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Courtnaye is a Christian blogger who loves writing to help women grow in their walk with the Lord. It's all about real talk, real issues, and real life in the faith! Don't miss out on her weekly posts every Monday at 7:30am on www.insideoutwithcourtnaye.org. For more info or questions, you can visit Courtnaye’s website or contact her via email. Also be sure to "Like" her page on Facebook. God bless!  

Courtnaye Richard

Courtnaye Richard
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Courtnaye is a Christian blogger who loves writing to help women grow in their walk with the Lord. It's all about real talk, real issues, and real life in the faith! Don't miss out on her weekly posts every Monday at 7:30am on www.insideoutwithcourtnaye.org. For more info or questions, you can visit Courtnaye’s website or contact her via email. Also be sure to "Like" her page on Facebook. God bless!  

Need Direction?

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I believe if you clicked onto this post, you either need direction right now or you want to help someone else who needs it. Wherever you are on this topic, I pray that this post helps you or that individual. With that being said, I’m going to dive straight into this one, because you need answers. I totally get it! So here’s my advice to you as you read this:

  • Pray today – I can’t stress this enough. If you need direction or answers, the Lord is definitely the One who knows exactly what you need to do. So pray, It may seem like the simplest answer, but it’s actually the best starting place. Remember, becoming a daughter of the Father has a lot to do with relationship. So talk to Him.

Look into the open sky (or just lift up your head) and tell Him what you need. I have a plaque in my living room that reads, “Thank God for what you have, trust Him for what you need.” Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Go for it, today.

  • Fast – Sometimes you may need to pray and fast for direction. Fasting just has an amazing way of reaching God in new heights in your walk with Him. It’s a time of sacrifice and seeking more of Him, as well as seeking Him for direction. Moses fasted 40 days and 40 nights when he went up to Mount Sinai before receiving the Ten Commandments. Deuteronomy 9:9 says, “…I was there forty days and forty nights, and all that time I ate no food and drank no water.”

And let’s not forget about Queen Esther who called a fast among herself and her people (the Jews), to get direction and courage to approach her king (husband) to save them from annihilation. Well, God answered! And they were saved! A good book that I recommend if you would like to learn more about this topic is entitled, “Fasting” by Jentezen Franklin.

  • Seek Wise Counsel – Don’t be afraid or too prideful to ask for wise counsel or advice. God can use others to get a good word of direction to you. It really does help. However, I do want to caution you as you seek counsel. Simply make sure that it lines up with God’s Word and His ways…which brings me to my next point.
  • Let the Word of God lead the way – In other words, let the Word light your path. Let it show you what next steps you need to take. What is God’s Word saying to you in this particular season or situation? Have you opened it?

The key that opens the door for direction is through faith and by also reading the Word and then following its wise instruction. King David said in Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.” (ESV) Often times, the direction we need is found right in a passage of Scripture that either the Holy Spirit has revealed to us in devotion, through a sermon, an article or blog, or bumper sticker on someone’s vehicle. Sometimes it’s an echo of the same verse everywhere! Look for His answers.

Personally, I just had a recent experience when I was seeking God for direction. I really needed to know what to do. And as I sat quietly, outside under the open sky, I prayed, “Lord, I need direction. What do you want me to do?” And I’ll tell you, I waited patiently, and shortly thereafter, it came. The Holy Spirit whispered to me, “It’s in My Word.” And He reminded me of a passage of Scripture that He’d already been showing me. I knew without a shadow of a doubt what to do. God had given me direction! And I’m following His path!

I pray this helps you, my sister. Pray and look for Him. He’s a faithful Father. He will not leave you in the dark. His Word will light the way when you need direction. So hold onto this encouraging little card reminder that I bought years ago, “Trust in His timing. Rely on His promises. Wait for His answers. Believe in His miracles. Rejoice in His goodness. Relax in His presence. Come near to God and He will come near to you.” ;-)

Remember, Jesus is coming back soon! And those who endure unto the end shall be saved. So let’s be ready from the Inside Out!

~Courtnaye

QUESTION: Do you need direction today? Do you feel uncertain about which path to take? If you would like me to join you in prayer on it, you can either write it here or email me directly @ [email protected]. I look forward to hearing from you and praying for you.

