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Updated October 17, 2010
Due to an overflowing email inbox and the desire to keep my husband, children and home first priority in my life, I am no longer able to answer emails. Right now I have more emails to answer than I could ever answer by 2011!
I value each and every one of your emails and will read every single one! I faithfully pray for my readers and those who email me.

The best way to ask me a question is either on the Women Living Well Facebook Page or by leaving your question on a post. I look forward to hearing from you there.
Walk with the King!

My email address: Courtney(at)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I am stay at home mother of 4 girls. My friend is a "bloger" an sent me a link to your website b/c you has some tips about cleaning with Children. I just have my fourth,and am really struggling with getting everything done that needs to be on a daily basis. My question is I was able to follow the website,but in order to enter the giveaway, i need to leave a comment,but I don't know to do that. I am new to bloging. COuld you let how to leave a comment? Thanks so much

July 23, 2009 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Hello! I'm so glad you stopped by!!! To enter for the giveaway - Click on the header on the word that says "Giveaway". Go to the bottom of the post where you see the time that I posted the blog - beside that is a number with the word comments (right now it says "26 comments"). Click on "26 comments" and the box will open for you to leave your comment!

July 23, 2009 at 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Simply Shanzie said...

WOW! What a Blog! Are you me!?! Haha! I am totally in sinc with your blog! Looks great and reads very well! I just followed you and look forward to getting your updates! I invite you to stop by my blog as well, I'd love to hear what you think!

Shannon AKA Shanzie :)

August 4, 2009 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Kat said...


Hey I love your's saved on my favs and also my blog list. Could you tell me how you made a "About Me" page so that my About Button on my blog re-directs to another page with my info?? Do you have a trick??
Thanks, Kat
p.s. you hooked me up with a GREAT Good Morning Girls group!! THANK YOU!!!!

September 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Tiffany Zorica said...

It was nice talking with you and Denise yesterday. I appreciate you sharing your site information with me. I especially enjoyed the music. It added to the calmness of the moment, helping me to tune out any outside noise and to concentrate on the message and our Lord.
-tiffany zorica

October 1, 2009 at 7:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Profundity asked.....

How can you regain trust in a relationship?

October 4, 2009 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Dear Anonymous,

I will try to write a blog post in answer to your question soon. That is a hard question to answer - but there are answers in God's word - so I will attempt to blog on it soon. (within the next 2 weeks)

Much Love,

October 5, 2009 at 7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you deal with a husband who doesn't believe but you do?

November 6, 2009 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Anonymous - thank you for this question - I will add it to my mailbag and try to blog about it within the next two weeks. I have a good friend who has been in your shoes - I will see if I can get her to write on it.
Much Love,

November 6, 2009 at 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Courtney. I love this blog!!!

November 6, 2009 at 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Courtney. I love this blog!!!

November 6, 2009 at 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Courtney,

I appreciate the posts on your website! I was wondering if you could write something on the topic of WHAT RESPECT IS. As a young woman, I have asked people in church for years what respect is supposed to look like, how do you respect you husband, etc...I even asked my husband what being respected means to him, but no one seems to have an answer for me or knows how to put it into words. I think America is becoming more and more devoid of respect (towards parents, elderly, authority, etc) and it makes it difficult for young Christians,like myself, to understand how we can fulfill the bible's instruction to respect our husbands. I have been yearning for a more tangible answer to my question for the past 5 years of my marriages and am hoping that maybe you can provide a better answer for me than I have been able to find? Thank you so much for your time!

November 6, 2009 at 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I watched the segment on the Rachael Ray show today and loved it! I then went to the message board and found your post with the link to your blog and it is now on my favorites bar. I think you are an amazing woman and one of only a few women who I have heard speak with such authority about God's word and will for us. I will definatly be following your blog from now on and in just the short amount of time I have spent on your site I have already learned a lot. Thank you so much for having the courage to put yourself out there.

November 6, 2009 at 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Megan said...

Wow!! Thanks Courtney, you have great ideas. I almost never get to watch the Rachel Ray show, but I saw it today, and you really spoke to me. I went onto the website to find the book by the Dr. and I happened upon your comment and followed you to your blog (sorry for the run-on sentence-ha ha)! Anyway, I was so sad to see you could not mention your faith on the show as it is so much a part of who you are. I am presently raising three wonderful girls, and we are all very involved in our Lutheran school/church. Your blog touches on so many things that I think and feel, and it also gives me a push to become an even better wife and mother. I know it was all part of God's plan for me to be watching the show today, and I am so glad He led me to you!!!!

November 6, 2009 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Randy & Shelley said...

I saw you on rr show today. I was so encouraged by you that I went to my computer to look up the book by the MD (which I never do)I got the books name and decided to look at the comments for fun. I saw Courtney and noticed your website and went to it. I really feel that it was the leading of the Holy Spirit that got me all the way to your website. I am so glad I found it (so is my husband,he he). Thank you for your good example in the Lord.

November 7, 2009 at 1:35 AM  
Blogger Ursula said...

Courtney, I saw you on RR a few days ago and was really moved by it. Let me say I am not the type to comment on TV shows, but I feel I must. I am a stay at home wanna-be. I am a mother of 4 ages 19, 17 11, and 8. My husband and I have been married 21 years. I met my husband at 17 graduated from a Jr. College of Business at 20 and then we married. We started our careers and family and we had our first son by age 22 and my second by 24. I continued to work full time for financial reasons. It was difficult but I had wonderful family take care of my boys. After several years, one day my husband and I looked at each other and just knew we were not done having children and so we planned to have another child. We knew two demanding careers was not the ideal family scenario so I resigned. Ten years later we we could financially do it. I have to say it was so difficult at first and I felt as though I lost my identity. For ten years, I continued to work various businesses from home. I did not embrace the Homemaker title even after having our baby girl (finally after three boys) I would proudly say I was a stay at home mom but I do "this or that" on the side, like being a stay-at-home mother was not enough. You have inspired me to do what I know I should have done 10 years ago and just embrace being a homemaker. I love taking care of my husband and children. I feel I am called to do that. Others may see me as a great homemaker because although mentally I have not embraced it I still do and have taken care of my home and family. I am blessed with a husband who sees the worth in the work I do at home and would only love for me to embrace the role and be content with it. So thank you so much, I was meant to see you and read your blog. I am going to take steps to let go of one of my business. I have two but I fully enjoy one and will keep it because of the social outlet it gives me not because it defines me. I am a Christian and I am sad that RR edited you. Thank you for letting me share. Ursula

November 9, 2009 at 1:32 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Anonymous - I see your question in there about the definition to respect and will try to address in a blog soon.

Thank you for the question!

November 9, 2009 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Jacquie @ Joy Made Full said...

Courtney, how do you carry on when there's sickness in the house. Right now I have four with coughs and runny noses, two with fevers, and myself trying to get over a sinus infection, if not something else too. I'm trying to take care of myself so I can take care of the sick kids too, but I just can't keep up with stuff around the house and I feel like the "healthier" kids are running roughshod over everything.

