Life is Hard but God is Good

Hearts are Fragile - Handle with Care
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God Never Wastes a Hurt

There are times when life hits us hard. We are just going along minding our own business when BAM out of the blue tragedy strikes us or someone we love. How do we handle life’s surprises?

I have lived long enough to know that we do have a choice about how we handle mishaps and misfortune. We have a choice. The choice to let life’s hurts make us better or bitter. The choice is totally ours. Life is hard but God is good

Something I have learned over time is that God never wastes a hurt.

Does God Work when you Hurt?

The Senior Pastor's Wife was Jealous, Mean, Spiteful and Angry
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How NOT to Be

I was talking with my dear confidant and friend Kathy yesterday when she reminded me that I had taught her that very thing when she desperately needed to hear it.

She then went on to rehearse ALL of the hurts of my lifetime. She mentioned the insecurity and abusive home I grew up in; she spoke of all of the financial struggles we have had all through our lives. She continued to list the painful occurrences that took place in the different Churches we served and ministered and then finally the most hurtful of all, when my son turned his back on us and walked away.

Kathy said “Mekenzie, look at your heart and the heart of your husband. God did not waste your pain and you are a living testimony to that. As a result of your troubled home life your heart reaches out to people in pain.. You give people hope for their future. Your struggles with finances have never kept you from giving to everyone you know.”

Kathy reminded me of our first Ministry to Youth. The Senior Pastor’s wife was jealous, spiteful and angry. She turned on me and did everything she could to tear me down. NOT exactly what I was expecting as I looked forward to learning from an older godly woman. Kathy pointed out ... instead of turning from the ministry you determined that you had just been in life’s school to learn “HOW NOT BE” as a Pastor's Wife.

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My Son His Son

As a young woman I had such hopes and dreams for our family. My children were everything to me. The home of my youth was filled with strife; I had no one to model what it meant to raise secure, healthy kids.

I read every book on parenting I could get my hands on. I read them hungrily hoping to learn the secrets of raising my children well.

My father was an alcoholic and a rage-aholic. My mother was disconnected and cold. I already knew I possessed a different heart than my parents, I loved deeply, I just needed some parenting tips. I applied consistency, love, balance, structure and anything else I thought might be beneficial to my children's development.

Kathy walked me through this journey as she took me back to the time when my son entered the world of defiance and rebellion. She reminded me of what she observed, “Mekenzie, though you felt you would literally die as you watched your son spiraling out of control and spewing such hatred, you never ever gave up on him .. not once ...” She was right. ...”but you continued to love him with tough love and hope in God … I watched you through it all Mekenzie and I have also watched how God has used you in an uncanny way to encourage those who come behind you.”

Loosing My Church Family

The last Church we ministered in almost knocked me down as I questioned my own emotional stability. We were with that beloved Church for 15 years.

My husband is a gifted teacher and was respected all throughout the years of our Ministry. Our Church was a place of peace and love. We opened our home to our congregation; so many memories of bonding, growing in the Lord, watching football together and more.

One of the ministries I held in the Church was to work with the children. I loved the children of our Church and took great joy in watching them grow spiritually. I conducted a Children's Christmas program for several years with the help of my youngest daughter. We nurtured our little protege's and uncovered their gifts in the areas of drama and voice. We basked in the joy of watching each child marvel in the discovery of a hidden talent These kids were amazing and we loved them so much!

We invested our hearts and souls in that Church and loved them well. After all of those years, we thought of them as family. Then that BAM, out of the blue, visited us once again. After about 13 years at the Church a battle took place ... it was a vicious battle that, in the end, God won ... An exodus took place ... a HUGE victory over evil ... Once more Peace took up residence in our congregation.

My husband experienced such freedom after the exodus. He was receiving tons of feedback on his messages. Many were sharing how God was using them to minister to specific needs in their lives. There was power in his preaching and the spirit showed up each and every week. There was a bond amongst the Church folk; a bond that was stronger than it had ever been.

