer staff as they shared their experiences and backstories Question #1: The U.S. military is viewed as being rather integrated…

Go To Church

For this week’s Monday Minute, Kristin shares with us why it is vital for believers to go to church. Go to Church or Chapel NOW! by Kristin Goodrich BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) – Practice the habit of going to church! I’ve attended military chapels across the US and in Panama, Japan, and Germany. I’ve…

Racism in the Military Community

Here at Planting Roots, our vision is that military women will be deeply rooted in Christ. In order to encourage and equip our community, we have fun with inter-service rivalries, we examine principles and practices for navigating everyday military culture, and we thoughtfully address challenging and painful components of our shared military life.  Our nation…

We Are Family

We are family. For this week’s Monday Minute, Muriel shows us the gift we Christians have of participating in a God-given family of believers. We Are Family by Muriel Gregory   “Christian brotherhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may…

Infant Loss Amid Military Life

Andrea shares about the unexpected blessings she experienced during her family’s infant loss amid military life in this final installment of her four-part series on parenting. Don’t miss a single nugget of wisdom from her first three posts: Raising Young Men Amid Military Life, Raising Pre-Teen Boys Amid Military Life, and Parent Like an Olive…

Grow Together by Serving

For this week’s Monday Minute, Michelle challenges us to grow together by serving one another. Grow Together by Serving By Michelle Hieb   Service–it’s the very lifeblood of the military and Christian life.    “Service Member” is the generic term used to refer to all who wear a military uniform.    Yet, all too often,…

Parent Like an Olive Grower

Join us for the Andrea’s third installment, Parent Like and Olive Grower, in her series on parenting amid military life. Don’t miss the first two weeks: Raising Young Men Amid Military Life and Raising Pre-Teen Boys Amid Military Life. Parent Like an Olive Grower Your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Psalm…

Develop Your Leadership Style

For this week’s Monday Minute, Kelli shares with us some tips she learned while on active duty and from the Bible to help you develop your leadership style. Develop Your Leadership Style by Kelli Baker   One benefit of being in the military is the opportunity to operate in different work roles with several styles…

Raising Pre-Teen Boys Amid Military Life

Raising Pre-Teen boys can be hard enough, but the challenges of military life complicate things even more. Andrea is back this week with her second installment of Raising Young Men Amid Military life. Oh Boy! Raising Young Men Amid Military Life The Pre-Teen Years    This is part two of a four-part blog series about…

Why Group Bible Study Matters

Have you ever wondered if group Bible Study really matters? For this week’s Monday Minute, Kori shares with us three key elements of why group Bible study matters. Relationship, Encouragement, and Accountability – Group Bible Study Matters Does small group Bible study really matter? I’ll be honest. We attend church regularly, talk to and teach…

Raising Young Men Amid Military Life

For this month’s series, Andrea shares with us some lessons she learned while raising young men amid military life. This week’s post focuses on the younger years. Don’t miss her hacks for proactive and reactive parenting! Oh Boy! Raising Young Men Amid Military Life The Younger Years by Andrea Plotner This is a four-part blog…

Growing Together in Leadership

This month we are discussing growing together in Ministry. Brenda kicks us off with today’s Monday Minute on growing together in leadership. Growing Together in Leadership by Brenda Pace   “Brenda, you are a valuable part of the history of this organization. As such you carry institutional knowledge and wisdom to share with others.” My…

The Art of Spiritual Accountability

In this week’s Monday Minute, Liz shares how the art of spiritual accountability enhances our readiness to stand firm in the face of Satan’s schemes. Don’t miss the downloadable tool at the end of the post to help you inspect your spiritual armor. The Art of Spiritual Accountability by Liz Giertz When I was in…

Peace Despite Miscarriage in Military Life

This week’s post on finding peace despite miscarriage is Denise’s third in this series on miscarriage in the military. Be sure to read the first two parts of her story:  Miscarriage in Military Life and Load Bearers. Dear Sister…there is peace at the foot of the cross. by Denise Jolly “Because of the tender mercy…

Unlikely Battle Buddies

In this week’s Monday Minute, Rachelle shares with us the power of unlikely battle buddies. Who has God placed in your life for you to encourage? Unlikely Battle Buddies by Rachelle Whitfield   It was the second week of January in Fort “Lost in the Woods” Leonard Wood, MO. We were wrapping up the training…

Miscarriage in Military Life: Load Bearers

This is the second installment of our three part series on Miscarriage in Military Life by Denise. She shares God’s faithfulness to provide load bearers to help them carry the weight of the unbearable pain and searing loss. Read part one here. Miscarriage in Military Life: Load Bearers by Denise Jolly Dear Sister…God will send…

How to Find Your People

For this week’s Monday Minute, Kelli shares with us some important tips for how to find your people. Whether you are PCSing this summer or not, this is great advice! Where Do You Find Your People? by Kelli Baker   In Germany, I exchanged my combat boots for school books and became a full time…

Miscarriage in Military Life

Today we kick off a three week series about miscarriage in military life. Denise shares her personal pain and God’s faithfulness in a relatable way that will encourage anyone walking through the pain of losing their unborn child. Miscarriage in Military Life: Part I by Denise Jolly   Dear Sister….I know your pain. “My flesh…

Where is Your Point of Reference

In this week’s Monday Minute, Muriel shares how important having Jesus as our point of reference is for military life. Where is Your Point of Reference by Muriel Gregory   Some memories will always stay with you. One of the perks of being a Navy brat is growing up by the coast. I was a…

One Key Habit of Bible Study

For this week’s Monday Minute, special guests Margaret and Rose share with us one key habit of Bible Study they have learned as they have studied Scripture together through the years.   One Key Habit of Bible Study By Margaret Franklin and Rose McConnell   People often say opposites attract. That is part of the…

What Happens After Hello

What happens after hello? With PCS season upon us meeting new military friends is inevitable. Reserve spouse and guest writer, Amanda Mahannah, shares with us four ways God helps her navigate new friendships as a part of the weekend warrior lifestyle! Hello, my name is…. by Amanda Mahannah When you meet someone new, where do…

Growth Through God’s Word

Join Denise Jolly for this week’s Thursday Prayer as she prays for our growth through God’s Word. Your Word Brings a Harvest of Growth  by Denise Jolly   “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges…

When Everything Changes

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, Liz shares how God’s Word comforts us when everything changes. Does it seem to you like change is the only constant in this military lifestyle? When Everything Changes   “Everything is changing!” This was my lament to my sister-in-law when I begged her to stop sharing pictures of her daughter’s…

Fresh Faith in Challenging Times

For this week’s Monday Minute, Katye shares with us how God answered her plea for fresh faith in challenging times as she studied his Word. What challenges are you facing? Fresh Faith in Challenging Times by Katye Riselli   Another bleak Monday loomed ahead.  School-at-home coupled with social distancing had shattered the rhythm of our…

Military Marriage Prayer

For this week’s Thursday Prayer, join Kay Miller in this military marriage prayer today. Military Marriage Prayer by Katy Miller   Heavenly Father,   Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do in our marriages. Thank you for the grace upon grace you give to us, the love we receive from…

God’s Word: Living And Active

We have two special guests for this week’s Monday Minute who are sharing about how God’s Word is Living and Active, just like PT. God’s Word: Living and Active By Margaret Franklin and Rose McConnell   Honesty is always the best place to begin.  So, today let’s begin with an honest admission concerning exercise, or…

Eyes on Him

God wants us to keep our eyes on him. But this military lifestyle provides us no shortage of opportunities to compare our experiences to those of the men and women we serve alongside. We’re thrilled to share this encouraging post from guest writer, Amanda Mahannah. Eyes on Him by Amanda Mahannah   “Eyes on your…

Praying with Deuteronomy

Join Tonia for this week’s Thursday Prayer in praying with Deuteronomy. Praying Scripture is a powerful discipline. Praying with Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (NIV) Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.   Thank you Lord for being our God. You are the one true God, the only one with all power, the source…

In This All Together

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, new staff writer Kelli Baker shares what God is teaching her about being in the trenches of the Covid crisis all together. In This All Together   Now, more than ever, the feeling of being together invades every moment of my day. No longer are the days when we could…

Meditation is for Christians

In this week’s Monday Minute, Muriel shares with us how the discipline of meditation is for Christians, too. As military women we understand the power of discipline, so why do we bristle at the mention of meditation?   The Sound of Silence by Muriel Gregory   On all military installations around the world, sailors, airmen,…

Prayer for Parents and Children

Please join Michelle in this prayer for parents and children as we head toward the summer months and seek to navigate the intricacies of military life. A Prayer for Parents and Children  by Michelle Hieb   Heavenly Father, You are the perfect parent. You love us with unconditional love and are the perfect example of…

Basics of Bible Study

In this week’s Monday Minute, Andrea shares with us five practical approaches to the basics of Bible Study. May our curiosity about the things of God never grow dim. Basics of Bible Study…Be Curious! by Andrea Plotner   Bible “Study” Involves Curiosity   Today we’re talking about the BASICS of Bible study. I want to…

Prayer Across the Miles

This week guest, Rachel Johnson, shares a powerful message about how prayer across the miles closes the gap between military women. Prayer Across the Miles Just scrolling through the contact list on my cellphone, the incredible number of women I know not only across the country but around the world astonishes me! The military life…

Stronger Together in Prayer

For this week’s Thursday Prayer, Denise encourages us to be stronger together in prayer so that our military community might be strengthened by the Lord. Stronger Together in Prayer by Denise Jolly Lord,   We are in awe of what you do when we come together in your name.  May that strength and spirit in…

Saying No to God

Jennifer Wake shares about her experiences with saying no to God in this week’s Worship Wednesday. Can you relate? Saying No To God   Here I am having another tantrum. , stomping my feet. Saying “no” to God. Surely I am the only 50+ year old who stomps her feet and has tantrums. Ok, so…

Prayer Moment by Moment

For this week’s Monday Minute, Claudia shares with us how God has been cultivating a heart for prayer moment by moment. For those of us who long to pray without ceasing, this is wonderful encouragement. Growing in Prayer Moment by Moment by Claudia Duff   Quarantine has been difficult for me. I am an extreme…

When Walking Feels Like Falling

When walking feels like falling, we have a safe place to land. Join Claudia for some encouragement from Psalm 94 in this week’s Firmly Rooted Friday. When Walking Feels Like Falling In 2013 I was diagnosed with congenital hip dysplasia in both of my hips. I know it’s a mouth full. Even after the doctor…

Shift Our Focus Toward Jesus

For this week’s Thursday Prayer, join Tonia in this prayer to shift our focus toward Jesus in all that we say and do. Shift Our Focus Toward Jesus “Lord, I turn to You to get the inside track and obtain special favors, Your direction for my schemes Your power for my projects, Your sanctions for…

The Benefits of Praying Scripture

Join Jennifer for this week’s Monday Minute as she shares how praying Scripture helped her during times of distress. The Benefits of Praying Scripture by Jennifer Wake   As he drove away to meet the rest of his unit, I felt a vice-grip clamp down on my heart. His very first deployment was just fourteen…

The Power of Living Unashamed

Join Claudia for this edition of Firmly Rooted Friday as she talks about the power of living unashamed. Let’s praise God together for his work of redemption. The Power of Living Unashamed If you know me, you know I love coffee and not just in general but rather coffee and I are in a very…

Peace in the Garden of Prayer

For this week’s Thursday Prayer, Denise prays that all the women and children in our military community would find peace in the garden of prayer. Peace in the Garden of Payer by Denise Jolly Father,   We come to you with childlike faith. In that beautiful space that is a conversation time with you, Prayer. …

God Transformed My Prayer Life

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, Liz shares how God transformed her prayer life from asking for her desires to an act of worship. How God Transformed My Prayer Life My husband was up for promotion in a year when the promotion rate was dismal. Though I know him to be steadfast, loyal, and hardworking, he…

Pray from the Heart

For this week’s Monday Minute with God, Ginger encourages just to leave behind our prayer insecurities and pray from the heart by reminding us that the right words aren’t magic words. Pray from the Heart by Ginger Harrington   “I don’t know the right words to pray. Will you pray for me?” I watched my…

3 Promises in Psalm 18

Join Claudia for this edition of Firmly Rooted Friday as she explores three powerful promises in Psalm 18. Three Promises in Psalm 18 Studying the Psalms changed my heart.  The cares of this life made it brittle and the repetition of religion dulled it. A heart that was beating but not quite for Jesus. I…

Praying Psalm 27

For today’s Thursday Prayer, we invite you to join us in praying Psalm 27 over our warriors. Praying with verses from Psalm 27 today: “The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear?”   Whether our warriors are in the belly of a submarine or doing a halo jump above the clouds, You…

What is The Blessing?

