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700 Club Interactive: Married to the Military- Sept. 5, 2013

What is it like being married to the military? Hear what three women have to say about deployment, fidelity and faith. Read Transcript


Terry: THEY PROTECT AND

DEFEND AMERICA'S FREEDOM

WHILE THEIR WIVES STAY

HOME.

WE DID THE MATH, AND

WE'VE BEEN APART HALF OF OUR

MARRIAGE.

I HAD A REALLY UNHEALTHY

FEAR OF MY HUSBAND GETTING

HURT AND DYING.

Terry: MEET SOME OF THE

MILITARY'S HOMETOWN HEROS ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WE USE

TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY FOR EACH

OTHER AND EXPLORE TOPICS

THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

Terry: HI, EVERYBODY.

WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM

TODAY.

GORDON IS OUT, AND JOINING

US ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE"

IS "THE 700 CLUB" FEATURE'S

DIRECTOR, DAVID, GREAT TO

HAVE YOU BACK.

THANK YOU, TERRY.

IT'S GOOD TO BE HERE.

Terry: TODAY WE WANT TO

TALK ABOUT A SECTOR THAT

EMPLOYEES OVER 1.3 MILLION

AMERICANS.

IT IS A CAREER THAT DEMANDS

ENDURANCE, DETERMINATION,

AND RESPECT.

THE ARMED FORCES.

WHILE SERVICEMEN AND

WOMEN ARE DEPLOYED ALL OVER

THE WORLD, THEIR LOVED ONES

ARE BACK AT HOME HOLDING

DOWN THE FORT.

RECENTLY WE SAT DOWN WITH

THREE MILITARY WIVES, AND

THEY SHARED THE HIGHS AND

LOWS OF MARRYING INTO THE

MILITARY.

WATCH THIS.

THIS IS NOT A LIFE FOR

EVERYBODY.

I RESENTED BEING A

MILITARY SPOUSE.

NOT EVERYBODY CAN HANDLE

THIS.

NOT EVERYBODY IS SUPPOSED TO

DO THIS.

WE HAVE, LIKE, A 70%

DIVORCE RATE IN THE

MILITARY, WHICH IS

TERRIBLE.

BUT IT CAN BE DONE.

THREE YEARS AGO, WHEN HE

CAME TO ME AND SAID, GOD

WANTS ME TO DO THIS, AND

I'M, LIKE, NO, HE DOESN'T.

I'VE BEEN A CIVILIAN ALL MY

LIFE, AND I GET THROWN INTO

THIS WORLD AND THERE ARE ALL

THESE RULES AND

REGULATIONS.

I WAS JUST, LIKE, I DON'T

WANT THIS.

I DON'T WANT IT.

WE DID THE MATH, AND

WE'VE BEEN APART AF OF OUR

MARRIAGE.

HE HAS BEEN GONE FOR 11

MONTHS THIS TIME.

ONE WOMAN SAID TO ME,

PULL YOUR BOOT STRAPS UP AND

DO EVERYTHING YOURSELF.

AND I'M, LIKE, I DON'T HAVE

ANY BOOT STRAPS.

HIS FIRST DEPLOYMENT, I

FOUND OUT I WAS PREGNANT.

I DIDN'T HAVE MO MY MAMA TO

TELL ME WHAT TO DO.

I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS FAIR.

THE FIRST DEPLOYMENT WAS ALL

ABOUT ME.

HOW DARE YOU LEAVE ME.

I'M PREGNANT.

HE WAS ABLE TO COME HOME

FOR R & R DURING THE BIRTH.

BUT HE LEFT US, LIKE, IN THE

HOSPITAL 26 HOURS AFTER OUR

FIRST WAS BORN.

MY HUSBAND CHEATED ON ME

ON HIS FIRST DEPLOI.

DEPLOYMENT.

HE SAID, SHE MADE ME FEEL

GOOD ABOUT MYSELF.

YOU MAY HAVE BEEN TELLING ME

THAT, BUT IT IS THE FIRST

TIME ANYBODY WAS TELLING ME

THAT.

WE CAME THROUGH IT, AND

WE'RE STRONGER THAN EVER.

ANY LOVE MY MARRIAGE.

IT IS A LONELY LIFESTYLE

BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THE

LUXURY OF BEING WITH OUR

SPOUSE, BUT WE HAVE EACH

OTHER.

I HAD A REALLY UNHEALTHY

FEAR OF MY HUSBAND GETTING

HURT AND DYING.

GOD HAS A PLAN, AND GOD

KNOWS WHEN HE IS GOING TO

TAKE MY HUSBAND.

AND WHEN GOD IS READY TO

BRING HIM HOME, HE'S GOING

TO.

A BIG THING FOR ME

RECENTLY IS MY HUSBAND IS

GONE.

HE IS NOT MINE.

HOWEVER MUCH I LOVE HIM, GOD

LOVES HIM A MILLION TIMES

MORE.

