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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 feel like Charlie Brown at Christmas. I don’t like all this commercialism. I’ve tried my best to keep Christ in Christmas and remember that it is the birthday of my Savior and Lord.

    I will ponder the miracle and try to spread more of it to other throughout the year.

    Thanks for a thought provoking post!

    Have a blessed Christmas!

  2. Wow, Stephanie. Through your words, in what you have written, I felt deep calling to deep. Francis Schaeffer’s “How Then Shall We Live?” seemed to rise up from within my soul and echo. Given everything in history that led up to the day of Christ Jesus’ birth and also to consider everything within my own history that leads up to this December 26th, I seem to have a more serious answer this year. Not serious bad, but serious in reverence for God and His plans and recognizing that I desire to be more conscious about whether how I am living each day either points others to experience the Gift of Jesus or may unwittingly deter another person’s path from stepping closer to or going deeper with Christ. How to live after the miracle? I am choosing to live more consciously of Christ and with greater reverence for His purposes.

  3. Thank you for your words of wisdom today. I believe that it is in the ‘every day’, sometimes mundane chores and activities we must do that we can express our love of God. It is through Him that we can put joy into each and every task before us, each and every day. Our ‘To Do’ lists often are overwhelming. But, if we take each task…one at a time…focusing only on that and using the strength of God to accomplish it, we will live the joy that is meant to be for us. This Christmas was a quiet one for us. Our children were far away, and memories of past Christmas times shared were very nostalgic. It’s good to treasure memories, but then go forward in each new day with purpose and thanksgiving. The ‘days after’ are always number more in time and lack the excitement of ‘those special times’ we remember. So, it’s helpful to reflect on previous blessings…but then move on with joy and hard work, striving to be busy with OUR appointed tasks in life. New joys from God will follow!

  4. Thank you for your words of wisdom today. I believe that it is in the ‘every day’, sometimes mundane chores and activities we must do that we can express our love of God. It is through Him that we can put joy into each and every task before us, each and every day. Our ‘To Do’ lists often are overwhelming. But, if we take each task…one at a time…focusing only on that and using the strength of God to accomplish it, we will live the joy that is meant to be for us. This Christmas was a quiet one for us. Our children were far away, and memories of past Christmas times shared were very nostalgic. It’s good to treasure memories, but then go forward in each new day with purpose and thanksgiving. The ‘days after’ always number more in time and lack the excitement of ‘those special times’ we remember. So, it’s helpful to reflect on previous blessings…but then move on with joy and hard work, striving to be busy with OUR appointed tasks in life. New joys from God will follow!

  5. I always enjoy the day after Christmas. It’s time to finally relax, enjoy my gifts and watch others enjoy theirs. Your thought will help me to focus on enjoying the gift of the Christ Child.

  6. The day after a miracle. This year I am thinking more that I like the idea of the 12 days of Christmas.
    Today we are just being…life does continue but somehow different.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this! My husband and I always dread the day after Christmas because we VERY MUCH TREASURE Christmas in our hearts. The WONDERFUL, TRUE MEANING of Christmas!

    I will do as so many others have said–continue to TREASURE ALL of this in our hearts!

  8. Its a good topic. It is true that Mary delivered a boy, but also she had a miracle, ide like to note that miracles come without pain and Mary did not feel any pain to recover from because she hasn’t an ordinary delivery. Its good to be poetic sometimes but not in matters of The Bible. In Christ. Merry Christmas.

    • Maria, I don’t see any biblical foundation for the claim that “miracles come without pain.”

      The miracles I’ve personally witnessed (ex: the birth of a child that parents were told they would never have or the survival of a horrific motorcycle accident that should have taken the rider’s life) have been surrounded by a great deal of pain, but that doesn’t make them any less miraculous.

      Even beyond physical pain, I don’t see any examples of miracles being strife-free. Looking at the Bible, I can’t imagine that the family of Lazarus didn’t suffer a great deal of grief and emotional pain prior to him being miraculously brought back to life or Noah grieving at the loss of life during the flood.

      Yes, I hope Mary was blessed with a quick and smooth delivery, but I wouldn’t be basing my theology on it.