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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!  

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!  

When You Feel Helpless

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Have you ever been in a place where you just felt helpless? That moment when you felt like there was just nothing that you could do or say in your natural power to change things? Have you ever been there? Are you there now?

Whether you feel helpless over your fiancé or husband not changing, child acting up in school or in life, your boss or leader doing something that you can’t control, or life’s just hitting you hard through a trial or tragedy, trust me. I get you! But I want to tell you…God gets you more.

And He wants you to cast all of your cares upon Him. Now, I know that might be easy to read, yet harder to do. Again, I get you, sis. However, it truly is the way to encounter genuine peace and self-control. Psalm 55:22 encourages, “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” (NLT) As His righteous daughter, He’s got you. So give it to Him.

Personally, there have been moments in my life, when life’s circumstances hit me so hard that all I wanted to do was scream, run away, or throw my hands up and say, “I give up!” BUT…then right after I had those real emotions rise up, is the same time I cried out to God with tears in my eyes and said, “Lord, I need you. I can’t do this by myself. I need your supernatural power to intervene, because I’m just not strong enough.” And that’s when God stepped in…supernaturally.

Quite honestly, sometimes breakthrough happens right away and sometimes is takes a while. Yet, I believe the timing of our tests is God’s choice. Our job in the midst of it all, is to turn it over to Him and believe with everything within us that somehow, someway, He’s going to supernaturally work it out for the good (See Romans 8:28).

Maybe that’s where you are today. Or maybe you know someone who is at this point. Wherever you or he or she is at the moment, I want to encourage prayer. It may sound like the simplest thing, but it’s super powerful! It’s the method where you can be completely open and honest with the Lord about where you truly are in the situation. Meaning, if you’re angry, say it. If you’re afraid, say it. If you don’t understand, say it. And if you just feel helpless, say that too.

Because ultimately, He’s the One who knows how to help you when you feel angry, afraid, clueless, or helpless. He knows. And He wants to help you. Try Him. Trust Him. And call on Him when you feel helpless. He’s waiting for 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 feel helpless today? What's going on? If you need prayer leave a comment or email me @ [email protected]. And I’ll partner with you in prayer about it.

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.

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*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!


Finding Freedom in Confession

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I’m going to talk about something today that might be a little tough for some, but I believe that in the end, you’ll understand the purpose for this post. It’s about confession. Now, for some, this action step may be easy. Yet, for others it may be downright gut-wrenching (mainly, because it’s very humbling and revealing). In any case, if you do it, I believe you’ll discover that confession actually brings freedom.

Straight up…confession begins when we open our mouths. It’s about admitting where we truly are with God and with a trusted accountability partner. Do you have an accountability partner? Just thought I’d ask that upfront. Because again, confession starts by talking about it.

The actual word confession means admitting a fault or crime, revealing something hidden, or acknowledging some form of guilt or sin. Again, I know this is not an easy thing to do, but it’s totally worth the effort. I’ll also tell you (and some of you know), there’s such an amazing release of freedom once you confess it.

But before I get ahead of myself, I need to tell you that whatever you need to confess (at any point in your life) stemmed from the heart initially (or because someone did something to you and now your heart and thoughts are acting out in ways that are not right according to Scripture). For instance, things like slander, lying, adultery, fornication, impure thoughts, unforgiveness, offense, or outbursts of anger…these are all thought and heart issues. Proverbs 4:23 states, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out if it flows the issues of life.” Keeping and guarding your heart is work, but it’s a good work!

Now, some people may say, “I’m good, Courtnaye. My heart is okay. There’s no sin in me.” And if you’re okay right now. Great! However, if you’re not (or when you’re not), confess it and get free quickly. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Trust me, I’ve had many times in my life where I was battling with some form of sin, and the Lord beckoned me to get it right. I’ve had to do it. And honestly, I don’t know about you, but it’s downright smothering when you know that you’ve done something wrong in the sight of God, and you haven’t yet confessed it to Him or anyone else, yet.

We have to understand that there is absolutely nothing that we can keep secret with the Lord. He’s an all-knowing God. Yet, it’s our responsibility to confess it, repent of it (meaning, turn away from it), ask for His forgiveness, and get that clearance in our spirit. That’s release. That freedom!

