Tell Your Story

“Your blog inspired me to just be open + to put it all out there. I don’t want to live around a blog that makes my life appear “picture perfect” or straight off a Pinterest board. Yes, I love pretty things + to play dress up…but I have a lot of real + raw things going on too. I know you can give me an “Amen” for that. So, thank you for encouraging me in ways you didn’t even probably realize 🙂 “

“Thank you for sharing your story and I hope some day I am as brave as you and can put myself out there to help others. You have no idea how helpful your story was to me and I’m sure many others.”

“I wanted to let you know how much I have learned from your openness in your blog. there have been many things that you have written that had never crossed my mind before. I have pondered, briefly, on what hurtful things I may have said over my many years of ignorance and hope that anyone on the receiving end realized that it was only that.” 

Those are just a few comments from the- literal- hundreds of emails that I have received about my writing on this blog.

I never thought this would be my story. I didn’t expect to be the trying to conceive, secondary infertility, chemical pregnancy, IVF and fertility clinic expert. I didn’t plan to have an only child. I didn’t plan to have a failing reproductive system.

But, it doesn’t matter what my plan was. This is what my life is.

It was selected and ordained before the foundation of the world. Just for me, and Jim, and Abigail.

And I’m thankful for it. Because it is mine.

Today, I was talking to a friend about our mutual infertility.
She shared with me a study that she is doing on The Lord’s Prayer. The part she was honing in on was “Give us this day our daily bread.” That God feeds us and fills us up, so that we can advance His gospel in the world. And when we ask Him to fill us, what we’re asking for, does it fulfill that task? She asked me, “does my desire to have a biological child achieve that”
Now, our answers may lead us to two very different{and perfectly right and good} conclusions.

For me? Yes it absolutely does. My whole life I have believed that my calling, my mission field, if you will, was going to be motherhood. I would birth our quiver full of arrows. We would raise them up in the fear and admonition of the Lord and send them out into the far corners of the world to spread the love of Jesus way beyond anything I could do all by myself.

That calling has had to be modified a bit. I have one arrow. She is a darn fine arrow and I simultaneously dread and am exhilarated at the prospect of loosing her on this world someday. But, I thought we would have more to send with her.

ALL of that to say, it made me think of this. Of my story. How my “plan” has not gone how I thought it would at all, but how it is reaching people and touching people and sharing Jesus more than I ever expected to be able to do. It’s beyond clear to me that my refined calling has placed me exactly where I am supposed to be. He wants me to share what He is doing with our family for a very specific purpose and I don’t want to waste it.

Not for a second.

So, whether what you are dealing with right now is hard or is easy, your story is the one God has guided, selected, and chosen for you.

It is YOURS.

So tell it.

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  1. All that & so much more, Courtney. Your story is helping people that don't even know it yet. It's an amazing thing this blog world & how it can connect so many people from so many different walks of life. I'm so glad to have "met" you.

  2. Missionaries, right where we are! I love that your story has touched so many lives and that so many are able to see Jesus! AMAZING!

  3. This is why I love blogging so much. It is such an amazing outlet to share our stories, of triumph & heartache. And those stories resonate with others and sometimes even inspire them. This community is so wonderful! Thanks for this post!

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