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Will You Pray For Me and My Family?

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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 my 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.

Friends, I would have bet my right arm this would never happen.  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 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 – 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)

778 Comments

  1. You are so loved Courtney. By God, and by me. We are praying you all through -and praying for Keith to be restored, first to God,and then to his family.

    1. Prayers for you and your family….Praying for restoration and healing…
      Thank you for sharing may God bless you and your family.

        1. Thank you for sharing this news. My heart aches for you and your family. I will certainly pray for healing.
          Please continue your blog it has been a most significant in learning God’s word. Your writing is a gift and blessing to many.

    2. Amen. Praying for you sister. I’m so sorry. I have gone through this myself and Yes, God is so faithful. Keep your eyes on Him no matter what. Praying for you and your family. ((Hugs))

      1. Praying for you and your family! The fact that you were able to share shows great courage! Always remember you are not alone! Your family in Christ is here and will be praying for you! God bless you and keep using you in the name of Jesus!

        We love you Courtney!

        1. Courtney, I love your blog, Bible studies and heart. I’ve been following you for a while now and I feel the devastation in your writing. I cannot imagine what your head and heart are feeling, but as I think of you I will pray! God be with you and your kids! You’re in my prayers as you go through this devastating time!! In HIS love! (((Hugs))).

    3. Oh, Courtney-I am SO moved and sorry for you and your precious kids! Thank You for your honesty with your readers because my husband is absent to us although we are still married. Your walk will inspire me to be faithful like you despite sacred covenants being broken. I feel for your family and will remember you in my daily prayers! You are beautiful inside and out and I am sorry the Devil got to your husband but this is not your fault! God will Provide-Hugs, Love and support, Jackie

      1. Courtney, I will indeed pray for you and your family. I pray that God’s will will be done in your life. I pray that through everything that you are dealing with and have dealt with, that you will gain God’s wisdom and understanding. God says: “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” I pray that God will give you his wisdom because it is the principle thing, but He has said out of all of thy getting, get understanding (his understanding). My prayer is that you will understand why such things may have happened in your life and from it learn, grow, and make decisions that will now and in the future produce the life that God desires for you to have, one that will truly influence and encourage other women. I just want to say I love you and will continue to pray for you and your family. There is so much more that I would like to share, but due to your situation, I would much rather respect your privacy and you as a sister in Christ. Know that you are loved, especially by God himself. Always remember, that greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. My heart grieves for you at this moment because I know this is a difficult time for you, but there is so much more truth that God desires to show you about your life that may hurt in the beginning, but in the end, it will produce fruit that will remain. Stay blessed and I will pray for you and your family (as well as Keith).

    4. Walk with the King!

      He will take all your worries from you. Keep strong and in Him.

      I pray for you and your children.

      Since 2009, coming back here from living in Germany, your study has helped every morning, during my quiet time.

      You will come through this. He has a plan. Love to you my sister. Don’t fall but pick yourself up. Your children need you!!!

      Hugs!

    5. Praying for u and ur family with my sisters in Christ … Eyes on Jesus… Holy Spirit fill Courtney with more of You … Father, hold her close – cover her with ur protective wings…

    6. Praying for you and your family. Keep your strong faith. Thank you for sharing your story with us. You are an inspiration!

    7. I’ve just discovered you – very similar situation – you are helping so many more than you can imagine by sharing your heart wrenching reality. Please stay on course and know that you are being prayed for by so many others. The little light you are trying to keep shining is shining so brightly now to all. Prayers from Colorado.

    8. Courtney,
      You are prayed up girl! Stay strong and focused on God and on your children. God has Keith and when all is said and done, this will be a powerful testimony for you and him that will help so many others. Continue to walk in His light through the darkness, continue to praise through the pain, for you will come to have laughter, joy, and peace again.

    9. My prayers are with you and your family. God is great and will never leave you, always has his arms wrapped around you and your family.

    10. Oh Darlin’ Girl!! I know you’ve been living this nightmare for a year and am astonished how you were able to carry on in your ministry to us. Please know that thousands of prayers are going up on your behalf. I’m so glad God has blessed you with a good counselor because what you have gone/are going through is more traumatic than experiencing a death. I’m praying for God’s amazing protection and healing for you and your children.

    11. The song “Thy Will” by Hillary Scott keeps coming to mind. Praying for you and your family from Tennessee! Thank you for your ministry.

    12. Praying for you in GA. In the midst of the storm He will cover you. You are safe in His arms and deeply loved, a daughter of the King, and a shining light for truth. I will hold you and your family to the throne of God in prayer. Praying for peace, wisdom, healing and strength!

    13. I want to encourage you with my story. My husband & I were married 17 years when we divorced. I was certain God had brought him in my life & also certain that we would never get back the gift God had given us in each other. All of the details are irrelevant, as it doesn’t matter what takes a marriage to this place. My husband remarried about a year after our divorce. I had one relationship but it didn’t lead to marriage. My husband had remarried too soon & his new marriage ended in divorce around the time our teenage son was in crisis. Our love for him put us back in regular contact. We had been divorced 5 years and had little contact with each other. The short story is that God used that event with my son to bring us back together after we both had grown & learned some valuable lessons. We have been remarried 12 years & our marriage is stronger than it ever was. We know how easily it can slip away if we don’t intentionally value it and each other. God used this to give us the gift of knowing that the freedom to choose would lead us back to each other. Man creates marriage licenses and divorce decrees. God creates heart bonds. We both kept moving forward through this time apart. My suggestion is to wake up each day and move forward. Focus on your new life and where God takes you. It may take some time, but He may take you back to each other after you each have learned some lessons that will make you both better people and better spouses. My heart hurts for how I know you feel at this place in your life. I will be praying for you all.

    14. I will definitely include you and your family in my prayers. Any son/daughter of God is a sure target for the enemy. None of us are except from being targeted by the devil. Don’t give up. God always has a purpose for us… Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose… God is with you even through the storm. Just don’t let go of God’s hand. I will pray that you may remain strong for your kids and love, listen and enjoy them daily, which I’m sure you already do. Keep up your good will. The devil strikes where it hurts the most and wants the world to see it. But God is not finished, the victory and calm will come. Love you sincerely. Don’t give up. God always pays well. Let’s stick with God, no matter the situation. God bless you always. Prayers.

    15. The same thing happened to me about two years ago after 20 years of marriage. The devil got a hold of my husband in desguise as another women. We are now divorced and he lives in sin with her and her kids. My kids and I still pray for his soul.
      It will get better and time does heal. Stay strong!
      Erika in CA

    16. Courtney I understand the ache in your heart and your pain because I too have been there. I’m praying for you and your family! May God restore the years the locust have eaten! I have grown to love you in Christ and I’m so thankful for faithfulness. Thank you also for your transparency! Many prayers for you!

    17. Dear Courtney, oh sweet Sister, I went through this season about 9 years ago. My experiences have become even my mentoring tool and ministry call for so many others (unfortunately). A very wise woman once told me, “God will reveal to you what he wants you to know”. And He did, just when i needed it. Also another thing that helped me, Isaiah 43: 18-21. Don’t look back or ponder the things of the past. For I am doing something new, can’t you see it? It will spring forth. I will make a road through the wilderness and a river through the desert and even the fowls in the air will know that I am Lord. It was so hard for me because I didn’t want to move on, I loved my life and being married and just the way we use to be. But, because of others choices sometimes we have to. God does have plans for you just as he did for me. I have so many experiences since my divorce I could share but not enough space on here. God is in the restoration business. All things are possible. Don’t give up on God or yourself. And don’t make this experience define you. You are amazing and will conquer the world and all God has for you. God bless Sister in Christ!

    18. I’m joining prayers for Courtney & Keith. I’m not familiar with this ministry as this is the first blog entry I’ve read. I wanted to share that God can do amazing things. This story reminded me of my cousin. Her HS sweetheart, whom she married after college, left and divorced her. They had no children, but she discovered she was pregnant with his child a month after he’d left. Even with the new found pregnancy, divorce was pursued and finalized. She gave birth to a healthy, beautiful baby boy, and raised him as a single mom. Around his second birthday, his dad returned, and my cousin remarried her ex husband. It’s truly amazing the restoration God brought to their family. I know it can be done, because I’ve seen and heard tale of it. Our God is mighty. … sometimes our circumstances don’t change, but God can bring change within His children despite the storm raging around on the outside. God bless you Courtney. Cast all your cares on God because He cares for you. He’s showed His love for you in dying on the cross for your sins before you ever even knew Him. He is close to the broken hearted and He saves those who are crushed in Spirit. He’s a God of detail, collecting each of our tears in His bottle and singing over us. We can do all things in Christ’s strength. We have nothing to fear. Be still, know He is God, and rest, sweet sister. More prayers are coming your way. He’s led me here to pray for you tonight. God bless you.

    19. Prayers for you so much during your grief and shock. Especially at Christmas, God will hold you in the palm of his hand and he will give you peace, joy and love. I’m sure it’s so very hard to understand. I have been married only 3 years and I can only imagine how much longer would feel. I pray that you have strength, courage and immense love by your friends and family in your time of need!! God will provide all that you need, always.
      Jessica

    20. Courtney, I hear god tell me to say to you to just be faithful to his work and Trust God and lean not to your own understanding, but acknowledge him and he will direct your path. God is working on the other side of the mountain with Keith. The enemy attach on your marriage will not last. This situation was not surprise to God and he will destroy all that you have lost 7 times. Keith is loved and God is protecting him. After over 30 years the enemy attached my husband and my son, but God intervene cause the Victory belonged to him. We are all Gods children. Praise God you have so many people praying for you. He gave you this blog way before the storm hit because he knew just what you needed. Be Blessed

  2. My sister in christ!!!!! You are strong and a great mother and friend. You show that what the devil did is making you stronger. Trust in the lord . You helped me with prayer and you helped me to love the lord……even more. Please keep writing. You can make someone full with joy and love. You are a mom that cares for her babies and want the best for them. Please blog and speak his word. My mother was single mother, my father died from cancer. I knew that the lord is real because I had a strong mother and had a strong father. You are so blessed!!!!! Your mother showed you what a proverbs 31 woman is. I strongly you are one still (married or not) I think you will still provide the best for your kids and to make your life the best and full of jesus and joy…..Please remember that you are loved and full of the joy and the heart the lord has given to you!!! I am proud to say that I am OCD about reading the bible (as a 24 year old) can be because of you!!!Please keep your head up!! I am crying with you…as I type. God bless!!!

      1. Praying for you and your family . Praying that the lord with strengthen you and comfort you .
        I have really developed the passion for the word by reading your blog . May the lord bless you abundantly ❤️

        1. I never even tried to read the Bible before Courtney. You have changed my life and my family’s life. Praying for a miracle for you. You are loved!!!

  3. Thank you for sharing! I know God will use your testimony to bless many. Will pray for you, Keith and your kids.Keep walking with the King!

  4. Praying for you and your family, Courtney. God will BLESS your faithfulness to Him, your family and most especially your husband during this unrelenting trial. No matter the outcome, you are showing your children and those who follow you what true, biblical wifehood looks like, walked out in the most difficult circumstances. My heart is with you!

  5. Oh Courtney. This is what I feared it would be when you said you would be posting a personal update soon. Thank you so much for being open and sharing, for your transparency. Thank you for being a witness of God’s faithfulness during a trial. I pray that you would have strength as you brave this new single mom route. Thank you for continuing to be an example of a God-fearing woman- a role model for your children and for so so many women online. May the Lord bless you and keep you and hold you close to him and provide peace to this situation. I pray that you would rest in the identity you’ve taught so many of us- not as wives but as daughters of the King. Love to you and your family.

    1. Well said. I told my husband last night about your announcement today and just how relatable you are in teaching God’s word. How passionate you are about it! You’re a blessing to me. I’m glad you’re seeking Christian counseling. I am to right now for dealing with the death of my mom last year and our sometimes complicated relationship as well as general life stuff such as parenting. You’re not alone. I’m so glad you have wonderful family surrounding you. Sending prayers and love your way.

  6. You’ve been such an encouragement to me over the years. I’m so sorry that you’ve been going through this. I will be praying for your family especially Keith.

  7. You will all be in my prayers. I very much understand your pain and struggles. My husband left me and my kids about 7 years ago. It was the most painful thing I could ever imagine and I didn’t know how we would ever get through it, but God is so good and has helped us each and every day. The first couple of years were very tough, but we are so happy and peaceful now. I am so very sorry that you’ve had this happen to you. I will keep you in my prayers. Love and hugs to all of you.

  8. I wish I could do more….I don’t know you, but I feel like I know you…. I will be praying for you and your whole family! I know it’s not much but if you need just someone to blab too, I’m only 400miles away or just an email away.

    Stay strong, Courtney!

  9. So sorry to hear about this extremely difficult time. Thank you for the way you carefully shared this with us and for your obvious concern for your family and ex. God bless you. Continue doing what youve been called to do and TRUST and dont lose HOPE.

  10. Courtney, I have been so blessed through your ministry. It makes me sad that you are having to go through this, but so thankful you have your faith to help you. May you always know that God is with you.

  11. I love you so much Courtney. We are standing in the gap holding you and your family up in prayer. I wish we didn’t live so far apart. Hugs from afar. <3

  12. Thank you for sharing and being vulnerable to open up. God is always with you, He will never leave you or forsake you. Your whole family is in our prayers.

    Romans 8:26-27 (ESV)

    26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because[a] the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

  13. Dear sister in Jesus,
    I am so sad for your pain and devastation. But the God who is Sovereign is Lord of it all. You are first the daughter of the King of kings, worthy to sit in heavenly places as His Word says. His commandment is to love and with that commandment in mind you are covered with that perfect love that heals and cares and nourishes and strengthens. You and your family are on my prayer list. The pain you suffer, He is in with you. He never leaves.
    You are loved and thank you for being vulnerable but looking through the eyes of my Jesus I see the path He has for you is beyond your own thoughts. He will lead and you will see His glory manifest in your continual obedience to Him. Hugs dear one.

  14. I’m so sorry to hear of the trial you are going through. I will definitely pray for you, your children, and Keith. Praying God will convict and restore Keith as he comforts and brings healing to you and your children. God has blessed me and encouraged me through your writings and I want you to know God is using you and loves you. Psalm 34:18 “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”

  15. Courtney, I have followed your blog for quite a few years and haven’t ever commented. Your posts have always been a source of encouragement and enlightenment to me. I am so very sorry that your family has been going though such a difficult time. I am amazed how you have kept writing and glorifying God through this! He is a good good Father. May He continue to strengthen you and guide you. Remember, “All things work together for good to them that love the Lord.” When I see one of your post I will pray that God will bless you with whatever it is you(and your children) are needing at that moment and that you will experience His joy when you need it most.

  16. Beautiful Courtney, I have followed your blog and your life testimony since the ‘lady in the bath’ days ???? You have always been such an encouragement to me and my walk with our Saviour. Thank you for sharing your heart and your struggles. One of the great joys of being part of a body is being able to carry one another in prayer! Know that I (and many others), will be praying for you and your gorgeous children and for Keith. Keep strong in your joy for the Lord and remember you are so very loved all over the world???? Your sister-in-Christ, Sharon

  17. So very, very sorry! I can relate to your story to a certain extent. Take a moment to listen to the song “We Dance” by Bethel Music on YouTube. I think it will bless you. Praying for you.

  18. Prayers for you sweet friend as you navigate these turbulent waters. God is faithful and will heal your wounds in time. Don’t give up being the Godly woman I know are. ((HUGS))

  19. Dear Courtney, my heart breaks for you. Sending love and prayers for all of you. God bless you all and give you his peace and hope.
    Much love fron your sister in Christ

  20. I will pray for your family. My girls and I have gone through the same situation this year. My husband had many struggles which included drug addiction. I found a website rejoice marriage ministry and I zipped my lips and prayed to God. We went many months not hearing from him. What I didn’t realize was that God was convicting him of his sin and my husband couldn’t find peace or run from God any longer. He returned home 2 months ago. I do not know how your final story will end but I can promise you that you will not regret showing your children what forgiveness and unconditional love is toward their father. God did not leave us and showed us so many blessings during our season of being without our husband/father. Praying for all of you.

    1. Dear Kristin –

      I love hearing your story of reconciliation! PTL! Rejoice Ministries has been a huge encouragement to me during this time. I print their morning emails and keep them in a binder and pray over them. The scripture there is just so good and the encouragement has been just what I need to keep going.

      Thank you for sharing your story.
      Lots of Love,
      Courtney

      1. I thought I left you a message last night, and didn’t see after I posted, but I am so blessed to see others that are encouraged by rejoice ministries, I will be praying for you, your husband and family. Every study that I have done thru you has also helped to see my situation and the movement of the Lord in all that has happened. Blessings to you in this very hard season, Proverbs 3:4-5…

      2. Yes & Amen. My family is a testamnet to God’s Amazing restoration. I held on, no matter how crazy people said I was, no matter how long it had been. (It ended up being 5 years for us…) Rejoice marriage ministry was so much help to me! I thank God for them! I determined in my heart that I would never be the one to wake up one morning and tell my children this would be the day I’d give up on God to restore our family. Maybe He “won’t”, BUT oh! He CAN!! God was so sweet to me during my trial. I learned do much about Him that I would never take it all back. Courtney, just PRAISE Him because He can!! At any second, He can change your storm, I know, because He did for me. We are now 3 years restored. Praise God, our life is so much sweeter than I ever thought it could be, simply because God told me to let Him write our story. Phillipians 4:8 and Eph 4:32 were written on basically every breath I took. They guided me in every situation that came my way, gave me something to “do” and focus on when things felt out of my control. HE CAN! Love & prayers to your family, all of you. The devil can’t have your marriage! (I remember actually placing a devastating letter I received directly on the altar at church and crying out to God like Hezakiah. He hears!)

      3. I too am a testament to the power of Christ and his sweet ability to restore what Satan tried to steal. My husband has been restored and redeemed for 5 years this month. Praise the Lord. I give Him alone the glory. Ours is not a perfect marriage, but it is a Redeemed one. I am praying for you and yours.

      4. Me and my husband have been separated for 3 years, I gave up on my marriage because I was not in Christ like I should have been, I was fighting a spiritual battle with flesh. Although I have gained a closer relationship with God off and on, it was not until I saw “The War Room” that I realized I could or should even pray for my marriage. I avoided seeing that movie many times, thinking it was another church movie, the day I decided to watch it, I watched it 3 times and since have watched it numerous more times. I realized I was too afraid to request restoration because of what my carnal eyes saw. That day I decided to fight for my marriage. I started out praying here and there and I also found rejoice marriage ministries and Im committed to being a stander. I realized that praying only when I felt like it was not an option. I make it a point to wake up extra early and lay on my face before God. I don’t obsess over restoration like I did when I first started, because I have seeked God, he has given me peace and I know he is working. I watched the war room again yesterday with a friend and googled some war room ideas and came across your site, I loved the look of the site as well as the content that is so heartfelt, I clicked around and found this article. Im praying for you and your family. Restoration. I also found a lovely couple on youtube who have a channel called BTG movement. Their story is so inspiring. Youll find much encouragement on that channel. Thank you so much for sharing and I am praying for you along with so many others who are standing for their marriage. Some people, as I did, don’t even realize you have the god given right as a wife or husband to stand for restoration. You do. Stand. Pray. Let his will be done.

    2. Your story sounds similar to what I am going through now-with the exception of 2 things. My husband is still in our home and I can not seem to zip my lips. I am so angry that he is choosing his addiction over our marriage and I can NOT believe that he would continue to do these things to himself even though his life is crumbling around him. I am really seeking the Lord….I am trying so hard to just lay this all at His feet and let Him do whatever needs to be done. I prayed yesterday and told the Lord that I do not know how to do this. I am so angry and I know that is not right. Please pray for me but more so pray for him. I know God is the only One who can help him. I know my anger is only making everything worse. I am just plain devastated and I do not know what in the world to do…..We have been going through this for about 2.5 years in one form or another. I think the most devastating thing is the lying. The pain med addiction is hard to deal with but the lying is even worse. Even if he stopped I don’t know that I would believe him. He can’t keep a job. He still goes to church every service and pretends that everything is fine. I just really don’t know what to do and I am earnestly pleading with the Lord to show me. Maybe your blog is the first step of the light to the path I should be on. I’m am so confused and I know that, for sure, is the enemy. Even through it all….I can still say….God has been Faithful. He has been right beside me every step of the way. I was touched by the fact that you say your husband was convicted even though you did not know that was happening. I have been at the point of not wanting to pray another prayer about this but God nudged me to keep praying….and so I did. Please pray that God will help me lay myself aside and just be obedient to Him….in word and in deed. I love my husband….even now….and I do not want the enemy to destroy my marriage. I ask that you pray for me and I will be praying for both of you.

