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Courtney Ellis is an author, speaker, and mom of three in southern California where she serves as a co-pastor alongside her husband, Daryl at Presbyterian Church of the Master. Her first book, Uncluttered, comes out in February 2019 from Rose Publishing.

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  1. Courtney,

    There are times in life when we feel alone. People offer platitudes, & advice. That isn’t the same as actually having been there done that. Praise God He has walked these hard, painful streets before us. He knows our pain & is the one who can sympathize with us. This world gets messy, hectic & crazy. It forgets about Jesus-not the season of giving. But the why of the giving. Advent is a season of waiting and longing not just for the baby who was born but for the God who came down, entering into our fears and worries, our temptations and weaknesses, our very bodies, to show us the way home. I thank God He was willing to leave the splendor of Heaven for us. Thankful that we are seen, heard & known in our messy little lives down here.

    Blessings 🙂

    • “Advent is a season of waiting and longing not just for the baby who was born but for the God who came down, entering into our fears and worries, our temptations and weaknesses, our very bodies, to show us the way home.” I love this, Beth! So true and profound and holy and good.

      Thanks for reading!

  2. WOW! Thank you so much, Courtney! I’ve actually been struggling a ton with loneliness recently, and this just reminded me that Jesus has been where I am — there’s little doubt He was an outcast teenager when He was my age! Thank you for reminding me that Jesus gets it.

    • You’re so welcome, Emily. I’m so sorry you’ve been struggling with loneliness. Sometimes it feels to me that this is one of the primary markers of what it means to be human – the feeling that we are on our own, no matter how many people are around us.

      Praying that you feel the love of the God who knows you better than you know yourself, and who walked this road before you! He is near.

  3. It is true that in this holiday season, there are so many who are lonely and they probably feel more lonelier than ever. I used to wonder how can anyone be lonely in this time of busyness and hustle and bustle every directions you look. That was me before losing someone, losing a person I cannot imagine sharing life without them. I feel their absence so deeply in my heart even among those who are still here, those who loves me. I now understood how loneliness during this season can tear up a person inside and hurt so much. Let us be reminded to love on those who are hurting during this time and remind them that God loves them, He sees their hurt, their loneliness and He is right there, holding their hand, loving on them. I miss you immensely Zer Cha….

    • Thanks for your kind words, Becky! I love that God is in the midst of all the ups and downs with us, and that in Jesus he lived them, too! Such an encouragement. Have a wonderful day!

  4. Thanks for your kind words, Becky! I love that God is in the midst of all the ups and downs with us, and that in Jesus he lived them, too! Such an encouragement. Have a wonderful day!