Women Who Dare to Believe 09 | Courtney DeFeo

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I am beyond honored that Courtney DeFeo would share with us today and you will be blessed immensely by her story of faith. I have followed Courtney since her book came out years ago, "In This House, We Will Giggle". I hope you are deeply encouraged by her words today.

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a Southern girl at heart. I grew up in Atlanta, went to Auburn University, moved to Orlando and then to Texas. However, my favorite place to be is at parents’ house in South Carolina with my entire family. My husband, Ron, and I have been married for 18 years and we have four amazing girls. Ella is almost 15, Larson is 12, Lauren is 24 (not legally adopted but 100% ours) and my favorite child ever is Mazie (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, age 1). We reside in Colleyville, TX and eat mounds of table side guacamole.

I love brainstorming, creating and dreaming. Especially when those ideas intersect with glorifying Jesus and encouraging people. As a former marketing professional for Chick-fil-A Inc., I had the privilege creating memorable programs that helped customers fall in love with chicken. I’m the author of In This House, We Will Giggle and Treasured and creator of ABC Scripture Cards and the kindness movement Light ‘Em Up Acts. I am currently pursuing a Masters Degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. I also enjoy serving and volunteering for Lighthouse Family Retreat, Compass Church, For Girls Like You and Operation Dream Home. Connect with me Courtney at CourtneyDeFeo.com.

My top two priorities are my faith and my family. However, the creative girl in me (and serial entrepreneur) has to keep many random ideas on a note in my phone. Every now and then, an idea or message will bubble up and stay in my heart - and then I know it’s one that Jesus wants me to pursue.

Years ago, I heard someone say, “If you’re a communicator at heart - a message will have various formats. It’s not always just writing. It’s important to find the best way to communicate what message has been laid on your heart.”

I love that freedom because I’ve been able to communicate about faith, families, intentional parenting, generosity, raising girls and more in so many fun ways. Although I’ve enjoyed so many creative roles from product designer, author, podcaster and speaker. However, my ultimate calling is more simple. I am a follower of Jesus and I feel MOST ALIVE when I’m using my gifts to point people to Jesus and encourage others at the same time. Sometimes that looks like a conversation with a friend in carpool and sometimes that will manifest into a curriculum for moms and daughters I haven’t always done it perfectly, but I’m finally learning to pause and wait on the Holy Spirit and His timing. It’s always better that way.

At this current time, I feel a strong calling to my local church community and the young girls in my life. That looks like house groups and discipleship groups in this season and less time online. I’m so excited to open up my home and heart in this way.

Okay, Courtney. I can't wait for you to share your story of belief with us. Let's go!

Three years ago, a dear friend of mine passed away very unexpectedly. Not only did it break my heart, it stirred up my faith in a way that I’ve never experienced.

Her name was Wynter Pitts. She was simply remarkable.

In 2011, we met at the DotMom Conference put together by Lifeway. Wynter was at a table selling her magazine (For Girls Like You) and I was at my table selling my ABC Scripture Cards. During the main sessions, we would meet in the middle of our tables and talk about our dreams. And also talk about the struggles of trying to launch a big idea with zero budget. And, we also shared our struggle with going it “alone.” Then, I flew back home to Florida and she flew back to her home in Texas. However, a friendship began.

We would communicate on social media and through emails for several years. Often, we would just encourage each other about life, ministry and everything in between. In 2015, I found out I was moving to Dallas, Texas. One of the very first people I called was Wynter. I wasn’t thrilled about starting over in a new city, but I was super pumped to be in her city. We were so excited to have our families connect in real life.

We got together our girls together only a couple times because somehow 30 minutes still felt like states apart. In 2018, we started realizing that our ministries/businesses were so similar. I was working on a small group study for moms and tween girls. She was ramping up her magazine (targeted at tween girls) in a much bigger way. However, we still didn’t want to go it alone. We both really felt lonely professionally and felt this pull to work together.

So, we had her entire family over for dinner. While the girls played upstairs, the fo