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The Performance

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I finally have the photos uploaded from Tuesday night's church service when the kids performed Born Again by Third Day. To see kids this age who are so earnest and bold about their faith blesses me more than I could ever express. Statistics tell us that kids who attend church consistently have far less incidence of criminal behavior (including illegal drugs and illegal alcohol) during their teen and young adult years. Knowing the hearts of these young people causes me to believe that.

The little country church we attended was so sweet. Everybody there greeted us with hugs and handshakes and smiles. They made us feel so welcome. The preaching was awesome. The message was titled: The greatest force in the world - Love. The minister was definitely speaking my language!

These are the kids before the performance, my youngest daughter, Melanie, 12, our friend, Angel, who is here from the Philippines because her dad, a missionary/pastor, has stage four lung cancer and needed treatment in the US (he's from here in southeast Louisiana and her mother is Filipino), and my stepson, Billy, 17.



This is my friend/angel of mercy (mentioned in my treadmill blog), Michelle, and her adorable grandson, Randen, who is one of my favorite kids in all the world. Michelle's mom is the pastor of the church we were visiting.



Melanie and Angel remaining calm (sorta) before the performance.



The kids on stage. For the link to a YouTube of the song they did (with lyrics), click on the address in my "I'm Moving" blog.



Angel performed a second song, alone. It's astounding to hear such a BIG voice coming out of such a tiny little girl!!



I thank God for my kids and for the fact that they love Him and strive to serve Him. I pray that they will have a hunger to please Him and be used by Him all the days of their lives. Thank you for letting me open my wallet and brag on my beauties for a bit!

Much love!!

Missy

  
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NANCY1204 10/21/2009 8:57AM

    That's great emoticon Thanks for also sharing the pictures. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/20/2009 11:53PM

    Thank you so much for sharing with us. I love to hear children singing their praises to the Lord. What a blessing!!! Great pictures also!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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TUKSON 10/17/2009 5:28PM

    Absolutely is a gifted voice from a small child.
Thank you very much for sharing the pictures and the song.
It is now one of my favorites also.
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3CATSLEP 10/13/2009 9:59PM

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Wonderful! I love their coordinating colors too!

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VANDALEE13 10/13/2009 7:18PM

    Those are wonderful pictures. You can see how much they love the Lord an love preforming the songs they sang. You are trully blessed. emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing them.

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MAFOSTER11 10/13/2009 1:57PM

    What wonderful gifts the Lord has given you..........and them! It's wonderful to see Children brought up in the Church. I too believe they are less likely to be erupted by the ways of todays society. Thanks for sharing with us.

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SECRETMUSIC 10/13/2009 1:35PM

    Thanks for the photos! It is clear how proud you are!

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SJG1953 10/13/2009 1:17AM

    These are awesome young people! God bless them and you, Shirley

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LINDA25427 10/13/2009 12:34AM

    Thank you Missy for sharing this with us it is such a blessing!!! God bless .Hope you have a great week .

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BOO-SHAY 10/12/2009 11:19PM

    Thank you for your support on my sparkpage, it truly appreciate it. I love how you put your family first, and your pride in them shows.

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THENEWME43 10/12/2009 8:58PM

    What a blessing! Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

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LIGHTHEART09 10/12/2009 6:52PM

    I can't think of anything that would make Jesus smile more than to have children sing to the Lord! You are truly blessed to have wonderful God loving kids!!! Great job mom!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IMAVISION 10/12/2009 2:03PM

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I am with Leah in wishing that I, too, could have been there in person & with Theadmiral - you are, indeed blessed to have such precious children, Missy! And I join with Sally in her prayer, "May they always follow Jesus."

I believe that the young people will always remember with fondness the experience of singing to the Lord in that small country church. I know the images shared in the photographs will stick with me for a long time. I will enjoy 'revisiting' them in memory & praying God's will over the lives of each person 'captured in time'.

Michelle's little 'Grandblessing' is such a cutie! I can see why he is one of your "favorite kids in the world'. Just adorable!

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THEADMIRAL 10/12/2009 1:31PM

    What beautiful children! And what beautiful spirits can be seen in them! You are very blessed to have them!