November 10, 2009 at 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Courtney! I deliver The Canton Repository and I happened to come across your article about being on The Rachel Ray show. This is the first time I have been on your blog and I'm so envious of your life ( in a good way ). I have been a born again christian since 1992. Since then I divorced my first husband and I am married to my second husband for 9 yrs. Before we got married we saw our preacher and went to classes and my husband said that he became saved. So we got married but he doesn't seem to be a christian. I don't have any children of my own but I do get weary with my husband. I try to stay positive and faithful to God but some days it is hard. His family are not Christians and to put it nicely are "rough around the edges". Don't get me wrong,my husband is a good guy and I do love him, I just wish he believed and had the faith that I do. Do you have any advice? I don't have any Christian friends to talk to as we do not go to church anymore. I have 600 newspapers I deliver everyday and I am up at 2:00AM. I don however watch Joel Osteen and love him and pray and pray. I don't however read my bible like I should. It would be nice to have some Christian friends to talk to, and get advice from, and share with, and to also get inspiration and motivation from.
Thank you,
Mary Ann

November 18, 2009 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Mary Ann - I am SO glad you took the time to write - because just today I received in my inbox an article that a friend wrote for the website. She was married toan unbeliever for 27 years and just this year he was saved!!! The Title will be "Thriving in a Mismatched Marriage". This is a must read for you!

Please be watching for this blog post in the next couple days it will go up.

I hope it will encourage you and give you the answers you are looking for...
Much Love,

November 18, 2009 at 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, I will be sure to watch for it.

November 19, 2009 at 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Courtney,
I just read the blog about the mismatched marriage and it gave me some hope and understanding. It's wonderful about the ladies husband who had gotten saved after 27 yrs.of marriage. I only pray that it is God's will for my husband to be saved also. I hate thinking of him not going to heaven. I will have to try and be a better Christian for him. Also, I just wanted to say that you are a beautiful girl! Which brings me to another issue. My husband recently told me that he is not attracted to me anymore because of my weight gain. It hurt my feelings. He said he still loved me though. I got upset and mad because I thought he should love me know matter what I looked like on the outside, it's the inside that matters. Do you think this falls into the catagory of respecting my husband and submitting to him? Like I should lose the weight because of how he feels?
Thanks again,
Mary Ann

November 20, 2009 at 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you soooo much for this blog. I read it religiously! I am a stay at home mom as well and I use the K12 curriculum, Georgia Virtual Academy (GVA). I gained much needed inspiration, and understanding, and hopw from your friend Deanna's post on Mismatched Marriages. I live this daily. But, I still have hope and I know with El Shaddi nothing is impossible. I am learning how to respect my husband. He is a great provider and I love the way he thinks in the natural. I can see with just the "little things" I'm doing to improve our marriage he appreciates it. Your posts on marriage have given me so many practical ways to change my circumstances. Courtney, thank you:-). I liked the Thanksgiving tradition tips. Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite children's book authors. Be blessed and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!


November 23, 2009 at 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Courtney, please excuse my spelling/grammatical errors in the post above:-). Profundity

November 23, 2009 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Profundity - so good to hear from you!!! I use K-12 also (I'm not sure if I've mentioned that on the blog - we are enrolled in the Ohio Virtual Academy). Anyway, I am thrilled to hear that the site has encouraged you!! Keep walking with the King!

November 27, 2009 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Mary Ann,

What a difficult question you asked regarding losing weight for your husband. I do think that we need to take care of ourselves physically...not necessarily for our husbands but for God. I will try to write a more detailed answer to your question in a blog post soon - so follow along...

Much Love,

November 27, 2009 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger EM said...

Hi Courtney,
Thanks so much for your blogging ministry. It is like encouragement at the click of a button, and not wishy washy platitudes, but real wisdom from God's word. Like a breath of fresh air that brings clarity. I hope my question to you isn't to personal. I would love to know how you keep your hair looking so nice. It is not possible in our budget right now for me to visit a salon. I have longish hair like you, but mine is very straight. Should I break out my hot rollers? Do you have natural curl or do you help your hair along with something? I think you are quite beautiful on the inside and out, and you've inspired me to try to make more of an effort in that area. Thanks for blogging and for the encouragement to walk with the King.

December 6, 2009 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

EM you are too sweet! Yes, I use very large hot rollers to put some body in my fine straight hair. (I put 10 curlers in - 2 on each side, and 6 in back) On days when I'm in a hurry I use a large barrel curling iron for a tad bit of curl and a little body. Hope that helps!
Courtney :-)!

December 7, 2009 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger EM said...

Thanks Courtney,
I broke out the hot rollers. Unfortunately most of them are at the bottom of my purse because I was in a hurry to get to a ladies desert night and I had to wear them on the way there while they cooled off! Ha! What a sight I was, but yep, they do the trick and they are fairly easy, if a little humbling for a short time.LOL. I'm going to dig them out of my purse and keep them handy. It probably won't happen every day, but maybe once a week or something. Thanks for sharing.

December 8, 2009 at 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Courtney! Thank you sooooo much for your video. It was so nice of you to do that! It was very helpful and I so appreciated it! Now I just have to get motivated because I have ALOT of work ahead of me! My eating habits are terrible. I have been praying about it lately. I am 5'6 and weigh 240.5 pnds. My husband is a little skinny minny so I do feel like a big blob next to him,lol. Sometimes it's a bit overwhelming because I think to myself, I have to lose 40 pnds. just to get to 200! Anyway, thank you again for answering my question and you are beautiful inside and out. I want you to know that I thank God for Him bringing me to you.

Mary Ann

December 11, 2009 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

MaryAnn - what a tender heart you have. I got quite a few negative responses to that video - especially out on the youtube comment board. Your response makes it ALL worth it. I said a prayer for you!
Walk with the King girl!!!
Much Love,

December 15, 2009 at 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anna said...

Titus 5 tells women to be "busy at home." How can we magnify this commandment? I'm a new wife and we have no children yet. Sometimes I feel so lazy and useless when I sit in our apartment and can't think of anything productive to do.

December 18, 2009 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Wow Anna- great question...I'll use it as a mailbag question and blog on it in the new year - so watch for my answer in January!
Merry Christmas!

December 18, 2009 at 5:46 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Hi Courtney,
I just found your blog and need to now pull myself away fromt he computer because I have been looking at ALL pf your posts. Several times you have brought me to tears and spoke to my heart. I will be here regularly! Thank you for taking the time to share with all of us. I am still trying to find my way in my walk with faith and I do believe it was no accident i found you!

December 22, 2009 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Oh Melissa - thank you for this encouragement today! You have warmed my heart! I am glad you stopped by and pray that you continue to find encouragement here!

Keep Walking with the King!

December 22, 2009 at 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Courtney -

I am a little confused. I know on the show it was referenced that there was part of the family that was disfunctional or whatever.

