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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. I’m gobsmacked! This is something the Lord has been pressing on my heart ALL week and my latest blog post was John 11:40! God is a beauty – no doubt about it!

  2. Oh to be tuned to what we do…!!! I have been called out, ever so gently, and yet incredibly clearly. I do this so often–trying to manipulate what I think would be a *better* plan or THE plan…that I miss the point. I also even try to control HIM. Who do I think I am? And yet, He still calls me His Beloved…such amazing grace. Your words today gave me a perspective about my own behavior that I hope to transform my thinking and behavior. I appreciate your words today and the time I chose to read them.

    Rich blessings in your surrender, Stephanie!

  3. Thank you Stephanie for this reminder…I’m a great control freak/planner, etc. My word for the week has been “LET”… so many times we are told to LET GOD, or let the peace of God rule, or let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus…so many more.

  4. So appreciate this post. Have been thinking much lately of Sarah “fixing” the problem of barrenness for God. He really doesn’t need or help, just our obedience as we trust Him to keep His Word.

  5. oh…how i get this. i was just writing a piece this morning about this very thing. i’m a mother of five battling breast cancer…i would never have chosen this road to show God’s glory…His goodness… but He chose it for me and He is showing me evidence of His glory even here. especially here, in the midst of my mess and in the disappointment of disease. He is here and His glory is evident…even radiant.

  6. Amen to Unexpected Puddles! I am forever trying to be in control. Never letting Him rain on me from above and I’ve skipped over many puddles. Oh how I long to be soaked.

  7. Thank you for sharing this morning. I just spent the last half hour on my knees begging God to “do the plan my way”! To take away my physical pain of an illness there is no cure for, to take away my emotional pain of a daughter trapped in a body that does not let her talk, walk,or do anything to help herself, to have some semblance of “normal” to my life. BUT only God and only God and only God…..is what I need. To let Him have all the glory and if it is through my physical and emotional pain, then I accept it. For His glory.

  8. “get soaked to the bone…enjoy the unexpected puddles…of living water” Yes, I agree, I, too, need to run in the rain, come what may, and know that He created rain and shine and called it all “Good.”

    Who am I to say, that the path with the rain is not His perfect will. Who am I to say, that the path with the shine is His will.

    For me, I think it comes down to Faith, Trust and living with Joy in the moment. It may be the only moment we have to shine His glory, and inadvertently, His Love, for someone who has never seen either.

    Good Blog, Thank you.

    ~Di

  9. Wow! I’m humbled … I’m typically —ok, almost always—a healthy 55 year old. The last 4 days I’ve had some stomach and headache issues that I’ve let overwhelm me. I know … so little and ridiculous, but nonetheless, I succumbed to the self pity, and begged God to go with my plan to let me feel like my old self and soon, dog gone it!

    But while I was “down” I’ve had the opportunity to find and read almost every post (and comments) here on (in)courage. I’ve met and lost Sara, I’ve read of major, major, life struggles and you all encouraged me soooooo much in the last 4 days.

    Without my little stomach and head ache … I would never have gleaned this much from and our wonderful Savior.

    Thank you and to God be the glory. Amen

  10. “By trying to create glory for my God, I have tried to control Him.”

    Ouch. This is exactly what I needed to here tonight and be reminded of.

    I tend to get so caught up in the “doing” of the day rather than stop and see what He is doing in my life and those around me.

    Thanks for sharing!