I have to be honest with you, and say that this week has been rough.
I’m supposed to be preparing our home for a visit from my brother-in-law, and my daughter’s birthday party. Exciting things are coming, yet I feel completely disconnected, distracted and even somewhat depressed.
In early September of 2015, found Mandy Kelly on Periscope. It was pretty early in the morning, and I had a couple of minutes before getting back to work, when I came across a broadcast about the Great Commission. Before I knew it I had listened to Mandy for nearly 20 minutes. Her lovely accent, sweet smile and encouraging words stayed with me the rest of the day. I’ve tuned in to as many of her live broadcasts as I been able to, and have followed her blog Worshipful Living since.
Some time later, as she spoke about adoption I shared that my husband and I had considered adopting for some time. Mandy was so exited for us, and immediately prayed for our family. I loved her obedience. It blessed me that she stopped and just asked the Lord to give us wisdom, prayed over our finances, and our relationship without knowing who we were. Months later as our family was facing many trials and the ‘woe is me’ attitude was taking over my every thought, Mandy was there. She checked on me often, encouraged me and reminded me of the joy of the Lord even in the midst of the trials.
God Is In Control
On March 21st, a deadly house fire took her life along with her husband Scott, daughter Elizabeth and son Judah. It’s devastating. I’ve had no words, no thoughts, just deep feelings of sadness. Just as I want to ask why this would happen to her, to her family and to so many of us who lost a friend, a mentor, an encourager, I remember her smile and I can hear her voice in that lovely accent telling me that God is in control.
Even when we don’t understand. Even when it is hard. Even when we suffer.
The Kelly’s are greatly missed, yet we can find comfort that though the sadness of loosing them is painful, one day we will rejoice with them, at the feet of Jesus.
Four Truths I Learned From Mandy’s Ministry
- Rejoice even while facing impossible circumstances.
- My greatest moment on earth is nothing compared to what awaits for me in heaven.
- Worship even when I don’t feel like it. I even wrote a post about this in 2015. You can read it here.
- Even what we find to be mundane is Kingdom work and Ministry for the Lord.
Remember Jared and Bekah
Mandy and Scott’s older children Jared and Bekah survived the fire. Please be in constant prayer for them as they face the loss of their parents and siblings. The Kelly’s home church Trinity Baptist Church Cayce, has set up a donation fund. Follow the GIVE button on the homepage and select ‘Kelly Fund’ from the drop down menu.
You can also send cards to the church at:
Trinity Baptist Church
2003 Charleston Hwy.
Cayce, SC 29033
I never got to meet Mandy in person. We were not best friends, or even close friends. She did however leave a lasting impression in my life. The thoughtful prayers and encouragement exactly when I needed them made a world of difference. While she lived on earth, she pointed everyone she came in contact with to Jesus.
In just a week’s time, I’ve heard hundreds of testimonies of people who were touched by her story, and even in her passing she continues to point to Jesus.
Mandy’s ministry encouraged countless of women, mothers, and families. Christ was the center of it all. All the time. May the same be said of me someday.
Honoring Mandy Kelly
I believe Mandy’s ministry left a greater impact than she imagined. You can see how she affected other bloggers, by visiting the links below, and I would also love to hear how she impacted you, in the comments.