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2BSALLYB 10/11/2009 9:36PM

    How wonderful! These children praise the Lord and bless everyone with their voices. May they always follow Jesus. God bless them and their families.

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PEPPERLEAH 10/11/2009 9:25PM

    Oh Missy; what a blessing! I wish I could have been there to hear them in person! You can see, by looking at their sweet faces, that they love the Lord. The glow on their faces makes it so obvious! I am certain that they will do great works for God. Thank you for sharing these pictures with us!

Love you;
Leah

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The Power of a Smile

Thursday, October 08, 2009

I shared a bit of this story with one of my SparkTeams and I felt like the message was important enough to blog it for others, too.

We never know sometimes the impact we have on people. When I was younger, I was involved with a ministry called Teen Challenge. Among other things, we used to do a lot of street evangelism down in the French Quarter in New Orleans. For years we were there two or three days/nights in a weekend.

There is a VooDoo museum on Bourbon Street. I would never step foot in it. Nor would we go into a bar, no matter HOW bad we had to tinkle or how thirsty we were. We felt it would damage our testimony for the Christians to be seen coming out of a disreputable place.

One night the Lord very clearly spoke to my heart and directed me to go into the VooDoo museum. Huh? ME? Lord, I'm the big chicken of the group! Don't you mean one of those stronger, more mature Christians? My knees are knocking just THINKING about going in there!! Yes, you, was the reply.

I told my street witnessing partner what God had put on my heart and he very graciously let me go. Alone. Turns out he was a bigger chicken than I was! lol So up the three steps I went and into the door. I was greatly relieved to not feel monsters attacking me as I crossed the threshold. I mean after all, I'd heard some of those church groups praying in a circle in front of that building, demanding the walls to fall down and the demons to come running out in Jesus' name. (The term quacks came to mind a few times, I'll admit. Those folks seemed more concerned with the building than the souls within it.)

I didn't venture in any farther than the front door. It STUNK in there. Lots of incense, candles, herbs and I didn't know WHAT all. There I stood, determined to be obedient. There was a customer at the register and the store clerk was checking him out, chatting. I was grateful for a bit of time to collect myself and pray within my heart. What if those walls decided NOW was the time to come down?! I didn't want to get crushed in the fallout!! lol

When the customer left, an innocent looking bag in his hand, me wondering what in heaven's name was in there and what he was going to do with it, only the store clerk (turned out to be the manager) and I remained. She turned to me and her face LIT up, HUGE smiles, like I was her long, lost friend or something. She yelped out, "It's YOU!!!" I panicked. lol What kind of evil, sinister, terrifying, demonic, hellish, horrible plot was at work here? Had demons been discussing me with her? Had they sent out search parties for me? I was beginning to feel a little bit like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz!!

This lady didn't look anything like the Wicked Witch of the West, though. She looked like anybody's next door neighbor or any one of my kids' teachers. She looked, in fact, a lot like me, typically Creole, a blending of French and Spanish, dark hair and eyes, mild Mediteranian features. And she was smiling. She was smiling BIG. And coming at me. I mean AT me, too. Her arms were open wide. This woman was going to HUG me. *tremble*

What do I do NOW?!!! Well, for goodness sake, what does any self-respecting Southerner do when someone reaches out for a hug (or looks like they might want a hug, or looks like they might need a hug, or looks like maybe they haven't had a hug in far, far too long)? I hugged her back, of course. And it felt right. And I felt the love of God well up in my heart for her. That love trumps unsavory surroundings, questionable circumstances, stinky environments.

She said, not in any way offended, "You don't remember me."

I had to reply in honesty, "I'm sorry. I don't. have we met?" I thought maybe she'd been a friend of one of my friends or a family member.

She said, "No, we haven't. But I was having a particularly difficult time a few weeks back. I was greatly troubled. I went to the cathedral for novena (meaning St. Louis Cathedral, behind Jackson Square, in the heart of the French Quarter)." For those of you not raised Catholic, novena is a special prayer, apart from attending mass.



