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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

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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!  

It's Okay to Slow Down

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Are you busy, sis? Do you have a lot of work to do? Do you have a husband to help or kids to train up and nurture? Or are you a single woman or mother who is just trying to keep up with the daily demands of life? In either case, I get it. The hustle and struggle is real! However, guess what? As we live life in the fast lane at different seasons of our lives, we CAN slow down.

It’s okay to get in the right lane. Think about it as if you were driving on the highway. In the real world you can’t stay in the fast lane…it’s a temporary lane to maneuver when you’re trying to get somewhere faster, but eventually, you’re going to have to get back over into the right lane and just coast. Well, it’s the same way with our lives. As we are grinding and getting things done at home, work, in the community, and in Kingdom business, eventually, we’re going to need to slow down.

And it’s perfectly okay.

It’s okay to slow down and have a quiet moment with God. It’s okay to be still and seek God for your next steps…for clear direction. It’s okay to simply sit by the window and sip a hot cup of tea or coffee before your day gets crazy. It’s okay to schedule a massage, take a nap, go out to lunch with a friend, or take a stroll in the mall...alone. And it’s okay to not rush a project or assignment that’s been given to you by God, your leaders, or your boss. It’s in the slowing down where you’re actually able to take a moment to pray, think, and get wisdom from the Holy Spirit on how to do what you’re about to do. Because if you don’t pace yourself, you'll leave yourself pretty open to make a lot of unnecessary mistakes.

Proverbs 19:2 says, “Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.” So know that it’s totally okay to be excited about things. Yet on the other hand, it’s also important to slow down enough to take your time to consider what’s ahead. This way you’ll be able to get things done efficiently and effectively. I’m speaking from experience.

Personally, right now, I am living life in the fast lane! So I know! And no doubt, I absolutely LOVE what God is doing in my life in this season. He's truly AMAZING!!! But sis, it’s work! And I’m not in no way complaining…yet it does require a lot out of me. The Bible says in Luke 12:48, “…When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” So I’m feeling the requirements. And it’s all good!

But I’ve also learned over the years, and especially right now, that when we do what God is calling us to do in any role or season, it will not be done in our own strength or power. Instead, it will be done by His Spirit (at least, it’s supposed to be done that way). The point here is that when God calls us to do a certain thing, He will give us supernatural wisdom and help to get the job done successfully. In Zechariah 4:6, God told Zerubbabel, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” He’s saying the same words to us today. Again, what He has called us to do will be done by His Spirit…not in our own might or power.

I’m also learning more and more that life is NOT a sprint…it is truly a marathon. So I’m slowing down a bit. And I’m okay with that…now. I used to hate hearing people say, “Take life slow. It’s a journey.” My response in my flesh and mind would be, “WHAT?!” But now, I get it! And I pray that you get it too (if you haven’t already).

God’s will unfolds little by little. And He will give you the grace, wisdom, and strength to get what you need to get done, done. I don’t know about you, but knowing all of this makes me breathe a smooth sigh of relief.

We’re not alone in this process, sis. Jesus is with us. God has already set the pace for our race. And He will complete the work in us until the day of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 12:1 and Philippians 1:6 assures us of this saying, “…And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith” and “I am certain that God, who began a good work within you, will continue his work until it is finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” AMEN!!!

So, slow down. Let the Lord lead and guide you in your home-life, devotion, decisions, assignments, and to rest. Remember, God worked for 6 days and on the 7th day, He rested. It’s totally okay for us to do the same and take time to slow down.

Also, 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 super busy and really would like to slow down, but feel like you can’t right now? If you need help in the struggle, I will indeed join you in prayer, sis. You can email me directly @ [email protected]. Talk to you soon!

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!


Is Cursing Okay for Christians?

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I’m so glad you decided to click onto this link to read this post. Because inquiring minds want to know…including you. Okay, so let me get right into answering the question, “Is Cursing Okay for Christians?”

No, sis. It’s not okay.

Ephesians 4:29 says, “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” As a child of God, and as His precious daughter, He does not want you to curse. The reason being is because you are living in the light and have given up your former life when you accepted Christ.

Ephesians 4:22-24 reminds us, “…throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on a new nature, created to be like God-truly righteous and holy.”

So this is God’s answer to this question, according to His Word. Let me say this also, it’s not only not Christ-like, but it’s also not lady-like. Think about it. Have you ever heard the expression, “She was pretty…until she opened her mouth!” It’s so unattractive. It’s not appealing to people. But more importantly, it’s ungodly.

The King James Version puts it this way, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” If we’re honest, we know that cursing does not minister to others, nor does it offer grace to the hearers. Instead, it appeases the flesh, pleases the enemy, and tells people a piece of our minds in an explicit way. And that’s not good.

Personally, I used to curse for sport, conversation, and especially when I got angry. But when I started growing in my walk with Christ and was taught what God said about it…that changed my whole perspective on cursing. Once I knew better, I did better. And that should be the same for all of us and with anything.

