Courtney’s Personal Testimony

I was led to Christ by my grandma when I was ten years old. However, it took me nearly a decade to truly understand what it meant to have Jesus in my life and to walk with Him daily.

Through the power of Jesus, and my acceptance of His grace, I was saved. But through the manipulations of the enemy, and my own sin, I began to believe lies immediately after Christ came into my life.

I believed crazy lies like there was only so much room in heaven, and that accepting Christ as my Savior from my sins wasn’t enough to secure my place there. I believed heaven would be “full” when I got there.

I developed a strong fear of death — something that shouldn’t exist because Christ paid the penalty for my sins and I had to nothing to fear now that He was in my life. This fear was crippling to my walk with Him.

I began to fall away from the gift graciously given to me. I grew to no longer rely upon God’s power and strength, but upon my own. I was responsible for my strength, satisfaction and self-worth.

It got worse in high school. I put my reliance in the relationships around me. I invested time and attention into friends and teammates. I sought to be “perfect” for them. The best friend, wisest council, best example, and strongest athlete. I wanted people to rely on me. I wanted to be their “best friend.” I sought respect, affirmation, and love from others.

I would imagine relationships and conversations in my mind and would create “perfect friendships.” I would expect all that I imagined to become true. Each time I did this, I experienced disappointment. It made me feel like was on a wandering path to nowhere.

When I went off to college, I continued to seek out the “perfect relationship.” College was a fresh start. I could find the perfect relationship I was looking for. I did find it — just not from the source I expected.

As freshman year began my life took a turn I wasn’t expecting. My identity as student athlete was gone. My life as I had always known it was changing.

There was no specific moment, or special event that led me to feel it, I just knew that something in and around me was changing. Kind of like the feeling you get when you think someone’s following you — but this was a little less creepy. 🙂 I felt something stirring within me. I knew I was being pursued. I began to feel differently about myself. For so long I was lost, disappointed, and dissatisfied. But, somehow, I knew that if Jesus became part of my life again, this pride, sadness, loneliness, and constant disappointment would go away.  Soon, I began to accept, and even welcome, the pursuit.

After a decade of disobedience, the Lord never let me go. He led me to women stronger in their faith to teach me and help me grow. I began to ask questions, and I learned more about Him. I read the Bible again, and I learned that my purpose was to serve and love — not the other way around. He provided the love I was searching for.

The lies of death and of heaven planted deep within me were broken. Before, I was lost, wandering and unsatisfied with life. Now, my life is no longer on a wandering path but on an adventure led by God — the way He always wanted and intended it to be.

The “perfect relationship” I’d been looking for was already mine. And the beauty of Jesus, my perfect Savior and friend, was that even when I lost sight of Him — He never lost sight of me.

Home Sweet Home

There are so many things to update you on. I’m currently having an information overload. I really do promise to take some time to update you this week. When my world stops cooking along at 120 mph I will write you epic blog posts. Epic ones. Promise.

But in the meantime, here’s the “short version” update of our lives.

First, we’re beginning our third week on campus tomorrow. Crazy how the time has flown. We’ve met a lot of students, learned a lot about student culture, how things work (both in ministry and in Stevens Point), and how the Lord is at work in central Wisconsin. God truly prepared a place for us here.

Also, we love our staff team. A lot. Check ’em out. We want to work and play with them all the time. I’m not exaggerating. All the time. Praise the Lord.

Second, we really love living in Stevens Point. It’s a great place. We’re still discovering the ins and outs of the city, and all the hot spots for sushi, burgers and espresso. So far the only thing I’m missing from back in Minneapolis — besides my family and friends, of course — is Patisserie 46. But I always miss Patisserie 46.

Help a girl out ya’ll — do any of you know if there is a Patisserie 46-like place in central Wisconsin??

Third, our home feels like home. We’re unpacked and settled, and we really dig our apartment. As promised, here are some pictures for you.

This is our “entry” way. Erick’s room divider has found a pretty fabulous home in our apartment.

This one side of our kitchen. I have always wanted open shelving, and thanks to IKEA and my amazingly-handy husband, I have some. We LOVE our kitchen. And if you’re wondering what’s behind the curtain, wonder no more. It’s our pantry. The cans of tomatoes and boxes of macaroni and cheese were crampin’ my style.

This is the other half of our kitchen. Erick hung that small shelf above the sink too. He’s so great.

This is our living room. Yep, you guessed it. Erick hung those shelves too. And the TV.

