Life is hard, but God is good

She texted me at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to tell me that her husband Todd had just saved her life.

My beautiful friend Emily has been a survivor of a massive brain stem stroke for nine years, a miracle, a fighter, and the sweetest, most caring person I’ve ever known.

Emily also has a choking issue and can’t be left alone while eating due to paralysis in her jaw which is a result of her stroke.

Tuesday, she was eating a cookie when it happened. A piece caught in her throat and completely blocked her airway. Her frantic husband was totally disoriented… hadn’t happened in so long! He panicked.

Em started seeing spots, her lips turned blue, it was scary. She said afterwards that she thought she would never breathe again. Then she saw black……

God interveined, as her husband persistently beat her on the back with his fists, out came the cookie, and in came air! (He later “lost it” she said, as he thought he was killing her.)

I cried when she told me.

Life IS so hard, but God IS so good!!!!

Later she told me she realised just how fragile our lives are.

It’s easy to take it for granted, I know I do. Even though Em and I are TBI survivors…….we can still forget how fragile life is.

As I rested in my chair Wednesday, the song by Pam Thum came into mind. Remember it?

Life is hard but God is good

You turn the key
Then close the door behind you
Drop your bags on the floor
You reach for the light
But there’s darkness deep inside
And you can’t take it anymore

‘Cause sometimes living takes the life out of you
And sometimes living is all you can do

Life is hard, the world is cold
We’re barely young and then we’re old
But every falling tear is always understood
Yes, life is hard, but God is good

You start to cry
‘Cause you’ve been strong for so long
And that’s not how you feel
You try to pray
But there’s nothing left to say
So you just quietly kneel

In the silence of all that you face
God will give you His mercy and grace

Jesus never said
It was an easy road to travel
He only said that you would never be alone
So when your last thread of hope
Begins to come unraveled
Don’t give up, He walks beside you
On this journey home and He knows

Life is hard, the world is cold
We’re barely young and then we’re old
But every falling tear is always understood
Yes, life is hard, but God is good

I’m praising God for His intervention and His goodness to us each and every day. It’s because His mercies are new every morning we wake up with the sunshine streaming through the windows to remind us that He is so faithful and SO VERY GOOD.

Emily and her husband Todd married 2 years after her stroke.

Here is more of Emily’s triumphant story of survival and recovery explained:

Author: Vivian

I'm a TBI warrior whose hope and strength comes from God.

38 thoughts on “Life is hard, but God is good”

  1. Hi Vivian; I really felt this post today, we’ve been praying for people here also this week, whose lives have been altered in an instant. The lines from the song; ‘Cause sometimes living takes the life out of you, And sometimes living is all you can do’ reminded me of living in the rough waves after ‘the instant’. Then like you say, time moves on and the waves become still water again, so we can find peace in this life again, until the next instant it all changes again. Makes me think about the narrow path. The meeting place between mortality and eternity where we are asked to walk the line with Jesus holding our hand across the fence. God bless your friend and her husband, with joy and faith, in the waves and the strong hand of Jesus holding theirs. Lots of love L

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    1. Thank you Lauren! 🤗 There is such peace knowing Jesus holds onto us tightly as we journey towards eternity, with strong hands that never let us go. It’s our hope! I’m so glad you are blessed by the song lyrics as well. I still have it playing over and over in my head, which is a good thing. Emily, did see her Dr following the incident and everything is just fine!! Praise our loving God for His intervention and His goodness! I have tears of joy as I write this, because I’m so thankful. Hugs and love, dear Lauren. 💗

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  2. It’s so easy to take life for granted. It can be lost in an instant. It can happen to anyone at any time. But praise God, He IS good! I love being reminded that we are not alone. Life is rough. It’s hard. It tears us down and turns us inside out sometimes. But we don’t have to walk those trials alone. Thank you so much for this uplifting post!

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      1. a pleasure, Vivian. Have a great day “over there”. Time for my rest now (after my very early morning burst of activity) as I “sleepwalk through life”
        Kind regards and blessings
        “just call me” craig

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      2. Oh yes! You best rest! I’m trying to find a copy of your book on amazon, but I can’t handle reading e-books as my eyes don’t like screen lights. Is there a paperback copy available for purchase or just kindle?


      3. Hi Vivian
        Have hundreds of books at Amazon (ebooks and paperbacks). I also don’t like reading ebooks. Working on a new book now God, Racing and Writing (book3) , as my technogeek friend works on VIdeobooks. Hope this helps
        Kind regards craig
        The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at (and/or


        * Hard copies and e-books: Fiction and non-fiction books, self help, novels on South Africa, “faction”, travel, humour, inspiration, words of encouragement and empowerment, motor racing, Formula 1, Grand Prix drivers
        All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

        “When the writer is no more, the value of your purchase will soar”

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      4. Oh wow!! Thank you so much! I’m greatly interested in reading about your head injury and all you’ve had to go through. Blessings on you today. ☺


      5. Pleasure but there’s enough for many booksI learnt everything “by accident”… as I knew absolutely nothing about head/brain injury for about 30 years afterwards (not even that I had one though I’d been in a coma for some weeks, I think). So just learned strategies to cope and to get by… subconsciously, because that’s all I knew how. Since the trauma of ‘diagnosis’, I’ve learnt everything I know about this fascinating subject in the past 25 years here in “Sleepy Hollow” , “Dropped out in Godzone”, where I have the time and peace of mind to research, study and think.

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      6. I hadnt finished , but the message disappeared. As the nurse often says, my /our story is unique… but no one could believe what we’ve been through. Enough books there for the rest of my life. Time for a break

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      7. Yes, I can relate Craig, our stories are unique. You’ve nailed it because when I try to explain my journey to people they don’t believe it or never say, and just back away slowly. But, I tell my hubby, “I’m not smart enough to make this up!” It’s not all in my head figuratively speaking.

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      8. Back again…Yes, because we look “normal”, people can’t understand. * m (“the nurse” often said that of all my writings the ones in this area could/would be most uplifting and inspirational to others. My/our story is a bit different, rather ‘crazy’ – ‘unique’ m says….and she’s always right (I checked on the net…and ‘yes”, seems to be correct!). from
        “The world never knows something until it is heard.”

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  3. So blessed reading this…….and we all carry those tough things. Some more than others and it is so very very hard to understand why. Why Me? But keep your focus on the GOD and YES HE is so GOOD! HE loves us and stands alongside us through it all. So I pray for you and your friend here…….Blessings sweet one.

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    1. So THANKFUL this blessed you today. Thank you for prayers on both our behalf. Emily has been such a great friend to me! Last week she stayed up all night to research my TBI symptoms, in order to help me! She is a blessing to everyone who touches her life. Big hugs! Awww, thanks. 😊🤗

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    1. Thanks so much dear Lynn. 😚 I’m just so honored to know Emily and be a part of her journey. She inspires me every day with her faith and courage as she continues to beat the odds. Big hugs to you dear friend and God bless you richly. 🤗 ❤❤💚


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