• Courtnaye Richard


Oh, my goodness! Have you ever encountered constant interruptions when you’re trying to spend time alone with God? I don’t know about you, but I know this happens to me sometimes. I mean everything starts coming to mind about what I need to do for that day and beyond. And before you know it, my day is gone!


Honestly, I think this is becoming more prevalent in today’s day and culture, because just about everyone is so busy and has so much to do! Yet, no matter how much we have to do, I truly believe that we need to conquer unnecessary interruptions, so that we can get everything that we need to get out of our time spent alone with our precious Heavenly Father.


We have to remember that God is jealous for us and He longs to spend time alone with us. Jesus was our great example of this, because He went away to be alone with the Father, often. Actually, He spent hours away with Him. Matthew 14:23 says, “With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night.”


Personally, I LOVE spending time alone with the Lord (seriously, sis!). One of my favorite ways to get away to be with Him is in my backyard on a crisp, cool morning in prayer and with my Bible, journal, pen, highlighter, and a few books that will help me grow as a Christian woman. I literally can spend hours alone with Him.


But even though I can spend hours alone with Him, guess what, sis? Interruptions are constantly vying for my attention. There’s the phone alerts, the ideas of what I’d like to get done that day, the reminders of errands that I need to run or meetings that I need to get ready for, or emails that I need to read and respond to (like some of yours). ;-) And let’s not even talk about the strong desire to see who liked, shared, or commented on the last social media post! It’s crazy! Can you relate to any of these?


If you can, then you feel my pain. Yet, there are so many women out there like us. Nevertheless, we have to conquer the interruptions and counteract the plans of the enemy (because I totally believe the he’s scheming on us with this extreme busyness).


So here are a few intentional ways on how you can conquer interruptions…


-      Find a place that you know would be good for you to be alone with the Lord and make it there


-      Pray and ask the Lord to settle you down and give you His supernatural peace to fill your mind and heart (so that you don’t feel rushed or hurried to move onto the next thing to do)


-      Turn off the phone, silence it, or flip it over so that you can’t even see the new alerts pop up on your screen (I know this can be hard, but you can do it, sis)


-      Fight the temptation to turn it over to take a quick peek at it, too! (I’m telling you, I’ve been there too many times – that’s an interruption)


-      In regards to your emails, set a time to respond later (I need to get better at this)


-      Be intentional, and be still before the Lord (Psalm 46:10). Rest in His presence


I hate to say it this way, but in today’s day and age, you and I will have to fight against the enemy for this time. He is seriously stepping up his game on us in this specific way, and we have got to be aware of his tactics. The truth is, he does not want us to spend time alone with the Lord, because he knows that’s where we draw our strength, get provision and wisdom, comfort, healing, deliverance, encouragement, and get to know Him greater. I would add that he also interrupts us from trying to get things accomplished in the work the needs to get done, as well.


So, let’s fight back and be determined to take the time to spend alone time with the Lord and do what we’re called to do at home, work, ministry, and beyond. Let’s fight against the interruptions and conquer them as soon as they come. Most importantly, let’s do whatever it takes, because God longs to spend time with His daughters (and sons). Believe it or not, we need it more than we could ever know, especially today.

So turn off the phone, silence it, or flip it over so that you can’t even see the new alerts pop up on your screen.

Remember that Jesus is coming back soon, and those who endure unto the end, shall be saved. Let God change you from the inside out.


QUESTION: Do you find it hard to fight off the interruptions in your life, sis - especially as it relates to spending quality time with God? What's the main interruption?


If you need prayer, please leave your prayer request in the comment section or you can email me directly at insideoutwithcourtnaye@gmail.com and I will pray for you. I'd love to hear from you. Also, discover more resources from my ministry and find out more information about upcoming events and booking for your next conference or event by visiting www.courtnayerichard.com. Let's connect and let me know how this post ministered to you today! ~Courtnaye


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Courtnaye Richard is the founder of Inside Out with Courtnaye, a ministry that helps women grow in their walk with Christ from the heart and equips them to fulfill their God-given purpose. She is also the author of the book, IDENTIFIED: Knowing Who You Are in Christ and Moving Forward in Your Purpose. Courtnaye is married with three beautiful children and is a contributing writer for ibelieve.com, Women’s Ministry Tools, speaker of a host of women’s conferences, and her blog reaches thousands of women across the globe. She resides in the beautiful Texas Hill Country (outside of Austin, Texas).

  • Courtnaye Richard


I get it! Everybody’s busy. I know all about it, sis. But guess what? In order for you and I to grow in knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of God’s Word, we have to find time within our busy schedules and read.


It starts with a simple prayer, “Father in the name of Jesus, lead me in your Word. Where do you want me to go?” After that, allow the Lord to lead you by His Spirit. He may answer at the moment you open up your Hardcover Bible or Bible app. But He might answer right in the middle of your day.


Finding time to read could look like planning it out the night before or just saying, “That’s it! Everything else can wait. Lord, I need you.” And before you know it, you’re putting on a pot of coffee, grabbing a blanket, and sitting on the sofa with your Bible open on your lap. Ahhhhh! Does that sound refreshing? It does to me, sis!


Sometimes I do all of the above. Sometimes I jump in my car, go through the Chick-Fil-A drivethru, and park under a tree to eat my lunch. As I sit there consuming that deliciousness - I put on either the audio Bible from the YouVersion app on my phone or I listen to a spiritual teaching from YouTube. If I’m not reading, I’m listening or watching something to feed my soul and strengthen myself spiritually. So mix it up!


How many times have you heard, “You’ve got to be intentional.” I know I’ve heard it over and over again in recent years. It’s kind of a thing now. But here’s the thing that I want you to get in this post. Read, my sister.


