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Lori Jude is a Kentucky-based writer and managing editor for Bridges Magazine — a long-standing lifestyle magazine that circulates throughout the Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio Tri-State area. Lori loves to encourage those enduring intense seasons of suffering. She, her two children, and their two dogs currently reside in Ashland,...

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  1. AMEN! Thank you for sharing your from the ugly trenches encouragement! Blessings! (((0)))

    • Ruth, I’m convinced that sharing from the trenches is the only way to really share! Another’s willingness to share their vulnerabilities is the only real way to real transparency. Thank you so much for reading! God Bless!

  2. Oh, my friend! I, too, have been face-down on the carpet. Thank you for reminding us that He is with us wherever we are and in whatever state we find ourselves in. Sometimes we have to have the view of the carpet before we can see the glorious view of His hand reaching out to help us stand.

    I am so sorry for the hard, awful things you have endured, but am grateful that you saw Jesus’ hand reaching through that dark time.

    He is faithful and true.

    Much love,
    Nikki xo

    • Nikki, Amen to all of that! Looking for His hand in the darkness is the only way to see the light! Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and love. Above all, thank you for reading!

  3. You are so brave for putting your story to paper. Sometimes the pathway to finding God is full of pitfalls, hurt, and struggle. BUT now you know that you won’t be on that journey alone. May God continue to sustain you physically and emotionally , and provide the help you and your family need. Prayers for you and your family.

    • Phyl, thank you for saying I’m brave. Any courage or bravery displayed is definitely God given because there is no way I could display any of that on my own. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I simply could not go on without them. God bless!

  4. Lori,
    I just visited your blog and listened to you and Chads story. I cannot put into words how moving this is. Thank you. I will pray for you and your family. That you will continue to feel Gods arms wrapped around you and that others will come to know that security through your words.
    With gratefulness,

    • Gwen, Thank you for visiting the blog and for listening to our story. I cannot tell you what that means to my heart. Also, thank you for praying and for reading! God bless you over and over.

  5. God bless you Lori! I am praying for all of you for God’s healing and strength during this time. Sometimes I complain about the irritants in my life without realizing the blessings. I forget that others are suffering far more, then I repent and cry and pray for others. May God continue to be there for you and your family.

    • Trina, Thank you for writing this. I think we are all guilty of looking over our blessings from time to time. Thank you for your honesty and compassion.

  6. May God give you and your family comfort and strength…I am so very sorry you are having to endure such heartache. I will be praying for all of you. My hurt hurts for you, but I know God will be with you every step.
    “What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.”

    • Kathy, Thank you for writing this scripture and for praying. We could use every bit of prayer we can get. God bless you and your family!

  7. God must have something with carpets because that is where He found me too! Looking back I realize that, as He did for Job, He is always closely monitoring us while we go through hard stuff. We have got to reach that breaking point, right? Then starts the beautiful restoration -it is still painful sometimes, but for the right cause.

    • Marie, Yes! I firmly believe God is working all things together for our good. You’re right! It is sometimes still painful but we know he is using it and that makes every tear cried worth it! God bless you and yours!

  8. Dear Lori, thank you so very much for sharing your story! You have encouraged my heart. I am praying for you and your family! Your story really resonated to me. I am 76 years old and have suffered off and on with depression and anxiety for many years, but the Lord has always brought me through. May the Lord Jesus encourage your heart and be the Lifter of your head and provide for your every need! As you have given encouragement to others may the Lord give back to you pressed down, shaken together and running over!!!

    • Donna, Thank you for your rawness here. I too, struggle with depression and anxiety. I’ve been diagnosed with a panic disorder and that makes life borderline unbearable at times. The ups and downs. The mental confusion. The endless doctor’s visits and medication lists all seem like they’ll never end. It is during these times that I’ve learned to lean more into and onto what God has said vs. what my feelings and emotions are telling me. It’s the hardest thing to do at times but God is near to the broken hearted. He WILL bind us up. Sending love and hugs to you my sister.

      • Thank you dear Lori! You are such a blessing to so many! May the Lord grant you the deep longings and desires of your heart! I will continue praying for you and your family! Beauty for ashes!

  9. I have been in that place where it seems like I am done. And have been rescued. It was after my husband’s suicide. I found that tragedy has made me closer to God. I was face down on the carpet and got through it only by God’s grace. So, dear sister, thank you for sharing this.

    • Madeline, Thank you for sharing what you did! The details my look a bit different but we share a similar story. May God bless you my sister!

  10. Lori, we’re so honored to host your words on (in)courage. Yes, God is with us right in the middle of our weakness and mess. So grateful for Him…and you.

