The late great Rev. (Dr.) Charles Stanley is quoted as saying: “Whatever you accomplish in life, you’ll have to accomplish on your knees.” Armed with a penetrating awareness that prayer helps us to remain closer to God by opening our hearts to His work in and through us, I “thought” I was calculated about regular prayer and dedicated time with Him - until I received my first deployment notification! Talk about praying without ceasing! This guidebook emerges from the hardships experienced and missteps made throughout my very own pre-deployment process and family preparation thereof. I have been where you are, my beloved friend, and I understand. Prayerfully, this guidebook will help you and your family sidestep the obstacles that entangled me and help set the scene for a well-thought out and faith-filled pre-deployment experience and rewarding tour!