For this week’s Worship Wednesday post, Jennifer shares how God blessed her family as they pondered the question her daughter posed: “What is the blessing?” What is The Blessing? “What is ‘the blessing’ you talk about with people?”  My college-aged daughter forced home by the global pandemic ambushed me with this question recently. When she…

Let Us Pray Together

For this week’s Monday Minute, Muriel shares about how God created us to pray together in community with one another because we are stronger that way. How can you grow together in prayer with the people in the place God has planted you? Alexa, would you pray for me? by Muriel Gregory   “Of course,…

Bending and Becoming

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, Jennifer shares her reflections on how bending palm fronds into crosses reminds her of how God is constantly bending us to become more like Jesus. Reflection on Palm Fronds Holy Week, the time between Palm Sunday and Easter, came and went and I almost missed it. It is a time…

Perseverance Produces Growth

For this week’s Monday Minute, Michelle shares with us what God has been teaching her about how perseverance produces growth. Perseverance Produces Growth by Michelle Hieb   Each week I sat in an uncomfortable child-sized chair in the child-sized waiting room outside of the speech therapist’s office while two of my boys attended their weekly…

Prayer to Our King of Kings

For this week’s Sunday Prayer, Tonia leads us in a prayer to our King of Kings asking His Spirit to move mightily in our military communities.   King of Kings by Tonia Gutting “In the darkness we were waiting Without hope without light Till from heaven you came running There was mercy in your eyes…

The Power of a Strong Redeemer

For this week’s Firmly Rooted Friday, Claudia shares with us what it means that we have a strong Redeemer in Jesus. The Power of a Strong Redeemer This past summer our family enjoyed a lovely summer day at the beach on a military installation. As we sat soaking in the sun there was a real…

Change Your Point of View

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, Jennifer reminds us that God can change your point of view when the obstacles you face loom like the Himilayas. Change Your Point of View My daughter gave up her room, in fact her entire attic floor to friends of mine for a weekend this summer. She doesn’t really know…

Growing in Godliness

Ginger shares what the Lord has been teaching her about growing in godliness despite the hardships of military life for this week’s Monday Minute. Growing in Godliness by Ginger Harrington The phone rang in the deep hours of the night, jarring me from sleep. I worried it was bad news about my husband who had…

Prayer for the Wavering Spouse

For this week’s Sunday Prayer, join Denise in this prayer for the wavering spouse, that God would strengthen her faith. To the Spouse who May Be Wavering by Denise Jolly   Lord,   We come to you as the bride who is new and has been walking beside you for years and for the one…

The Pull of Performance

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, special guest Martha Roberson shares how God is challenging her to escape the pull of performance. The Pull of Performance   “I have to do it all.” “If I don’t take care of this, everything will fall apart.” “There’s just so much to do, and I’m the only one who…

Walk the Talk

For this week’s Monday Minute, Muriel shares with us how God has been showing her to walk the talk, not just in Bible study, but all over base and the surrounding community. Walk the Talk by Muriel Gregory   “I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your…

An Easter Prayer

For this week’s Sunday Prayer, Michelle leads us in an Easter Prayer to renew a right spirit and focus within ourselves today and always! Blessed Easter from Planting Roots. An Easter Prayer by Michelle Heib Father, Today is the day we celebrate. We celebrate You. We bring you glory and honor. Without this day in…

The Beauty of Easter

On this Good Friday, we reflect on the Beauty of Easter with this poem written by guest writer, April Erhardt. The Beauty of Easter by April Erhardt I wrote this poem several years ago while my husband was on a year-long deployment with the Marine Corps in Afghanistan. He left me alone in Twentynine Palms,…

The Ache of Absence

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, Liz shares with us how God taught her to seek the comfort of his presence in the ache of absence. The Ache of Absence My heart ached to be there.    As the days drug on, my arms longed to hold my sister and provide some sort of tangible support…

Spiritual Disciplines to Grow in Faith

But For this week’s Monday Minute, Brenda shares how spiritual disciplines help us to grow in faith, no matter what role we play as military women and wives. Spiritual Disciplines to Grow in Faith by Brenda Pace Once upon a time, I was in the habit of going in to work with my husband at…

Gratitude for God’s Revelation

For this week’s Sunday Prayer, Tonia leads us to pray in gratitude for God’s revelation of himself to us. May that knowledge lead to heart change, so that others might see his glory, too. Gratitude for God’s Revelation by Tonia Gutting Lord God, Thank you for podcasts and live streams and Bible apps and devotional…

Growing Together in Gratefulness

In this week’s Monday Minute, Claudia shares with us how we can start the process of growing together in gratefulness in one small but significant way. Growing Together in Gratefulness by Claudia Duff STOP!  This one-word dictates millions and millions of drivers every single day. It doesn’t matter what language it is in if you…

Generational Praise for Our Nation

This week, Tonia storms heaven’s gates with generational praise for our nation. Together, let’s praise God for his favor on our nation through the ages. Generational Praise for the Nation by Tonia Gutting   They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the Lord’s majesty. Therefore in the east give…

The Importance of Just Showing Up

As we conclude this month’s focus on generation wisdom and mentoring in the military community, Rachelle shares how God has been teaching her the importance of just showing up. Just Show Up by Rachelle Whitfield So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to…

A Prayer for Wisdom

Join Denise for this week’s Sunday Prayer for Wisdom in all areas of our military lives. A Prayer for Wisdom by Denise Jolly   Lord, Your wisdom above all is sovereign. It is a flowing fountain and we ask you now for it to pour forth. At this moment we seek wisdom only you can…

The Remarkable Truth about Age and Wisdom

For this week’s Monday Minute, Muriel flips convention on its head and challenges us to seek God’s remarkable truth about age and wisdom. The Remarkable Truth about Age and Wisdom by Muriel Gregory   I will be celebrating a significant birthday this year. Significant because of the number of candles that will be on the…

A Prayer for Military Marriages

For this week’s Sunday Prayer, join Michelle in this prayer for military marriages. A Prayer for Military Marriages by Michelle Hieb   Father,   Thank you for your love, kindness, and patience towards us. May we show that same love, kindness, and patience towards our spouses today. Lord, you give us each the Holy Spirit…

The Power of Joy

For this week’s Firmly Rooted Friday, Claudia shares how the power of joy helps her battle the loneliness she feels following a move far from her previous Battle Buddies. The Power of Joy “And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b ESV When you are weary from…

God Makes Beautiful Things

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, Muriel shares how God makes beautiful things in her story of how he redeemed Fort Bragg for her. God Makes Beautiful Things   “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done…

Youthful Hearts Teach

In this week’s Monday Minute, Jennifer shares about a time in her life when she experienced the powerful way youthful hearts teach more seasoned women. Youthful Hearts Teach by Jennifer Wake   Mentoring can be a scary term. What does mentoring look like? Who do you choose to ask to be your mentor? Will you…

God’s Wisdom for Children

For this week’s Sunday Prayer, join Tonia as she prays for God’s wisdom for children in our military communities. God’s Wisdom for Children by Tonia Gutting   Father God, You are the one who teaches the little boy in Alaska how to fish the frozen river, the teenager in Florida how to help the kids…

Seeing An Unseen God

Do you struggle with seeing an unseen God? For this week’s Firmly Rooted Friday post, Claudia shares with us some ways we adjust our vision to see his hand at work. Seeing God Even When He is Unseen “As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen….

Another Ordinary Day

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, Jennifer shares with us how God can take what seems like just another ordinary day and make it extraordinary. Another Ordinary Day Turned Extraordinary   I am a dog lover. Having a dog, motivates me to walk every day. Rain, cold, snow, sun; nothing stops a dog from needing a…

God’s Presence in Every Military Generation

For this week’s Monday Minute, Kristin shares about finding God’s presence in every military generation. God’s Presence in Every Military Generation by Kristin Goodrich (KG)   I spent my childhood living in Japan during the Vietnam War. I lived in Colombia during my teens as narco-violence skyrocketed. I joined the Navy in the 1980s, and…

Rooted Together in Wisdom

For this week’s Sunday Prayer, join Denise in praying that our warriors would be rooted together in wisdom from God. Rooted Together in Wisdom by Denise Jolly   Lord, we come to you with thankful hearts because of the wisdom and guidance you provide. We ask now for continued favor of wisdom for those warriors…

No Matter What

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, Stacey shares with us some encouraging words on finding contentment no matter what circumstances we face in this life. No Matter What   Content. In a state of peaceful happiness.  A state of satisfaction. Pleased. Fulfilled. Happy. Cheerful. Glad. Unworried. Untroubled. At ease. At peace. Tranquil. Serene.    Wow. Those…

The Power of Showing Up

In this week’s Monday Minute, Kori talks about the power of showing up for the people God places in our lives. Who needs you to show up for them today? The Power of Showing Up by Kori Yates I could not have done it alone.  The first time I ran a half marathon was a…

For Godly Battle Buddies

Join Michelle as she prays for our warriors, that they might have godly battle buddies who protect each other physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Prayer for our Warriors and Their Battle Buddies by Michelle Hieb   Father,   We thank you for watching over our warriors. You have provided excellent training for their physical work and…

Love Gives Us Hope

Claudia closes out this Firmly Rooted Friday series on the “love chapter” with today’s discussion on how love gives us hope. Don’t miss the two previous weeks– week one and week two. Love Gives Us Hope  The love of Christ forces us to hope. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face…

God Defends Us

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, Jennifer shares with us how God defends us in every hard thing we face in this life. God Defends Us   Why am I here?    So many people rave about this duty station or that one. I wonder why… Why that place? Why not another place? God has sent…

Finding a Battle Buddy

For this week’s Monday Minute, Michelle shares some tips with us from Acts 2:42 about how to find a battle buddy. Finding a Battle Buddy by Michelle Hieb   The interesting thing about meeting new people is you have no way of knowing that one day they will be instrumental in how you survive life’s…

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Join Tonia for this week’s Sunday Prayer as she prays in gratitude for the friend we have in Jesus. What a Friend We Have in Jesus by Tonia Gutting   What a friend we have in Jesus All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer!  …

Love Gives Us Strength

Claudia continues our discussion of the “love chapter” with this week’s Firmly Rooted Friday post about how God’s love gives us strength. Don’t miss last week’s introduction. Love Gives Us Strength We are God’s servants and his love gives us strength. They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great…

When Trusting is Hard

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, Muriel shares with us about what to do when trusting is hard. When Trusting is Hard Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.  Psalm 20:7   Trust is a tricky thing. I used to be a very trusting…

True Love Bears Burdens

For this week’s Monday Minute, Jennifer talks about how true love bears burdens. God created us to do life together and has given us some specific instructions for what that looks like. Our love for our friends should be influenced by the Word, not the world’s definition of love. True Love Bears Burdens by Jennifer…

Thanksgiving for Friendship

Join Denise as she prays in thanksgiving for friendship in Christ. Do you have a special battle buddy? Share this with her and thank her for being there for you! Thanksgiving for Friendship in Christ by Denise Jolly   Lord,   We are reminded over and over that you are for us.  What then shall…

Love Changes Everything

Claudia kicks off this month’s Firmly Rooted Fridays with these encouraging words about how God’s love changes everything. Read all the way to the end for a little challenge to get you rooted and growing in the Word! Love Changes Everything If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not…

Praise God All The Time

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, Kayla encourages us to praise God all the time. It isn’t easy, but she shares some great examples of people who have kept the faith despite difficult circumstances. Praise God All The time   “I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”…

Be a Daughter of Encouragement

Muriel shares with us some practical advice about becoming a daughter of encouragement in this week’s Monday Minute. This is such an important part of living in community and growing together. Be a Daughter of Encouragement By Muriel Gregory   “Hi! How are you doing?” Those five casual words connect us in our daily lives….

