Friday, March 23, 2012

My Heart’s Longing – A Song in Loving Memory of Mariche’

Whenever I feel strongly about something, it is natural for me to express myself in writing. Whether it is an article, letter, or song, I am able to communicate my pain or joy and release my feelings. It is very therapeutic and liberating. However, in the past couple of months I was able to do none of these. It is not like me to be lost for words, but I found myself unable to write about the loss of my cousin Mariche’ who passed away a couple months earlier. She lost her life at the young age of 40.

How do you express the pain of unanswered prayers for her healing? The injustice of life and the suffering people must endure? The loss her children, husband, and other family members must now live with. Or the anguish of her parents, my aunt and uncle, are experiencing having outlived their youngest daughter? There really are no words, just tears, pain, and frustration until acceptance and peace come.

Words could not express what I was feeling or thinking. They would not come and neither would a song or melody. Then finally all the feelings and thoughts from deep within my heart emerged. A reflective, intensely emotional mood could be heard and felt in a new song. I would name it My Heart’s Longing to accurately describe my experience.

A longing is a strong desire, a yearning. So what is the strong desire so deep within my heart? What is my heart longing for? I suppose it is many things that have gone through my heart and soul since the loss of my cousin. I long for peace amidst life’s tragedies. I strongly desire to trust God no matter how unfair life can be. I want to accept things I cannot understand without always having to ask, “Why?” I long for strength even when pain seems unbearable. I long to embrace love that lasts forever, is eternal, and never let it go. I long for the inner assurance that we will meet our loved ones in God’s time and in His glorious presence. I long to grow and heal as I grieve and process the loss of my cousin. I desire to let go of what could have been and look forward to what is and can be. Ultimately, I believe all my heart’s longings will be met by my God. And I thank Him for this song that has helped me to express my many intense emotions and longings through this difficult journey. It is my hope and prayer that it blesses you as well.

With all my heart, Krystal

In Loving Memory of my cousin Mariche’ Pecijareska

I humbly dedicate this song, My Heart's Longing, to my cousin Mariche’. My love for her is the inspiration behind it. She is in my heart and always will be. It's hard to understand why we lost her so soon, but we believe that all the longings of her heart are fully met in our Heavenly Father. In His very presence, she knows peace, love is fully realized, all her hopes are fulfilled, all her tears are wiped away, and her only longing is to forever worship the Lover of her soul, the Lord God Almighty who was and is and is to come!

Mariche's beautiful daugher Evanjelica. She shares many wonderful qualities of her mother - very caring, kind, intelligent, creative.

Mariche' with her handsome son Hristijan. He is a college student in Skopje. Mariche was always so proud of him. He is growing to be a wonderful young man - a true leader, highly intelligent and ambitious like his mother!

For YouTube Video of My Heart's Longing, click here.
Copyright © 2012 Krystal Kuehn

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

When It Looks Like There's No Way Out

Sometimes it looks like things cannot get much worse. We may not be able to see how anything could possibly turn around. The world feels like it is crashing in on us from every side.

A man I know, I will call him Brad, hit rock bottom a little while ago. He lost his job of over ten years and with it his means to provide financially for his family. People all around his neighborhood were losing their employment and many lost their homes. Times were tough. Businesses were shutting down. Jobs were scarce and no one was hiring.

He remembers the day vividly. It happened to so many others in his firm. He was called in by the big boss. Two security guards were in the room waiting. Brad knew it was now his turn. His co-workers and friends were causalities that went before him. He was handed his pink slip and escorted out the door. Heartless, cold, and cruel, they would not respond to his pleas or questions. He was given no mercy, answers, or words of sympathy.

Brad's life would never be the same unless he was able to make a speedy transition into another job. But that did not happen for several years. Brad hit bottom. He was unemployed, his marriage was on the edge, his mood was unstable, and his children were acting out. He did not know where to turn or who could help him. To make the long story short, Brad turned to the only one he knew and believed could make a way for him where there seemed to be no way. He prayed and sought God fervently and daily. Today, he has his own business that is prospering and growing. For the first time in his life, he loves what he is doing. He and his wife have grown closer as they worked through the most difficult time in their lives and marriage. His children have developed a greater respect for him as they watched him persist and believe for a better tomorrow.

Brad's story is not unlike that of many others. Job losses, financial stress, marriage problems, health issues, addictions can all look like mountains that cannot be conquered. But what makes Brad's story encouraging and inspiring is that Brad did not lose hope. He persisted and believed things could and would get better. He did not give up. He turns to God and relies on Him as his source and strength. And that is what inspired the song I wrote, He Will Make a Way. I pray that it blesses you and encourages you to keep believing - no mountain is too insurmountable, no road is too difficult, no enemy is too strong, and no problem is too big that you cannot overcome. Believe that He will make a way for you and it may be better than you could ever have imagined. Don't give up. Keep believing and trusting!!

Copyright © 2012 Krystal Kuehn, New Day Family and Couples Counseling Center. All Rights Reserved.

Krystal Kuehn, MA, LPC, LLP, NCC is a licensed professional counselor, best-selling author, teacher, musician and songwriter. She specializes in helping people live their best life now, reach their full potential, overcome barriers, heal from their past, and develop a lifestyle of health, happiness, and love. Krystal is the cofounder of, a relationship counseling, family counseling center, specializing in helping individuals, couples and families with professional counseling services for relationship problems, parenting issues, depression, anxiety as well a s substance abuse classes, anger management groups, and more. Krystal is also cofounder of and

Krystal is best-selling author of The 10 Keys to Happy and Loving Relationships, and Giving Thanks: Why it Makes You Happy, Fills You with Peace & Changes Your Life!

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When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen: There will be something solid for you to stand upon, or, you will be taught how to fly. ~Partick Overton

When you face a mountain or hit a dead-end road and do not know what to do, let this faith-building song strengthen your faith and encourage you to turn to the God who knows what you need and will make a way for you.
CLICK HERE for YouTube Presentation You Will Make A Way

This heartfelt, inspirational song of worship reminds us to turn to God and trust him to make a way for us when we may stuck, confused, afraid, discouraged, hopeless, or just do not know what to do. When we face obstacles, it may feel like we are facing a mountain with no way of ever making it to the other side. Or when we hit a dead end road, we may feel confused and frustrated because we do not know where we are going to go next. No matter how difficult things are or how unsure of our future looks, we can be assured that God is on our side. He knows our needs and he has a plan for our lives. No mountain is too big to block his purposes or provision and no dead-end road can end or thwart his perfect plans for our lives. He will make a way!!

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