When You Go Through Deep Waters

Overcomer Deep waters

I’ve been blogging for over 6 years and the emails never stop.  I love hearing from you all so very much and I read every. single. one. (I do not have an assistant ;) ) but I am not able to answer every. single. one.

I love reading your stories and meeting you via email but some of your stories – break my heart and some of your questions go much deeper than I could ever answer.  You see, I have a Bible degree – so I can answer your Bible questions – but many of your questions are more like counseling questions. And while we all have the Holy Spirit – the ultimate counsellor inside of us, I do not feel equipped to answer many of those emails.

And this breaks my heart.

Because we all need a safe place to land. We all need a place where we feel understood.  We all need the comfort of others in our lives when we go through deep waters.

This world is hard. Sometimes it deals us an unfair hand. Sometimes we mess up and make mistakes that bring consequences into our lives and we need help navigating our way out.  Sometimes our husband walks out the door, our friend betrays us, people in our church wound us, or our parents, the ones who should love us most, walk out on us. Sometimes addictions over run our lives or past abuses haunt us.

And there we are at our computer…alone.  Hurting.

But you are not alone.

On August 31, 2010, Janelle - a real life friend – began contributing weekly recipes here at Women Living Well Ministries.

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{never mind the bunny ears from our friend Karen Ehman standing behind us! Ha!}

Janelle, from ComfyintheKitchen.com, has faithfully served here for 4 years and I am so incredibly grateful for her.  Janelle is a compassionate woman who swoops in when someone is hurting with a meal, hugs, a listening ear, and words of wisdom.

Little did we know back in 2010 God had greater plans for her on-line than recipes!  He has laid on her heart the desire to get a masters in counseling and for her to start a new on-line website.

Do you see the cartwheels I’m doing over here!?!

Finally, a home on-line for the hurting!

At OvercomerOutreach.com you will find a group of authors with compassionate hearts seeking to encourage you through the strength of God.

This amazing group of women is comprised of Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Christian Life Coaches, Business Owners, Published Authors, Professional Speakers, Professional Bloggers, Bible Study Leaders, Pastor’s Wives, Moms, and Wives…

Oh and I’m writing there too!!! :)

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Janelle writes:

Many of us have been through some of the trials you may be bearing, which is why 2 Corinthians 1:4 is a verse we continue to cling to when we think of why we’re here. Don’t, for one second think, “this is a group of perfect Christians”, because there is no such thing. We are Christians because we believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ , humbled and fully knowing we need a Savior.

Many of us have been right there in your shoes…believe it or not.

Yes, your shoes…

We pray to speak to the woman who have had an abortion, affairs, drug addiction (you fill in the blank) and our prayer is to use God’s word and truth to give her freedom. We pray for her to finally be released from bondage, from the lies she tells herself, and from the condemnation of the enemy that she is not worthy to go forward in her walk with the Lord and in her ministry.

We pray to speak to the oppressed, ill, victimized, tormented, abused, and bullied…we want to share God’s truth and love with you… and encourage you. We want to walk beside you to let you know…

You will get through this…

Janelle’s blog has begun and starting on October 1st there will be new content daily!

So please stop by the blog here: OvercomerOutreach.com!

You can find Overcomer Outreach on the following social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

Because we believe there is healing in the words “me too”, our authors have joyfully set up Facebook forums for individual struggles, these groups are *closed, meaning people can see that you are a part of the group, however they cannot see the conversations unless they are in the group. We welcome you with open arms to the following groups.

Janelle Nehrenz will be involved in all groups, she has gratefully accepted the help of her authors to lead specific areas of compassion meaningful to them. Although she has not gone through each trial, she is empathetic to all of them.

Overcomer Outreach on…
Adoption, Foster Care & Orphan Care Leader: Erica Elm
Infertility Leader: Shon Murray
Marriage Leader: Sonya Schroeder
Finding Joy Leader: Emanda Rosen
Fear Leader: Mandy Pagano
Homeschooling Leader: Mrs Jeanette Wood
Cancer Leader: Debby Derby
Positive Thinking and Encouragement Leader: Sarah Beals
Freedom from Bondage: Walking in Grace and Truth Leader: Gina Smith

Because of the sensitive nature of this topic, we have one *secret* group on Abortion. This means that no one can see that you are a part of this group on your FB account. To be a part of this forum, you must friend Kelly K Writes and she must add you. Overcomer Outreach is pro-life, however our prayer is to help release those having gone through with abortion from condemnation, so that they can be free again through Christ.