Sometimes, after a long night of street evangelism and crisis intervention, we'd gather in front of the Cathedral, sit on the ground in a circle, and have a quiet time of reflection and silent prayer, softly playing guitars and singing songs of praise. It was a good way to unwind after dealing with the needs of so many desperate people.

The lady said, "When I came out of the Cathedral, I saw you and your friends sitting in a circle between the church and the Square. Some people were playing guitars and the rest of you were singing the sweetest songs. You all looked so happy and peaceful. When I came near, you turned to me and you smiled at me so big. And you MEANT it. That smile went all the way through and through you. It made me feel less alone. It made me feel like there are people who do care about me. Thank you."

I was so humbled. I was so stunned. How God could use a simple smile at a stranger to touch someone's heart in such a meaningful way was beyond me. How I could ever doubt God's plans was also beyond me. How Mosesish of me to argue with God when He gave me an assignment of eternal consequence. I was ashamed and I repented.

Smile to others. Show them that someone has noticed them. Show them that someone cares. You may never know what a smile or a kind word means t someone. Listen to those little tugs at your heart's strings and obey them. Ask God to give you divine encounters of eternal purpose, and He will be faithful to do just that. Love people. We all need to be loved in such deep, deep ways. We will not show this world we belong to Jesus by attending a church or spouting theology or doing great acts of generosity or piety. Jesus said they will know we are His by the love we show. If loving is scary business for you? Do it afraid. Even when it doesn't come easy, LOVE, and let it SHOW.

  
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DEE107 5/26/2010 8:42PM

    thanks for sharing

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JOYSONG50 1/27/2010 12:55PM

    A little smile really does go a long way sometimes. Thanks for sharing and keep smiling.
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/20/2009 11:56PM

    Missy, I just have to say I love this and thank you for sharing!!! What a blessing you are to all of SP and everyone outside of Sparks.
Blessings and hugs being airlifted to you, my friend.
Helen

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HAPPYWRITER7 10/20/2009 10:44AM

    I love this blog. Sometimes, we forget what a powerful tool we carry around on our faces. I wrote about smiles last year, after reading a cashier's account of how she smiled at one of the patrons, and he seemed so genuinely taken aback that tears came to his eyes. We never know what someone else is going through, and sometimes a smile is all the medicine they need.

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LIGHTHEART09 10/12/2009 7:01PM

    Wow that is really special...then what happened???? Did she ever get saved???
You are blessed to be a blessing my sister!!!
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SECRETMUSIC 10/11/2009 7:57PM

    Thanks for relating your wonderful experience! I'd like one of your hugs, next time you've got a hankering to share!

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LIFEHASCHANGES 10/10/2009 2:56AM

    God is good without a doubt! Thats so cool how He does that... "Divine encounters of eternal purpose"... I so love that. Little glimpses of things that He share with us to let us know He's there- even when we already believe it. Its just another level of realtionship. Thanks 4 sharing this testimony with us all... U know you reallu do have interesting blogs. Glad I showed up again...

Love in Christ sis-
Mrs. K

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GRAMIAM7 10/9/2009 9:24PM

    What a wonderful story. I have been crushed lately with the hate that seems to be spreading like wildfire. Those people are more concerned with the buildings than the people inside. Alone I pray that I might be a blessing to all that I come in contact with. It begins with a smile. All people smile in the same language. Let the light and love of Jesus shine through all of us. May God bless you as you are a blessing to others. Keep smiling!! emoticon

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FRAN0426 10/9/2009 7:50PM

    Missy, I just finished reading your smile blog, what a wonderful story to share with all of us. It's true a smile can help so many, and its free for the giving. A smile can leave a lasting and warm feeling for someone who really needs one. That is why I smile and say hi to people I don't know, hoping that if they needed that small gesture to brighten their day, then it would lift my day too.

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TRAVELNISTA 10/9/2009 4:52PM

    What a beautiful story to share. Thank you! I needed a story like that today.

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IMAVISION 10/9/2009 1:26PM

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emoticon, Missy, for sharing this beautiful example of our dear Father working though your obedience & your smile. You have such a gift for word pictures – I felt as if I were with you inside the door of that museum & outside the Cathedral. I could ‘see’ your beautiful smile & could feel what it did for the gal.