Prayer for Single Warriors

Join Tonia in prayer for our single warriors in today’s edition of Sunday Prayer. Prayer for Single Warriors Based on Psalm 20 by Tonia Gutting   God of the heavenly armies,  Please be with our single warriors today. Watch over the new recruits, the young, the inexperienced. Draw them close.   We pray for them….

Grateful for God’s Faithfulness

For this week’s Friday Voices, Claudia shares with us how she is grateful for God’s faithfulness, despite life’s challenges. Grateful for God’s Faithfulness by Claudia Duff   “Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our…

Don’t Give Up

“Don’t Give Up!” Has anyone ever encouraged you this way in a fitness course? For this week’s Monday Minute, Jennifer shares how God encourages us to keep going in our spiritual fitness! Don’t Give Up by Jennifer Wake   “Don’t give up Jennifer. You can do it. Just one more…”   Fitness coaches encourage us with…

Prayer for Military Marriage

Join Michelle as she asks God to guide and strengthen our unions in this prayer for military marriage. We all know the challenges and pressures the military places marriages. A Prayer for Military Marriages by Michelle Hieb   Abba Father,    You blessed us with the union of marriage. From the beginning of creation, you…

Shaped by Our Scars

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, Muriel shares how we are shaped by our scars. Shaped by our Scars by Muriel Gregory   “This. Is. Hard.” The whispered words felt heavy on my mommy’s heart. My baby girl was two thousand miles away. The army had taken us to our next adventure, and she stayed back…

Living Life with One Another

For today’s Monday Minute, Jennifer shares with us what God has been teaching her about living life with one another in community. Living Life with One Another by Jennifer Wake   “Mom, those people are really angry. Aren’t we supposed to be loving?”  This was the start of a long conversation after a church meeting…

For Military Spouses to Find Friends

We all know what a struggle it can be for military spouses to find friends. Join Michelle as she prays for those connections in this week’s Sunday Prayer. Prayer for Military Spouses to Find Friends by Michelle Hieb Heavenly Father,   Thank you for your love. Thank you for being God who sees and hears….

A Better Cadence

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, Kristin shares with us how she is forging ahead to the beat of a better cadence. Find out why a former sailor would ever want to “Burn the Ships.” A Better Cadence to Call by Kristin Goodrich Running in formation is always easier to do when someone is calling a…

Heart of Jesus

For this week’s Monday Minute, Muriel shares with us what God has been teaching her about how He created us for community as she studied the heart of Jesus. The Heart Of Jesus: Unconditional, Challenging, Unparalleled by Muriel Gregory Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And…

Lord Watch Over Military Children

Join Tonia as she prays, “Lord watch over military children,” in this week’s Sunday Prayer. Lord Watch Over Military Children by Tonia Gutting Lord, The most powerful person the most beautiful kingdom the most glittering life are nothing compared to you. You are the only One worthy of fame,  the only One deserving of everything…

One Word Can Change Everything

Can One Word change anything? Claudia launches a new Friday feature for 2020 with this week’s discussion on how God uses one word to change her perspective as she grows in faith. One Word Can Change Everything by Claudia Duff Happy New Year! As 2019 rolled into 2020 I saw it.  The irony of the…

Red Letter Rescue Story

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, Stacey proclaims God’s glory in this red-letter rescue story ripped from the pages of her own life. A Humbled Heart by Stacey Gibson Today I opened my Bible to start writing and had planned on looking up verses to accompany a sermon illustration God had given me on vacation. Instead,…

Growing Together in Military Life

For this week’s Monday Minute, Planting Roots Director, Kori Yate, kicks off our theme for 2020: Growing Together. Growing Together in Military Life by Kori Yates   And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging…

Prayer for Military Women in 2020

Let’s all join Tonia in prayer for military women around the globe. Happy New Year from the Planting Roots Prayer Team. A 2020 Prayer for Military Women by Tonia Gutting Lord Jesus, Make me your warrior. Place me in your army. Send me where you want me to go. Have me do your work. (Ephesians…

Walking in Faith 2019

And In our final post of 2019, Kori wraps up our 2019 theme of Flourishing with a look back at all the ways we are walking in faith in military life. Walking in Faith in Military Life by Kori Yates I don’t want to simply survive.  Military life can bring its own set of challenges….

Giving the New Year to God

As we close out 2019, Tonia Gutting shares a prayer for giving the New Year to God. Giving the New Year to God by Tonia Gutting Lord God who makes all things new! We look forward to this new year because you are already there. You are the One who created time. You started it…

God With Us at Christmas

For this week’s Worship Wednesday post, Jennifer Wake appropriately focuses our attention on Emmanuel, God with us! No matter where you are this Christmas morning, know that He is there right beside you. Emmanuel by Jennifer Wake But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream,…

Flourish Despite the Darkness

For this week’s Monday Minute, Claudia shares how God has been teaching her to flourish in faith despite the darkness that so often creeps into our lives during this season of celebration. Flourish in Faith Despite the Darkness by Claudia Duff Sometimes it feels like the darkness settles upon us and there will never be…

More Jesus for the Mil Spouse

In this week’s Sunday Prayer, Tonia Gutting prays for more Jesus for the Mil Spouse. Couldn’t we all use a little more Jesus? More Jesus for the Mil Spouse by Tonia Gutting   Give me Give me Give me   Oh, Lord God, stop me! Forgive me. Break me. Mold me. Silence me.  Put me…

Advent the Preparation

This week for Wednesday Worship, Jennifer Wake shares with us how we can prepare our hearts during this season of Advent. Advent by Jennifer Wake I love Christmas and I especially love Nativity scenes or Creches. I may or may not have a problem with collecting sets. If you ask me, I don’t have a…

Find Your Identity Beyond the Uniform

For this week’s Monday Minute, Liz shares with us her experience as God helped her flourish in her identity beyond the uniform. Find Your Identity Beyond the Uniform by Liz Giertz When I got out of the Army, exchanging my Active Duty ID card for a “dependent” card was traumatic.  Being a Soldier had defined…

A Prayer for Christmas Revival

In this week’s Sunday Prayer Tonia Gutting prays for us to all experience a Christmas revival in our communities, military installations, and churches. A Prayer for Christmas Revival by Tonia Gutting Oh Lord, You are the God of love; we are the people of self. You are the God of light; we hide in the…

A PCS Christmas

We are thrilled to share this PCS Christmas story written by Tonia Gutting to encourage all our military women facing a move mid-holiday season. A PCS Christmas by Tonia Gütting Yes, my husband asked me. And yes, I agreed. It had seemed like an o.k. idea back in the fall. But now the realization of…

Stepping Out in Faith

For this week’s Monday Minute, Jennifer shares with us what God has been teaching her about stepping out in faith. Stepping out in Faith to Flourish by Jennifer Wake   Steppin’ is an amazing art form. I don’t know how, when, or where it started, but I do love to watch it.  The way the…

Flourish in Faith in Every Season

As we look forward to a season of celebration at Christmas, Michelle Heib prays for us to flourish in our faith in every season for this week’s Sunday Prayer. Flourish in Faith in Every Season by Michelle Hieb   Heavenly Father, Thank you for the gift of faith. You have portioned out a measure of…

How to Show God’s Love

For this week’s Monday Minute, Muriel shares how to show God’s love. She cites three techniques Jesus taught us. 3 Techniques Jesus Gave Us to Show God’s Love by Muriel Gregory   And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the…

Flourish in the Gift of Faith

For this week’s Sunday Prayer, Hillary prays for us to flourish in the gift of faith. Flourish in the Gift of Faith by Hillary Baggett   O Lord, you have gifted us with faith – the belief in all that is not seen. Some are born with great faith, but your Word tells us we…

When You Don’t Feel Like Celebrating

For this week’s Monday Minute, Liz shares what to do when you don’t feel like celebrating. Flourishing when Festivities Don’t Feel Fun by Liz Giertz I don’t know about you, but holidays stress me out.  I know I’m supposed to be happy but there is so much cooking, cleaning, and decorating. Not to mention the…

Prayer for Military Children

As we prepare to enter into the Advent season, for this week’s Sunday Prayer Tonia offers up a prayer for Military Children. An Advent Prayer for Our Military Children by Tonia Gutting   Good Morning Lord, We wake to advent today and remind ourselves again to look for You. We remind our hearts to hope…

Being Brave in Ballet

In today’s post, Kristin Goodrich shares what God taught her about living in his freedom through her experiences being brave in ballet. Being Brave in Ballet by Kristin Goodrich I got promoted!! Despite taking off my military uniform decades ago and my husband retiring from the military years ago, I just earned a promotion last…

Creative Ways to Celebrate God’s Faithfulness

For this week’s Monday Minute, Jennifer shares with us four Creative Ways to Celebrate God’s faithfulness! If you have more, we’d love to hear them! 4 Creative Ways to Celebrate God’s Faithfulness by Jennifer Wake I am an admin person. I deal in DATA. Calendars, spreadsheets and “To Do” lists are great tools. Tools to…

A Thanksgiving Prayer

For this week’s Sunday Prayer, Tonia shares a thanksgiving prayer for our Service Members. A Thanksgiving Prayer for our Service Members by Tonia Gutting For the beauty of the earth For the beauty of the skies For the love which from our birth over and around us lies Lord of all to thee we raise…

Grace Upon Grace

This through back Worship Wednesday by Sarah McKinney reminds us that, “Grace upon grace” is ours. Grace Upon Grace… Strength 2 Thrive Conference November 7th, 2015 – Centreville, Virginia   Looking out over a crowd of military women, my heart is stirred. My heart is stirred for the passion and testimony that gathers together to…

How to Celebrate Like Jesus

In this week’s Monday Minute, Muriel shares five ways we can celebrate like Jesus! 5 Ways to Celebrate Like Jesus by Muriel Gregory Come to the Table “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20 ESV Growing up, the Sunday meal was my favorite time of…

Veteran’s Day

A look at Veteran’s Day – Only 9.4% of Veterans are women. Less than 10%. These women of courage, loyalty, and strength have served our country well since before the founding of our nation. Formally recognized in service to their country in 1901, women have served in every capacity from washing clothes to flying a…

A Prayer for the Celebrations

In this week’s Sunday Prayer Michelle offers prayer for the celebrations of those who love Service Members. A Prayer for the Celebrations of Those who Love Service Members by Michelle Hieb Heavenly Father, The season of Celebration has arrived and we confess that we do not always feel like celebrating. We get confused about what…

Joyless Journey, No More

Originally published November 4, 2014 I enjoy routine, organization, and if you came for a visit, you would see sticky notes and lists in several rooms of my home. I had my life planned out at age    18 – graduate college, move back to my hometown, start teaching, get my graduate degree, become a principal,…

The Art of Simple Celebration

This week, Kori kicks off our month of Flourishing in Celebration by sharing four ways we can master the art of simple celebration. Flourishing in Simple Celebration by Kori Yates Giving gifts is not one of my strengths, and remembering special dates is also a bit challenging. I have friends and family who are good…

Celebrate in Hard Times

For this week’s Sunday prayer, Hillary prays for God to inspire us to flourish even as we celebrate in the hard times. Flourish as We Celebrate in Hard Times by Hillary Baggett   Dear Lord,  We thank you for the air we breathe and each new day on the horizon. Each sunrise brings fresh mercies…

Flourishing Despite Our Feelings

For this week’s Monday Minute, we are thrilled to have guest Kelli Baker share with us these three steps for flourishing despite our feelings. Celebrating Peace in the Midst of Frustration by Kelli Baker In life, we are all faced with situations that cause our minds and thoughts to take us on a roller coaster…

A Prayer for the Health of Our Warriors

Tonia prays for the health of our Warriors for this week’s Sunday prayer. What a privilege to be able to pray to the God who made every cell in our bodies. Join us this week to pray for the health of our warriors. A Prayer for the Health of Our Warriors by Tonia Gutting  …

