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Stephanie Bryant is the co-founder of @incourage and a podcaster at the #JesusLedAdventurePodcast. She owns a Marketing & Business Coaching company. She is passionate about guiding you to your promised land and personal brand therapy. She enjoys spending her days with her husband and their miracle daughter, Gabrielle, on #BryantFamilyFarm....

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  1. Fear of not having the good opinion of others (not pleasing them) has certainly been my prison, but I feel like I’m making progress towards total freedom from this stronghold. It has been a battle, but one I’m determined to win. I’ve got Him on my side, so who (or what) can stand against me?

  2. “The two can’t coexist, happiness and fear. Ouch.”
    Oh, how I’ve learned that lesson. I want to be happy, and yet I find that I live with so much fear of “what might happen”… as irrational as my fears might be… and I can truly never really be happy. God hass carried me through some rough times, and I’ve no reason to believe He won’t do that now, but my faith is often weak. So for me, For me, I know it’s learning to have more faith in Him. Sounds so simple, doesn’t it?

  3. I have the book Fearless, but I haven’t started it yet – but do I need to!
    I am also facing a crossroads, and yes, Fear is gripping me. Fear of doing the ‘wrong’ thing of making the ‘wrong’ decision.
    Clinging to Faith and praying that I hear God clearly.
    Thank-you for this today!

  4. Just placed my order & hope I’m one of the first 50! That book has been on my To Buy list since I first read about it! Can’t wait!

  5. After several car accidents during my early teens, fear constantly paralyzed me when driving, or riding with others. Then, it grew. Plane rides, new ventures, when money was short, and on and on.
    “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Ps 34:4
    I read this and I believe it forever changed my life. I could be released, delivered….free. I’m still a work in progress, and just got Fearless by MLucado myself, but, oh boy, God is answering! My fav quote thus far:
    “It’s not the absence of storms that sets us apart. It’s whom we discover in the storm: an unstirred Christ.”

  6. Today is 11 months and still no work/no clients; essentially no income. Single mom who just used up her last $150 in savings. I am scared… but I CHOSE to believe that God has a plan for me.

  7. Thank you for this insightful post. I have been journalling about this topic the past few days. I’ve even used some of the same fear words, ‘paralized’ and ‘stunned’. It was a little gift to find this post and get some ideas on how to change my perspective to change how I’m looking at things.
    Blessings!

  8. Stephanie, this post could not have come at a better time for me. Everywhere I turn there are posts about fear, about courage, about being true to what you’re created to do. Hmmm…seems like I’m being told something important. Time for me to take heed and follow.
    Jen

  9. I certainly have struggled with fear in my life. Fear of being judged. Fear of being lost or forgotten. Fear of being left behind. Hope comes, however, from knowing that “perfect love casts out all fear”…and that perfect love is God. Gotta love Max Lucado for bringing fear into the proper focus of being “Fearless” in Christ.

  10. I’m reading Fearless right now and I’m loving it. It speaks right to my fearful heart. I’ve struggled with this kind of thing….well goodness…as long as I can remember. Fear can be crippling. It keeps you from doing the big-awesome-risky things in life – but it also keeps you from doing everyday things, too. It’s crazy.
    I love the picture on the cover – how the boy is jumping into the big blue waters with reckless abandon. I want that to be me.
    Great post 🙂
    Have a lovely day!
    -Kate 🙂

  11. our prison could be our “new normal”. ouch!!!
    i am living in what i call my new normal, right now. however, i want to really LIVE. i am afraid that my family will never be restored. so often i don’t even pray for it. i am afraid that i will never be fully healed so i don’t make plans. thanks for your words today…they were needed and appreciated.

  12. All so true. All so hard to put into practice when we (I) have so much practice just giving in to fear.
    Perfect love casts out fear. (I can’t remember where that is and am typing while I feed the baby.) God’s perfect love for us, when we embrace it, casts our growing and crippling fear. Amen!

  13. “..fear is unwilling to share the heart with happiness.” Wow, that convicted me. I really need to read this book. Thank you for this!