I am to be responsible for sharing a devotional with a group of sisters-in-Christ next month & I would very much like your permission to share this testimony on obedience & what a difference a smile can mean to others.

One thing I used to instruct our three “Vision” offspring to do is when they saw a person without a smile to give them one of theirs. I would like to think that their sweet smiles gave joy to countless folks over the years – I know that they are still giving their parents joy untold. emoticon

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LINDA25427 10/9/2009 9:26AM

    What a blessing you are today as back then you obeyed God. Your love comes through in everything you say and do . God bless you my friend . emoticon

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SJG1953 10/9/2009 2:40AM

    Missy, what a lovely blog! It touched my heart greatly. It shows me that God can use the smallest things sometimes to help someone. God bless you my friend. Hugs, Shirley

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SUSAN134 10/9/2009 12:51AM

    Missy, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful experience with us. A smile says so much, so well.

Hugs!

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JOYATLAST 10/9/2009 12:34AM

    What a rousing testimony! I could smell the incense, see your wide eyes and feel the intimidation.

Beyond that I was overwhelmed by your obedience and love.

You inspire me to run forward.

And to remember my sense of humor :)

Thanks.

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THENEWME43 10/9/2009 12:23AM

    Missy, thanks for posting this. What a great testimony of God's great love!!! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 10/8/2009 11:36PM

    The Lord does work in mysterious ways. Good for you, and her. -- Lou

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/8/2009 11:14PM

    What a beautiful story and miracle that you have shared here. Thank you. I also want to thank you for THE SPARK. I got it ordered today. You are a treasure. I love you beyond words. Lots of love to you and yours. -Dawn

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MALEXANDER4 10/8/2009 11:11PM

    god bless. that was so great. you have smiled at me and reached a hand out and i have in turn held on tight. sometimes we just need a friend to say it is ok to be you and we are not all perfect. thank you for being there for me on my blogs, throug good and bad. your smile keeps me going. with you and our faith we can reach our goals. michelle.

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AHEALTHIERJAN 10/8/2009 9:58PM

    What a beautiful story! It is amazing what can happen with a smile or a phrase, isn't it.

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AHEALTHIERJAN 10/8/2009 9:58PM

    What a beautiful story! It is amazing what can happen with a smile or a phrase, isn't it.

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AHEALTHIERJAN 10/8/2009 9:58PM

    What a beautiful story! It is amazing what can happen with a smile or a phrase, isn't it.

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PEPPERLEAH 10/8/2009 9:13PM

    What a wonderful testimony of being obedient to God's calling! A smile is universal; and you are so right. A smile does wonders. It crosses barriers and touches hearts, and opens doors for us to speak God's Word to others. It speaks of kindness and compassion, and it can heal hearts. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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A Sweet Angel

Monday, September 28, 2009


I surely hope I am able to put this little video clip here for you to see. If not, at least you will be able to see the photographs. This thing has kind of taken on a life of its own! Angel has graciously asked our youngest two kids to sing Born Again with her. A week from tomorrow they will be performing the song at the church Michelle's mother pastors. How cool is that?! I will be the one sobbing. lol Coming over to sing that song for me was one of the sweetest gifts I've ever been given. God always knows just how to bless us in the most meaningful of ways, doesn't He?!!

This is Angel



This is Melanie and Billy practicing with Angel.



This is Michelle and the kids. If you read my Treadmill Blog, you will remember that Michelle was my God-sent angel of mercy throughout my accident, amputation, and wound care. She blesses my life in more ways than I could ever, ever describe to you. I am SO blessed, blessed beyond measure.



I showed Michelle and Angel my previous blog and the comments. They pass along to you their thanks for your prayers for Ferlin (Angel's Dad) and the family. I thank you, as well. I expect a glorious testimony from this entire situation unto God's glory. Thank you for caring about what goes on in my life, for allowing me to share what's important to me. I appreciate you, dear SparkFriends!

Here goes nuthin! I'm going to try to post the video file now so you can hear the kids singing. Keep in mind they're not professionals, but kids who love God and love to give of themselves.

