Monday, December 7, 2009

Growing up in the church, I've read the Bible cover to cover and have an incredible memory bank of Scripture, something for which I am so, very thankful. But, in the past six months as I've really leaned in to the Lord, Scripture has taken on an entirely fresh relevance and verses I've read literally hundreds, maybe thousands of times have come to life, in a sense. This week it was this simple verse:

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12

It's no coincidence that these phrases are paired the way that they are...and each of these commands is no simple task.

"Joyful in hope"...not necessarily happy about the circumstances in which we find ourselves, but I can always be joyful in the hope I have through Christ.

"Patient in affliction"...this is so hard. It's that waiting...wandering around (seemingly aimlessly) in the desert while we wait for God's deliverance, direction, provision. Patience...when we can't even see beyond our affliction. Because our God is the Deliverer and we are never stranded or alone.

"Faithful in prayer"...even when we don't see answers, or at least the answers we want...because prayer is more about communing with God and aligning our hearts with His will than getting what we want.

Dwelling on these truths tonight...


  1. Courtney, I recieved a letter from a mutual friend, Lexie Anderson, recommending I visit your blog. Over the past couple of days God has blessed me with your words, bible verses and courage to share your grief. It will be three months on the 26th that I delivered our baby girl, Emily Jean (9lbs 5oz and 21.5in.), who had gone to be with Jesus after a knot in her embilical cord tightened. I was 41weeks along. I can relate to so many of your posts. Thankyou for posting pictures of Zachary and for sharing your heart. If you would ever care to talk my e-mail is

  2. Hello!
    Your Aunt Carol sent me here and I'm glad she did. She is amazed by your writing and inspired by your strength (in case you didn't already know that!).

    I lost my son last year and I can completely understand so much about what you have written. I will be praying for you.

    If you would like to meet Timothy you can check us out at I'm always open to talk if you need to or want to.