ALSO, just want to encourage you to grab my NEW book, “IDENTIFIED: Knowing Who You Are in Christ & Moving Forward in Your Purpose!” ORDER IT TODAY right here on Amazon.com! And if you already have it and have read it, please give me a REVIEW on Amazon.com. Thanks so much in advance.

*Tune in every Monday at 7:30am for new posts, “Like” my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/InsideOutWCourtnaye), and follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/InOutwCourtnaye. Also, share this blog with friends, family, co-workers, or your women’s group or ministry. I’d love to stay connected and help more women grow in the Lord! Thanks again and may God be with you!


Feeling Blocked?

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For starters, I’m not talking about being blocked from someone on Facebook or Instagram. However, if you are feeling blocked in that way, shake it off, my sister. Don’t even worry about it. Keep moving forward, instead. Don’t let that blockage be a hindrance to all that God is doing in your life. Forgive and move on. Amen!

Okay, now for the real reason that this post is being written this week. It’s actually a bit of a blast from the past, because initially I wrote this post back in 2014 under a different title. However, God saw fit to bring it back in this particular season for you. It’s also “super” revised. So with that being said, are you feeling blocked in some way?

What’s the blockage, sis? Are you experiencing some unexpected obstacles or hindrances in your life in some way? Is it on the job, at home, ministry, or your personal walk with God?

I want to tell you that whatever blockage you’re feeling right now, you can get through it. You can overcome it. You just have to dig deeper to clear the way. And this will start with examining your situation.

So think about it. Pray about it. Ask the Lord, “What is it, Father? What’s causing this lack of flow? What’s causing the disconnection or silence?” You have to ask these inquiring, yet tough questions to discover the answers to gain the clearance.

If you’re a writer (like myself), you may experience writer’s block. A few keys to getting through that is simply stepping away for a little while, taking a break or catnap, changing your atmosphere, or simply praying for a fresh perspective from the Lord’s wisdom.

If you’re feeling blockage in a relationship of some sort, a few keys can be waiting for the right time to talk about it, recognizing if you’re at fault in any way and need to make things rights, or if God is quite naturally severing a relationship (if it’s marriage, I encourage you to seek a godly counselor before you make any moves). But in any case, seek God for how to effectively remove the yucky feeling of the blockage. In other words, do your part and let God work on the supernatural breakthrough.

Now let’s go a little bit deeper and make it personal. Sometimes the opposition, obstacles, or blockage that we face can be us. Oh yes! It’s true. And it stems from the iniquities within. It’s the sins that are buried deep within our hearts, which can actually hinder our progress and God’s favor on our lives. Sometimes its sins that we are aware of, yet have decided to bury (for example like David and Bathsheba’s sin of adultery). And other times it can be things that we didn’t even really know were wrong (like offending someone unintentionally).

When you or I are in error in some form or fashion with the Lord, the Holy Spirit will prompt us to get it right with Him whether it’s known or unknown sin from the heart. The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 17:9-10, “The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I know! I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” (NLT)

The lesson here is that God knows exactly where we are because of our hearts. There’s absolutely no hiding from Him. So once the Holy Spirit reveals to us the error of our ways through our heart-to-heart talk with God, then it’s our job not to suppress it even deeper. We have to get rid of the blockage through prayer, confession, godly sorrow, and genuine repentance. Then we can experience true freedom and begin to encounter success in our endeavors and a deeper spiritual walk with God.

So if God begins to reveal any bitterness, unforgiveness, jealousy, envy, bad attitude, lying, hypocrisy, or whatever is not like Him within you, then start the process of removing the blockage through your honest confession. You can pray His word saying, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)  There’s so much power and freedom in speaking the Word...and confession.

Do what you have to do., sis. Remove the blockage today. Because it’s time to start moving forward, again.

Remember, Jesus is coming back soon! And those who endure unto the end shall be saved. So let’s be ready from the Inside Out!

~Courtnaye

QUESTION: Are you experiencing any blockage today? What is it? How are you trying to work through it? Write it out here or you can email me directly to join you in prayer on it @ [email protected]. I look forward to hearing from you and praying for you.

