Knowing that no one comprehends the challenges that a soldier faces like another soldier, the inspiration for this book comes from the writings of an ancient soldier who righteously protected the innocent; stood firm on the ferocious frontlines of battle; patrolled dangerous checkpoints; walked the lonely late night and early morning watches; guarded city gates; climbed rugged terrain in all kinds of weather; and faced enemies in the deserts and on the mountains. That soldier, King David, endured many of the same experiences as today's soldier. He also needed and drew strength daily from Almighty God. He wrote of his struggles and victories, recorded his prayers and praises from his experiences. What encouragement, hope, and comfort come from the Psalms he left to us. This devotional countdown calendar-journal is meant to be a source of daily encouragement, a place where soldiers and their families can record feelings and events that have impacted them during their deployment experience. It is a legacy of shared courage and sacrifice of and for the outstanding men and women who serve our great nation in military service. About the Author: Sharon Patterson, retired educator, career military wife, and leader in women's ministry, has written inspirational encouragement in various forms, from greeting cards to short stories, poetry, and Bible studies for over twenty-five years. Sharon and her husband, retired Colonel Garry Patterson, are the parents of three grown sons. Two sons presently serve in the U.S. Army. Sharon and Garry reside in Round Rock, Texas.