This is our bathroom. I’m only showing you a picture of this room because I really love our shower curtain.  Thank you Target.

This is our office. I’m gonna give you a tour of all three corners. This is Erick’s music corner. He’d prefer a whole music room, but we only have a 2-bedroom apartment. So, corner it is.

This is my reading corner. Those who don’t/can’t play instruments — read.

This is our working/printing/praying corner.

The only room missing is our bedroom. I’d show it to you, but the bed wasn’t made when I was taking pictures. So maybe another day.

And there’s our apartment. Come visit us. 🙂

Get to know us: Day 29

Day 29: Favorite NFL team

Here’s some insight into our relationship. I (Courtney) LOVE football. I love competitive sports in general, but man, I love football. Football Sunday = fun day. The end.

Erick is a little less hardcore. He loves the community football games create (i.e. parties encouraging fun and the consumption of pizza and chicken wings). He doesn’t necessarily need the football, but as he puts it, “it’s a nice touch.” I’m usually the one who obnoxiously runs through the door after church, does a barrel roll over the couch, and clicks on the TV to make sure we see kick off.

A little bit of role reversal exists in the Horrmann household. That’s just how we roll.

And to be even more open with you — we’ve had some knock-down-drag-out arguments about the best teams in the NFL. Like, “for real” fights. This year went to a whole new level because we played each other in a fantasy league. We’re married so we know exactly how to ruffle each other’s feathers. We’re competitive. We get sassy, we totally talk trash about each other’s teams, and we sometimes raise our voices and stand on furniture.

This is normal right?

Erick: THE Minnesota Vikings*

I’ll admit, this season was a difficult one. Full of things like another veteran QB (McNabb) flop, AP injured, having the worst record I ever remember in my lifetime, and … lots of other stuff. Although I stayed true to my team this season, sporting my jersey for every game I watched, I’m glad the season is over for us. Excited to press the reset-button and start fresh next season.

Like most people, however, I enjoy cheering for a team that has the potential to win games (and for most of this season that really wasn’t the Vikings — yea, I can admit it). I needed to find a new team to cheer for. Last season, it was Michael Vick & The Eagles. I was all set to cheer them on for the remainder of this season, but then something unexpected but amazing happened.

Tim Tebow took over as the starting QB for the Denver Broncos.

Tebow Time! Tebow Nation! Tebowing! It all came rushing into my world. Instantly, I became enamored by his presence and couldn’t stop watch him lead the Broncos to victory after victory — all coming from behind, usually in the 4th quarter, and mostly in the last five minutes. Needless to say it made for an exciting football season for the Broncos. A team floundering at the helm of Kyle Orton during the first five games of their season. After a bye week during week 6, the whole offense was Tebow’d and the Broncos went on to win seven out of the next eight games. I watched them win their division, beat the Steelers in the Wild Card game but then unfortunately lose to the Patriots in the Divisional Playoffs (who won the AFC title and will play against the Giants in the XLVI Super Bowl).

I became a hardcore Tebow fan. Routing for him during games, loving his unwavering faith & boldness to put God first in his press-conferences & on the field, his intense competitive nature, and his leadership ability to rally the Broncos to go from season-hopeless to SuperBowl-hopeful.

Also, for those of you wondering, I did beat Courtney in fantasy football this season. Coming in second behind her brother Caleb. Courtney came in third. One of the better outcomes since Caleb and I usually gang-up on Courtney when we play other games together like Sorry, Risk, Cribbage and others.

Courtney: Green Bay Packers

My team is the Green Bay Packers: the greatest NFL organization … ever. They have 13 championships. The most of any other organization in the NFL. I’m from Wisconsin. So are the Packers. They have a culture of winning. I like to win. The relationship just makes sense.

Unlike my husband, I’m not forced to choose a “back-up” team to cheer on because my #1 team chose the frantic “trade/draft/beg for old men QB’s” option versus the traditional “draft talent on draft day” approach. And a note to the Vikings: a new stadium won’t fix your problems.

Okay, I’m done.

I love the Packers. I’ve always loved them. I always will love them. And if you’re wondering, yes, I do still feel the sting of defeat from that playoff game against the Giants. I will move on. There’s always next year. Both for the Packers, and my fantasy team.

And for the record, that ugly purple jersey Erick wears on game day is that of #4. Don’t go thinking Erick is all sweet and innocent. He taunts me on Sundays.