      1. Courtney,
        My heart is broken for you. I have never commented before but have been a long time follower. I will most definitely pray for you and your family.

        I am currently in a similar situation. 9 months ago my husband asked for a divorce. I also have biblical grounds for divorce. As one of the commentors above stated, I am actually better not being married to him for various reasons. We share custody of our children and it is not always pretty. I had to be the one to move out as I could not afford our home. There are so many things that aren’t “fair” and that have me very scared. But I cling to God and the fact that he has always been there for me. He walked me through the death of our son and is beside me now (when I am open to him). This process is long and ugly and horrible. I am so sorry you have had to face this as well. May God continue to carry you

  21. Courtney,
    You are an encourager. It is part of who you are. Thank you for the leadership you have given to countless women. Please stay strong and keep doing what you do. I will be praying for you as you walk this new path with God leading you.

    1. Writing about true life is what your calling likely has been all along. This unfortunately can and is real life for you, and countless people across the world. Statistically about 50% of marriages end this way. There are people whose very lives may be changed or even saved by reading thru painful struggles with positive mentality, Christ focus and a better than “average” outcome. We don’t know until the end how each of our lives impact another’s, but will one day. 🙂

  22. My heart breaks for you and your children. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I love your blog…it’s helping me read through the Bible and I am thankful for your ministry.

  23. Courtney-my heart aches for you and your two sweet children. Your ministry has meant more to me than words can express. I am so sorry you are going through this. Please know you are being heavily covered in prayer.

  24. Courtney,
    Yes, continued prayers for you all! Even with this post you set an extraordinary example how to stay strong in Your faith and your belief in God. I so admire you for all you have done for us and will continue to do for us. Prayers girlfriend! You know we are here for you. God’s plans always work. Give it time. ???? And keep walking with the King!

  25. Praying for you as you continue to walk this path. Over the years of reading your blog I have kept coming back because your genuineness has been very apparent to me. As an adult who has gone through what your children are going through I will make them a special place on my prayer list. Thank you for writing what God has put on your heart.

  26. Oh Courtney. Praying so hard for you. My family too was tossed and torn apart. But God can heal, restore and build a family even more beautiful than before. You are held in His hand, and in all of our hearts.

  27. Your bravery is an inspiration! I am in the midst of a similar storm, and can feel every ounce of the pain right along with you. Please know that I am praying for fervently for your entire family!

  28. My heart aches tonight in seeing this post. I am grieved and am so very sorry, sweet sister. I commit to praying for you and your family during this time, and I know women from all over the world are doing the same.

  29. I am praying for you also, Courtney. As a 60 year old woman, you have meant so much to me and helped me “read through the Bible, one chapter a day”. I cried reading this blog. You do so much for so many of us women to stay in God’s word. Take all the time you need, God be with you. All my love.

  30. Oh Courtney, I’m am so so sorry that you are going through this. I have been where you are. I have felt the incredible pain that you feel. My heart breaks for you and your children. Let God continue to be your comfort and strength. He will hold you together even as you feel as though you could fall apart. He will do more than you can ever ask or imagine. I will be praying for you, your children and your ex-husband.

  31. How my heart breaks for you!!!! I’m so very sorry! How very brave and bold you have been going forward with your ministry while in the midst of this trial. I feel comforted in knowing how strongly you are anchored in Christ and I know that he will see you through. But I also know this doesn’t erase the hurt you are feeling.

    So, yes I will pray for you and am sending you much love. ????

  32. I am walking through the same storm though I am without children or any other family. I constantly blame myself and wonder what I have done wrong. I feel unloveable and deceived. I try to not be angry at God and I have pleaded for my man to come back to me. I have pleaded God and I have pleaded him. Thank you for sharing your story. I know how hard it must have been but if it is any consolation- your story brought me comfort and lifted some of the weight put on my shoulders from the enemy… that I must have done something wrong and this could have only happened to me. I hate that this happened to you. I do. I don’t wish my trial on anyone. But knowing I wasn’t alone brought me comfort. God bless you and I will be praying for your family.

  33. I know you’re pain. It’s hard. It’s lonely. It’s dark. But God……The book of Isaiah brought much comfort. Prayers for you. God will turn you into another lady and she will amaze you. Trust me….I know.

  34. I’m sitting here crying my eyes out for you and your children. Even though I don’t know you, I feel like I do. Thank you for being such a great example of a proverbs 31 woman. I will be praying for you all. ~the God of the mountain is still God in the valley ~
    Melissa

  35. Courtney, I am in tears to hear this, you are someone I look up to and I have been following you for years. I will pray for you and your family. You are also scaring me because my husband runs a ministry.. and I know Satan would love to see us divorced. I will pray more for my marriage and husband. I am sorry. You are a lovely, dear , sister in Christ. Thanks for continuing for us. xoxo

  36. Praying the pit in your stomach dissolves, the sleepless nights become restful nights, the hurt and pain are replaced with laughter and joy… praying for you and your family.

  37. I have been where you are, dear one, and though no divorce circumstance is identical, I know this is not a journey you ever thought you would take. My now 16 year old son and I would both tell you and your sweet babies that clinging to Jesus – even when it’s hard to do so – will be the difference in your story to come. There is beauty from ashes, sweet sister. I know that’s so hard to see right now, but His love never fails. Thanks for sharing your story. I feel like this is epidemic in our generation and there are many women who will benefit from hearing your testimony through this hard time. Hugs and prayers. ????

  38. My prayers and heart are with you and your family. You did not have to share what has been happening in your life, but I admire and respect you for sharing and doing it in such a Christ-like way. I’m sure that there are many women who can benefit from your way of handling this situation. You have modeled grace and love, and I pray that through all your pain, you see God’s higher purpose. God will use this in a mighty way. I will pray for you and your children to heal, and will pray for you Keith too. Don’t ever forget that our King is always with us…..keep walking with our King!

  39. Dearest Courtney,
    My heart breaks for you, your kids and your husband! I will be praying for the entire family. I am grateful that God has encouraged and given you strength to continue blogging. You have touched ny heart so many times through your posts! Although I am saddened by what is happening to your family I know that our Father is faithful and will continue to give you the strength needed for each day!

  40. Courtney my husband and I are praying for you. So sorry we both have been through this and God helped us be stronger. You are blessed

  41. Thank you for sharing and pouring out your heart!! Prayers to you, Keith, and your family!! Never an easy thing to go through, but as you know….God is with you ALWAYS!! And it sounds like you have great support from a lot of people ???? Hang in there! God Loves You and So Do I ????

  42. Courtney, I am heartbroken for you, to hear this news. Know you are covered in prayer. I will especially pray for your children. I know this pain they are going through and how hard it will be for them. But, you are an amazing mom, and a role model for them. The Lord is holding you all in his arms.

  43. I am sending you much love. I cried while reading your blog update, knowing how hard you worked to help other women get closer to God. You helped so many women. I am so sad, sending you many hugs and will keep you in my prayers.

  44. I am so sorry this has happened to you and your family. As a wife of an alcoholic, I understand the pain that can be inflicted by others choices.
    You are a beautiful example of God’s grace. You let your light shine when you were in your darkest days and because of that, I was encouraged in some of my darkest days. I will lift you and your precious family up to the One who can bring beauty out of ashes. Because He lives! Love and prayers, Angie

  45. Dear Courtney … I am so very sorry.

    May the Spirit wrap you in comfort and peace in the midst of the storm. May your family and your world-wide community give you hope. May your writing be a sweet consolation.

    Praying even as we speak …

  46. I’m praying for you. Although we’ve never met I feel I know you. I feel that even more now. Your book, blog, and bible studies have changed my life and my family’s lives. Don’t give up hope. God is so powerful and he loves you so much. He can change any situation. I pray for you, your children, and Keith. May God heal all of you.

  47. Praying for you and your family. I’m so thankful for you. God has used your studies in my life and the lives of my friends. I am grateful that you are continuing to write. Thank you for sharing this trial with us.

  48. I am so sorry to read this. My heart breaks for you and your kids. You are a reflection of God by how you are holding your head up and even keeping the respect for your ex, even though he has put you and the kids in such pain. What came to mind as I read this was a study I did with Beth Moore, the devil will attach God’s people and families the closer we get to the end times. I will pray for your family. God knows your pain and struggle. Non of us are perfect so don’t allow blame and fault or guilt to live in your mind. God knows! A group of about 15 ladies, friends, meet weekly and we use your blog and writing, videos, as a source as we read through the bible. Don’t allow the devil to take this gift and ministry from you. God bless! Lean on Him! Even through this you will be witnessing to others. God sees and knows all!

  49. Mighty women of GOD I am praying. Your blog has walked me through so many difficult seasons of my life. Thank you for being faithful to the call on your life.

    Abba father, please hold your daughter. God give her peace. God give her strength. Meet every need. Lord, hold her children in the palm of your hand.

    In JESUS CHRIST mighty name
    Amen

  50. Oh, sweet Courtney, I am so very sorry. I know your pain intimately, as I have been in the middle of the same thing. It is horrendous pain. My heart breaks for you and your children. Many prayers and much love to your family.

  51. I am so sorry. I have been following your blog for many years. I was really hoping this was not the trial you were facing!! Lots of love and prayers.

  52. Praying for you and your family. I am truly sorry you are walking through this storm. Your ministry is so special to so many, including many ladies in Picayune, MS. Love you, sister in Christ. Appreciate you!

  53. My heart aches for you and your family. You have been a tremendous blessing to me and I pray that God will work mightily in your life.

  54. So sorry to read this. Please know that even though we’ve never met, I’m here for you. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Keep writing, love your book!

  55. Sorrow and turmoil are Satan’s tools. Today i lift you 4 to him to touch each of you in a way that you all have never been touched. Even the lust sheep Gid searches out to bring him back to the flock. Believing!!!

  56. I am sorry to hear about this news. You have helped support all of us in our journey and we support you now. Your prayer warriors are sending love and healing your way. You and I live in the same city..whenever I need to feel refreshed in the word, I head to P Graham Dunn. It’s a very peaceful place.

  57. Praying you and your testimony are used in a way to continue to glorify God.

    Your blog is what pulled me back into the Bible 2 years ago. Thank you for all that you’ve shared and written!

  58. I am reading this with tears, am so sorry you are going through this. Your ministry has been a great blessing to me. . Only God can carry you and your family through this storm.Praying for peace, strength and complete restoration. Love and Hugs

  59. I am praying for you and your family. You have been a source of strength and comfort. I only pray I could be that for you.

  60. I pray you and your family feel the peace of Christ at this time of loss. You are going through a grieving process. May you feel His loving arms hug you and give you comfort.

  61. I am so sorry you and your family had to go through this. I understand the hurt, the betrayal, the tears, the fears, the confusion…all of it. I’m feeling sick that the enemy did this again to another family. I am where you arrived. But let me asure you, you are not alone. Your heavenly Father sees you and loves you. His gift to you is HOPE. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for surviving. And you will not only survive but you will continue to Thrive. Because God has a plan. Will things be different? Certainly. But thats not a bad thing. I didn’t choose this path, and if I had the opportunity to turn back time, I would. But on this journey, I’ve discovered that God IS Really Looking After Me. I’ve seen the inside of my heart. And I didn’t like what I saw. So the journey has been about surrender, forgiveness and trusting God with every part of my life. It’s been about learning to listen for His voice amidst all the other voices clammouring for my attention. It’s been six years since the the initial
    land mine blew up my family. There is still evidence of debris, but God is slowly at my pace restoring the pieces. It takes courage, it takes faith, and some days it even takes walking blindly into unknown territory just to see God’s plan for our lives. But He does have a good plan. One day during my devotion time God whispered “There are miracles in the waiting”. I have held on to that. While I’ve been waiting for my heart to trust again, while I’ve been waiting to cross over this desert place, there have been many miracles. There is a journey within the journey. I can’t tell you all the places Ive been around the globe, or the people Ive met, or the testinonies of God’s faithfulness Ive discovered, or the joy that came in the morning, because it would take forever. But trust me…the journey is scarey, but even more so…wonderful. Because God is wonderful, loving, patient, good, trustworthy, faithful, and a good good husband besides being a good good father. Keep writing dear friend, keep sharing and keep going. Enjoy the journey within the journey. And write about the miracles. Because there will be many. ❤️

    1. I thought I left you a message last night, and didn’t see after I posted, but I am so blessed to see others that are encouraged by rejoice ministries, I will be praying for you, your husband and family. Every study that I have done thru you has also helped to see my situation and the movement of the Lord in all that has happened. Blessings to you in this very hard season, Proverbs 3:4-5…

  62. I feel exactly and know. My husband left and it was the longest 2.5 years. But I let go and let God work on me and heal me. I prayed everyday and I stumbled and fell during that time but God restored us. After 2.5 years, he wanted to come home. I believe God is able. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. I love you and thank you for sharing. Even after he has been home for 3 years, I am slowly seeing God work in his life the way I never thought I would see. My prayers for you and your family, I stood on his word, Genesis 50:20-21 KJV
    [20] But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. [21] Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them. …
    what was meant for evil, God will make good. We also signed divorce papers, but we are renewing our vows on the day he walked out 1-15-2017, 6 years later. Taking that day back that was stolen from us. Take it back sister! Take back what was stolen from you! In Jesus name.

    1. How wonderful God is creating a new path for you to grow yourself and to become the vessel He wants you to be! It is not a loss it is a fresh beginning, Keith is still alive and well he just choose to take a different path! So you will too, don’t be afraid, nor paint a pitiful picture of your life because a man left…he left your still alive and vibrant, go out there and forge a life for yourself and children filled with love, forgiveness, humbleness…God’s mercy is enough!!! Mourn your loss for a minute and then don’t let anyone steal your joy!!! Date, Date, Date and date some more find out what you really want in a man and show your daughter and son how to conduct themselves while dating….what a great opportunity to show God’s mercy and grace and blame no one for a change of the season, but continue to Praise God for all the goodness he is bringing into your life….change your thought and you will change your life….don’t play victim…rise up and go forth with boldness!!!! Open yourself up to all kinds of possibilities. Change the holiday season by going on vacation somewhere unexpected, don’t allow yourself to wallow in the emptiness, sell your house, move to a smaller house it will simplify your life. Be open to change! God is always changing yet constant with his grace, love and mercy!!! You are loved and Keith is loved too!!! Your children will be ok if they see you moving forward with passion for life…God is non-judgmental it is religion that is judgmental …

  63. Courtney,

    You are always in my prayers. I thank God for you often. Through you, God saved my marriage. My husband and I were separated for two years. We were not officially divorced yet, but had gone through dissolution of property and had a very bitter and ugly custody battle. I never dreamed we would actually reconcile. But God led us back together. A few years later, my husbands drinking snuck back into our lives. I was ready to leave again. Just as things were getting very bad between us, God led me to your blog. I started with a Thanksgiving Day study just before the release of your book and your first study through your book, WLW. That book changed my approach to my marriage and my husband. God used that message to save our marriage. My husband is now coming up on two years sobriety. Our marriage is the strongest it has ever been. We will be celebrating our 28th anniversary this coming June.

    Yes, I will be praying for you, your family and your husband. I love you, even though I have never met you in person. You are very special in my life.

    Tonya

  64. Courtney, I’m so sorry for your pain. I felt the need to comment from the other side of the story. My husband and I started dating in 10th grade, dated 7 years, and have been married for almost 22. Without going into too much detail, I’ll just say that we have both made big mistakes but ultimately had a good marriage until 2015 took us through trials that neither of us could recover from. Either of us could declare fault on the other, but I am the one who is leaving. I don’t know your husband’s story, but I do know mine. I just want to tell you to please understand that people don’t go looking for heartache. Whatever your husband’s reasons are, they are personal to him, and no one will ever be able to understand them because they haven’t walked in his shoes and felt his heart. I’m not making excuses for him; I’m just hoping that people will understand that mistakes don’t make a person bad. They just prove our humanity and our need for a savior. I’m sure you are both experiencing great pain, but sometimes the pain is necessary for our growth. “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger?” We shall see…

  65. Courtney, I have read your blog from time to time, its always been an inspiration. As I read this one, tears welled up, as I feel the hurt, the pain, anguish that you have experienced.
    I want to encourage you today, that Jesus is able to heal any broken heart, any broken pieces or areas in your life.
    I pray ernestly that there will be healing for both you & your family, that every bitter feelings or hurt will be removed.
    I pray for a fresh anointing upon your life so that you will continue to persue your writing passion. May others be strengthen with God using you as an example & a vessel of His love & truth.
    Hugs my Sister in Christ.
    Maggie from Trinidad & Tobago

  66. Courtney, Thank you for sharing your heart. You are truly a blessing to so many, including me. You and your family are in my prayers. Thank you for being such an encouragement to me and all the women you touch. Your heart is so full of love for Christ Jesus, and He uses you in such mighty ways. I hope that somehow we may all be an encouragement to you in your time of need. I pray that God will bless you richly, and that the pain of this storm will pass quickly.

  67. You have been such a blessing to me and so many other women’s! Please continue to minister to those in need. We are all ” Women Living Well”. God bless you and your family ad my God also bless Keith.
    Love you Sis!

  68. Oh Courtney ???? I’m so very sad to hear this . I cannot imagine the devastation your heart and children have gone through . My thoughts and prayers are with each of you . When one door closes , God always opens a new door . Please know our heart hurts with yours . Continue to write … It’s what God has called you to do ❤️ Hugs my blogger friend

  69. Ohmysoul this breaks my heart for you and your kiddos!!!! I serioslt want to hug you so badly ((hugs))???????? Will definitely be prayimg for you as I think about you and your family.
    Also, can I thank you for, by God’s grace, speaking about your ex in such a respectful way? That surprises me but as a young, 20-something in the church who is SO critical of so much right now, the way you spoke screams of Godly example…. And I just want to thank you for that. For really living out your faith.
    Love you, big sis.

  70. Thank you for sharing your story even though you didn’t have to. My heart aches for you because I know the pain of divorce. God is with you always through the good and bad of life. He knows the plans He has for you…He will bring you through this storm of your life. We just started a new devotional, “The Broken Way” by Ann Voskamp in our ladies class…when I read your story just now it made me think of something she said in her first chapter “our bad brokenness is made whole by His good brokenness…maybe this broken way is making something new. He is making all things new.” Your faith is strong…He loves you and will bring you through. You have shared so much with all of us…you do what you need to to take care of you and your family. We are here if and when you need us. Thanks for all you do!

    Prayers for you and your family!

  71. Praying for you & your family. I understand the loneliness & the pain. My husband left me & our two kids for the second time back in May. I know how exhausting it is to put on the brave face for the kids. I am still in the eye of the storm with my husband. Spiritual warfare is real but God is sovereign. You have given me encouragement & spiritual strength through your blog for the past few years. I pray the Lord will provide the same for you. You are an amazing woman of Christ. You may feel alone but you are never alone. ❤️ Thank you for your ministry sister! Don’t ever give up on doing good!

  72. Yes, I will be praying for you, Courtney, and your children and Keith. I feel like I know you, although I do not. Amazing strength you’ve shown here. I’m so very sorry. The King does, however, walk with you every day.

  73. Ohmysoul this breaks my heart for you and your kiddos!!!! I serioslt want to hug you so badly ((hugs))???????? Will definitely be prayimg for you as I think about you and your family.
    Also, can I thank you for, by God’s grace, speaking about your ex in such a respectful way? That surprises me but as a young, 20-something in the church who is SO critical of so much right now, the way you spoke screams of Godly example…. And I just want to thank you for that. For really living out your faith.
    Love you, big sis.

  74. Dear Courtney, I’m praying that the Lord continues to comfort and strengthen you and your children. The thief must restore in Jesus’ name. Thank you for sharing your struggle and the song. You blessed me today and may you be abundantly blessed as well. Jesus is still on the throne!May His will be done.

  75. Thank you for sharing your heart with us and giving us the honor of praying with and for you. You have blessed so many through your blogs and studies. God is faithful and He is not finished.