During the storm we had come together, as a Church, and were of one accord. We prayed and sought the Lord together humbling ourselves asking God to shine his spotlight on our own individual lives; asking Him to reveal any hidden motive or sin. We were bonded together in prayer to ask God to show us what to do. God answered and it was miraculous.

A couple of years after God's miracle we found ourselves personally sinking into debt. Since the exodus the Church had not been able to support us financially as they once had; They were only able to provide half of what we received previously.

On top of this I had been put on medical leave to which I was never released. I had worked full time and carried our medical insurance. As a Church we were experiencing growth in the Church - yet we knew we could not continue in this ministry if Gary could not support us.

Then the final BAM ... out of the blue ... at least for us. A BAM from which are are still not fully recovered. My husband’s inner circle and closest confidant’s began to scrutinize him. The extent of discontent was revealed at a luncheon which was ironically on his birthday.

Though Gary was receiving constant positive feedback on his messages and Gary himself felt God move in ways he had never experienced ... these friends wanted him to change the style of his delivery. Although he was receiving half the salary previous to the exodus, his dear friends expected him to be in the office when they said he should be there.

We were in trouble financially, He could not pay the bills with the salary from Church. He had to find ways to earn money. He received criticism for working a small business he had created to supplement our income. That day as he walked away from the luncheon he felt as if someone had removed the plug and his spirit died.

He was totally broken and I was beyond grieved. As the realization of betrayal sank in and our financial situation grew more desperate .. it seemed, at the time, the only option was to resign.

Although we left on good terms we were personally battle weary and deeply hurt. I can only remember one person who dropped by to check on us. After all of those years .. did no one care?

My friend Kathy brought this situation to my attention. She said, “Mekenzie, you could have become bitter – but you didn’t. You worked through your pain and you forgave each and every person who neglected, turned and left you feeling abandoned and alone. You are the one that has taught me that God doesn’t waste a hurt.”

Beauty Out of Ashes

After my friend and I finished talking I did a lot of soul searching and inner reflection. I could say with Joseph, you meant it to harm me, but God meant it for my good.

I thanked God for working all that good stuff into my heart. Kathy helped me to see God’s handiwork as she walked me through my past. I see it and I lift my hands in Praise to the God who brought beauty out of the ash heaps of our life. Life is Hard but God is Good!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be a crotchety ole' fart (as my son-in-law Jon would say) when I grow old. I know the key is staying close to God and allowing Him to work goodness, love and His character into my life. He is all I need.

My heart cries out … Draw me close to YOU … never let me go. "He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother". "He will never leave me nor forsake me." Because He lives I can face tomorrow.

Draw Me Close to You

Music Therapy

Music is therapy. Music has a way of bringing out emotions that lay buried. Music is filtered through your subconscious, the place where a life-time of data (all you have experienced in life) is stored ... but perhaps not explored. As music filters into the senses an awakening of emotions takes place.

Have you noticed that while listening to a song your senses fall into the sweet, dark, tense magic of its melody? A song will lead you into the depths inside. If that emotion is pain, allow your soul to linger and feel it. We cannot heal from a hurt we don't acknowledge. Music brings us to the place of acknowledgement; I feel sadness, pain, longing, joy, etc. Worship music has the ability to transcend ones soul from this human existence into the majesty of God's presence.

The gift of song takes us to the place of acknowledgement; a place we may never have reached apart from it. As music brings your emotions out of the subconscious realm and into consciousness you then have an opportunity to examine, wrestle, forgive, enjoy and deal with them.

I invite you to sit back and allow this music to fill you up and to soothe your heart. Let the words and the melodies be a balm to your soul's need. Bask in the beauty and be filled with healing.

May our heart cry be Draw Me Close to you. We know Life is Hard but God is Good and may we agree that Because He lives I can face Tomorrow.

Because He Live I Can Face Tomorrow

Life Is Hard but God Is Good

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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello Beloved, I rejoice that you are His! I hear you .. many do fall into the belief that once you receive Christ that your life will be sunshine and roses .. not so!

It means that He will never leave us and that He will use everything, the good, the bad and the ugly for our good and His glory. It means we have access to the peace that passes all understanding no matter the circumstances or storms in life. It means we have the Love of God shed abroad in our hearts and with His love we love those around us and as you say .. even difficult people. Yes, God is good .. All the time and All the time .. God is Good.