Find time to read the Bible, read a good spiritual book that will also help you grow in your walk with the Lord, read a professional book to help you grow in your niche or field of work and ministry. Educate yourself. Gain knowledge. And of course, once you get it, don’t be puffed up with pride like the Bible warns us in 1 Corinthians 8:1, “Knowledge puffs up, but loves builds up.”


Instead, use it personally and use it to help others. It’s time to find time to read, my sister. Try it today. Try it this week!

We have to find time within our busy schedules and read.

Remember that Jesus is coming back soon, and those who endure unto the end, shall be saved. Let God change you from the inside out.


Questions to ponder: Do you feel like you could take a little more time reading? If so, how are you going to take action today or this week?


If you need prayer, please leave your prayer request in the comment section or you can email me directly at insideoutwithcourtnaye@gmail.com and I will pray for you. I'd love to hear from you. Also, discover more resources from my ministry and find out more information about upcoming events and booking for your next conference or event by visiting www.courtnayerichard.com. Let's connect and let me know how this post ministered to you today! ~Courtnaye


WELCOME TO 2020!


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Courtnaye Richard is the founder of Inside Out with Courtnaye, a ministry that helps women grow in their walk with Christ from the heart and equips them to fulfill their God-given purpose. She is also the author of the book, IDENTIFIED: Knowing Who You Are in Christ and Moving Forward in Your Purpose. Courtnaye is married with three beautiful children and is a contributing writer for ibelieve.com, Women’s Ministry Tools, speaker of a host of women’s conferences, and her blog reaches thousands of women across the globe. She resides in the beautiful Texas Hill Country (outside of Austin, Texas).

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  • Courtnaye Richard


I want to start this post by quoting one of my favorite Scriptures found in Joshua 1:9, “This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Sis, this was a command for Joshua and it is also a command for us today.


The Bible tells us in Romans 15:4, “For as many as have been written before have been written for our instruction, that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.”

If you need to be encouraged or need hope today or later on in the year (or in life for that fact), you can always rely on this encouraging command.


Now, you’re probably thinking, “How can a command be encouraging, Courtnaye?” And I would say, “Because when you are afraid or feeling discouraged, this verse can totally be encouraging. It is God giving you direct and clear instruction through His Word, sis.” That’s why I love it so much!


So if you ever find yourself needing a fresh charge of confidence or hope, remember God’s Word, “Be strong and courageous!” When you feel fearful and cast down in your spirit, remember God’s Word, “Do not be afraid or discouraged.” If you ever feel like God is not with you, remember His Word, “For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”


For me personally, I love this verse especially when I am about to embark upon something that seems intimidating or bigger than me. The Holy Spirit reminds me, “Hey, be strong and courageous!” It quickly reminds me that I am not alone. God called me. And since He called me, He is with me.


Actually, being strong means having the power to move heavy weights or perform other physically demanding tasks. It also means being able to withstand force or pressure.


At the time when God was commanding Joshua to be strong and courageous, he was about to assume the role of leading the children of Israel into the promised land. God knew that there was valid reasoning for Joshua to be afraid or discouraged because of what lay ahead of him and just because of the possible, "Who me, God?" factor. Yet, the Lord reassured Joshua that he was the chosen successor of Moses and that He was going to be with him the entire time.


In other words it was if God was saying, "Go forth boldly. I've got you!" And if you’ve read the book of Joshua, then you know that God was definitely with him.


So when God calls you and I to do something that is scary or maybe daunting, God wants us to face whatever it is with strength and courage. The word courage simply means the ability to do something that frightens you or strength to face the pain or grief. Being courageous as Christians is all about bulldozing our way through the fear and conquering whatever it is that’s in our way to accomplish God’s will in faith. It’s also plowing through knowing that God is with us, no matter what.


There is no better way to take on a new task, position, illness, or scary thing than to know that you’ve got the Almighty Father with you. His Spirit dwells within us. Knowing His Word and having His command to be strong and courageous is comforting! My sister, He is with you. So, do not be afraid or discouraged.

Remember, being courageous as Christians is all about bulldozing our way through the fear and conquering whatever it is that’s in our way to accomplish God’s will.

Also, remember that Jesus is coming back soon, and those who endure unto the end, shall be saved. Let God change you from the inside out.


Questions to ponder: Have you ever felt so afraid that you were too fearful to move forward? Have you ever felt so discouraged that you felt like giving up or "Why me, God?" Does this verse help you to trust God to get moving again or be reassured of His presence and supernatural help?


If you need prayer, please leave your prayer request in the comment section or you can email me directly at insideoutwithcourtnaye@gmail.com and I will pray for you. I'd love to hear from you. Also, discover more resources from my ministry and find out more information about upcoming events and booking for your next conference or event by visiting www.courtnayerichard.com. Let's connect and let me know how this post ministered to you today! ~Courtnaye


WELCOME TO 2020!


ORDER YOUR COPY OF MY NEW 52 WEEK DEVOTIONAL WITH STUDY GUIDE TODAY!

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Courtnaye Richard is the founder of Inside Out with Courtnaye, a ministry that helps women grow in their walk with Christ from the heart and equips them to fulfill their God-given purpose. She is also the author of the book, IDENTIFIED: Knowing Who You Are in Christ and Moving Forward in Your Purpose. Courtnaye is married with three beautiful children and is a contributing writer for ibelieve.com, Women’s Ministry Tools, speaker of a host of women’s conferences, and her blog reaches thousands of women across the globe. She resides in the beautiful Texas Hill Country (outside of Austin, Texas).