Resting in the Father’s Arms

Have you ever wondered about resting in the Father’s arms? For this week’s Worship Wednesday Katie Hawkins shares more of what God has been teaching her in the aftermath of being Shaken and Stirred by her cancer diagnosis. You can read her previous post here. Resting in the Father’s Arms by Katie Hawkins Resting in…

5 Steps to Help You Grow Healthy

This week, Kori shares 5 steps grow healthy so we can serve God more fully in this week’s Monday Minute.   5 Steps to Help You to Grow Healthy by Kori Yates The first time I couldn’t keep up changed my perspective on health and fitness forever. I was a recent graduate headed out on…

For a Flourishing Healthy Ministry

In this week’s Sunday Prayer, Hillary celebrates the anniversary of Planting roots by praying for a flourishing healthy ministry for all those who serve the Lord. A Flourishing Healthy Ministry by Hillary Baggett   Lord, this week, we celebrate five years of Planting Roots. Thank you for this gift of ministering encouragement and faith to…

When Your Health is Shaken

Has a difficult diagnosis left you feeling as if your health is shaken? We are honored to share Katie’s brave words about the cancer journey that has left her feeling shaken and stirred. When Your Health is Shaken and Stirred by Katie Hawkins I love how James Bond, Ian Fleming’s creation of the cool, sophisticated…

7 Habits of Spiritually Healthy People

In this week’s edition of Monday Minute, Muriel shares 7 habits of spiritually healthy people and 4 pertinent proverbs that provide practical application for us all. 7 Habits of Spiritually Healthy People by Muriel Gregory “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and the life to…

Praying for the Wellbeing of Those Who Love Service Members

For this week’s Sunday Prayer, Michelle shares this prayer for the health and wellbeing of those who love service members. A Prayer for the Health and Wellbeing of Those who Love Service Members by Michelle Hieb   Heavenly Father, You have gifted us with amazing bodies that we confess we often take for granted.  We…

Fit for Consumption

Stacey shares her heart and encourages us to do what God says makes us fit for consumption in this week’s Worship Wednesday. Fit for Consumption by Stacey Gibson Fitness. It’s all around us, isn’t it?! Eat this. Don’t eat that. Work out. Run marathons. Try this diet. Take this supplement. The information overload is almost…

Being Smart About God’s Word

For this week’s Monday Minute Kristin shares 4 steps toward being intellectually healthy and the importance of not just being smart, but being smart about God’s Word. 4 Steps towards being Intellectually Healthy The Importance of Being Smart about God’s Word by Kristin Goodrich I hate feeling dumb and I hate looking dumb. I especially…

Prayer to Flourish in Health: Mind, Body, Heart, Soul

For this week’s Sunday Prayer, Hillary shares this beautiful prayer to flourish in health. May all military women flourish with healthy minds, bodies, hearts, and souls. Flourish in Health for the Mind, Body, Heart, and Soul by Hillary Baggett   Dear Lord,  We come to you with our whole hearts and lay down our burdens…

Healthy Discomfort: Pruned from the Vine

Hillary brings us this week’s Worship Wednesday about how trusting our Good Good Father helps us embrace healthy discomfort when we are pruned from the vine of the familiar. Healthy Discomfort: Pruned From the Vine by Hillary Baggett A miracle happened – tomatoes recently grew on the plant that was given to me merely months…

4 Ways To Create Balance

This week as we wrap up our conversation about flourishing in work, Rachelle shares what God has been teaching her about the ever-elusive topic: how to create balance. Ways To Create Balance Learning to Flourish by Creating Balance by Rachelle Whitfield I am the marketing team lead for Planting Roots. I tell everyone it is…

Seeking Our Significance from the Lord Instead of Work

In this week’s Sunday Prayer, Hillary prays for us to constantly be seeking our significance from the Lord instead of from our work. Seeking Our Significance from the Lord instead of Our Work by Hillary Baggett   Heavenly Father,  We praise you for the work we have to do on this earth whether for days…

Making God the Center of Our Work

It is my pleasure to share Jennifer’s wise words about making God the center of our work for this week’s Worship Wednesday post… Making God the Center of Our Work by Jennifer Wake Hi Ho Hi Ho It’s Off to work I go…. My daughter was just eight weeks old when I had to return…

4 Ways to Gain a Heavenly Perspective on Housework

This week, Liz Giertz is excited to share with you some lessons God has been teaching her about gaining a heavenly perspective on housework. It hasn’t been easy but it has been worth it. 4 Ways to Gain a Heavenly Perspective on Housework by Liz Giertz When I took off the uniform (You can read…

Praying for Warriors’ Work

Tonia Gutting prays powerfully for our Warriors’ Work in this week’s Sunday Prayer. Perhaps no job needs prayer more than the military members’.  Praying for Warriors’ Work  by Tonia Gutting   When the days are endless the tasks are thankless the job is grim; When the mission seems meaningless the help seems hopeless the work…

The Art of Looking Up

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, we are sharing wise words about the art of looking up written by Muriel Gregory. The Art of Looking Up by Muriel Gregory From the moment we breathe our first to the day we breathe our last, our life is punctuated by a series of transitions. Transitioning from the womb…

3 Lessons to Help Choosing the Best

Today our Director, Kori Yates, shares with us three lessons to help us with choosing the best as we continue our discussion about Flourishing in work this month. 3 Lessons to Help with Choosing the Best  Sign me up! by Kori Yates I would volunteer for anything…literally. It’s in my nature somewhere. I read a…

Flourishing in God-Given Work

In today’s Sunday Prayer, Michelle prays for us to flourish in our God-Given work and covers everything we do and reminds us that all our work is meant to bring glory and honor to God. Flourishing in Our God-Given Work by Michelle Hieb Lord, We thank you and praise you for the work we have…

Watching for God’s Plan

I’m excited to share Jennifer’s encouraging words about watching for God’s plan in all that we do for this week’s Worship Wednesday. Watching for God’s Plan by Jennifer Wake It’s September. My heart starts to beat faster and my thoughts turn to school. Way before I had my first child, August or September meant the…

Steps to Make Hard Work Easier

I’m excited to share this insightful post from Kristin Goodrich containing 4 Steps to Make Hard Work Easier. 4 Steps to Make Hard Work Easier! Let’s Git ‘er Done! by Kristin Goodrich ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR THE WORK PARTY?! Our military culture is full of contradictions and lingo! Just think of “mandatory fun,” and…

Prayer to Flourish in Work as Kids Return to School

For today’s Sunday Prayer, Hillary prays for us to flourish in work as we embrace the changes to our schedules Fall inevitably brings. Prayer to Flourish in Work as Kids Return to School by Hillary Baggett Abba, You are our daddy in heaven. Just as parents love and watch over children, you love us, Lord. …

When Worthless Work Becomes Worship

I’m honored to share for this week’s Worship Wednesday what God has been teaching me about how worthless work becomes worship. When Worthless Work Becomes Worship by Liz Giertz When I wore the uniform making sure the commander knew my name was one of my primary concerns.  From the meticulously parked trucks in the motor…

5 Purposes of Work

I’m excited to share Brenda Pace’s wisdom in today’s post, 5 Purposes of Work, as we kick of our month of Flourishing in Work. Created for Work by Brenda Pace My dad grew up the hard way. He dropped out of school at a young age to work in the cotton mills of North Carolina….

Prayer for Military Spouses’ Work

The Psalmist asks God to ‘establish the work of my hands.’ We can too. Please join us in praying for military spouses’ work this week. Prayer for Military Spouses’ Work by Tonia Gutting Establish the work of our hands, Lord. You are the one with all power to complete all tasks, all wisdom to unravel…

Understanding the Call to Serve

This week I’m excited to share Karen Whiting’s wise words about understanding the call to serve as we bridge the gap between this month’s focus on parenting and next month’s focus on flourishing in work. How to Flourish when Mommy or Daddy Serves in the Military by Karen Whiting “Why does daddy have to be…

Keep Breathing: Life after Miscarrying

For this week’s Worship Wednesday Post, Jennifer Wake shares about life after miscarrying and how God helped her to keep breathing. If you’ve endured this painful loss, I pray you’ll find comfort in her words, God’s truth, and the beautiful song she shares at the end. Keep Breathing: Life after Miscarrying by Jennifer Wake  …

5 Steps for Gathering Hope During the Loss of a Child

In this week’s Monday Minute, Claudia shares with us her deeply personal story of gathering hope during the loss of a child. Believe it or not, God can make it possible to flourish during great loss. 5 Steps for Gathering Hope During the Loss of a Child by Claudia Duff   Izzy T is our first…

Praying to Focus on Jesus While Parenting

In this week’s Sunday prayer, Jessica and Hillary encourage us to focus on Jesus while parenting. What a great way to close out this month’s focus on flourshing in parenting! Praying to Focus on Jesus While Parenting  by Jessica Babcock and Hillary Baggett   Jesus, please help me to keep my mind on you.  Help me…

10 Affirmations for Flourishing as a Mother-To-Be

I’m excited to share these 10 affirmations for flourishing as a Mother-To-Be written by Active Duty Military Woman, Marissa Day. These are eternal truths for military women in uniform and out alike. Flourishing as a Mother-To-Be by Marissa Day Physically, anyone can see I’m six months into motherhood. Which means all sorts of changes—most of…

God Provides Our Cover During Battles

In this week’s Worship Wednesday post, Claudia shares with us how she learned that God provides our cover during battles in our everyday lives. God Provides Our Cover During Battles by Claudia Duff cover verb cov·​er | \ ˈkə-vər  \ to guard from attack; to afford protection or security to I have been married for…

5 Keys to Parenting Teenagers

In this week’s Monday Minute, Muriel shares with us 5 keys to parenting teenagers as God showed her the importance of shifting from disiplining to discipling. How to Shift from Disciplining to Discipling by Muriel Gregory   “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;     it shall not return to me empty,…

Prayer for Children to Grow in Christ

In this weeks’ Sunday Prayer, Hillary prays boldly for all children to grow in Christ. As a mother, these words echo the cry of my own heart. Prayer for Children to Grow in Christ by Hillary Baggett   Lord, we pray for the children of the world and specifically all those impacted by this military…

Faith Teaches Children to Fly

In this week’s Worship Wednesday, Jennifer shares with us how worshiping God by faith helps extinguish the enemy’s fiery attacks on our children–how our faith teaches children to fly. Faith Teaches Children to Fly by Jennifer Wake Parenting is hard. It can be heart wrenching, joyous, life-giving, and stressful, sometimes all within the span of…

3 Ideas for Parenting Adult Children

In this week’s Monday Minute, Brenda shares with us three ideas God has shown her for parenting adult children amidst the challenges of military life. 3 Ideas for Parenting Adult Children by Brenda Pace   “I feel like someone chopped off an appendage!”   This is how I felt when our family PCS’ed to Washington…

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for God’s Perfect Parenting

For this week’s Sunday Prayer, Michelle leads us in this beautiful prayer of thanksgiving for God’s perfect parenting. Where would we be without his example? A Prayer of Thanksgiving for God’s Perfect Parenting by Michelle Hieb   Heavenly Father, You are the perfect parent, in wisdom, grace, provision, mercy, and love. You alone are worthy of…

When You Need a Summertime Revival

For this week’s Worship Wednesday, Claudia shares about how relevant a good old fashioned summertime revival is to us today! Summertime Revival by Claudia Duff revival noun re·viv·al | \ ri-ˈvī-vəl  \ an act or instance of reviving: the state of being revived: restoration of force, validity, or effect  Growing up Pentecostal means revivals were…

3 Principles for Parenting on the Same Page

In this week’s Monday Minute, Liz kicks off this month’s theme of flourishing in parenting with some great tips for military families to practice parenting on the same page–God’s page! 3 Principles for Parenting on the Same Page by Liz Giertz I labored through the night with my mom by my side, unable to reach…

Praise for Parents and Prayer for Healing for Soul Hurts

Hillary kicks off this month’s focus on flourishing in parenting with this prayer of praise for parents and the comforting truth that we have a heavenly Father who is forever faithful no matter what we face in parenting. Praise for Parents and Prayer for Healing for Soul Hurts by Hillary Baggett   Dear Father God,…

Worship When Mercy Fills Your Cup

In this week’s Worship Wednesday, Claudia challenges us all to worship God when his mercy fills your cup. Worship When Mercy Fills Your Cup by Claudia Duff mercy noun mer·cy | \ ˈmər-sē a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion * Mercy is something given, not earned. It is a gift….