Thanks for the visit and the great comments too.

God Bless you Friend,

Mekenzie


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HisBeloved 3 years ago

Thank you for sharing your story. So often we as Christians can fall into the wrong belief that if we follow God, life will be wonderful. Although there are wonderful times, this life can be summed up in this: loving God and loving people. Learning to do both is a process which can involve painful circumstances and difficult to love people. God is good no matter what He allows into our lives. God bless you!


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Yibe .. Isn't it amazing how technology allows us to communicate all across the world? God is good and He clearly works all things together for our good (for those who love and trust Him.)

I am in awe that our creator loves us so very much. Our deliberate sin separated us from Him and God's word teaches us that the penalty for sin is death .. Physical and Spiritual. But, here is the good news ... God loved us so much that He sent His one and only son Jesus who paid the penalty for us ..he took our place so that we could be restored and promised a home in heaven.

Because I gave my life to God He fills me with a knowing that He is at work in and through me. I see that in everything I can give thanks because He is present ... He makes no mistakes ... He knows me inside and out ... He is doing what is best for me ... even in the midst of suffering and pain.

Beautiful prayer for your dear Mum .. I can tell how very special she is to you! Thank you for stopping by,

Mekenzie


Yibe 4 years ago

It is always best and best to say always God is good. even Life is hard! all is in His control!

dear, my life God! i pray and hear me prayer please.... i have best mother she support me and reach me and helping me to have a good life! i don't have Enough word to say how she is good for me and for my family too! please God keep her!! go with her when she walk!! thank u God and thank u Mum, i love u Mum.. from Ethiopia


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Dear Stages, your kind and generous words made my eyes well up with tears. You my dear are a gift from God to me. I think of you often and I pray for you and the family.

Your unabashed trust in our Heavenly Father has lifted me many times. I thank you for such a sweet note and I pray God's presence and blessings always fill your home.

Love and Hugs!

Mekenzie


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The Stages Of ME 4 years ago

Dear Dear Mekenzie ~

Your heart is so beautiful and so real and loving. It pains me to know you have come from such pain and yet it does not surprise me. See Mekenzie, you are HIS, therefore attacks are inevitable and yet you grow in His love. You take all that has come your way and use it to pour into others. When others or physical things have come against you, well you say, " you can not have my heart it is full with my Jesus, and there is no room for your attack." You are a beautiful person and writer and I am so blessed to have connected with you here. Blessing and hugs always


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello AHogg, I agree with you that none of us escapes the pains of this life. Clinging to God and learning His ways will get us through the pain as wiser and better people.

Best of all God will use it to minister to people He brings across our path.

Growth does happen when a believer submits to God during the hard times .. growth that would not happen if life was easy.

Thanks for a great comment and for visiting my page.

God Bless YOU!

Mekenzie


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AHogg82 4 years ago from Dierks, Arkansas

God is great. We will never escape the pains of this life, but if we cling to God, we will enjoy an eternity of paradise. Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work together for good for those who love God. It doesn't say everything will be good, but that it will lead to good. I believe our growth as christians is dependent on some hard times.


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Hi Mekenzie.

I too have experianced much like you have.

Instead of becoming bitter, it brought me closer to Jesus. So it turned out good.

God bless you


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

teaches, Jer. 29:11 reveals the heart of God for His children and I quote it often myself. Yes, we can control the reaction we have when bad things happen. He is the potter we are the clay and as a potter He constantly shapes and refines us.

I must admit that I staggered for quite awhile ... but God never staggers. It is so important to have faith in the love and goodness of God in our lives. When we have that foundation our stability remains in trusting that He is in control and has our best interests in mind.

Thank you for your encouragement. I am glad that you stopped by to leave such a lovely comment.

God Bless you!

Mekenzie


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teaches12345 4 years ago

My favorite ver is Jer 29:11 and I quote it often to myself. It reminds me that the things that happened to me, and the things happening to me are all part of His master plan. Sometimes you can't control the things that happen to you, but you can control your reaction and learn from the experience. It takes practice. I admire you for your faith and how you have overcome the hardships in life that tired to keep you down. Thanks for the inspiration.


