Courtney Stanford
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Courtney is a passionate follower of Jesus, wife to a worship pastor, and mom to three boys. She blogs at Let Every Heart, where she encourages women to “Prepare Him room.”

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  1. Courtney,
    Your post returns my heart to the Christian school we have in the Middle East. In this country that is only 1% Christian…Christians who daily fear for their lives, pause and lift up adulation and joy that Jesus has not forgotten them…even better He has come for them. We lift our hearts together over a bridge that only God could build. We stand…all humanity…in solidarity in praising God for the unfathomable love that He has poured out on us. It makes me look forward to the day when all believers will gather around Christ in the new earth and and every knee will bow and worship Him. To all my (in)courage friends…
    May you have a blessed Christmas filled with His peace,
    Bev xx

    • Yes! A thousand times, yes! I look forward to that day as well, Bev. Thank you for sharing your heart with me. I am so glad you took the time to read and comment! Merry Christmas from my heart to yours! ❤️

  2. For us, with us — yes!
    Tonight as I stand with my candle in the quiet dark of my own beautiful sanctuary, I will be picturing row upon row of sisters the world over, tiny lights in our own small spaces, but blazing and amazing in our multiplied LIGHT!
    Your words have made me look forward even more to this day of celebration, and to the Celebration that is yet to come.

    • What a beautiful picture you’ve painted, Michele! My heart will be with you, as well, imagining the rows and rows of women bringing glory to God, collectively around the globe! Merry Christmas from my heart to yours!

  3. Courtney,

    Thank-you for sharing your story, and thoughts this Christmas Eve.

    I hope you have a blessed & Merry Christmas


  4. Hi Courtney,

    I do not know you personally. A friend introduced me to in-courage this past October and I love it. A community nearby where I live in Virginia, suffered a terrible tragedy last Saturday night (December 17) when a murder occurred. Despite this terrible tragedy happening, I know that God is with us.

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas,


  5. Courtney,

    Our little church has a tradition of family candlelight communion. Each family goes up and does communion, hugs and says I love you. Neat thing is that everyone is family here. If you are alone another family will gladly take you up with them. No one ever goes solo!!! We are just one big family!

    People around the world celebrate Christmas. Some do it in fear of their lives, but do it joyously! We should do the same here and know we are blessed with Emmanuel–God with us!!

    Have a great Christmas and blessed 2017!

    • What a beautiful picture of church family, Beth! I absolutely love this tradition. Thank you for sharing it here. Perhaps others will be encouraged to live with arms wide open, as well! Happy new year, Beth!