  
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BIGDAD1211 3/8/2010 12:01PM

    That was so beautiful!

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JACQUISPAGE 10/25/2009 2:58AM

    The exceptional quality of her voice makes it a wonderful thing to listen to.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/14/2009 10:59PM

    Missy, Thank you so much for sharing this...I was blessed just by listening to their sweet voices being lifted to the Lord.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen
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SUSAN134 9/30/2009 12:16AM

    Beautiful singing, beautiful children! Missy thank you so much for sharing this moment with us. What a blessing you have this family in your life.

Hugs

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/29/2009 10:30PM

    Absolutely awesome my dear friend. These children are sweet angels. Thanks for sharing their gift with us. I will continue to keep Ferlin and the whole family in my prayers. I love you beyond measure my friend. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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2BSALLYB 9/29/2009 8:53PM

    These children singing are absolutely precious. Thanks for putting this together for us to hear. You've blessed us with their song and pictures.

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IMAVISION 9/29/2009 5:12PM

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How very, very precious! They are such beautiful children & they gave me joy untold with their singing! What blessings, Missy!

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CAMTPAM 9/29/2009 11:35AM

    Thanks for sharing. What a blessing.
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NO_SNOW_BODY 9/29/2009 9:36AM

    That is wonderful and your children are looking great. Hope you have a great day filled with love and happiness.

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SJG1953 9/29/2009 1:19AM

    Beautiful! These children are so beautiful lifting their voices to the Lord. I know the Lord will bless them. Thank you Missy for sharing. It was a blessing. (((HUGS))) Shirley

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BOO-SHAY 9/28/2009 11:51PM

    You have a number of blessings. Wish I could hand you that kleenx you will need when they perform.

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LINDA25427 9/28/2009 11:30PM

    Missy it is so wonderful thank you for sharing . God bless.

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LIGHTHEART09 9/28/2009 10:41PM

    She does have an amazing gift...no accident her name is angel! emoticon

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SECRETMUSIC 9/28/2009 10:16PM

    Thanks! It worked fine.

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PARAEAST 9/28/2009 9:17PM

    Missy
It worded and so good! Thank you. She is an angel!!
You are so talented to be able to post this. I don't think I'm computer guru enough to do it! Congrats on that!
Have a good night.
Barb

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PEPPERLEAH 9/28/2009 8:20PM

    Oh Missy! What a blessing! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Is there anything more precious than children lifting their voices in praise to our Heavenly Father?! Beautiful!

And of course I am praying for everyone involved. I can not wait to hear the wonderful testimony!


Blessings to you all;
Love;
Leah


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I'm Moving

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Most of you can't relate to what I'm about to say, and I'm so thankful that you cannot. Some of you, though, know what it means to be unable to move freely, unable to move without pain, unable to stand up for more than a few moments without trembling and sweating, unable to walk even short distances without becoming winded, unable to look at the distance between a parking space and the door of a store without a feeling of dread and defeat.

A friend of mine (Michelle, my angel of mercy I told you about in my Treadmill Blog) has a brother-in-law who is a missionary to the Philippines. He is married to a Filipino woman and has three children. They pastor several Christian churches in the Philippines. The missionary/pastor has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. He and his two older children are here now and he is receiving treatment. His wife and their youngest child are facing struggles getting the necessary documentation to come here since she is not a US citizen. Angel and Jireh are the children who are here now. They and their father are staying with my good friend and neighbor as they await the rest of the family's arrival.

Needless to say, this is a difficult time for the entire family. The two kids who are here are afraid for their father. Tthey miss and need their mother. They're away from all things familiar and in a culture very different from their own. They are great kids. Angel is a very gifted young lady and mightily anointed. She is a child of great faith. She sings incredibly well and dances beautifully in expressive worship. She has done so since she was two years old, with lives around her being touched greatly by God through her young life.