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Mekenzie 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello dear heart, I continue to go through processes of healing too. God is faithful to take us to the place of healing where He and only He applies the Balm of healing and we find freedom. I am blessed to know that you were blessed by stopping by. Thank you for your sweet spirit. It is very busy around here .. I hope to be back soon! HUGS

Mekenzie


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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

Mekenzie, This was such an awesome hub! Just recently, God has worked out some deep pains of my past. Your hub is so appropriate, for the inner healing that has been completed for me...after a lifetime of hurts:) Really enjoyed your first video, so goes with the timing of things! What a peace I have here, for stopping by:)


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Mekenzie 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you sweet Becky. God continues to bless and shepherd my life. He is Faithful! We can face tomorrow Becky because He lives.

Hugs!

Mekenzie


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Mekenzie, thank you for touching on some of your experiences while taking up His cross and walking with the Lord. And yes dear sister and brother, we can agree that "Because He lives I can face Tomorrow." May God continue to bless and be with you always.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

and thank you brother zzron for stopping by and leaving encouragement.

Blessings!

Mekenzie


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zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

These are great messages, thanks so much. http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Why-Are-Ch...


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

By Grace, thanks for gracing my pages once again. I am happy to hear you were blessed by this hub. God uses it all .. the Good, the Bad and the UGLY. :)

God Bless and Keep you dear one.

Mekenzie


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By Grace 7 6 years ago

Another excellent hub, it is a real blessing to come and read your hubs, I hope that you receive a rich harvest from all the blessings you have sown in your hubs. I will be back to read more. I am voting you up.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

frogyfish, haven't been on the hubs much .. my summers are CRAZY BUSY and I miss them and my friends. I'm keeping up with the novel co-written with unchained grace .. but that's about it. You ask if I am now enjoying the blessings .. let's just say .. right now, in the fire .. I did have years of peace and blessings .. God is doing something through some tough times and I'm all ears waiting on Him to reveal what He is trying to perfect in me. Thanks for your encouragement. Yes, we must continue to 'grow.'

Mekenzie


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

jjmyles, Don't know how I missed your comment .. The Goodness of God at all times .. So true. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

Mekenzie


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

What a wonderful, touching hub. And you are now enjoying the blessings you so deserve because you made the right choices, following the heart/purpose of God. This is such encouragement, for we all must continue to 'grow'.


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jjmyles 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Wonderful Hub. It demonstrates the Goodness of God In the best of times and the worst of times.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Oh Micky you've hit my funny bone once again... You are transparent and though you deem yourself a crotchety ole' fart - the soft side of you shines through... you can't hide it ya know. You do speak your mind with truth and that's what I like about YOU! Thanks for the encouragement dear friend!

Mekenzie


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I didn't want to be a crotchety ole' fart! But here I am. I'll tell it like it is until I die. That's all one can do. I'm a crotchety ole' fart! Sometimes this world is a big ole butt.

The truth and the Golden Rule is what I live by. Let everything else fall where it may. I do love your gentleness and kindness! Great hub. Hang in there! You're a jewel!


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

ang, funny, I never got it either. Thanks for coming around and writing another comment. Thank you for your encouragement .. God is Good All the Time .. All the Time God is Good! :0)

Blessings!

Mekenzie


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Mekenzie, I left a comment here last night but apparently, it didn't register, so here I go again. I greatly admire your attitude in the face of many trials. I know that God is good all the time, even though life isn't. It's encouraging to know that you choose to triumph, instead of wallowing in self-pity or defeat. May God bless you and yours.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Mekenzie, I have returned and read the comments further as I often do, especially on hubs that I was struck by. The offer to write was one meant to all and any doubters, I don't believe you have any doubts Mekenzie but you are welcome anytime for just ant thing you wish as are anyone.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello sweet friend, So you needed to step away from the hubs for some soul searching time .. that tells me alot about you and your heart for God ... I see you have a listening heart to the things God speaks. I respect YOU for that! Thank you for making this your first read .. I am honored and so happy you sing praises with me. I'm sending you Love and HUGS dear one


