I love meeting customers in my shop. It may be my favorite part of owning a small store. I get a lot of questions from shoppers about who the “Missy” behind Missy’s is but I have just as many questions about who they are and what their story is!
Last week I had a woman stop in right before closing. As we began talking, she shared with me that she was here to speak to local ministers. I was intrigued. What would she be speaking to them about? I may have gotten carried away in my curiosity, but I dug deeper in my questioning then I normally would. I'm so glad I did! It turns out she's the author of a book called "Alongside.” It’s a book that helps guide you on how to deal with a loved one, friend or neighbor’s trials. We’ve all seen someone we know well, or maybe not so well go through struggles and sometimes it’s hard to know how to help in the best way. For me personally, this book couldn’t have come at a better time. This is exactly what I needed! One of my best friends has just lost her eldest son. This young man was 20 years old, with so much life to live. I had been praying daily for the right words to say to her, how to comfort her, how to even talk to her about it. This book was an answer to my prayers. The simple and practical advice this book contains is just that. Simple. And practical. Yet still, I hadn't thought of any of these things myself.
This book will now be sold in my store to help others who may be struggling to comfort someone they love who is going through trials. The first 6 copies are signed by the author, but more than that, I feel she has given our city a gift! Her knowledge has the potential to bless your life and the lives of those you love.