Encouragement and (in)courage

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Encouragement today came in the form of a Sunday School lesson and a sermon.

Why should that surprise me? But I was. Everything today hit home, boom boom boom.

“Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17, HCSB

I’m sure you know it’s been a tough couple of weeks for me. The lovely accident on the stairs was only the highlight to several weeks of worrying over the house, many projects at work being due at the same time, a baby with continuous constipation and teething leading to continuous whining and crying, and trying to keep sane as a working mom with a husband who is about to be away every week.

At times, I feel that I’m consumed by everything that’s going on and worry about whether our house will ever sell, whether I can be a single mom during the week, whether I’ll go insane when we do move to Chattanooga.

This year has been full of God’s plan trumping our plans. I would have never imagined what we are going through right now. And yet, I truly believe it is God’s plan for us–better than we could imagine. He’s given me this specific time for a reason, and I believe that is to grow closer to Him and develop patience and perserverance.

It’s all going to work out for good. For that, I am ever thankful. I am so glad I have a church family that continues to challenge and encourage me.

So have you heard about the new Web site, (in)courage? I certainly have, since it seems that practically every blogger I love is a part their writing team! (And I might be just a teensy bit jealous about that.)

They just launched the site tonight, and it looks incredible. It seems to be a wonderful place for Christian women to come together and encourage one another. I can’t wait to be a part of it, and I hope you will too!

6 thoughts on “Encouragement and (in)courage

  1. Praying for you as you start this new time in your life. I remember when Ken moved back to Tennessee and left me in Texas to get them ready for our move (thankfully no children then). It was a strange and growing time. Just don't turn your phone off. I did that by accident and Ken sent the police to come and check on me since I wouldn't answer the phone. Needless to say, I moved back to TN much quicker after that!

    I'm loving this new site too.

  2. Thank you for the link, my friend! And I hope this can be some encouragement – I PROMISE that these baby stages don’t last forever. The good ones or the bad ones – but especially the bad ones. And once you’re past this, the teething and the constipation will be just a dim memory. And the giggles and the snuggling and the playtime and the kisses will seem to last forever. Or at least longer than the bad stuff. Praying for you!!!

  3. Oh, have I ever been there! But you do get through it and eventually even these moments become sweet memories you cherish in your heart always.

    I love your authenticity – it's not easy to admit we don't always have it all together, but know that when you reveal your struggles, you yourself are encouraging another mom in exactly the same boat!

  4. I almost wrote the same thing as incourage post…I sometimes feel SO un-incouraged or unable TO encourage. I really feel like this 10 months of no sleep is catching up to me. I can't seem to do anything…

    But you nailed it–it's a season, it's a small time that you'll see big growth. And NO you will NOT go crazy in Chattanooga. You will flourish!!

  5. Jessie, I ran across your blog from somewhere one time and I love to read it! You are a great writer. But your blog re: the Sunday sermon hit me. That was me this time last year. I was a single mom for 3 months waiting for a house to sell (and it never did) and when I moved to Asheville, it was ALL new. Just the exact same thing you deal with. Oh, I also worked full time just as you are.
    Looking back, I am so thankful for God's provision, guidance, strength and love. It was a huge time of growing for me. He carried me through so much that it is now a very large stone in my Jordan.
    Jessie He will do the same for you. God is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ever think or ask. I pray for you.

  6. Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us–frustrations and all! That "Whatever you do…" verse is a great reminder for me too. Life is really about the little (and sometimes not so fun) things that turn out to be the big things in the end, isn't it? So glad to be (in) with you!

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