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Mekenzie,

I saw this post when it first published, and I hung on to it knowing I would return here as I made my way back into the pages of hp. God is indeed good, and though I am not quite ready to publish yet - I am ready to read again and I wanted to make this the first read. Life is hard, but I can sing those praises with you knowing God is good. I wasn't sure how long I needed to be away from hp, but knew God would show me when I was to re enter. He needed to show me a few things - hard personal lessons and also sweet refreshing times with Him and my hubby. anyway. I am gald you are praising Him and I sing Hallelujas with you.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Michael, you got it .. our struggles and God's trimph in and through us. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Great hub about struggles & triumph!


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Amen Sista, He certainly does!


loriamoore 6 years ago

God rocks!


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

My dear friend Mike, Thank you for your very encouraging words. I am always touched by YOUR wisdom and strength! Even if you don't always see it .. others do. :) Did you get to listen to any of the music? It so touches my heart. Thanks for stopping by and adding your kindness to my page. Love Ya! Mekenzie


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Mekenzie, I don't comment as often as I would wish to on your hubs, but I do read them. Most of the time, you speak with such beauty and elegance that I don't know what to add...

I connected so much with the words you wrote here that I had to say hello, even if there was nothing of substance for me to contribute. Life has never been easy for ol' Mike here, but the last five years have been a wipe-out. I was touched and encouraged to read your words and see you address life's challenges with such wisdom and clarity. The answers may elude us, but I am inspired by your graceful approach to--well, to things that happen.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom and understanding with us.

Mike


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Yes it does Trudee! Welcome to my hubs and thanks for stopping by. :0)


Trudee 6 years ago

Yes, life is hard, but God is good. It all makes us grow.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Quill, I know you've been off to the city on your own journey. Welcome back dear friend. It is sad to realize many people have experienced pain in the Church. It seems the Church is a great target for satan to roam about and seek whom he may devour.. I mean just think about it .. a whole housefull of believers, most of whom love God.

I can just see him with my minds eye whispering in people's ears .. so and so didn't shake my hand, Mrs. Peabody walked right past us, Mr. Carbunkle .. I think he glared at me .. he's so judgemental and did you notice Johnny Little bragging about his new car.

Yup, what better target to hit - it's like one stop shopping.

God's Glory is what it's all about Quill, as you and our sweet Mrs. have experienced.. We too have grown deeper in our understanding of God, ourselves and those we must forgive and show grace and mercy. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your kind words. Love and HUGS!


"Quill" 6 years ago

Hi Mekenzie...look at me coming at at the last minute as always, sorry for missing all the good stuff but just catching up.

Mrs Quill and I have seen much the same happen in a Church we attended for several years. We made the choice to step back because of some issues we had and a fast declining congregation. We experienced a period of grief and mourning over the loss of fellowship but what has resulted has been turned to Gods great glory.

God has a way of always bringing His children back into His fold and they come back stronger and much closer to Him...

Hugs Sister...we love you


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Deborah, so you KNOW the pain of losing your Church family .. and you know the comfort of running to God and being held and supported by His love. Thank you for sharing your 'knocked in the head' moment with me. That is SO cool! I've been 'knocked in the head' many times throughout my journey .. LOL He is faithful! Love Ya Sister!


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Mekenzie, thank you for baring open your wounds. We suffer, so that we can offer compassion and Gods grace to others when they face similar trials. When we lost our beloved church family, I remember crying out to God, so full of anger and feeling lonely and abandoned. I asked why he had taken all my friends, my support, my comfort. Gently, in the bathroom stall of a new church, where I knew no one, but where He sent me, he replied, "I am your friend. I am your comfort, I am your support. Return to me." It was as if I had been knocked in the head. Suddenly I realized that I just needed to return to him for the comfort I was seeking. It was a powerful message.

Yours is a powerful message.