What are you as a Christian doing to help that - because as you know - you can do a lot. :) What type of issues does this family deal with that is out of the norm or what most of all of us deal with? :)

December 30, 2009 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Dear Anonymous,

I apologize that I can not answer your question in detail. I love my in-laws and do not want to hurt them by speaking about our "family issues" publically. If you'd like to send me a private email re: family issues - I could answer you privately.
Much love,

December 30, 2009 at 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Courtney,

I'm sorry - I made no reference to your in-laws..I was just generally speaking.

God Bless - and I wish you the best with your blog.

December 31, 2009 at 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goodness - I feel just awful.

I am not going to email to pry.

I'm sorry, I honestly didn't reference your in-laws...I promise I was just generally speaking. We all have our own battles - and battles in families - I was just wondering how you as a Christian Woman dealt with them. That's all - not who the problems were with..

God Bless.

December 31, 2009 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Dear Anonymous,

I assumed you meant my in-laws because my husband said on the Rachael Ray Show that he comes from a divorced family that did not take traditional roles and I mentioned in one video that my in-laws have not always been easy to get along with.

My own family is a strong Christian family - and we are all very close. So I assumed you were referencing my in-laws.

I may have misunderstood your question - I'd be happy to answer a specific question about my own family on the blog. But as far as my in-laws go - I've decided it'd be better I not go there for now.

Do not feel badly at all!!! I just recently made the decision to not talk further about them and you could not have known that! I honestly would openly discuss any family issues via email. I'm pretty much an open book - but I'm learning not everyone wants to be a part of my book hehe! :-)!

Much Love,

December 31, 2009 at 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Courtney,

My friend and I would like to join Good Morning Girls. However, being Mormon, she reads the Bible and the Book of Mormon. She wanted to know if it's ok to post verses from the Book of Mormon?


January 4, 2010 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...


Great question. I have posted my Christian belief statement here:

Please do not post anything to the board that is contrary to this statement. (You will find on the statement that I believe the Bible is the sole written revelation - I do not believe the Book of Mormon to be a Book that is God inspired).

Hope that helps!

January 4, 2010 at 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you (this is anonymous family) - lol.

I really appreciate your response.

Much love - and great site. I may just take you up on the email. ;)

January 4, 2010 at 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Understood. Thanks.


January 4, 2010 at 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Courtney, it's Mary Ann...again, lol. How are you? I was interested in what your thoughts or opinion were about Joel Osteen? Just curious. I respect your opinions and that is why I was asking.


February 4, 2010 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger momma-bird said...

Hi, Courtney! I just wanted to say that I love your blog and really appreciate all the hard work you put into it. You and Women Living Well have been a huge blessing to me. You ROCK! :)

March 30, 2010 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Momma Bird - I laughed out loud at your last sentence - that was so sweet! Thanks for the uplifting comment. Let me just say back at ya - my readers rock!!! I love you guys!


March 30, 2010 at 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...

Hi Courtney! You have inspired me to start my own blog! Thank you! I hope you will be among my first visitors:

Blessings to you sister,

April 2, 2010 at 3:27 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Jen - I LOVED the beginnings of your blog! Keep it up! I'd love to see the internet saturated with the truth of God's word! Glad to have you as a partner laboring to that endeavor!

Much Love,

April 2, 2010 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Gertha said...

Thank you sooo much for visiting my blog and leaving your words of encouragement! It made my day:-)

April 20, 2010 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

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June 7, 2010 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

I will take the challenge to be what my husband needs. Since most men are not good at verbalizing what they need (including mine) this in itself WILL be a challenge.

June 7, 2010 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Alliwoo said...

I just found your blog linked to a friend of mine. I think you are amazing! God has given you a talent to reach wives and help focus us on our role. I was just saying to a girl friend that there are so few of us left who truly want to "serve" or take care of our husbands and our homes. I am so looking forward to keeping up with your blog and the summer challenge.

I'm in OH too! East Cleveland! If I'm ever in the Canton area, maybe we could meet for a coffee :)

June 14, 2010 at 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a widow, working two part-time jobs and doing a lousy job on the home front! Your blog and website made me reconsider housekeeping to the glory of God. Thanks, I needed that! May I pass along a tip? If you spend time in your car, listen to the Bible on CD or mp3 disc. I have 4 versions of the Word on disc, and have listened to them all many times. My favorite right now is The Message, on 4 mp3 discs, which I got on Amazon for $10. The Word was first spread by people reading it to others. Listening to the Bible I know and love so well seems to sharpen my sketchy listening skills. Some versions are dramatic, with music, character voices and sound effects--even kids would like listening to them. God didn't give us His Word because we 'should' read it. He gave us His love letter so we'd treasure its wisdom, humor, adventure and the Love in every passage. I've been reading the Bible off and on for over 40 years and never fail to find fresh blessings in it. The Bible is the best Book on CD I've ever enjoyed. It makes miles and housework fly!

June 17, 2010 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Anonymous - great tip and tool - the Bible on CD is excellent! Way to "squeeze" in that time with God. That's what Women Living Well is all about - keep drinking from the living well!
Much Love,

June 17, 2010 at 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Courtney,
I saw you on the RR show today, I just want to say I am proud to see a woman like you. A woman with morals and values. I was married for 25 years to a woman much like you but sad to say I lost her about two and a half years ago the day after our anniversary in aan auto accident. this has put me back into dating again and I have found very few women with any morals now. After much praying God has sent me a woman of morals again, the bad thing is she is in Africa and I am here in the US, but we believe God will make away for us to be together. When I saw yoy on the show this morning you reminded me of her because of your values. So I wanted to write you and give you a thumbs up for you. Great Job

June 25, 2010 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Sophia said...


I just found your blog last week, kind of by accident, and wanted to thank you for the time and effort that you put into your blog, and especially into your relationship with our Lord, your husband, children and your role as homemaker. It has been an encouragement to me read your posts and watch your Rachel Ray appearance. I am a young mom to an adorable 2-and-a-half-month old baby boy named Colin, and I am completely devoted to and in love with my husband of almost 1 and a half years, Chris :)

Thank you for your encouragement to Walk with the King, and make my home and my role as caretaker and Mood-setter a priority :) Your example is an encouragement to me, and I praise our Lord for women like you who I can look up to and strive to emulate.

Thank you!

Sophia Elliott

June 25, 2010 at 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Courtney -

I just wanted you to know that I was inspired by you yesterday on the Racheal Ray show! There was just something about you, your excitement and energy about marriage. When I went on to support you on the Racheal Ray Website I found your blog. I have to say I am not surprised at all to find out you are a Christian. I am recently married (just celebrated 2 years) and a new stay at home mother to a 6 month old. I have also, always wanted to stay home but found that the decision was much harder then I thought. My parents divorced when I was 13 and my mother was a stay at home mom. She was forced to go back to work at that time and while I was going through the decision to stay home a lot of what she struggled though came up...questions like "what if he leaves you" "You will have to start all over", "You will lose yourself in him", "You wont have a life of your own", "You will become dependent on him", etc.. I now believe that all these things I was told were lies but I had to work through them. Well, I would say, I still work through them today and some days are difficult. I want to be more secure in being a wife and a stay home mother, more excited about it, not complain so much about it, etc. I know that I am truly blessed, I have a perfect daughter, a wonderful husband and am able to stay home and raise my family. Anyway, long story short, I was inspired by you and for the first time in a long time, it was nice to hear from a stay home mother that she loved it, that she loved her marriage, that it was going wonderfully. I feel like I have been jaded into thinking that motherhood alone is not worthy of respect. I want to be a light in the darkness like you. Thanks for motivating me!

