A chunk of days has passed since I’ve sat down to post a blog. Turns out, my new normal has demanded not only my time, but also my focus … and that’s a good thing. Because it is God’s provision to help my life move forward.
The tangible memories of my loss do not sneak up on me anymore. Makenzie’s bobby-pins have made their way out of the nooks and crannies of my car. The stamp of her fingers that donned my inside windshield has all but faded. And her belongings have found their asylum in a corner of our basement.
All of this shows me that God’s Holy Spirit has brought me through an intense crucible experience, has poured me into a mold and is now re-forming my life to be used for His purpose. I don’t know what that completely looks like but for now, it is enough to know that He is in control.
I will keep this blog alive more as a devotional but not necessarily Makenzie focused. The change in the blog reflects the change in me. My Lord has taken me through the worst of the darkness. He has shown me that a life solely dependent on Him is a life well lived. He has rescued me from the pit of grief and set me on a new journey. And my loving Lord is showing me how to turn pain in to purpose.
Thank you, my friends, for journeying with me. Thank you for your comments of strength. Thank you for your insights and stories. It has been my pleasure to share with you what I pray you never have to experience. But if (or maybe I should say ‘when’) you find yourself dining at the table of tragedy, remember that God is in the chair right next to you. He knows how the meal is served and he’ll always bus your table of fear and pain.
(Jesus said), “I am with you always. Even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
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Life Changing Links …
- Tribute Video played at Makenzie’s Celebration Service.
- Makenzie’s Celebration Service Online – Click Here
- “I Dance For You My King” (Video: Makenzie’s song by Anthony Celia)
- “Image of Grace” (Video: Song written and played by Nathan Stocker)
- “Makenzie Memories” (a blog by one of her best friends, Katie Davis)