We believe stories are important - they connect us with other women who share similar experiences and help us feel as if we're not alone when life throws us a curveball. And as a military spouse - owned company, we believe in the power of sharing stories of fellow military spouses. The military spouse community is a unique sisterhood - they show strength with every relocation, deployment, and lost job; they’re resilient - making a new home and forming new friendships at each duty station; and they are fiercely devoted to the family and military hero they love. Despite the uncertainty and sacrifice that military life brings, military spouses face each new challenge with grace and bravery. At Charliemadison Originals, we're celebrating our sisterhood of military spouses through our Meet a Milspouse series - sharing one story at a time and giving you a glimpse inside their world.
GIVE US A BEHIND-THE-SCENES PEEK AT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY – HOW DID YOU BECOME A MILITARY SPOUSE (MILSPOUSE)? WHAT DO YOU DO IN ADDITION TO BEING A MILSPOUSE? AND A FUN FACT ABOUT YOUR MILITARY FAMILY?
My name is Megan Brown and I am a military missionary. My husband and I have been married for almost 14 years and share the joy of raising four high-spirited children. Our family views this active duty lifestyle as an opportunity to live perpetually on mission for Christ. Because we move every 2 to 4 years, we have been uniquely positioned for purpose. Our purpose is simple; to carry God’s redemptive story for all of us, through Jesus, to the four corners. We do this by opening our home, teaching and preaching the gospel, systematically filtering people into the local church or planting one, and equipping military families to carry the freeing truth of Jesus with them.
When I became a military spouse (albeit, many years ago), I wasn’t really sure that I had a purpose. I was young, in love, and terribly naive. I thought that getting married would be an adventure and I couldn’t wait to start my life with this incredibly handsome man in uniform. At the time, I knew of God, but I certainly did not know Him. My husband, then fiance’, knew the love of God deeply, and that love would shape us.
One Sunday morning, I was sleeping in (recovering from the late Saturday night out). My husband lovingly nudged me from my slumber and said “Hey, babe. Get up. We are going to church.” I laughed and rolled over, covering my face. I firmly asserted that I would not be joining him, but that he could bring me some lunch after his church service was over. He turned on all of the lights in our apartment, took my comfy blanket, and all but insisted that I get myself together.
After many not so joyous Sunday church goings, one sermon would change the game for me. That morning, a very round man in a three piece suit waddled his way to the pulpit. His name was Brother Mickey Dalrymple. He began preaching, line by line, through the book of Ephesians. He spoke of adoption to sonship and a love so fierce that I could hardly breathe. I couldn’t wait to give my life to God. It wasn’t long before I was baptized and life has never been the same.
It’s been nearly 12 years later, and I am a missionary, the Communications Coach at IF: Military, a new nationwide military initiative through IF: Gathering, a theology student at the Moody Bible Institute, and a Christian author/speaker. I also homeschool our four children in hopes to raise a generation of missionaries behind me.
WHICH MILITARY BRANCH DOES YOUR SPOUSE SERVE IN AND FOR HOW MANY YEARS HAS HE SERVED?
Keith is active duty Air Force and has served for 15 years.
WHERE HAS THE MILITARY MOVED YOUR FAMILY OVER THE YEARS? WHICH WAS YOUR FAVORITE DUTY STATION AND WHY?
We have been stationed at Columbus AFB, Columbus, MS, Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH, Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS, and are currently stationed at Robins AFB in Warner Robins, GA (About 2 hours south of Atlanta).
Keesler AFB was the most like home. Gulf Coast living agreed with us. Fried shrimp shacks and morning beach walks...sign me up. We also helped plant a church (Sola Church, Gulfport, MS) where I served on staff as the Community Group Director. Keith also served as a Deacon. I also served by occasionally preaching God’s Word during the Sunday worship services. We built the most amazing community, filled with love and care. We did the work of the ministry and our cup was overflowing.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A MILITARY SPOUSE? TELL US SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE LEARNED OR HAS MADE YOU STRONGER BECAUSE YOU ARE A MILSPOUSE?
My favorite thing about being a military spouse is knowing that God has ordained every set of orders, every deployment, and every PCS. While I am NEVER in control of our circumstances as a military family, I trust The One who is. Every change has certainly brought challenge, but it also brought opportunities for growth- both spiritually and in maturity. Following God, and walking in step with our family through this military lifestyle of mayhem and mission, is one of my greatest treasures.
WHO INSPIRES YOU AND WHY?
At the risk of being totally cliche’ and picking a biblical reference, I would have to say Phoebe inspires me. Phoebe was a New Testament deaconess. She worked alongside the apostle Paul, and even is credited with carrying a letter to the Romans (what we as Christians know to be the book of Romans). I imagine her in armor and fearless in nature. She served God’s people and studied under one of the greatest theologians of all time. Her service to Kingdom work had immeasurable impact. I pray that my own surrender can result in God’s glory as well.
WHICH CHARLIEMADISON EVERYDAY REMINDER DO YOU WEAR ON YOUR WRIST AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THAT PARTICULAR BRACELET?
I love the Be Unapologetically You bracelet. One of the greatest compliments that I have ever received was that I was so unapologetically myself that this woman felt like she had permission to be herself too. Knowing who we are, and loving ourselves, is one of life’s greatest gifts.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO STAY CONNECTED TO WHAT MATTERS MOST, DESPITE THE UNCERTAINTY, FREQUENT MOVES, AND DEPLOYMENTS THAT GO ALONG WITH BEING A MILITARY FAMILY?
Community is the difference between life and death. Fundamentally, we live in community. We gather around God’s Word, fellowship, worship, and prayer (Acts 2:42-47). We teach people to connect and cultivate relationships in light of the gospel. We share meals and our hearts with one another. We commit to walking alongside one another as we seek God together. This is done by finding, and plugging into, a local church and by opening our front door to receive those that live around us. Join a church. Invite a neighbor for coffee. Open your heart to others.
WE HAPPEN TO BE QUOTE LOVERS AROUND HERE – CAN YOU SHARE A FAVORITE QUOTE THAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED?
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. - Corrie Ten Boom
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