YOU LEARN HOW TO DEAL

WITH THE UNEXPECTED.

YOU DO ASK FOR HELP.

IT IS NOT A WEAKNESS.

COMMUNICATION IS KEY.

THIS PAST DEPLOYMENT, I

ACTUALLY GOT TO KNOW THE

WOMEN IN HIS COMMAND.

THERE ARE SO MANY WONDERFUL

CHRISTIAN WOMEN.

WE HAVE BIBLE STUDIES AND

PRAYED FOR OUR HUSBANDS.

COMMUNITY IS VERY, VERY

IMPORTANT.

YOU'VE GOT TO MEET PEOPLE.

EVEN IF IT IS JUST FOR A

SHORT TIME, YOU NEED THAT

COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT YOU.

AT CHURCH, HOME IN

KENTUCKY, NO MATTER WHERE WE

ARE, THEY ALWAYS SEND US

CARDS.

IT IS THE RANDOM ACTS OF

KINDNESS THAT MEAN THE WORLD

TO ME.

OR SOMEBODY SAYING, HEY, I

SEE WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

YOU'RE DOING IT ALL BY

YOURSELF.

YOUR HUSBAND IS AWAY.

I KNOW.

I UNDERSTAND.

AND THAT'S ANOTHER WAY I

THINK WE CAN HELP EACH OTHER

BECAUSE WE KNOW WHAT WE'VE

BEEN THROUGH.

WE KNOW WHAT WE'VE GOT IN

THE FUTURE.

AND HOW CIVILIANS CAN HELP

US IS JUST -- MAYBE JUST

SAYING, HI.

OR, I GET IT.

OUR HUSBANDS HAVE HARD

JOBS, AND THE PEOPLE AND THE

THINGS THAT THEY DO IS NOT

ALWAYS WHOLESOME OR EASY TO

BE AROUND.

MY NUMBER ONE PRAYER HAS

DEFINITELY BEEN THAT HE

WOULD BE A LIGHT IN THIS

SPECIAL COMMUNITY THAT WE'RE

A PART OF.

THE BOYS TAKE OVER THE

PRAYERS.

AND THEY SING THE

"STAR-SPANGLED BANNER" FOR A

PRAYER.

AND AFTER THEY GO TO BED, IT

IS MY PERSONAL TIME AND I

PRAY FOR STRENGTH AND MY

FAMILY'S STRENGTH.

WHEN WE PRAY FOR EACH

OTHER, THAT'S WHEN THE UNITY

COMES BACK AND STAYING CLOSE

TO YOUR HUSBAND.

THAT'S A WAY WE CAN STAY

IND MATE -- IND INTIMATE,

COVERING EACH OTHER WITH

PRAYER DAILY.

Terry: WOW, THAT IS A

CALLING AND A COMMITMENT.

I THINK THE ONE GAL SAID IT

SO WELL.

YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY CAN

REALLY UNDERSTAND IT, OTHER

THAN SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS

GOING THROUGH IT BECAUSE THE

IMPACT OF THAT IS SO DEEP.

NOW, YOU GREW UP IN A FAMILY

WHERE YOUR DAD WAS MILITARY,

RIGHT?

THAT'S RIGHT.

A CAREER OFFICER.

AND SO THAT MADE MY MOTHER A

MILITARY WIFE, AN ARMY WIFE,

AND THAT MADE ME AN ARMY

BRAT.

Terry: AND WE'RE STILL

TRYING TO GET HIM OUT OF

THAT, BUT, YOU KNOW, SOME

THINGS LINGER.

WELL, IT IS HARD --

Terry: WE'RE HEARING

FROM THE WIVES' PERSPECTIVES

THERE, BUT WE'RE NOT HEARING

THE IMPACT IT HAS ON KIDS.

DID YOU EVER RESENT THAT

YOUR DAD WASN'T THERE ALL OF

THE TIMES YOU WOULD LIKE HIM

TO BE?

I THINK THE RESENTMENT

WAS REPLACED WITH CONCERN

ABOUT MY MOM, HIS WIFE, AND

ALSO MY SIBLINGS, BECAUSE

I'M THE OLDEST OF SIX.

SO I KIND OF HAD TO MAN UP A

LITTLE BIT AND REALLY HELP

OUT A LOT MORE SO.

SO THAT WAS REALLY MORE OF

WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT.

THAT, AND, OF COURSE, WHEN

DAD WAS DEPLOYED TO VIETNAM,

I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT HIS

LIFE.

Terry: ABSOLUTELY.

HOW OLD WERE YOU THEN?

I WAS 14 AT THAT TIME.

Terry: SO YOU WERE OLD

ENOUGH TO KNOW THE

IMPLICATIONS AND THE

SERIOUSNESS OF WHERE HE WAS

SERVING AT THAT TIME.

WROTE TO HIM AND PRAYED

EVERY DAY ABOUT THAT.

Terry: THEY SAY THE

THINGS WE STRUGGLE WITH MAKE

US BITTER OR BETTER.

