Wednesday, July 13, 2016

LEO wives

Dear Law Enforcement Officer wives,

Its been a week since our reality made a significant leap into a much darker place. A line in the sand was crossed. How has your week been? I have thought of all of you. In the moments I have felt alone and felt that no one understands, I have remembered each of you. As friends have loved me well, I have prayed that you have had friends love you well. When I have cried alone in the car, I have thought that maybe you are too. As we have researched and decided to invest in more protective gear I have prayed that you might have the funds to do it too.

It is a noble calling to be a police officer and its a noble calling to be the wife of one. It is not easy. It takes a strong woman, and I pray that you believe that about yourself.

A sweet friend sent me some scriptures to dwell on as I find my hope in the Lord in the coming weeks and months:

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 40:11
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

We recently put this one by our door and it is my hope for my officer every time he leaves our house:
Judges 6:12
When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you, mighty warrior."

What a blessing it has been for me to have some good conversations with other police wives this past week. There is nothing better than feeling united in times of tragedy.

As you continue with business as usual this week, and supporting your officer in a MUCH needed career path. I want you to know you are not alone.


a mrs. trying to love my officer well.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

I married an officer...for the good the bad and the ugly

I, like most of you, have been heavy hearted today. Everyone has a different perspective as they read about the fact of the recent deaths in Baton Rouge. As I was sifting through all the noise I googled, "Facts of the Alton Sterling shooting". I use words differently than any regular person, because I married a police officer. I am sensitive to words like, "murder" because I have learned more about the justice system ( all of its flaws and all) than I ever dreamed I would.

My perspective is that of a police wife. I have three young children and my husband chose to GO BACK to this career after two years out of it. All lives do matter. This is a tragedy. Every day in America there is new tragedy. I grieve that my children have to grow up a way I do not recognize. I also grieved the day my husband decided to go back to police work. I cried like a baby. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD WANT TO DO THAT WORK? There is a shortage of officers in our part of the world. And I am sure, you can imagine why.

They are hated. Simply for wearing that uniform. I can not get on facebook these days without preparing my heart for comments that are so hurtful to make as a general statement against police officers.

My husband has given money away, bought meals, LOVED, and shared the gospel with many people who are homeless or "unloved". And he works with men who do ALL these things. Its incredible. The hearts many of them have despite all the hate towards them.

Do you know what I pray tonight? Lord, please do not discourage the good officers out there and make them quit. This is a mission field that needs good officers.

When you see good in officers, share it, encourage them, love them. What if all the good ones quit?

I am sad and heavy hearted for all sides to this story. I pray for true justice and I pray for our people to unify to better love oppressed and those who protect and serve.