    • Becky, Words fail me. I’m truly honored to be featured here and it couldn’t have come on a more timely day–God knows the details. I’m beyond thankful for you and your community at (in)courage! God bless you all!

  11. Lori, thank you so much for sharing your story! Made me think back on my life when I was in the “valley of the shadow of death” and God was still there with me. You are a survivor! God bless you. Hugs and prayers ❤

    • Terry, Thank you for reminding me that God is with us in that valley and that one day I will be out. So encouraging! God bless you!

  12. I have definitely been in that place that you were calling out to God for help. I’ve tried so much to do everything on my own and failed miserably! We are SO blessed to have a loving Father who is there for us ALL the time, not just when we get to the end of our ropes, so to speak! I especially felt him as I went through my own “valley of the shadow” moment with my beloved as he passed away 2 years ago next month due to a stroke at 62. I asked my Mom, “how do people who don’t know God get through times like this?!” Thank you for sharing your heart with us!

    • Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. I understand because I’ve endured that as well and I know what it takes to get up everyday with this kind of tragedy in the foreground. May God bless and be with us both as we keep taking steps forward while leaning on him along the way. God bless you!

  13. This so resonated with my heart today. I needed to be reminded to have more forbearance in my current challenges.

    I loved when you shared, “Friend, God is with us in the hard and He’s with us in the easy. He is with us in the ugly and He’s with us in the beautiful. He is with us in our good decisions and He’s with us in the bad ones. He is with us on the mountain and He’s with us in the valley. If you find yourself fallen, face-down on the carpet, He is right there with you too.” Amen & amen!!

    We truly are never alone. The more time we spend communicating with Jesus, the more aware of His Presence we become. Thank you for your faithfulness to share what are learning. ✨❤️

    • Tanya, You’re right! We are NEVER alone!! I’ve made it a priority of mine to spend more time in His presence than ever before. He is teaching me so much through it. God bless you sister!

  14. I thought my family was inconvenienced when lightning hit our AC unit outside and we relocated to a hotel until the insurance company could do their site inspection.

    My body is acting differently at the Hotel. Can that really be a definition of something? No read a book that was recommended by one of my Counselors, The Body Keeps The Score (I think). God designed us so meticulously that all dimensions work together. Our mind, body, emotions and soul make us who we are everyday.

    I told my daughter that I just didn’t want to be forgotten in this process of waiting for the report from the insurance company and the number of days we would be stationed at the Hotel. Then I thought, God wants me to seek Him for who He is every day. I don’t need to be focused on what I think I may need or what I may not have as soon as possible. My character is more important to God than my immediate comfort and leisure during a stressful situation.

    My Mother and Grandmother grew up working on a Sharecropper’s land. No immediate comfort was even expected during the work seasons or the changes in the weather. And God took care of them. They didn’t question why or how long, they just took one day at a time. I want to be cut from that cloth of endurance but am I a good candidate? My generation (Baby Boomers) has looked at life through pink glasses very often. I hope I didn’t tilt the process of growing up too much for my children.

    Life is a wonderful gift from God. We humans have struggles that only God can navigate with us to an outcome that sometimes is still very difficult to understand. Lord, please forgive me for taking Your Love and Forgiveness for granted so many times. Thank You Lord for Being So Longsuffering toward me even when I was not faithful to You.

    Glory to the name of Jesus !

    We need our Lord and Savior to live our Christian Life.

    Until next time . . .

    Your Sister in Christ

    • Brenda, you are so right! Life is a wonderful gift from God. Praying everything works out for you and this insurance situation but praying even more that God would make himself known to you through the process. May God bless you dear sister!

  15. Thank you, Lori, for your transparency in your painful journey. It is encouraging to hear how other sisters in Christ walk a dark, exhausting, grief-filled path and yet see the faithfulness of God over it all. Indeed, He draws near to the brokenhearted, binds our wounds and honors our tears. What a good, loving Heavenly Father we serve and trust. May His love surround you, your children, heal, provide and continue to bring a harvest from all you have endured.

    • Maryanne, You’re right! He does draw near to us, bind us and honors us through it all. Thank you so much for your comment and for reading!

  16. Lori, so grateful God meets us in our most desperate, despairing moments. Your words are poignant and as I walk through one more thing, a reminder God will carry me through this too.

    • Lisa! My beautiful friend and many times confidant. God will most definitely carry you through. Look what he has brought us both through before. He will never leave nor forsake. I love you!

