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Life will never be easy. There will always be challenges. There will always be mountains to climb and oceans to cross. But remember, it is the mountains and oceans that make us better climbers and better swimmers. If there were no heartaches, there would be no strength. No one will go through life without some sort of test… or several of them. But the way you handle the challenges is what will determine the outcome of your life. Face each challenge head on, never give up. Never let go of hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Pray. Ask God for his strength and peace. God will never disappoint you or let you down. He is the one being you can always depend on forever and ever. He will never turn his back on you. He is the one who will hold your hand through your darkest moments of life. He wants to hold you tight and never let you go. But you have to let him. He is waiting there with open arms for you… ready for you to just let him love you.

Don’t let the evil side win. You are worth so much more than that. God created you and he made you beautiful. He has things planned for you that you cannot even fathom. Your future is so bright, so full of hope and love. If only you will just reach out and let him help you. Humble yourself. Let go of anger and bitterness. It’s not worth it. Let love in. Let God in.

I know Christmas is an amazingly beautiful time of year for most people. But there are so many hurting people in the world that for them, the holidays only add to their unhappiness and depression. I am writing this today to encourage anyone who might be hurting… don’t let go. There is always hope.

Merry Christmas.

From the deepest and most sincere part of my heart,
Courtney

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.  -Deuteronomy 31:6

I will leave you with one of my favorite songs by the band Red. It’s called Not Alone.

Slowly fading away
You’re lost and so afraid
Where is the hope in a world so cold
Looking for a distant light
Someone who could save a life
You’re living in fear that no one will hear your cries
Can you save me now

I am with you
I will carry you through it all
I won’t leave you I will catch you
When you feel like letting go
Cause your not, your not alone

Your heart is full of broken dreams
Just a fading memory
And everything’s gone but the pain carries on
Lost in the rain again
When will it ever end
The arms of relief seem so out of reach
But I, I am here

I am with you
I will carry you through it all
I won’t leave you I will catch you
When you feel like letting go
Cause your not, your not alone

And I’ll be your hope when you feel like its over
And I will pick you up when your whole world shatters
And when you’re finally in my arms
Look up and see love has a face

I am with you
I will carry you through it all
I won’t leave you I will catch you
When you feel like letting go
Cause you’re not, you’re not alone

And I will be your hope
And I will pick you up
And I will be your hope
And I will be your hope

Slowly fading away
Your lost and so afraid
Where is the hope in a world so cold

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  • Vanessa Hagen

    love this :) Merry Christmas Courtney :) God Bless!

  • Beautiful post – I do respect you as afoul lower of Jesus and an amazing photographer!

  • i no wanna say

    All I wanted to say was
    sniff sniff
    but the computer wanted me to say more so
    sniff sniff
    again.

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