GOOD TO SEE IN YOUR CASE --

I THINK A LOT OF IT IS THESE

WIVES AND HOW THEY DIRECT

ALL OF THAT IN THE LIVES OF

THE THEIR CHILDREN THEY'RE

MINISTERING TO EVERY DAY AND

HOW THE CHILD PERCEIVES IT.

BOY, WE NEED TO BE GRATEFUL

TO THOSE WHO PAY THE PRICE.

YES, WE DO.

WE NEED TO HONOR THEM.

Terry: INDEED.

COMING UP, A UNITED STATES

ARMY VETERAN WHO LOST

EVERYTHING.

FIND OUT HOW YOU HELPED HER

MAKE ENDS MEET AFTER THIS.

Terry: WHEN U.S. FORCES

HIT THE GROUND IN IRAQ,

LAURA BAUER WAS ON THE FRONT

LINES.

BUT AFTER THE WAR, A VERY

DIFFERENT BATTLE WAS WAITING

FOR HER AT HOME.

Reporter: LAURA BAUER

FOLLOWED IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF

HER FATHER AND GRANDFATHER

BY SERVING IN THE U.S.

ARMY.

SHE WAS A TACTICAL

MAINTENANCE SPECIALIST

DURING DESERT STORM.

IT WAS SUCH A NEAT THING

TO BE A PART OF DEFENDING

OUR COUNTRY AND DEFENDING

WHAT WE BELIEVE IN.

Reporter: AFTER A

10-YEAR MILITARY CAREER,

LAURA RETURNED HOME.

UNFORTUNATELY, SHE HAD

DEVELOPED SEVERE BACK AND

JOINT PROBLEMS.

SHE HAD TO GO ON DISABILITY

AND COULDN'T WORK

FULL-TIME.

BUT LAURA WASN'T ABOUT TO

LET THAT STOP HER,

ESPECIALLY WITH TWO KIDS TO

RAISE.

WITH A LOVE FOR HORSES AND

RANCH WORK, LAURA TOOK A

PART-TIME JOB AS A

THERAPEUTIC RIDING

INSTRUCTOR.

SHE WORKS WITH AT-RISK YOUTH

AND DISABLED CHILDREN.

IT HAS REALLY HELPED ME

TO CONNECT WITH OTHER PEOPLE

IN NEED.

I CAN SEE IN DEPTH WHERE A

LOT OF PEOPLE ARE COMING

FROM IN THIS JOB.

I'M ABLE TO INTERACT AND BE

A PART OF THAT.

Reporter: BY NOW LAURA

WAS SEPARATED FROM HER

HUSBAND.

SO DESPITE HER BEST EFFORTS,

LAURA'S PAYCHECK AND

DISABILITY PAYMENTS WEREN'T

MEETING HER FAMILY'S NEEDS.

EACH DAY WAS A STRUGGLE

TO GET THE FOOD ON THE

TABLE, GET THE GAS TO GO TO

SCHOOL.

GET THE KIDS TO SCHOOL, GO

TO WORK.

EVERYTHING WAS -- ALL OF THE

BILLS WERE ALWAYS BEHIND.

AND WE'RE SCRAPING FOR FOOD

AND SCRAPING FOR

EVERYTHING.

Reporter: LAURA TURNED

TO "HILL COUNTRY DAILY

BREAD," A MINISTRY PARTNER

OF "OPERATION BLESSING."

PATRICK MCENANEPAT

McDANIEL WORKS THERE.

SHE CAME IN WITH PAIN AND

SHAME.

BUT WHEN I THANKED HER FOR

BEING A VETERAN AND SERVING

OUR COUNTRY, HE PUT THAT

PRIDE BACK ON.

I WAS TREATED WITH

DIGNITY, AS THOUGH THIS IS

SOMETHING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO

ANYBODY, AND IT WASN'T THE

PITY THAT MADE ME FEEL LOWER

THAN I ALREADY FELT.

IT WAS A LET'S GIVE YOU A

HAND UP.

IT WASN'T A HANDOUT.

IT WAS A HAND UP.

LET'S HELP YOU REACH WHAT

YOU NEED TO DO.

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FROM "OPERATION BLESSING,"

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OUT.

EVERY ITEM THAT COMES FROM

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IN SOMEONE'S LIFE.

HAVING SOMEBODY THAT CAN

HELP YOU STEP UP AND OUT OF

A BAD SITUATION, AND HAVING

THAT SPIRITUAL FEEDING OF

THE SOUL, YOU KNOW, IT'S

INCREDIBLE.

BEYOND INCREDIBLE.

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LIFE.

DAVID?

David: UP NEXT, A

SOLDIER WITH A PURPLE HEART

AND PROSTHETIC EYES.

GOD STILL IS WITH ME IN

THAT HE CAN STILL ALLOW ME

TO DO THINGS THAT I NEVER

THOUGHT I WOULD BE ABLE TO

DO.