  76. My Heart breaks for you. Yet, I know God put you in the lives of so many of us for a reason. I found you when I went through my divorce, you helped me through it without knowing me. I pray for you and your family through this time. There is life after divorce. May the Lord wrap his arms around you all.

  77. Oh Courtney, your post made me cry. This is every one of our worst fears and it breaks my heart that you’ve been living it. You bet we will be praying for you all and for Keith. I’m so terribly sorry. (—) that’s a big old hug from Oregon.

  78. Courtney I am still pretty new to your blog. I stumbled across it earlier this year. As I read this post my heart cried for you. I haven’t experienced divorce in my own marriage but I did as a child in our family, several times in fact. I’m sorry for the grief in your family right now. I can say I know how it feels and it breaks my heart for you, your teens and your husband. Thank you for continuing to be a source of encouragement even in this life change. Praying for peace and comfort for your family.

  79. Oh my heat is breaking for you. I have loved waking up to GMG for the last 6 years, and you’ve always been an inspiration to me as a mother, wife, homeschooler, and daughter of the King. I struggle to find any words that could touch your pain and make it somehow less. I will be praying for you, every day, that God brings joy to your hurts and shines ever brighter through the cracks that this trial has created in your life.

  80. Please Please Please !! Reach out to Rejoiceministries.org. My husband left 7 years ago….but God can restore!!
    Continue to love your husband UNCONDITIONALY!! STAND IN THE GAP for him and your COVENANT MARRIAGE!

  81. I love you Courtney. I am praying for you and your family. I would love to meet for coffee and pray with you when in Ohio for Thanksgiving, but I know that won’t actually happen, but know that an Oklahoma-born Arizona transplant via Canton, Ohio girl is praying for you in your vicinity during the holiday. I am praying now and will continue to do so. You are on my list of those I am thankful for.

    May you find unexpected blessings at every turn.

    Grace-dependent,
    Cindy Q

  82. Thank you so much for your transparency. You said what many of us could never put into words after suffering this pain!
    God bless.
    Love & prayers

  83. I’m so sorry to hear this news Courtney. I started reading your blog many years ago as a newlywed and you have been a huge encouragement and a mentor to me in so many ways even though we have never met. I will be praying for you and your family!

  84. Courtney, my prayers are with you and your children at this time, I pray the Lord would pour out His comfort upon all of you . Lyn xx

  85. Praying for strength, comfort, and guidance for you and your family at this time. May you find peace through God, His word, your family, friends, and online community. I’ve been through this as well and it does get better. Much love ????????????????

  86. I am so sorry you are going through this…about a year and a half ago my husband and I were almost divorced but I knew through much prompting from church family that I should try “again” I did and begged him to come home. He did with much reluctance and our marriage is very much a struggle to this day…he seems determined to be self destructive and this is harmful and difficult to watch for my children and I. I pray for him, but he sins against me often I asked the Lord how long do I have to put up with this? He reminded me that I need to forgive like the passage 7×77 and it is so hard. In some ways i wonder what would have become of the kids and I had I gone through with the divorce? I had no job and an injury that prevented me from working, plus I am a homeschooling Mom also. I had Christian counselors tell me to get divorced. I wanted to but I didn’t want to do it for selfish reasons. There is much heartache in life and I am so thankful for my children but know I should have not married him in the first place. I married who I wanted, not consulting the Lord. I reap what I sow, now all I can do is carry on. I am not putting any of this on you, in light of your situation. I am only sharing my story. I am thankful for your honesty, and will be praying for your family. <3

  87. Courtney,
    I normally don’t post, I’m more of a silent reader, but this post tore me up and brought me to tears. I know you don’t know me, but I feel as if we have become friends through the years. I weep with you as you weep. And yes, I will pray for you.

  88. I will pray for you and your family. We recently celebrated our 19th anniversary, but he plans to leave in order to change genders. Perhaps this is why we were not blessed with children. So pray for me too.

  89. Will be praying. Hold on the devil goes about like a roaring lion but God makes us stand .He has purposes for your pain and suffering in order maybe so you can more understand his suffering and be able to minister to even more people. We know all Gods ways are good ( behind a frowning proviedence he hides a smiling face ). Will continue to PRAY

  90. My heart cries for you, sweet friend. The grief that accompanies adultry, abandonent, and divorce is suffocating. It can smother your joy, your hope, and sometimes even your temporary sanity. Stay strong. We will stand with you in prayer for Keith. Your voice, your tears, they will be our voice, our tears.
    If you have a chance look in to Affair Recovery by Harboring Hope. My heart began to heal and grow in so many ways after I joined.
    Prayers and Blessings!
    Meagan

  91. My heart breaks for you, Courtney. I have followed your blog for about two years now and have loved every minute of it. My prayer for you is God’s restoration. It does not always come about in the way we would choose, but He will bring it. I am so encouraged by your love for Jesus and your bold stance on His word. The faith you have in Christ is displayed in your choice to take refuge in Him. Thank you for all you do on Women Living Well!

  92. Praying for you, your children and for Keith. I understand some of what you are going thru. My husband walked out, almost 7 years ago. Thankfully no children but it was hard moving forward. Since than I have grown closer to God and I’m thankful for your studies!

  93. I can’t imagine how you must be hurting and how difficult it must have been for you to keep writing for all of us while bearing such a terrible burden that you had to keep from writing about. I’m praying for you, your children, and your ex-husband and I sincerely hope that God uses this to draw you closer to Him and the truth in His Word

  94. Will definitely pray for you. Thank you for your writing. As you have been used by God and been a blessing to many, may we now pray for you through this difficult time.
    The Lord Bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

  95. I never comment, but I have loved your heart and the TRUTH you spread for Jesus. Praying for you and your family. I am so sorry, friend.

  96. Courtney, thank you for the honesty and opening your wounded heart, I am also single,(only by the world’s definition), but by God’s word I consider myself married, and standing for my marriage to be restored. I will be praying for you, your husband and family. I have received wonderful encouragement and been so blessed by the following website, many lonely days this Godly restored couple has lifted me up and helped to see exactly who is controlling the storm in my life, blessings to you and your family.
    Rejoiceministries.org

  97. The day you did the video and mentioned seeing a counselor, I just “knew.” It was how you said it and I’ve walked those same miles in my past and more. That very day I wrote your name in my prayer binder and have faithfully been praying for you and the situation. Hardest of days and deepest days of grief will end in much spiritual growth as you learn for yourself more of the character of God towards His children. I will continue to pray and I know even through this hurt and sorrow you WILL be victorious and you WILL give God glory through it when the battle lessens and you have come to that place of rest that only Jesus can give. You WILL be whole again…different but whole…in the King.

  98. Praying for you and your sweet children during this difficult time. And prayers for your ex-husband. Thank you for allowing us to share in this journey with you, covering you with prayers as the days pass.

  99. Thank you for being so vulnerable! Thank you for letting God use you and for all the people you have blessed! I’m glad you didn’t stop writing! You, your family and Keith are in may prayers!! I’m so sorry satan has been attacking your family! Praying for restoration of your family! God has big things planned for you ~ satan is worried about your witness! Blessings!

  100. God bless you and your family during this time! I’ve been there and now going through an extremely trying time again. Your words are such an inspiration to others all the time Courtney! Its so hard to stay strong but somehow God fills our heart and soul with the strength we need. Praying for you!

  101. Courtney, please know what a difference your Bible studies have made in my life! You have been a wonderful encouragement to me and a beautiful example of a godly, Christian woman. I hope you continue to write and allow the Lord to work through you to continue blessing woman around the world. Thank you for sharing with me (us) and know you will be lifted up in prayer daily along with your family. <3
    Isaiah 46:4 "even to your old age and gray hairs I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and will rescue you."

  102. Dear Courtney
    I would just like to tell you Thank You for being so honest and real, you have been a great inspiration in my walk with the Lord. Your videos always lift me up and put me in check! I truly believe that you have a special gift and blessing from God to reach souls for God. Your under attack because the enemy knows the work you do for the Lord, but I tell you this You will over come this trial victorious, because you have been faithful to our God. I don’t know what the future brings but remember the Lord loves you so much and he will certainly see you through it all. You and your children are in my prayers. God Bless You From a Sister in Christ, and as you always say “Keep walking with the King”

  103. Courtney, I’m so sorry to hear this. You are such a blessing in my life and I’m so thankful I stumbled onto your blog. I will be praying for you and your precious children, and of course Keith. I pray that the Holy Spirit convicts him and he repents. I thank you for being an incredible model of Christianity and how we should handle such a heartbreaking situation. I love that your ex-husbands salvation is so important to you and you’re committed to pray for him and ask for our prayers. He was blessed to have you and your children will one day rise up and call you blessed. I pray you will have peace and wisdom in the days and months to come. God bless you, Courtney.

    Kristen

  104. So very thankful for Jesus who never leaves or forsakes us. So sorry for your pain and loss. Your humility and desire to honor God, and your ex, shines brightly. I am thankful I found Good Morning Girls bible study in 2012. Will be praying for you and your family.

  105. My heart is extends to you my sister. Blessings to you and your family as you all walk through this new season in life. The Lord is faithful! I have been where you are and still walk the path of a single mom raising my 8 and 10 year old. The Lord is Faithful!

  106. Absolutely! I will be praying for you and for family.
    Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galations 6:2) As we all share in praying for you, I pray you will feel this burden getting lighter. You and your ministry are a tremendous blessing to me and has helped me grow deeper in personal bible study. I pray you will feel God’s unfailing love holding you up as your strong tower and the comfort of his Holy Spirit like a warm blanket over you and your home.

  107. Courtney, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you, your children, and Keith. My heart cries for y’all’s hurt. And I will ask the Father of Light to do good things in the midst of this pain.

    Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for starting this ministry. When I first started really reaching into God’s Word, your method guided me into deeper understanding and love for Bible study. I will never forget that gift you gave me. Our Great God has used you in a mighty way for me. I will ask God to continue to give you a message for women, to empower you to be His servant, and to provide you with what you need to continue on for His glory.

    Thank you, also, for your honesty and vulnerability in this. I’m sure it was not easy to type those words and click ‘post’ for all the world to see. You shared with grace and a genuine spirit. Thank you for being an example of steadfastness in Christ.

    With love, Your Sister in Christ,

    Elizabeth

  108. Yahweh, cover this family with courage, wisdom, hope, and faith. Hold them so closely they feel your breath. Your ways are not our ways. This pain will not go unanswered, but will be used to glorify your kingdom. You have plans to prosper and not harm this family. Plans for hope and a future. Hold them as they collapse into your omnipotent arms, and remind them that the being whose breath created galaxies, will not let them fall. Reveal yourself boldly and tangibly to this family, and help them see you in the days ahead. Bring miraculous healing to all hearts and let laughter ring again.

  109. I have followed you since you are on Rachael ray show. I have admired your relationship with Jesus. God bless you. I will be praying for you and your family.
    My parents got divorced for 3 years and god brought them back together. I am so sorry and hurt for you. I can’t imagine the pain. I know God is bigger and he will comfort the cries into your pillow and the sadness in the morning as you wake up with out him by your side.

  110. I am so sorry for what you and your family have been going through this past year. Yes, I will pray for you and your family, Courtney.
    God bless, Kathy in Illinois

  111. I want to share something that I’ve only told a few select people in my life. 3 years ago I completely dedicated my life to Christ (was always in church) but made Him my first love. My husband of 23 years told me we were going seperare ways and walked out. Our three children were almost grown however this still deviated us. In the three years I have never stopped praying for him and have never stopped having others pray. In this time he has lost contact with our children and his parents have also passed away. I was blessed to see his mother give her heart to Christ in her last hours. He is now asking about God and even admitting his mistakes. He’s even attended church a couple of times. Keep praying his soul is truly the gift! Prayers for you and your family!

  112. I am so sorry that you’re going through this!!! Thank you for sharing and being real with us . I will definitely be praying for you!!!! You are an amazing godly woman!!!! Thank you for continuing your blog!!!!!! You are such a blessing!!!! May the Lord give your heart a great big hug!!!!

  113. You are courageous to share your pain. I will definitely pray for your family. I pray for healing for all of you and that God will restore you marriage and use this time of trial to show His magesty and grace. God bless you.

  114. Courtney, may God cover you with His love. May he provide everything you need as you continue to walk through. Many prayers for you and your children. Psalm 91

  115. Dear sweet Courtney,
    My heart breaks for you. You were so honorable to all in your sharing of this tragedy. May God richly bless you, bind your wounds and heal your families heart. I will pray for you and Keith daily. Much love your sister in Christ.

  116. I have been through the same situation – and am living in the process of seeing it restored.
    I told God I’d never write about marriage, and then He took us through a dark, dark time in our marriage, and that’s where I landed with my writing.
    Praying for your family – for answers when questions are difficult, for peace when the pressure is overwhelming, for God to continue to be so very real to you.
    Standing with you – and completely understanding.

  117. Oh Courtney, I wept as I read this post in the presence of my husband, and he cried with me. I stopped reading and lifted you, the kids, and Keith up to the Lord. I have been following you over four years and have found encouragement to put myself aside and honor the Lord and my husband. I am so grateful for the blessings you have helped bring to our household.

  118. My son’s father also chose not to be a part of our lives. I know that to the day he struggles with personal issues that have kept him from being a part of our lives, of our son’s life. Over the past dozen years this has never been easy nor has handling the judgments made by others. But we have a rich life, full of Our Heavenly Father’s blessings, and I have an amazing kiddo. With time you too will find your feet. The hole doesn’t close but the raw edges heal. I wish you steadiness as you find your feet and rebuild your lives into something amazing. We will pray for you.

  119. I am so sorry Courtney. I will be praying for you and your family. Thank you for all that you do. You are such an encouragement to me and many, many women. ((Hugs))
    Katrina

  120. Dear C!

    Hello …. all the way from South Africa! ????????????

    I have started a GMG group last year and our daily walk with the Lord has touched so many woman!! Please don’t let the devil steal what you have put your heart and soul into! Keep going!!!

    Keep your eyes on Jesus, be still and know that He is God! Be the proud Lioness that you are to your children! Have faith that the Lord Himself will fight this battle for you! Will keep you in my prayers!

    L♡VE
    O

  121. Yes. Yes, I will pray for you, your family, and your ex-husband. I am so sorry for your loss. My marriage also ended in divorce and, no matter what the circumstances surrounding the dissolution are, it is a terribly painful road for all involved. Praying for grace, love, peace, and comfort to cover you and your family.

  122. Oh Courtney I’m so sorry–this is an experience far too many women can relate to.
    Please just focus on caring for yourself and your children. May God protect you and warm you during this difficult time. He made you strong–never forget that.

  123. Please don’t stop writing! I think God will continue to use you in a mighty way! I know there are others who need to hear from you!

  124. Courtney, I’m so sorry to hear about this. God has used you mightily through this blog and your studies. You’ve been a huge source of inspiration and encouragement for your readers. his. I will be praying for you and your family.

  125. My prayers are for you tonight, Courtney. I love and respect you so much, sister! Thank you for sharing, and in doing so are helping many others rise above some of the most unforseen and difficult situations.

  126. I’ve been there and can only imagine the additional grief of having children involved. Satan always devours, but God always sustains. As you’ve already seen, He will carry you through in ways you don’t expect and don’t even know you need. He will bless you (& your children) for your faithfulness to Him. I’m 8 years down the road of my journey, and I can promise it will get better. Stay faithful and continue to let the Lord guide you in every step. Love and prayers to all of you.

  127. Courtney, I am in shock and I’m so sorry to hear about what you’ve been going through. You have always been my go to every morning for my daily devotional and encouragement time. Please know that it is now your turn to be lifted up and encouraged by all your friends and family, including all of us that are leaving these comments. I have been through this too and it is hard, and the only thing that got me through was God. I pray for you and your kids and your ex. I have faith that God has a plan and a hope for your future!
    Much love ❤️
    Michell L.

  128. Oh my word. I just walked in my bathroom to hide out from my children so I can cry. I left my phone on my bed, but I felt the urge to grab it and bring it in the bathroom with me. I opened up Facebook to immediately seeing this post. I have been following you for years, loving everything you have ever said or written, followed your studies, and did a study of my own using your materials. It pains me to read this as almost 2 years ago I became very ill. Since last Dec alone I’ve had 18 surgeries. I have been married 10 years and 2 kids later, I sit with 3 tubes coming out of my body that keep me alive. My husband turned to meth to help him cope. I have been patiently waiting on him to be sober and heal and lean on God. Patiently waiting as a single mom with most my friends and family turning their back on me for working on my marriage and trying to keep us together. Tonight, tonight of all nights, my husband told me he just wants a divorce and will just walk away from us to not cause any pain. I am in this storm and as I sit on this cold bathroom floor, I am pained to see you in pain as well. I know God is here as I have tried bathing in his word every sec with my kids watching. Cps is now involved because of his issues and I am just so scared because I may be told I an not healthy enough to be a mom to these kids and I am all they have. Please lift us up as well. I love all you women here as my sisters in Christ and lift you up as well.

    1. My heart and ptayers are with both of you Cynthia and Courtney. I have just recently stumbled across your blog and don’t always read it everyday; however, I know that God allowed me to see this post today. I too, am familiar with the pain of divorce and how it can impact us as women but I thank you for your transparency and honesty Courtney and I will definitely be praying for you and your family. I pray that you will experience God’s peace in the midst of your storm and know that He has you and your family in the palm of His hands and is covering you regardless of what it looks like. As a single mom, who knows what it is like to struggle and feel pain from experiencing sickness in my body and knowing that God is a Healer, my prayers go out to you Cynthia in the midst of your trials as well, just know that He is more than able and take comfort in the fact that He Loves you and your family and that there is hope according to Roman’s 8:28, Be encouraged my sisters and I look forward to hearing both of your testimonies on how God brought you through. In my deepest heartfelt prayers and God’s blessings for you and your families, your fellow sister in Christ.

  129. Oh, my dearest sister in Christ… Here is a warm virtual hug and a promise to uplift you in prayers. God is faithful and will continue to bless you, by maybe even bringing your husband back. Our God is God of miracles!

  130. Prayers for you and your family!!! God blessed you with great people in your life who are going to be there for you every single day…He is so good!! He is taking care of you…what a great feeling. I pray that your daily blessings shine through and bring a smile to your face, even if the tears are falling.❤️️

  131. I have never commented before, but I’m a young single girl who follows your blog. Your blogging through the bible has taken my quiet times to another level. God has been using you, so unfortunately the enemy is seeking to destroy. I have been so encouraged by you!!. I have tears in my eyes. I’m praying for your family through this journey.

  132. Sweet Sister, I am so very sorry for all you and your family are going through. I’ve been in heavy prayer for you since your last post and I certainly won’t stop. I’ve followed your blog for several years and you have been such a blessing and encouragement to us all. I pray we can do the same for you. God will bless all of this, especially the way you continue to honor and respect Keith. Thank you for once again leading us not just through your words, but also through your actions. Let your precious children know they are being prayed over daily. Your example to them is so beautiful. Many prayers for all of you.

  133. I know this had to be hard to share. I’m sorry that your family is going though this. Lifting you all in prayer. May you find comfort and peace in our heavenly Fathers arms right now.

  134. Courtney I love you so much!!! I am heartbroken for you. Your book and blog has literally changed my life and I know God is still using you, even through the brokenness and I will pray for you!!! And Keith and the kids!! Never met you but I feel like you have ministered to me as a Titus 2 woman would and I thank God for that! Please know you are so loved and still helping so many ❤️❤️????

  135. Courtney,
    I have walked exactly where you are walking right now. Exactly 1 year ago to this date my husband walked away from me and our beautiful 4 babies. Isaiah 43 is the same scripture the Lord laid on my heart. It got me through the easiest days and the hardest days. You are in my prayers. I am so thankful you pushed through and kept the blog moving along. I will be praying for you and your family.

  136. Courtney my heart breaks for you. Sadly I have been in your shoes. You are not alone. I will be praying for you, your children, and Keith. I know God will hold you up.
    I started following you about 3 years ago. I don’t ever comment but I read and follow the Bible studies. You have helped bring me back to the Lord. I drifted away for awhile. Went through 2 divorces. Had a lot of loss. I was pretty depressed. But one day I came across Women Living Well and it has changed my life. I just wanted you to know that. I feel closer to the Lord than I ever have in my entire life now. So thank you! And I will be praying for you. I pray for you will be lifted up. I have learned so much from these bible studies. God bless you and your family.

