My parents were so awesome. Yes, they had their faults. And one of the most awesome things about them, is that they would be the first to admit their faults. But they were so encouraging and motivating and “what the heck are you thinking” type parents. The other day I was messing around on this here blog and I found a page that showed me the top commenters. Mom had the third most comments with 78. I clicked on Mom’s profile and it showed me every comment she ever left.
It was amazingly awesome to read through all the comments. Honestly, it wasn’t even sad. Because she was so stinkin’ funny and so in love with Jesus and it just radiates through every comment. It totally made my day.
And so I thought I should share all those comments with you. Well ok, not all the comments, because some of them won’t really make sense. And after going through alot of them I think I’ll leave the link to the original post. Yes. Yes this post is going to be very long. How about we start with part 1 and see how far we get. And maybe you’ll have to come back and finish reading. But I hope that you too are blessed by reading Mom’s comments and remembering what an awesome gift from God she was to us!
One last thing, if you know someone, or you yourself struggle with depression, please read down to the comment about that. I know that you will be encouraged!
~This is the last comment she left me. Which is of course pretty amazing. It was after I learned that I didn’t get into the nursing program and then they discontinued the two-year program. I could read this every single day, especially now as it seems the Lord is calling us to something new, and it’s such an encouragement. (And actually it’s not the last comment. She left one other one, but sent it in an email. And maybe I’ll share that some time.) (Original post)
Nope….., rejection is not fun. But I say opportunities are!!!!! I’m excited that God closed the door of nursing school to you, because I wonder what amazing opportunity He is taking you to! I can hardly wait and see! (“God works ALL things together for those that love and serve the Lord.” Romans 8:28)
~This was when I posted about our weekend at the Sportsmen’s Show. Mom and Dad had a booth for their rental house and the kids hung out with them for awhile. (Original post)
Hey, you left out the part about Caleb wanting to walk through the campers a hundred zillion times and Angel ‘ralphing’ and then almost fainting way up in the bleachers when we were walking around! Oh, and what about when Caleb was under the table, in his ‘tent’, and sticking a 2 X 4 out in the aisle, almost tripping our perspective customers! (:) (Oh, didn’t you know about that?) haha
~Angel cut her hair! (Original post)
Nellie, I know you always read Missy’s blog. I started to tell Angel about the time when you were her age and YOU cut YOUR hair!!!! You really chopped your bangs off! But then I thought better of telling her, because she wants to be like her Aunt Nellie! (:)
~Angel, her cousin Janai and I went to a Disney show. Mom was supposed to go but then wasn’t able to. :( (Original post)
Wow, this is so cool! I wish I could have been there to see Angel’s face! And I’m so glad Janai got to experience it with you! Yes, this is definitely a lifetime memory for those two (and you too!) …… and I LOVE it that you dressed up1 so cool! You are an awesome Mommy and an awesome special person in Janai’s life!
I’m supposed to tell you from your Dad: ‘Henry’s a pig name, not a cat name!’
Maybe you should get a pig. I think they’re hypoallergenic. You could name him Henry, according to your Dad.
Sorry for the sick humor. Poor Angel and Caleb.
~Update on Caleb. (Original post)
Loved reading about Caleb! Yep. He is something else. What a character!!!! Determined. Funny. Charming. Stubborn. Smart. Handsome. (Hey, it sounds like I’m describing your hubby! (:)
I’m still smiling over the last time we had him and Angel, and he was negotiating with me about stopping for ice cream BEFORE going to supper! What a smooth talker, I probably would have given in to him if my good senses hadn’t taken over! Your children are SO AMAZING, Missy! God has been faithful. You believed, and obeyed and waited. And God has rewarded you with these incredible children! BUT…. I do have to give you and Pat some credit! You guys are GREAT parents! Love you!
I LOVE Psalm 34:18…. always have. Thanks for wisdom-filled post!
I say it’s great theology. It’s the Prodigal son. And it’s the Father lavishing His love and blessings on you now.
~Letter to Angel and Caleb. (Original post)
AMEN, Missy! And you and Pat are doing such a fantastic job raising those two precious ones to love Jesus! And that is by far the most important thing you can do for those children! Because we all know how the morals of this world are slipping so fast, and I just wonder what it will be like when Angel and Caleb are teenagers? Yes, grow them up strong and confident in the love of Jesus! Love you Missy!
~Dealing with the big D word. (Original post)
Missy, I’m so sorry you’re suffering. There’s no easy answer to this. I just want you to know that many great men and women of God have suffered with this.
Martin Luther himself endured many instances of depression. He described the experience in varied terms: melancholy, heaviness, depression, dejection of spirit; downcast, sad, downhearted. He suffered in this area for much of his life and often revealed these struggles in his works. Evidently he did not think it a shameful problem to be hidden. A good article: http://morethancoping.wordpress.com/2009/08/17/martin-luther-on-depression/
Charles Spurgeon suffered debilitating bouts of depression all his life.
• “God is to me the Great Unknown. I believe in him, but I find him not.”—Adoniram Judson, America’s first foreign missionary.
David was overwhelmed with grief and sadness, his heart was desolate, and his tears fell all night (Psa. 61:2, 77:2-3, 142:4, and 143:4). Jonah, Jeremiah (Jer. 15), Job, and Elijah (I Kings 19) are other examples. Whenever characters express rejection, loneliness, self-pity, hopelessness, overwhelming grief, and wish they had not been born, it seems they are expressing more than temporary sadness but classic symptoms of major depression. Paul had classic symptoms: his flesh had no rest, he was troubled on all sides, he was cast down, he had fears within, and he despaired of life (II Cor. 1:8 & 7:5-6). Hannah (I Samuel 1) had many of the symptoms of depression and her spiritual leader instantly and incorrectly accused her of a spiritual problem.
• “Cursed be the day in which I was born!”—Jeremiah
• “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life.”—Elijah
• “Conflicts without, fears within” … depressed.—Paul the apostle, in 2 Corinthians 7:6 (NASV)
The non-depressed rarely understand the unrelenting pain involved, the feelings of hopelessness, and think the person should just pick themselves up and get over it. It is not that easy. In fact, when that part of the brain that mediates emotions is not functioning properly, medical help (not criticism) is often needed. from the article: http://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/articles/1100111014.html
Missy, when I was struggling so much with my depressions and anxiety, and I didn’t feel God’s presence, you were always there, telling me the thing I will tell you now: God is with you! Jesus is holding you! He will not let you walk through this valley alone!
~Video for Mom. (Original Post)
I love it! Except I gotta pick myself off the floor from laughing so hard at the way Caleb wrapped it all up!
~Angel loving Jesus. (Original Post)
Yes, that precious little girl loves Jesus! I’ve seen it myself when she prays. Missy, tell Angel I’ll write some music for her little song and we’ll do special music together! (:)
~Following Caleb’s lead (Original post)
Wow Missy! Powerful post! THIS IS WHY YOU HAVE TO BLOG! We all feel these exact same things! And you have such a gift to express it in words for all of us! I love the comment from Erika, ‘God can keep transforming us till our last day’! Keep it up Missy. Keep being that open book. You are one of God’s ‘scribes’! (:)
Ha, I don’t know about that Mom. But yes, I’ll keep blogging. Love you.