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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!  

Don't Know What to Do?

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Let God light up the way. He wants to help you…through the direction of His Word. God’s Word is what will show you His perfect plan for your life. I know that might seem like, “Duh Courtnaye!” But really listen to what’s being said here. Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

What it reveals is that when we run to God’s Word and open it up, the Holy Spirit literally illuminates it and then begins to reveal to us clear direction, increased faith for the journey, more strength, supernatural peace, healing beyond your belief, the need to forgive if we want to be forgiven, how to respond to difficult situations, purpose, revelation knowledge, and so much more! Whatever you and I need, it is revealed in the light of God’s Word. And once you’ve experienced this revelation, it’s like this light bulb that goes off in your head!

I’m reminded of Proverbs 3:5-6 which states, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Yes! He will direct your path when you acknowledge who He is and trust Him with everything inside of you (your heart). And He will direct your path when you believe what He says, regardless to whether you understand what He’s allowing to take place in your life right now. Run to Him today. Let the Holy Spirit light your way and show you what to do through His word.

Sometimes it gets dark in life, and the way is not always clear. At times, you don’t know which direction to go, but are you seeking it through His word?  Isaiah 50:10 tells us, “…If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God…” So don’t trust in your own feelings, knowledge, opinion, or wisdom. Instead, trust God to light your path and lead your way. He is definitely a reliable source.

Listen, if you are too busy to open up your Bible in your personal time, you’re not going to know what to do or where to go sis. You have to go beyond Sunday's sermon. Dig deeper on Monday and ask, "Lord, what would you have me to do?" The point here is that as you and I read the Word, God will begin to unravel things in our minds, open up our understanding to things that we didn’t know or understand before, and give us wisdom beyond our years. It’s really a supernatural thing! Many people read the Bible for head knowledge (just to say that they’ve read it), but for us, it’s our roadmap to heaven and our guide to helping us and others live this life.

So whatever you do, make it your mission today and everyday to run to the light! Get into God’s Word and let the Holy Spirit illuminate God’s perfect plan for your life. You can’t go wrong! Do it today and watch God move…

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, sis? Pray and seek the Lord for the way you should go and for what you should do. Also, if you’d like me to join you in prayer about something, let me know 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!


Starting a Small Group

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Judging from the title, and the fact that you either saw this post or clicked onto it, I would guess that you’re interested in starting a small group or know someone who is considering it. In either case, I don’t think that you (or the person you’re thinking about forwarding it to) will be reading this post today by chance. In fact, I believe God has you on His heart and mind to consider starting up a small group that is centered and based on His Word.

It’s time, sis. Meaning, people need the Word of God like never before today. There’s so much happening in our world right now, but not just that, right here in our own communities. If you are a Christian, it’s time to rise up and be the light in the midst of all of the darkness. And Christ in you through the power of the Holy Spirit, and the Word of God working all together…is what will bring the change, healing, and deliverance.

So, the starting place is first saying, “Yes, Lord. I’ll do it. I’ll start a small group if that’s what you’re calling me to do.” After that, ask Him for wisdom on who, what, where, when, & how? I think we’re covering a little bit of the “how” part through this post, as He leads me to help. So for a moment, let's think about those questions above.

In other words, who will be your audience? Will it be women, young girls, teenagers, college-aged or young adult women? If you’re a leader, will it be a group specifically for women in leadership? If you’re married, will it be a group that you start for married couples or a general group study with men and women? Or will it be family or a single women discipleship group?

The whole point of starting a small group is for the purpose of discipleship. Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He gave the disciples a Great Commission and this applies to us as well. He said in Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey the commands I have given you.” (NLT)

As Christ-followers (disciples), we need to be going and making other disciples. We also need to continue growing in our faith; and small groups help us to accomplish this mission and growth. It also allows us the opportunity to not only go deeper in the understanding and teachings of God’s Word, but it also grants us time to fellowship with one another and strengthen and encourage each other as well. It’s a win-win!

Personally, I am not only a part of a family Bible study and women’s ministry at my local church, but I’ve also taught one of my own. I did an eight-week Bible study from my book entitled, “IDENTIFIED: Knowing Who You Are in Christ & Moving Forward in Your Purpose” (shameless plug) with women in my community. It was a great time of food and fellowship, but more importantly, it was a great time in God’s Word and in practical application!

