I am so glad that you somehow managed to stumble over to my little corner of the internet. My name is Courtney Kirkland. I am a passionate follower of Jesus, a Wife of 11+ years, a mama to three little blessings, a web and graphic designer and a writer.
My life doesn’t look anything like I once expected it to look.
If you had told me ten years ago that I would marry my best friend, travel all over the country, mama three babies, teach myself graphic design, build a business and decide I wanted to write books and teach women the Bible…I’d have called you cray cray.
I never intended to do a lot of the things in my life that I have done. Truthfully, I thought that I would go to college, get married and move back to my tiny little Alabama hometown. That’s what everyone else did, so what more could I expect for myself?
Yet, at some point in my life, God planted in me the desire to just do more. To be more. To want more than just the same ole thing I had always known. I didn’t realize it as a teenager, but God gave me the heart of a visionary and the mentality of a dreamer.
He placed in my life a powerhouse set of women who dreamed big dreams and loved fiercely—my Mom, who instilled in me the “don’t back down from anything you want” mentality; my Granny, who was a boss of a woman and a business woman like no other; and my Maw, who was the sweetest soul you’d ever meet and the sense of balance to all of the empowerment the other women brought into my life.
My college years led me to make a lot of mistakes and cost me a lot of opportunities. I fell in with the wrong crowd, stumbled into mild alcohol addiction and blew a full ride scholarship in under nine months. I found myself depressed and hopeless because I felt like I had completely ruined my life. In my mind, there was no way I would ever have a chance to make it right. I was done. God wouldn’t use me…he gave me a chance and I blew it. What good was I to Him anymore? It took me a long time to understand that God doesn’t waste talent & He doesn’t bypass His plans because we screw things up.
We are not powerful enough to wreck the plans that the Almighty God of creation has had laid out since the beginning of time.
To encourage all women—regardless of what they’ve done or where they’ve been—to step up and step into the divine role that God has for their lives. Because, despite what they may think: THEY ARE WORTH IT.
I am a wife of 11+ years to a hard-working man…one who is devoted to his family and his country. I am a mama to two little boys named Noah (10) and Jonah (six) and a little girl named Sarah (one). Being a military family, we have lived and traveled all over this great country. We started our marriage and welcomed our first son in the Tampa, Florida area, welcomed our second son in Kodiak, Alaska; and had our only little girl in Wilmington, North Carolina. For now, we call Sacramento, California home.
I lead a small group out of our home every week for young girls (ranging from 15 to 21) and co-lead youth AWANA each week at our church. I am currently enrolled at Moody University finishing up my long-awaited [and anticipated] Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies & Women’s Ministry. Likewise, my husband is preparing for full-time ministry and we are excited to see where the Lord leads us when his military time is up. Outside of church, I have dabbled in entrepreneurship for ten years, successfully running a small web and graphic design business as well as a photography business. (You can find my photos available for purchase over at Lightstock.) I currently write full-time here on my site as well as elsewhere online. Needless to say, I tend to stick my hand in a little bit of everything.
Courtney Kirkland is a writer, Bible teacher and hobbyist photographer with a passion for teaching women of all ages the power that is found in the Word of God. Born and raised in a small town in Alabama, Courtney fell in love with journaling and literature during high school and found a passion for traveling when she met her military husband in 2008. Having spent a large portion of her life battling depression and anxiety, Courtney finds herself drawn to those who, like her, have a hard time seeing the greatness of God in the darker seasons of life.
A self-proclaimed “extroverted introvert” and 6w5 on the Enneagram, Courtney spends her free time writing, drinking coffee or dabbling with photos in Photoshop. Courtney and her husband of almost 12 years have three children- Noah (11), Jonah (7) and Sarah (2) and currently call Sacramento, California home.