3 Steps to Flourish in Every Life Season

For this week’s Monday Minute, Brenda shares with us some timeless wisdom from God’s Word about how to flourish in every life season. Flourish in Every Life Season by Brenda Pace This spring I had the delightful pleasure of leading a women’s retreat where I facilitated a session on the topic of Flourishing in Every…

A Prayer for Trust in Transition

In this week’s Sunday Prayer, Hillary and Jessica teamed up to bring us this beautiful prayer for trust in transition. Praying according to God’s names and his character is such a powerful practice. A Prayer for Trust in Transition by Jessica Babcock/Hillary Baggett Dear Lord, As the author and perfecter of our faith, Lord you…

Flourishing When You Don’t Like Where You’re Planted

This Guest Post by Jennifer Raburn, one of our newest Worship Team members, gives us some great tips for flourishing when you don’t like where you’re planted. Flourishing When You Don’t Like Where You’re Planted by Jennifer Raburn The soil beneath my gloved hands felt loose, tender, and cool. It felt good to turn over the…

4 Steps to Flourish When Taking Off the Uniform

In this week’s Monday Minute Kristin continues our discussion of flourishing in transitions with what she learned about taking off the uniform at the end of her service in the Navy. 4 Steps to Flourish when Taking Off the Uniform by Kristin Goodrich Twice during my Naval Service, I took off a set of uniforms…

Praying Through Military Transition

In this week’s Sunday Prayer, Hillary shares with us a beautiful example of praying through military transition. Praying Through Military Transition by Hillary Baggett   Lord, the summer moving season is upon us! You, in your wisdom, know this! From Germany to Colorado, Alaska to Afghanistan, Korea to Kansas, and just across town, transitions are…

Look Into the Light in Military Life

In this week’s Worship Wednesday, Hillary Baggett shares how God has been teaching her to look into the light in military life, even when darkness seems to settle over you. Look Into the Light in Military Life by Hillary Baggett Darkness, depression, alone – these words came to mind when my husband deployed; started his…

5 Practical Ways to Prepare for Military Retirement

Then In this week’s Monday Minute Claudia shares with us what God taught her when it came time for her family to prepare for military retirement. 5 Practical Ways to Prepare for Military Retirement “Retirement Shenanigans” by Claudia Duff When my guy retired from the Navy after 23 years, it was sudden and unexpected. I…

A Prayer for Faith to Flourish in Transitions

In this week’s Sunday Prayer, Michelle prays for our faith to flourish in transitions. As military women, we always seem to be in transition. A Prayer for Faith to Flourish in Transitions  by Michelle Hieb   Heavenly Father, Changes are coming again. Just when things were getting into a routine and everything felt normal, calm,…

How To Flourish During a Military Move

In this week’s Monday Minute Kori, Founder of Planting Roots, shares with us 3 excellent strategies to flourish during a military move. Chances are, if you aren’t moving this summer, you know someone who is!   3 Clues to Finding God During a Move by Kori Yates As I sit here by the hotel pool…

Stillness and Trusting in the Lord During Transitions

In this week’s Sunday Prayer, Hillary prays for us to find stillness before God as we commit to trusting in the Lord during transitions. Stillness and Trusting in the Lord During Transitions by Hillary Baggett Lord, being still is HARD. Trusting and letting go when this military or post-military life has us feeling so out…

Finding Peace in the Eye of The Storm

In this week’s Worship Wednesday, Jennifer Wake shares what God has taught her about finding peace in the eye of the storm. Finding Peace In the Eye of the Storm by Jennifer Wake Have you ever been to a high school band concert or seen the symphony play? When the musicians take their seat they…

5 Ways to Flourish in Transitions after Deployment

In this week’s Monday Minute, Liz kicks off our July theme of transitions with five ways we can all flourish during troubling transitions after Deployment. Flourish in Transitions after Deployment by Liz Giertz   Military families constantly face troubling transitions from relocation to reenlistment to retirement. But perhaps the hardest and most misunderstood is the…

Praying Revelation 5 for Our Military

In this week’s Sunday Prayer, Tonia shares the power of praying God’s Word back to him by praying Revelation 5 for our military. Praying from Revelation 5 by Tonia Gutting “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God…

Embrace a Life of Freedom in Christ

In this week’s Worship Wednesday, Nicole shares a song that inspires her to embrace a life of freedom in Christ. Embrace A Life of Freedom in Christ by Nicole Williams Late last year I heard about a class called Freedom at a local church. Everyone who took it raved about their renewed relationship with God….

5 Simple Ways to Flourish in Prayer

In this week’s Monday Minute, Ginger shares with us 5 Simple ways to flourish in prayer, by making it a normal part of our daily routines. 5 Simple Ways to Flourish in Prayer by Ginger Harrington When my husband deployed to the Middle East, I prayed for his safety daily. “Lord, please watch over my husband and…

Praying for Time to Pray

In this week’s Sunday Prayer, Jessica prays this short and powerful prayer for us to find the time to pray. Flourishing in our prayer lives requires us to make time to pray. A Prayer for Time to Pray by Jessica Babcock Jesus… QUIET my mind, CHASE away all the things that try to take your…

7 Steps to Pray Like Jesus

In this week’s Monday Minute, Brenda shares with us 7 Steps God has shown her to pray like Jesus. Having a thriving prayer life is key to flourishing. Lessons from the Prayer Life of Jesus by Brenda Pace “Some mornings I feel like if getting up early was an object, I would break it, burn…

Spending the Day in Prayer

In this week’s Sunday Prayer, Hillary prays for us to envision ways to be spending the day in prayer. A Prayer for Spending the Day in Prayer        by Hillary Baggett Good Morning Lord, Lying in bed, and not yet fully awake, I start my day and think of you. Wondering about the adventures ahead…

The Battles I am Fighting

There seems to be no end to the battles I am fighting. In this week’s Worship Wednesday post, Jennifer Wake shares with us the impact Michael W. Smith’s song “Surrounded” had on her faith in the face of battles. The Battles I Am Fighting by Jennifer Wake MOMMY!!! I NEED YOU! Mommy, Mommy, Mommy! I…

5 Practical Ways to Pray Intentionally

In this week’s Monday Minute Claudia Duff shares with us 5 practical ways to pray intentionally so we can flourish in our prayer lives. How to Flourish in Prayer by Claudia Duff I really can’t remember a time in my life where I didn’t pray. Even as a child, I whispered many prayers to Jesus….

Flourish in Prayer

In this week’s Sunday Prayer, Hillary prays for us to flourish in prayer by keeping our eyes on the Lord. Praying to Flourish in Prayer by Keeping our Eyes on the Lord by Hillary Baggett Lord, when we lift our hearts in prayer to you, we open our minds and pour out our adoration and…

3 Secrets to Praying Without Ceasing

In this weeks Monday Minute, Muriel shares with us 3 Secrets she has discovered to praying without ceasing. The visual she uses for her prayer circles is so helpful for remembering the importance of our prayers. How to Keep on Praying through Prayer Circles by Muriel Gregory Pray like this: Our Father in Heaven, may…

Flourishing the Simple Prayer of Jesus

In this week’s Sunday Prayer, Michelle prays for us to flourish by following Jesus’ example of simple prayer. Flourishing in the Simple Prayer of Jesus by Michelle Hieb Lord, when you walked on earth you gave me an example and said when I pray, not if, but when. It is a command, and I confess…

Never Alone in the Race of Life

In this week’s Worship Wednesday, Hillary shares about the time God turned a running date into a divine appointment and reminded her she is never alone in this life! Never Alone by Hillary Baggett The answer was yes. The question was, “Could I maybe run with you, sometime?” A simple question, but one that took…

4 Ways to Wait Well During Deployment

In this week’s Monday Minute, Liz Giertz shares with us four ways we can wait well during deployment. Waiting Well and Flourishing During Deployment by Liz Giertz I am not a patient person. Just ask my kids. Or my husband. Or the cashier at the commissary. Waiting well doesn’t come naturally to me. More often…

A Prayer to Flourish in Deployment

In this week’s Sunday Prayer, Hillary prays for God to help us Flourish in Deployment. A Prayer to Flourish in Deployment      by Hillary Baggett God is our strength, our hope, and our peace during deployments Father, we come before you to strengthen and bless all those who are deployed and the ones left behind…

Don’t Look at the Moving Boxes, Look to Jesus

It is moving season around the military and in this week’s Worship Wednesday post, Jennifer Wake reminds us where we should fix our eyes when the packers start stacking the moving boxes.   Moving Boxes are Here Again! by Jennifer Wake It is moving season again. I am not moving this year. SHOCKER!!! This will…

3 Steps to Help Others During Deployment

In this week’s Monday Minute, Brenda Pace shares 3 steps we can all take to help others during deployment. 3 “Steps” to Help Others Flourish During Deployment by Brenda Pace A military wife’s concern for a husband deployed with a combat unit can be overwhelming. I recently watched the movie Indivisible based on real-life Army…

We Turn to God in Prayer During Deployment

In this week’s Sunday Prayer, Michelle urges us to turn to God in prayer during deployment and in all our activities because he is the God Who Sees. Turn to God in Prayer During Deployment by Michelle Hieb Heavenly Father, Thank you that you are the God who sees us. Sovereign Lord, you see where…

Be Still and Know During Deployment

For this week’s Worship Wednesday post, Hillary shares a powerful lesson God taught her about the importance of being still and knowing to Whom to look during deployment. Be Still and Know During Deployment by Hillary Baggett I remember the first deployment as a young Marine wife. We had been married only 28 days. Twenty-three…

5 Ways to Keep Kids Connected During Deployment

In this week’s Monday Minute Planting Roots Director Kori Yates talks about 5 ways to keep kids connected during deployment, so we can not only survive but truly flourish during these difficult times. How to Flourish in Deployment with Children by Kori Yates Our oldest was less than a year old the first time we…

A Prayer for All Women on Mother’s Day

For this week’s Sunday Prayer, Hillary petitions heaven on behalf of all women on Mother’s Day. A Prayer for All Women on Mother’s Day by Hillary Baggett Lord, we praise you when we think about the sacrifice and love given to us by our mothers. Thank you for the mother who gave birth to us,…

The Heart that Waits

Join Sarah for a throwback Worship Wednesday as she shares from her heart on deployment. The Heart that Waits The words that follow poured out of my heart years ago. Yet, as I stumbled across them again, tears flowed fresh as I remembered the power of the heart that waits. I share them with you…

4 Ways to Overcome Fear During Deployment

For this week’s Monday Minute Muriel shares with us 4 ways to overcome fear during deployment. How to Flourish in Deployment. Fear is a Liar. By Muriel Gregory The training schedule. Appointments for powers of attorney and the will. Duffle bags. Socks, t-shirts, uniforms laid out on the floor. The familiarity of those events brought…

Prayer During Separation Due to Military Service

In this week’s Sunday Prayer, Tonia Gutting prays for all of us who experience a time of separation due to military service. If you or your loved one is deployed or on extended temporary duty away from home, print this beautiful prayer to pray daily. Prayer During Separation Due to Military Service by Tonia Gutting…

Break Free from the Fear Prison

In this week’s Worship Wednesday post, Hillary talks about how surrendering her finances to God helped her break free from the fear prison money had put her in. Money, Fear, Prison by Hillary Baggett Confessions of a chronic saver. I learned to get by with very little in my early formative years. Resourceful, frugal, creative,…

5 Ways to Teach Finances to Children

by Jennifer Wake How We Started to Teach Finances to Our Kids ID card day! When my kids turned 10 my husband took them to get their ID cards. What a rite of passage! My husband loved taking my kids to get that card. That is when they became “official.” When my kids turned 16,…

