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Stephanie Bryant is the co-founder of @incourage and a podcaster at the #JesusLedAdventurePodcast. She formerly owned a Social Marketing & Business Coaching company, and is now passionate about guiding you to your promised land. She enjoys spending her days with her husband and their miracle daughter, Gabrielle, on #BryantFamilyFarm. Follow...

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  1. Yes. Oh, life has been so different since I began to pray…never before did I face the challenge of finding joy in the moments that feel too heavy to bear.

  2. stephanie, what you wrote was god whispering words onto your heart to hand to mine. and i’m whispering thank you to him. i love god. he loves us in every moment and it shows. sometimes in the moment, sometimes later. but it shows. –kris

  3. Thank you so much for writing this today. I lost my mom almost a year ago and each day is it’s own journey. I would get so mad when people said you just have to find your “new normal”, but now when I think of it in this way it is much easier to absorb. I so appreciate you and what you do.

    • I can relate to you Whitney. It has been 3 years since my mom died, but before that we had almost 2 years of dementia & sundowners. That was hard to deal with. I had to call it my new normal and pray each day for a good one for her and especially my dad who cared for her.

      God Bless!

  4. Stephanie, God has used you to also whisper to me… to tell me that the gift, the answer to the prayer is this new normal, of praying without ceasing b/c I am aware of the weakness and of His strength, aware all over again of just how God-dependant I am

  5. “more Jesus-dependent”

    Yes, I am. Because broken doesn’t work any way except with God’s joy and strength.

  6. Thank you.

    With both parents in chemo it’s a mad treading-water-every-minute-to-keep-from-drowning exercise and remembering that normal doesn’t really exist and when was I ever in control anyway?… thank you.

  7. I lost my mom (57) to cancer in April, and miss her terribly. The entire landscape of my family’s life has changed with her gone, but we are hopeful that we will experience a “new normal” and all that she taught us will get us through. Thank you for this message!

  8. Thank you! After a transformational year, I find that my external has changed completely…the only “constant” is my children, and even they have grown in all ways…and I see that I kept trying to find my way back to “normal”, resisting the overall newness…and how it is all answers to prayers when I open my heart to the present (in all ways!).

  9. THIS was SO meant for ME today! Glad it touched others’ hearts too..but WOW, I needed to read this! THANK YOU!

  10. Stephanie,
    Thank you for being obedient and blessing us with your words. This is excactly what I needed to hear today. Of course, it was because He knows.
    Blessings,
    Clara

  11. The last little bit of this really stuck with me this morning:

    Your prayer has set you on a daily adventure with very little that looks like everyone else. Your prayer has revolutionized your life. Your prayer has changed the face of His Kingdom. Don’t live like it hasn’t and try to go back to the way things were before.

    Etched this in my journal and on my heart!

  12. Just moved across the country – because we heard Him calling us here. We left church, family, land to roam, comfortable, safe. And now here we are….6 weeks in and asking the Lord why He brought us all this way. We’re waiting to see – but in the meantime we feel His presence.

    He meets us out on the limb, friends.

    Love to you all,
    Kate 🙂

  13. Hmmm, I just poured out my heart to God last night, asking if I could have ‘normal’ back, again. I’m beginning to see that longing for the past and the sense of normal I felt is not the answer, but trusting him in this moment is the only way to experience true peace, contentment and joy. I’ll choose to continue to live in confident dependence on Him no matter the circumstances. (Hosea 12: 6)

  14. This year has been a year of many many changes. My dad got diagnosed with skin cancer, had stomach issues, depression, and almost totally “lost it”. Stated one day “can’t do life alone”. Fortunately God has brought him through all of this and he is doing much better now. It is only a matter of time perhaps before a relapse or something happens & he may need more assistance than we can give. We have avenues for that. Praise God for new normals!

    Thanks Stephanie!

  15. Wow, I so needed that today. These last two and a half years have been a roller coaster of changes that I expected would eventually lead me back to “normal”. That is not going to happen is it? And truly, when I think of it, I wouldn’t want to go back to who I was back then. God’s working in my life has been gut-wrenching but glorious.
    Thank you for your post.

  16. Poetic and lovely– the new normal. The old is dead and what is new, what is unknown is rich in His love and glory. My new normal is just that, new. Praise God!

  17. “Don’t live like it hasn’t and try to go back to the way things were before.” That speaks to me. Thanks, Stephanie.