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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. For me it’s good strong tea in the morning, and more than once I’ve whispered as I took that first sip, “Lord, could I do this day if it was just you and me?” Thanks for this opportunity to press pause and assess my thinking about the Source of my true strength end endurance.

    • MIchele,

      I’m a tea lover myself. I consume about 5 or so cups a day. Love the taste & caffeine helps me when I haven’t gotten enough sleep Nice to meet another tea lover!!

  2. I admit that I really look forward to that first cup of coffee to give me a “jolt!” ☕️ Thank you, Stephanie, for giving me a new perspective. Instead, I will ask the Holy Spirit to show me what areas of my life I am substituting something for Him.

    Great post today!!

  3. I used to be the same every month when I had my period. Every month I took in my head I had to have a Lucozade and Mars Bar. I even got to point when my Husband and I used too do the food shopping together if I see special offers for them on the selves. I say please please can I get them in a sweet sweet voice to him long with food we needed to buy. As we be on budget. But it helps me. It helps me especially when I have my period. I will buy them out of my own money if you don’t let us buy them in food shopping. My Husband gave in too keep me quite and because he loved me. He new it would make no differences to my periods as thoes days they were really bad and heavy when I had them. Then every time I drank the Lucozade and took a bite of the Mars bar. I used to hear in my head. It only a silly notion in your head you don’t need it. They are not going to make you any better. So I kept on buying them when on offer in our Supper Market in packets of four the Mars and the Lucozade in packets of four. Every single time I drank the Lucozade or took a bite of the Mars I hear it only a silly notion in your head. I then knew it was the Holy Spirit telling me it was all in my head and I didn’t need the Lucozade and Mars every month. That it was doing me no good. I stopped taking it. As it made me high on sugar and the Lucozade and Mars made my health with my periods worse. Even my Husband noticed it. He used to say your periods are worse when you take the Lucozade and the Mars. Plus so are you hipper on the sugar. So when I stopped my sugar level was ok my periods still bad but I it did help them a bit not eating the Mars or drinking Lucozade. I found it was all in my head. The Holy Spirit showed me that. I even take a sore heads. So stopping it I hardly ever get a sore head now. I would now never take a Lucozade or a Mars bar. Just go to show you. Some times God uses the Holy spirit to tell us what we are putting in our bodies not good for us. It only a silly notion in our heads. We all along don’t need it. When we think we do. I am glad I listened to God Holy Spirit. Or my health could have been alot worse today. Thank you so so much for another excellent reading Love Dawn xxxx

  4. Stephanie, what a wonderfully convicting post, causing me to pause and ask what idols do I put ahead of or instead of Christ. This prayer is part of my quiet time meditations…
    Lord Jesus, give me a heart which yearns for Your Presence, a yearning for You that draws me over and over into Your Presence, a yearning that makes only a few days without time in prayer and Your Word seem like an eternity. Give me a heart which is motivated first and foremost by a desire for You, not for what You can do for me, but a yearning for Your Presence. Give me a heart that wants You more than anything else You could give, to love You and know You more than anything in life. Give me a heart that takes what You have made known to me and makes You re-known to everyone else, a heart that makes Your name and renown the desire of my heart. Give me a heart to feel Your Holy Spirit woo me once again to the place where I meet You. In the simplicity of my prayer time, give me a heart to be suddenly confronted by the majesty of my Redeemer—the One Who is responsible for any good in me. I bow at Your Cross, and I experience anew Your forgiveness, redemption, mercy, and grace, as I sense Your blood dripping over the Crown of Thorns pressed into Your brow, onto my heart, covering my sin, I get up from my knees wearing Your Robe of righteousness as I face the day ahead, welcoming Your fresh mercies which fall like manna from Heaven, and once again move my heart. I surrender all. Morning after morning.

    • Beautiful prayer! Did you write it? Can I post it (along with this article) as a reminder to put God first?

  5. I needed to hear this Stephanie there are some hard choices ahead to make room for more freedom and space to do Gods will. Thank you!

  6. Thank you Stephanie – I so needed to read this today! It’s not coffee I have a problem with but food. During Lent I was much more mindful of what and when I ate but since Easter, the world and all it’s stresses have moved back in and my eating has been anything but mindful! Your article has brought back the fact I need to pray first and ask what I should eat, not what I want to eat. It’s about filling myself with Jesus, not food! Thank you so much!

  7. Stephanie, thanks for sharing this and reminding us to start our day with Jesus! I start my morning With my InCourage devotionals, so I appreciate you time and heart! I also tend to drink coffee as I’m reading most mornings. Lately, I’ve slacked off some on the coffee. I think I went three days without coffee until yesterday when I saw SBUX while getting groceries, lol

    I also find I “ treat “ myself with sweet snacks, iced lattes, etc., so your post is reminding me to be cautious as it what we put in our precious bodies. I’ll work on that , although I talk to Jesus throughout most days, lol

    • Yes, the draw of a treat for stressful days or a reward after hard work is hard. I’m trying to change the way I view food to be more about fuel to accomplish my calling.

  8. Stephanie,

    There is a book out called the Daniel Diet. Basically you cut out rich foods in favor of healthy fruits & veges. It is a way to put your body in better shape. It is one way Christians are getting back to eating healthy. For me thou, I would miss meat & protein. Can’t give up my beloved tea. I drink it all day long. Love sitting with a hot cup & reading emails-especially In Courage. We need to be more careful about what we eat. Hard for most to think of their bodies as a temple where Jesus is living. We as Christians should strive to eat like Jesus did-healthy foods. It will eliminate a lot of illnesses in your life. It all boils down to how you choose to treat the body God almighty gave you. We can eat mostly healthy with a few splurges here and there. More importantly it is about what takes precedent over God. What food, or other activity comes first in your day. We should wake up saying “thank you Lord for another day”. A chance to do your will & spread your light in this world. Let’s show this world how to treat a loving, caring God by putting Him first in our day.

    Blessings 🙂

  9. Soul-touching words to turn into a prayer: “I want to make healthy decisions that will help me live faithfully in the body God gave me, keeping it beautiful as a representative of Him and capable of fulfilling whatever He has for me each day.” Amen and thank you, Stephanie!

  10. Thanks, Stephanie!
    I was at the same path of many cups of coffee a day. The Lord oriented me to fast from coffee. For seven years I drank only tea. It was the wisdom of the Lord because I was on my forties and was having strong reflexes and swearing on my back at my preschool job. Today, I drink coffee with moderation one or two cups a day.
    I enjoyed your inspiring message. Love,
    Marinalva