Posts Posts by: "Courtney"

Usually a rainbow is best seen against a stormy backdrop. When we’ve grabbed the umbrella – raced out to our car to avoid getting soaked – in a quiet moment we can see something that never would have been there without the rain. A promise, too, is best seen, best received when the tumult of…(Read More)

Many of us are gearing up for the upcoming school year.  We’re buying school supplies, hitting the back-to-school sales, registering our kids, and planning curricula.  It looks a bit different for each family and for each route of education. One friend of mine is a single mom whose son is getting ready…(Read More)

I was working out on the machines at the gym recently, trying to count my reps when a young woman with a kind smile approached, asking, “What’re you working out today?”  There are no less than three reasons why this question flustered me: 1) She could plainly see what I was doing; 2) She…(Read More)

Are You Safe?

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We’ve been talking about the Underground Railroad recently during our homeschool days.  How do you introduce the atrocities that led to the need for such a thing to young children?  How do you teach the horrors of history so that you can also teach the heroics?  How do you explain to children who have…(Read More)

“Felling”: To cut or break down… So let’s talk about feelings.  Specifically about one great lie this world tells us: Following your heart is the key to living successfully. In our vernacular, we consider that our thoughts originate in our minds and our feelings originate in our hearts.  Some of us may try to…(Read More)

Some days, being “mama” isn’t all-too easy.  It can be far easier to see the bad behavior rather than the amazing gift standing before us.  So, what do we do when the amazing seems hidden?  How do we call out our children to be who God has designed and declared them to be…(Read More)

Fail Forward

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  Today’s post is written by Summer Hoover, a guest contributor and invaluable friend.  Her insight, humility and openness speak into my life through every conversation we have.  I pray that her thoughts here will bless and challenge you today.   “It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in…(Read More)

It’s been more than a year since our precious foster daughter moved out of our home and in with her relatives.  And, honestly, despite our wonderful experience overall, I was ready to return to only having our two children in the home again.  This entire year, I’ve been content with our two biological…(Read More)

  Today, I’m over at Next Level Mama opening up about an addiction to sugar that I’ve come to realize is far more than a mere physical issue.  If Jesus came to give us life abundantly, full of freedom, how can I live through Him and in Him and for Him if something…(Read More)

Wanted Person

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We’ve all felt it…in one way or another…that feeling of being unwanted.  Of being denied our own value…our own personhood.  When another person’s opinion of us defined our worth. Picked last for the team… Shunned from the established clique… Forgotten on a birthday… But what about those whose very being…(Read More)