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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!  

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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!  

What Are You Passionate About?

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I think this post is going to be an exciting one to dive into! So I hope you have your printer ready, fingers geared up to screen shot, or your journal nearby to take a few notes, because this one will be thought-provoking and motivating. The whole point is to get you MOVING in God’s direction! So what is it, sis? What are you passionate about?

Think about it for a sec and write it down.

Biblically, God was passionate for us when He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to save us from our sins to give us eternal life. Talk about PASSION! Remember, the #1 Blockbuster hit Passion of the Christ? Anyway, I think (and hope) you’re getting the point.

Now…what gets you going in the morning (besides our Heavenly Father waking you up and the alarm clock - Oh, and maybe the coffee pot)? Do you get up anticipating your next move towards doing God’s will for the day or this season? What do you feel a burden for? Has God shown you your purpose or given you a dream or vision for something? If so, are you working towards laying out the ideas as He gives them to you?

This may seem like a lot of questions, but these are the inquiries that will get you moving forward. Remember my motto, “Nothing happens until you start moving.” So as you lay in bed, put off the important things that need to get done, or brainstorm for months, you won’t see progress or success until you start moving.

Fact is - you can’t move a parked car. You have to get motivated and start moving towards your passion, sis. If God stopped at just the idea of sending Jesus, we would still be lost and spiritually separated from Him forever. Thank God that idea didn’t just sit there dormant. He is indeed a mover and a shaker!

So what are your ideas?

How are you working towards getting things done? What have you done so far? You see, God has the plans already. Our job is to be sensitive to the prompting and leading of the Holy Spirit. He will lead us to do the will of God.

And if you don’t quite know what you’re passionate about or your purpose, I always encourage women to pray about it. I believe God will reveal it in His perfect time. But in the meantime, keep growing closer to Him and stay passionate and on fire for Jesus! Keep shining bright in a dark world and do what you know to do. We all should be doing this part regardless of knowing or not knowing God’s purpose.

Personally, I’m passionate about Jesus and my purpose! And I LOVE Mondays! The reason why is because it kicks off another week to move further in what God has called me to do. I look forward to seeing how He is moving and going to lead me to accomplish His tasks. I call them God-ordained assignments.

Remember, we can do nothing without Jesus as John 15:5 states. So ultimately, we have to make sure that our passion is His passion. And our plans are His plans. Amen!

Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Also, Proverbs 16:9 states, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” In other words, lift up your work to the Lord and He will organize everything for you and order your steps. Don’t try to do anything on your own.

Another thing I want to mention before I close this post is this. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being passionate about something. If you are lit up about something awesome, surround yourself with the Word of God and people who will encourage and motivate you to do what God has called you to do. Also understand that there will unfortunately be those around you who will not believe in what God has predestined you to do. Instead of staying hurt or upset about it, pray for them, and move forward as the Holy Spirit leads you.

As you move forward in faith, I encourage you to enjoy the companionship of those who will love and support you as you accomplish His plans. Remember, everyone will not always be excited about what God is doing in your life (biblical examples: Joseph, Nehemiah, Daniel, etc.) Let’s not forget about Satan, nor the religious Pharisees who were NOT excited about what Jesus was about to do for us on Calvary. He had to press pass the opposition, adversity, ridicule, and pain to accomplish His Father’s will. And so will you.

So again, what are you passionate about? Write it out today and get MOVING! ;-)

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 are you passionate about, sis? I’d love to join you in your excitement and lift up any prayer needs for you in your area of calling. 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!


Telling and Receiving the Hard Truth

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I know right out of the gates, this one may be far from easy for some people. So let me ask you this question. Is it hard for you to tell someone the hard truth? Do you struggle with telling someone you love or care about the truth? If so, why is that? Is it because maybe you’re afraid of how he or she may feel or receive it? Or are you pretty bold and straightforward? Either way, let’s discover how to tell someone the hard truth, but also how to receive it when it’s our turn.

Jesus tells us in John 8:32, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” This verse is real, authentic, and transformational. It packs a lot of power when spoken and applied. The first part is knowing. The second part is that it will make you free!

With that being said, let’s start with how to tell someone the hard truth. First, pray. When telling someone the hard truth, you first need to ask the Lord what’s the best way to say it, when you need to approach them and how to speak it in love. You need wisdom for your delivery. I would also ask the Lord if you need to say anything at all or just pray. Sometimes a simple prayer works wonders!

However, if you know in your heart that the Holy Spirit is impressing upon you to be upfront about what you’ve seen, heard, or know that could potentially hurt this person naturally or spiritually, speak the truth. Don’t back down. Even if you’re shaking in your boots, let love drive you forward. And…GO!

Let me also add here that recognizing someone’s fault is not about being judgmental or prying in their personal affairs. That’s not the angle here. Instead, it’s about sincerely helping those whom you know need loving, sound, biblical correction or deliverance. They need the truth. And it should always be for their best interest.