So choose not to do it, sis. And don’t get caught up in what I call the Christian curse words. Meaning, using words that are in the Bible in an explicit way such as, “Damn, hell, or as_.” Fight the urge or temptation. Don't do it, sis!

WAIT! Another expression that many Christians use is “pissed off.” WHAT?! No ma’am! That is NOT okay. It’s still considered derogatory and carnal. The word cursing actually means, “to utter offensive words in anger or annoyance, a rude or offensive word said about something or someone.” The world uses these expressions every day. And again, it is not ministering grace unto the hearers.

As Christians, we are supposed to be set apart, different, peculiar people, not of this world, foreigners until Christ returns for us, so our lives should look different. First Peter 2:11-12 says, “Dear friends, I warn you as temporary residents and foreigners to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors.”

Let me say this as I prepare to close this post, this is not to put anyone down or point fingers. Because again, I used to do this, until the Holy Spirit showed me otherwise. Yet, the point here is to hopefully shed light on what is being done in Christian circles, homes, conversations, during heated arguments, and even in church and over social media (especially when certain heated topics or opinions arise).

No one should have to flinch or be surprised when you open your mouth to speak, argue, or read one of your social media posts. We are different and the world needs to see the difference, but so do our fellow Christian brothers and sisters. So let’s make a conscious choice, to refrain from cursing. It’s time to shine brighter more now than ever, even in our speech. Love you, sis.

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 struggle with cursing sometimes? Need prayer about it? If so, you can email me directly at [email protected]. Talk to you soon!

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!


Removing Distractions in 2017

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Now that 2016 is behind us, it’s time to start looking forward to the things ahead in 2017! Are you ready? I know that I am! But before we march further into this New Year, let’s reflect back for just a brief moment to remember the times when we allowed the distractions of life to either sidetrack us or delay progress for spiritual growth or work and ministry. Let’s start with the spiritual growth part first.

How many times did you allow the alerts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest, Snapchat, or your email interrupt your prayer or devotional time with God last year? Ouch! Did you ever get distracted and want to put God on hold to answer your phone, text, email, or take a quick glance at a picture or video you posted on Facebook or Instagram the night before just to see how many likes, hearts, laughs, or comments you got overnight? And then later discover that you spent a whole hour scrolling, smiling, and responding? Guilty? DISTRACTION ALERT!

Here’s another one. How many times were you tempted to start working or posting on your social media networks before saying, “Good morning, Lord? How was your night?” I’m guilty of all of these things! Are you?

Listen sis. We serve a mighty, wonderful, amazing, magnificent, righteous, merciful, loving, and jealous God. Did you catch that last attribute? He is a jealous God. He is jealous for our time, attention, and heart…without distractions.

We have to be careful that we don’t begin to love or unintentionally idolize (love too much or put before) these things over God Himself (see Exodus 20:4-5). And it’s not a matter of when we do it (morning, afternoon, or night). The point here is that we keep things in its proper place. So if you notice that you’re allowing yourself to get too caught up in our new reality of life (i.e. fast-paced, busy, information age, technology crazed society), catch yourself and spend some time with our heavenly Father, because He longs to fellowship with you. Remember, it’s a relationship.

Don’t forget about Matthew 6:33, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Also Jesus tells us through John 15:5, “…Those who remain in me and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” We are truly nothing without Him. Let’s stay connected to the Vine.

Now, let’s talk about removing the distractions when it comes down to work and/or ministry. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts and LIVE chats, block your time and make yourself stay focused on the task at hand (as much as you can). Get it done, hun. I know things happen. Life happens. Emergencies happen. But if you can, pinpoint what you know needs to get done and stay focused once you start grinding. Don’t allow distractions to derail you from reaching your goals and getting things checked off of your To-Do-List. Amen!

I want to encourage you to not allow the distractions of life to crowd out your time with the Lord or the work that He has called you to do in this new season. Just remember that God longs to spend time with Him in prayer, devotion, meditation and study of His word. He also wants you to do what He has called you to do on this earth for Him.

So if that means getting up earlier, turning off your dings (phone alerts), putting your phone in another room, going into your prayer closet (without your phone), and eliminating as many distractions as possible as you strive to complete weekly tasks…do it in 2017, sis. Because we have GOT to get a handle on this new and busy way of life. I pray this helps you and me…this year. ;-)

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

Join me “LIVE” this Tuesday night @ 8:30pm (CST), January 3, 2017 for my monthly “LIVE” chat, “Let’s Talk.” This month, I’ll be talking about “Goal Setting for 2017.” I will also be using my FREE 2017 Vision Kit as a guide. If you haven’t received your FREE Vision Kit yet, download it here http://www.insideoutwithcourtnaye.org/vision-kit-2017/ and join me Tuesday night! Hope to talk to you soon and tell a friend to join too! (I will go LIVE from my Facebook Page on Inside Out with Courtnaye. Like the page to join me).

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!