Monday, February 28, 2011


We continue to find it a great privilege to be caring for Martha here, in the anguish of watching her body become increasingly frail and weak, in the joy of knowing that she will soon be with her Lord, and in the experiencing of grace and peace to all three of us which truly passes all understanding.

We are very grateful that she has been able to remain in her own home here and we are also immensely grateful for your prayers and many expressions of love and comfort.  Please continue to pray that our Lord will bring her very soon into His healing presence and for grace and peace while she waits.

In His grip, her parents


  1. Ron and I continue to pray for your entire family as you wait for Jesus to come and take Martha home to be with Him. We are saddened by your loss, but rejoice with you that we will all get to see her again someday. May God be near to all of you during this time...Love in Christ, Linda and Ron Langford PSALM 23, I THESS 4:l3-18

  2. Thinking of you...every day.


  3. Martha is in my heart every day. I'm so glad that you are there with her and that she is in her home. Thank you for posting on the blog. Praying for you all ~ Linnea

  4. Thanks for the update.
    I am praying that Martha will go home soon.
    Lisa Daniels Neuland

    I know the Depp family from GCS.

  5. Romans 5:3-7

    Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us"
    I am forever changed, I am forever new, I am forever in awe of a Savior that holds us tightest when life is hardest and I am forever in awe of how He lives in each of us as we love Martha and lift you all up to Him in prayer.
    Grace for your journey, LTW

  6. Praying for you my dear sister in the Lord. Also for your family. Praying that the Lord washes you with his grace decreasing your suffering. May his peace drown out any pain and discomfort. Love you sister. Praying for you all to have sweet closure and peace. What a blessing to have your loved ones surrounding and caring for you. Carrie (Landon) Grinsteiner

  7. Aaron & I have been praying for Martha & your entire family for some time now & we will continue to lift you up to Him. She has been in the forefront of my thoughts for months...I have been touched by her words & her artwork & her willingness to share such an intimate part of her life. Her openness has allowed me to understand this process & I've come closer to God through her experience. She is such a brave & beautiful soul and I know God is smiling down on her. Much love, joy, peace, strength & beauty is sent to you all during this time. We love you..
    Aaron & Ivory Harvey

  8. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Clare & Jerry

  9. Love and prayers to you, Martha, and the Depp family. May you feel God's love and comfort as He surrounds you with His presence.


  10. Martha, Fred, Jean and family - what a precious gift that you all can remain together in these waning moments, surrounded, as you are by a great crowd of invisible witnesses awaiting Martha's homegoing. You're in my thoughts and prayers many times a day and I'm humbled and honored that you all have shared your faith, tender ministrations, worship in the midst of pain and love for each other and our Lord. Maranatha, indeed. Patty Marion

  11. love you martha, thinking of you hourly... hoping for your relief and healing. knowing that it won't be long and am thankful for that.
    -a in france

  12. Dear beloved Fred and Jean,

    We are standing with you in prayer as you undergo the exhausting task of waiting for the moment when the Father says to the Son, "It is time. Bring my child Martha home."

    Then all will be well. The dull perception of spiritual realities that we experience this side of the curtain will be swept away as a spiderweb or wisp of dust. On the other side, Martha's memories of pain and suffering and sin will grow dim, distant, forgotten, her senses fully alive to the fulness of God's love for her.

    "And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself that where I am, there you may be also."

    JESUS HIMSELF comes for His child! Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.

    With a heart full of love for you, Marj Beukema

  13. You are in our prayers. The men's group at JAARS is praying for you. Bill Mayes

  14. Our love and prayers for Martha, and all the family. With love, Margot Dudley

  15. Still here. Still praying. Much love.


  16. Dear Fred,Jean,& Family. You have all meant so much to us since GCS days. We pray that God will continue to give you peace and rest as you trust and wait for his timing. Martha, we are impressed with your faith, comfidence and trust in Jesus through your experience with cancer.
    We love you and are praying for you. Otho & Dorothy Horst

  17. I do not know Martha, but have heard her name peppered in conversations here and there over the last 12-15 years. We have many mutual friends, including some of her brothers and their wives. We share an unusual name for women our age and I've always thought it would be nice to meet her one day. Now I am finally getting to know her, but through this blog only. I cannot explain the sense of sadness I feel because I am not "losing" her, I never "had" her and I can only imagine the pain and sadness her family and loved ones must feel right now facing the inevitable. But, I get the sense that she is already an angel among us. Her journal entries are written with such wisdom, frankness, and clarity. She has been given the gift of her voice through this blog and her art. I do not doubt that she not only feels closer to God, but IS closer to God.

    If you have the energy to read our messages, I do wish I had officially met you and had taken the time to know you. But I want you to know that, through your blog and artwork, I have thought more about mortality, what's next for us after this life, and your writings have reminded me that this time here is temporary. This sobering reminder has in turn encouraged me to savor every moment with my three young children. I imagine what it must feel like for your mom and dad, and I imagine what it might feel like for you and I take that and remember. So, every time my 3 year old wants me to sing to her, or my 1 year old toddles to me to pick her up, or my 7 year old wants to play a game, but I'm too busy, now, all of the sudden, I am NOT too busy for any of that or for cuddling or kisses, or strolls through fields to pick flowers, or saying my "I Love You"s. You are a blessing. You have helped me embrace every day and make memories so that when that day comes for me and I'm preparing to go through that door, I will have these gifts, these memories of my children and of my husband and family to accompany me and bring me peace and feel that love without regrets of wishing I had taken the time. I am taking the time now and you have helped me tremendously in doing so. You are an angel and I pray that the Lord takes your hand to lead you very soon, so you can join the others who are there eagerly awaiting your return.

    Martha (Frank) Jablonski

  18. To Martha and the Depp family, thinking about you and praying for you. With Love Diane Stahl