My First (in)Courage Post

by jessicaturner on August 19, 2009

This has been a hard year for a lot of people, including my husband Matthew and me. The economic crisis hit just as Matthew was supposed to embark on a big speaking tour. The tour was canceled and pushed back to spring. Then it was canceled again. We also had just had a baby who required day care, formula, diapers, shots and all the other baby necessities.

Many mornings I left for work in tears, not knowing how we would pay the bills. And as I drove, I prayed.

I prayed for provision.
I prayed for peace.
I prayed for courage.

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Jess :) August 19, 2009 at 11:29 am

Heading over there right now!!

Be blessed today, Jess. :)


Live well - Laugh often - Love much! August 19, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Great post at (in)courage – and this is an awful way to meet, but I'm leaving you a good comment there. Here I'm telling you this because I want to know if I miss a word in a post.

Word missing in this sentence …
"Things are beginning to look for Matthew and me financially."


Lauren Kelly August 19, 2009 at 1:21 pm

What a wonderful article!! :)


Rebecca Louise. August 19, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Loved it! xxx.


Jessica Turner August 19, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Thanks Live well – I made the correction. Somehow UP was missing – a very important word. :)


Angie S August 19, 2009 at 3:02 pm

I think your post was amazing! My husband and I also have seen life in a new light as we struggled with finanical issues. Things are looking up for us, but we couldn't have done it without God. I am glad for what we have been through because God made us stronger in so many areas. God is good everyday :)


Jennifer August 19, 2009 at 5:10 pm

I loved your post today!!


Sarah K August 19, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Hi Jessica! Read your blog all the time and I'm wondering if you have any tips for learning how to be a "coupon shopper." After reading this post along with your meal planning post, I am newly inspired to really try to learn how to manange our home and finances better, but am not sure where to start. If you find time (as I know you are very busy) to email me with any suggestions please do so at Thanks in advance and love the blog!


Jessica Turner August 19, 2009 at 8:37 pm

SarahK- if you used netvibes, I can send you my tab of thrifty bloggers that I read. That is how I have learned. :) is my favorite


Sarah K August 20, 2009 at 2:56 am

No clue what netvibes is, but I'll check out the link you gave. Thanks!! :)


krislyn. August 20, 2009 at 4:28 am

I read your (in) courage post this morning before I walked out the door. I know at times I look at a situation and feel overwhelmed by what may come of it..

Listening to how God has answered your prayers of courage and peace just re enstates that He is listening! I am so happy that life is not as overwhelming for you and that things are looking UP!! =) Matthew is doing some incredible things on his blog, and I only wish him the best with his writings! .. And you Miss, are just fantastically talented! May God continue to guide you in using your talents to brighten lives of others!

You seem like woman filled with JOY =)


Karla August 20, 2009 at 4:42 pm

What an excellent, encouraging post!

I can imagine it touched many lives, as it did mine.


Jenni Saake (a.k.a. InfertilityMom) August 23, 2009 at 3:41 am

I really enjoyed your (in)courage post and included a link to it from my blog at even though the kinds of crisises we were each talking about were different. {hug}


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