So if you do in fact notice that your husband, child or children, family member, sister in Christ, friend, co-worker, or neighbor, is heading in the wrong direction, please caution them as the Holy Spirit leads you to do so. Tell them the truth, because think about it for a second. If you were going in the wrong direction on a busy intersection, wouldn’t you want someone to call you on it, blow the horn, and tell you, “You’re going the wrong way! STOP! Danger!”

I’ll never forget the first time when I read Proverbs 12:1 in the realest form, “To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.” Ouch!!! But thanks!!! Again, the truth hurts, but it will make us free! Let’s also not forget the Lord disciplines those whom He loves.

I know! Telling or receiving the hard truth is NOT easy. It’s sometimes embarrassing, quite humbling, and sometimes intimidating. However, it can be so transformational when well-received. Quite frankly, I’d rather someone tell me the truth over flattery or lying to me. How about you?

Personally, I’ve been in both situations. I’ve had to tell the truth to someone that I wasn’t sure if it would be received or scorned. To my surprise, it was well-received! The person told me, “Sis, tell me! I want to know the truth! Please don’t withhold the truth from me.” Amen!!! Now, that’s a woman who has a heart after God’s own heart - a woman who reverences the Lord and wants to please Him with her life. I feel the same way.

Bear in mind, I’ve also been there when someone had to tell me the hard truth. No doubt, it was a jagged pill to swallow (and I hate taking pills…I’m just saying). Yet, I knew that it was good medicine for my soul. It didn’t feel good going down (receiving it), but it helped, healed, and set me free in a major way. In the end, I thanked her for being bold!  

I praise God for people who will tell me the truth from a sincere heart.

So…if you ever have to tell someone the truth, do it, sis. Show your love in action. Help the individual. And if that person does not receive it, don’t take it personally. Maybe they’ll get it later…or never (unfortunately). The thing is, you will have done your part to minister truth to him or her. Everyone has to choice, including you.

Remember, you and I also need to be corrected at times when we mess up or when we don’t realize that we’ve fallen short of the glory of God. That’s why our Heavenly Father places people in our lives who truly love us and who can catch our blind spots. So if you’re ever in either position, now you know how to tell or receive the truth. Just know that humility and love are the keys to transformational success…and true freedom. ;-)

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: Do you need to tell someone the truth today, sis? Or do you need to receive the hard truth and repent of it to God? The Bible encourages us in James 5:16, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayers of the righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” So if you need prayer today, let me know, sis. 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!


Let God Fight This Battle

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Ever heard that your weapons of warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds? That’s actually a Scripture found in 2 Corinthians 10:4. Meaning that as you draw closer to God and do what He has called you to do, you will experience spiritual warfare. Opposition will come. People will come against you. Tough circumstances will pop up without much notice. Yet, when these inevitable things happen, and when you feel like you just can’t fight your battles on your own, let God fight for you.

When you’re weak, He is strong. And not only that, but God is your vindicator. He’s your very present help in a time of trouble, and your mighty deliverer! All of these are actual verses taken from the Word. So you don’t have to take matters into your own hands, sis. You don’t have to go into your battles alone. Instead, take the Lord at His Word and give them to the Lord.

Sis, let me tell you something, today. As we draw closer to the return of Christ, our great enemy Satan is stepping up his game! Can you sense it? I know that I can.

With that being said, I encourage you to stay on guard. Stay dressed in your full armor as Ephesians 6:12-17 talks about. Because in these last days, he will try everything in the book to try to throw you off track or cause you to doubt God’s power in your life. But don’t let him.

Yes, hard trials will come, offenses will no doubt occur, and opportunities to act out of character will present themselves. However, we must remember that with God and the power of His Word and Holy Spirit, we win! Amen!

Believe that! Satan can be defeated as long as we have God on our side. The Bible encourages us, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” (Romans 8:31 – NLT) Our confidence should be that with God, we truly are more than conquerors. So that means that we can overcome whatever the enemy tries to throw our way…no matter how hard the fight.

Listen, sis. No matter what you face in this life, whether it’s dealing with difficult people or tough circumstances, know that you are not alone. God is fighting for you. You can win with the Lord on your side. But you have to rely heavily on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you.

Before I close this post, I want to encourage you with this - When King Jehoshaphat was about to face a serious battle that he wasn’t sure if he would win, he called on the Lord saying, “O our God. Won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.” And this is what the Lord said, “…Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:12 & 15 – NLT)

In the end, they WON! The Lord gave them victory over their enemies! Hallelujah! BUT the key here is that King Jehoshaphat called on the LORD for help. And when we follow this example, we can encounter a mighty move of God in our lives as well.

So hold on, my sister. Let God fight for you. And when you do, you’ll not only experience true victory, but inexpressible joy in the end! Be encouraged.

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 in a fight today, sis? If so, do you need prayer today? If so, 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, I want to recommend a book to you by Joyce Meyer entitled, “Let God Fight Your Battles: Being Peaceful in the Storm.”

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!