June 26, 2010 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Tim, Sophia and anonymous - thank you so sincerely much for taking the time to write! I am so encouraged! You are blessings to my soul and I pray that God blesses your homes also!
Much Love,

June 26, 2010 at 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just recently saw the rerun of the rachael ray where you and your husband was on there. My question is, Have you always done a planner/schedule? I was wondering if you have any tips on how to continue following the planner/schedules? My final question is do you have any tips how you might stay calm when the kids are not listening. Thank you for your website and videos'. Sorry for all the questions but right now in life I'm at point where I want to be better as a mom and girlfriend(I'm not married yet.)

June 28, 2010 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Anonymous - yes, I've always had a tendency to be a more routine gal - I'm not the queen of flexibility :-) lol!

Here's a few blog posts that speak to your questions:


Hope these help!

June 29, 2010 at 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips!

June 30, 2010 at 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Courtney,

I have been struggling lately with getting into the word. I know that it is life changing when I do and it should be the most important thing however I am not sure how. I was doing a beth moore study and now that it is over, I have no structure in reading His word. Do you have any advice as to what is a good way to study the bible, or just read it.

July 2, 2010 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...


This is a link to all of my quiet time tips. So copy and paste this link into your browser and then page down and back - there's over 30 posts on this topic - I hope something in there helps you!

Much Love,

July 2, 2010 at 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, I should have looked through your blog more before I wasted your time. Thanks so much for the help. I am going to go get started. I think it is cool too that you are doing the good morning girls and would love to join with the next go around.

July 6, 2010 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Courtney --
Hello! I just wanted to let you know that finding your blog/videos through Raising Homemakers has been a blessing for me. I am also married to my high school sweetheart (we're from, and are still in, Marysville, OH) and in August we will celebrate 5 years of marriage. We have a 17 month old daughter and recently found out that we are expecting #2 in March. I have always wanted to be a stay at home mother and wife ever since I was a little girl. However, as a 26 year old whose girlfriends are mostly single or newlyweds and are out living crazy adventurous lives, the last year I had started to resent and question my decisions. Those feelings began to take a toll on our marriage, our family, and our house. I began to dig deep into God's Word, and your blogs and videos have been the PERFECT companion. I feel an overwhelming new sense of peace, self-worth, and affirmation for the path I have chosen. I have started applying Proverbs 31 and your lessons to my life at home and my marriage and have seen SO many positive changes already. I wake up each morning and I am excited and thrilled to do the job that God has entrusted me with!! You are amazing and I am so incredibly thankful for your inspiration!! (Ok, crying now...) :P Anyway just wanted to say THANK YOU!!

Also, I have a request in at the library for them to hold "Intimate Issues" for me when they get it back in. I am anxious to read it! I don't know if you have read this book or not, but I have also been reading "Fascinating Womanhood" by, Helen Andelin. It was been wonderful and I highly recommend it. :)

Thanks again! :)

July 22, 2010 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Sarah - this is such an encouarging comment - thank you for taking the time to tell me! God is good! Keep walking with the King and embracing and enjoying your role as wife and mom. Be patient on the hard days and savor the good days - it's a roller coaster ride but the best ride of your life!
Much Love,

July 25, 2010 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Hi new follower from Indiana,I found your site through the NOT BACK TO SCHOOL school photos.I have been reading more and more of your blog and I am trying to be the best wife and mother and homeschool our only child(son-9)at the same time,but there are always obstacles that I find in my path.I hope this question is okay to ask you.We decided during the pregnancy of our son that he was going to be a only child,this is BC of our backgrounds with our families,we do not agree with how we were raised and want to gove Zachary the best for him and I had a very very hard dificult pregnancy.Now I have been wanting very badly another child and we will think about it and discuss finances and about the age difference and having to do a add on to the house but it always comes down to NO more.I am feeling like I need to have more kids that this isn't right for our son but am I just being blindsided by thi thought.I know that I should follow my husband but it hurts to think he really is finished.Please help me understand this>>>I don't have any family to talk to besides my grandmother,she helped raise me when my mother left us with my dad and she says that I should be happy that we are safe and have a very healthy son.I AM.

August 23, 2010 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Jamie - this is a terribly difficult issue to address. I have heard many women frustrated over this very issue - so you are not alone.

Since making a baby does take really is something that we must follow our husband's leadership on. But that doesn't mean it will be easy.

Here's a few thoughts I have:
1. The Holy Spirit is inside of both of you and he will move you towards unity if you are both yielding on this. Pray that God brings you both to the same place - that either the Holy Spirit moves in you and gives you peace about no more or that the Holy Spirit moves in your husband and gives him a desire for more. The Holy Spirit will not lead you in opposite directions so pray that you are both yielded to the Holy Spirit.

2. God's written will is that we always respect and submit to our husbands except when it goes against God's written word. So, in this case, until your husband changes, I would advise that you continue to submit to his wishes. This is what submission is. It's easy to listen to our husband's when we both agree on everything - but when we disagree that is when our faith is really tried.

3. Until your husband changes (or he may never change) pray that God fills that void with spiritual children. Whether it's through getting involved with children's ministry at church, serving in a nursing home, taking meals to the sick or reaching out to other moms in the community to encourage them- whatever it is use your extra free time to spread God's word and make spiritual children.

This is a heartbreaking issue to swallow I know. (((hugs)))) Never underestimate prayer! Keep walking with the King!

August 23, 2010 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Sunshine Mama said...

thank you for your comments on my blog! I'm surprised you even had time to glance at it with your busy schedule and all the women who email you! I love your blog, its very inspiring. My husband loves when I learn from it to. Happy Birthday!
Marsha (sunshinemama04)

August 28, 2010 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Hi Marsha! I get google alerts when my blog is mentioned on other from time to time I try to visit those sites and say "hello" - you were on the list :-) I truly love connecting with my readers and I try to set aside a little time each day to "blog surf" - sometimes it's reading my daily favorites and other times it's reading new ones! I enjoyed your place :-)
Much Love,

August 28, 2010 at 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Tammy L said...

Courtney, I just wanted to let you know what a blessing your blog (and videos on the side bar) were to me this evening! I only just found your blog after Crystal Paine linked to your clothing video today.

I enjoyed "getting to know you" through the videos and the things you are writing/talking about are things I've been re-examining/studying myself recently so it's nice to be encouraged! I love your sweet smile. I think I've been here at your blog for almost an hour and feel I've only just scratched the surface!! :) I look forward to following your blog!! :)


September 1, 2010 at 3:36 AM  
Blogger This Chick said...

Courtney, I don't know how I discovered you (perhaps a blog on a blog of another blog) but so glad I did and you're now under my "favorites" to check daily. Your Christian life and positive attitude are an inspiration!