Namaste sister.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

dearheart, you know He is Good! Yes he is!! Thanks for stopping by and leaving encouragement! Blessings


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Life is hard, but God is GOOD! Yes, even in our deepest hurts, we can cry out to the one who can help:) Great Hub!


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Brother Dave, Yes, I know the song and I immediately heard it in my soul when I read the words you wrote ... one of my favorites for sure ... filled with such PASSION!

I hope you are having a blessed day! Thanks for the virtual Hugs ... :0)


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Mekenzie,sis ( " YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE " ) I hope you uderstand that this is the name of a song too. It's from a broadway musical. And yes, you will never ever walk alone, God promises.

Hugs,

Brother Dave.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

brother Agua, Yes, so true .. ALL things DO work together for good to those that love the Lord and are called by him. Thanks! Blessings


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Brother Unchained Grace, You said "satan works through those closest as he knows the impact is potentially more devestating" went back through a read above - and YES every case involved those closest to me .. I see the test .. with God's amazing grace I will continue to pass it.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Kinda a Romans 8:28 type of hub!....and so true!

Thanks Mekenzie,

John


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Throughout life, we'll always run into those who appear focused on creating difficulty for us on all levels and their relationship to us makes it worse, sometimes. It's why satan works through those closest as he knows the impact is potentially more devestating. As I tell everyone, it is a test. Pass it.

You're storm's passin' over, hallelujah!


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

My Buddy 50 Caliber, did I tell you that you could come out of your room yet? Come on out buddy but try and behave yourself o.k. lol lol lol

I know your life has been riddled by BAM'S ... I also know your love for God shines through like a beacon that offers hope to the lost and the weary.

Yes, we pilgrims long for a land where all will be made right and peace will reign forevermore.

Thanks for the offer to write you. I just may do that someday. Love and Hugs! Mekenzie


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Whidbeywriter - You know first hand the message of this hub. Thanks for your kind words.

Amber sweet girl .. thank you for your encouragement.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Saintatlarge Thanks for your wise comments: I LOVED the song, never heard it before. In the beginning when the camera's zoom in on Chris, he lights up with a smile that penetrated my heart and I found myself smiling from ear to ear before I even heard the song ... and what a song ... thanks for the gift.. and I do mean GIFT. "His Love never fails or changes and JOY comes in the morning." Blessings!


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

pryan4u, I'm glad my Hub blessed you. Thanks for stopping by. :0)

UlrikeGrace, you have graced my hub with your kindness. I LOVE your heart. You are a sister who has walked through deep pain too .. I don't the details .. but you've said enough that I know. I see the Potter is shaping quite a beautiful piece (YOU) out of the Ashes of your life.

Love Ya!


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Dave, tragedy is brought into the light when God applies the balm of His truth and love. You said "a good song and a heartfelt prayer is almost all you need to snap you back to your loving self." You are soooo right about that .. hee hee. Thanks for the song .. I'll never walk alone .. this I know! Have a GREAT day brother Dave. HUGS to you!


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Faye, thanks for dropping by, I know that you have learned this through your own life .. have you not? Love Ya!

Ann, Glad to know this touched you!

Ken, Yes God is always, always, always Faithful!


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Mekenzie, can I still come in, after My dragging Mickey into a bad boy hub?

Life is hard and it gets easier if you drop the serious tones now and again. I say it gets easier 'cuz as you hit my age and your ready to go and be freed from this world of troublesome souls and have learned the face of Yahweh and feel sure he has learned yours as well, you can feel free to lay down for the peaceful rest that comes between heaven and earth. I for one am ready to go and rest, to awake and stand the pain of the judgment I've got coming, and feel that my face will be accepted as one of familiarity, from having to seek forgiveness so many times as well as looking his way for thanksgiving of seeing me through the hard times I've put myself through that required his strength to help me stand. Yahweh is great as well as good and if you doubt that just mail me and in private we can discuss what's on your mind. I'm always open for a new friend.


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Amber Allen 6 years ago

What matters in life is how we deal with the challenges we encounter. You are an inspiration.