  137. I’m reading your story with tears and a heavy heart. It was a reminder of my 4 year engagement, 10 month marriage, 2 year separate, reunion, 6 months of intense marriage counseling and now we have been happily marriage the 2nd time for 7 years. I’m praying for you and your family and most of all restoration because I know God can and will restore.

  138. Courtney,
    I am so so sorry for your loss. My heart is broken for you and your family. Having a difficult family split like that in my life I understand how things will forever be changed. Take heart though. God is good and I know several couples that were divorced and remarried each other. I pray that Keith is able to see what a wonderful woman he lost and that he will come back to be the man that God has called him to be.

  139. Isaiah 43:1-3 was the word the Spirit spoke to me after I had a miscarriage a little over a year ago. He IS my Savior. He was with me in that loss and was faithful to redeem me and restore me AND my family. (We now have a 2 week old baby named Theodore, which means “God’s gift,” a name we chose years ago. God gave him to us at such a deeply meaningful and precious time.)
    My heart aches for you and your family, I can only imagine how painful! Trust in him, he WILL go with you to all the painful places. He will go before you! Praying for restoration and redemption, God bless you, Courtney
    ♡ Joy

  140. Courtney, I have followed you for atleast 5-6 years now. I was also once happily married and have gone thru this similar situation of divorce and I feel your pain you’ve endured. Prayers for you, your children and Keith.

  141. Courtney, my heart is breaking for you. I am so sorry for your loss. I’ll pray for you. I can only imagine what you are going through as a family…My love for the kids! This is not their fault! I want to pray that God will break any feeling of guilt or shame that might try to overwhelm them and you. And that God will give you daily strength to be a woman of God in their lives. This is a sobering reminder that we really are at war… But also that our weapons are not the weapons of the world. Blessings to you from the other side of the world!

  142. Oh Courtney, my eyes are filled with tears and my heart aches for you! I am so glad you have Christ to walk beside you during this difficult time! Please know I will be in prayer for you! Thank you for sharing your hard place with us so we can hurt with you and pray for you! Though storms in our lives are hard, they draw us closer to our Savior. He really never leaves us or forsake us! May He be your strength every step of this journey. Love you dearly girl!!

  143. Courtney, the GMG initiated my prayer life so many years ago…and to think you’ve continued to minister when you were at your lowest. Only God…only God. I did not want to hear that this is what you were facing…I am absolutely praying for peace and healing. Thank you for letting the Lord carry you and still use you to lead so many of us into a closer relationship with Him.

  144. I am praying for you and your entire family. I’m so glad you will continue your blog when things settle down and you are ready. I started following you about a year ago, I ran across one of your videos on you tube. I have been accepted to Montreat College ( a small Christian college in the mountains of NC) your bible studies have helped me not only grow in my faith but have more confidence in the knowedge of the word. I just want to say thank you for using your gift to glorify God even with it felt like the world was ending! Love and Prayers!

  145. Stay strong my sister in Christ!
    Sending gentle hugs your way…you & family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    2 Corinthians 12:9 – But he said to me, “My grace is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So I am very happy to brag about how weak I am. Then Christ’s power can rest on me. NIRV

    Keep walking with the King 🙂

  146. You have inspired me when I was at me weakest. You and your book brought me closer to God at a point in my life I needed it most. My heart breaks for you that your husband has betrayed you in such a manner that is biblically okay to divorce. I have been married for 12 years and my husband betrayed me in the same manner. We are still together but the Trust between us has never fully been repaired. Sometimes I think it would have been more healthy for my kids and I if he would have left. Forgiving is the easy part because that is my nature but forgetting is the hardest. I have yet to accomplish this even after 10 years. You and your Children are in my prayers. I had the priveleage of meeting you at a Mom Squad Event a couple years back and you signed my book. I was like a high school girl with a crush because you and Good Morning Girls saved me from a very dark place. Thank You for giving so freely and touching so many hearts. The grieving process is hard and sometimes long but you are a strong Faithful Believer and God isn’t going to let you fall Sunshine.. ????

  147. As I read this, my heart went into my throat. I know this pain and my heart aches for you and your children and Keith. Eight years ago this month, my husband also left our home. Our kids had just turned twelve and two! I had lost my mom to cancer six years earlier and just felt like everything and everyone I loved was being attacked by the enemy. Trying to imagine what life would be like overwhelmed me. I also started counseling and has such a wonderful, godly woman who prayed with and encouraged me. Having kids and having God kept me moving forward! I HAD to keep making a life for them and God has been with us every step–especially those truly painful ones with the empty spot at the table and learning to be a family minus one. We divorced as well and it took four years for my former husband to return to the Lord. Praise God he has. He is closer to God now. We have had some rough times to be sure, but through grace, we are co-parenting our kids (now ten and twenty!) and on good terms. I could share so many things I’ve learned, but suffice it to say, God has got this AND you AND your beautiful kids AND Keith. My love and prayers for each of you. Big Hug for you sister.

  148. Courtney, thank you for sharing this with us so that we can pray for you and your family. I’m praying for God to surround you and your children with His strength & comfort. We love you!

  149. It broke my heart especially when I was doubting on the same thought. It will be hard, but God will really be with the “single mom” in you as He was then.

    You will be in my prayers. GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU!

    “No matter what may be the test,
    God will take care of you;
    Lean, weary one, upon His breast,
    God will take care of you.”

    Praying,
    Idette

  150. I’m so sorry for what you are going through. This post is very timely for me as right now, late at night, I’m packing the belongings of me & my 2 little boys because the same is happening in my life. I would’ve bet my life that my husband was here to stay. But after a 14 year relationship, he’s gone. I’m chronically ill & this is taking such a toll physically on me, I’m unsure how I’ll get through. But I know if I cling to Jesus, he will carry me through. I will be praying for you & your family. Blessings to you all

    1. Dear Rachel, you’ve shared such kindness towards another when suffering so much yourself, I feel compelled by God to let you know I’m praying for you, your boys and your husband too.
      I hope your health and situation improves, God bless you, Rhona

  151. I am so sorry, sweet sister! My heart is heavy for you, your kids and even for Keith. It is sad for all involved and all of you will be in my prayers. The Lord has used your ministry to bless my life. Thank you for being faithful to your calling, even during the past year. We definitely understand you taking as much time as you need! Jeremiah 29:11-13

  152. You ran to God not ur blog or facebook in the middle of the storm ..you wish ur ex husband well and not ill.that is very difficult for many women..a lot of women run to friends or their timelines and post articles that give other pple clues on what is happening. .you hv taught me that if you run to God in the eye of the storm you will grow and become a better person spiritually..keep on praying for him..when ur testimony comes it will be ground shaking and you will look back and see God will never leave us nor forsake us.. God loves you and every storm no matter how long it takes, will come to an end and what you do during the storm determines ur life after the storm continue planting good seeds and God will surely bless you

  153. Courtney:
    I’m so very sorry that this has happened! It just shows you that we are all vulnerable to the attacks of Satan and must be ever vigilante against him! I join all of these many others in praying for you and your family! I know God will be able to sustain you and your children and nothing is impossible with Him! Love and prayers, Korbi

  154. Oh Courtney, hugs and prayers. So thankful that you have our Lord walking beside you during this hard time. Rejoice Marriage Ministries is a precious blessing to those are struggling with their marriage or with a spouse who has left the marriage. Charlene’s teaching is sound and based on the bible. Often the daily emails from Rejoice Marriage Ministries is the only thing that I have to hold on to to keep me going. https://www.rejoiceministries.org/

  155. I’m so sorry! I actually started crying when I read this…. I have been following your blog for a while now and I was just looking up an online bible reading plan and thought your site would be a good place to start and then I saw this….. I’m so very sad for you but know you will get through this!! Lots of love and hugs!!!

  156. I will continue to pray for you,your children and Keith. I believe we are all in a battle for our families agaist Satan, we need to be on guard and put on the whole armor of God.

  157. Courtney,
    I am shocked and so saddened to read this. I am so very sorry for you and your children and pray that God will continue to see you through. ❤️

  158. Sweet Courtney, I read this and started bawling my eyes out. I hurt so badly for you because I too have been where you are. It was such a long and painful season in my life. It has been years ago, and God has completely restored my life, but I know what you are going through right now. Lord, I pray for you to minster healing, peace, and comfort to Courtney’s heart right now, and to her children. I pray for renewed strength each day as she rebuilds her life and home with this new reality. Bring restoration in its perfect timing, beyond her wildest dreams. I pray for You to speak to her ex-husband’s heart and draw Him back to You by Your loving grace. Bring reassurance of Your ever-abiding presence and Your perfect providence to each member of her household. Lord, may You ultimately receive glory through this. In Jesus’ name.

  159. I am so sorry to read this post, yet I am thankful you cared enough to share. I will be praying for you and your family. I personally have noticed the spiritual warfare increase in my own home as I am beginning to work on the ministry God has for me and fulfill my purpose. Satan hates that and will do anything do destroy our homes. I need to see this and that it’s not always going to be perfect, yet we can keep pressing on towards the goal and being devoted to the Lord in the process. My heart is heavy for you. Love to you and many blessings for His Kingdom. Also, I thank you for choosing to still love your man and honor him despite not being legally bound to him anymore. That speaks volumes about you, your love for him, and your faith in God.

  160. Oh Courtney. My heart is breaking for you. I know the pain of losing a man that you would have bet your right arm would never leave. There is nothing compared to the pain of watching your best friend walk away from everything he is and was. I wish I could hug you. You have encouraged me through my own trials and I wish I could say or do something that would bring you the comfort that you have brought me. We love you and we will pray for you. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  161. Praying for you! You have been very dear to my heart for years. I have followed you blog and have been blessed by you and your words of wisdom. Love you Courtney!

  162. Courtney,
    I am so sorry to hear this for you, your children and Keith. My heart broke to read this. You and your ministry have been such an encouragement in my life. Please know that your blog and Good Morning Girls ministered to my heart when I was turning back to God and my faith; thank you for staying faithful to the King in the middle of your storm. I will be praying for you and your family.

  163. I’m praying for you and your family, Courtney. Thank you for walking with the King so faithfully, and inspiring, encouraging and teaching so many of us to do the same. You are a great blessing to me and my family (even if they don’t know it!).

  164. Courtney my heart bleeds for you and your family. I went thru the same thing 30 years ago and still suffer from it. I t tore my whole family apart, but you have one thing We didn’t and that is your faith. We have all kinds of seasons in our lives some last along time others don’t. When one door closes God opens a window so we can fly. Take this lemon in your life and turn it into a rose that God has planted in your heart. Let the peddles flow out from this rose God placed in your heart to help others. This rose of love that God has gave you can shed peddles for ever falling ever so gentle on others who need God’s love and healing from experiencing the same hurt as you. Remember the rose in your heart!

  165. Courtney, I too have been through divorce and yes, the grounds were biblical. I pray that my ex finds the Lord and healing and peace and true joy. I will join with you in prayer for Keith, the children and you as well. This is a huge loss and one that will take time to heal from, but if its one thing I have learned, it is that God is good and He is bigger and stronger than anything in our lives. By praying for Keith and only thinking/speaking positive things about him when alone or with your children or with the extended family, you are throwing the firery darts back at Satan and wounding him. I have a dear sister in Christ who is also facing a divorce soon. So prayer warriors please pray for Cindy too. Thank you!

  166. Courtney, thank you so much for sharing. I am praying for you and your family. You are a blessing! Thank you for continueing to serve the Lord through your ministry even during the storms. You are greatly loved and appreciated!

  167. Dear friend, I am praying for you, for you kids and for Keith. May God surround you with peace and bring Keith to a place of full and complete repentance.

  168. Since I started a few months back, I have learnt so much from you. You have been a blessing in my life. I thought wow Courtney she lady is so on fire for the Lord. You have got so much love in your heart. Please don’t stop with the posts. I enjoy your videos and devotional series. You have helped me grow in my own walk with the King. I will keep you in my prayers for strength and courage. I have been through a dark place last year and I have been working through it but God is good. Your posts are such a inspirations to me and many others. God will bless your hands.

  169. Thank you for sharing. I have been following your blog for many years and never comment. As I was reading your post my significant other was trying to make me feel guilty for not immediately tending to my child who is needing his ointment put on. I kept on reading your post and realized no one will interrupt my peace and reading your post made it loud and clear. God is good. His Grace keeps us steady and proud to do His work. May God bless your ex-husbands path and I pray he finds happiness. Always remember you are a daughter of the King. You already found truth and light in Him. Don’t seek for what you have already found. When you think of your ex, smile and pray for his well being. My mother did this when my dad abandoned us 20 years ago. When anyone would mention my dad she would always say ” May God bless him and watch over him.” It was a great example for me growing up watching her be spiritually strong. Keep strong and trust in your faith. I’m sending loving prayers your way from California.

  170. Oh Courtney! I just want to hug you and your children and your wonderful family that I know loves you so much. I’m so sorry for this. I’m so sorry Keith has made these terrible choices and walked away from the family God blessed him with. My heart aches him. I’m so sorry you are going through this, but I rejoice in your attitude and continued care for your husband. Praying for you! I am so thankful for you and your ministry and am so glad that your kids have your Godly example in their lives.

  171. Even tho I don’t know you personally I’m crying for you. I’m so very sorry to hear this has happened. We should all pray earnestly for our husbands that they will remain true the commitment God brought them to. Thank you for this blogging through the Bible. I’m thoroughly enjoying it and won’t quit! You are loved!!

  172. Wow!! Courtney God has got your back. You have been a blessing to me in the past 2 years I have started to follow your blog. May God strengthen you and the children, may he give you the grace to move on with your life without shame or guilt.
    It is well with you. You are much loved. I pray for Keith that he find peace in his life and reconcile with God.
    Be strong.

    Pamela

  173. Oh Courtney, I am so sorry to hear this. I have followed your blog for some time. This is breaking my heart for you and your children. Please don’t stop writing…that can sometimes be a good release for you when you are hurting. Please know I am praying for you and your family that Gods will be done. Thank you for still speaking so kindly over Keith bc that truly reflects your heart and your children will see that. Though I will be 36 this week, I am the child of a broken home 4 times over. I know how hard this must be for you and your beautiful children but take peace in knowing that God is in control and He can turn sometimes the worst situations into blessings, though it may not seem like it right now, I know He can! Love you and praying for you from Kannapolis, NC

  174. I’m praying for you Courtney. This post really hit home and reminded me that I need to be on my knees in prayer for my husband. The attacks of the enemy are far too real. I’m praying for reconciliation in your family and for you to be covered in peace. God bless you for sharing with us.

  175. Courtney, I love your writing and have led one of the Bible studies. It is a great study. Thank you for laying your heart out before us. I am so sorry this happened to you and your family. I will be praying for you. ❤

  176. Hi , i have been following your blog for 6 years now and i thank God for you for i was going through a tough time in my marriage at the time am so sorry for you and your kids at this trying time but it will come to pass cause our God does not forsake us . Our God is a miracle God.In Kenya we say if your husband goes he will always come back to you with just clothes in a paper.????

  177. Praying for you and your children and for Keith. Tears streaming down my face because I have seen a loved one go through this and I have seen how much and deep it hurts. ???? Keep walking with The Beloved King

  178. Courteny,
    Your words broke my heart open for you, and your children. Your testimony to us, and more importantly, to your children shines brighter than ever, as you handle this heart break with God honoring humility, authenticity, and the desire to honor Him yet. I am greatly encouraged in my own heart, your words, your work, has never held more merit to me than this moment. Grieving with you/alongside you all the way over in Barcelona dear sister.

  179. I will most definitely pray for you!!! Marriage struggles are real for every marriage. I am so sorry that you have to go through this. My heart goes out to you. I went through a difficult stage in my marriage that God brought us both through. I’m thankful for God’s grace in my marriage. I know that God can take all things that the devil meant for evil and God can turn it into good for His glory. Keep your hope alive and your eyes on Jesus! The Word of God will come alive to you in a way that it has never before come to life. You have a gift for drawing out nuggets from the Word of God and the devil can’t take that from You, even in your struggle. There are so many women who need the kind of encouragement and insight you can give. I love you and wish I could give you a hug and say it’s gonna be ok. I wish I could help you homeschool. However, I am praying for you. That you would be strengthened and begin to identify the woman God wants you to be in your new role. I also pray for your husband to have strength to seek the Lord in all He does. Hang in there!! ????

  180. PRAYER IS THE KEY I HAVE BEEN THERE. THE WORD OF THE LORD KEEPS US. LET GODS WORD MINISTER TO YOUR HEART. PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUE KIDS. KEITH IS IN GODS HANDS AND THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE FOR HIM TO BE.

  181. Courtney, my heart breaks for you and your sweet kids. You will all be in my prayers and hope for healing and strength. You are loved by many and we are with you during this challenging time. God bless you! <3

  182. Courtney,

    I read your post with my husband and we are both in prayer for you, Keith, your children and family. May His strength keep you and guide you each day.

  183. Aloha my sister in Jesus Christ! Thank you for being courageous enough to share your story – I have been close to the same experience.

    Our God is mighty. I put my faith in Him who never disappoints, hurts, or shuns me.

    Will keep your family in prayers!

  184. I am so sorry and my heart breaks for you and your family! I pray that God will comfort you and bless you! I confess that I used to be so jealous of your pictures because they were what I imagined to be the perfect family. My marriage has been very hard. I am married to an unbeliever who has addiction and anger, and I have a step-daughter. I have stayed for the sake of my own daughter and have always looked up to you. I will continue to look to you for truth and light. You are such a beautiful example of God’s love and your blog and videos are always a huge encouragement. I know that God has a beautiful plan for your life and I pray that he sends people to surround you and speak life and truth into you. Keep walking with the King!

  185. Courtney my words probably give you no comfort, but I am crying for you. You and your family will be in my prayers ❤️

  186. Dear Courtney,

    Such a personal thing to share with people whom may not know up personally. Thank you for sharing. I know in your sharing God errol use to encourage and loft someone else. No one should make comment not judgement about a man whom they have not met nor do they even know. Now is the time to gather around and seek the Lord on how we should PRAY for Coutney and get family and even friend affected by this.

    God is such a healer and restorer and my prayer is Isaiah 61 that every wound of broken and affected hearts, will be bound together again by His everlasting love.

    May you be immersed in His perfect peace everyday. In Jesus name. Amen

  187. Oh Courtney, my heart cries for you! I am certainly praying for you and your family. You are so, so loved!

    As you walk close to the King, I pray you will feel His peace and comfort as He carries you! In Jesus mighty name! Amen!

    Love from NZ

  188. Courtney, You have been such an inspiration and many of your words carried me through tough times. Heartbreaking to hear about the pain your family has to expirience.
    May God strengthen you and bless you even more!!
    Praying for you here in Germany!!

  189. Oh how my heart breaks for you. As I read through these comments and see how so many women are traveling the same road. How Satan has set his hooks into and torn families apart it makes me angry. My husband forced me out of our home and moved his secretary in about 18 months ago and the pain it has caused me and my two adult sons is beyond being able to describe. I’ve begged God for reconciliation. I’ve prayed, read so many devotional and books. I’ve read my Bible and pleaded for another chance to make my marriage work. We were active in our church. Ministry leaders. He was a deacon. Still I find it so hard to understand how he could do this. Never in a million years did I expect him to be this person. I don’t understand it, I struggle to accept it. He can’t find an ounce of compassion for me. He refuses to be fair in our equitable distribution. My sons refuse to have anything to do with him. And yet I love him and the void he’s left is unbearable. I’m living in limbo just trying to survive. Some days I’m angry with him and some days I’m angry with God. Yet I know in my heart that this is not what God wanted for us, but we live in a sinful world and Satan seeks to destroy us for who we are. My God will provide. He will mend broken hearts and he will give me strength to sustain me. He provided for Ruth and Hagar and so many others. He will provide for me. And he will provide for you. My prayers are with you tonight and for all of us struggling through this journey.

  190. So very very sorry to hear this and will pray for you all. Thank you for keeping on keeping on, as GMG in particular has had such an impact on me and my family in the last 6/7 years xx

  191. Dear sister in Christ,

    How my heart breaks for you, your children and your ex-husband. May our God if all comfort with all of you. I’m praying for restoration and strength for all of you. Three years ago my family and I went through something similar, it was devastating and very hard, yet God held us through with great mercy. Today I can share with you that my family has been restored and it is sure a constant battle with Satan wanting to destroy my marriage but God is faithful. The great responsibility we have to show our children Christ love and forgiveness, so they too one day can run to Jesus arms and be under His love and grace. Thank you for continuing you service God and encourage many of us.

