Where do you go when life as you know it is turned completely upside down? It happened to me. The life I knew and loved vanished on August 7, 2013 when my college sweetheart and husband of 33 years chose to end his life. There are not words to describe my shock and devastation. Though I was surrounded with wonderful, loving people, none of them could restore the half of me that died that day. This was a God-sized task! This is my journey through shock, grief, mourning and healing. It is the very personal and profound journey I took to ultimately discover that no matter how deep your pain…God is always there and He is enough. If you are grieving, God Is Enough will give you hope. I understand what you are going through, and I am here to share my message of hope, healing and faith.
M.E. Louis is a native of North Carolina. She grew up in Chapel Hill where she attended the University of North Carolina and met the love of her life, Tate, who became a pastor. After 33 years of marriage, Tate took his life on August 7, 2013. God is Enough is her story of hope, healing and faith.
I have been alone for nine years following the death of my husband. At the beginning the grief was very intense. I received many cards and meals delivered. I was traveling during the week so I was not lonely. At the end of February 2021 I retired. It was the hardest thing to get used to. The loneliness was the worst. To fight the loneliness, I immersed myself in Bible Studies, prayer time, nursery for kids, and even joined the choir! The activities helped with my loneliness and depression. I have become an extrovert during this process.
God is Enough
Difficult circumstances are inevitable in life. How we respond to them will make us either bitter or better. I have found that suffering has deepened my relationship with God. If I were to sum up in one sentence what I have learned since August 7, 2013 it would be that through suffering God makes His presence known. In life we will experience difficult things. We may not be able to do anything about the circumstance we find ourselves in, but we can do something about how we handle ourselves as we go through it. In Fingerprints of God (Session 6) Jennifer Rothschild makes a great point when she says, “Don’t let your difficult circumstance define you. Let it refine you.”