Amber:)


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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

I love your hub! I too have experienced some really tough times in my life. It was during those times I was able to see God work in a mighty way and teach me what I needed to know. By those experiences my faith grew and I am now able to encourage and give hope to others around me. By keeping our focus on God he will never leave us nor forsake us we can be certain of that. God Bless.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

Oh MeKenzie...what an encouraging word..."God never wastes a hurt." and He doesn't there have been times when I thought I wouldn't make it....when the only choice I thought I had was live in darkness or end it all...well God was there and the sun rose the next morning and He brought me to real life, Light and joy! And now He uses that very pain to bring life to another. God indeed,never wastes a hurt.

UlrikeGrace

And Saintatlarge...thank you for the song...it blessed my soul deep...


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prayn4u 6 years ago

May the Lord Bless you and Keep you always...Love your hub!!!


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Saintatlarge 6 years ago from Canada

Hi Mkzie, Jesus did warn us... "In this life you WILL have trouble." None of us are exempt, but as you have said, it is how we individually handle it. Jesus wept over Jerusalem for what they had done. Paul's writings give us the best insight into ALL the troubles one could have and how to endure. i know that every reader would have a similar story to tell.

i remember hearing someone say, "I can't wait to see what awesome thing God is going to do in the midst of all of this?" Be Blessed, you have a beautiful heart and spirit. St. L. PS i added a song for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoezWBPGRAc


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Mekenzie my precious sister, you know my thirst and passion for great spiritual music. Knowing who was writing, I hurriedly scrolled down and lovingly discovered the music first before I started reading. I clicked on the music and then sat back to read the story. Even the tragedy was brought into a different perspective because I knew that you were listening too as you wrote, and it was giving you the same loving comfort it was bringing me.

As one song would finish, I had to stop my read and click on another one,because it eased the pain I was feeling in my heart from the word I was reading.

As I have gotten to know you my sister, I know that you are stronger than you might think you are and I also know that a good song and a heartfelt prayer is almost all you need to snap you back to your loving self. You will never become some "crotchety old fart" it's just not in you to do that sis.

Hugs, with a song ("You'll Never Walk Alone")

Brother Dave.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Thank you for sharing. Life IS hard, people WILL disappoint/betray us, relationships WILL breakdown, children DO rebel...BUT God is indeed good. And God is always, always, always FAITHFUL. Blessings.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Amen and Amen, Mekenzie! Beautiful message!


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Mekenzie,for a wonderful and uplifting hub, I thank you foe sharinbg it. Godspeed. creativeone59


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Sandra, thank you for the encouragement and truth. You got it .. it's all about choices. God offers us His way to deal with pain and simply put; it WORKS!


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas

God has a way of bringing you through the fire if you make up your mind to stand fast. Life is about choices and you can choose to learn from your difficulties. I thank God you were able to keep his love in your heart. Blessings! Sandra


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

thevoice, yes all here. Bless YOU!


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

God Jesus heaven and hub


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Putz, hello my friend. Oh you know the goosebumps of hearing about a life touched by God. Isn't it Awesome! Thanks for the encouraging note. You bet I'm really glad He's the captain of my ship. Love Ya! Mekenzie


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi poetlorraine, welcome and I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Pamela, It's a good thing the Lord is never changing because everything around us can change in an instant. I'm glad you got into the music. It's such a balm to my soul .. I love music. Thanks for your sweet comments, you always encourage me. :0)


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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

This is so blessed, I got goose bump reading it and aren't you so glad we have One that sticks closer than a brother and will steady us in the ship even when the waters are troubled.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

msorensson, I will google her name. Yes I want to take on the "likeness of Christ" and help those who follow me by example and love. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts! Blessings


poetlorraine 6 years ago

thanks so much for your hub, i so enjoyed it,


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

You seem to have walked through the fire and come out on the other side with grace and peace. We'll probably never understand what makes some people tick but the Lord is never changing and your music is wonderful.


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msorensson 6 years ago

There is a book by Sasha Xarian, you can google her, which parallels what you had just described.

The purpose of our lives is to help each other evolve "to the likeness of Jesus Christ."

I am glad you are keeping your faith.

A touching hub. Thank you for sharing.

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