A Prayer to Renew Hope

In this week’s Sunday Prayer, Hillary draws our eyes to the renewal God works in his creation this time of year to inspire us to seek him to renew hope in our hearts. A Prayer to Renew Hope                    by Hillary Baggett     Alleluia! We celebrate, Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! This is…

When Life Struggles Make It Hard to Worship

The Bible tells us God is worthy of our praise. But what do we do when our life struggles make it hard to worship? When Life Struggles Make it Hard to Worship by April Dingle “This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118: 24…

Five Ways to Cope with Overspending During Deployment

by Courtney Woodruff How to Flourish Financially During Deployment by NOT Overspending My fingertips brushed the bright floral fabric. The light-hearted tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit hues lifted my spirits. Without a second thought, I casually tossed the pretty summer dress into the shopping cart. Grinning at my baby boy seated snugly in the upper basket,…

An Easter Prayer

Please join us at Planting Roots in praying this poetic Easter prayer over our military women and their families as we celebrate our Risen Savior. An Easter Prayer by Tonia Gutting   Lord Jesus, Conqueror over sin and death, With joy we proclaim He is risen! I don’t have to sit hopelessly in my shame…

Finding Peace When Life is Hard

We all know how hard finding peace can be in a world so fraught with turmoil, but there is hope. We can say, “it is well with my soul,” when we know who is in control. Finding Peace When Life is Hard by Muriel Gregory “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for…

4 Ways to Flourish in the MSRRA Change

By Jennifer Wake Flourishing Through MSRRA MSRRA is a wonderful thing. But few people know what it is. MSRRA stands for Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (Public law 111-97) passed in 2009. Doesn’t that make everything perfectly clear? What it really means is that military spouses no longer have to pay income tax based on…

A Prayer for Our Father’s Love

A Prayer for Our Father’s Love by Tonia Gutting   Father God, You could have just shrugged, turned away, and started over somewhere else. You could have said ‘I told you so. Serves you right.’ You could have said ‘you wouldn’t listen, so figure it out on your own.’ You could have invoked Your right…

When Waves of Grief Crash Over You

When Waves of Grief Crash Over You by Jennifer Wake It comes in waves like the ocean pounding against the shore. Have you felt it, too? The overwhelming waves of grief of missing a loved one?  I stand in church and a familiar song starts.  “Here I am down on my knees again.” I want to…

4 Ways to Save (to be able to give)

By Kori Yates Flourishing in Finances We were newlyweds. I was a new Marine. He a young Soldier. We were rich, receiving our first paychecks in active duty life and actually having a combined income. You remember, right? My car was pretty new and his truck was as well. With housing difficult to come by…

A Lenten Prayer

A Lenten Prayer by Tonia Gutting Lord Jesus, in Lent– we realize how un-holy our lives are. Help us to take up our cross and follow You on the road to Golgotha– the place of the skull the place of death where selves die As we realize how pathetically weak we are we see how…

Top 10 Money Matters Tips for Military Life

By Ellie Kay, guest blogger How to Flourish in Finances Would you like to make smarter decisions when it comes to money matters? When I was a young military bride, I was overwhelmed with learning how to manage a household. I didn’t even know how to cook and I remember asking my mom how to boil…

Prayer for Spiritual Battle Buddies

As Satan attempts to isolate and shame our military members, we pray for spiritual battle buddies to comfort, strengthen, and encourage them. ********* A Prayer for Spiritual Battle Buddies Good, good Father, to David You gave Jonathan to Moses, Aaron to Paul, Timothy–   And so we pray for Your sweet provision for our warriors….

The Deep, Abiding, Unfathomable Love of God

The Deep, Abiding, Unfathomable Love of God   Facing the Paradigm I love fairy tales. Wrapped up in the blanket of those certainties, I admit that I crave a happy ending. I want to know that good always wins and happily ever after is an option that belongs to me. There is evil, sure, but…

4 Ways to Build Community

by Larissa Traquair Build Community God started building my “tribe” way before I knew what was happening. I am an extrovert – I love being around people. They give me energy and they make everything more fun, including running errands. Building community comes naturally for me but I know that is not the case for…

Let Us Pray for Friendships

Dear Lord, today we pray for truth in friendships in this season. Bless the women reading this with a new deep friendship with another godly woman and prayer partner so they will feel your strength, peace, and provision on the darkest of days. Lord, we rebuke the spirits of anxiety, of depression, of insecurity that…

Do You Have a Vision?

by Kayla Atkins Do You Have a Vision? Have you seen The Greatest Showman? I remember a year ago, sitting in the theater with my daughter who was 9 months pregnant. I knew this would probably be the last movie she would see in a theater for quite some time. (You know, new babies, a…

3 Ways to Reconnect in Military Friendships

by Claudia Duff 3 Ways to Reconnect: Wild Horses, Thieves, and Dimes Friends are multiplied and can reconnect in the world of social media. Think about it, who has over 700 friends that they are in daily communication with? Me. So, when people ask to friend me on Facebook, my immediate response is, “Ok, but…

A Parent’s Prayer

A Parent’s Prayer Lord—our perfect Parent—thank You for our children. What amazing creations—beautiful eyes, awesome smiles, funny perspectives, great potentials. How You have blessed us! How You have blessed them. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14 God we ask for…

Worship Through Sacrificial Giving in the Lenten Season

Marie Kondo, Burnt Offerings, Sparks of Joy There is a tornado blowing through social media and tearing down all the strongholds of clutter. Yep, I am talking about Marie Kondo. I have seen some of the funniest memes, videos, pics, and comments that all “spark joy” in my heart. Of course, I have not tried…

4 Pointers for Creating Military Friendships

by Kori Yates Reaching Out I went to church the other day. Not a unique happening in our world, but this Sunday was different. It’s a military chapel and meeting new people is pretty standard. People are coming and going all the time, whether PCS or TDY. Even that whole “church shopping” thing is expected….

How Deep the Father’s Love

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” –Albert Einstein Let’s pray with the song “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” “How deep the Father’s love for us, How vast beyond all measure” Lord God, Almighty…

You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone   I couldn’t wrap my brain around it. It was too big…and it was desperately not enough. I remember it like it was yesterday. I didn’t even recognize the face that stared back at me in the mirror. Not even a little bit. Amidst piles of laundry, dishes, and LEGOs I…

How to Handle Challenging Military Friendships

by Muriel Gregory How to Handle Challenging Military Friendships She likes me… she likes me not… The room was big and filled with chatter and laughter. The mood was light and festive. I have always enjoyed Christmas parties and had been looking forward to this one all month. From my vantage point, I could observe…

A Prayer to the God of All Hope

Today we are praying with verses from Colossians 1. “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people–“ Thank You, Lord for believers in the military and sisters…

When Your Friend Has a Broken Heart

Unintimidated   Her eyes fell to the floor, “I’m…sorry,” she whispered. Tears were falling now, down her lovely face, and leaving marks on her blouse. I didn’t really know what to say at that moment. I wanted to say, “It’s ok,” but it wasn’t ok. She wasn’t ok. What she was going through wasn’t ok….

How Important is Forgiveness in Marriage?

by Claudia Duff When my husband was active duty, he traveled a lot. While he was away it was my job to hold the fort until he got back. That included the financial side of things. Not my jam ladies, not my jam. On one of these trips, he called home and said, “Hi sweetheart,…

A Prayer of Love and Hope for Military Kids

Praying with the song “O Come to the Altar” by Elevation Worship this week: Are you hurting and broken within Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin Jesus is calling Have you come to the end of yourself Do you thirst for a drink from the well Jesus is calling Oh Lord, is there any…

When the Miles Are Long

I don’t regret the life I’ve chosen. Not at all. In 18 moves, we have been within easy driving distance of our extended family only twice. That’s actually a pretty extravagant blessing compared to many who could not boast the same. I know I am blessed. Yet, I am keenly aware that the lifestyle we…

Can You Have a “Maximum” Marriage?

by Rachelle Whitfield My husband and I started premarital counseling several months before the big date. I was on staff at a church and it was a requirement in order to get married at the church. We were being counseled by Pastor R, who just happened to be my department head, so I already had…

Prayer of Thankfulness and Praise

Praying with Psalm 86 Today Among the gods there is none like You, Lord; no deeds can compare with Yours. All the nations You have made will come and worship before You, Lord; They will bring glory to Your name. For You are great and do marvelous deeds; You alone are God. You alone can…

Happy Valentine’s Day from the One Who Loves You Most

Happy Valentine’s Day! I know, I know, it’s the one holiday many love to hate. Some of us are still bearing the battle scars of horrific Valentine’s Days. Either you or your beloved was deployed or somehow separated by time and space. Or maybe your loved one was present and forgetful. Many of us have…

Intimacy in a Military Marriage

by Muriel Gregory Naked in the Garden Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall…

Prayer for Military Homes

God who knows my name and my address– my future addresses and my past ones God who knows me beyond my titles beyond my false fronts beyond my accomplishments and failures and many, many hats God who knows my heart of hearts my dreams my fears my true needs Help me to trust You, The…

Are We There Yet? (and other repetitive questions from a military homeschool mom)

“Are We There Yet?” (and other repetitive questions from a military homeschool mom)   Surely I am not the only one who’s heard the impatience echo around their mini-van… “Mom, are we there yet!?!” Yup. As a military family, we have certainly had our share of traveling. From moving every couple of years to visiting…

Waiting and Longing for Love

by Jennifer Wake Waiting Alone When I was a little girl, I did not dream of my wedding; I just knew I would marry someday. Through high school and college, I had lots of friends but I did not date much. Boys were strange. I could understand animals, but boys…. I could not figure boys out at…

Our Military Kids to Know God

Praying with verses from Psalm 138 this week: I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; before the ‘gods’ I will sing your praise. Heavenly Father, may this next generation sing your praise with all their heart. May our military kids know you as the one true God. …for your unfailing love and your…

Can We Truly Be Content No Matter What?

Content: a state of peaceful happiness; a state of satisfaction; pleased; fulfilled; happy; cheerful; glad; unworried; untroubled; at ease; at peace; tranquil; serene Wow. Those words paint such a vivid picture of what it means to be content, don’t they? I love those kinds of days when everything is peaceful; I don’t have a worry or…

New Year’s Resolutions All Year Long

By Claudia Duff New Year’s Resolutions all year long Happy New Year! We did it! We made it to another year. It feels like Christmas all over again, doesn’t it? Another year to do things better, harder, stronger, and happier. When the clock strikes midnight it feels like we have been given a million more…

Prayer for All Our Military Members

When the sun rises on our troops in Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Germany, Fort Bragg, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Lewis, Fort Wainwright– And on our sailors in Hawaii, Japan, the Mediterranean, the mighty oceans And when the morning skies brighten for our airmen May Your Name be on their lips. Lord Jesus, we pray that You…

Already Enough…Peace in the Midst of the Waiting

Already Enough…Peace in the Midst of the Waiting I don’t know about you, but the list housing my prayer requests is pretty long these days. Life, in general, just seems to be full of longing and hoping, asking and waiting. There are many needs lifted high as I strain for evidence of His hand, His…

Set the Stage to Flourish

By Katye Riselli One year we trekked more than 1500 miles to a colder, seemingly barren terrain. As we traded our shorts and flip-flops for jeans, I rehearsed all the reasons this would certainly be the worst assignment ever. The base didn’t have a house available for us. There were no rentals open for several…

Prayer for the Worries of Today

When we lose all illusion of control– When the orders change or the unwanted ones come, When the little ones walk up the sidewalk to school or leave for college, When the impossible bill arrives or the impossible diagnosis, When we can’t force someone to love, When our world skids out of control on black…

Giants and Hallelujahs

Giants and Hallelujahs   Giants can represent many things. Fear. Doubt. Anxiety. Sickness. Cancer. Loss. Giants can fill up the sacred spaces in your heart and they don’t like to share. And though sometimes these “giants” are very, very real, how much space we allow them to occupy is critical to how we will fight…

Flourish by Abiding in Christ

By Muriel Gregory Bloom Where You are Planted “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 ESV Bloom where you are planted. I remember the first time I ever saw…