  192. Dear Courtney.
    When I read this post my heart broke for you.You alone changed my life,my home and my walk with the Lord.Over here in the U.K. So far away but I feel I know you so well,you may never know how many lives you’ve touched with your kindness,wisdom and openness.Because of you I can pray now for you and your precious family.I know exactly how you feel right now and nothing I say will ease your pain right away,but know this dear friend,that God is so awesome and so good and so right.My life is now nothing like it was when I was broken,but He picked up my life and turned it into something wonderful.Stay strong,look forward and keep the faith.Sending gentle hugs to you sweetheart,and take comfort from all these wonderful comments here,because you are so loved x

  193. Courtney, God led me to one of your posts on Pintrest 2 months ago at a time when my spiritual life seemed to dry up after a succession of trials over 8 years. I hadn’t stopped reading the word or seeking joy, but nothing spoke into my life like your teachings. From Pintrest I went to your blog and YouTube and spent the next 3 days soaking up everything you shared. I have done your study on Ecclesiastics and Judges and plan to do the rest. I have found my joy and thirst again for God’s word because of Christ through you. I am so sorry your God inspired ministry and your obedience has put you in the line of fire. I pray that God will guard the hearts and minds of you and your children in Christ Jesus and that all that has been stolen from you will be returned. Thank you for the impact you have made in my life.

  194. Dear Courtney
    My heart and prayers go out to you and your children andvto your husband and the rest of both your families. Unless you have been through this storm it is hard to understand the full impact it has on every aspect of every day. I, like you, drew ever nearer to my Heavenly Father and what started as a storm became the beginning of a new journey, without the trials and seasoning that God used to bring me through it all I could not be where or who I am today.
    I want you to know that you and your posts have been a daily comfort to me since I found you via Pinterest. For I am going through another storm, a maelstrom of daunting proportions, yet finding your Bible study journals and spending dedicated, structured time with God has been a daily ” port in the storm”. Through the simple guidance of your SOAK I have seen personal miracles as God has provided beyond all measure simple and amazing answers to heartfelt prayer.
    Yes it’s made the devil mad, I completely understand you when you describe it as him ” breathing down your neck” but instead of using it as a reason to stop and not add to the current challenges I’ve seen it as a sign that I am definitely in the right place and continuing in daily committing my every thought and deed to God.
    I live in Kent in England, and I have thanked God so often for you, a stranger from the other side of the world who daily pops up on my email with words of loving kindness and care. A woman who is no longer a stranger but a much loved and valued sister in Christ, and as a sister I embrace you and thank you for putting God first especially during this time of trial and grief. Thank you for trusting me, and all the people you communicate with, as part of your heavenly family, with the painful truth of your current situation so that we can all pray intelligently and honestly for you and ALL your loved ones.
    Know that you are held by the greatest love of all, that of our Father God, our Saviour Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit that dwells in all who truly believe, and by the thoughts and prayers of those you have brought together across the world as part of your GMG family.
    May you find comfort and strength from knowing you are loved.
    With love through our precious Lord dear sister.
    Emma x

  195. My dear Courtney,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children. As a teacher I expercience many divorces from the sidelines and we as teachers keep an extra eye on the children. Know that you are not alone, also in the human field. God helps through people. I feel God working through me when I talk to the children who sometimes have a hard time. We are here to help with His help. Allow yourself to accept the help. With His help and in whatever way I can help through in prayer or otherwise from The Netherlands, don’t be afraid, and follow the light unflinchingly. With love, Maaike

  196. When the unthinkable happens and we find ourselves in the Valley of Baca, it is almost impossible to imagine it will be a place of springs, that our weeping could ever be turned into dancing which sometimes doesn’t even seem important. You have been such a sweet encouragement in the Lord to us out here and now it is such a privilege to be able to lift you up in prayer, knowing that our loving Heavenly Father knows your wounded heart, draws you into His embrace and quiet you with His love. Praying for you and your family.

  197. Courtney, you and your family will be in my prayers. I’m so very sorry for this brokenness and I know all things will work for good for you by our Lord Jesus Christ.

    *HUGS* and prayers.

    I did fear it might be something like this. And in truth that’s because I am wondering the same about me.
    I have been so encouraged by you and these studies.
    God will see us true and through.

  198. God is with you and your family! He will never leave you nor forsake you all! Stay prayerful no matter the circumstances!

  199. I, too, know what it is like to be a single mom when you never thought you would. It is heart-wrenchingly painful. I know that you already know that God brings beauty from ashes. Your husband, your marriage, your family, are not beyond the reach of God. He is still holding each of you, He has seen where you are going – He has already been there. I will be praying for complete restoration. I have seen it happen before. You are dearly loved by an Almighty God, as is your husband, and your children. He is working behind the scenes, reaching out to each of you. Praise God for the support of your immediate family! Please know that you, your children, and your husband, will be covered in prayer.

  200. Courtney, This very sad blog post made me cry. You & your on-line ministry are often in my thoughts & prayers. I have followed your ministry now for 5 years & all the time you have been an inspirational encouragement to me with your blog posts & videos, & you’ve still remained faithful & strong in the Lord while all of this has been going on behind the scenes.

    I am totally devastated for you & all your family, just the other week I heard about one of our Godly Christian friends who’s wife has left him. It breaks my heart!

    Father God right now I lift our dear sister Courtney up into your hands, let her feel your loving arms around her, to comfort her in these times of great turmoil & despair. Continue to keep her Lord , your beloved child in your precious love & tender mercies.
    I pray for her children, that they would love you the Lord Jesus with all of their hearts, souls & minds & that they would always be there for their Mom, & they would forgive Dad & always love & pray for him. Father I pray for Keith, you know what’s going on inside his head right now, convict him Lord, break him down, bring him to his knees.
    Lord just undertake for this family’s needs & may they know that you will never leave them or forsake them. In Jesus name I ask all of these things! Amen!

  201. Dear Courtney, I would like to encourage you with the prophetic scripture from Song of Solomon 2,11-13

    http://biblehub.com/songs/2-12.htm

    In German it says “Steh auf, meine Freundin, meine schöne und komm.”

    Its a beautiful book about the love of Christ for His bride, we the body, the church. He knows your pain and He is not ignorant about your hurt ! Get up my beautiful one! By Jesus wounds we are healed.

  202. Dear Courtney,
    I have been reading your blog for years now, but have never commented before. I just want to tell you from over here in Germany how much I love you and how much you have changed my life for the better! Your videos, your book and your blog were what I held onto when I was going through a situation slightly similar to yours 3 years ago when my then-boyfriend left to be with another woman. I can’t even begin to express how much closer to the Lord I was brought through this trial and through listening to you express your never ending love for Him. I don’t even know if I would be here if it wasn’t for you and of course His grace. Also, even though my world at the time was the darkest place I have ever been, looking back now I wouldn’t change it. My trust in the Lord is now so profound and my faith in the fact that he works all things for good unending. By the way, even though I was absolutely sure that reconciliation would never ever happen, by the grace of God it did! We now have a beautiful little boy and are so much happier than we ever were! Even if He hadn’t brought him back though, I am absolutely certain that He would have had another plan for my life that would have been just as wonderful! Can I just recommend to you the book “Love Must Be Tough” by Christian author James C. Dobson? I know the title sounds kind of strange, but this book helped me so much by letting me see that I could still take the Christian road of forgiving and loving my man without allowing him to trample all over me and disrespect me! Also, as a medical student and someone who has suffered from depression myself, please don’t mind me saying that it is absolutely okay to let your therapist prescribe you an anti-depressant if he sees fit. Depression is a very serious condition that I feel is sometimes looked down upon in Christian circles, as if people with depression are just not spiritual enough or don’t pray hard enough, which is so devastating for people who suffer from a sickness that no different to a “bodily” sickness like diabetes. Please, please don’t wait too long to get medical help if necessary! Also if you ever need to talk, I am only an email away 🙂 And lastly, please know that all the love you poured into your husband and all the ways you served him were not in vain! I, like you, am a person who just loves to love 🙂 Please, never think that you can love someone “too much”, you can’t! Being able to love the way you love is a great gift from God. You are doing great Courtney, my heart aches for you! Even though I am at Uni at the moment, I will head over to the chapel now and get down on my knees to pray for you and your family! You are so loved! I will be praying for you every day from now on! So much love, Lara

  203. Dear Courtney, I am so sorry for what happened to you.
    First I am sorry if my english is not good. I will pray for you and your family. I believe that God will you lead you through the wilderness.
    Please always remember that our citizenship is not here not in this earth. As Jesus already said tht He does not come from this world, also do we. This world is not perfect, God used this world right now as our school of life. Our real life is later, together with HIM.
    Our life here no matter how good it seems, will never be perfect. The perfectness is only in Him. I believe we will restart our real life there, after this life, after we are together with Jesus (revelation 21:1-8)
    Be strong Courtney, GOD will continue to use you as a blessing for many woman around the globe. Walk with HIM always, now and forever.

    No matter how hard it is, don`t let your troubles be a barrier between your sweet relationship with HIM.

    My prayer with you.

  204. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. I will pray for you and your family. I will pray for Keith. God is good and will hold and carry you through this time of pain.

  205. The sermon at church yesterday was on Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose”. Not all things are good, but they work together for good. This promise is only to those that love God and your love for Him oozes out of you! Praying for you, dear sister!

  206. I am praying for you Courtney. Don’t stop writing. Because of this blog, I study the bible more than I ever did! And I am proud to say that I am on my 9th prayer journal! 🙂 God will see you and your family through this. Amen.

  207. Courtney- I’m so very sorry. You and your family are in my prayers. I have to tell you that your ministry helped me during a very very difficult time in my marriage a few years ago. Your encouraging blogs helped me when I was in a lot of pain. When my husband was for lack of a better expression “checked out” of our marriage- I would watch your videos- and try to keep my home going- I would keep praying and honestly don’t know if I would have had the strength to keep trying had it not been for God not only keeping me and my family but having blogs like yours in my life at the time. It’s been about 3 years and we are still together and much better but it’s still a work in progress. I just wanted to let you know how powerful your ministry is and has been for me and many others. I know God will bless you and your family during this horrible time. There are not enough tears for you- this also happened to my sister 3 years ago and through the pain -many blessings have happened. God bless you and your family and thank you for being an integral part in helping me during such a painful time. It’s funny how God can put people you don’t even know or have never met into your life and still work wonders through them. Take good care of yourself during this time! Sincerely- Tina

  208. Courtney,
    First let me start by saying that you are loved. I will be Praying for you and your dear family. God is on his throne as you already know. His word is true. Our families have been under attack since the creation of man. I encourage you to keep him in prayer as you have already demonstrated. Although I don’t know the intimate details I know that I went through a similar storm 6 years ago. But God saw fit at that time to soften my husbands heart and allowed our marriage to heal. I understand the betrayal, the shock, the pain., the numbness. And I begged my Lord to take it from me. And to this day it has created in me a different person. Grown me in a way I had never expected. Showing me to completely trust him. My family fought and prayed hard. I don’t know why God gave him back to me. But I do know that even when we believe our marriages are over they are not. I can tell you that I know how God restores those relationship even after the divorce and separation has occurred. How he has healed and restored those broken marriages. Stand firm. God is there. Prayers and love.

    Mimi

  209. I am so deeply sorry. Praying for you and your family. For God’s strength and embrace at this time. Please continue writing. Your writing has encouraged many and will continue to do God’s will in your life. Thank you Courtney for all you do. Praying.

  210. Oh, my dear Courtney, I am so sorry, but so sorry for you!! God will see you through this storm as He did for me. This happened to my in 2004, and I still love my ex-husband and still pray for him…

    So dearest I will be praying for your family, cause I’ve been there…

    Prayers, hugs and lots and lots of love to you and the children!!

    Antonieta

  211. Praying for you and your family, Courtney. You share your thoughts beautifully. God is still writing your story ~ walk with the King!

  212. Courtney- God bless you and your family. I’m so sorry to hear this. You are in my prayers. Please allow yourself to get angry- it’s ok to process anger. It doesn’t mean don’t forgive but it’s healthy to allow yourself to work through anger-so many people won’t allow themselves this and just forgive right away. Forgiving is something we do as Jesus did but it doesn’t mean stuff emotions down. I don’t know the details but please don’t take all the blame. I’ve seen women who think if I had only done this or looked like this and that wouldn’t have changed anything. Satan does what he does and man does what he does too. People also have to take some self responsibility and not just blame their wrong doings on Satan. I know God will continue see you and your precious family through this. You are wonderful daughter of God. Lisa

  213. I had just found your blog a couple weeks ago and it encouraged me to study God’s word more deeply. Thank you and I am saying a prayer for you.

  214. Dear Courtney,

    Even though i cant say i know what you are going through, I trust that the Lord’s peace will guard your heart. I pray for His mercy over you and your family through this time and the shield of protection to continuously surround you.

    I look forward daily to your emails, it helps me to be accountable, even when am not consistent. You have helped so many families, marriages and individuals through your messages and i know for sure, that all those hearts that you have blessed are calling out to God on your behalf at this time. Mine inclusive.

    We love you very much and indeed we know that God will give you beauty for ashes..

    Stay Blessed.

    Love,

    Tolulope Alabi…a Woman truly blessed by GMG.

  215. Courtney,
    I’ so sorry to hear you as your fairy have been struggling. I will be praying for God to use this trial and restore and heal your family. Thank you for sharing!

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    http://bible.com/111/pro.3.5-8.niv

  216. Courtney, I will pray for your family. I will seek God’s blessings for Keith and for you and your children. God loves you so very much, and I do too. Jesus is on the throne, no matter what we may be going thru in life. Father- I lift this family to you. You know every struggle. Fill them with hope for the future in knowing that this home is only temporary. Our hope is in life eternally with our savior, Lord Jesus! Bless them coming and going in the name of Jesus. Amen! ❤️

  217. Praying for you and your family, declaring that you have wholeness, restoration and recompense. The Word has the final say and the Father will hold you during this time. I declare strength and peace you all.

  218. This breaks my heart. I’m will be praying continously for you and your family! I am like you and chose a long time ago to diligently follow God’s word and I serve Him by putting my husband first (after God) and he is the head of our house. My husband can be difficult so this is not always easy but you were one of the ones who gave me the encouragement from some of your posts to continue to abide in Jesus no matter what. I have always seen you as a strong God fearing woman and I do even more now!!! Much love and lots of prayers!

  219. Thank you so much for being so vulnerable. You’re timing is dead on for me and my life circumstances. I have had your blog emails for a few years But to be honest they have sat in my inbox pilling up as a resource I could use but haven’t read in some time. but for some reason in my restless nigh tonight I decided to open and read this blog entry . I am grateful you leaned on God and did not feel the need to pretend like everything is perfect , despite how it may change people’s view of the life people thought you had.. I am in the midst of this battle currently and though my circumstances at the moment seem to be unfolding to a hopeful different end result ,I so feel for you and am strengthened by your bravery to be real . I will indeed be praying for you my sister, will you pray for my marriage at this crucial time as well?

  220. I am so sad for you Courtney. 🙁 I have followed your blog for many years…it inspired my quiet times throughout college and now my career, and I do believe God has used you mightily to bring many women closer to Him and to be better girlfriends, wives, and mothers, but most importantly women of God who seek His kingdom above all else. You are on my heart and I will pray for your family.

  221. Thank you for your honesty and transparency. That took courage and strength. Praying for you and your kids. Thank you for your ministry. It got me excited about quiet times again.

  222. I am praying for you and your family Courtney, including Keith. You are a remarkable women and God has done some amazing things through you, and this ministry. My pastor always says “The best is yet to come,”, and even through the most difficult of times, I know that this is true, because of God. Continue to walk with the King, and He will be your guide, as he is mine. I never heard those words “Walking with the King” before you, and because of you, I focus on this daily. Thank you for all that you do, and continue to do, for God and His people. You are wonderful, beautiful, amazing and so much more!

  223. Praying for your family, Courtney. Your posts have always been an encouragement to me and I hope reading these comments filled with love will be a help to you.

  224. Courtney,
    You are a daughter of the King! You have modeled this every step of the way. Satan is here to destroy, but our Jesus redeems. Thank you for all you have shared over the years and I pray the Lord will continue to use you as His vessel to teach and encourage women. My heart is broken for you and yes! You & your family will be uplifted in prayer. May He do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.

  225. Courtney I feel so close to you like you’re my own daughter and my heart is broken for you all! I am reminded of Deuteronomy 20:4 that The Lord is on your side and He has the victory. Will keep you all in prayer❤️

  226. I am so sorry. My parents divorced after 37 years. It was a brutally painful thing for our family. I commend your class and grace in how you wrote this article. I know from reading your book and blog for years the value you placed on family and your home. I am just so sorry and I am sure God has a plan for you. You and your children will be in my prayers.

  227. Courtney, my heart breaks for you. I have a pretty good sense as to what happened. It happened to me too. My divorce was final a little over a year ago. We share custody with our 7 year old son. It’s been a long painful road, BUT my relationship with God has never been stronger. No matter what happens, He loves you and is always there for you. And He knows how to create good out of evil which one day you will see when the time is right. You are brave and beautiful for sharing your story. Never stop believing that. Please continue with your and don’t be afraid to be real and raw by sharing your heart. It will help other women going through the same thing. I will pray for you and your family,

    Blessings,
    Jodi

  228. Oh Courtney. Although we have never met I feel as if I know you because you have shared so much of yourself in your posts. You are an inspiration and your words have been such a blessing to me. My heart breaks for you and your family. And you are right, Satan attacks those who are most faithful. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  229. I prayed for you and your family. As you see from the comments, we all have a story, a heartbreak, a testimony. There are successes and failures too. But thru it all we are learning to see and trust the hand of God to repair, restore and redirect. Thank you for your honestly. Please keep sharing your story. You are needed and appreciated and God can use your story to encourage others to find hope and life during and after devastation.

  230. Courtney, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are not alone. You have been an inspiration to me. I have loved your bible studies and have changed me. Thank you for honesty.

  231. I will certainly be praying for you, your family and Keith. You’re right. The devil is out there seeking whom he may devour. I myself am in this midst of this battle. It’s the same as you. Never would have I thought my beloved would leave my children and I. But God is good. He is faithful. He will bless you richly for staying faithful to Him. No doubt about that. You are loved. I will be praying faithfully. I pray for strength, peace, comfort and joy for you family. I pray for Keith as well. I pray he will heed to the Spirit’s voice in his heart. May God bless you all.

  232. Oh, and one another thing Courtney, even though you feel this crushing, deep pain, one you will get better and be OK. You will become stronger, better, more powerful, beautiful and amazing. Trust me. You will.

    Blessings,
    Jodi

  233. Like a beautiful TAPESTRY….created by our God. Now you’ve allowed us to see the underside; which we all can on some level associate with.
    You. Are a blessing and so very grave.
    Thank you dear sister.
    Pray I will…. oh! How I appreciate you.

  234. Dear Courtney,
    I am so sorry to hear of the pain you have been going through. You have been such a blessing to me as you have taught me to study God’s word in such an effective way. After stumbling across your book in my local library, you began teaching and blessing me with your words and witness. Your witness is beautifully demonstrated through your sharing in this post. Praying for you and your children – that God will bring beauty from these ashes and give you strength. Thank you for your passion in your teaching and your living example and for your teaching and guidance to so many women who have been looking for a Godly woman (you) to serve as their mentor. You are brave and courageous – may God’s blessings fill your cup to overflowing.

  235. I am very saddened by your news. I started following you this past summer. Your daily devotional has been a great encouragement to me. I will be in prayer for your family, your husband, and your children.

    Psalm 61 is a great prayer;
    Hear my cry oh God, attend unto my prayer. From the ends of the earth, will I cry out to thee. When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For though hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
    I am praying now that God will be your strong tower.

  236. Courtney, I have been with you for a long time. You have helped me though so many times in my life. I am an older woman who should have been teaching the younger women but you were such a blessing to me in my walk with the Lord. I am now the older woman and want to love on you. If I could I would come over and sit with you, I would listen and we would weep and laugh together. The Lord has taught me much over the years in ministering to the broken-hearted. My heart breaks over what has happened, He is FAITHFUL! Will uphold you and your family in my prayers. Keep on walking with the King!

