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MacKenzie is the author of her debut novel “Not Abandoned”, and is also a monthly e-magazine columnist from Pennsylvania. Writing is her favorite outlet for sharing God’s love with the world. She loves Jesus most, sweet tea, and dancing in the kitchen (instead of washing the dishes).

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  1. MacKenzie,
    I’m so thankful that God has broad shoulders. He can handle my indifference, my doubts, fears, and even my flat out anger. Nothing I can do will make Him love me any more or any less. When I am saved, He only sees me through the cleansing blood of His Son, Jesus Christ…. as perfect. That one is hard to wrap my tiny brain around. And, no matter how far I run or how many detours from His will that I take, He follows me and furiously pursues me with His love. Isn’t it great to know we can’t make His love go away? What a beautiful story that reflects this Truth!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Bev,
      Thank you for your comment! It’s so wonderful to think about how God’s love is not based on what we do, but on who He is. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
      Blessings,
      MacKenzie

  2. This is so great! I’m smiling (and cringing just a bit) because there’s been NOTHING in my life that has revealed my own stubborn heart to me more than parenting a quartet of stubborn boys.

  3. As a retired public school teacher who taught for thirty years, I can affirm all that you are saying. And all that you are not. The Love of Jesus is the most powerful force on earth. Keep battling….we’ll be cheering you on.

  4. Thank you MacKenzie! I loved this message and I can completely relate to it. I am not a teacher but I one that has found myself right where you were many times. I have been on an awesome adventure with the Lord, one that keeps me out of my boat of comfort continually. He is teaching me to Trust Him above all! Why is that such a hard lesson? He is the King most high. I love that He gets all that and that He continues to wait patiently for me to look up and remember that He has this and I can rest knowing He has gone before me and He Will continue to prepare the way. In my weakness He is strong. Love that. Thank you again for sharing your heart and sweet message today!

    • Janie, so thankful that my words were an encouragement to you! I hear you. Trusting Him should be the easiest thing we do, yet I still find myself with questions at times, even when I know He knows best. But how comforting that He’s so patient with us. I’m glad that we can share this journey together! Thank you for your sweet comment!

    • Dear MacKenzie, As a teacher, parent and volunteer at church (with the little ones), I get it, I get it, I get it! But what I grasp even more is How Far and Deep and Wide the Father’s love for us is! He is patient, continually calling us to “Be still and know that I Am God.” In stead of talking and teaching, I’m realuzing I need to listenand learn from the One who is the source of all knowledge and wisdom. He lovingly waits, because He created us and knew us even before we were born. (Talk about a science project!). Psalm 137
      May our Gracious Lord and Savior bless you as you “turn your eyes upon Jesus”.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this, MacKenzie! I’ve often had some of the same thoughts when I’ve babysat children. I’ll be feeling frustrated that they won’t listen and then God reminds me that I’m often the distracted, disobedient child. 🙂 So thankful for the lessons God teaches us!

  6. Wonderful article Kenzie! And very timely as it goes along with what I already was meditating on this moning- to quote the passage I read, Psalm 103 “For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.” His love and mercy for us is endless. Amen.

  7. Wow!!! This was soo encouraging, Kenzie!!! Beautiful story!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!! Great job!! His Love His Amazing for us!!!

  8. This is a beautiful post, God runs toward the prodigal. None of us want to believe we are like that but sometimes He has to chase us down to bless us. And though I’m not actually a teacher, nothing is worse and an already distracted child with ADHD and a fidget spinner, distraction and destruction go hand in hand.

  9. I’m another teacher (26-year veteran, now retired) who can verify the frustration of working with wiggly, non-attentive, easily distracted students. And yet every year I grew to love them, to care greatly about their progress and welfare. Then, I must also admit to my own tendency of being a non-attentive and easily distracted disciple in God’s class of instruction. Praise God he, too, continues to love me and care about my progress and welfare. Thank you, MacKenzie, for drawing us back to the core truth: God truly loves us with a love that will never fail.

  10. So true, Kenzie! I work with kids in an afterschool Bible program during the school year and the struggle of getting them to listen the first time definitely is real! 😉 But it is a great reminder for us that we can be the same way a lot of times with God. Thank you for sharing your heart on this.

  11. Mackenzie,

    I am amazed and awed at God’s love for us. Even on our worst days when we screw up really bad-He is there waiting patiently for our apologies. I often cringe when I think that He, innocent, died a most horrible death for little ol’ me! Why all this love? I am super thankful for His passion to pursue us no matter how far we drift away. Nothing absolutely nothing we do or say can take His love away from us!! Praise God!

    Blessings 🙂

  12. Wow, Kenzie I am so proud of you getting published here, this is amazing! Your article was so true and so thought provoking, I am so glad you had a great time and learning experience during your teaching time! 😀