Together – let’s overcome by the blood of the lamb! (Revelation 12:11)

Walk with the King,

Courtney

Coming Soon…A Virtual Marriage Retreat & Messy Beautiful Love

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I am so excited to share with you the “Embrace Your Marriage” Virtual Marriage Retreat! I am partnering up with some of my favorite marriage bloggers every Monday in the month of September, to focus on our marriages! Each week we will include a challenge and links to the other writers so you can virtually visit us all! While we all hold the same Biblical principles, we each have our own unique perspective and life experiences. We pray this will bless you! Join me back here this Monday, September 1st as we begin!

And while we are on the topic of marriage – I must share a marriage book that is about to be released. Messy Beautiful Love Cover

(to view the book trailer – click here)

I had the honor of writing the forward to Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages* by Darlene Schacht (aka the Time Warp Wife). This November, I plan to host a 4 week book club here at Women Living Well using this book. So if you think you want to join this book club – now might be a  great time to purchase it because look at these freebies Darlene is offering!!!!

 

Messy Beautiful Love Freebies

To get all of the details about the freebies >>>go here! Once you’ve pre-ordered Messy Beautiful Love*, send an mail to MessyBeautifulLove@gmail.com with a copy of your receipt and the quantity of books you purchased to receive your freebies!

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the GMG reading plans and study guides for the Blogging Through the Bible series! See you back here then!

Walk with the King,

Courtney

*Amazon Affiliate Link

Do Not Be Discouraged When You Feel Judged

I am still on my blogging break but I am in Dallas, Texas this morning at a Women in Ministry Summit with Kay Arthur (author of over 100 Bible Studies!) and Logos Bible Software.

I had the opportunity to sit next to Kay Arthur and ask her many questions during breakfast yesterday.

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My mother has led her Precept Bible Studies for over 35 years. I am a product of Kay discipling my mother and my mother discipling me. So this was truly a joy to meet Kay, at the age of 80, in real life.

I was also trained on the amazing Logos Bible Software that includes so many Bible study tools and helps including commentaries, Bible dictionaries, lexicons and concordances all quickly at the touch of a fingertip in one place.  It’s amazing!

There were 50 of us like-minded women in ministry there including:

Janelle – Comfy In the Kitchen, Darlene – Time Warp Wife, and Jennifer – the Unveiled Wife

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Renee Swope of Proverbs 31 Ministries

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Rachael Wojo and Jennie Allen

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Heidi St. John – The Busy Mom

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And others like Liz Curtis Higgs, Elisa Morgan – CEO of MOPS, Sally Clarkson, Chrystal Hurst, Rachael Myers & Amanda Smith of She Reads Truth, Pam Ferrell who I really enjoyed – she’s the author of Men are Like Waffles, Women are Like Spaghetti and 40 more books, Margaret Feinberg, Lisa Harper, Patsy Clairmont, Susie Larson,  Cindy Bultema, Lore Ferguson, Jessica Thompson, Elyse Fitzpatrick and many more I’m forgetting. (I’m a little delirious from lack of sleep. Lol!)

So I am filled up, inspired and so very blessed and can’t wait to get back home to my family!

But I will remain on a blogging break a wee bit longer.

Until then, visit me today over at the Better Mom where we are discussing when you feel judged by other Christians.

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Walk with the King!
 

I’ll Be Back Mid-August…

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It’s time for me to take a little blogging break while I work on a new writing project! I can’t wait to share it with you all! I just love the the topic and can’t wait to have a little extra time to spend on it.

While I’m away, here’s some links to things that might interest you:

The Women Living Well Webcasts from last summer – {Seven 45 minute sessions featuring some of my favorite bloggers} – all posted over at WomenLivingWell.tv!

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Join Darlene over at TimeWarpWife.com for the second half of the Women Living Well Book Club happening until the end of July.

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And if you don’t have the book, Women Living Well: Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids and Your Home, yet it is available in most book stores or on Amazon here*.

I’ll see you all mid-August!

Walk with the King!
Courtney

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Happy 4th of July!

Our  puppy is ready to celebrate the 4th of July!!!!  (a puppy update is coming very soon ;) )

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Our house is almost set for a huge family shin dig and today we’ll be making our annual Dirt Cake (recipe found here) which we always gobble up fast on the 4th of July.

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So while I’m preparing for our party – here’s some links from Week 1 of the Women Living Well book club that is happening over at TimeWarpWife.com.

Monday’s post – What Voice Are You Listening Too?

Tuesday’s post – But Did I Share the Gospel?

Wednesday’s post – How to Unhurry Yourself. Unwind.

Thursday’s post – Because You Are {His}

Friday’s post – The Forgotten Discipline of Meditation

Have a wonderful 4th of July with your family!!!!

Walk with the King,

Courtney