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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. This really hit home for me! I am 68. I became a widow 4 years ago after my husbands suicide- which was 4 years after moving from Maine to Florida- a move I did not want to make. In Nov. 2019 I moved to Colorado to be near my daughter. It has not been easy and after soul searching, praying and a little therapy, I made the decision to go back to Maine where my heart is. I think God really had a hand in guiding me to this. So I am now facing packing up, selling my place and all that goes with a move- on my own. It is scary. While I have many friends waiting for me in Maine and I have family and friends along the east coast, this is still daunting. And yet, I feel God’s presence. Since the decision, while I wake up adding to the “to do” list, I also have a sense of peace and clarity for the first time in years. I waited and God answered when the time was right. And that time is now.

    • Madeline, my condolences on the loss of your husband. I pray as God guides you back to Maine he will order and ordain your steps. Thank you for showing your courage and honesty during the journey of transition. May God bless you.

      • Thank you Ada. I feel like life is one big transition and this is just another one to deal with.

    • Ooh. I’m so sorry for your loss four years ago. Depression in someone you love can be gut wrenching at times because you so want to help but cannot.

      However, I must say that I am astounded by the rest of your story! I am exactly 20 yrs younger, currently living in CO and am packing up my home (rented) to move to Maine myself (altho’ I’d be a newbie there). I, too, know it’s what God wants me and was also waiting for the right time (2 yrs of praying and pondering the decision) and I know it is also now. So so wild! I truly am awestruck by your comment. It is yet another confirmation (I suppose for both of us) we’re on the right track and hearing God correctly. Wow. Also, trying to find a rental there has proven to be a bit competitive. Any prayers for a place to call home there would be appreciated and I shall pray your move back home goes well. Wow….just wow! 🙂

      • I don’t usually share the details of my husband’s death but I have grown to trust and value the women on this website. I cannot begin my day without reading what is posted and the heart rendering responses. Arian, I think God is speaking to both of us. And I hope and pray our stories will be everything we hope.

    • Madeline – I’m so sorry for your great loss. But I’m so proud of how you’ve clung to your faith and continued in God’s guidance for your life. You’re such a brave woman! I’m praying this transition is a beautiful one with many future blessings and healing in your future.

    • Madeline,

      Oh sweet sister I am so sorry about your loss. Prayers for peace & comfort. Asking God to guide & provide strength & assistance for you each step of the way. May He show you exactly where He wants you. Kudos for waiting & listening to God’ still small voice. Can’t wait to see how this journey turns out.

      Blessings 🙂

  2. Thank you for this wonderful post. I am in the middle of an ongoing transition which has left me isolated and alone at times. I am thankful for how God continues to be near to us during the most confusion and chaotic times of our lives. God doesn’t judge us and we should not judge one another. May we walk in mercy , grace and love toward each other. God bless you.

    • Ada – I’m so thankful God is proving Himself trustworthy in your chaos and confusion. I’m praying for clarity and His beautiful timing in your life. So proud of your for drawing near to Him when you feel alone, because you’re not. Happy you’re here!

  3. Thank you for this. Transitions are hard in part because waiting on the Lord is hard. A good reminder to me to let me soul catch up to what He is doing!!

    • Doesn’t it take the pressure off to not have our mind, body, soul and spirit in perfect sync all the time with what God is doing?! He is not in a rush even if we are. It’s His good grace that allows us to have time to process with Him what He’s doing in the waiting and moving. Thankful you’re willing to wait for His best.

  4. This was so perfect for me today. I’m in the middle of a very big transition in my life, and waiting is definately the hardest part. I am very encouraged! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Hello Everyone,

    Finding my way through transition and I am just now finding out that it’s more than labor transition to birth your child.

