You Have Purpose, Even on Dark Days

In this episode:

When a painful chronic condition changed Amy Marcoux’s active lifestyle, she needed a reminder that her life has purpose, even on the difficult days. She repurposes her own pain to inspire others.  

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Inspired Life

Disappointment and Health Challenges 

Amy Marcoux is a young adventure-lover, but an injury that wouldn’t heal changed her active life. After a surgery didn’t correct the issue, she continued to see doctors. Eventually, she was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), a term that describes excess and prolonged pain and inflammation that follows an injury to an arm or leg. 

It changed Amy’s active lifestyle from avid hiker and Pilates instructor to someone who spent days on the couch because of a disability. Amy talked about setting aside her pride and receiving help. She also talked about trying to do it all on her own. 

About Amy: 

Amy Marcoux is an energetic adventure seeking writer, speaker, mentor, wife, and mother of three girls in a home full of personality. She is a strong-willed perfectionist who tries to do it all and wants people think she has it all together. She is learning, through the unexpected, to let go and to share her real life so that she can point others to the hope she has found.  

Life, Repurposed

“I’m used to doing everything on my own strength. I’ve very self-sufficient. And what does life look like when I can’t depend on myself?” —Amy Marcoux 

Purpose for Every Day  

When she was stuck on the couch and dependent on her husband for help, he would say, “Your life still has purpose, Amy. What’s your purpose today?” She’s turned her pain (physical and emotional) into a blog and a radio show. She shares from her heart about how God can use her in the midst of it all.  

Amy quoted this verse: “I will give you treasures concealed in darkness and riches hidden away in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel who calls you by your name” (Isaiah 45:3 NCB) 

Amy says when you feel like you’re face down in the dust, and you feel as if you can’t take one more step, God is still there. He is our strength. She says, “God has a plan for each of our days, and it doesn’t have to be perfect.” 

Recommended Resource

Blog – Amy’s beautiful way of expressing herself shows up on her blog, GoLetGo. Here is an example of one of her posts: The Choice is Mine 

Amy on the Radio – Go Let Go Radio Show

Amy’s story in the Life, Repurposed book is a creative metaphor for how her life compares with a piece of furniture that is worn down and in need of repair from the master designer.


Read Amy’s  chapter in Life, Repurposed: Stories of Grace, Hope, and Restored Faith. 

You’ll find comfort, inspiration, and wisdom in these stories from women just like you. Every encouraging account shows hope and renewed faith as they have come through trials and tough times, including family struggles, infertility, health challenges, doubt, fear, human trafficking, depression, heartbreak, loss, and more. 





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Michelle Rayburn is the author of The Repurposed and Upcycled Life: When God Turns Trash to Treasure, as well as a small group Bible study to accompany the book. Learn more about these and her other books here. A sample chapter of the book and Bible study are available for free download.

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