Focus On the Task At Hand

I’m just going to jump right into this one! Do you have work to do today? Is there a project or God-ordained assignment that you know in your heart that needs to get done? Is there something that you really want to start or begin working on? If so, it’s time to focus on the task at hand, sis.

I just went to a Christian women’s blogging conference called, Declare, and it was really awesome! In that conference, I got a ton of helpful nuggets on how to be a better blogger for my audience (you), as well as how to reach more women with the message God has given me to share. With all of that information, guess what? I now need to focus on the task at hand to become better at what I do. So today, that’s what I’m going to do! How about you?

Getting things done is going to take focus and prioritizing our To-Do-Lists and plan. A few years ago, I created a motto that helps me when I have things to do and you’re very welcome to use it. I say to myself, “Nothing happens until you start moving.” It’s true. It’s just like a parked car. Unless you make a choice to put the key in the ignition, and begin driving off towards your destination, you won’t get there. You have to move.

So the next time you're laying in bed dreading getting up to take on the day, speak these words to yourself, "Nothing happens until you start moving." Trust me. You'll be amazed at how your morning moves after that! Try it.

Now, let's look at it from a biblical perspective in James 2:14-26, “…Faith without works is dead.” Faith alone or believing in something is not enough by itself. We have to put our faith into action. That’s how things get done, my sister.

It’s the same way with God’s word. We can go to church, women’s conferences, read great Christian blogs, get some life-changing godly advice from our mentors, and even get a good word from our personal devotional time, but guess what, sis? Unless we actually apply what we’ve learned, that information will just sit there and no change or progress will be made. I’m reminded of what James 1:22 says, “But be ye doers of the word, not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

So don’t just hear a good word, message, Bible passage, advice, or loaded information from a conference speaker or great YouTube video. Instead, do something with what you’ve heard, read, or learned. The point here is to focus on doing what’s being asked or required of you…now. But not only that, it’s also a great idea to hone in on something that you would like to do, too! Balance it all out.

Application is vital to seeing growth in your personal life, as well as success in your business or ministry. Prayer, active movement with the wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit, and a plan to get what needs to get done accomplished, will do wonders for you and others who will benefit from what you're doing. But you’ve got to get started.

Productivity and seeing the fruit from the task or assignment you’re working on will take focus and movement. Proverbs 20:4 says, “Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.” So don’t be slothful, sis. Be ready for the harvest. It’s time to focus on the task at hand and get moving!

With that being said, here is the question of the week. What do you need or want to get started on or done today or this week? Let me know. I can’t wait to hear from you, so that I can stand in prayer with you to get it accomplished.

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!


Don’t forget to join me LIVE on Facebook for my monthly message on “Let’s Talk” (go to the Inside Out with Courtnaye page). It’s happening this Tuesday night, August 2, 2016 @ 8:30pm (CST)! Set your phone alarm and join me as I talk about, “Enduring the Journey.” Sometimes the journey to our purpose is not always easy. So you don’t want to miss this one! Join me!!!

Also, my NEW book is scheduled to release September 1st!!!! It’s entitled, “IDENTIFIED: Knowing Who You Are in Christ & Moving Forward in Your Purpose!” I’m pumped and I want you to GRAB it! PRE-BUY it today @! And share, share, share (tell other women too!). Thanks sis!

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About the Author:

Courtnaye Richard is a Christian blogger, author, and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She is the founder of Inside Out with Courtnaye – a ministry designed to help women grow stronger in their walk with the Lord from a biblical and practical perspective, live out their life purpose, while also preparing them to be ready for the soon return of Jesus Christ. She’s all about real life, real talk, and real faith! She reaches thousands of women through blogging, but also ministers through devotionals, videos, audio messages, social media, speaking engagements, and her monthly “LIVE” chat on 1st Tuesdays of each month entitled, “Let’s Talk.“ She resides in the Texas Hill Country (outside of Austin, TX) with her husband and three children.


  1. Stephanie Johnson August 1, 2016 at 9:44 am - Reply

    This post was confirmation for me, God has placed me on this Divine Journery to minister to victims of crime. I am in the process of putting a ministry group together to encourage women as they endure being victimized and show them that they don’t have to be stuck in situations. I myself am a domestic violence survivor. I would truly appreciate any suggestions you can give me.

  2. Hannah Moore August 1, 2016 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Love this encouragement, Courtnaye! I love looking at the big picture, but there are so many times (like now!) I need to focus on the next step.

  3. Adeline Aguilar August 2, 2016 at 8:15 am - Reply

    hello again courtnaye, well… I got a two-for-one today in that I missed reading last week’s blog so I read it and yesterday’s blog this morning. double blessed!!! confirmation on what I need to do. sometimes I feel paralyzed and overwhelmed and I don’t know where to start. but I know and have experienced, all it takes is first steps toward the goal. I am encouraged to begin writing things down and do a check list of what needs to get done for the Lord. and, as I said in my comment on your previous blog, listen/wait on the Lord for direction. if He’s not the One leading, then it’s all in vain. thank you again for sharing the words of wisdom from the Holy Spirit. please know you, your family, and your ministry, are in my prayers often. God bless. love, sista adeline 🙂

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