David: MEET CAPTAIN

SCOTT SMILEY, THE ARMY'S

FIRST BLIND ACTIVE DUTY

OFFICER.

NEXT.

David: WHEN SCOTT

SMILEY WAS AWARDED THE

PURPLE HEART, HE CRIED.

FOR MOST SOLDIERS, THAT

WOULD HAVE BEEN THE END OF

THEIR MILITARY CAREER, BUT

AS YOU'RE ABOUT TO SEE,

SCOTT SMILEY IS NOT LIKE

MOST SOLDIERS.

THERE IS NO TRAINING HERE

IN AMERICA THAT WILL PREPARE

YOU FOR LIVE BULLETS FLYING

BY YOUR HEAD, SEEING YOUR

BUDDIES WOUNDED.

ON APRIL 6 OF 2005, WE

RECEIVED INTELLIGENCE IN THE

MORNING THERE CAR BOMBS AND

MEN WILLING TO BLOW

THEMSELVES UP.

I YELLED AT HIM TO GET OUT

OF HIS CAR, AND HE RAISED

HIS HANDS UP TO ME AND

LOOKED AT ME LIKE NOTHING

WAS WRONG.

THAT'S WHEN I SHOT TWO

ROUNDS IN FRONT OF HIS

VEHICLE AND MY WORLD WENT

BLACK.

Reporter: SHRAPNEL

SLICED THROUGH HIS LEFT EYE,

AND METALLIC BETS SHREDDED

HIS SKULL.

IN AN INSTANCE HIS LIFE

TURNED A CORNER HE NEVER

WOULD HAVE CHOSEN.

PRIOR TO THAT TERRIFYING

MOMENT, SCOTT'S STORY READ

LIKE A DREAM.

RAISED IN A LOVING CHRISTIAN

HOME.

A WEST POINT GRAD, AN ARMY

RANGER WITH A BRIGHT CAREER

AHEAD.

HE WAS ALSO NEWLY MARRIED TO

HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART,

TIFFANY.

SCOTTIE AND I MET IN

JUNIOR HIGH.

I HAD A CRUSH ON HIM AND

LIKED HIM.

HE ASKED ME ON A DATE, AND

THEN WE DATED THROUGH OUR

SENIOR YEAR, AND THEN DATED

THROUGH WEST POINT, AND I

WAS LIKE, OKAY, SCOTTIE,

YOU'RE THE ONE FOR ME.

THERE IS NO ONE ELSE OUT

HERE LIKE YOU.

Reporter: SCOTTIE AND

TIFFANY MARRIED ON

DECEMBER 20th, 2003.

IN OCTOBER OF 2004 I WAS

DEPLOYED TO IRAQ.

Reporter: WHAT WAS IT

LIKE WHEN YOU GOT TO IRAQ?

GIVING THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ

ELECTRICITY, ENSURING THAT

GASOLINE WAS BEING

PROVIDED.

EACH AND EVERY DAY BROUGHT

SOMETHING NEW.

I REALLY SAW, NOT ONLY

MYSELF, BUT MY MEN TESTED

THROUGH FIRE.

IT WAS DIFFICULT TO SEE MY

SOLDIERS GET INJURED.

SEVERAL OF MY SOLDIERS WERE

SHOT.

SEVERAL OF MY SOLDIERS WERE

INJURED BY EXPLOSIVES.

Reporter: THEN IT

HAPPENED TO SCOTTIE.

I GOT A PHONE CALL AROUND

3:30, 4:00 IN THE MORNING.

HE SAID, TIFFANY, SCOTTIE

HAS BEEN HURT, AND HE HAS

BEEN HURT REALLY BAD.

I GOT A PHONE CALL FROM THE

DOCTOR IN BALAD, AND HE

SAID, WE REMOVED HIS EYE,

AND I'M REALLY SORRY, MA'AM,

WE'RE PROBABLY GOING TO HAVE

TO REMOVE HIS OTHER EYE.

Reporter: DOCTORS

OPERATED ON SCOTTIE AND SENT

HIM HOME TO THE U.S.

LEARNING TO LIVE AS A BLIND

MAN WAS MORE PAINFUL THAN

EITHER HE OR TIFFANY COULD

HAVE MANAGED.

IT WAS A HARD TIME.

I DEFINITELY WAS IN THE

BOTTOM OF MY LIFE.

I WAS LOW -- AS LOW AS LOW

CAN BE.

I DIDN'T WANT TO BELIEVE.

I SAID I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO

PRAY.

I DIDN'T KNOW IF GOD WAS

EVEN ALIVE OR EVEN IN MY

LIFE.

HIS FRIEND ASKED HIM,

SCOTTIE, WILL YOU PRAY.

AND HE SAID, NO, I DON'T

EVEN KNOW WHO GOD IS

ANYMORE.

AND THAT CRUSHED ME.

