Courtney LaShea
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Courtney LaShea is a twenty-something fan of large lakes, hopeful words, and vanilla chai lattes. A frequent occupant of the struggle bus, she writes to remind others that God can be trusted even in the messy middle of their stories.

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  1. I love to tinker with recipes, adding my own twists or substituting trying for the healthier without losing the yummy of the original. I sometimes succeed but sometimes fail. “Easiest recipe ever”. Absolutely no need to tinker with God’s recipe for a good life! When I try as we are all prone to do it is always a fail. Thank you for sharing this great example, it truly resonates with me.

  2. Courtney. Thank you for sharing you heart about the Strawberry Jam. I think at times. I not good enough. For the recipe of life. What I mean by that is. I find I have struggle in life. I don’t have many friends. The friends I have I don’t see that often. So I feel like a recipe gone wrong. After following the instructions in life’s recipe. To do right. Be accepted. It never happens. I get down about it at times. Years ago I used to be worse. Then my Salvation Army Offer. Prayed with me. Said Dawn you remember. It doesn’t matter what people think of you. All that matters is what Jesus thinks of you. You are a Daughter of the king of kings. That kings is Jesus. You are accepted in his eyes. So I say that to myself. I got the best recipe in Life. What Jesus says about me. Jesus gives me ingredients through his word and the Holy Spirit. To know I am ok and to guide me through life to be the cake he wants me to be. That is sweet and beautiful for all to see and teast Jesus goodness in my life. If I live for him. Do what he tells me. I am learning to do that. Thank you for sharing what you did. Love it. Keeping you all incourage in my prayers. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

    • Dawn. Dear, sweet Dawn. Thank YOU for this awesome reminder that it isn’t just about having a good life in Him, but having a good life for His glory. May we live in such a way that all can see that He is good. Amen and amen. Praying for you!

  3. I’m crying. I so needed this now. Such a sweet reminder that I’m not the only one who tends to feel this way and that He is all I need. I’m already given all I need.

    • April, I’m so grateful that these words could meet you where you are. You are certainly not alone, and I think we all need the reminder that we already have what we need when we have Him.

    • It is, isn’t it? And yet it’s so simple. We’re the ones who often make it more complicated than it needs to be. My goodness, He’s so patient and kind toward us. Thank you for reading!

  4. I love this!! We’re no longer a slave to fear (or feelings of worthlessness, worn, dirty, unrighteous, etc.) We’re adopted into the family of God. We cry Abba Father and He listens! He knows the plans he has made for us- plans for Hope and a future – NOT A HOPELESS FUTURE!

  5. Well this just made my heart skip, my eyes swell and my hands raise in praise! What a beautiful way of sharing the goodness of our God, our Father, Who is never withholding His goodness. Thank you for illuminating that our perception often needs to be shown the simplicity of – just asking. What a blessing!

  6. I needed this today. Thank you so much for allowing God to use you! He’s all we need. How amazing

  7. Courtney,

    People think the good life must include lots of money, success, nice house & car. Achieving all that requires putting in long hours at jobs & sacrificing family time. Truth is God is the only ingredient we need for this recipe. We are right, worthy & enough with Jesus providing ALL we need. Just like that strawberry jam recipe was right there on the box-Jesus is always there waiting to commune & Sup with us. Keep putting Jesus first in your life & you will have the recipe for a great life no strings attached.

    Blessings 🙂

  8. Ohh my heart ❤️ this touched my soul… I believe I needed to hear this! You are doing amazing and you indeed are a Gift from God! Thank you for sharing keep reaching for the stars

  9. Oh my goodness, this is one of the most precious,beautiful heartfelt story,”testimony” I ever heard,thank you young lady. And may God continue to bless your sweet heart.