    God knows how all of His children are wired mentally and emotionally. We need guidance when we make faith leaps. For example; a new job, a new relationship, a new realization about OCD and or ADHD. When I used to want things organized a certain way, I didn’t know that was just the way I processed things. But all people don’t process things like I do. My youngest daughter is wonderful at organizing her calendar, her work schedule, her self care routine and processing how she plans to embrace something or not. I didn’t grow up having choices to do something or not (if it was important, school related or Church related). I must admit I really have to pray for understanding and pause and wait for my daughter to explain to me what causes her to have stress and overwhelming feelings. I am certain that we are more alike than we both know. Maybe all three of my girls exhibit a lot of my personality. That is not easy to admit. I think I have been hiding a lot of my emotions just because I didn’t want to be persnickety or hard to get along with.

    I feel like I am in Kindergarten when it comes to emotions and feelings. I am not accustomed to being asked how I feel when things occur. It’s talking through emotions and not getting stuck in an uncomfortable place, but moving forward with a new perspective.

    Health and wellness is part of our Spiritual Being also. I don’t know why some people are not comfortable admitting that problems come with being human beings. To think that I did not have anyone to discuss these things with me until I turned 61 years old. Although I have had counseling during my 40’s & 50’s but I was never asked questions to help me see different outcomes to my inner thoughts.

    I pray that if anyone is having to choose between housework, cooking, working outside the home and going to Bible Study and Church, you realize that’s a lot to have to do. We all need help to do what is necessary and how to prioritize those responsibilities. Ask for help and allow yourself to fail at getting it all done at one time.

    I pray for strength, patience with myself and others, the ability to say “no” more often and to learn how to celebrate small accomplishments.

    Thank you for listening.

    Enjoy your evening.

    Brenda

  6. You’ve offered such wise advice here, Stephanie, for dealing with life-changing transitions. I especially appreciated your observation that we need to give ourselves grace and time to catch up to God’s plan. Just that insight alone would have helped during four of our twelve moves that were particularly challenging. God will no doubt use your words today to minister to many currently facing difficult transitions!

  7. Stephanie,

    Change/transitions are never easy. They can be exciting to see what God has in store for you. I have been through many transitions since last September. It started when my co worker broke her arm. I volunteered to work full time till she got better. The only “bad” thing was that I didn’t care for my new boss. She was one who made lots of changes & micro managed people.

    In the middle of November-still working full time they shut my unit down due to staffing issues. I was nervous about the next step. God sent me to ICU Covid unit. That scared me some. Not sure what to expect. While there I learned how to make IV Chains (IV med with 4 extensions to reach patient while pole is outside the room). One slow day I decided to make a few IV extensions. Management was so pleased they wrote a job out just for me. All I had to do was apply & I would get it. They also allowed me to choose days & hours (4 10 hr. shifts). Wow!! That lasted a few weeks then that unit shut down due to low patient count (yeah!)

    I prayed God would put me in Med Surg Covid unit. He did. Didn’t like that unit as much. Less work to do & co workers not quite as friendly. That lasted till April this year. You guessed it that unit shut down- (Yeah again-no more Covid units). Each time I moved I had a different manager to report to. After that they moved me to 2800-medical ICU. We are being housed in another part of the hospital while the unit is being fixed up. Enjoy working here. I can almost always find something to do. The RNs enjoy working with me & vice versa.

    Through all this I simply waited & prayed to God. I knew from past experiences that God would take care of me. My saying during all this is “you reap what you sow”. “God will reward your hard work.

    Blessings 🙂

  8. This is so perfect. My husband and I, along with our son sold our home and land so I could go back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner. It’s always been a dream but I always felt it was out of reach for me. I was the one that had a change of heart. My husband wanted or talked about selling for a while and living in a 5th on my father in laws property. I said I would never be able to do that. I also said that about many other things, even school.

    Well one day I was thinking I said to my husband let’s sell and live in a 5th wheel, get out of debt. Once I said yes, doors just kept opening for me to go back to school. I’ve been amazed at how it’s all worked out. This is something that has been all Gods doing. Not mine.

    I have no idea when we will be able to buy/build again but I know that Gods timing is perfect and will pull through just like he has done every single time for us.

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