THAT NIGHT I REMEMBER GOING

BACK TO MY ROOM AND PRAYING,

NOT FOR SCOTTIE'S EYESIGHT,

WHICH I HAD BEEN PRAYING

FOR, BUT I WENT BACK AND

PRAYED FOR HIS HEART.

MY MIND WAS STILL IN

IRAQ.

AND TO REALIZE THAT I NOW

WAS NOT WITH THEM.

I FELT I WAS NOT DOING MY

JOB.

THAT I HAD LEFT THEM.

I WAS UNSUCCESSFUL.

I WAS AFRAID THAT MY WIFE,

WHO MARRIED ME AND SAID TILL

DEATH DO YOU PART, WAS GOING

TO HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF ME.

I WAS NOW JUST A BURDEN IN

HER LIFE AND IN A BURDEN IN

MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS'

LIVES.

THAT IS NOT SOMETHING I EVER

WANTED TO BE.

THERE WERE DEFINITELY

DAYS WHEN IT WAS JUST ME AND

THE LORD.

THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME I

WAS WALKING BY MYSELF.

SCOTTIE WASN'T WALKING WITH

ME.

I WOULD WAKE UP IN THE

MORNING AND SAY, I JUST NEED

TO GET THROUGH THE DAY.

GIVE ME THE GRACE TO BE A

GOOD WIFE TO SCOTTIE.

Reporter: WHAT TURNED

THAT AROUND?

WHAT GOT YOU OUT OF THE

HOLE?

IT WAS THE PRAYER MY WIFE

WAS CONTINUALLY GIVING TO

ME.

IT WAS HER READING THE BIBLE

FOR ME, AND MY BROTHER

QUOTING SCRIPTURES.

Reporter: FIVE YEARS

AFTER SCOTTIE'S INJURY, HE

IS NOW BACK HERE AT WEST

POINT.

NOT AS A CADET, BUT AS A

COMMANDER.

SCOTTIE'S JOB NOW IS HELPING

OTHER WOUNDED SOLDIERS

RECOVER AND GET THEIR LIVES

BACK.

I AM THE COMPANY

COMMANDER OF THE WEST POINT

WAR TRANSITION UNIT.

I WAS INJURED.

I WENT THROUGH DEPRESSION.

I WENT THROUGH THE MENTAL

AND SPIRITUAL RECOVERY

PROCESS.

I THINK I'VE BEEN GIVEN THIS

WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY

BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND WHAT

THEY ARE GOING THROUGH.

Reporter: NOW CAPTAIN

SCOTTIE SMILEY HAS TURNED

HIS STORY INTO A BOOK,

SHARING HOW HE HAS LEARNED

TO TRUST THE LORD.

OH, AND IN HIS SPARE TIME,

HE HAS MANAGED TO EARN AN

M.B.A., CLIMB MT. RAINIER,

AND SKYDIVE AND SURF, TOO.

GETTING UP ON THAT BOARD

WAS AN EXHILARATING

FEELING.

TO DO SOMETHING ON MY OWN,

OF MY OWN STRENGTH, GAVE ME

THE ABILITY TO KNOW THAT GOD

IS STILL WITH ME.

AND HE CAN STILL ALLOW ME TO

DO THINGS I NEVER THOUGHT I

WOULD BE ABLE TO DO.

Reporter: THE SMILEYS

YOU NOW THE PROUD PARENTS OF

TWO LITTLE BOYS.

I HAVE TO HELP OUT.

WHETHER IT MEANS CLEANING A

DIRTY DIAPER, GIVING MY

SONS' FOOD, PUTTING THEM TO

BED, PLAYING AT THE PARK,

GOD STILL HAS A PLAN FOR

ME.

BEING A FATHER IS ONE OF

THOSE AWESOME

RESPONSIBILITIES HE HAS

BLESSED ME WITH.

Reporter: AND HE EVEN

PLANS TO USE HIS PROSTHETIC

EYES FOR A LITTLE FUN.

WHEN MY BOYS' FRIENDS

COME OVER, I CAN PLACE THEM

ON THE COUNTER-TOP AND SAY

I'M WATCHING YOU, EVEN WHEN

I'M OUT OF THE ROOM.

Reporter: TELL ME HOW

YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR WIFE HAS

DEEPENED THROUGH ALL OF

THIS.

TIFFANY IS THE MOST AM

AMAZING PERSON.

HER ATTITUDE, HER

PERSEVERANCE, HER

DETERMINATION, TO NOT ONLY

HELP ME AND HELP OUR

RELATIONSHIP, HAS JUST BEEN

AN AMAZING BLESSING IN OUR

LIVES.

I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN

EXPLAIN HOW MUCH I LOVE HER

AND HOW MUCH SHE MEANS TO

ME.

I THINK AT FIRST IT

BOTHERED ME MORE THAN IT

DOES NOW.

I WAS LIKE, HE CAN'T SEE

ME.

