When You Feel Like Running Away

Sometimes we feel exhausted, drained, or just plain stuck in a bad situation that you cannot escape. Here's what to do when you feel like running away.  #Biblestudy #Psalms #WomensBibleStudy #GoodMorningGirls

Have you ever wanted to simply break free, run away and escape your troubles?

Maybe you were feeling exhausted from an overwhelming to-do list, drained by everyone in your house always needing something from you, or just plain stuck in a bad situation that you cannot escape.  Sometimes relational conflict makes life hard to walk through and we wish we could skip the next 24 hours, where we have to see the person who has hurt us.

In Psalm 55:6, David said: “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!  I would fly away.” 

Join me on this video as we discuss When You Feel Like Running Away and the cycle of emotions David had to go through to gain strength and courage to face his fears.

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After watching the video, you may be able to identify some feelings that are similar to what David was feeling.  We all cycle through the feelings of fear, wanting to flee or being furious with a life circumstance we are stuck in but eventually we must move to the place of faith.

David concluded:

Cast your burden on the Lord,
    and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
    the righteous to be moved.
(Psalm 55:22)

When we give our fears, hurts, burdens and needs to God, God will sustain us in ways we could never imagine.  And though the trial may not change even one single bit – we will find that our hearts are lighter and our courage to face the day is stronger.

What do you need to hand over to God today?

Do it now and declare the words of David in Psalm 55:23 – “I will trust in you.

Keep Walking with the King,




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  1. I really needed to hear this today. Like you, I was betrayed deeply from my ex too. Some held hurts from that experience has been rising so I could heal more. Hearing this reminded God has my back through all of it and more. Thank you.

    1. Dear Jodi,

      I’m so sorry for what you have been through. I pray that God continues to heal you – you are not alone.
      Lots of Love,

  2. I too have experienced this sustaining love, Courtney, and somehow God has chosen to bless my life and marriage exponentially because of my obedience! My husband has been sober for almost 7 months, is active in a Godly men’s group, is reading his Bible (praise Jesus) and is taking an active role in being a leader of faith in our family! I honestly have to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You and your passion to help women around the world to read and study their Bible and walk with the king has not only helped sustain me but to be the catalyst for this change and a model for our future! I have been following you, reading cover to cover since 2014 and I thank God for you. You are chosen! God Bless you Courtney!

    1. You hit home for me today. I have a great Godly marriage to a wonderful husband, but the relationship we have with our 24 year old daughter has been somewhat severed since Christmas Eve. It’s funny that through the hurt and pain we have felt from her, God gave me Ps. 55:22 several months ago. I wrote it on an index card and keep it in my Bible. I know I have to trust that God is going to completely restore our relationship. In fact, she is coming home next week to talk things out after 6 months of not seeing her. Please pray that we can get things completely restored next weekend. Thank you! I am trusting God.

      1. Hi Tammy,

        Thank you for sharing this with us – I am saying a prayer today for you and your daughter. We serve a God of reconciliation and restoration! This is where he shines best. I am praying in that way for you all.
        Much Love,

    2. Hi Jill,

      It is wonderful to hear about your husband and that is so awesome that you have been following along since 2014!!! Yay! Keep on going – I’m so glad you are here!

      Lots of Love,

  3. Thank you for ghis today. It is exactly what I needed during this time of grief. It is helpful to remember that King David felt like this, too. And he “a man after God’s own heart”!!! Thank you for this reminder of God’s faithfulness in the midst if trials. I also love Psalm 116, and I choose to praise Him despite my circumstances. This study is so helpful. Thank you for your obedience and praise be to God!

    1. Hi Nancy,

      I’m sorry that you are in a season of grief but I’m so thankful that you know God’s faithfulness. Keep trusting in Him!
      Much Love,

  4. Thank you for this today. I wish I could run away from myself truthfully and my continued sins and shortcoming.

    1. Hi Brogan,

      I think we have all felt that way from time to time. And while we cannot escape our own sin and shortcomings we can keep confessing them and trusting that Jesus has forgiven them completely. Psalm 103:12 says “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Isn’t that awesome! There’s no need to run – you are forgiven.
      Much Love,

  5. This is so encouraging, I too had been hurt by my ex, and although it has been many years the hurt still rises to the top and I need God to wipe it clean again. The enemy wants to keep us in that turmoil over and over again, but God….He is so gentle, loving, and only He can help us through the pain, and remind us how much He loves us, and that we need to give it to Him again. This study is so encouraging, thank you so much!

  6. Thank You Courtney….I have been following you since 2011 and I am so grateful you continue to press on. Thank you for being so faithful. God is Great!!!!

    1. Hi Jennie!

      Wow – you’ve been here since 2011!!! 🙂 Thank you for reading and for your encouragement! It means so much!!!! And yes – our God is great. He is so worthy!
      Lots of Love,

  7. We serve an on-time God. This is right on time today! Preparing for my husband’s retirement and all that goes with it in place has been stressful…to my max. Reminder that I like to control things. God is stretching me and I was feeling the desire to “run away.”
    I learned this scripture after a betrayal but it was fresh today in a new way. Thank you for ministering to me today. God is so awesome.