Listen, I don’t know where you are right now in your life. Everything could be perfectly fine. However, if you are indeed going through something that you know is hidden within your heart, talk to God about it. Also, talk to someone whom you trust about the issue (if you feel the need to do so). And if and when you talk to this person, just make sure that this individual does not agree with your sin or tell you that everything is okay with what you’re doing, when it’s truly NOT okay. A true friend will tell you the truth at all cost and will help you get through it God’s way and with prayer. The Bible says in James 5:16, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of the righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” And don’t forget the famous Proverb…”As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (*actual verse is Proverbs 27:17)

Before I close this post, if you need to confess something, I strongly encourage you to talk to God about it. Again, He already knows. He just wants you to confess it. Simply sit down and have that heart-to-heart talk with Him. Cry out to Him. He is waiting and listening, and willing to forgive you. Just step out in faith that He will help you through it.

And keep this in mind…it is way better to confess it now, then to be exposed later. So save yourself from the headache, heartache, shame, and embarrassment and just release it. Get free and stay free through finding deliverance through confession.

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: Is there something that you need to search your heart on and confess to God? No matter how small or big, do it. Also, do you have an accountability partner? If you need prayer leave a comment or email me @ [email protected]. And I’ll partner with you in prayer about it.

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.

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*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!


Watch Out For Distractions!

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There is no doubt about it! Distractions will come. As you are walking out your purpose or even preparing for it, they will be there. It comes with the “purpose” package. There will always be something or someone trying to get in the way to get you off track, off focus, or off the intended goal. But don’t let it or them, sis. Instead, watch out for distractions!

Jesus experienced it when He was tempted three times to do something other than what the Father was telling Him to do. But what did He say? It is written. He knew His purpose, and He stayed focused to accomplish it. Jesus was not going to allow the temptations of the enemy to detour Him from His ultimate calling. And neither should we.

So how do you stay focused when things, people, phone calls, text or in-box messages, emails, housework, hubby, kiddos or even fear, doubt, worry, tests and trials, or temptations interrupt the flow of your purpose for that day or calling? I’ll tell you. Recognize it and deal with it…quickly! For example, Jesus realized what Satan was doing and He caught it right away. In return, He dealt with it instantly with the Word. And that’s how you and I have to deal with it.

Now granted, if your husband needs you to do something, take care of it. Trust me. I’m married, so I totally get this distraction when I’m thigh deep (and I do mean thigh deep) in my work. BUT…he needs me. And I was created to be his helper, so after I get what he needs done, I’m back focused. Get it?

Sometimes, there will be natural or normal distractions. That’s life. However, again the key here is that you first have to realize that it IS a distraction, and that you handle it well and with the wisdom of God’s Word.

Think about it this way. If you have a deadline for your boss, you’ve got to reach it. So plan to reach it. Also, if you know that there’s an event at your church and you’re on the planning committee or team for it, stay focused to get your part done. If you’re working on something super important, make it a point to stay on task (unless your hubby, or kids need something or there's an emergency, or God wants to intervene...these things quite naturally happen). Lastly, if you know that God has called you to do something specifically in this season or even in your calling, don’t lose sight of it for anything or anyone…even if it’s the great tempter himself (Satan).

Just as Jesus was tempted, we will be also. So if you are tempted in any way, shape, or form, the Bible will help you to overcome those temptations through knowing what His Word says in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” This verse is so powerful, true, and has so much protection and help within it!

So stay focused and keep your eyes on the prize to accomplish God’s will for your life, sis…no matter the distraction or temptation. The Lord will show you how deal with it. In the Bible, the Apostle Paul told Timothy these words and I want to encourage you with them as well, “Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.” (1 Timothy 4:15-16)

The Lord wants to use YOU. He has work for you to do, sis. And whether that’s teaching, writing, singing, dancing, acting, working a job, starting your own business or ministry, training up your kids, or helping your husband do what he has been called to do, throw yourself into your tasks, do what you’re supposed to do in your life and character, and get the job done. Because Jesus wants you to occupy until He comes.

He IS coming back (see the parable in Luke 19:11-27). And when He does, we need to be found faithful and using the gifts and talents that He has given us. So be sure that you are busy preparing or doing what He has called you to do before He returns and with patient endurance. Until that great and glorious day, live a life poured out (read Philippians 2:12-18). And while you’re pouring, watch out for those distractions.

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: What do you do when you’re distracted? Are you distracted now? How can I help or pray for you? Leave a comment or email me @ [email protected].

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 on Amazon.com here...IDENTIFIED Book! And if you already have it and have read it, please give me a REVIEW on Amazon.com. Thanks so much in advance.

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*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!