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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. Miss Stephanie,

    Thank you for this post; especially on a day when I feel a little… tired. I just want to thank you for the gentle reminder and encouragement to continuously pick up my cross. It is not about me but rather serving my Heavenly Father the best that I can. Everything He does in our life has a purpose and sometimes we aren’t meant to know what that is just yet… it is definitely a daily practice to take it to the LORD first and foremost. Thank you again and I pray your day is blessed.

    This side of Heaven,
    Summer Rae

    • Dear Summer, (love your name)
      The line in your post “everything He does in our life has a purpose and sometimes we aren’t meant to know what that is just yet..” touched my heart. Trust and faith walk hand in hand and that was a gentle reminder to me that God is in control. I committed that line to memory and wrote it in my journal so on days when my cross feels heavy it will renew my spirit and lift my burden. I also loved how you signed your post “this side of Heaven.” What a great article and meaningful comment.
      Thank you both!
      Karen

      • Dearest Miss Karen,

        I am so grateful that I was able to offer any encouragement to you and in return you have encouraged me; I love being able God’s love and amazing grace! I pray that you are continually strengthened and comforted by our Heavenly Father and that you have a blessed day.

        This side of Heaven,
        Summer Rae

      • Miss Penny,

        Thank you so much for your kind words. I pray you have restored energy as well and that your day is blessed!

        This side of Heaven,
        Summer Rae

  2. Stephanie,
    Your post was comforting, thank-you for your words.

    Have a blessed day,

    Penny

  3. God hears us! Just last night my husband and i were taking about the 1 thing we need from the other in this challenging season of our life. He said for me to be happy. 10 years ago i would have faked my happy, that was NOT easy to do but i was good at it. But last night, after hearing his request I chose to stusy out joy this week. To pray for it, look for it, soak it up and spread it around….. and then this morning THIS message! God works. He loves me and was giving me a little affirmation that I NEED to seek not only to have joy but to CHOOSE joy. Thank you for this message, it was timed perfectly for me and has started my Monday off well.

  4. “Please do not let me carry my cross to get love..”. Thank you for this line. A good reminder for me as God is working on my addiction to people pleasing.. and I’m glad you emphasized having the right motives for serving.

  5. Beautiful! Needed this to remind me that it isn’t always about what is easiest and most natural to do. It is about reaching and stretching beyond ourselves to be a blessing to others and ultimately to God. Thank you

  6. So encouraging and well said. Thank you for the beautiful reminder that we ‘do’ because we ‘love’ not to get love or any other wrong reasons. Truly Jesus demonstrated the unconditional love that we all don’t deserve, just because He loves and obeys the Father as well as us. Again, thank you for such a good reminder as we’re nearing Easter. Shalom sister!

  7. Stephanie,

    This post reminds me of a Stephen Curtis Chapman song “Do Everything”. In it he talks about mundane jobs like flipping burgers, picking up toys, sweeping floor, etc. and doing it to the Glory of God because He made you. I have carried my cross for 3.5 years-caring for my aging dad-even quitting a full-tie job. He had many health issues including severe dementia. It wasn’t always easy or fun, but I knew it had to be done. On March 15, 2017 God allowed me to lay my cross down and rest. My dad died that day. I mourn for him some, but am happy that he is no longer suffering and in the arms of Jesus with my mom.

    Blessings 🙂

  8. This convicted me! Today I cuddled a baby when I needed alone time, I cooked a meal when I was tired, and I failed in the “joy” department, I definitely didn’t serve my family without complaining, and I’ve been doing that too much lately! Thanks for the reminder, I needed it!

  9. Thank you, I needed this! I’m a tired mama who just feels overwhelmed. Trying to figure out how to serve my kids, my husband and Jesus all without complaining.