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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. Stephanie,
    Sometimes, honestly, I grow weary from persevering. Our pastor said something this past Sunday about our trials and obstacles giving us a chance to either “give up” or “grow up”. By grow up, he meant grow in closeness, love, and devotion to Christ. I look back at my life and I see many trials and hardships that were not fun. I did not like being IN the crucible at the time, but I do have to say that suffering has definitely grown my relationship with my Lord and Savior. I have seen His faithfulness to see me THROUGH the trials, to never forsake me, and to build my faith and confidence. But, you are right, our trials and suffering are nothing compared to our brothers and sisters in Christ in other countries who not only suffer, but are persecuted and tortured for their faith, yet I see a strength in their faith that I do not see in mine. Suffering and pain does, indeed, build dependence and reliance on God which is where we ideally need to be – totally dependent on Him. Though I do not relish suffering, I do look at it in a whole different light. Your post beautifully illustrates this…thank you!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  2. ” Perseverance is our individual choice. Like forgiveness, perseverance is an act of worshipful obedience to our righteous and holy King Jesus.” I love this truth. Suffering comes in all forms and God calls us all to suffer in different ways. Yes, if I were to compare my suffering with someone going through or helping someone they love through a terminal illness or addiction or tough times with a child or a broken marriage, it might seem trivial. But God calls us all to persevere and to take up our own individual cross and follow Him. At so many points in my life, I have chosen to give up rather than persevere and I wonder if I have missed out on blessings because of that choice. I pray for the strength to persevere with Christ through my personal trials and suffering and to stand alongside others as they go through their own as well. In Jesus Name, I pray.

  3. “What if I’m too comfortable with easy and, therefore, don’t look for opportunities God is calling me to minister in, that might bring discomfort or even wrath?” Yes and yes. None of us wants to invite suffering over to the table, but we all know deep down that God teaches hard and fast in trials and pain. I just dug into Revelation as well to teach in our ladies class…so very timely. Thank you for this — nodding my head along with you.

  4. I love this Stephanie! I wrote about something similar. It comes out tomorrow. Struggles give us endurance and bad situations help us grow. Thank you for your raw and honest post. I love it. By the way… YOU ARE AWESOME!

  5. Thank-you Stephanie for your well spoken, meaningful post,

    There was a time when I never would of thought I would be where I am today. If not for the Lord I know I would n’t be. He does not want us to give up, lose Hope, Trust or Faith, but to “persevere”. Through hardship we can find it and we can learn from it.

    Penny

  6. Stephanie,

    Jesus clearly states in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” He didn’t say you will have ease, comfort–he stated trials and troubles! Jesus didn’t have it easy in this world, why do we think we should have it easy? One thing trials bring us closer to God. When faced with trials most of us turn to Him and pray!! If we would persevere like those elsewhere in the world then we will receive the crown of glory!
    I heard this on a radio broadcast: Find a need and fill it and find a hurt and heal it! Jesus wants us to persevere and help others!
    Blessings 🙂

  7. Thank you for this post. I have started as a volunteer with CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) to work with abused and neglected children. I confess I am nervous and stepping outside my comfort zone…but God is with me every step of the way. I have been too comfortable for too long…and the reality is..it is NOT about me but it is about the kids and being the hands and feet of Christ to them.

  8. I am currently in bed, relaxing after spending the morning in the ER for horrible pain related to an ovarian cyst. My husband missed a morning of business & money sitting with me at the ER. My husband’s car has experienced expensive car trouble. My oldest daughter’s car has been out of commission for a while & she is downstairs sufferring from a bad cold which resulted in her missing time from 2 jobs and a meeting with her 3rd (she also insisted on being here for me). I also just missed a week of work (mostly unpaid) to help my elderly mother who fell and had to have surgery. The fall resulted in her injuring her spine which already suffered from spinal stinosis. Sounds like a pretty bad week huh? Nope…because I love and celebrate a wonderful God whose blessings outweigh these tribulations:

    1-The ER nurse diagnosed me with ovarian “cysts” and not “cancer”. Praise God!
    2-My youngest daughter, a high school senior, received the wonderful news that she has an A in her math class so far. Math has been a thorny subject for her. Halleluah!
    3-My oldest daughter has jobs in which her managers are very understanding. My God is awesome!
    4-My husband has been blessed financially in the past with his business and is faithful that God will continue to bless him. Our God always provides!
    5. My mothers recovery has been amazingly swift and my aunt is with her when I cannot be. What a wonderful God we serve!
    6. I have a souce that can assist with any financial loss during this time. God is mighty and powerful!
    7-My oldest daughter’s car troubles were not too expensive. Thank you Lord!
    8- We are still smiling and laughing and living are able to serve as a testimony.What a good God we serve!
    9. I am blessed with a beautiful, supportive family. God always provides!

    • When it’s raining hard on us, we just need to be prepared with rain boots and umbrella. Suffering comes to everyone. He promised we would have trials, but ULTIMATELY, we WIN BECAUSE HE OVERCAME THE WORLD. THAT’S it. Sometimes, when the downpour seems too great, I want a break, and feel sorry for myself. I’m learning to embrace Him anyway.

      • Amen, Webbgurl2000 !!! I’m striving to keep a sturdy supply of spiritual rain boots and unbrellas! Thank you for the encouragement, you are added to my Spiritual Sisters list. I will pray for you now.