AS WE WENT THROUGH OUR

STRUGGLES AND WE STARTED TO

CHANGE AND WALK ON OUR PATH

WITH THE LORD TOGETHER, HE

KIND OF COVERED AND HEALED

ALL OF THAT.

TO WHERE, LIKE, OUR

RELATIONSHIP IS STRONGER NOW

PROBABLY THAN IT WOULD HAVE

BEEN WITH HIS SIGHT, WHICH

IS CRAZY TO SAY.

BUT I STILL DRESS UP.

I STILL WEAR MAKEUP, AND I

TELL HIM, LIKE, YOU BETTER

COMB YOUR HAIR BECAUSE MY

HAIR LOOKS GOOD.

THE WORDS THAT I READ IN THE

BIBLE PRIOR TO ALL OF THIS

BECAME REAL.

IT WAS, LIKE, THIS IS THE

PEACE THAT SURPASSES ALL

UNDERSTANDING, THIS IS THE

HOPE THAT CARRIES YOU

THROUGH.

SO IT ALL CAME TO LIFE FOR

ME.

THERE ARE STILL TIMES WHERE

WE'RE, LIKE, YEAH, WE WISH

SCOTTIE COULD SEE, BUT WHAT

GOD HAS TAUGHT US THROUGH

HIS WORD AND THROUGH GOING

THROUGH THIS TRIAL AND THIS

VALLEY WITH THE LORD, I

WOULDN'T TRADE THAT FOR

ANYTHING.

A LOT OF PEOPLE LOOK AT

THE EVENTS IN MY LIFE AS A

HUGE TRAGEDY.

AND I DON'T NECESSARILY.

I THINK GOD HAS GIVEN ME THE

ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND HIM

MORE, AND TO UNDERSTAND HIS

PURPOSE THROUGH MY

BLINDNESS.

THE FIRST PERSON I'M GOING

TO SEE IS GOING TO BE JESUS

CHRIST REACHING DOWN TO ME.

AND I JUST HOPE HE SAYS,

GOOD JOB, GOOD AND FAITHFUL

SERVSERVANT.

Reporter: WHAT'S THE

SECOND THING YOU WANT TO

SEE?

OH, MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE.

Terry: WELL, SHE IS

BEAUTIFUL.

AND THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL AS A

COUPLE.

WITHOUT A STRUGGLE, THERE IS

NO VICTORY.

VICTORY IS KIND OF A HOLLOW,

DIFFICULT TO REALLY

APPRECIATE THING WHEN YOU'RE

JUST READING ABOUT IT IN THE

WORD.

BUT WHEN IT COMES BECAUSE

THERE HAS BEEN A STRUGGLE,

WHEN IT COMES BECAUSE THERE

HAS BEEN LOSS, WHEN IT COMES

BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN

EMPTINESS, THEN IT BECOMES

REAL.

AND, YOU KNOW, TODAY WE WANT

TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE

REQUESTS THAT WE HAVE THAT

HAVE COME IN ON Facebook

AND A NUMBER OF OUR OTHER

INTERACTIVE WAYS PEOPLE HAVE

COMMUNICATED WITH US TODAY.

THIS IS KELLY WHO POSTS,

"I'M A MILITARY WIFE LIVING

IN GUAM.

WE'VE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH

INFERTILITY FOR FOUR YEARS

AND WANT TO CONCEIVE MORE

THAN ANYTHING.

IT IS SO HARD TO BE AWAY

FROM OUR FAMILY WHILE WE'RE

GOING THROUGH THIS.

PLEASE, CAN YOU PRAY FOR GOD

TO GIVE US A MIRACLE OR

TWO."

SO LET'S PRAY FOR JUST A

MOMENT FOR YOU, KELLY, AS

WE'RE TOGETHER TODAY.

FATHER, AS KELLY MAKES HER

REQUEST KNOWN, I JUST THINK

OF HOW AMAZING THAT YOU ARE,

THAT YOU NOT ONLY KNOW THE

DESIRE OF KELLY'S HEART AND

HER HUSBAND'S HEART, TO HAVE

CHILDREN, BUT, GOD, THAT

YOU'RE WITH HER.

HERE YOU ARE WITH HER IN

GUAM, RIGHT NOW, RIGHT THIS

MINUTE.

AND I THANK YOU, GOD, THAT

SHE AND HER HUSBAND ARE IN

GUAM.

THAT THEY'RE IN A PLACE

WHERE THEY NEED TO LEAN INTO

YOU, LEAN ON YOU.

THEY WILL KNOW YOUR LOVE AND

YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR

FAITHFULNESS, AND, GOD,

TODAY DAVID AND I JUST JOIN

HEARTS AS WE PRAY FOR THIS

COUPLE.

AND WE ASK YOU, MIGHTY GIVER

OF LIFE, THAT YOU WOULD DO A

MIRACLE, THAT THEY WOULD

CONCEIVE.

THAT THESE WOULD BE CHILDREN

GIVEN FROM YOU, BY YOU.

