Meredith Bernard
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Daughter of the King. Wife to her Cattleman. Mama to a girl & boy. Called to encourage through her Pen & Lens for His glory. Finds her greatest joy is in Jesus, family, friends & food.

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  1. Beautifully written Meredith. So many times I have to stop and ask myself what the truth really is – not what I think I know. I’m a good rock thrower. Not at others but at myself. It’s amazing how much grace I can offer others and forget I need some too. Loved it Meredith.

    • I know that all too well, Carmen. Figuring out what the truth really is…not what we think it is…is a lifelong process, no? Amen that we need as much grace for ourselves as we give others. Thanks for stopping by today friend!

  2. I am guilty of throwing those rocks at myself often. I love this: A healthy dose of fear will keep us brave enough to seek God for the finish. Amen sister. Without some fear, I would not rely on God like I need to. So, as much as I dislike fear, it can be useful.

  3. So beautiful, Meredith! It’s so transparent and I love that. So many times we throw these awfully jagged rocks of judgement and compassion at ourselves. I’m so guilty of it. But like you said, when we let rocks lie we let set grace free. So beautiful, girl. So glad we connected at She Speaks! I hope our paths cross again. xo

    • Here’s to letting rocks lie for both of us today. It’s a daily process of picking up and setting down. I’m SO glad we met too, Brittany. Hope to see you again before another year goes by…but thankful for this internet world where we can stay in touch. 😉 Bless your precious family…xoxo

  4. Preach it, sister! You have such wonderful truths to offer. So grateful that you are using your gifts to bless others, including me. And how exciting to see you here at (in)courage! May this be the first of many .. 😉

    • You have been MORE than a blessing to me, Kate. I just really hope to meet you in person soon. That would make life so much more complete. 😉 And I’ll take that “toast”…I would love to be on here more. In His time, His will, His way…Thank you for stopping by and letting me know you did. Love you, girl!

  5. You are one brave woman, yes indeed. And I wanted to bawl reading your words on this website, knowing what a beautiful moment this is for you. I couldn’t help but think how those steps of bravery (the small ones and the giant ones) have led you to this point. Leaving your job to follow God’s call. Daring to write. Not having a clue where it leads. You inspire me, Meredith! And yes, yes, yes, I’d be happy to take those dumb rocks and sink them in a pond for you. Amen. Love you, friend!

    • Oh, you and your words, Amy. Thank you for cheering me on always and propping me up when I feel like falling over. You are the absolute best and I’m beyond grateful God put you in my life. BEYOND GRATEFUL! You inspire me more, sweet sister. 😉 Love you!!

  6. Meredith, I love seeing you here, friend. God saved this post for this week so that I could be reminded what being brave looks like. Remember that testimony my pastor wants me to give? Well, we’re all healthy now so it’s coming…soon. And I’m terrified, but I know that he holds me in the palm of his hand. He is so good to remind me through your words that it’s what I do with my fear that determines my course. Love you, girl. Thanks for letting God use you.

    • I’m glad these words help you today, Abby. Your words today helped me over at Faith Spilling Over. 😀 I am SO excited for you to give your testimony. I told you it would be in His time and it will be exactly how He needs and wants it to be done. I can’t wait to hear how your story helps others. No doubt God will use your words for His glory. Never any doubt. Love you!

  7. Thank you for your post! These words, wow: “I can’t… But God can. And He will. If we let Him work in us and through us.” I think God is trying to tell me something because that was the exact message in church on Sunday. We all got these cool little stickers to remind us to say to God: “I can’t. You can.” with Phil. 4:13, and then on the bottom, “Teach me the mystery of Christ in me.”

    • Oh wow, Frances. Isn’t it great that God actually DOES speak to His children? I love it when He makes what He’s trying to tell me so very clear. I need that. I’m blonde. And distracted. And selfish. So when He makes it very clear, it’s easier to say “Ok, God. Got it.” 😉 It’s true, though. We can’t. He can! Praying you find your “can” and go for it, with Him…xoxo

  8. Beautiful post. How often we talk about the rocks we throw at others without even considering those we throw at ourselves. God wants more for us, God wants us to see ourselves as He sees us, we must choose (and it is a choice) to honor that. And such a good reminder that being scared is part of the deal, part of anything we do when we stretch our wings to fly. 🙂

    • Yes, Tracy, scared is part of the deal and I love how you say it’s a part of anything we do when we stretch our wings to fly…but if we never did, we would never fly, huh? Love that. Thanks for being here today! You’ve encouraged me. 🙂

  9. Great post, I have had to learn to take every thought captive and give it to Christ because that voice in my head wants to throw rocks, but by God’s grace I am learning to listen to God not the crazy voice in my head. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder and encouragement.

