Across the hall from mom two chairs are pushed together to make a makeshift cot. A Spurs ball-cap pulled down over his eyes my husband attempts to catch some rest while his sister and niece stay with mom. The nursing home AC unit is set to a frigid temperature. It was comfortable when he closed his eyes but over time as his body rested and it became unbearable leaving him uncomfortable, restless, unsettled.

I often think that this is how our life is. We orchestrate, arrange, organize, plan, prepare and sometimes control our surroundings to make the perfect environment and get the most out of every experience only to close our eyes, maybe for but a moment, then wake to an atmosphere that has changed. I know I do. Maybe it’s the atmosphere between friends, neighbors or co-workers. Maybe it’s the atmosphere between husbands, wives or children. Maybe it’s the atmosphere between signs, symptoms or a bad medical report.

Only One

There is only One who controls the thermostat to life. He has given us “free will” which causes unexpected ripples. Some are small gentle ripples, others for turbulent white-capped waters, while even others are gripping 40-foot waves that invade, intrude and paralyzes us abruptly stopping us in our tracks no matter how prepared we may be.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

While we walk beside Mom as she journeys to be with Jesus today my friend and coworker Jordan gave me these scriptures. Although he did not know what I was writing about I find that they are very fitting to share with you all.

Cast all your anxieties on God, because he cares for you.  (1 Peter 5:7)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any

affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

She’s Close

Well, the time is near so I will close for now to spend the last few breaths with my second mom. She’s going to tell my parents I love them for me when she sees them in Heaven. Oh I’m so excited.

Stay in His Word and be encouraged. You are loved!

God bless,

Missy xo

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22 responses to “Unsettling”

    • Oh, bless you sweet KK! We appreciate your prayers and covering during this time. We give God all the glory. May God continue to richly bless you. Thank you for your kind words. In His love, Missy & Mark xo

  1. Prayers for you, Mark and your family. Knowing that she will be in heaven and waiting for you makes this process a little easier. I have missed your smiling face this week and look forward to seeing you soon.

    • Oh Wendy, your words and encouragement are a blessing to us. Thank you. I will try to post more. God is stirring my heart so I’m sure He has a lot to share through me. May God continue to richly bless you Wendy💙

  2. I love it when Christians eagerly anticipate a home-going.God is so close to you all to hold and heal your broken hearts and keep your loved safe till you meet again.

  3. Your writing is flawless so well said . So sorry for what you and your family are going through , I must admit your post helped with my anxiety’s of this everlasting change I’m going through. Thank you and God bless you . ❤️

  4. This is absolutely beautiful, Missy! What a perfect analogy! God has truly given you a gift! I’m so sorry that you will be grieving soon for someone so dear! And you are very young to have lost both of your parents as well. I’ve also lost both of my parents, and I know the grief journey well. You will be in my thoughts, prayers and heart! God bless you and yours with His great comfort during the months and years ahead. Love and hugs! <3

    • My mom and dad were 42 when they had me. I was 42 when momma passed away and 46 when daddy passed. I’m so blessed to have had them as long as I did. Mark’s mom passed Thursday evening so, I had a momma again for about 2 years. Humbled she loved me so much to entrust me to take care of her only son. Your prayers and encouragement are a huge blessing. Thank you love!❣️😘

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