AND THAT THEY WOULD BE

CHILDREN WHO WOULD BE RAISED

TO KNOW AND TO LOVE YOU.

GOD, BLESS THIS COUPLE AS

THEY SEEK YOUR HEART, AND AS

THEY SEEK THE GIFT OF YOUR

HAND OF LIFE TO THEM, GOD.

I JUST PRAY THAT YOU WOULD

ANSWER THEIR PRAYER.

THAT YOU WOULD HEAR THEM,

AND THAT THEY WOULD KNOW

DEEP IN THEIR HEARTS THAT

THESE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN

GIFTS FROM YOU, LORD GOD,

AND THAT YOU'VE HEARD THEIR

PETITION AND HAVE FAITHFULLY

ANSWERED, AS YOU PROMISE

THAT YOU WOULD.

GOD, WE ASK THIS IN THE

MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS.

AMEN.

David: AMEN.

Terry: THIS IS A POST

FROM ANNIE.

ANNIE SAYS, "PLEASE, CAN YOU

PRAY FOR MY FAMILY.

MY HUSBAND, MARK, RECENTLY

LEFT FOR HIS FIRST

DEPLOYMENT IN AFGHANISTAN.

SO I'M ALONE WITH OUR TWO

LITTLE GIRLS.

GASOLINE EXPLODED IN HIS

FACE, AND HE HAS BEEN BADLY

BURNED ON HIS ARMS AND

FACE.

PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM FOR

HEALING AND SUPPORT FOR ME

BACK HOME."

YOU TALKED ABOUT YOUR OWN

MILITARY BACKGROUND, DAVE.

WILL YOU PRAY FOR ANNIE AND

HER FAMILY?

ABSOLUTELY.

I'D BE GLAD TO.

HEAVENLY FATHER, WE GIVE YOU

PRAISE AND THANKS FOR THE

MEN AND WOMEN WHO DO SERVE,

AND EVEN RISK THEIR LIVES

AND SOMETIMES ARE INJURED OR

EVEN KILLED IN THE LINE OF

DUTY.

WE JUST THANK YOU FOR THEM.

WE HONOR THEM, LORD GOD.

AND, FATHER, WE HONOR MARK,

LORD GOD, AND WHAT HE DOES

AND IS DOING.

EVEN THOUGH HE HAS BEEN

INJURED, HE IS CONTINUING ON

WITH HIS DUTIES AND HIS

ASSIGNMENT.

LORD, WE ASK A BLESSING UPON

HIM AND A SPECIAL GRACE ON

HIM.

LORD, WE ASK FOR YOUR FULL

HEALING TO COME UPON HIM IN

THE NAME OF JESUS.

FATHER, I PRAY THAT YOU

WOULD GIVE HIM SKIN GRAFTS,

THAT ANYTHING THAT HAS BEEN

DONE FOR HIM MEDICALLY, I

PRAY THAT YOU, GOD, AS THE

GREAT PHYSICIAN WOULD

AUGMENT THAT AND HEAL HIM

COMPLETELY IN THE NAME OF

JESUS.

I PRAY IT WOULD BE AS THOUGH

NOTHING EVER HAPPENED TO

HIM.

FATHER, WE PRAY ALSO THAT

ESPECIALLY WHILE THEY'RE

APART, THAT YOU WOULD BLESS

ANNIE AND THE TWO CHILDREN,

LORD GOD.

FATHER, GIVE STRENGTH TO

THEM, LORD GOD, AND I PRAY

IN THE NAME OF JESUS THAT

SUPPORT WOULD SURROUND

THEM.

THAT THEY WOULD BE

COMFORTED, AND THAT THEY

WOULD BE HELPED IN A REAL

WAY, AND THAT ANNIE WOULD

LOOK BACK UPON THIS, AND

MARK WOULD LOOK BACK UPON

THIS, AND SEE YOUR HAND WAS

EVIDENT THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE

THING, LORD GOD, AND THAT

THEY WOULD BE BLESSED BY

IT.

IN THE NAME OF JESUS WE

PRAY.

AMEN.

Terry: AMEN.

WE'VE ALSO GOT SOME IN-BOX

QUESTIONS THAT HAVE COME

IN.

WESLEY WRITES, "WHEN I MET

MY EX-WIFE, I KNEW SHE HAD A

SEXUAL PAST.

SHE CLEANED HERSELF UP, AND

WE MARRIED.

WHEN I WENT AWAY WITH THE

MILITARY, SHE FOUND SOMEONE

ELSE BELIEVER, AND WHEN I

GOT HOME, SHE DIVORCED ME.

CAN I REMARRY, OR SHOULD I

STAY SINGLE SO I DON'T MAKE

THE SAME MISTAKE AGAIN?"

WESLEY, THE BIBLE SAYS IF A

SPOUSE LEAVES, YOU'RE THEN

FREE FROM THAT

RELATIONSHIP.

