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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. When I remember that Paul wrote his most compelling words about joy while he was living in chains in a Roman prison, I get the gift of perspective. Thanks for wearing your joy so visibly. Our smile is a compelling argument for something internal and effervescent that cannot be explained without God.

  2. Stephanie,

    Our emotions are fickle. We ride the tidal wave with our circumstances. Good happens we are happy, bad or unexpected then we turn sad. Our joy is complete with God. Webster’s defines joy as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires”. If we think about our home in Heaven, having the Holy Spirit in us & knowing that Jesus paid the ultimate penalty for our sins then we should be joyful. Our circumstances/light afflictions are momentary in light of eternity. 2 Corinthians 4:17 states “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. They are making us stronger Christians more able to trust God. If Paul & Silas can sing in prison & turn the guards to Christ then how much more should I be joyful in my afflictions. We need to show this dark world that God is still in control & we win in the end.

    Blessings 🙂

    • You have just spoken the Truth! Jesus is The Way, The Truth & The Life! Thanks for sharing everything that needed to be said.They are my sentiments exactly! I hope and pray that more people will find & share the Joy that is in knowing Him! This is one reason we named our eldest daughter, Bethany Joy! Now praying for the rest of our adult children, Anthony, Brittny to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. He is my Everything! Tiffany & Robbie are serving our Jesus. She teaches third grade & is bringing our 2 grands, Lane Asher(7) & Jernigan Joy (18 mos.named after her Aunt Bethany Joy) up in the love & admonition of Jesus also! Praying specifically for Breanna(13) & Braelynn(8) daughters of Brittny & Patrick will teach them about Jesus, find a church as spiritual family so they can worship our precious Lord & Savior, Jesus as He wants to be worshiped! As you can tell my heart’s cry is for our whole family to KNOW JESUS & not just learn about HIM! Really live the Life worthy of Him & bring glory to Him so others may see the Light shining through us! Share that Love & Joy always!

  3. What an inspiration message to read first thing in the morning.
    May we as women practice as Stephanie stated, “living a life that shows others
    that we are ambassadors of His and are promised JOY with His Spirit.

  4. Ahhh yes! I’m claiming that JOY today as well as I can! Sometimes it feels sooo lost but in Jesus Christ I am found! Loved 2 Cor. 4:17 along with this post… though it’s rainy and chilly here today, His light cannot be doused now or ever as we are not going to put it under a basket but shower it on those everywhere we go.. as did Stephanie as do y’all precious sisters in His sight \0/ keep calm and shine on 🙂

  5. THANKYOU ….. Agree! My word this year is DELIGHT and I need to keep focus.. My husband , a Christian , retired at home , has such bad moods. It gets me down.. keeping my eyes on Jesus keeps me going. This is such an encouragement. Bless you.

    • Oh Cheryl.. we’re retired and have poured ourselves into our church.. in service.. we started by serving in the food pantry and afterwards you can’t help but be grateful and thankful for God’s grace and provision in our own lives.. prayer for you and him today ! Blessings

  6. Perfect. Love this. It is hard to stay down when our eyes are on him. I want to make a life with Christ look joyous. I think God is a lot more joyful than we imagine him to be.

  7. Over Christmas my daughter and I were listening to the radio and heard what JOY can stand for. To put these first in this order…Jesus…Others…Yourself. It was a great teaching moment for my 7 year old. We still continue to talk about the importance of this.

  8. I often forget just how powerful a smile can be. Thank you for the reminder that: “A smile is vulnerable and makes others wonder about the Jesus you long to share.” Amen, Stephanie! As I grab my coat and purse, may I also grab a smile!