    1. Hi Jan,

      I’m so glad to hear that God spoke to you right where you are today. You are not alone in your need to control. Letting God stretch us by letting go is so hard but we have a God who will sustain us and help us. He loves you!

      Much Love,
      Courtney 🙂

  8. Hi Courtney –

    This was just what I needed to hear today. 🙂 Thank-you.

    I wanted to let you know that I just adore you! I so admire you as you continue to press on despite what has happened in your life, based on what you’ve shared over the years. Praying for GREAT things to occur for you, as well as for the Lord to redeem your past betrayals in some way. Thank-you for continuing to answer the Lord’s call for your life. You are an inspiration to many, many women!

    Much love,
    ~Meghan from VA

  9. Dear Courtney,

    Thank you for making this video. Unfortunately I’m having trouble viewing it—so just wanted to ask you? As others might be having trouble viewing it also. When I click on the link it says that the video is restricted.

    Thank you for your ministry,
    Love Nicole

    1. Oh no – I checked the restrictions and there are none so I have no idea why it’s saying that. I’m sorry. If you have software that filters videos with bad content it could be a glitch. Maybe try again on a different device? I hope it is working for you now.

      Much Love,

  10. Courtney this is so me right now I am so overwhelmed as of late my dad passed away two years ago and now my precious mom’s health has been spiraling out of control and I have been having to take care of her plus my household even though I have a sister and a brother that live here in the same town I have zero help from them with her . I have cried and been so depressed because I am mentally and physically exhausted and I just feel like going away . Please pray for me when you pray and thank you so much for our Good Morning Girls group .

    1. Oh Carla – I’m so sorry for what you are going through. That does sound completely exhausting. I am praying for you now that God will sustain you and somehow lighten your load as you go through this season. Stay strong and keep trusting in Him. He sees your faithfulness and loves you.

      Lots of Love,

  11. This video and reading Psalm 55 reminded me of how Faithful God has been to me and my family in the past almost 20 years. In 1999 right after Christmas my husband of 18 yrs told me that he was moving out that he needed some space to put his thoughts in the right place. 3 days later after he had moved out I discovered that he had stepped out of our marriage and was living with someone I considered a friend and that it had been going on for over a year. I fell so betrayed. I didn’t see this coming at all. I felt deeply hurt by my ex and by this woman as well. At the time I fell alone, worthless, confused, so hurt and isolated. I was depress but I had 3 beautiful girls who at the time were only 13,10 and 9. But I will say that through God’s infinite love and me establishing and reconnecting with God I was able to come out of one of the darkest and most painful times in my life. I’ve learn that I can trust God with anything and that I don’t have to fear or worry about anything at all. He has provided, He has sustained me and mine. He has Healed me spiritually and physically, and He has loved me unconditionally. My daughters are grown, I have seen them become wonderful young women, successful and driven and God fearing. I think that the biggest thing that I was able to learn through all of this was that God will be right there with me through any storm and He will guide me through any situation (the outcome a lots of times doesn’t look like I wanted it to or how I expected it to be) but He is so faithful to me. I also learned that when I gave the burdens and the resentment I felt (towards my ex and my divorce) to God and He taught me how to forgive (that was an uphill battle and it took many prayers for many years). I was able to move on with my life and feel free to be the person that I am today. I was also able to forgive myself and in turn I started seeking God with a renewed and much stronger faith. My prayer and my hope is that God will do the same for you and anyone that has been betray in any way. That God brings you peace, and heal your heart, and above all that you place all your trust in Him. God love us in ways that we can’t even comprehend. He will see you and all of us through the storms, the stumbles, the hurts and the daily ups and downs of life and all our mistakes. He is Mighty and all we have to do is call on Him and believe. Be Blessed!

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story of pain and loss and hope. It is so encouraging to read the testimony of others!! So thank you so much!

      Lots of Love,
      Courtney 🙂

      1. Thank you, Courtney! You inspire us daily to be closer to God and I pray that God continues to guide you, heal your heart, and bless you in amazing ways! ????????????????

  12. Simply an amazing message! Thank you for your encouraging words and encouragement to stay in the Word daily! God bless you and keep you!!!

  13. I don’t know how to feel about anything. God. My place with Him. My worth. I have not been a good parent. I wanted to be. I set out to be. I could not overcome the effects of my own childhood. I have been critical, controlling, emotionally hurtful to my child. God has finally gotten through to me, and I am full broken. But I have broken HER. I loathe me, and I feel there is no forgiveness for me, because I cannot undo the damage I have done. Why should I, then, receive God’s forgiveness or mercy? I don’t even think it’s available to me, honestly. I feel toxic and worthless. This is NOT the person I ever thought I would have been. I’m working so hard on my child’s behalf now, to build up, to restore, to LOVE. She is precious, and my eyes are wide open to my failing her. But it feels….not enough. How could it ever be enough? Where am I in God’s sight? So very lost.

  14. I think I have been running away from life and its challenges for the last 25years. I cant continue in fear or fury or fleeing, I just need faith in God. You have made me see Psalms 55 from a new angle and am encouraged. thank you

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