September 1, 2010 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Tammy and This chick!!! Welcome and thank you so much for your encouraging words!!! These type of comments keep me blogging!! Thank you and Keep walking with the King!!!
Much Love,

September 1, 2010 at 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My question is one I am sure many other women face. My desire for my husband is a lot stronger than his for me. I think maybe in 16 years of marriage I have told him no 2-3 times because I was honestly ill or had been really hurt by him yet he has no problem telling me no repeatedly. I have stopped asking because I am tired of being rejected. What do you recommend those of us in this position do? I pray for him, I tell him all the time that I am proud of him for working hard to provide for our family, I tell him he's hot, etc... but still the icy shoulder.

September 8, 2010 at 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Kristen Miller said...

I have recently introduced to your blog by Janelle. I am loving it!!! I just want to say thank you for the encouragement! It takes courage to share what you have. Thank you for being open & real about real issues in marriage & mothering.

September 10, 2010 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Kristen Miller - wonderful! So GREAT to cyber meet you!!!

Anonymous - this is a VERY hard one and yes, you are not alone. I think I need to do a post on this sometime.

There could be several reasons - maybe he is taking medication that is effecting his desire? Maybe he is in the low percentile of guys who have low testosterone levels and truly does not need it or... and this is not a fun suggestion but it's real in many marriages - he may be fulfilling his need through p*rn...I apologize for suggesting such an awful thing. But I had a reader once email me with a situation similiar. I talked to my husband and he said - tell her to ask her husband about p*rn - the husband confessed that indeed that was the problem.

I hope to one day do a series on how this is effecting marriages also.

I am sorry you are hurting in your marriage. I wish I had a good answer for you - I think the first thing you should do is get to the bottom of the cause...

Then proceed from there...

Much Love,

September 11, 2010 at 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sept 8th I post about my husband's lack of desire. I guess I can assume that he has low testosterone levels because I know that p*%n isn't an issue and he's not on any medication. I wish I could let him have part of my drive because it's seriously been over 3 weeks now. I feel like I am starving physically. They say men use love to get sex and women use sex to get love and other than a peck goodnight my husband doesn't offer a lot of physical contact. I feel like my emotional needs aren't being met as well because when that's the only real expression you have and it's not there anymore you're bound to feel a little disappointed. I know that I can't be the only one who feels this way. Especially being a modern woman (I am your age). My grandmother said she was happy when my grandfather left her alone and I can not imagine feeling happy about that but for my grandma it was something she had to do out of duty, not something she enjoyed.

September 22, 2010 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Courtney,
Just want to say thanks for your blog. It is so encouraging!
Just wanted to ask a question. This is my first year to homeschool. We have had a great start. I have been very involved in my church. At this point I am feeling very overwhelmed with everything, ministering to my husband, children (now homeschooling) and then my church. Does this get easier? We are the only family in our church who homeschools so I'm not sure anyone understands. Not only the only homeschooler but one of the few homemakers. I would appreciate any advice concerning this. Thanks again and May God Bless You!

September 22, 2010 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Just Jen said...

I was wondering, where in the bible does it talk about being reunited with your loved ones in heaven? Will I know my grandparents? My kids who died before me? My husband? My friends?

Thank you for your time. I am just getting to know the Lord again.


September 22, 2010 at 11:09 PM  
Anonymous Bethany said...

Anon -

Courtney asked if I would give some insight into your husbands lack of desire since I have a background in counseling. I wish I could tell you a definite answer but there are so many things that could be going on - everything ranging from physical to psychological to spiritual. Have things always been this way sexually or is it a recent event?

One thing I know is that change will never take place until you talk to your husband about this. You have been married far too long to not be able to sit him down, explain how you feel, tell him the message that it sends to you when he rejects you and hopefully the two of you can get down to the bottom of this. Continue to pray for him and for yourself that each of you would be open and willing to tackle this difficult situation. Praying for you.


September 23, 2010 at 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Karen Ehman said...

Okay girl. I think we are often on the same wave length. I saw your comment on my devo today on P31. Let's do an interview on my sight soon. Email me when a good week for you is and a giveaway we could do. Blessings!

October 7, 2010 at 9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this! Ive been struggling somewhat with feeling alittle ‘disconnected and stale’. I dont know if you have any suggestions on a book or something else that may help me feel ‘one’ with God. Ive struggled to get back into the routine of daily prayer and qt with my Lord and Savior…and a while ago it was the favorite part of my day. I know its lacking huge and i need to take the step of getting it back!!!! Please let me know what you reccomend:)! I LOve you guys site…as well as Living Well site:)! You guys have it right!!

Humbled in Him…

October 14, 2010 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Mg -– my first recommendation is to go straight to God’s word, pick a book of the Bible to read such as Psalms or Proverbs or John or I John, grab a journal and begin to read and write down what God is teaching you. Write out your prayers and linger with your heavenly father.

A book I recommend is “Just Give Me Jesus” by Anne Graham Lotz – I just read it this summer and I loved it!

Keep walking with the King!


October 15, 2010 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Hi Courtney,
I am a military wife and mother to a four month year old little boy. I really love your blog, but I am a bit overwhelmed by everything I see here. How do you make all this happen?? I live in a small house on an Air Force base, my husband works all day for the military and then goes to his second job at night stocking shelves at our commissary. He works very hard, but I am also having a hard time doing it all by myself as my husband is gone everyday 7am-10pm except Sunday. There is also deployments to think of as I know there may be coming up this next summer. I guess I want so hard to be this kind of wife, but I don't know where to begin or how to keep up. I also blog. Writing is a huge dream of mine, but I also see other things going to the wayside so I can take time to write and blog and do the things I need to do to keep up in the blogging world. How do you find the time to blog and keep up with thousands of readers, and still have time to be the perfect wife and mother? I would love to hear any tips you have. Thank you for your time, and I appreciate you being such an encouragement to other mothers and wives! :)

November 2, 2010 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Hi Kathryn,

I think my first answer is God - God's power has worked through me - I simply haven't done it all. Your statement here humbles me:

"How do you find the time to blog and keep up with thousands of readers, and still have time to be the perfect wife and mother?"

I am very far from perfect in all these categories. I do not keep up with all my readers, and emails have slipped through the cracks - I feel badly about that.

I have a wonderfully supportive husband who though he works long hours - (he cannot take the kids to give me a break) - he does emotionally and financially support me! I am blessed.

As far as homeschooling, parenting and being a homemaker - I am still learning as I go - so I am just sharing my journey with you and what I am learning.

We are in it together.

If there are any tips I could give you they would be:

1. Do not neglect your time in God's word - we need his strength each day to get us through.

2. Schedules and routines have really brought some order into our home - look on the right sidebar for "Labels" and read my posts on "Schedules".

3. I struggle to stay balanced which is why recently I cut back from 5 posts a week to 3 and I also stepped down from guest posting on multiple sights. Just last week I stepped down from It was very hard for me to do - but if you don't carefully watch yourself blogging can be a little monster on time.

So my final tip - 4. Evaluate yourself regularly and be disciplined - nothing trumps your ministry in the home!!!

