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Wil jij bidden???

Zoals jullie weten is de Bijbelstudie van Romeinen verplaatst. Ik kon nog niet vertellen wat de reden hiervoor was, omdat Courtney dit jullie graag zelf wilde laten weten. Courtney, haar man is weg uit hun gezin, de scheiding is uitgesproken. En zoals jullie zelf zullen begrijpen was dit een erg moeilijk periode voor Courtney, haar kinderen en haar ex man. Lees het onderstaande blog aub. En Bid voor haar en haar kinderen.

Will You Pray For Me and My Family?

I have been in a raging storm for about 1 year now.  In the midst of my storm, God has held me steady and secure but the storm has now ended and my life looks absolutely nothing like the way it looked before the storm began.

The storm has devastated my future, my hopes, my dreams and I will never be the same.  I feel like Satan has been breathing down my neck – that roaring lion who seeks to devour – made my home a playground.  But God has not left us and he has been my anchor through this storm and has set my feet on dry ground. And so it’s time for me to share.

When I started this blog in August, 2008, {8 years ago}, I did not have a vision or plan for where I was headed.  I was just a girl in Ohio, who loved the Lord first and her family second, and who longed to be used by God to fulfill the great commission.

My hope was to encourage women to live well, by drinking from the living well, the living words of God.  That is where the title – Women Living Well – came from.

I never planned to write on marriage and family.  My first blog posts, that are no longer available on-line, were on the book of Galatians and were devotional in nature.  But as time passed and I wrote more and more, I opened up a window into my family’s life.  I welcomed you into my family’s holiday celebrations, into our homeschooling life, into my kitchen, my marriage and more.  Some of you, who have followed me for a long time, may have noticed that I have begun to close that window.  As my kids become teenagers, I want to give them more privacy.  But there’s something else happening here…

My blog has taken many twists and turns as my life has taken many twists and turns.

I am sad to share with you today that my life has taken a major turn.

I am now a single mom.

My husband has decided to leave.

Friends, I would have bet my right arm that he would never leave us.  Everything I have written here and in my book about our marriage was real for me.  Our marriage was not perfect. I was not a perfect wife.  But I believed that every struggle we had was normal.  I truly love Keith and I loved being married to him.  The kids and I have grieved the loss of him everyday, since he has left.

The head of our home is gone but the heart is still here and God is our head.  One thing I have learned through this trial, when I have been lonely, is that God truly is enough.  He is my rock, my joy, my peace, my comfort, my strength, my protector, and lover of my soul.

Keith and I met and began dating my senior year of high school – we grew up together.  We dated for 4 years and then were married for 19 years.  Most of my best memories in life have him in them.  He was the first one to believe in the idea of this blog and encouraged me as I started it.  He told me long before I ever started blogging, that he believed one day I would write a book.   He was involved in the signing of my first book contract and I always got his approval before accepting any speaking engagements.

But Satan – He is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:7,8).  I know that writing here on this blog, put a target on my husband’s back.  This alone breaks my heart for him.  The spiritual warfare in our lives has been thick and exhausting.

A few days after my husband left us – I sat at my sister’s dinner table with my  immediate family and brothers-in-law, balling my eyes out. I asked them if I should quit this ministry here on-line, go on a one year break or keep going.

They unanimously told me to keep writing.

And so I kept writing, while this trial oozed out into some of my videos and blog posts this past year.  Our study through the book of Job was very timely, as it was written during my time of shock and denial.

This blog will not turn into a weekly update on this trial.  I am working through many things with a counselor right now and need time to process what has happened.  But I will write authentically and from time to time reference what I have been going through.

I apologize that I could not share sooner what was happening here…I have been on my knees in prayer – through tears – begging the Lord to bring him home and the fact that God has carried me through this season and He still faithfully gave me a word to write every.single.week. here on the blog is nothing short of a miracle. God is so very very good.

Though I had Biblical grounds to divorce my husband, it was he who drafted a dissolution and initiated the filing of it.  I signed it freeing him to go and the dissolution of our marriage was finalized in court.

During this time, I want to protect both my children and my ex-husband.  I ask that you do not say anything painful about him in the comment section.  If any slander happens – it will be deleted.  We love Keith dearly, pray for him daily, and he is greatly missed.

The empty chair at the head of our table, the empty space in the garage and the empty seat in the pew are all reminders to pray for the man we greatly value, love and miss.

Will you pray for me and my family?

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalm 23:4

So thankful the King walks with me,

Courtney

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
(Isaiah 43:1-3)

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