My friend, her aunt, arrived at our house this afternoon with Angel. They were both wearing BIG grins. They'd been out shopping and purchased a soundtrack for a song I particularly like from the new Third Day CD, "Revelation." Angel sang the song for me, here in my kitchen. I so wish I had videoed it for you so you could appreciate the incredible talent of this little girl, the greatness of her heart. In moments I was reduced to a puddle of tears. (In all fairness, though, I must tell you that I cry for TV commercials, too. As my husband puts it, I leak when my heart is full. lol) I will do my best to get a photo of her to share with you soon. For now, the best I can do is share this song with you. It was her gift to me and it is now my gift to you. I hope this song will bless you as much as it has blessed me.

With 64 pounds less of me putting undue strain my body's frame, I really do feel like I am MOVING for the first time in my life, this new life, that is, where I am in control of my choices, no longer fettered to the dictates of my taste buds.

I am MOVING in the right direction now, instead of remaining in a stagnant place of duress that seems endless.

I am MOVING in a realm of empowerment based on newfound intelligence and personal accountability.

I am MOVING alongside people who have also purposed to become healthier as we motivate, encourage, and embrace one another.

I. Am. Moving!!!

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SHIRLAB88 10/8/2009 6:37PM

    I definately liked this blog. Congratulations on your weight loss. I am so glad you are moving. Motivates me too.
Shirl

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LINDA25427 9/28/2009 11:41PM

    Great blog Missy and CONGRATULATIONS on the 64 lbs gone forever, way to go you just keep on moving and inspiring others .Way to go !!! emoticon emoticon Job !!!

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LIGHTHEART09 9/28/2009 10:38PM

    Praise God and may you continue to move and dance for the Lord!!!

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TRAVELNISTA 9/27/2009 11:21PM

    A very moving blog. You always have a way of telling as great story and painting a great picture for us at the same time. I am so proud of you for the progress you have made. emoticon

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SECRETMUSIC 9/27/2009 8:59PM

    You are moving, and this was a very moving blog! I am blessed to know you!

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3CATSLEP 9/27/2009 4:47PM

    Amen sister! and I love that song! emoticon

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SCORPION1352 9/27/2009 2:38PM

    Missy you have been my inspiration from the very first note you wrote to me. I admire your strength and willingness to keep moving forward. I too am a crier, Mothers day I cry at the phone commercials that say call your mother------My husband says I would cry if the gold fish died in a movie. What can we say we just have large soft hearts.

Angel sounds like a wonderful young lady hope to see pics. soon

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UNIQUEGIGGLES 9/27/2009 12:25PM

    what a beautiful blog. It gave me leaky eyes and a great way to start my day

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SUSAN134 9/27/2009 11:56AM

    What a wonderful post and a wonderful song! Missy you are doing so well......moving and grooving! So happy for you!!!

You are truly an inspiration for us!

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COLEENCOLE 9/27/2009 10:11AM

    A moving blog from a mover herself. Have a blessed week. emoticon

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LOVESLILACS1 9/27/2009 8:44AM

    You are moving! and, you MOVE me! Your blog made me cry. Thanks for sharing the song. I LOVE Third Day! YOU GO GIRL!

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EAT2LIVE57 9/27/2009 8:05AM

    What a great writer you are. Very inspirational. Thank you for sharing. I'm happy for you!

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BETHLOVESBIKING 9/27/2009 7:03AM

    What an incredible blog! Yes, you are moving--moving towards better health. Angel sounds like a beautiful young lady for the Lord. I hope the family finds peace in their current circumstances and pray that the treatments for the father will go well.
What an incredibly difficult time for that family--facing separation, visa issues, health issues. I'll definitely keep them in my prayers.
Meanwhile, I'm so happy for you---moving in a healthy direction! emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 9/27/2009 6:38AM

    may i say you move me with every word you type to me. you are my inspiration. and you are moving in the right direction. i cry myself at the drop of a hat and they say that means we have tender hearts and after all isn't that what the lord wants of us. to feel, share, embrace, and cry when needed. god bless you, you are my inspiration and no matter what at this moment you are moving me. that little girl was sent to you from god to help you move even more. each happening in our lives is already planned and done. keep up the great work you are doing for you. love michelle. god bless.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/27/2009 5:44AM

    Thank you for sharing this with us Missy. You write so well. Thank you for everything. Move on my friend! I will keep your friends & their family in my prayers. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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SJG1953 9/27/2009 2:22AM

    The story of the little Angel touched my heart. I am a "crier" too so I can relate to that. She sounds precious. Their whole family are in my prayers.