Keep walking with the King!

November 3, 2010 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger The Maloney's said...

Hi Courtney!
This is sort of a "random" question:)
I was wondering if when your children were very young (mine will be almost two), did you let them "cry themselves to sleep"?.
We are still nursing so there is so much guilt the enemy has been hanging over me..."your'e neglecting your son"...or, "he feels abandoned"...and it goes on and on.
If I don't do this, I feel that we will never sleep and I'm no good to anyone without it...and it just doesn't seem fair to him to let him dictate everything.
any wisdom would be greatly appreciated!

November 4, 2010 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Thank you so much Courtney I really appreciate your advice and everything you said. I looked through your schedules and I think those are going to help me a lot!

November 5, 2010 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Monica - yes, I let my babies cry themselves to sleep. After making sure they were dry, well fed, well rocked and loved on and safe - I would then "expect" them to learn to sleep on their own. I had binky babies so that did help some - but often they kicked the binky out and cried.

I would let them cry about 5 minutes, then go in and pat their backs and tell them I love them and then give them another 5 minutes - and so on and so forth until they learned to only whimper for a minute or two and then they were out.

It takes time for them to learn and don't be surprised if you have a few days of 30 minutes of crying - but in less than a week - they will learn to soothe themselves and my children - have no doubts they are loved at age 5 and 7. So your baby will be okay...just be absolutely sure they are dry, fed, cuddled enough during the day etc.

My Dr. told me that it was good exercise for the baby - that they had a little extra energy to expend - so let them get their little cries out and then they are ready for some good rest.

Hope this helps!
Ps. But do remember that God made babies to cry to get mommies to hold them - otherwise we might be tempted to leave them to theirselves all day and cuddling and holding them is so important for bonding and brain development.

November 6, 2010 at 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Darcie said...

Hi Courtney!
I just read your post on time-outs. I am recent stay-at-home-mom and I have one child who just turned 2. Before I stayed at home I was a preschool teacher and my child was staying at a babysitters. She doesn't really spend time with children her age other than on Sundays in church, but we went to a get together with some friends of ours recently and I noticed Abbey was hitting a lot. We tell her "not to hit" and "hands are not for hitting they are for..." but it doesn't seem to help. Do you have any suggestions?

November 7, 2010 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger reneechiolanbrown79 said...

Good Morning! My name is Renee I am a WAHM of four children 16,8,6, and a 4 yr. old. I came across your blog and have to make the comment that I am uplifted with everything that I have read. I am so excited for each new post that you write and video. I have read and subscribed to many blogs and very few have stuck with me. I admit I am a struggling mom with many issues at home. When I am weary and feel no one I come on your blog and try to realize that things do get better with time. I have been trying to find a church as I am new to everything. But would I do need is support and support I feel I have. I read all the comments for other familys on your blog as well and I can relate many times with things. Thank you so much Courtney for the inspiration you set out for people.


November 8, 2010 at 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Courtney~
I have been following your blog for some time now since the air of 50s mom on RR, BC of you Im more open to God,and I recently decided to go to a MOMS Bible Study, Their is this mom who's son offered to babysit the kids so the mothers may attend. 2 weeks ago she said that we have to donate money so her son doesnt yell at her for not getting paid, she also said those of us that are not using the services if we could also donate.. I personally am not using her son's services My mother watches my daughter for the hour long study, Personally I don't feel like I should donate,if the money was going to the church I would be more than happy too.. This particular situation is making the study not fun for me.. AM I BEING TOO SELFISH??? If it were my child watching the kids I would personally pay my child with our money..

November 12, 2010 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Hi Courtney,
I just found your blog a couple of days ago, and just LOOOVE it!!!
You are a very inspirational woman and full of joy :)
To comment on this, I created a gmail account, and to get my picture next to my comment ;-D I created a blogger far as I understood, I had to do that to comment here...(Novice here :0)
My question is: how can I "follow" your blog??? Where do I click?
Thank you very much for your blog, I am enjoying it very much :)
~ Have a Blessed day ~

November 12, 2010 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger Renee said...


I came across this story today and I was wondering what you thought about it? It was a wonderful topic to debate among friends.


P.S. LOVE THE BLOG! Keep up the amazing work. :)

November 17, 2010 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Sunshine Mama said...

Courtney - I need help. My stepson is 11 years old and is extremely selfish. I try and try to teach him how to share or give or bless others but he refuses and says that he will not give any of his stuff away to the homeless or help other people. I am at a loss, usually in tears at this. How can I get him to be unselfish? I encourage him when I see that he does occasionally share, but its rare. any advice???

November 24, 2010 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...


Stay consistent - she will learn. Once you know she understands give her a consequence such as a time out or swat.


I would be very frustrated also. I think your feelings are valid. You should talk privately with her and explain your feelings in a gentle loving manner.

Jane - click on "follow" with google friend connect and follow their instructions. Sorry it can be tricky :-(

Renee - Facebook has its up sides and down sides. I personally LOVE using it for ministry. But for those who are reconecting with old highschool boyfriends or men from work etc. it can be very dangerous. I personally have chosen to only be friends with women. The only male facebook friends I have are extended family. That's a safeguard for me.

Sunshine mama - awwww - don't cry. It's gonna be okay. You can't make him do it - or beg him. Don't push him anymore. Pray for him daily in this area and role model it for him regularly - more lessons are caught by our actions than taught by our words. You may not see the fruit of your prayers and labor now but over time God may do something marvelous in his life. So have hope and stay the course!

Much Love,

November 25, 2010 at 6:17 PM  
Anonymous CindyB said...

I am having marital problems and need some advice, if you can help please let me know.

December 9, 2010 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Cindy B - please feel free to email me privately and I will do my best to respond before the end of the weekend - be sure you put in the subject - "a note from Cindy B" so I see it in the mix. Thanks!

December 9, 2010 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Candice Brevard said...

Courtney, I love your blogs! They are such an encouragement to me. My husband also loves that I'm reading your blogs. He said that seeing me wanting to be a better wife, makes him want to be a better husband. Do you know of any encouraging blogs for men?

December 19, 2010 at 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the poem about Christmas Love you posted today. I feel like this year I've dropped the ball and disappointed my children so many times. Not having all of the craft supplies needed to make a Christmas project, not having the right ingredients to make a treat, not having enough time to do the things I know they want to do. I homeschool my youngest daughter, but my two older daughters are in public schools; 7th and 9th grade, so our schedules are choppy to say the least. I don't have all day to spend with them so it makes things difficult. Thank you for reminding me that although the traditions we cherish are important to them, the most important thing is to love them and spend time with them.
Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Marcy said...

Hey Courtney,

I am writing to ask you for your recipe for the pizza rolls you made a few weeks ago. I think you may have posted the recipe on Facebook, but I have recently deleted my Facebook page. I checked your blog but didn't see the recipe here. Would you mind posting it please? It looks yummy and I wanted to make it for New Years Eve. Thanks so much!! You and your blog are such a blessing to me!

