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My name is Jess. I am 29 years old. I am a joy-filled Christ follower, a widow, a java lover, a daughter, a teacher, a reader, and a friend. I bought my first house in November 2009, and I love to tackle painting and DIY projects. At least, I love...

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  1. Powerful testimony! Thank you!!

    You are so very right about prayer. And yet it is hard to truly trust. It’s like C. S. Lewis says: “We’re not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be. ” And in the face of that pain, we have to cling to the truth that everything the Lord allows us to walk through is the most loving way He can accomplish His purposes in us.

    May He bless you for glorifying Him through the words of your testimony.

  2. “Unlike our circumstances, God NEVER changes.” Jessica, I love the way you said that. I’ve been walking through infertility for over six years and it seems God keeps whispering, “Yield. Lean in to me.” Then I picture clay in a Potter’s hands and I know that’s what I have to do–the only other option is to harden and be broken. Thank you for sharing out of your pain and giving us all HOPE. So glad your words and heart are here with us today!

    • Holley Gerth, sometimes reading your comments is my favorite part of (in)courage. I just love you and your great big mama’s heart that loves on so many, many, MANY of God’s children. We love you so very much.

      Lisa-Jo

  3. What a beautiful smile you have! Thanks for sharing your story here today. God is using you to speak His truth to others that are in that hard place today. You are giving others courage…and that is what (in) courage is all about!

    Blessings!

  4. “That’s why, we don’t sing praises to our circumstances – we sing praises to our God.” Amen. It’s so true. We must always remember that God has a plan – many times not the one we would want or desire. But he knows best. He knows what he has planned for us, for our lives and how those plans will impact others – just like your journey has led you here. To write this post. On this blog. At this time. And, maybe, just maybe speak words that someone going through similar trying circumstances needs to hear. Right now.

    Thank you for your story, and for reminding us that God is in control.
    Laura

  5. I love how you said Lord if it is your Will..so many times when we pray we don’t ask if it’s His will..that is why when I pray with a person I always tell them that I am going to pray that Jesus helps you to accept His answer because it may not be His Will for YOU>

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thanks, Jessica! These are the things we need to be reminded of daily.

    It takes more faith to believe God when He doesn’t answer the way we think He should. Indeed, that’s truly what it means to offer a “sacrifice of praise.” We don’t see where God’s going with the plan, but we step out in obedience, knowing God credits our faith as righteousness.

    I appreciate your vulnerability and maturity in calling us to a praise moment, right here, right now… And oh, how healing to shift our minds off our difficult circumstances and unto the One who holds the plan in His holy hands! Blessings!

  7. What an amazing story~how God changed your heart when you asked for His will to be done. And how amazing that you follow Him with such joy even when your husband was not healed. What strength! You are a shining light for others.

    Blessings,
    Janis