  17. Lori ,thank you so much for sharing your story. What an great encouragement it is to people. I recently injured my back and I am out of work. I am waiting on my short term disability to get approved to help pay bills until I finish PT and go back to work. So far it hasn’t been approved and I am still in pain. Feeling sorry for myself and ? God’s provision until I read your story. I am so sorry for your loss and praying for The Lord to give you and your children beauty for ashes. Thank you for sharing your story. It really help me to trust The Lord no matter the outcome.

    • Joyce! I wish words could express how happy I am to read that something about my story encouraged you in yours! If I’ve learned anything in my life, it’s that God is always WITH US and He is always behind the scenes working it out! Hang on dear sister. Take it one day at a time. He will come through for you! Just watch and see!

    • Joyce, very sorry to hear of your struggle with pain and the financial fallout that comes with it. Asking the Lord to encourage your heart, heal your body, and provide financially as you trust in Him.

    • Cheyla, I’m sending you a big hug right back! Lets just squeeze eachother (through technology of course lol!) God bless you!

  18. Lori,
    This is beautifully written and so true about God! He is good, always. But, life is often very hard. Thank you for sharing a God story!
    Lisa C

    • Rachel, thank you for these beautiful words of encouragement and for reading this small piece about the BIG things God has done in and through me. I was elated to be featured here at (in)courage, and one day I hope I get the opportunity to minister here again! God bless you and yours!

  19. Lori, your story-His story is so powerful. I didn’t know about your face down on the carpet experience. In 1982 I threw myself down on “kitchen carpet” and screamed at God. He met me there too. I’m so grateful for Him, for you and your incredible ability to encourage. I love you sister!

    • Kathy, isn’t it funny how God weaves his children together through so many similar circumstances! We both have our own carpet stories to tell! I’m so grateful for you and could never thank God enough for your presence in my life!

  20. Your story is why I cling to the first sentence of Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble.” His Spirit is the balm for our souls in our deepest despair. He heard your cry before a sound was uttered. Sometimes comfort is a hug or a phone call enabled by a Savior.

  21. Lori,
    Thanks for sharing your faith crisis story! I’ve had mine also. It was such a hard surrender until I realized God was revealing himself & asking me to let Him be Lord. So funny that we think we are in control when all is going well, but when the wheels fall off we are finally ready to reach up for the hand that was always in control. My prayers for you I. Your very difficult season of life. May you continue to find your strength in Him. (Side note, you live in my former home Town, small world)

    • Teresa, WOW! Such a small world! I cannot believe we are from the same place! And yes, yes, YES to finally reaching for the hand that was always in control in the first place. God bless you!

  22. Lori is one of the most creative, humble, honest writers I’ve ever encountered. Her transparency and exceptional courage resonates with so many readers. I love (In)Courage studies and look forward to reading more from Lori and your many other talented writers.
    Joan Reinhart

    • Joan, I’m humbled at your words to say the very least! I pray I get the opportunity to write for (in)courage again! God bless you my friend!

  23. Lori, Thank you for sharing. Your story is a reminder that what I am going through now is not bigger than God.I do feel fallen face down but I know God is with me and this too shall pass. God bless you.


  24. Noma, Yes! This too shall pass. I don’t know the details of your face-down situation but I do know God is right there with you no matter your posture. Take heart sweet sister!

  25. Lori,

    Sweet sister. So sorry for all you’ve been & are going through. God is always working on our behalf. The Holy Spirit leads others to assist us in our needs. Eight or so years ago I put my aging dad into a gero psych unit at local hospital. I remember spending many days in the lobby crying loud tears. I asked God to take him home if this is how he was going to be. In the midst of all that I knew God was there working on my behalf. He sent many people to pray for & with me. All I know is I couldn’t have made it through those tough days with out God hubby’s love.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth, First allow me to apologize for commenting so late! I’m just returning from Florida. Second, let me say thank you for reading and for your sweet words of love and encouragement over me. I am also so sorry for all you went through with your dad. Praise Yah that He is here WITH us through it ALL!


  26. Amen, Lori.
    I love how you tell your story and never fail to give God the glory. May He bless you and your children over and over.

  27. Yes Lori, even face down on the carpet, God is there. We say He is Omnipresent (present everywhere). Even when we are not aware of His presence, He is there, right beside us, even on the carpet. He is also Omniscient (all knowing). He knows the struggles that each and every one of us has. Creation and the early days of the Garden of Eden, life was perfect, everything was perfect, but sin entered the world, and disease and daily struggles for mankind followed. It wasn’t meant to be this way, but it is unfortunately what we face daily. Thanks be to God, He provided a Savior for us, that of His own Son, Jesus. When we are called home, life will be perfect for us. Thank you Lord, we look forward to it!!!