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From Suffering to Glory

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18, HCSB).  Even though I have so many wonderful memories during the holiday season, this time of year also holds some painful memories of experiencing the bitterness of death and loss. Sadly, I know this is the case for so many people. For me, November is the month that my dad was murdered and the month my husband and I lost our first baby early on in my pregnancy. Those were times where I had to endure some pretty heavy emotional suffering. Even though I was a Christian during those times, the pain was still very real and I struggled in my faith. I had to constantly press into God’s truth and surround myself with other believers who ...

The Christmas Baby

This Christmas season of tinsel, trees, and treats brings only joy—for some. For others, it feels like a cruel reminder of life’s disappointments or awakens emotions about absent family members.  For both, Christmas might be a time when the magic of the manger gets lost in the pressing realities of life. This year for me, I find myself looking up, thinking not of a babe in a manger, but of Jesus on the cross. Or of the great, supreme, and holy God who sent Him there. “When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—    the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them,    human beings that you should care for them? “–Psalm 8:3-4 (NLT) Thinking about the God of the universe can...

writing (poetry) from inner silence

It doesn’t feel welcoming. Not at first. An empty room in your heart and mind. A place you don’t visit often. It’s openness. Space unfamiliar.  So much fills our moments that when this much is emptied out, cleared away for a bit, we realize we are unused to the freedom that comes from letting our minds and hearts stretch out, breathe in, relax, inhabit a place without limits. What will happen when we give ourselves time and opportunity to regularly be free? The reason I often write in the morning, usually in the dark, with only a dim light to see, is that I intentionally try to create space for my mind and heart to speak. I seek solitude, without the distraction of the outside world. This helps me listen–heed what it is my heart is feeling. Through this practice of...

5 Things Every Single Mom Needs to Know

5 Things Every Single Mom Needs to Know by Jennifer  Maggio Introduction:             Single moms, you are amazing! You are a treasure. Your kids think you hung the moon, even when they don’t tell you or act like it! These are only a few of the things you need to know!  Let’s face it. Along the journey of single parenting, the road can be winding and full of bumps and bruises. The stamina it takes to persevere over the long haul can be seemingly unattainable. That’s one of the reasons The Life of a Single Mom exists!  From the very beginning, it has been our goal to be a support to single moms in whatever capacity we could. Overview of Services Available by The Life of a Single Mom: That’s why we offer free weekly LIVE c...

Getting Focused Spiritually

     www.insideoutwithcourtnaye.org Are you finding it hard to get focused spiritually these days? If so, what’s got you losing focus? What are you thinking about? What’s distracting you? Who is distracting you? What do you need to focus on today, this week, this month? Whatever it is, my hope and prayer is that you will learn how to get focused spiritually and begin moving even further in your walk with the Lord and God-given assignments. For starters, I need to ask a few more questions. Do you ever struggle getting focused as you read the Bible or a spiritual book? Do you find your mind shifting to other things as you begin reading or drifting towards what you need to get done for the day? Better yet, do you find yourself reading a quick devotional and then jumping right i...

Trailer for ‘Breakthrough’ Breaks Records with 40 Million Views in One Week

‘It’s a Testament to God’s Power’ “Breakthrough” is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds 20th Century Fox The trailer for the forthcoming faith-based film “Breakthrough” broke records with a staggering 40 million views in one week, highlighting God’s power, producer DeVon Franklin has said. Starring Chrissy Metz of This Is Us, “Breakthrough” tells the real-life story of Joyce and John Smith. When John, Joyce’s adopted son, falls through the ice into the freezing waters of a Missouri lake, it seems that all hope is lost. As John lay without any signs of life in excess of an hour, his mother began to fervently pray for any miracle. Miraculously, John’...

Volunteering is a Good Career Activity

Christians volunteer because they are giving people. Volunteering, however, is not only a Christian act of devotion to one’s fellow man but also is a good career activity for the volunteer. There are many reasons why volunteering helps volunteers not only to secure future jobs but also to thrive in their present jobs. First, let’s talk about future jobs. Volunteer experience can positively impress a potential, future employer. This positive impression can help a resume stand out over other resumes. The volunteer experience also can help the volunteer during job interviews. There are different reasons for this positive bias during resume reading and during the conduct of job interviews. Employers want to hire people who can get along well with the other employees in their organizations̵...

Our Interview with Doreen Virtue about Leaving the Word of Faith Movement

Skip to main content Skip to toolbar As we were hinting in a previous post, in God’s perfect providence, an opportunity to share our testimony of coming of the deception of the Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel movement presented itself a few months ago. Emily reached out to Doreen in early September and let Doreen know how much her ministry had been such a blessing and how it had helped us not feel alone in the journey of healing from deception. Doreen was heavily involved in Christian Science/New Thought New Age (all very similar ideologies as Word of Faith) and was a practicing medium. But Jesus saved her and pulled her out of the deception of those movements in 2017! Praise God! Emily shared a little with Doreen of how Paul grew up in the Word of Faith/prosperity gospel moveme...

A Gathering Prayer

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, meaning Christmas is nearing as well. If you are graciously hosting a holiday event this season, take a moment to whisper this prayer to Jesus, a man who loved to gather all sorts of people together around His table. When the turkey turns out less than desirable, or you cannot handle one more awkward question from a distant relative, know that He cares about you, gracious hostess. He sees you are trying your best; girl, He loves you even if you can’t replicate Grandma’s stuffing recipe or your house has mismatched furniture and looks nothing like Pinterest pictures. Relish in your imperfections, and rejoice in your obedience to Him who calls us to practice hospitality with everyone. May this holiday season be filled with joy and always point you back...

the breaking open: using poetry for a new way of seei

I was looking down. Notebook in my lap. Not writing. Not thinking much either. But drawing inward. Listening to my breath. Asking my heart how it’s doing, what it’s feeling. It can take patience. And comfortableness with sitting in silence. For my heart is shy most days, taking a bit of coaxing to come out, communicate what it is it wants to say. I consider whether I am trying to coax it now, as I write these words to you. And I realize I’m not. Not really. Not in the same way that I attempt to coax my heart to speak to me when I write poems. Writing these words to you is different than me writing poetry. Here, I am trying to create an argument. Or follow some train of thought. I am trying to have some linearity to my thinking.  But when I do the first draft of a poem, it is rare that...

The Thanksgiving Checklist

                                             www.insideoutwithcourtnaye.org I don’t know about you, but I LOVE checklists! They just help me to get things done. I would gather that you like them too – otherwise I think you would’ve skipped this post. With that being said and before Thanksgiving Day hits, how about getting ready for it? I’ve provided a quick checklist to help your day spent with family and friends go well! Here’s the Thanksgiving Checklist (oh and feel free to print this one out and circle the dash when you’ve completed it or thought it over)… –      Get to the store NOW…yes today if you can, sis. However, if you can’t get ou...

Church Members Can Help Each Other Get Through Unemployment

Not too long ago, more people had secure jobs than is the case today. More jobs today are part-time, temporary, or contract jobs. Unemployment is more likely today because more people are forced to have many different jobs in a lifetime. Under these conditions, the ideal scenario is to go from one job immediately to the next job. Unfortunately, that does not always happen, and they’re often is a period of unemployment between jobs. Eliminating unemployment or at least keeping it as brief as possible is the obvious goal of most who are, or soon will be unemployed. Prolonged unemployment can be a family disaster. This is especially true if the only breadwinner is unemployed for an extended period of time. The stress of unemployment eventually can lead to: Damaged family relationships w...