We hope you’ll see (in)courage as a bit like a beach house. You can put your sandy, dirty feet on the coffee table, laugh late into the night with friends, and hear God’s voice clearer than perhaps anywhere else. Life just feels more vibrant and real, as if you’ve stumbled upon a glimpse of heaven and it’s nothing like you ever imagined but everything you’d always hoped.
When we wrote those words over a year ago, before (in)courage even launched, we knew one part of the beach house would be to always have an open door. Stephanie Bryant, a co-founder of (in)courage, has discovered God is calling her to step through that door in a different way. She’ll still be stopping by often as a contributor but she wanted to let you know what she’ll be up to when she’s not hanging out at the kitchen table with you.
And tomorrow we have some very exciting news about someone who’s stepping into the beach house in a new way!
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There once was a young girl growing tall with the Oklahoma corn. Her veins flowed with God-loving lineage and courage dinner conversation.
She caroused with neighbors coordinating lemonade stands in front yard summer grass, designing and selling handmade stationary out of a Red Flyer wagon, and collecting quarters for costumed dance performances in her living room.
Years went by. She traveled the world, learned wisdom and ‘reality.’
Like a dream, she recently found herself in a jungle, a bamboo forest. With sharp edge in hand, she hacked through. Wondering where she was, she kept praying for direction.
Was this the right way? Was her ‘Compass’ on course?
Just as quickly as the trunks and leaves had appeared, the only view surrounding her was a cliff, a view extending further than she could imagine.
Standing. Still. Heart. Pounding.
As if unwrapping a gift, gentle hands pulled the ribbon that was holding them – until ready. The sweet sound of unfurling, like doves taking to the sky, there were wings.
They were there the whole time.
She had forgotten, maybe even ignored them.
She lifted her sun seeking face towards the heavens, wings stretched wide, took her first step. . . off the cliff. She soared, with Him.
Over the last few months, God has been stirring the pools of my heart. . . preparing me for the next steps of my life-adventure. After much prayer I soon realized that He wanted me to step out in faith. He showed me an image of a heart with wings. It was my heart.
So I’m transitioning to a new role with (in)courage from community manager to contributor. We’ll share more about what that means tomorrow. That transition will let me follow a God-sized dream in my life, to create my own business. To give wings to dreams…not just mine but yours’ too.
I’m so excited about what God and look forward to giving you all the delicious details! I will be sharing about my next steps so I hope you’ll connect with me on Twitter at @inspiredbryant, Facebook at Stephanie Bryant, and my personal e-mail.
I’m thrilled to see where God will take (in)courage and that I have the opportunity to continue to be a part of this community with each of you as a contributor.
When Holley, Lainie, and I first launched (in)courage, we never imagined what it would become in its first year. How God would create such a special place. I am in complete awe of how much God loves His daughters – you and me. It has been a complete honor to be a part of the vision and growth of the beach house we call (in)courage.
Come back for part two and exciting news tomorrow…
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Melissa Runcie | Madabella: made beautiful says
What a blessing. I am constantly inspired by this site. Constantly.
Can’t wait to see what is in store for you and your business…
The reason I am AWAKE at the ghastly hour of 3 a.m. is because of spreading my own wings…it’s not a big life adventure, but launching an online bible study series that begins TODAY…yikes. scary…but amazing b/c of God’s infinite goodness.
Feel free to stop by and say hello!
Congratulations on stepping out in faith…
P.S. And so awesome you mentioned wings…God has something percolating in my word and it’s got “wings”….hmmm….i think i need to buy that necklace!!! 😉
Southern Gal says
This site does just what it says. It encourages and allows women to be courageous without fear of condemnation. Can’t wait to see who’s next and what’s in store for you!
Robin ~ PENSIEVE says
Your faithfulness encourages my own. So excited to watch from the sidelines, to see where your adventure takes you.
Much love, many prayers as you meander this path :).
Plain and Joyful Living says
This is such a beautiful place. Thank you.
You go girl! Live big for Jesus…I can’t wait to see where He takes you nest!
Good Luck in whatever you have up your sleeve girl! Love (in)courage…always in my first five blogs every day! 🙂
Ann Voskamp@Holy Experience says
This makes me all teary happy, seeing you with winged heart.
Fly girl, FLY!
He means His daughters to soar.
Love, love, love to you,
Audrey Roseman says
I am so blessed by in courage each and every day. God often places us for a season and then He changes our direction and gives us dreams and then nutures them and then we take our step of faitn and follow our heart and God’s. Be Blessed my friend and fly, fly with the wings of the Lord to carry you!
I come here…..everyday! Some days I come more than once. I love it!
Thank you for the sweet encouragement you offer to women everywhere.
I often find something that was written JUST FOR ME!
It’s a wonderful blog and I pray many more will be ministered to through your obedience!
Holley Gerth says
You are living (in)courage, girl! I’ve watched you up close be brave and beautiful, following hard after God’s heart, and I love seeing how He’s honoring that by giving new wings to yours. So much love…
Lisa-Jo @thegypsymama says
You are beautiful and brave and setting an amazing example for so many of us who need to learn to stretch our wings. Thank you for your joyful example. So excited to see you do your thang inspired Bryant!
Mary @ Passionate Perseverance says
I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you. Fly baby fly! He is with you always!
I love this. I love the faith, I love the heart, I love the God…I can tell you and I would be friends in real life ;). Nice to meet you and congrats on being brave :).