God Bless,

December 28, 2010 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Candace - here's a few good blogs for men:

John Pipers:

Dr. Emerson Eggerich

Mark Driscoll

And a personal pastor friend:

Hope these help!

Marcy - here's the link to the recipe and thank you for your encouraging words!! Enjoy!


December 28, 2010 at 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so excited to start the James Bible Study! I have a question though. Can you explain how you do the "S" part of S.O.A.P.? You say,
(by the end of 3 months you will have written out the entire book of James!) but when I looked at Mom's Toolbox, she says to write down one scripture that really speaks to you. I am a bit confused as to what I'm supposed to be writing in the "Scripture" part. Thank you so much.

- Marybeth

January 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Mary Beth - sorry for the confusion but we are doing the S part differently than Mom's Toolbox...

For the "S" part you literally write out the scripture passage of the day - so write out James 1:3,4 today. Every day you will write out 2 verses and in 3 months you will have written out the entire book of James!

January 18, 2011 at 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Courtney, I LOVE your blog. Your insight to marriage is amazing. My husband & I are having some serious marital problems and I would love your insight. I feel he is having an emotional affair with his assistant and we are starting therapy tomorrow to determine if our marriage is salvagible. I feel it is, but I fear he does not. We have 3 beautiful girls and I am not ready to give up. I would love your help or advice. Thanks for doing this blog! I really appreciate all your insight.

February 1, 2011 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Anonymous - I am SO sorry. I have two blog posts regarding this issue - I'm not sure if it can help but I'll pass them along here anyhow:

My favorite blog that refers to affairs daily is

I HIGHLY recommend you go there - there will be something for you.
Much Love,

February 3, 2011 at 7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finding you today on the internet was a prayer answered. I won't go into details. I just wanted to tell you. God Bless you and your family. Becky

February 5, 2011 at 8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Normally I don't comment on the blogs that I follow but the Spirits urged me to do so.

First, let me say: I think you rock.

Now on to my point: I am not a christian. I am not a mother. I am not a wife - Yet! I just got engaged very recently and have started looking for answers on "how does one do that whole marriage thing with out screwing it up?" I stumbled across your site and I have to say, while I am not personally called by your faith, I am touched by your words and your heart. You have this Way about you, this infectious joy and hope. Its just wonderful.

Thank you so much for sharing your world with us.

You are an inspiration to all women.

-the soon-to-be Mrs. B

February 6, 2011 at 11:33 PM  
Anonymous Kathi said...

I LOVE your post, absolutely LOVE it. It is one of those stories of love in the midst of adversity, true compassion, and strength personified that just keeps me in awe of God and some women! Your post spurred a memory about a couple my husband were counseled by for six months before our marriage (as is required in church before we wed). This is their story of God's grace, forgiveness and a strong, Christian and praying wife: The wife *became* a believer in the early days of their marriage but was not originally a Christian. Actually, she was Buddhist before their marriage she said. The husband, she said, was a good man in the secular view and he loved his wife. He was a caring OBGYN who also, sadly, performed periodic abortions (not his main practice) but was not opposed to it as he thought along with popular medical lines of fetus vs. soul. The wife said she was disgusted with this after being saved. She prayed to God daily; she prayed for her husband and lived out her Christian life together with him throughout the years. She lead their children to Christ as best she could in the difficult circumstances without a supportive-Christian husband. She was also a quiet and praying wife throughout the years by her husband's own account. He said that she would pray by their bedside for long periods of time every night for years, but he didn't know what about. She tried to follow and obey her husband as she followed the teachings of the bible. After 14 years of marriage her husband came to Christ and was saved! Needless to say she was overjoyed and they both cried recounting the story and telling us about that joyful fiance (now husband) and I were also moved and to this day about this story. The husband is still an OBGYN Dr. But now he no longer performs abortions, is a peaceful pro-life activist and educator in the medical community, an active elder in the church, and the couple continues to serve God and counsels engaged couples about God's grace; a praying, Godly wife and ultimately love and forgiveness. God is just awesome!!! Praying, Godly wives are also awesome!!! Their story just reminded me of: 1 Cor 1:27-29. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

February 8, 2011 at 1:33 AM  
Blogger Marianne said...

Courtney- I wan't to Thank You from the bottom of my heart for your amazing ministry. God has given you an amazing gift. Your blog & website is just what I need. I am newly remarried and have moved to another Country as thats where my husband is from. Its been tough, my struggles with my past and being alone as I am still learning the language. A few weeks ago, I realized that I am not alone as Jesus is with me, and I have been slowly repairing my relationship with him.
I really was in need of some guidance and there you were. I cant thank you enough for all you do!

February 10, 2011 at 3:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Courtney, a friend referred me to your website. I must say I've truly been blessed by your committment to your family. I'm currently unemployed, mother of 2 children and a few months ago my husband left us and filed for divorce. I've been reading every book on marriage and family I can get my hands on. I'm still believing for God to restore my family. I ask for your prayers. Thanks for your encouraging website.

February 10, 2011 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Rich and Sarah Christensen said...

Dear Courtney,
I love your blog and website, but most of all your sincere love for the Lord. I am a military wife and about to be a new and first time mother. I have a blog
I am wondering if you would be willing to be a guest blogger on my blog. I have watched all of your videos on homeschooling and parenting as well as marriage. I truly believe you are a Godly woman with a heart for the Lord. Most of my friends are new mommies or about to be new mommies. With a baby on the way I am reading everything I ...can on Christian parenting. I am curious as to what your views are about parenting an infant. It can be so confusing with all of the different theories, cry it out method/ don't do cry it out method etc.. I would love it if you could find the time in your busy schedule to share with a group of new mommies which methods you used as a new Momma. Thank you for your time! My e-mail is or Facebook.
Sarah Christensen

February 14, 2011 at 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Courtney

I just want to leave a little note to say God Bless You! I've just come across your blog via a link from Holy Experience blog. I'm in so much of the same time of life as you - mid 30s, 2 kids, homeschooling, married when we were young. . . I'm really being fed by what you have to say about marriage and our relationship with God, and applying God's word. . . All stuff I guess I know but have forgotten. . . I think God is using you to lead me further along the road of spiritual maturity. Thank you!

February 18, 2011 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger MaryEllen aka ME said...

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. I have been changed in so many ways by your firm ability to love God & your husband. It is funny because I would never have thought an educated, attractive woman would hold such fundamental beliefs. Thank you for changing the face of Proverbs wives forever :)

February 21, 2011 at 1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Courtney,
I belive the Lord was speaking to me through your post today. Over the weekend, I was at a party with an old freind and her brother was there. Incredibly handsome. We became fb friends and I was really likin the attention. Thanks to your post, I put this out of my mind as I love my husband dearly and never want to mess with what we have (been married 11 years)I admit I was starting to go down a "slippery slope" as I waited for his comments and emails..forbidden fruit is the sweetest? that devil was trying to get me! Thank You thank you Thank You!
I knew right away it was a message from God/the Holy Spirit putting me back on track. thank YOU!!!

February 21, 2011 at 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Courtney, how can I join a GMG group? Thanks.

