Posts Posts by: "Courtney"

I Could Never…

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Have you ever said, “I could never…”? Or heard it from someone else? It’s a pretty safe bet that this is part of your vocabulary, or has been at some point in your life. I know that’s true for me. I’ve said, “I could never give myself insulin shots.” “I could never…(Read More)

We’d only been dating for three weeks, but Steve had already figured out he was going to marry me. I, on the other hand, was more practical than that. In a few months, I’d be moving to a new city in a new state, a thousand miles away from him. It would be…(Read More)

Sitting easy at a coffee shop, hugging the warmth of my cup, struggling to know where to begin when the hardness pounds me upon waking. Having opened my eyes to a message of desperation and despair, beginning a day with heartbreak where hope was anticipated, I could pray for so many answers, but the only…(Read More)

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)