You are doing great as you are moving in the right direction towards a healthier life. Praise God for you. You are a blessing and an inspiration to so many people including me. I am honored to be your friend. God bless you, Shirley

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/26/2009 11:54PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I felt like I was right there beside you. Hopefully you will be able to get some pictures to share with us. Missy, you are truly an inspiration and blessings to those of us who know you and I consider myself among your friends. Thank you!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/26/2009 11:54PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I felt like I was right there beside you. Hopefully you will be able to get some pictures to share with us. Missy, you are truly an inspiration and blessings to those of us who know you and I consider myself among your friends. Thank you!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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PEPPERLEAH 9/26/2009 11:47PM

    You are doing so wonderfully! And isn't it awesome to share this journey with "people who have also purposed to become healthier as we motivate, encourage, and embrace one another"?

Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration and encourager to all of us! What a blessing you are to all of us who know you!

I love you;
Leah

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IUHRYTR 9/26/2009 11:40PM

    Yes, you are moving. Toward reaching your goals of better health and fitness. -- Lou

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Don't Cry Over Spilt... Jambalaya???

Saturday, September 19, 2009

My oldest, Michelle, asked me this past week to please make some jambalaya for her. How could I resist?! She attends our local university, works every shift possible as a waitress here in town, and lives nearby. We rarely see her. Usually when we do, it's at family gatherings with gobs of people here. Today was to be just the four of us and Chelle and her beau, Josh. Wow, what a treat!

Last night my husband and son went fishing. Notice I said fishing, not catching. I don't get it. I come from a long line of commercial shrimpers. The purpose of going fishing is to bring home fish. Right? NOT SO! My fisherman husband has educated me a great deal. The purpose of going fishing is... well, it's fishing! This was BIG news to me. Catching or not catching, my Irishman goes fishing for the pure enjoyment of being there.

While the boys were gone, my youngest, Melanie, now 12, and I worked on the jambalaya, including picking the meat from a ten pound bag of leg quarters. I finished making the jambalaya about 11:30 last night.

Since Chelle and Josh had plans this evening, we had everything ready for noon. Our son, Billy, now 17, was heating the jambalaya in the microwave for me. Everything went well with the first container. The second one, however, slipped out of his hands when he took it out of the microwave and splattered to the floor, decorating the front of the hutch, the walls, the side of the stove, and lots of the floor with delicious jambalaya that we would now not get to eat. Needless to say, I was not a happy camper. A lot of expense and time had gone into preparing that meal. Here's the recipe for anyone who doesn't know what jambalaya is: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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We fed the remaining jambalaya to Michelle and Josh and sent the little bit that was left home with Chelle. That left me with the issue of feeding the four of US. I was in NO mood to solve that particular dilemma.

Turns out my fisherman did, indeed, come home with what he called an embarrassingly small redfish. In fact, he was reluctant to let me take a picture of it because it was so small. Looked pretty big to me, though. Whatcha think?



Bill gutted and filleted that little critter and we each got a delicious four ounce piece of fish. He sliced a couple of potatoes and some onion up thinly and browned them in a bit of Pam. Talk about a FEAST. It was by no means the hefty calorie- and fat-rich jambalaya I'd factored into my values for the day. As an alternative, it was much healthier, VERY tasty, and it was caught, cleaned, and cooked just for me by my husband! How's THAT for a treat?!! I am BLESSED!!

P.S. No, I didn't kill the boy, for those of you who were wondering. LOL

  
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SECRETMUSIC 9/24/2009 10:25PM

    I really enjoyed reading your story! Thanks so much for the recipe, too. I wonder if you'll be finding little bits of jambalaya hidden here and there in years to come!

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THEBOOKBINDER 9/21/2009 4:08PM

    I'm glad you didn't kill the boy! I will have to make your Jambalaya sometime soon, that sounds great!

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DJS-DEBBIE 9/21/2009 10:51AM

    LOL! I dropped a pan of lasagna once that I made for Thanksgiving dinner. I still hear about it every year!