    • Yes, by God’s grace alone we learn to drop the rocks we throw at ourselves and others, Tobi. Thank you for sharing today and I’m glad you were as encouraged as I am by you being here. xoxo

  10. Great words from a God girl today!! Such a good one for my ever so doubting, self throwing rocks place I can’t seem to shake off. Beautiful reminders! Thx Mer!!!

  11. Hey Meredith! I loved this post, especially the thought that scared is the new brave. If I let being scared stop me, I’d never do anything! Your post encourages me to keep on moving past my fears, keep taking new steps. God does, indeed, put our fears to rest so we can move forward in His grace and for His glory. Love your words today, friend. 🙂

    • Thank you, Betsy! If I let scared stop me…oh wait, I have. 😉 Glad I’m learning not to, though. It’s so freeing when we find our identity and strength in Christ, isn’t it? Love you lady!

  12. Such beautiful reminders, Meredith. I needed to be reminded not to throw so many self-condemning rocks at myself. Thank you and God bless you and give you courage as you speak the Truth about those lies!

  13. This is beautiful. A wonderful gift to me as I often throw rocks at myself and think I should *be more.* Thank you for sharing your heart and you. And here’s to one day hugging in real life! XO

    • Thank you, Angie. I guess we all tend to do that, huh? I’m so glad to be sharing here today and so glad you took the time to visit. 🙂 And I can’t wait to take you up on that real life hug…one day soon, I hope. 😀 Blessings beautiful friend!

  14. Well done. I once threw an entire tin of cup cakes into the pond when Kyle kept eating without asking. He was jacked on sugar and driving me nuts. I threw my hands up and said I can’t do this again! I can and I do. Thanks be to God.

  15. Beautiful post, and we’ve all been there, listening to the lies that say we are not [good, mature, wise, capable, strong] enough. Trying to make scared my new brave every day! “In our weakness, He is strong.” Thank you so much for these encouraging words.

  16. I was SO excited to see your post here, Meredith!!!! You have such a gift and I’m thrilled that even more readers will be blessed by your lovely, transparent words. You’ve had a record over the past few weeks since I discovered your blog of sharing words that have been *exactly* what I need to hear at the very time I needed to hear them – and I’m so thankful for that/you. God is seriously using you, girl!

    I was in Hobby Lobby today and saw this quote on a piece of art:
    “Let your FAITH be bigger than your fear”
    I even took a picture of it so that I could see it on my phone 🙂 because I’ve heard it many times, but each time, it speaks to me.

    My husband and I were given a specific vision – this God-sized dream – of working together to use our life experiences and gifts to help others in an online forum back in May 2012….and we have let our fears (well, and our stubbornness of pushing through certain challenges) keep us from starting. But now here we are, giving our fears to Christ, buckling up and planning to launch mid-Nov! And it is absolutely TERRIFYING!! But it’s also comforting. Because like you shared, we know THE ONE who gave us the vision and that with seeking Him for the how-to/finish, He can and will carry us through!

    Our faith can be bigger than our fear, friend!!

    • Stephanie, your encouragement overwhelms me. I cannot wait to see where God leads you and your husband in walking out your faith BIGGER than your fear. Amen to that!! Thank you for being here and loving on me today. <3

  17. Meredith,

    You speak truth my friend!! I have thrown too many a rock at myself. My job and some co-workers, bosses have had me saying “I’m not good enough. I’m not equipped to do that. She’s so much better than me. Prettier than me. More blessed than me. I can’t…” to myself a lot over the last few years. It has been hard to even go into the office at all.

    So proud of you for giving the speech and keep on going through it all. I do sign language to music in front of my church. I am not a fan of getting in front of people. I try! Sometimes I make mistakes–nothing to look at just music playing–so I persevere and keep on going letting no one know I messed up!

    Blessings 🙂

    • I wouldn’t have a clue if you messed up doing sign language, Beth! 😛 I’m sure it’s beautiful even when you mess up. 😉 Isn’t that how God sees us? Beautiful…even when we mess up. I really like that analogy thinking of you in that position…and us all in that position from time to time. All He sees is His beautiful creation and how he longs for us to put down the rocks. It’s a process, learning to do this. But one we all need to practice. Thank you for being here and encouraging me today!! Blessings to you, friend. xoxo

  18. Meredith, it was so good to meet you in person at Allume and hug your neck. And how nice to see your brave words here on {in}courage. Bless you, dear sister, as you listen to God’s whispers in your life and share his light with others.

    • Is it taboo to reply to a reply three months later? Thank you for your support, Debby, and I’m SO glad we got to meet at Allume this past fall. It was an experience of a lifetime. I hope we get to do it together again…and blessings to you as you continue to share His light in such beautiful ways with your words. <3