Author Archives: Vicki Courtney

Beating the If/Then Trap

Beating the If/Then Trap

You can learn a lot about a person’s personal pursuit of happiness by what they post on their refrigerator. Take, for example, a woman who visited my church many years ago. She and her husband were new to Austin and had just had their first child. I signed up to bring a meal to their

Dare to Rest Challenge – Week 1: The Badge of Busyness

Enemy #1 of Rest – The Badge of Busyness Ask someone the simple question, “How are you?” and as a reply, you’ll probably hear phrases like “super busy,” “swamped,” “overwhelmed,” and “wish there were more hours in the day.” As a bonus, you might even get a play-by-play rundown of the overbooked calendar, spoken, of

The Exhausting Pursuit of Happiness

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. When our Founding Fathers dipped their quill pens in inkwells in 1776 to draft the Declaration of Independence, they declared these unalienable rights as our legacy, endowed to us by our Creator. In doing so, they sounded the gun at the start line of a rat race that

You Can Move On!

Watch the Move On Trailer “I don’t make messes. I make catastrophes!” To some degree, we can all agree with this statement. Jesus lived a perfect life. The rest of us miss the mark. This is why God’s grace and mercy is so important. Sadly, though, we hold on to our messes, trying to hide

Romans 8:1

Abortion: God Met Me In My Grief

I was barely seventeen when I sat in the waiting room of an abortion clinic. No one knew I was pregnant, except my boyfriend and a coworker who had recommended the clinic. I was prochoice by default of the fact that my parents were pro-choice, so this decision had been a no-brainer. I was a junior in high school, popular