AS FAR AS MAKING THAT SAME

MISTAKE AGAIN, I THINK THAT

IS A NATURAL FEAR IN US WHEN

WE HAVE SOMETHING LIKE THAT

HAPPEN.

I HAD THAT EXPERIENCE

MYSELF, HAVING GONE THROUGH

DIVORCE.

I WENT THROUGH A CHRISTIAN

COUNSELLOR AND SAID, I'M

HERE.

I NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT IN

ME NEEDS WORKING ON, NEEDS

CHANGING, NEEDS MATURING AND

GROWING SO I DON'T MAKE A

CHOICE LIKE THAT AGAIN.

I STAYED FOR A YEAR.

NOT BECAUSE THE COUNSELLOR

REALLY GAVE ME ANY GREAT,

WISE COUNSEL, BUT I THINK I

NEEDED TO TALK THROUGH SOME

THINGS WITH SOMEBODY WHO WAS

WISE IN THE THINGS OF THE

LORD.

DON'T BE AFRAID.

YOU KNOW, GOD PUT THEM IN

THE GARDEN TOGETHER, MAN AND

WOMAN.

AND I THINK HE DOES WANT US

TO ENJOY A RELATIONSHIP WITH

SOMEONE.

I DON'T THINK YOU'LL MAKE

THAT MISTAKE AGAIN.

SOMETIMES WHEN YOU'VE DONE

IT ONCE, YOU LEARN FROM THAT

AND YOU MOVE ON INTO A

DIFFERENT PLACE IN YOUR

LIFE.

David: AND I THINK

YOU'LL LEARN ALSO THAT HE

NEEDS TO MAKE SURE HE IS

ALREADY EQUALLY YOLKED WITH

THE PERSON HE IS WITH.

HE TALKS ABOUT THE FACT SHE

CLEANED HERSELF UP AND

STARTED GOING TO CHURCH.

HE DOESN'T SAY SHE MADE A

COMMITMENT TO THE LORD.

HE NEEDS TO KNOW FOR SURE

HIS WIFE IS COMMITTED TO THE

LORD.

Terry: YOU'RE EXACTLY

RIGHT.

AND MAYBE GET SOME

PRE-MARITAL COUNSELLING.

SOMETIMES THINGS ARE EASY TO

AVOID TALKING ABOUT IN A

RELATIONSHIP, SO GET AS MUCH

HELP AS YOU CAN.

THIS IS DANIELLE WHO

SAYS, "HIGMY HUSBAND IS IN

THE MILITARY.

HE WENT TO AFGHANISTAN.

HE IS NOW SUFFERING WITH

TERRIBLE GUILT.

HOW CAN I COMFORT HIM?

HE THINKS GOD IS

DISAPPOINTED IN HIM."

Terry: I'M NOT SURE

WHAT HE IS FEELING GUILTY

ABOUT, BUT MAYBE SOME OF THE

THINGS HE'S SEEN OR SOME OF

THE THINGS HE'S HAD TO DO.

TALK ABOUT FORGIVENESS IN

THE WORD.

WAR IS A DIFFICULT THING

SOMETIMES TO DO BUSINESS

WITH IN OUR HEADS AND OUR

HEARTS BECAUSE AS BELIEVERS,

IT IS NOT A PART OF HOW WE

FEEL AND OF OUR VALUE

SYSTEM.

BUT IT IS A VERY REAL PART

OF THE WORLD THAT WE LIVE

IN.

I WOULD PRAY FOR HIM AND ASK

GOD TO RESTORE UNTO HIM THE

JOY OF HIS SALVATION BECAUSE

THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD,

THE PEACE OF THE LORD, THE

FORGIVENESS OF THE LORD IS

AN ABIDING THING.

AND SOMETIMES WE NEED TO

SOAK IN THAT.

YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO HAVE

THOSE SCRIPTURES POSTED.

WE NEED TO HAVE SOMEONE, AS

WAS MENTIONED EARLIER,

READING THESE SCRIPTURES TO

US, AND SOMEONE PRAYING FOR

US.

SO BE THAT STRONG RIGHT ARM

FOR YOUR HUSBAND AS HE GOES

THROUGH THAT TIME.

WE WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR

BEING WITH US TODAY.

WE'VE HAD A WONDERFUL

PROGRAM OF BEING ABLE TO

PRAY ALL TOGETHER.

THAT'S WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT

THE INTERACTIVE SHOW.

KNOTIT IS NOT JUST ONE

PERSON PRAYING, BUT IT IS

ALL OF US TOGETHER

INTERACTING AND PRAYING.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US

TODAY.

DAVID, IT IS GREAT TO BE

WITH YOU AGAIN.

GREAT TO BE HERE.

Terry: WE'LL LEAVE YOU

WITH THIS WORD FROM JOSHUA:

"BE STRONG AND OF GOOD

COURAGE.

DO NOT BE AFRAID NOR

DISMAYED FOR THE LORD YOUR

GOD IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU

GO."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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