  237. My heart breaks for you. You are such a strong woman! May the Lord carry you through.
    Thank you for all you do through this ministry, it lifts me up.
    I will pray that you be lifted up by the Lord and that He breaths peace into your life, that His will be done, that satan finds no room in your life and leaves immediately.

  238. Oh Courtney, my heart goes out to you. God has made you an overcomer… keep walking with the King and May the Lord keep you in perfect Shalom… Abba Father by all the powers by which you are known to be God Almighty, arise and intervene in Courtney’s home and marriage in Jesus name. Restore her marital joy O Lord in Jesus name, Amen!

  239. I have walked this road, and I know something of this kind of pain. Being a single mother is frightening, but it is also blessed. Being a “rejected” wife is devastating, but in the midst of it, you find that Jesus is enough, and that He rebuilds the broken places of your life.

    I cannot promise that God will restore your marriage – He didn’t restore mine – but I can promise that you will never, ever, for one moment, walk the road alone. He will carry you.

    Prayers and blessings to you and your children.

  240. Courtney,

    This post shocked me! I think my heart actually skipped a beat. I have had the pleasure to meet you in 2013. Your blog helped me not to divorce MY husband after I’d discovered his infidelity, a Biblical grounds for divorce. Through the grace of God, I was able to forgive & we reconciled.

    I will pray the same for you. And your precious children…and also Keith. May God bless you all!

  241. Courtney,
    Im so sorry to hear this.
    Sending you a BIG HUG from another Ohio girl
    Much love
    You and your family will be in my prayers ♡♡♡♡
    Lisa Scott

  242. We just sang this song in church yesterday. I had no idea what was happening to you, but I did have some guesses. I certainly am praying for you and your family. Lord, I just lift up this situation and ask you to protect Courtney and her family. Give her the peace that only you can give. And I thank you, God that she has encouraged so many of us through her blogs and writings. I have a whole new appreciation of the Bible through the coloring method that I learned from her. Thank you for being with her in this maelstrom.

  243. Courtney, I am very sorry that you are in this storm. It is one that has shaken the walls of many our homes. After more than one attempt through the years of Christian marriage counseling, I was the one who decided I could not continue. We were married 19 years and our only child was entering sixth grade. I cannot imagine the pain you feel in these particular circumstances of betrayal, but a number of my friends have experienced it.. You already know what will allow you to survive this terrible storm: God. Is. Enough. A single mom was not part of my dreams. God sees us through when we feel strong and when we are a heap on the floor filled with sorrow. There are those within your circle who will help hold up your arms during this time of battle and struggle. You WILL emerge from this war, stronger than before through the power of the Father. Praying for you.

  244. My sister, I have learned so much from you. This post teaches me even more, and I know I will continue to learn from you.

    Your warm heart shines right through your big smile and your words influence lives across the globe. You are a testament to your Creator. He knows you well and He is in control.

    I am so sorry for this pain and I am praying for your family. Peace and Love to you.

  245. I am so sorry to hear this news. My heart breaks for you, your husband and your children. I am praying for your family.

  246. Praying for peace for your family and for Keith’s restoration in faith. Just know your ministry continues to inspire and God will make good from this challenge.

  247. Courtney, I am so so sad to hear this. I have been following your blog and doing your studies since 2011 with 1 John being my first study. And oh, how I grown due in part to these studies and your teachings. Satan is running rampant destroying marriages. I have had 2 very dear people to me just recently lose their marriages. Both Christ followers. And it was a shock. This is something near and dear to my husband and I. It has broken our hearts. We are both on our second marriage and have fought a tough battle ourselves in our marriage. But our marriage was restored to the best it has ever been. I left in 2009. There had been infidelity. There was anger. Satan was winning. We had been married for 8 years at this time. Leaving was the best thing for our marriage. We both grew toward God in our separation and He gave forgiveness, grace and mercy. I was gone for a year. And divorce was my plan. Until I stopped to listen for God. There is always hope. I will pray for wounded hearts to mended. For God to give you both guidance. For God to remind you both who your real enemy is. For softening of hearts. And for restoration of your marriage. And of course for peace that passes all understanding for your whole family in all of the waiting. I believe God wants marriage to stay intact. And the enemy wants to kill people and take hold of them. The marriage is where he hits families……God always has the victory. And I will stand on that with you and your precious family. Love you Courtney. You have always been an inspiration to me and it has overflowed in how I handle my house and family. Thank you!

  248. Oh Courtney, I am so sorry you and your children are going through this. I have so much I could share with you, but I know I cannot fit it all here. Feel free to e-mail me if you would like for me to share more about what I have learned. I too have been through a separation with my husband of 26 years. Although he is back home, he has not repented and I feel like we have an in house separation. I also have 2 teenagers. I just wanted to say after being a Christian for over 22 years, I have been just learning in the past 2 or 3 years about our authority as children of God over ALL the works of the enemy. That’s what I would love to share and encourage you more about. I would also HIGHLY recommend the REJOICE MINISTRIES website formed by a husband and wife who were divorced for 2 years after he was unfaithful. He has gone on to be with the Lord, but he did come back after 2 years, they were remarried, and he wrote books and devotions about his time away, what he was going through to give insight and encouragement for those in the same situation. The website has been such a blessing to me, many testimonies, prayers and encouragement. I will leave you with this, do not give up, no matter what is going on, right now, no matter what situation your husband is in, what he is doing. It is a trap of the enemy, I know you already know,but take your stand and fight with the Word of God, Rejoice Ministries is all about the standers, how to stand while you are waiting, how to deal with the pain, loneliness, day to day feelings. Again, please feel free to e-mail me so I can encourage you, Courtney. And, I will absolutely be praying for you and your family. You are more than a conqueror and an overcomer through the Blood Of the Lamb and the word of your testimony!!

  249. You are a blessing and an inspiration to me and countless others. Praying for you and your family during this time of loss and transition.

  250. Dear Courtney, I only discovered you recently through my daughter’s recommendation. I was desperate for fellowship in studying God’s Word. Reading your post grieves me so much. I do feel for you, you most certainly are going through a very dark valley. Thank you for your courage in sharing. May you keep experiencing God’s presence through this awesome trial. He is faithful and will uphold you. Hugs from Jane in Enbgland, UK.

  251. Courtney, My heart breaks for you and your children. I pray you cling to your Lord and Savior during this time. Praising God for His goodness in providing you with family and friends you can lean on and especially the faith He instilled in you all those years ago. Stay strong my friend. Know you are greatly loved by this community of Jesus girls. Praying for you!
    Walk with the King!❤

  252. Courtney,

    My heart hurts for you and your family. Strength will be found in the Lord and you will persevere. My prayer is for comfort for you and your family and that Keith will be reminded of the truth that he knows and will return to it. Restoration to the Lord above all else for that is the greatest relationship lost! Thank you for sharing your grief – we all need to be reminded that nothing is certain so long as every person has choices to make each and every day. Putting our faith in God above all else and focusing on the goal of heaven. Hugs and prayers for you and yours!

  253. Dearest Courtney,
    I have been following your blog for several years and even though I’m probably almost old enough to be your Mom, ????you have been such a blessing to me. I feel the same as Lyn who wrote above me, wanting to come over,sit with you, and love you. You are so dear, your love for the Lord shines through in everything you write. You have such an innocence about you in a wonderful refreshing way.
    I would never think the things you have said in your blog or book about marriage were not true! But as you said Satan is a roaring lion waiting to devour…but Jesus is the victor, not Satan so I pray you do not lose heart and cling to Him..I also see you have a Godly Mom to love and encourage you, as well as the rest of your family…along with dear Godly friends that we’ve seen on your blog as well.
    Will be praying for you and your kids and also Keith. And never stop Walking With the King!

  254. I am going through exactly what you are going right now. My husband abandoned our family moved out of state. My kids biological father abandoned them so he was the only father figure they knew. The pain at times is unbearable but being close to God, and using memorize scriptures and repeating them has helped tremendously. Plus I am not BIG on reaching out but I have been shown by God I am going to have to learn on my church family…which has helped me so much! I have recently decided to say if I having a hard time today, just let others know when they ask “How are you?”… “Not good today”…They have stop and give you a big hug usually! It’s been less than month since he left and it been emotional roller-coaster. #prayingforyou
    Psalm 34:18
    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit

  255. Praying for you????! His grace is sufficiently supplying your needs as you walk this journey! You are such an asset to the Body – it’s a privilege to bow before the Lord on your behalf! <>

  256. Oh Courtney, I am so sorry. Of course, I will pray for you, your kids and Keith!! My prayers are with you! Your blog has been an amazing encouragement for me-Thank you! The devil goes after those doing the Lord’s work… and marriages (and therefore children) are his favorite target.

    I will keep you in my prayers!!

  257. He will not let your foot slip — He who watches over you will not slumber… The LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:3, 8

  258. Courtney,

    I want to share my story with you. My best friend and I had our babies together. They are now 4 and 2. We had boys the first time around and then girls. They are only a few weeks apart. Those first two years were killer hard. So she found your Proverbs 31 study and we dove in together. Your blog was the very first that I EVER followed. It was the reason why I made it through the first years as a mother.

    Oh how I cherished your posts!

    During all the never-sleeping and the endless-exhaustion, I visited your blog. I watched the videos and my heart felt able to endure. It was hard, but you were my friend and you helped me through so much. I never commented (or maybe did only once) but was always reading and watching and following.

    We couldn’t get out much with our babies being so little – so we found a Body of Christ to be a part of online. It was a gift I have valued so much over the years. Thank you for giving of yourself to offer that gift to myself and endless other women. Your blog matters. Your writing matters. You matter. Your children matter. Keith matters.

    I would venture to say that taking the advice of your family to keep writing was as much for your own blessing as it was for your readers.

    I hope that the comments on this post have filled your heart with the knowledge of just how influential you have been in the lives of so many.

    I hope you are able to see just how much you have made a difference in the world.

    I hope you are able to know how deep the Father’s love for you is. Vast beyond all measure. That He Who gave His only Son, has made YOU His treasure.

    Much love and appreciation to you,
    Brittany

  259. Oh, Courtney, I am so sorry! So very sorry! I will pray for you and your family. Please take comfort in the dozens of replies that you have received! People love you! Your ministry means a lot to me, and I hope and pray that you will continue to honor God in this way!

  260. Praying for you and your family, sweet friend ❤️ “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 20:50 ????????

  261. Dear Heavenly Father, our hearts grieve with Courtney and her family. Please continue to comfort and strengthen them. Let them feel Your everlasting arms underneath them holding them up and driving out the enemy. Lord we pray for a time of refreshing and restoration for this family.
    In the precious name of Jesus we ask these things. Amen.

  262. I pray that you feel comforted by all the words of love and encouragement. Our world can use an extra dose of kindness and you have helped us learn to give God’s love, starting where it matters most- our home. I will pray for you, your children, and Keith; that you may feel the Holy Spirit in your lives anytime you are in need.

  263. I am so sad for the painful journey you are enduring right now. I just wanted to thank you for being used by the Lord and abiding in Him. He is bearing much fruit in your life and will continue to do so. I have personally been encouraged and equipped through you countless times. I have walked a journey of physical pain for the last two years and there have been a myriad of times that the Lord has used you to minister to me. I have no doubt the Lord is continue to use you in mighty ways. Praying for you now.

  264. I am so very sorry for this loss which leaves a hole in your heart. I know God will fill it. I will keep you in my prayers and I will miss Good Morning Girls very much! Thank you for your hard work and transparency. You are not a failure, just so you know. God bless.

  265. Oh, Courtney, I am so sorry for your pain and struggle. You are so amazing and loved! Thank you for not giving up the blog. Many hugs and prayers to you dear sister.

  266. I am praying for you and your sweet family. Your videos have been so encouraging to me. As I go through a tough season too, I am reminded of Romans 8:31-39 (though all of Romans 8 can be encouraging too). I hope this passage comforts you as it has me.

  267. Praying for you and your sweet family that all will be restored the way it should be. I pray for your strength thru this and reliance on our wonderful Lord who will continue pulling you and your family thru this storm just as He does for all of us when we let Him!

  268. Oh, Courtney! My heart breaks for you!!! How strange is it that as a new follower of your blogs and bible studies (only a few weeks) and JUST as my life has been feeling more and more complete as my relationship with Jesus has started to strengthen, that this news is breaking at the same time my husband, my BEST friend, father of our 3 beautiful babies, (the youngest is 15months), told me last night he wasn’t happy and wanted to separate. What is this?! It’s like a punch in the gut- how is what we’ve built not important enough to fight for? What could be MORE important? Is this just a “mom” thought? I know your heart ache right now and I am so sorry. I will pray for you and your family. Pray for us too. ???? This is the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with and only hope I can walk through this with the same grace and mercy you have very obviously displayed. Thank you for sharing. ????

  269. I have been dreading reading your news because I know that as much as I love you and your blog, that your news would devastate me as well, and it has. Please know I am shedding tears for you. I don’t want to spout anything that sounds trite, but deep in my heart I can’t wait to see the story that God is writing for you. I only hope the happy part gets here quickly! In the meantime, I know that your readers will be enveloping you in prayer, and that our mighty God will strengthen and sustain you even when you feel you can’t go on.

  270. Oh dear. When you think someone’s life is nearly perfect and then you hear something like this. So, so sorry, Courtney. He will hold strengthen you and uphold with his righteous right hand. Prayers for sure.

  271. Good morning my sister. I feel your pain and am there with you. I love you and am praying for you and your family. keep the faith, God will bring you through.

  272. Praying for you and your family Courtney. Your ministry has definitely blessed me as a wife and a new mama when I came across it a couple years ago. I have shared what you do with many women and I am so thankful that you will continue to do what you do. He can make beautiful things out of us, and I ask God to guide you and continue to hide you and your family in the shadow of His wings 🙂

  273. I am so very sorry to read this. My heart breaks for you and your children. I too am divorced for reasons that I had no control over, my ex was not faithful and I went through a very dark road during that time not understanding why, how what did I do so wrong…to deserve this? I am proud of you in your strength and courage to put this out there, sometimes sharing helps us to heal.

    Bless you and your family, I will pray for you!

    P.S. I am thankful you decided to continue with this blog. I find a lot of encouragement here – Thank you!!

    Shelly

  274. Courtney
    God knows that you can withstand your trial or else He would not have given it to you.
    His trust in you explains the trial, no matter how severe it may be.
    God knows your strength and He measures it to the last inch
    Remember no trial has ever been given to anyone that was greater than that person’s strength, through God to endure it.
    Remember you walk with the King!!
    My prayers are with you all!!
    Keep doing God’s will!!

  275. I recently just repurchased your book as I gave my copy to a friend. It has blessed my family so much as does your blog and bible studies. This post, while heartbreaking, speaks to all of us. You have always, ALWAYS maintained that your life was not perfect and that your absolute faith carries you through all of its trials. Now, more than ever, this is true ❤️ I am holding you and your entire family in prayer and I encourage you to share your newly defined family with us as an example of what a Faithful family looks like….it doesn’t have to be the traditional image! Your sister in Christ, Heather

  276. Thanks for your honesty and showing your situation with us. You are not alone. Let’s pray for all the woman reading you that are living the same. Single moms, divorces or even married but with the abscence of husbands…. Hugs and parayers!

  277. Oh Courtney, I am so sorry. Your blog has made a world of difference in my life and in that of my family. Putting you and your family on my prayer list …

  278. Praying for you and your precious family. As my sister went through a very similar situation after 25 years of marriage (she also had biblical grounds for divorce), I can say that your entire family hurts with you. God will see you through and he will be your provider of all things.

  279. You r not alone. God will never leave you nor forsake you.
    Stay positive. Stay focused. Phil. 4:8.
    Enjoy the holidays season with your loving family.
    Praying for u.

  280. Your post was so beautifully written and brought tears to my eyes. I can’t imagine how hard your life has been during the past year, but I know from my own experience how difficult it is to dissolve a marriage when the choice is not yours. I will definitely pray for you and your children.

    Keep looking up, sweet lady.

  281. Your blog has brought me closer to God and has helped me immensely out of a dark place. God is with you and has given you a gift to reach out to so many people. I pray that you find love, peace and joy. God is not done with you and I look forward to hearing what he has in store for you. You are loved and have done so much good for so many and will be rewarded ten fold. Thank you for all you do. Hugs. ????❤

  282. Courtney, I’m praying for you and your family. I’ve been walking the same road this last year. The only thing that has sustained me was the Lord. Thank you for sharing. I would encorage you to read the Christiam Chicks Guide to divorce. There is a need for ministry for women walking this heart breaking road.

    In Him,
    Heidi

  283. Dear Courtney,

    Praying for you and your family. xoxo

    9 The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
    10 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
    for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

  284. Praying for peace and healing for your heart and the hearts of your children. You are loved by many, and we are here for you. We will sit silently with you, while you work your way through this.

  285. I will absolutely pray for you and your family. I have followed you since this study started and just hope you realize what a blessing you have been to all of us even during this stressful time in your own life. Thank you for all you have given.

  286. Courtney: I am so thankful for your blog and how much you have inspired me as a wife, mom, and a follower of Jesus. I am heartbroken for what has happened in your family. I will continue to pray for your family as you go through this storm. You are so strong in the Lord and He loves you so much. Thank you for teaching me how to dig deeper into God’s word and in turn teach my family how to read through the Bible. My pastor just did a series of sermons on storms. If you are interested in listening here is the link: https://mountparan.com/sermons/ and just click on the storms series. Please keep doing the blog. You are an inspiration to so many moms 🙂 May God continue to bless you and your family.
    Thank you,
    Catherine

  287. Sweet sister, my heart feels your pain! Our Journey’s are the sum of our mission in life. While some are stretching us, many are delightful. Each have a divine purpose. Be comforted in the fact that the ache in your heart and the confusion in your soul means that you are still alive and your mission is not yet finished. God’s plans will always be greater and more beautiful then all of your disappointment.

    Sweet blessings,

    https://whatsonmyhearttoday.blogspot.com/2016/10/why-no.html

  288. Courtney, I have loved and will continue to love reading your blog! Thank you for writing! I will pray for your family as you walk through this trial and pray God continues to guide you. Your are so loved and appreciated!

  289. Courtney, my heart ACHES for you. Although I do not know you personally, you have been such an encouragement to me. I am in a blended family and it is HARD sometimes. I read what you shared with us and I could not help but start crying. I will be praying for you, your family and for Keith. I pray healing, restoration, strength and peace….for ALL of you. God sees our tears and our hurts….He is your strong tower. I want to encourage you…..thank you for sharing your life and your heart with us. You are loved and valued by our God. You are truly a DAUGHTER OF THE KING!! Praying….and hugs.

    Joy

  290. Courtney, I will be praying for you. You keep writing and inspiring and encouraging others like you have been. We are not expected to have it all figured out in the areas the Lord calls us to serve. We are expected to trust Him through those areas even when it looks bleak and unsteady. You may end up being an even better example of a wife and mother through this trial because of your trust through the ugliest and hardest parts of life.

  291. Courtney, I am so sorry to hear this about you and your husband. I am praying for you and your family. May the love of God wrap his arms around you and your children. We will continue to lift you and your family in prayer. Take all the time you need. We will be here for you.

  292. I have been following you for over 7 years now <3 My heart breaks for you and your children. Many prayers will be said for all 4 of you. I commend you on your honesty, your strength, and your ability to love through such deep hurt. I am reminded of the saying "When life is to much to handle fall to your knees in prayer" I have no doubt you have and will continue to do this. May God continue to bless you.

  293. I am praying for you and your family. I think God revealed to me, months ago, that this had happened. I was hoping that I was wrong. I am always comforted by John 14:27. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Allow God to give you peace that passes all understanding, even through this hard time in your life. I admire you for continuing to do this blog. I have learned much through the last few years of doing your studies. I pray that God wraps His loving arms around you and your children. I pray that God will convict Keith and draw him back to God, and then your family. Remember John 14:27.

  294. Dear Courtney, God has given you strength in the raging storm. Despite this storm, He has equipped you to keep going, keep writing and not give up. I pray that the enemy’s hands on your family would be removed right now in the name of Jesus. I am also praying for God’s truth to saturate your mind and husband’s mind. I also pray God to touch your children’s hearts. I know this is extremely hard for them too. In my prayers, Ana.