With that being said, I want to share with you a few simple tips on how you too can start or host a small group of your own in your community. Here goes…

Who - Choose your audience (refer to the above passage)

What – Pick a topic of study (i.e. you can choose to study a book of the Bible like 1 Peter, Ephesians, etc. Or you can choose a topical study like love, patience, courage or a book that you feel led to teach from with a study guide, such as “Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer)

When – Think about the time that you would host a small group and what day? Will it be this fall, winter, or summer? Will it be a morning or evening study? Whenever you do it, give yourself enough time to study the content for yourself, so that you’ll be ready to share it with others with a God-confidence and with clarity. The apostle Paul stated in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (KJV)

Where – Consider where you will host your group. Will it be in your home, coffee shop, friend’s home, small office, community center, etc.? I believe God will lead you to the right place.

How – Will you have food and fellowship before the study begins? Will you have ice breakers and/or give-a-ways that will help encourage those entrusted to you (this is not a MUST…just a kind gesture). Will you pre-order the books or have each participant order their own books. Again, I only covered a little, but you will need to pray for wisdom for God’s direction on the specific details for your group. I would advise that you pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you through the entire process. Remember, we can do nothing on our own.

And don’t forget to promote it! Don’t be afraid to invite women from your church, job, grocery store, or community in general. Invite them face-to-face, through flyers, Facebook, an inbox message or a text (please don’t spam them though…message those whom you think might need it or be interested in it). Also, let others know that they can share the info that you’re hosting an upcoming small group. The point here is that if no one knows about it, how will they come, sis?

This is all about Jesus and discipleship. We are all called to evangelize the lost, to grow in the Word, and to fellowship and encourage one another in the faith. So…do you think you can start or host a small group or know someone who should? It’s time to do our part.

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 like God is leading you to start a small group in your home or community, sis? If so, how are you preparing for it? Let me know here. Also, if you need prayer today, let me know 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! 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!


Working Together in the Body of Christ

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I want to start this post by asking you a question. Do you know your place in the body of Christ? Meaning, where you’re called to serve? If your answer is no, then I urge you to pray and ask God to show you where to serve, who to serve, and how to serve well. And if you know your place, then I’ll ask you this. Are you flowing in it or are you stagnated? These are essential questions for today’s time, because Jesus is coming back soon. And we need to be found working as one to bring more souls into the kingdom, before He comes.

This is not a selfish race. If you look at a natural race, everybody’s running. But everyone has their own lane. No one’s jumping on top of the other person, or trying to trip someone up on purpose (hopefully not). Remember, everybody’s trying to get to the finish line and finish well. That’s the same way it is in the kingdom. We all have our place in the body of Christ and we all have our own area of calling. And there’s no room for competition, jealousy, strife, division, unforgiveness, bitterness, contention, or vain glory. These things will only disqualify us.

That’s why Ephesians 4:31-32 warns and instructs us to, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” We all need forgiveness. We all need mercy. And we all need to be able to extend it to those whom we work with. So, if there is anything of the sort happening as you’re pressing to do God’s work, then I beckon you to get it right with God and the other person. Don’t let it fester, be a stumbling block, stagnate you, or be a hindrance to your effectiveness. Remember, we are one and we are a team.

Another thing that we have to watch out for is the enemy’s tactics with pinning us against one another or comparing ourselves to each other while we serve. This is a danger zone! I’m reminded of what Paul said when he was talking to the church of God in Corinth in 1 Corinthians 3:5-6 & 8-9, “Who is Apollos and who is Paul, that we should be the cause of such quarrels? Why, we’re only servants. Through us God caused you to believe. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. My job was to plant the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God, not we, who made it grow…The one who plants and the one who waters work as a team with the same purpose. Yet, they will be rewarded individually, according to their own hard work. We work together as partners who belong to God…” (NLT)

*Wow! So do you see this? There is no need for competition. Each person has their own part to play. And when we do what we’re called to do together, God brings forth the increase in other people’s lives for His glory. This is unity! And then guess what? He then rewards us individually for it! Amazing!

So, let’s do a quick recap. Watch out for competition, unforgiveness, strife, division, or bitterness. Don’t let it get you! And don’t allow the devil to destroy the good work that you’re doing by allowing jealousy to creep into your heart. Choose to obey God’s word on this or you’ll only disqualify yourself and make life miserable for you and those around you. Quote, memorize, meditate, and pray this Scripture in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me.” (My theme Scripture)

I’ll close with this. Do your part and work together as one and in unity in the body of Christ. Philippians 2:2 says, “Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose.” (NLT) We need this today. So let’s serve. Let’s love. Let’s forgive. Let’s show others Christ within us. And let’s get the job done together so that we can someday hear those precious words from Matthew 25:21 which says, “Well done, my good and faithful servant…” ;-)

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 working well with others in the Body of Christ? Also, do you struggle with competition with those whom you work with? Let me know here. Also, if you need prayer today, 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!