Prayer for Our Military Children

To one You give green eyes To another a smile that touches hearts. To one You give a sense of numbers to another words to another shapes and forms to another gears and cranks. To one You give energy overflowing another You gift with quiet. To one You give insight into Your word to another…

Living Beyond the Noise

Living Beyond the Noise   Life is just loud. With three kids, two dogs, a bunny rabbit, and a host of OPK’s (other people’s kids – which inevitably end up at my house at some point each day) my life is LOUD. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life. I love my kids and…

Learning to Flourish

by Kori Yates   God wants us to FLOURISH. His desire is for us to FLOURISH in every aspect of life all the time, which is a great idea. Applying that to real life is completely different. I don’t know about you, but I have fabulous intentions. When real life happens around me, though, I…

Lord, Teach Us to Praise You in the Midst of Military Life

Praying with excerpts from Psalm 135 for our warriors today. Praise the Lord. As the new calendar fills As the goals give way to demands As we hurl ourselves headlong into this new year Lord, stop us. Teach us to praise. To praise the source of our breath To praise the One who moves the sun The…

A Military Mom’s Life…One Small (but not insignificant) Step at a Time

A Military Mom’s Life One Small (But Not Insignificant) Step at a Time   As a military wife and mom, I will be the first to acknowledge that the weightiness of what I do, who I am, and what I have chosen to invest my life in are no small endeavors. Saying “yes” to this…

Flourish in 2019

By Kori Yates The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. (Psalm 92:12-13) “The act or fact of living or continuing longer than another person or thing” is how Merriam Webster defines survival. In our…

Free to Worship

How We’re Learning by Liz Giertz Worship. Our founding fathers established this country ensuring people would be free to worship as they saw fit. As a soldier, I swore an oath to defend the document guaranteeing that right. While on active duty I deployed to combat zones where enemies of our nation’s liberties hid in…

New Year’s Prayer for Military Families

Behold your King! Lord God Almighty, may we behold You this year! In the hard times, teach us to instinctively turn our face to You. In the good times, help us to remember You. When news and changes come, may we go first to You in prayer. May our military members see You everywhere they…

Questions Jesus Still Answers

The questions and the answers Every year I struggle to get my brain around the fact that Christmas has come around again. Is it really here already? And every year, in the midst of Christmas lists, social bustling, and twinkling lights I find myself anticipating Him. And it never ceases to amaze me that the…

Free Because Christ Came

How We’re Learning By Brenda Pace   For many years, one of our family Christmas traditions was to read aloud Barbara Robinson’s Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The endearing story of children described as the “awful, cigar smoking (even the girls) Herdmans” is a tender but humorous tale of the true meaning of Christmas.[1] The terrorizing…

All is Well Because of You

All is well. Because of Your love all can be well, all will be well, and all is well. Lord help us hold to that as the rush and roar of this world spools up. Help us cling to the joy and wonder that the God of the universe would come to be with us,…

Seeing the Heart…and Forgiving Anyway

Seeing the Heart…and forgiving anyway   Sometimes the best way to cover the ground that lies up ahead is to let go of the miles behind you. You’ve heard the cliché, “Just let it go.” Yeah, I have, too. And as much as I hate to admit it…I think they are right. Forgiveness and bitterness,…

Free to Treasure the Season

How We’re Learning By Muriel Gregory Treasure the Season We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. Thornton Wilder   Noel. I have many good memories running through my head. The word itself evokes hot chocolate with marshmallows, cookies eaten straight out of the…

Come Lord Jesus, Come

We say, “Come Lord Jesus, come.” Thank You for this time to remember Your coming and all the joy that surrounds it. Thank You for love and goodwill. Thank You for peace and grace. As we are dazzled by our little cheap lights, thank You for stars and dancing aurora. Thank You for being our…

Not Ok…but It’s Ok

Not Ok…but It’s Ok   There is an epidemic unfolding. I know you see it, too. Perhaps you even feel it. Everywhere you look everyone is working overtime to hide it, to fix it, to get under, around, and over it. But you can’t. Neither can I. Brokenness. Hurt. Disappointment. Rejection. Loss. Pain. Suffering. No…

Free to Worship Christ

How We’re Learning By Kori Yates I could tell you all about crazy. I could remind you how busy the Christmas season is. I could tell you the importance of each moment and memory through the entire season. I could remind you of the testimony you give by serving and loving through this season –…

Mary’s Prayer

Let’s pray with Mary in Luke 1:46-53 today: My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, Yes Lord, yes! Today we stop and praise You. You hold the storehouses of snow and cover miles and miles with inches of millions of exquisite flakes. And in the midst of all that,…

Free to Remember and Honor

Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance by Katye Riselli The flag flies at half-mast today. The simple shift calls us to remember and honor those lost on Pearl Harbor 77 years ago. An unprovoked attack shattered the peace on a quiet Sunday morning. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and nearly 1,200 more injured as our…

What We All Bring

What We All Bring   I confess, I have always admired women who can sew, quilt, crochet, knit, and all those other wondrous gifts with yarn, needle, and thread. But to be honest, my attempts at such things have ended rather comically. Sewing is definitely NOT a gift I have to offer.  And there have…

Free to Wait Expectantly

How We’re Learning By Katye Riselli “Hurry up and wait” is one of the phrases that best describes military life. Everything (and everyone) needs to be ready now, but then we wait. There’s an element of waiting for all aspects of life in the military, but the most pronounced is the waiting to go. The…

Glory to God

Glory to God in the highest! When the stars shimmer and the aurora lights dance and we breathe, “Glory!” it is a small glimpse of Your Glory. When the waves roar and the wind blows, we yell to You, “Glory!” When the first delicate pink petal pops open until the whole tree puffs pink, we…

From Failure to Flourish

From Failure to Flourish   If I seem like I am writing a great deal about parenting lately, it’s because…well…I am. I can’t help it. It is where I’m living right now. In a season of teenagers, my life these days looks a lot like it did when they were toddlers. Yup. Teenagers and toddlers…they…

Free to Be Gratefully Brave

How We’re Learning By Claudia Duff grate·ful            /ˈɡrātfəl/            Adjective: feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful. November–the month where everyone seems just a bit happier than usual. For me, I am not sure if it is the break from the heat, the “normal” routine of work and school returns, the beautiful colors of fall,…

O come, O Come Emmanuel

O Come, O Come Emmanuel Emmanuel. God. With. Us. Thank You Lord for the truth of this. No other god comes to us because of love for us. And You, Lord, will be with us. We have the promise of seeing You face to face. Yet, Lord, today is that in-between time. We long for Your…

When Your Daughter is a Warrior

When Your Daughter is a Warrior   The set of her jaw. The solid confidence in her gait. The determined, if not fierce, look in her eyes when faced with a challenge. She is only 13 years old, yet there is something that has always taken my breath away every time I behold her… My…

Free to Be Thankful for Neighbors

How We’re Learning By Michelle Hieb I could feel the pressure building as I reached the cashier in the hospital shoppette. All I had to do was choose between peanut butter or cheese. I could do that. I willed my body and mind to remain calm, “Hold it together just a few more minutes…” “How…

How have You blessed us!

Lord, God! This land– grasslands dotted with cattle prairies bursting with grain waters teeming with fish trees drooping with fruit fields full of lettuce and strawberries and carrots and cabbage and on and on it goesHow You have blessed us!Shelves of books and pencils with paper and rows of desks and bright minds awakening and…

Free to Be Vulnerable

(Planting Roots’ response to Free to Grow During Grief by Anonymous) By Katye Riselli Planting Roots recently chose to publish our Monday Minute without attribution. We chose to simply use the term “anonymous” because we believed the identity of the writer mattered less than the message. We believed then, and we are even more confident…

It Really Is That Simple

It Really Is That Simple   “What makes you so different?” she asked, not the least bit trying to offend. With a furrowed brow, she leaned in, genuinely wanting to know. I just smiled. I understood that what I was telling her was hard to understand, to wrap the brain and heart around. “I’m not,”…

Free to Show Gratitude to Friends

How We’re Learning By Kori Yates Friends in our military world are many. We have friends who are friends for a season and friends who are friends for life. We have those who watch our children while we take another to the emergency room, bring dinner at moments when we have no idea what our…

Thank You for Your Mercy!

Ah Lord God, If it weren’t for the birth, the cross, the resurrection, there would not be much thanks giving! But because of Your love because of Your sacrifice because of Your mercy we give thanks. Thanks that has no end. Thanks that can never be fully expressed.We thank You for this military life, and…

One Marriage. One Family. Under God. Indivisible.

By Cheryl McKay   When I see the phrase “strength to thrive in military life” as the motto of Planting Roots, my heart stirs. It is definitely not a lifestyle for the faint of heart. I don’t know that there is a braver set of people in our country than both those who serve and…

Toward Trusting

Toward   “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If…

Free to Be Thankful for Family

How We’re Learning By Muriel Gregory Who is my sister? The mood was light. The view outside the window was simply breathtaking. The clouds had cleared and we had an unobstructed view of the landscape. I was engaged in a pleasant conversation with the person seated to my right. In front of me, two people…

Teach Us Lord

Teach us, good Lord, to serve You as You deserve; To give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do Your will through Jesus Christ…

Turning the Tables

Turning the Tables   “Aren’t you afraid?” she whispered, not the least bit ashamed to ask. I just smiled. “No…not anymore,” I answered, not the least bit hesitant. As she leaned in, I couldn’t wait to tell her my secret. The secret that’s not so hard to find, but so many spend their whole lives…

Free to Grow During Grief

How We’re Learning By anonymous guest writer My Christian military marriage is mediocre. And I’m sad. The past few years have brought a number of challenges. We’re in the season of life where our parents are aging in front of us. We’ve watched two different parents receive terminal diagnoses, one of whom slowly died over…

Praying Psalm 67

Praying with Psalm 67 today: May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine on us– SO THAT Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all the nations. Lord God, please be gracious to our military chapels, and bless Your people in our ranks, SO THAT more…

Perspective

Perspective   Perspective. Such a good word. Something we all crave and even pray for. I know I do. Yet, it is something that can get so easily lost. At least it can for me. Amidst the laundry, the dishes, the bickering of children I am often drawn into a smaller view. And in that “smaller”…

Free to Trust God

How We’re Learning By Katye Riselli I stared at the names, crestfallen. Those weren’t the teachers we wanted. It felt a bit like a gut punch, and all too quickly I was criticizing myself and the route I’d chosen in this motherhood moment: “So much for just praying about it – I should have emailed…

Prayer to the God of the impossible

God of the impossible Who makes the impossibly big great white shark the impossibly small chickadee the impossible color of salmon and scarlet on the maple’s fall leaves the impossible number of stars swirled in the heavens. Lord God who does the impossible every day who sends the money before the known need who holds…

Happy Birthday, Planting Roots!