  295. I’m praying for you and your family! May the Lord bless and prosper you! Your blog is what was a major defining point of guidance in my walk with the Lord because I have only been a Christian for a few years and my family as well. I actually felt inspired and called to start my own blog and ministry but I think I’m having doubts now out of fear for my marriage and family maybe i shouldn’t do it. But I’m so grateful for your influence and mentorship. God bless

  296. Thank you so much for sharing. I am in the process of becoming a single mom myself and this was a word I needed today. Prayers for all of you.

  297. Dear Courtney
    My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I am praying for God to reunite your marriage and bring healing to you and your husband. Your blog has been such a blessing to me that I hope you continue it. But I know that you have to take time to heal first.

  298. First off, you and your family will be in my prayers. Of course, you and your children still love him. You always will! He gave you two beautiful children. I pray that God touches his heart and reminds him of all the gifts he has given him. Hold fast, it is tough but you can and will survive this. Trust me.

  299. You are so amazing! Thank you for being so real…you have my prayers. I will continue to lift you up daily and will follow you to see how God will bless you through this all!
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  300. Praying for you sis, I am sad yet another marriage Satan has destroyed. But God is on the throne and can restore what the locusts have eaten. We are praying for you, eyes on Him. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

  301. Praying for you and your family Courtney. I believe Prayer is a powerful weapon and it should not be underestimated. Our God is Great. Come on ladies, we can all be like Miss Clara and have our own WAR ROOM! Check out the novel and the book for encouragement and the power of prayer!

  302. I am sorry. I will definitely be praying for your family! This year has been a hard one in many ways for so many people that I know and love, my family included. Prayers that next year brings with it new joys that spring from these trials. *hugs*

  303. Courtney, I have been through this but you are so right in not letting speak ill of your childrens father. I made that a rule with my family as well. I did not speak ill of him nor would allow anyone else. As the years went by, my children were able to see on their own without any prodding what kind of person their father was. I really believe that God honored that and has helped their father find a really nice lady to marry who my children like. Their father has made major progress and has been attending church for the last several years. Even when things seem their worst, He is there to help you through. It is not easy I’ll not lie, but it does make you stronger in areas that you never realized you could do. Hugs and prayers for your family…

  304. Hi Courtney

    Have you read Jennifer Smith’s Book Unveiled Wife or her book Wife After God.
    She has an amazing marriage testimony of how God saved her marriage from divorce.
    I thought it might encourage you. I have include link here.
    https://unveiledwife.com/about/

  305. You and your entire family, including your ex-husband, are in my prayers. Praying for God’s peace during this time.

  306. Courtney, I am adding to the amazing support you have already received here. I have been in a raging trial of my own with my health for 1.5 years. In the fire, in the storm, in the worry, in the fear, in the unknown I have learned this…God is there. God is gentle and he loves us so much. He weeps when we weep, he rejoices when we rejoice. God walks with us every second of the day. I am so thankful NOTHING catches him off guard.

    Courtney, God has used you mightily. The testimonies of these women prove that God uses the obedient and the faithful.

    Remember Job 42:5 I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. (NLT)

    God proves himself faithful in a storm.

    Blessings to you and your family.

    xo

  307. Dear Courtney–Like so many others, I have never commented before, but I was so moved by your post today that I had to write to say that yes, I will keep you and your family in my prayers! Your post is perfectly crafted and is a true testament to your faith in God. May it be a lesson to everyone who faces such heartache that there is no need for the vitriol that is often spewed about under such circumstances. In the couple of years that I have followed your blog and read along in the Bible with you I have learned so much, so I thank you for providing a place where people from all over the world can come together and better understand God’s word. Thank you also for demonstrating your profound faith during this most difficult time. It’s easy to be faithful during the good times, but you are truly walking in faith during this turmoil. I pray that when I face trials (which I know everyone does eventually, in some form or another) that I can remember your fine example and trust in God with the intensity that you exhibit. Peace be with you and your entire family. You are a blessing to many and I know God will bless you with healing. N.

  308. I’m so sorry, Courtney! The devil prowls and we suffer, but I and so many others are praying for healing and for the Lord to lead you through this storm. God will prevail! I have dealt with divorce and found victory over the evil. It was tough and hard to see God’s will, but now I can look back and see that he made me stronger and sent my current husband of 25 years to me to plant a family and glorify Him. Keep the faith as I and so many will be praying for you, Keith, and the children to find peace and strength and healing. Love and Hugs!

  309. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m going through the same thing right now and it is very difficult and so often lonely. I admire your strength in sharing because I know I have endured my share of judgement and people’s well intended advice on how if I did this or that and just tried harder or prayed more I could fix this. I am kind to them despite just wanting to yell and cry that I have of course done everything I can and I talk to God all of the time! This is something I also didn’t think I would be going through but I know God has a plan for us and we will make it through with his help. I appreciate your talking about this because in my world of Christian friends I feel like I’m the only one in my situation. Some people are kind it’s still just awkward being in an ABF or anywhere because everyone is in couples and doesn’t know how to interact with just one. I would love it if there was a “single moms” bible study….but I don’t know if any of us would have the time to be there, lol. I really am sorry that you’re going through this, I know it’s difficult, I will be praying for you and your kids.

  310. Courtney – I’m deeply sadden to learn of this major disruption within the center of your family. My prayers are with you and your entire family. While I don’t know you all personally, I’m shockingly reminded that all of us are vulnerable to the devil’s work – I never would’ve thought that you and your family would be going through this (I’m sure the same is/was true for you too). Sending my prayers and warm hugs. Something good has to come from this.

  311. I’m so very proud of you for staying strong and relying on God through this heartbreaking trial! I’m praying for you and your family; I’ve been where you’re sitting and it does get easier. Until that time. cry, pray, and write!

  312. Praying for you, your children, and your husband! I am so terribly sorry. Thank you for your transparency and for obeying the Lord. You are setting an example for us all.

  313. Praying for your family. You’ll never believe how strong you are, until you have to be a single mom. I’ve been one for two years and some of my greatest joys have been as a single mom. I look back and think wow, you’ve continued to raise and provide for a Godly son and gotten a master’s degree?! They’ll be struggles but thankfully you have a supportive family, friends and most of all, God!

  314. I will definitely keep you and your family in my prayers. Yesterday, my Pastor preached on blessing the Lord no matter what. The sermon was based on the scripture Psalm 34:1-8. One phrase that stuck with me was this: “My pressure will not stop my praise!!” Whatever we go through in life, we are to praise God no matter what. I pray that you and your family keep God first, bless His name, and watch God move on your behalf. I pray that whatever the Will of God is, you will accept, whether it is for your husband to come back or strength for you to move forward with your life. Just keep giving Him praise, and he will move on in your life like never before. He’s done before and He can do it again. So thankful you will continue to write. You just don’t know how many other people you have helped by sharing your testimony. Thank you and God bless you and your family!!!

  315. Oh Courtney
    I am just so very very sorry. I know you are showing us your “brave” face and that privately this is so painful. You are such a great example of faith! Thank you for sharing and being transparent with your own personal struggles. Most people want to just hide them and forget, go numb. Thank you for acknowledging that we are targets of Satan and he wants us to lose our faith in God (really he’s just making us stronger-that’s ironic but true). Please take care of yourself physically. Stress is horrible for our bodies and I hope you have some strong support to help you through this. And please remember that your kids need all the help they can get to go through this too. Again I am so sorry. Praying for your strength.

  316. Dear Courtney. You are also in my prayers. May God restore what the enemy seeks to destroy. We are more than conquerors through Christ who strengthens us. I pray everyday His grace enables you to walk peacefully with his provision until we see His name victorious over the battle being fought for your family.
    Love you sister.
    Thank you for all your encouragement to all of us.

  317. Courtney,

    My heart aches for Kieth, he has lost so much in this time; a wonderful Godly wife who is an example of what most of us strive to be & awesome children. I pray that God is convicting him & he is open to the beautiful restoration God can provide.

    I know that you & you children are in pain right now, but may God protect you all from attacks by satan and provide you with peace that he is handling Kieth & that his will is being done in this bad season, may you know that when this season ends there will be an even brighter light shining through you & you kids for the Lord.

    In Jesus name may you know that on the hard days you have a plethora of people praying over you.

  318. Courtney, look at all of these comments! There are women all over the world that are now praying for you and holding up your family through this storm. You have touched so many through your faithfulness to God; please don’t let your trial stop you in your tracks. I’ve been following your blog for the past year and I’ve never commented, but today, I want you to know how important your work has been in my life. You and your family will be in my prayers. I don’t know how God is going to work it all out, but I know He sees you, He loves you, and He will carry you through this. As you always remind us, please keep Walking with the King!

  319. Courtney,
    I am so sorry you and your family are going thru this. Thank your your honesty. I am praying for you and your children as well as Keith. May God comfort and bless you,

    much love,
    natalie

  320. OH Courtney !! My heart breaks for you !! Please don’t stop ! So many women need this ! I have been in your place and it was encouraging other women like yourself that helped me through !
    Also, DONT GIVE Up !!! We had a couple in our small group who divorced . Papers signed , done deal ! It as a rough year for my dear friend , but her husband came back !!!! God led him back to his family and we were honored to stand up with them as they married each other again !!!! We actually have two couples in our church who remarried again! Have faith ! God CAN do it !!! Praying for you !!! I have been so thankful for you over many years now !

  321. Devastated for you. I hope you find much support and love from your community like you have on this community. You are a godly woman and I have much respect for you. I will continue to pray for you and your family. I pray that your ministry grows and blesses many other as it has me. God is good but I can only imagine how hurt you are. Walk with the King and He’ll keep you in peace.

  322. I will be praying for you and your family. My heart hurts for you. You have been such an inspiration and encouragement to me. A true role model.

  323. Dear Courtney
    I’m not sure if this is allowing me to pos from outside the USA so I’ll try once more.adter following you for many years and through you,finding my walk with the Lord,I want you to know that like so many others commenting here,you are loved! And I am so very very sorry for what you are going through.my heart breaks for you and I shall pray for you and your family at this difficult time.i have been where you are and I feel your pain????And I send up prayers also for your children and Keith.God is awesome and can make something wonderful from something broken.sending much love and hugs x

  324. Courtney,
    I have only been following your blog for a little while. My cousin gave me your book to read. I have enjoyed your blog and devotions. It has really blessed me. I am so sorry to hear about this. The Devil is fighting our Christian homes so much now. I have seen so many people in our church separate. It breaks my heart. Please know that I am praying for you and your family. God can restore your marriage. Psalms 37:4 says Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. God knows your heart and that you desire to have your marriage restored. God is the healer of broken hearts- Our Jehovah Rapha. Praying that God opens Keith’s heart and brings him back home. Much Love,
    Holly

  325. Crying.

    What a testimony you are.

    I love you SO much friend.

    Grieving with you.

    Goodness, I don’t know what else to say but I’m so very sorry!

    I know the Lord is upholing you, but goodness, this must STINK!

    May His grace and hope for the future sustain you!

    HUGS and more hugs.

    Love, Traci Michele

  326. I will definitely pray for you and your family as I have been and am going through the same thing. My husband if 33 years left our home over 3 years ago and initiated divorce proceedings and I too signed them. I am currently waiting on the final paper from court telling me the date it was officially over in the eyes of the world.
    I am thankful that you too deny ill spoken words towards your husband as I too do the same. While I am hurt and frustrated and sometimes angry, I do not hate my husband but love him. I’m sure you agree that this love we have been given for our husbands is from Gods hand and heart.
    I will pray for you all now and ask prayers for my 3 grown daughters and myself as well. My strong faithed children have lost their way since this has happened, especially my youngest daughter. I will pray for your children.
    I wish we could sit together and talk, study His word and pray.
    Be still and know that I Am God.
    Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.
    Julie

  327. I am fairly new to your blog. My heart broke as I read your announcement this morning. I am praying for strength for you and your kids. I have been going through a storm this past year also. The one good thing coming from it is that I have been drawing closer to my heavenly Father. He will get you through this, just stay by His side.

  328. Dear Courtney, with tears falling down my face, please know that you are so precious, you are one of Gods tender little ones, that He uses to touch others in a powerful way. Thank you for shining your hunger and thirst for righteousness to all of us. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will pray for you and your family(your hubby included). Love in Jesus Ingrid

  329. I am so very sorry Courtney, I have followed your blog and watched your videos for a few years now and you have been such an encouragement to me so many times. I am praying for you and your family during this time and praying that your husband turns his heart back to you and that the Lord will restore him and your family.

  330. Courtney, I’m so very, very sorry to hear this terrible news. I’ve been following you for many years, and feel like you are one of my good friends, so I’m just so sad that you have had to go through this. I will keep you and your children in my prayers.

  331. Wow, I don’t even know if you will be able to read through all of these comments!

    I literally sat down on my bed and cried when I read this. I had to come back later to reply.

    Dear, dear sister in the Lord, we love you, we mourn with you, we support you and we will uphold you in prayer.

    We have not met, but we are one. We are one body in Christ. All of us ladies across the globe who have been praying, studying and reading together are the one united body of Christ and we will form a united circle to stand with and support you, your family, and the other ladies who are dealing with painful situations.

    God is still on the throne and He will carry all of us through our journeys from the valleys to the mountaintops, from the rocky climbs to the serene grassy meadows of this exile in this world as we make our way home.

    Know that God has used you greatly for His kingdom and will continue to use you to make a difference for all of eternity, in my life, in the life of my friends as I share your resources and teachings, in the lives of tens of thousands of women across the globe who are likewise touched by you or by someone you touched. But most importantly, He will continue to use you to bless your children.

    Love you sister.

  332. I start following you because the same thing happened to me so I found your instagram page and started studying my bible and praying. You have no clue how you helped me. Some days I would be mad at God and you post would pop up reminding me to study my bible and what chapter we were on with tear rolling down my face and read. I know your pain but I’m not mad at him I pray for him and wish him well. And will do the same for your husband as well as you and the children. So glad you pushed through because of you I declined anti depressants and picked up my bible and some highlighters.

  333. Dear Courtney, My heart breaks for you and your family. I am so sorry that you going through this. I will pray for you and your family with fervency and with the righteousness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    I am so sorry that I have never commented on your blog. I have been reading for years and I have been encouraged and my faith has been strengthened. I am so thankful for you and your heart for Christ and His daughters. You are an amazing woman of God. Please don’t give up your writing. It is truly a gift from the Lord.

    With all my love,
    Jennifer

  334. Courtney, I have tears streaming down my face as I read this. I am so, so sorry for you and the kids. You, the kids and Keith are in my prayers.

    Your bible studies and blog have transformed my life and I can’t thank you enough for that.

    Marriage is so hard. Mine hasn’t been great, but God got us through those tough times. I’ll be praying for you through this storm. ????

  335. First of all I’ve so enjoyed these studies to get me into the Word! The online guidance you have provided -key verses,etc.- are just what I need to keep it simple but solid. My husband and I have been been walking through the fire too in the past several years with church relationships, death of my Mom and so many complicated things around those two scenarios. Secondly, my heart bleeds with you and your children as this relationship with your Sweetheart and Father is severed. I C.A.N.N.O.T. imagine. But I care. And I will pray for redemption to this and for God to turn the heart of your husband. I’m so sorry!
    May God sustain and carry you and give you grace to be faithful!

  336. Praying for you & your family, Courtney! Thank you for trusting God as you make yourself so vulnerable to the public.

  337. My heart goes out to you and your family! Trusting our Heavenly Father to hold you close and carry you through. Praying for His peace to envelope you.

  338. Oh hun my thoughts and prayers are with not only you and your children but for your ex-husband as well as you navigate these new waters for you. I have just recently, within the last two years, gotten a divorce and through everything I have felt and went through with my children and my ex I have tried my best to keep the negative words away from my children about their father no matter what was ever said or done on his or my part bc I don’t want my children to ever feel like they’re in the middle or have to choose. At the beginning of the process for me I has just within the year prior to that started reading the bible and changing who I was as a mother and person bc I didn’t like the person I was. I found the most amazing and special relationship with God through the process of my divorce and it couldn’t have happened at a better time. I know now that the things that have happened in my life has been for a reason and for lessons that I needed to learn and to teach my children. Everyone used to always tell me it gets better with time and that heart wrenching pain does get lesser and lesser. I used to get so angry and now I know they were right. It does get better with time but you have to let yourself heal and go through all the emotions that going through a divorce entails and one day you will be able to look back and say the same thing. I’m not good with words at all but just know you and everyone involved is in my thoughts and prayers and I pray that God will be with each of you as you continue on this new direction in your life.

  339. Let me start out by saying you are a powerful, warrior for God who has encouraged and taught God’s word to countless women! Of course Satan is mad and breathing down your back! His time is shorter shorter here and he has a bone to pick with anyone spreading God’s word. He wants u to question and turn ur back on God and make us look foolish to the world. But don’t fall for his tricks. I am a single mom whos husband passed of cancer 11 yrs ago when my kids were little. I have been pure and obedient to God for 11yrs and it hasn’t Been easy. Yet I know his laws Are good and right. I will not blend into the world when God says sex before marriage is clearly sin and will keep me from seeing him. God is better than any man! I know he has spiritual men awaiting in the future. I will pray for you and your family deeply. Thank you for your open heart and vulnerability.

  340. First I want to say Thank you, thank you for being so honest with us, thank you for being real. I watched something similar happen to a friend of mine and she broke her heart as it was not what she wanted at all. God held her all the way. He will hold you, he has you in the palm of his hand and although its not his direct will nor yours he knows this is what you have faced and what you will face. take courage and strength from Him. I want to thank you for blessing so many women you have been such a blessing to me, and i pray that God will touch you on behalf of us all.xx

  341. I received this e-mail post right in time. (God has a way of doing that.) First, let me say you are bold for continuing to write and put others ahead of yourelf…even when you don’t feel like it. I know our Father will be blessing you beyond your imagination for that.
    For the past 4 years, my family has been going through something as well and next Monday is a big day which could mean my husband comes back home to me, or I visit him in prison for the next 25 months of our otherwise unseparated life.
    As you have described how your life has “changed” I commend you for being open about it. Many women out there feel stuck and need to hear from someone going “through” it. That that’s exactly what it is…going through it. God brings us through and though it may feel like you don’t know what the future will hold, I am sure with God you will see although it was hard, it wasn’t as hard as it could be without God.
    Let me leave you with this encouragement: 2 Chronicles 20:1-26. The valley they walked through, they later called the “Valley of Blessing”. When we walk through our valleys of the shadow of death (Psalm 23), God brings us through and they become our valleys of blessings. Stay encouraged. You have many people (both women and men) encouraging you.

  342. My heart is breaking for you. And I’m so blessed by the fact that even though you have been going through so much for so long and still blogging and making videos encouraging OTHERS blows my mind. I am so sorry you are going through this and I will be praying for you and your children like I know you would pray for me. I can’t even begin to tell you all the times that something you have written or said has helped and encouraged me through hard times.
    Much love to you….❤️

  343. Courtney, I have read your blog off and on over the years. I wept this morning as I read this latest entry. I too went through a very painful divorce 22 years ago and my divorce was biblical as well but not because of my ex husband’s actions but because of mine. I can’t say that I know your pain but I remember the pain it brought to my husband and daughter. I left a very loving husband and 12 yo daughter for another man. I quickly learned that the grass was NOT greener on the other side. I promise you that if I could do things over again, I would. 14 years post divorce, God brought me to my knees in desparate need of Him. The guilt and shame I carried for many years has been broken only by the grace of God. This former unworthy adultrous woman has been forgiven and healed. Thank you, JESUS. God restored my relationship with my daughter and brought a beautiful Christain woman into my former husbands life. I pray that God bombards your husbands heart as He did mine. I stand with, and beside you. I believe all things are possible with God.
    I’ll sign myself…… Worthy of His Love.
    Remember…. you walk THROUGH the valley. You WILL come out the other side.
    God bless you!
    xo

  344. Courtney, my heart breaks for you and your family. Remember no weapon formed against you will ever prosper. You are such a precious sister in Christ and it will be my honor to pray for you. Satan wants nothing more than to divide and destroy families. The battle is real but our God is much greater than anything we have to face in this world. Stand and know I’m standing with you!! The enemy has to flee at the name of Jesus! JESUS, JESUS, JESUS!!
    I love you, Courtney. ????❤️

  345. Dear Courtney:

    I am so sorry your family is going through this difficult time. I am praying for you and your kids. You are right, at the end (and beginning) God is all we need, and we need to focus not on this life, but on what comes next.