ALSO, just want to encourage you to grab my NEW book, “IDENTIFIED: Knowing Who You Are in Christ & Moving Forward in Your Purpose!” ORDER IT TODAY right here on Amazon.com! And if you already have it and have read it, please give me a REVIEW on Amazon.com. Thanks so much in advance.

*Tune in every Monday at 7:30am for new posts, “Like” my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/InsideOutWCourtnaye), and follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/InOutwCourtnaye. Also, share this blog with friends, family, co-workers, or your women’s group or ministry. I’d love to stay connected and help more women grow in the Lord! Thanks again and may God be with you


Lord, Help Me to Be Patient with People!

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Are you struggling with being patient with people right now? Are you becoming more edgy or impatient in fast food lines, grocery stores, the bank, or with friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, leaders and/or boss, or fellow church members? Again, are you struggling just a tiny bit or a whole lot in this department? You know…that moment in your life when you want to shout, “Lord, help me to be patient with people, please!”

Ever been there?

I’ve totally been there! Oh my goodness, have I been there? LOL! Why do you think I’m writing about it? If the Lord can use me to help someone else get through this…well, AMEN!

Okay. So let’s talk about it, sis. Where are you right now as it relates to this topic? What’s got you in such a hurry? What’s got you to a place where you are just so frustrated with people’s lack of movement or change? You’ve got to pinpoint it.

A couple of more questions, “What’s happening on the inside of you?” and “Why are you all of a sudden more edgy and less tolerant of someone else’s pace or growth these days?”

I believe when you and I begin experiencing a growing lack of patience with others or situations happening in our lives, we have to take an inside look. Meaning, it’s time to do a self-check and ask the honest question, “Why does this bother me so much?” I would venture to say that we need to check our own fruit basket (i.e. love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, humility, and self-control found in Galatians 5:22-23).

Again, personally, I’ve been there. Just about every time I pull into Dairy Queen with my daughter, she remembers the time when my favorite pina colada smoothie wasn’t done right. It was milky. I don’t like milk. So I asked the young lady handling my order to please make it over. Well, I had to wait again (longer), for something I thought should’ve been made perfectly and to my satisfaction. Crazy, right? But I had an impatient moment.

Now when I pull into Dairy Queen, if they get it wrong (which they have over and over again), I pause, breathe, and pray for patience and the right, gentle response…especially if my daughter is present. I’ve got to be the right example for her, as well. And so do you. People are watching how we deal with others. And God is looking for us to deal with them in love, humility, self-control and patience.

So the next time you get impatient with a friend, loved one, co-worker or co-laborer, or whomever, consider the above. Learn to be patient with people's spiritual and natural growth and movement. It's all about you making the right choice at the time. Granted, I know it's not easy. But it can be done, sis.  

With that being said, here are a few Scriptures that I hope will help you when you become a little impatient with people in various situations:

  • James 1:19-20, “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight.” (NLT)
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-5, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” (NIV)
  • Ephesians 4:2, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (NIV)
  • Romans 12:12, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (NIV)

Here’s also a little practical help. Realize that you really are in that moment (that “impatient” moment). Slow down enough to breathe, pray, and ask the Lord to help you to be steady in the moment. Renew your mind with the Word of God, and be mindful of your words, actions, and surroundings (especially if your kiddos or lost souls are around). Settle down enough to have the right response (fruit/good godly character).

You can do it, sis. You can be patient with people. Try it when it happens again.

Remember, Jesus is coming back soon! And those who endure unto the end shall be saved. So let’s be ready from the Inside Out!

~Courtnaye

QUESTION: Again, are you struggling with being patient with people right now? Who is it? Or what is it that’s got you a little aggravated in this area? If you need prayer, don’t hesitate to request it here or email me directly at [email protected]. I’ll partner with you in prayer.

ALSO, just want to encourage you to grab my NEW book, “IDENTIFIED: Knowing Who You Are in Christ & Moving Forward in Your Purpose!” ORDER IT TODAY right here! And if you already have it and have read it, please give me a REVIEW on Amazon.com. Thanks so much in advance.

*Tune in every Monday at 7:30am for new posts, “Like” my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/InsideOutWCourtnaye), and follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/InOutwCourtnaye. Also, share this blog with friends, family, co-workers, or your women’s group or ministry. I’d love to stay connected and help more women grow in the Lord! Thanks again and may God be with you!