Even if Not

I had put all my hopes, dreams, and wishes into wanting a biological child, that it was hindering my relationship with the Lord. The main reason I was devastated after all the failed attempts and tests was because I was resting in my hope, salvation, and significance in my own performance and ability to conceive and birth a child. 

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Courtney Longnecker
The Weird Tension of Infertility : A Confession

I want to be so known for my crazy love that at the end of my days, the people around me will say I never let the ache of this world make me bitter. It has before, and I was miserable - I don't want to live that way anymore, and I don't have to. You don't have to live in that bitter ache, either. Outdo one another in showing honor (Romans 12:10b) -- in doing so, there's not enough room for jealousy. Love and jealousy don't exist well together.

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Courtney Longnecker
For All Women on Mother's Day

Think of your friend who is struggling with infertility. 
Think of someone you might know who has had a miscarriage or stillbirth. 
Think of the mother whose child passed away in the past or presently. 
Think of the friend who may have an estranged relationship with their mother, and vice versa. 
Think of a friend with a sick child. 
Think of someone you know whose mother has passed on. 
Think of your friend who longs to be married and have a family. 
Think of the mother who is in the process of the adoption wait. 

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Courtney Longnecker
The Heart Behind Still Ministry

While God didn’t cause the loss of our child, He can and will use it for good if I allow Him. I look back on that dark time in our lives, and I can see now how God has been shaping and refining me through all of it – despite me doing my very best to mess it up. He has been slowly speaking truth to me and gradually, day by day, placing this desire in my heart. Opening my eyes to a battlefield right in front of me…laying this mission on my heart.

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