February 26, 2011 at 8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anna said...

Hi Courtney

LOVE your blog. Praying for you & blog.

Yours in Christ,

March 2, 2011 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Anonymous - go to and watch the videos on the "about us" page to learn more about the groups. Then go to the "message board" sign up. The next session begins May 1st. Hope to see you there!

And to everyone else who has posted recently - I apologize I have not responded sooner - but thank you so sincerely much for all of the encouragement! You are such blessings!

Much Love,


March 5, 2011 at 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I asked you this before (about a year ago) and cannot find the note in my Bible. What is the verse you have quoted (I believe it was from Jeremiah) about not seeking glory for yourself? I really appreciate it.

March 21, 2011 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

It's Jeremiah 45:5 "Seek Great things for thyself, seek them not" NIV


March 21, 2011 at 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. I truly appreciate it.

March 21, 2011 at 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Courtney, I thought I'd let you know that the Lord used you to draw me closer to Himself this week.

I found your blog through Time Warp Wife, who I just started reading a few weeks ago. I watched a few of the videos on your sidebar, and the one about "making love anytime your husband wants to" really struck home. I just turned 50, and my libido has really dropped. I had decided that sex was something unimportant in our marriage, and that my husband (dear sweet man that he is) would just have to respect my feelings. Then I researched the book you recommended by Linda Dillow - it was while reading her "Creative Counterpart" book (lent by a Christian friend when I was unsaved and struggling in my young marriage) that I accepted the Lord 26 years ago. I downloaded her book onto my Kindle, and while doing that, saw a link to Dr. Kevin Leman's book "Sheet Music". I ended up reading HIS book first, and was completely humbled by God. I now realize how unfair it was to expect my husband to turn off a part of himself. Denying him the joy of marital love on a regular basis is like denying him conversation or food or air. I bound him to myself through our wedding vows and if I refuse to have sex, he is forced into either abstinence or infidelity to meet his needs. Also, I'm denying myself the joy of our union. My eyes are open now, I'm seeing my husband with more love than ever before. And even more important, through focusing on the biblical aspects of the issue - my "walk with the King" which was slumbering after years of being out of church and lax in Bible study, is awakening and growing deeper.

God has used you in my life, and I thought you'd like to know. :)


April 8, 2011 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Debbie - WOW! Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me your story! I am floored to hear how God is moving in your life - it brings me joy! Thank you for this encouraging comment - you have blessed me today! And your husband is blessed to call you his wife!!! Keep being a blessing and walking with the King!

April 8, 2011 at 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Courtney, I have learned a lot from your blog and I feel like God helped me find it at just the right time in my life (3 months ago). I have two boys 8 & 11 and they are in public school, my oldest will be in Jr. High this fall. I was a stay at home Mom for many years till my husband was in a accident and I started working at my youngest sons Pre-school to help make ends meet. I did that for 2 years... then some babysitting... now I am the "Lunchlady" in my boys school. It is 2.25 hours a day but I feel it sucks the life from me! ;) 585 kids all needing me.... well both my guys will be changing schools this fall and I would like nothing more than to be a stay at home mom again. Now that we will have 2 school schedules and I am zonked as we are now I don't think I can hold it all together and keep up at home. My husband is wonderful and is happy that I work- it was his idea. I have told him I am not sure that I can handle it all next fall, but I don't think he "gets" what I mean. :/ I am in a place of prayer right now that God will help me and my husband make the right decision- work or home. If I work, I will be on the move every 1-2 hours all day and with taking kids to school, volunteering and working. I am praying my husband will have wisdom and I will have peace!!!! Thank you for your blog and for all the incite and help it has given to me and countless others! :)

April 13, 2011 at 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi again- I wrote the last post too ;)
Well, I posted that comment to you as my pledge to God that it was in His hands- not mine - His will be done is all I have been praying!
I had told my husband about a week ago that my boss was wondering about my working next year and she told me to take my time and do what is best for my family. I dropped it and just told him to think about it and we could talk later.
Later came very late last night.
I calmly explained my view about time spent vs money made and that I wanted to have more time to be home and with the boys. After lots of talking about it we (he!) decided that I should stay home again!!
God has blessed us so much and I am so thankful for my husband and that he was most worried that I would feel "stuck" if I stayed home, he thought I would rather work. :) Well we sorted through all the thoughts we were both having and have made a peaceful decision- together!
I'm looking forward to joining GMG this summer!!

April 20, 2011 at 12:40 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...


Praise the Lord - I am so happy for you! Thank you for taking the time to share your story with me! I am so glad that you have experienced God answering your prayers!!! We serve a great God! Keep walking with the King!!

April 20, 2011 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

I just wanted to invite all of you to come leave comments and explore the blog that my sister and I created. We are working our way (unasisted) through the New Testament. We really value your thoughts and feedback if you care to give it.
Our blog is


May 16, 2011 at 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am surprised and a bit upset about all of the Pagan and witchery blogs on the top 25 faith blogs! I guess I did not realize there were so many people out there not following God!!! It saddens me that some woman that do not understand ANY witchery is wrong, will be reading their blogs and being led away from God. I pray for all of them.

June 6, 2011 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Shaper of Little Souls said...

I have enjoyed your blog for a while now and I love the fact that you connect with godly women including their appearance. I love the videos on how you do your hair it has really helped me feel better about myself.
I really would love it if you do me a favor and I will do a favor for you. But before I begin I want you to know more about who I am.
I am a Christian woman, married for 6 years and I have 3 children ages 5, 3 and 20 months. Yes. My hands are full. But so is my heart!
I am a stay at home mom and plan to homeschool them (we will take it year by year as I know it is a big job). Recently I started my own
stay at home business selling pretty hair clips from Lilla Rose. The nice thing about it is that I don't have to leave the home to do it! You can look at my website here:

The favor I ask of you is to post a review of one that I send to you. You can choose which ever one you want! And I will send another (one
of your choice) for you to give away to one of your followers.

Over at A Bowl Full of Lemons blog she did this for me and it has been so much fun! Have a look at her post here.

Does that sound like something that you would want to do? Contact me and we can talk.

June 8, 2011 at 1:25 PM  
OpenID Alexis Berry | MBI Alumni said...

Hi Courtney,

Just wanted to let you know that we posted your listed your blog in the Moody Blogroll at!

Thanks for writing; we are proud of you!

- Alexis.

June 13, 2011 at 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I am new, very new, to your blog. I would like to know if you can tell me more about the curriculum that you use for your children. How can I find out if my state offers the same thing? My son will start Pre-K in the fall. I am still researching and trying to find what suits us best. I watched one video you have about your schedule, in it you mentioned the name and that was it. I don't want to cause any problems, I am just interested in more information. Thank you so much! God Bless!

June 15, 2011 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Alexis - thank you!!!

Anonymous - go to to learn more! We have used k12 for the last 2 years and loved it - but we are looking at Classical Conversations for Fall 2011 - and might be changing! We'll see! What I loved most about K12 is the computer based curriculum - it was very easy to use!


June 15, 2011 at 11:45 PM  

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