I came across a wonderful, heartfelt post from JaneEmily on the recent death of her mother. Within the post she tells of finding a note her mother had written to herself in one of her Bibles. It was a confession of sorts–the best kind; sincere, honest and vulnerable, written for an audience of One. JaneEmily felt the note worthy of sharing; to give hope, solace and encouragement to those who may suffer in temptation, addiction, sadness or depression. As her mother did. As you and I do. JaneEmily wrote:
“As some of you may know, my mom suffered from depression many times throughout her life. I want to share this part of her life with you because I think it is important for anyone else who also goes through seasons of sadness to hear. I want to read something else we found written in one of her Bibles about depression. May it touch you and challenge you in whatever it is that tempts you in this life. She writes, “My greatest temptation is to become depressed. When I become depressed, it is because I focus on my pain – my disappointment – my fear. In other words, I become self-absorbed rather than God absorbed. If my focus is on God where it should be, depression loses its power to control me.”
What if you were to take that note and apply it to your own life?
My greatest temptation is to ____________________. When I __________________ it is because I focus on my __________, my ________________, and my ______________. In other words, I become self-absorbed rather than God-absorbed. If my focus is on God where it should be, _______________ loses its power to control me.
Thank you JaneEmily for sharing your mother’s life and story with us. She was wise and insightful beyond her years. And, though God took her home too soon, she is truly home indeed and you can rejoice, as the angels do, in knowing that you too will see her again one day.
I cannot end this post any better than JaneEmily did in the warm, sincere eulogy to her mother in “A Life Remembered”:
“I share all these things with all of you because I want you to know the amazing woman I had the honor to call mother for 32 years. I also want to remind you that you have NO IDEA what tomorrow will bring. Show your love to those in your life. Are you not speaking to someone? Make it right before it’s too late. The argument won’t matter to you anymore once that person is no longer around. Make every moment count. Life is too short and much too fragile. Love so much that it hurts. Love with fierceness.”