Combat readiness is a term service members are familiar with. It’s used to train our military for the possible ‘what ifs.’ Spiritual readiness works in a similar way. It prepares the military member and his/her family for the possible what if’s unique to the military lifestyle. Spiritual readiness is about the role faith and religious practices play in response to those what ifs.
Faith Steps for Military Families – Spiritual Readiness Through the Psalms of Ascent explores the fifteen themes found in Psalms 120-134. Each psalm reveals a theme, common to the military lifestyle, depicted through vivid and rich metaphors. Themes include: discovering a deeper understanding of God’s nature as Protector, Keeper, and the Night Watchman, how unity builds resiliency and cohesiveness in the military family, trust in God during times of the unknown, hope for when life as a military family is on hold, and others. Within each psalm, discover biblical truths to building a spiritual foundation and family resiliency. The overarching premise of faith is that it makes a significant difference in the overall well-being of military members and the families that love and support them.
According to Friar Peter Sousa, a retired U.S. Army Reserves Chaplain, who served twenty-six years, said in an interview with The Christian Post in 2012, “Young people in the military, much like young people in civilian life, are less religious than generations before them.” Lacking a firm foundation of faith as a Christ-follower often is a contributing factor to a diminished ability to cope with the demands of the military lifestyle as well as the effects of war. Whether dealing with injuries sustained from war that are physical, or buried as unseen wounds to the soul, or the spouse of a service member learning to adapt and cope with the unique complexities of the military life, the overarching premise of faith is that it makes a significant difference in family resiliency. Like the early Israelites, military families are today’s pilgrims, always on a journey-always looking ahead to the next duty station. Faith Steps for Military Families is an invitation to journey through the Psalms of Ascent and discover biblical truths to build resiliency and spiritual readiness into your military marriage, family, and personal journey of faith.
Faith Steps for Military Families is available in both print and ebook format.
Faith Steps for Military Families
Spiritual Readiness Through the Psalms of Ascent
By Lisa Nixon Phillips
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 978-1614489962 (pb)
ISBN: 978-1614489993 (hc)
Genres: Christian Living, Non-Fiction
About The Authors:
Lisa Nixon Phillips is a native of Lawrence, Kansas. She met her husband, Ray, a machinist mate in the U.S. Navy in 1986. A year later they married. Three weeks later her husband left on deployment. As a new Navy wife, Lisa embraced the military lifestyle. She considered shipboard visits a great privilege and she became a passionate supporter of her husband’s military service. She volunteered for various military family events and served as Ombudsman for her husband’s command while stationed at SRF Guam. Some of Lisa’s published works include: an anthology, “The Fabric of a Seasoned Navy Wife,” which appeared in the 2008 edition of, “A Cup of Comfort for Military Families” by F + W Publications, Inc., articles for FaithDeployed.com and WivesOfFaith.com. Lisa also writes for her blog page on her book’s website. Today, Lisa is a retired military wife, but serves the military community as a Chaplain for her American Legion Auxiliary Unit in Marysville, WA. She also works alongside her husband in their family business. She and her husband, Ray, have two children, both serving in the military.
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Lisa Nixon Phillips