I love jambalaya and your recipe looks great. I am going to make it the next time we have company for dinner.

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NO_SNOW_BODY 9/21/2009 8:36AM

    Sorry to hear about the jambalaya, but to have a dinner prepared by your hubby, that is wonderful and God does provide. Sounds like a nice visit and the enjoyment of family keeps you happy

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2BSALLYB 9/21/2009 8:11AM

    I've had kitchen messes like that myself. You work so hard to get the dish made and then work so hard to clean up the big mess without being able to enjoy the meal. Nice that all ended happily though. Good picture of hubby and his fish.

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TRAVELNISTA 9/20/2009 10:19PM

    Great Blog and both dishes sound good to me! emoticon

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LINDA25427 9/20/2009 9:53PM

    You are so blessed I'm happy for you .

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LIGHTHEART09 9/20/2009 9:41PM

    God is protecting you from old habits......and the Lord provided a Fish...did you have loaves of bread...you could have God bless it and make 12 baskets of bread and fishes...lol

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BOO-SHAY 9/20/2009 6:20PM

    What a great story, that will provide laughs for years to come. I had something similar happen to me when I was making a Spark People Dessert for the family. I had not cooked in a while, and was folding in some whip cream with some pudding in the mixer. Well the cool whip was still frozen and the mixer was one of those kitchen aids. When I put the whip cream in, pudding flew everywhere, on the walls, floors, me. When I tried to shut it off I got confused, and turned it on high. Boy what a mess, and the family had my daughter-in-law make it next time, as I was considered dangerous.

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3CATSLEP 9/20/2009 5:07PM

    God works in mysterious ways! What a great story. You can laugh about it all later :)

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SCORPION1352 9/20/2009 12:58PM

    Oh what a wonderful story. You are so blessed to have just a great family. I'm glad it all worked out for you God knew just what he was doing didn't he

God Bless

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COLEENCOLE 9/20/2009 11:17AM

    What a story. I lost a Thanksgiving turkey over a mishap. These things do happen.

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ANGELCOWBOY1 9/20/2009 8:13AM

    What a lucky boy to live after that! LOL!

You do have a beautiful, generous spirit, a wonderful, loving husband and an AWESOME God - how blessed you are!

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MALEXANDER4 9/20/2009 6:54AM

    god had the plan all worked out. we just have to follow his advice which you did to a tee. low calorie and delicious, who could ask for more. god bless you this day.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/20/2009 5:29AM

    See now, I see two wonderful points here... YOU have a most generous spirit and it is proven by giving the jambalaya you wanted so badly to your family... AND... God is always in charge.. helping you to avoid those high fat filled calories when you are working so hard to get FIT and FABULOUS! Instead, you were provided for by your loving husband a most delicious and healthier meal. Ah, God is good...all the time! Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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BERNADETTEB 9/20/2009 1:42AM

    Thanks for the recipe. I've always wondered what jambalaya was. Your fish dinner sounds great, too.

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SJG1953 9/20/2009 12:53AM

    I'm glad everything worked out so well. God is so good!!

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SUSAN134 9/20/2009 12:16AM

    Oh dear! I can just see the mess - poor Billy must have felt
terrible! Honestly though, I think that fish looks pretty darned good and your supper sounds delicious. Bill did good!

Things have a way of working out - and I'm glad they did for you today!

Hugs my friend!

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JOYATLAST 9/20/2009 12:06AM

    Poor Billy!
Bill, How could you know?
Missy, I bet you prayed that fishy into the boat!

My favorite part of fishing is NOT catching anything. It is the environment that feeds my soul. Once you catch something, something dies. But I do have the luxury of a grocery store. LOL!

All's well that ends well.



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SISTERDEAR 9/19/2009 11:21PM

    We are all so blessed. Things do have a way of working out when we look for the best - and you and Chelle each got the best!

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PEPPERLEAH 9/19/2009 11:10PM

    Well, you know how to make the best of things! I bet the fish was great! And to me, it does look like a pretty big fish! I have not been fishing too many times; but I know that that fish is far bigger than any I ever caught!

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