    You have been such a wonderful inspiration for me. Your book sits on my night stand and is frequently my source of advise.

    “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”

    My kids and I just prayed for you. Thank you for sharing your trial as it will be an inspiration for many going through similar situations. May God bless you.

  346. I will be praying for you and your family, Courtney. We, too, have been going through a difficult storm in our home (of a different type) for a long time. Actually, several different storms. Satan is trying to wreak havoc. But through it all, our God guides the ship. I am grateful for your blog. It is always very encouraging. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry that you and your family are having to go through this. As a sister in Christ, I love you.

  347. Courtney: I am joining with others and with you in prayer. I will pray for your children, your husband, and you. I can only imagine the hurt and pain you are all experiencing right now (and have this year). I ask God to continue to be your rock, shelter, strength and even joy. Hugs!

  348. I am so sorry for you! My heart just broke. I cried and I am praying for you. I hope you remain strong and courageous through this. May GOD continue to bless you abundantly.

  349. I am so sorry Courtney! I have been praying for you and I will continue. Your kids as well.

    I am a single Mom and if you ever need anything please don’t hesitate to contact me. You have been a blessing to me and countless others, let me and everyone else love on you for a bit. I will walk beside you and be your encourager as well. I will uphold you in prayer.

    I love your post, even through your pain you reminded me of the fact that God truly is enough. I’m glad that your family encouraged you to continue. We all would miss your pretty smile and loving encouragement.

    I meant it when I said if you need anything, please contact me. May God give you and your kids a double dose of His Love and Presence today and always as you shared this with all of us.

  350. Dearest Courtney,

    My heart is broken. I am in tears over what you have been through this past year. I am so sorry for your loss.

    I often think that I must be raising the next Billy Graham with the way that satan keeps attacking me. But God is stronger, and while He can not change the freewill of your husband, His will, will be done.

    I am so thankful that He has been your comfort and peace. Your testimony through this is beautiful (Beauty for Ashes) and gives all the glory to God. Which is exactly what you want, I know.

    Keep walking with the King, Courtney!!!

    Blessings,
    Amy

  351. My heart breaks for you. I understand the pains of a troubled marriage,but I can’t imagine the pain of divorce. I am praying for you and you family. God is so very good.

  352. Dear Courtney,
    My heart is broken for you and your children. Your courage to share this devastating news will bring throngs of sisters in Christ to be praying for you and your family. Satan is a destroyer, but God can take anything and bring victory, healing, strength. Although you are walking this challenging journey, your godly example is going to encourage and show others how to make it with Jesus. The number of families going through these similar circumstances is growing. And we know that Satan won’t stop until all is destroyed. However, when someone is steadfast on Christ, He will keep in perfect peace. As hard as it may be, remember that God knows and sees the big picture that He will bring into place. He is ever faithful and even when we lack in faith….He still remains faithful. He remembers that we are dust. I will be praying for you courtney. I pray that God will be your hiding place, your place of refuge, your guide in each and every circumstance that comes your way. I pray that He will heal your heart and pour out the oil of gladness upon you. I will be praying for your children. I pray that they will be shielded and protected from any flaming arrows of the enemy. I pray for healing in their beings and that the Lord would develop them as strong, mighty warriors who are solid in their faith and strong on the Rock of Jesus. I pray for your ministry. I pray that Jesus will cause it to explode with purpose, freedom and lives changed as women are brought to the Good Shepherd. I pray that what the enemy meant for evil, God will turn for good and even greater than we can imagine. Dear sister, we’ve never met, but you are deeply loved and cherished. To Jesus be the glory forever and ever! ~Jordan Sauvage

  353. Dear Courtney,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your family. Your blog has inspired me and the women of my church; you have positively influences so many lives here in Charlottesville, VA. I am so grateful to God for you and the wisdom you provide. Additionally, your blog has helped me focus on God, even when I felt my faith wavering. My heart breaks for your family and I will be praying that you all find peace in this dark time.

    Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing such a personal story.

    You are loved,
    Lyndsey

  354. O Sweet Courtney, my prayers are so deep for you and your precious family. As God has helped you this far, he will continue…
    My husband left me (my children’s father)when the children were toddlers and we were divorced for 14 years. Married to other people, and God got a hold of him and me and restored our marriage. I would of NEVER thought it would of happened. I grew to hate him, but our children’s prayers was finally answered. Looking back now, God started restoring our relationship 2 years before we started back talking/dating. We just celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary in September. No, our marriage isn’t perfect now, but we know God restored our relationship and marriage .
    Praying for you all continuously.

  355. Oh, Courtney I weep with you!! I feel as though I know you well because I’ve followed your blog for several years. I am so very sorry this happened to you. I will lift you up in prayer and your children every single day. I pray that God will restore what the locusts have eaten in your life and will redeem you. Take a break as long as you need and you can be as real as you need to be here. I wish I could give you a big hug right now and look you in the eye and tell you I’m sorry and it’s not your fault. Praying for God’s comfort and peace and strength to overwhelm you all!
    Love you, Sister in Christ!

  356. Courtney,
    These are the times when God carries us. When we see only ONE set of footprints.
    Your parents, sisters, and in-laws were very wise to give you a job, KEEPING YOUR MIND ON CHRIST, through this time doing your studies.
    We love you. Our prayers will be with you. The children, and Keith.
    In Him,
    Kim

  357. Praying for your family and asking for prayers for mine as well. We’ve been going through something very similar since June.

  358. Oh sweet sister!! So sad to hear this. Tears running down my cheeks as I read this. My girls and I have followed you for many years. You are such an encouragement to so many.
    I pray that you are surrounded by the same encouragement that you have given others. I pray for your children and yourself as well as your ex husband. I pray that whatever the plans the Lord has for y’all that He would bring y’all an amazing amount of peace in His direction.
    Blessings ❤️

  359. I am so saddened to hear this. You are such an inspiration and I have truly enjoyed being part of GMG for the last year and a half. Diving into scripture with these journals brought me back to my faith and revived a large part of my spirit that had been asleep for awhile.

    I was praying for you this weekend and hoping that this was not the news you would share. I was divorced very young, just 2 years into the marriage without children. It took me 15 years to be able to walk down the aisle again. But no matter the situation – divorce is excruciatingly painful.

    God is faithful! He’s our Healer, Redeemer, Comforter, Father, Great Love.

    Praying for you and your family, children, and Keith for healing. You are not alone. Keep walking with the King!

    “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
    They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
    I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.” – Lamentation 3:22-24

  360. Courtney,

    I am really sorry – Know that you are loved and cherished by the one who sits on the throne. I will pray for protection, wisdom, strength, and most of all love. I pray that your desires in your heart are and will be from the one who chose you and created you. You are a blessing for so many women. Watch out for those fiery arrows that the evil one sends continuously. Remember the armor of God and remember what is truth! Looking forward to hearing from you and sharing in your journey that God has already planned. Continue to look up and live loved.

  361. Oh Courtney,
    I am reminded of something that Priscilla Shirer has taught during her Armor of God study. An eagle can sense a storm coming. He will go to the highest point he can find and lock his wings. When the storm comes, the locked wings allow him to rise above the storm instead of being sucked into it. It gave new meaning to Isaiah 41;30 for me. I am praying that the Lord will give you locked wings so that you may rise above this storm.

  362. Courtney I’m deeply saddened for you and your family. Praying for you all! It is hard, but you are a strong woman of God and you will get through this.

  363. Reading this brought tears to my eyes as I recalled my feelings during my divorce. My heart breaks for you and your boys but you know well that God will carry you guys through. I praise you for your openness on this chapter of your life. Great things will be coming your way. You and your family will be in my prayers!!

  364. I am so sorry to hear you are going through this. Thank you for sharing and your transparency. You, Keith and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand. I am devastated for you. Hugs & prayers!
    I am not very good at expressing myself but please know that I will be praying for you, Keith and your family.
    God Bless you and your ministry.

  365. Hi Courtney, As i was reading your post it just broke my heart but i know that God has a purpose in all things and sometimes we dont understand why things happened the way the do but i know that you are a special person to God and to milkions of women you have touched through your ministry. We may not know what in store for us but we can faithful out our trust in God that his plans are better than ours and theres things coming even better than before. I so admire you and your strengh through this tough times and hope and pray you family would be restore in God perfect timing. ❤❤❤Stay strong and keep cutting the devils head off with touching more womens life with your ministry you are a bless women Courtney!

  366. Your courage in sharing something so personal is so brave and I commend you. Do know that you’re not alone and the enemy has declared war on marriages. Stay steadfast in your faith and keep praying. I’ll add you to my prayers. May the Lord continue to bless you.

  367. I am in tears for y’all right now. Don’t let Satan use this situation any further to discourage your writing. Keep it up! Keep walking with the King. You are a blessing to me and so so many others.

  368. I just prayed for you Courtney! I found you (well, the Lord brought me to you), back in 2010. I’ve always been amazed at your faith and strength! I am so sorry you are going through such a painful trial. I pray the Lord lifts you up, gives you joy and peace that surpasses all understanding, because only He knows the beginning and the end. And the end of your story, sweet sister is beautiful!

  369. Praying for you, Courtney and your dear children as you go through this time in your lives. You are doing exactly what you should be doing, leaning on God! He is enough. Hugs to you. I’m so very sorry you have been going through this. I pray the Holy Spirit lets you feel the comfort of all our prayers.

  370. Courtney

    So very sorry for your situation but do not give up!. God will honour your commitment to the covenant of marriage, he can heal those relationships which are in human eyes, broken into pieces. God is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or think.
    Keep praying for your husbands return dear sister, God will honour your commitment to your marriage and your husband and we will pray with you.

  371. Praying for God to show Himself mightily this day for you. He is our Rock, our High Tower, our Redeemer, our Strength. Without Him we are nothing.
    Walk today knowing how much He loves you & your whole family.

  372. My heart breaks for you and your family. My father left my family when I was a teenager and I know how hard that is. God will be faithful!

  373. I am in tears reading your struggle. I have followed your blog, studies and book for years and God has clearly worked through you in my life. I have no words except that I will be praying for you and your sweet kids as you journey through this uncharted territory. And for Keith. I wish I could hug you in person.

  374. Courtney,

    You and your family have my prayers. I have walked in the shoes you are wearing now. I wasn’t at the same stage in my walk with the Lord as you are, so it took me much longer to begin to pray for my ex-husband.

    We have both moved on. I pray now for him and his current wife and have for some years. I even pray selfishly for their marriage. It’s stability benefits my child.

    I don’t know if any of my insights will help you. If you feel like they could, please to contact me directly. If not, know that I continue to pray for you and would covet your prayers for my own family.

  375. Much love to you and your family Courtney.

    I’ve been following you since I came across your book 2 years ago, and it saddens me to read that you’ve been going through this. I pray that the Lord heals the broken hearts of everyone in your family, in His time. I do believe that He is able to restore what has been broken and revive what is dead.

    It couldn’t have been easy for you to write these words, but you did anyways and it is a testament that the Lord we serve is greater than the enemy. The devil will try to break us and silence us, but God! He is our refuge and rock.

    Much love to you and your precious children.

  376. Oh Courtney, I was stopped in my tracks this morning. I have held you up all morning. I am thankful you will continue to write and not allow the enemy to win this battle. You have helped so many of us & it saddens me that you were drowning in this raging storm at sea – I won’t say alone b/c THANKFULLY you have your close family (and this on-line community that loves you!) your ministry partners & church family. I pray the world is kind to you. I pray you stay as connected today to God’s Word as you have been your whole life. God will use your pain for His Glory. You know that. I am just so so sorry you are having to endure this. Prayers for your children (I am a child of divorce & I can just tell you to keep them close to you AND Keith–it will always be a challenge–pray for their relationship with Christ continuously. This doesn’t have to define them–their identity in Christ defines them-remind them everyday!!!) Finally I will pray for redemptive restoration that can only come from the Cross — God is not finished here, the race is not complete, and you are still called to ministry. Be well…

  377. Wow, thank you so much for sharing this! I went through something very similar a few years ago and my homeschooled kids had to go to school and this stay home mom had to go to work. It has been a life transforming experience, to say the least, but we have all survived. In fact, we have grown in ways I wouldn’t have expected or anticipated. God will lead you, protect you and strengthen you. You will have the experience to help women that you didn’t have before. A new charism, really. Know you are loved and prayed for and that you really can do this…with our Father beside you, of course.

  378. You have my prayers! I do not understand specifically what you are going through but my husband also left me while I was 8months pregnant with our 2nd daughter. We were both very young, too young, and hadn’t been married for very long. While we were married he was controlling and verbally abusive. I had never prayed so much in my life at that point and my pastor even said I was learning a life’s worth of lessons all at once. But I believe God used it to bring me closer to him. Without that, I probably wouldn’t be as strong in the Lord, therefore not raising my girls as strong in the Lord. God bless you & your family. <3

  379. Courtney,
    Interestingly enough, I just began reading Women Living Well for the 4th or 5th time (no joke). Your words in that book have connected with me unlike any other (and I do a lot of reading)! They have been an encouragement to me and a blueprint in navigating my way through womanhood, marriage, and motherhood, and they continue to be so. Nothing will ever change that and the way you’ve touched people’s lives (through God), and I can only imagine that God has big things in store for you. Not one tear goes unnoticed by Him, and I know he plans to use this for good far beyond your wildest expectation. I am so sorry for this deep valley you are enduring, but I look forward to watching God restore your family in whichever way He chooses to do so. I am praying for you and your family!
    **Jeremiah 29:11
    Love and Hugs!
    Crissy

  380. My heart aches for you & your children…and rejoices in your steadfast walk with the Lord. Prayers lifted up now & will continue in the days ahead. Psalm 46:10

  381. This very song has been carrying me through my own medical, financial, and 2nd marriage Storm as well.

    Of course, I will be praying for you.

    I had to divorce my first husband as he was abusive. I was forced by my own mother to give up both of my children and said children want nothing to do with me even as adults.

    If you need to talk please feel free to email me if and when you are ready to do so.

    Much Love~ Karen M. Roth

  382. Courtney, you are truly what an awesome blessing to have so many prayers for you and your family. My heart breaks for my sister in Christ. My thoughts and prayers for this season of heartache, but through the storm our Lord never leaves us. Prayers for continued grace and peace for you and your family.

  383. Dear Courtney, I will be praying for you and your family. My brother is going through something similar after 41 years of marriage! But his faith, like yours, is what is getting him through it. Yes the devil is out there devouring so many families in whatever way he can today. I wish my walk with the Lord was as strong as yours or my brothers. I cannot bring myself to forgive my sister-in-law for doing this after all this time. They were supposed to be looking forward to retirement at the beach, the joy of their new grandson. My mother had to come live with me a few years ago because my brother didn’t want to lose his wife over the fact that there was occasional discord between them. She had gone to live with them when daddy passed away. Well mom is 91 now and been living with me for over 3 years. It’s a struggle since I am the only one working full time and there are 4 generations in my house (my son, his wife & my two precious granddaughters) and my son has his demons. Please pray for us too, not only for a winner batter against his demons, but for me to continue on my on my journey for a closer walk with our Savior but strength in dealing with all that is on my shoulders supporting my family. I do not know how to put it all in his hands, even though I accept there is nothing I can do about all these things I worry about, my son, my mother and her aging, family who do not make time for her, loss. I continue to pray.

  384. So sorry……I am praying for your family’s hearts; especially that God’s presence and peace would be like a thick cloud in your home preventing the enemy from causing any further damage. He is defeated and God reigns!

  385. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your words are very encouraging and heartfelt. I too am single now after 30 years of marriage. It has been a storm, but as you said God will never leave us or forsake us.

  386. Dear Courtney,
    My heart is breaking for you and your children! You are such an inspiration to so many! I do know how it feels to be betrayed. I’ll be praying for you and your family. Keep writing!

  387. I’m sorry. I too am going thru dark days of a marriage that has seen a lot of turmoil and is heading your direction only I’m the one that can’t find peace within this marriage. I’ve been walked on and over so many times that I have become numb. I only feel hate and anger. He asks what happened to “death due us part” and I can only sit there……staring……angry.

  388. Courtney, I have only been following you for less than a month and I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that I found your blog. My flesh is saddened by what your going through, but my spirit is delighted knowing that you are a woman of God and believe that He will get you through this. Thank you for sharing. You never know who your testimony is touching. God never promised us an easy life, but he did promise us that He would never leave us nor forsake us. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  389. Dear Courtney,
    No words, just prayers. I have joined in your journey here and there as time allowed, and I could find peace from the raging storms. You radiate God’s love and passion and I always leave your site saying “God I want more of what she has, I pray to be on fire for You like Courtney”. You always bring peace, joy and passion to my moment in time.

    Keep lifting your eyes to Him, he has carried you and will. Read Footprints as an encouragement knowing that you are in the loving arms of your Father when times are good and when they ache beyond words.

    I feel as though I will be popping in more frequently as I know you are encouragement for those of us who continue in the Spiritual battles of marriage. Praying fervently for you, Keith and your beautiful children.

    Looking to the Son,
    Karen

  390. Oh, Courtney. My heart just breaks for you and your children. I cried reading this blog. You will certainly be in my prayers. You and your precious family.
    You know the expression “when you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.”? Yeah, I hate that expression. I think that is the perfect time to let go and fall into the arms of Jesus, to rest and trust in HIS strength not our own.
    May God bless and comfort you, may He give you strength you never knew existed, peace beyond human understanding, and may He breathe into you a love and joy overwhelmingly abundant.

  391. I will keep your family in my prayers. But just know that God, will never leave you, and he will always give you wisdom to continue to be a good mother. You must always remember, that God, always has a plan for all of us. We may not see it that away. I believe with all of my heart that God, will take care of you and your family. I am sending you and your family many blessing to continue to believe in God thorough these hard time, and you will be blessed.

  392. I have never before commented, although I’ve been a reader for a long time. Please know that I, along with so many here, are praying for you.

    I am praying that God will send you comfort and healing, lots of practical help, and family and your local church to be there for you.

    I appreciate how God has given you careful, grace-filled words to describe a situation that has, I’m sure, been full of raw feelings and emotions. As you grieve and work through this, I pray that those you can speak freely with will have good listening ears and wise advice.

    I am praying for your kids and Keith too. Satan can wreak havoc for a season, but God always has the final, sovereign say. He is holding you. I’m praying that you’ll hold on to this.

  393. You and your family are in my prayers. I am a product of divorce and know first hand the tears, the pain and the questions that come to children. My heart breaks for them, for you and for your ex-husband. I pray for a true healing that only God can bring.

  394. Thank you so much for sharing! I too have been thru a horrible divorce after 23 years of marriage. The road back to wholeness is a difficult one. I pray that you will find the support you need as you continue to heal. I pray you will continue to keep Jesus as your anchor and lean on Him in the dark days and nights ahead! God will provide for you in all the ways that you need. Without God, I would not have survived the last two years. Prayers for you and your children and for your ex-husband. Continue to share your journey, some of us need to hear it!

  395. Oh, Courtney. I have been where you are now. I will pray for you, and Keith, and your children, and your marriage. Just know that God will never ever leave you throughout this time, or any time. At the time, I truly didn’t know how I was going to survive the raw pain I was going through, but I did survive. God bless you and keep you.

  396. You just don’t know how the Lord has helped me thru your blog!! You have been a blessing to me in soo many ways. The enemy is mad and like you said is like a lion wants to destroy us. But God!! I don’t have the words to tell you that would bring healing, but look at these comments of support! Wow!! You are a blessing and you are loved first by mighty God and your family and us that you have been a blessing to. Praying for you!!!

  397. I am sitting at my desk crying for you-or maybe with you– or maybe I am just so dang mad I can’t handle it– Satan has just attacked the family for so long– and I am just so worn out with his tactics– I am so over him. Jesus be near- I know He is faithful and He will shelter you in the palm of His hand, He will Bless your ministry- He will protect your children and your future will be in Him and you will give glory back to The One who is worthy– it’s all true– but right now I will grieve that satan found a way inside a marriage and I will take the reminder that he prowls around (1 Peter 5:8) and he is out to destroy whoever he can — Oh Jesus hear our cry and bring Keith back to you– and his family. Bless you and your family–