“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6 (NIV)

This past winter was especially cold for us in Louisiana, and I was looking forward to the warmth of spring.  Mia had a major surgery on March 27th of this year that required her to go straight from the recovery room into the intensive care unit.  After 24 hours in intensive care, she was moved to a regular room to finish her hospital stay.  If you’ve spent any time in a hospital, you know that they like to keep the temperature quite cool in order to stave off as many germs as possible.  Jase is perfectly fine with the temperature.  I, however, feel like a frozen popsicle.  With all my attention focused on packing for Mia (we have to drive 4 ½ hours away), I forgot to pack thoroughly for myself.  Thank goodness that a friend of mine volunteered to go buy me a sweatshirt from the local Wal-Mart, which helped quite a bit.  On Day 3 of Mia’s hospital stay, she was beginning to want to get out of bed and walk a little.  Right outside of her hospital room, we could see a little courtyard.  The sun was shining very brightly, and it looked so inviting.  I started to long for the feeling of that sun on my skin and the warmth that it would bring.  I asked Mia if she wanted to walk outside and sit on the bench.  Yes, she wanted to be outside just as much as I did.  So, Jase and I helped her out of bed, and we all started walking down the hall with her IV unit in tow.  Slow and easy.  Trying to get to that courtyard.  We asked a nurse how to get there, and she volunteered to walk us herself.  We slowly made our way down a corridor, into an elevator, down another corridor to the exit.  When we finally got to the exit, it was locked.  It was a Sunday, and most of this surgical hospital was dormant except for the few recovery patients.  It had taken us about 15 minutes to get to that door.  I could see the bright sunshine through the glass right on the other side of the door, but I couldn’t get to it.  It was so close!  I wanted it so badly.  I needed that sun!  But it was no use.  Back to the hospital room we went. 


When we got home the following night, we still had not felt the sun.  Mia had quite a lot of pain and severe swelling and needed my constant attention for the first few hours at home.  The only time I left her side was to either refill her ice bags, fix her something to drink or sneak away to use the restroom.  I even slept with her on our living room couch for the first week.  My daughter needed me like she had never needed me before, and I was there.  I wasn’t going anywhere.  But I would look out into our backyard through our living room windows and see that sun.  On Day 5, Mia was feeling a bit better and wanted to go outside.  Praise Jesus!  We slowly made our way out the back door onto the back porch and out onto the deck.  Instantly, as soon as the sun hit my body, I felt complete warmth.  It was a warmth I had longed for over the last few months but especially over past 5 days!  It was a warmth I couldn’t get from the fire in my fireplace.  I couldn’t get it from the warmest, softest blanket in my house.  Only the sun itself could provide it. 

When was the last time I longed for God’s Son in that way?  It made me think.  I was hungering for that sun outside.  My body felt completely depleted without it.  When have I hungered for the Son with that much intensity?  

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 says, “…Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.  For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” 

God says, starting in verse 11, that choosing the Lord is a choice of life over death.  He created my very body.  Shouldn’t my body and mind always long for Him?  But so many things can distract me and make me lose focus.  When I’m hurting and disappointed, I should long for the warmth of His comfort.  When I’m excited, joyful and happy, I should run to Him with thanksgiving! 

As winter approaches, we will all start to see less and less of the sun and feel that warmth start to disappear.  Millions of people suffer from what is known as the “winter blues” because of this very reason.  The next time you feel a chill in the air (which is coming very soon for most of us) and you begin to miss the sun, think about God’s Son instead.  Pick up your Bible or use a Bible app on your phone (there are many free ones) and turn to the book of John.  It’s the story of Jesus’ life.  Read a few verses, maybe while you’re eating lunch each day.  Get to know God’s Son.  He can bring you a warmth that not even the brightest sun can give.  

Have a sunny week!  

To order Missy’s book “Blessed, Blessed…Blessed”, please go to www.blessedblessedblessed.com


Jill Mohn:

I love this.

Nov 11, 2015


I really do enjoy your devotionals. Thank you for sharing you faith and love of God.

Nov 10, 2015

Yvonne Sapolis:

I just read several of your devotions; feeling the warmth of the sun, missy and her superheroes; and I almost started crying. My emotions a mess. I’m grieving my moms passing 3 weeks ago and experiencing the birth of my daughters 1st child. Plus when my daughter and grandchild came home that same day was the anniversary of my sisters passing. This all happened with the same 3 weeks!!!! So emotionally I’m a mess!!!
Reading how you wrote to crave for Gods son like you’d crave for the heat of the sun, and how you taught your daughters friends how not to retaliate.
I wanted to thank God first for having me read your devotion on Proverbs31 devotional then going on to your blog. I’m sad and relieved knowing that through our trials, even though we feel alone, we never are. God is always with us. And we have victory through Him.
Thank you for sharing your life’s trails with us and reminding me how much God loves me and walks with me through all my trails.
God bless

Nov 10, 2015

Shantel Dudley:

I needed this. I’ve been sitting in an ICU room with my little girl for nearly two weeks. There was a day I didn’t leave my “sleep room” because I was feeling so hopeless, this sleep room had no windows in it, after a day of that, I realized that “respite” I thought I needed made me feel so much worse. I put on praise music in her room, and opened the shades. I started searching out devotionals from other moms, and my hunger came back in even more intensity for deeper time with the Lord. I began sharing my testimony on social media and using that time to reach out to others and I felt that our mission there was finally realized. To reach out and take that time the Lord had me in that room as a mission field to people.
We are finally back home by my hunger is alive and well and I am digging even deeper into knowing even more of who our Heavenly Father is.
Bless you as you continue to pour out into all of us ladies around the world.

Nov 10, 2015


Thank you Father God for sending your Son to pave the way for us to sit by your side one day, for our lives are hidden in Him. Thank you for protecting this little girl during surgery Father, all glory to you Father God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Creator of the Universe …..savoir, ……redemer, …….perfect,……love, …….in your son’s holy, Holy, HOLY name I pray……Amen

Nov 10, 2015

Sharon Lindsey:

I look forward to Mondays to read your message, and I loved your book Blessed, Blessed, Blessed. Thank you so much for sharing.

Nov 09, 2015



Nov 09, 2015


Awesome story! Thanks fur sharing your heart with us! You are a true blessing! May God continually bless you and your whole family in every area of life! :)

Nov 09, 2015


I felt the same way while in the hospital. I’m having knee replacement in Dec. , so I’ll remember this. Thanks

Nov 09, 2015

Janelle Mills :

Hi Missy&your Family I enjoy seeing your family everyday sunday&I would love to meet you all….Give Mia lots of hugs for me take care Janelle Mills

Nov 09, 2015

  • Prev
  • Page 1 of 2
  • Next

Leave a comment