How to Comfort and Encourage Military Families

Sleep well America, our military has got your back.

Military FamiliesMilitary families have special needs. Chances are, they won’t share them with you. Because, our first inclination is to offer vagaries like – “Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.”

Be proactive. Don’t ask. Do. Do what?

Let’s explore spontaneous actions that support and encourage military families.

Make a Meaningful Prayer

Likely you already remember certain service members in your prayers. How about broadening the scope and making a special prayer for military families and service members in general?

To make a meaningful prayer, pray your own words, from your heart. God likes spontaneous prayer. You know this – Jesus said not to use “vain repetitions”.

Note: Having trouble getting started? Ask God – to surround service members and military families with his protective White Light. To love them just a little more. To show them the way, when there seems to be no way.

Remember the Kids

Military parents face frequent separations, while the service member is deployed. In essence, the one who stays home, becomes a single parent.

Everybody deserves a little “me” time. By offering to entertain their kid(s) for an afternoon, you’ll earn a special place in the mom or dad’s heart. Plus, you’ll feel that tingly glow that comes from helping another person.

When the spouse is home on leave, gift the military couple with your kid-sitting services, so they can share some alone time.

Send Something Snail Mail

“If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent…” – Psalm 91:9-12

In this electronic age, we’ve gotten a little lazy. It’s so easy to zip an e-mail or dial up SKYPE that greeting cards sent by snail mail are almost extinct.

But, who doesn’t not love getting neat stuff in the mail? A short, handwritten note, tucked in a greeting card, trumps electronic communication.

Note: Include a Bible Verse. Either find one that speaks to you or borrow the above example.

Starting Story Hour

When it comes to stories, we’re all young at heart. If several military families live in your community, starting a story hour is a marvelous idea. First, decide where and when you will hold regular story sessions.

Check with your local library or church about reserving a meeting room. Or, opt to hold sessions at your home. Do you want to meet biweekly or monthly?

A few suggestions to get you started:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Madeline, The Little Prince, Any Eloise book.

Note: Make story hour “parents optional”. It will tickle the kids funny bone.

Express your Love Through Home Cooking

Waiting is a lonely business. For the parent who stayed behind, every day is a struggle, since their family support system may live thousands of miles away. Imagine the joy you can bring by delivering a home cooked meal to a military family. After all, it’s easy to add a few more beans to the pot!

Every day is difficult, but holidays are the worst. Showing your love with food is always appropriate. Pick a holiday and tell one or two military families in your community that you’re setting plates for them. There’s a reason it’s called “comfort food”.

Note: don’t forget the military significance of Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day.

Final Thoughts

Good ideas foster great ideas. So, take these ideas on How to Comfort and Encourage the Military and Their Families and run with them. More will surely follow.

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