As we hit our four-year mark here at Planting Roots, I am in awe of what the Lord has done, not just in Planting Roots but also in me. Through His grace, patience, love and power, He has done a work in my heart, but He has also renewed a vision for all that He…

Losing Control

Losing Control …and it’s actually a good thing   Hey, listen…I like order. I just do. I like predictable. Ducks in a row. I like to prepare for what is up ahead of me and understand what is behind me. Yeah, you could legitimately say that I like having a sense of control. But not…

Free to Be Brave…and Head to Boot Camp

How We’re Learning By Kristin Goodrich Each of us who has worn a uniform or who is currently serving had to go through boot camp. My first-hand transition from civilian to military life happened one hot, humid summer in Maryland. Just showing up for my swearing in required a measure of bravery. My six-week boot…

Praying through Isaiah

Let’s pray with verses from Isaiah for our warriors today. Please insert the name of a certain person, or group, into the blanks: Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, The Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding…

Redefining Spaces

Redefining Spaces   About three years ago, our family changed. I changed. The diagnosis caught each of us a bit off guard. We had our rhythm and we liked it that way. Well…sort of. You see, we knew she was sick…really sick. But even as my daughter’s symptoms worsened, the right doctors, the right tests,…

Free to Say No

How We’re Learning by Kori Yates Say No. One of the most difficult things in my life. I am a doer by nature. I take James’ words to heart when he says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22). Somehow I miss the few verses later when he…

Heavy Hearts

Lord, our hearts are heavy for our children for the preemie fighting for her life for the toddler who can’t control her emotions or words anymore for the school girl who constantly fights her mom for the teen boy looking for the wrong love for the little man missing his daddy for the college student…

He Comes Close

He Comes Close   The way that enormous flag looked hanging from the overpass still lingers in my memory. The breeze was still that afternoon, even if our emotions were not. That row of firefighters stood and saluted along the bridge with solemn expressions. They knew full well that we were coming that way. And…

Free from Interferences

How We’re Learning By Muriel Gregory   “The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” John 10:3 ESV I am a proud Navy brat. My dad served in the French Navy as a submariner. He was one of those crazy people who thought that it would…

King of My Heart

A light more blinding than a million suns A power stronger than all the earthquakes or all the seas or all the rulers of this world A wisdom deeper than all the minds of all the ages together A Being that time has no control over without limitations without imperfections The One True God– You alone…

Remembering

Remembering   No one ever starts out with a goal to “go small.” No way. It’s a “Go BIG or go home” society we live in, right? More. Bigger. Better. Higher. Longer. Stronger. Those are the words that tend to equally drive and haunt me. You see, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t…

Free to Breathe

How We’re Learning by Kori Yates Anxiety. Fear. They’re feelings we battle whether we like it or not. New places and faces. Sending children off to school. New jobs. New bosses. Unknown futures. Boards, battles, and buddies. Fear and anxiety can come with them all if we let them. Living OCONUS these past couple of…

Lord, we want to know you.

Lord, we want to know You. We want to see You in the room when we’re exhausted and don’t think we can continue. We want to feel Your presence when the tears come. We want to know Your joy when a new day starts. We want to hear Your voice when we have to make…

Breaking Through

Breaking Through   There is a theme that seems to be pursuing me. It is uncomfortable, but entirely necessary. I wake up sensing it, walk through my day pursuing it, go to bed at night thinking about it. It’s a hunger for growth, for a deeper understanding. Yes, I am fully aware that there is…

Free to Exhale

How We’re Learning By Sarah McKinney I didn’t even realize I had been holding my breath. Wandering through my days with a “fake it till you make it” mentality had created a burning in my chest and a panic in my heart. I needed to release the tension, but how do I breathe easy when…

Praying through Jeremiah

When our hearts are heavy, when the needs are many, when the words won’t come, You are there, dear Lord Jesus. And You give us the words to say. And You work outside of time, knowing our needs before we do. And You give peace when there is no earthly reason for it. Because You…

Mountains, Valleys or Somewhere in the Middle

Mountains, Valleys, or Somewhere in the Middle   Recently, while moving across the country to our new duty station, my family and I took advantage of the landscape to take in some incredible beauty. One of our most favorite places to visit and hike is in Chimney Rock, North Carolina. The climb is steep, but…

Free to Cry

How We’re Learning By Kristin Goodrich “Toughen up, buttercup!” “Put on your big girl panties!” “No tears. Nope.” Military culture projects an eleventh commandment to women in uniform: Thou shalt not cry. I spent my formative young adult years cultivating military professionalism in spite of being a woman. I swung hard toward leadership and excellence….

The Greatest “Why”

The Greatest “Why” Every year, right about this time, I have a total meltdown. Yup. It is shockingly messy and yes, it is typically loud. I should just go ahead and put it on the calendar so I can just stop being surprised by it…again. You see, I am a lot of things. I am…

LEGOs and Other Things

Work [wurk] – exertion directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil Labor [ley-ber] -productive activity, by a person or a body of persons. Today we celebrate Labor Day. A day set aside to honor us, those regular folks who work just about every day. And on Labor Day we don’t work, we rest. Of…

Seek The Lord

I seek the gift, find instead the Giver, and eventually come away with the gift I no longer seek. My own emphasis in prayer has moved from petition to companionship, and I no longer agonize over the issue of unanswered prayer as I once did. ~Philip Yancey in Prayer   And so Lord, we seek…

More…I Just Want Simple

More   Crayons. They mystify me. I mean, seriously, how many colors can you come up with already? I just wanted to get the “original” size and scope, you know? Red. Yellow. Green. Blue. Primary colors. Simple. But what was supposed to be a quick trip into Wal-Mart (I know, yeah right!) turned into a…

Free to Be ME!

  How We’re Learning By Claudia Duff   Do You Know Who I Am?   My military ID card expired! That sentence will strike fear in the heart of everyone associated with the military–dependent, active duty, retiree, reservist. Your ID card is EVERYTHING. You want to get food, health care, gas, or access to the pool,…

We will Trust You

Lord, when our warriors are by our sides, we will trust You. And when we don’t know where our warriors are, we will trust You. We will praise You when they walk in the door, and we will praise You when they have to walk away. And we thank You for helping us in both….

Small Things are Just as Big

One of my favorite quotes of all time is from Helen Keller when she said, “I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty and joy to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.” This is the story of my life. I dream big dreams. I long…

How I love Jesus

***It is with great joy that I welcome a very special young lady, Rhema Russell, to the Worship Wednesday table today. She is 14 years old. When she was 2, she was diagnosed with autism, apraxia, and a rare and stubborn seizure disorder that robbed her of her speech. She was silent for the first…

Deep love of Jesus

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free! Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me! Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above! Never abandoned… Never alone… Never given up on… Never screwed up too much… Never…

Rhema…Spoken Word

***The following is the first of a two-part story. Every syllable is raw, full of grace, and the wondrous power and faithfulness of God…who hears and sees us wherever we are. It is written by my dear friend, Jeneil Russel. The story that is about to unfold before you is powerful. I cry every single…

Free to Speak

How We’re Learning By Kori Yates Say Something “I don’t know enough to share Jesus.” I have heard these words many times before, even sometimes from myself. I have moments when I question my authority on subjects and wonder if they’re going to ask questions I don’t know the answer to. What if they have…

God Of Joy

Oh Lord, God of joy soul-flying, heart-bursting joy, We pray for an outpouring of Your Spirit on this next generation. May they be joyful warriors for Your Kingdom May they give You their heart and their song and may they sing it with all their might Give me your heart give me your song Sing…

Free from Excess

How We’re Learning By Jennifer Wake Hi ho, hi ho, off to purge I go! MOVING TIME! That statement always strikes deep into my heart. Beyond worrying about the new place and finding friends, I start fixating on things. What you should know about me is I come from a family of collectors. For example,…

Praying Ephesians 6

Praying with Ephesians 6 today: To You, the King, eternal, immortal, invisible, You are the only God; to You be honor and glory for ever and ever! You hold life and death and eternity in Your hands. You are outside of time, and always on time. And You are the One who is mighty in…

Why So Much Beauty?

Lord, we can ask “why so much ugliness in the world?” But, like Ann Voskamp points out, we can also ask “why so much beauty?” Why the colors of the peacock’s feathers? Why the curve of the swan’s neck? Why the purple of the iris, the yellow of the daisy, the baby pink of the…

Free to Jump

How We’re Learning By Kori Yates Finding your heart’s desire What is that one thing that burns in your heart to do? That thing that just won’t let you go? Have you ever had such a thing? Surely, we all have. They come at interesting moments when we least expect them and usually make us…

Praying Over Children

Praying ‘Every Giant Will Fall’ with Rend Collective this week: I can see the Promised Land Though there’s pain within the plan There is victory in the end Your love is my battle cry From their first breath, our children’s lives are a struggle in this world, Father. If it weren’t for You, all would…

Free from Conflict

How We’re Learning By Brenda Pace Being a Peacemaker Free from conflict—yeah, right! I sure wish this was or even could be true. Although I have met a few people I’m convinced thrive on it, to be free of conflict this side of heaven is an impossible dream. A better title for this blog post…

Praying II Samuel 22

Praying with excerpts from II Samuel 22 for our warriors this week:   The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior– from violent people You save…

Truth in the Midst of the Mess

***It is with great delight that I welcome my dear friend, Margaret Franklin, back to the Worship Wednesday table today. To be honest, I am pretty sure she has one of the most gentle and authentic hearts for Jesus I have ever had the privilege of walking alongside. I am confident you will be blessed…

Free from Inner Chaos

How We’re Learning By Muriel Gregory Stress Anyone? May 2002 was a busy month. I gave birth to our third child four days after taking my finals for college. June was a blur. I adjusted to being a mom to three young ones. I was taking my last required classes online and packing the house…

Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God My Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not; As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.   Lord we need You when everything around us is changing. Please help us pull close to You in the moves, with all…

A Call to Be Brave – Part 1

What am I doing? I don’t belong here. What lie have I bought into that made me think I could – or even should – do this? As we drove to the airport I was overcome by anxiety and doubt. I was headed to Arizona for a week-long immersion retreat to complete my instructor training…

Courage Even when I don’t Feel Brave

Courage (Even when I don’t feel brave)   So, the last of the boxes have been carted away. Everything has found a space to reside…more or less. The curtains are hung. The pictures are thoughtfully placed. Memories of all the places we have been surround me, yet we have been just as deliberate to leave…

Free from Bondage

How We’re Learning By Claudia Duff Independence Day For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 (ESV) Every year my daughter and I have a movie marathon leading up to the 4th of July. We have our favorites: Apollo 13, Armageddon…

Free From Heart Disease

How We’re Learning By Muriel Gregory Heart Disease The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9 Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. 735,000 Americans have a heart attack every year; that is 1 in 4 deaths[1]. It is extremely likely that…

Praying for Our Children

We prayed for their existence for the spark of their tiny hearts for their development for their birth for their growth for their health for their first steps for their words for their walk with You. Thank You Lord for our little ones. Every breath is a gift to us, every day a reminder of…

Do It Again

***Today for Worship Wednesday I welcome Kayla Atkins, Worship Coordinator for Planting Roots, back to continue her story…from tragedy to triumph. Thank you, Kayla, for bringing your heart and testimony to the table. (If you missed Kayla’s original post, you can go to the Worship Wednesday blog post for May 23.) Do It Again  …

Free from Guilt

How We’re Learning by Kori Yates Saved by LOVE I feel like a horrible friend. When I had a birthday, my friend remembered. She showed up at my door with thoughtful gifts of things I loved. It was special. Now, ask me if I remembered her birthday. I remembered like the day after and then…

Praying Psalm 97

Praying with Psalm 97 today: The Lord reigns,  let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.   We are glad You reign in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea. We rejoice that You reign in Okinawa, Louisiana, Georgia, Alaska.   Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. Fire…

Who’s Got Your Back?

I froze with fear, overlooking paradise. While serving at Barbers Point Naval Air Station, Hawaii, my best friends Vicky and Steve decided to climb the Stairway to Heaven or Haʻikū Ladder. “Come with us, Cherrilynn,” Steve said. “You can climb 3,922 steps. Our fellow Radiomen did it every day during the Second World War,” Vicky…

Living Settled in a Transitory Life

Lord, I don’t know if I can do this again. I’m weary and worn from the transitions in this military life. After all the moves, I’m too tired to pack and unpack, to say farewell to good friends, to leave the community that has become home. I don’t want to go through the roller coaster…

Free from Fear and Isolation

How We’re Learning By Claudia Duff When The Only Way Out Is Through “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 (ESV) Fear is an awful taskmaster, requiring our all. All of our faith, all of our desires, all of our…

Almighty God, how You have blessed us!

Almighty God, how You have blessed us! How blessed we are to have warm, comfy beds and a peaceful night’s sleep. How blessed we are to wake to a land of outrageous abundance. How blessed we are to have friends and experiences across this nation, around this globe. How blessed we are to have You…

Reaching Across the Ocean

Reaching Across the Ocean I couldn’t be there. My sister just recently walked through a very difficult time. It was a season of strange, scary, and completely unknown. With my whole heart, I wanted to be there. I wanted to encourage, comfort, help. I wanted to DO SOMETHING! I wanted to tangibly love her in…

Free to Rejoice