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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. We see eye to eye! How I love when God teaches me something so personal and then confirms it. Thank you! My reorganizing of life is a constant with my precious son in the autism spectrum, my sweet daughter with ADHD & auditory processing disorder, and my mom in a nursing home due to a stroke. Life as I had scheduled it, seen it and organized it, is no more. However, it is a life far more precious and blessed than I could have imagined. Like you, I choose not to complain, I choose to serve and let God be glorified in who I serve, in me and in those that are watching. Yes, life as I had organized it, is no more, is better!!

  2. We moved my Dad-in-love to a rehab facility near us a 9 days ago. He tested positive for Covid so he immediately began isolation & we were instructed to lay low & be tested this past Sat. We celebrated negative rapid tests even though my husband had started feeling bad on Thursday. His symptoms got better each day returning to the office to work after the 5 day required work from home. Yesterday he got the DHEC call that his PCR was positive so another 5 day quarantine began. Fortunately my PCR was negative but because I’ve been exposed directly to one now testing positive I too am quarantined. Not what we’d planned but your post encourages us to look for God in the quarantine. The forced slow down surely has lessons & blessings included! Thank you for your timely words!

  3. My always healthy mom is in the hospital with what they think is some kind of cancer, though they can’t find a primary site for it. She has lesions in three places in her spine with pathological fractures and mobility issues. A month ago she was still driving and living on her own, but once she is released from the hospital she will be coming to stay with me while, God willing, she recuperates and is able to go back to her “home”. I will soon be a caregiver to her, instead of her always taking care of me. I am asking God for guidance on how to do this, since I’ve never taken care of anyone who is ill in this manner. Thank you for this, it has helped immensely… Praying for her to be completely healed, as only HE can…

  4. First off, thank you! My family all had Covid and if I’m honest it was the worst to care for my family myself and a puppy with 2 more dogs. If I had this reading at hand I would of done better I was yelling with frustration no one cared for me I was doing all the caring and all I can say is I feel horrible for that I love helping people but I do know when You are low the devil can grab you a bit faster to bring strife in our lives. I have learned my mistake and I have delt guilty I mean did I really let my family down screaming them because I was the only one doing anything to help. Did I let them see the ugly part of me or as it even me I wonder. I wake up today thankful God has shown me
    What I do not want to be like when others suffer and the next time although I’d rather we never get sick I am going to thank God every second that I M
    able to
    Help able to cook able to wash all the laundry able to grab medicine for someone else because there are people whom don’t have the ability to help another.
    Thank you Father God for your wisdom,
    Dova

  5. Yes, being a caregiver in your family is very disruptive. Also it is very needed. For 20 years I took care of others-I am a RN. I loved ti and it was not only a job but a ministry. Then things changed. I became the patient. I was diagnosed with Lupus. after the first year, I was able to work again. I was 26. Then a few years later the Lupus attacked organs. I tried to keep going, but just could not. I had 2 young boys to raise–my husband was long gone. My mother and best friend, became my caregiver–I thank God everyday for my parents. They were strong Christ followers- all their lives. Mom and dad lived about 45 minutes from us. She came and basically lived with us–I was on IV Nutrition and having to be in the hospital very often. There was no question about her doing what she did she was in her late 70’s. Thank God she was healthy but very petite. Oh, the years she came and took care not only me but my boys. Yes, it was inconvenient and hard work. But this was the greatest generation!! They expected to work hard.
    She was amazing. I finally had surgery to implant a neurostimulator for my stomach. It did well, but there were still times I needed her. God is so wonderful to put people in our lives to care for our needs. Mom was my hero!!! She went home in 2014–so did my dad—they had been married 73 years and active in church up to the week before they went home. Thanks is not enough to say all they did for me and my boys!! God took them gently–I had prayed for that for years — for all they had done for me and my boys!

  6. Stephanie,

    I rearranged my life for my parents. They had dementia & psych issues. I would go every Monday after work & check on them. Run errands, bring stuff & cook some if they needed it. After mom died I still checked on dad once a week. He moved into an assisted living at first it was once a week then more often. I finally quit my full time job to be more available. One day I was visiting dad at lunch. He was having trouble eating due to tremors (shaking). I asked him if I could feed him & he said yes. As I was feeding him the man on the right side said “you will get stars in your crown for this”. I felt like God was talking to me.

    Then came time to help my in-laws. I would cook or gather food for them. I felt blessed that I could alleviate some of my MIL’s burdens. She was able to care for my FIL & take care of house. I was there for them until FIL died. Now I visit MIL & check on her some. Still cook occasionally. Now I use my spare time to volunteer with Loaves & Fishes food bank ministry. Nothing blesses my heart more than helping others. I will never tire of doing good. For I know in the end God will bless me richly. (he already has in many ways).

    Blessings 🙂