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Hi, I’m Bryan Stoudt and this is my online home.  Thanks for stopping by to connect.

If you’re like most of my readers (and me), you’re a Christian who wants to follow the Lord in every area of your life. You have a high regard for God and his word, but you also want to understand how your faith connects with your everyday life.   You want to be intentional with your work, studies, marriage, parenting and… everything.  You want to keep growing, and to impact the people around you for Christ.

But real life is messy, broken and filled with distractions.  You’ve got a lot going on, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed, discouraged and drift.  To not follow through on your good intentions.  And sometimes, if you’re really honest, living for Christ and others doesn’t seem all that appealing, especially when it’s hard (and Netflix is calling).

Can you identify with any of that?

I know I can.  Every day I feel like I’m not measuring up to who I’m supposed to be.  Who I want to be in Christ.  I get frustrated, lazy, and chase priorities that aren’t all that important.

But the good news is that our lives aren’t ultimately up to us.  No matter what we’re facing, God is with us and we have hope in Christ.  That he loves us; that we don’t have to stay stuck; and that he will take our small efforts and make them count.

Obviously, living with hope like this isn’t easy, even when we ‘know’ what’s true.   We need others who can walk alongside us, and encourage us, especially when life gets busy and tough.  By God’s grace, I look forward to sharing the journey of following Christ with you.

The Stoudt Family

My family: Matthew, Sharon, Braedon, me, Anna & Carissa

What I write about

Here are the topics I write about and some of my more popular posts:

Personal growth and transformation

Dating, Engagement & Marriage

Parenting

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About My Family

I’ve been married to the love of my life, Sharon, since 1998.  I’m so thankful for her. We’ve had our struggles, but what we’ve learned helps me understand what you may be facing in your own marriage or relationships. We also have the joy of doing premarital counseling for many couples.

Together, we have four children, Carissa (born 7/1999), Matthew (1/01), Anna (11/03) and Braedon (4/09). Each one is a tremendous gift and has helped us understand the adage that ‘children raise their parents’!  Matthew, moderately-severely autistic, has been a special source of challenge and blessing.  Like our marriage, our successes and failures have helped us grow and will hopefully prove useful on your own parenting journey.

Professionally, I’ve been in ministry since graduating from seminary in 1999.  Since that time, I’ve worked with undergraduates and now healthcare students and professionals.  Along the way, I’ve been involved in many other things, including church leadership teams, small groups and pre-engagement/marital counseling.  I’ve seen – and contributed to – the good, the bad and the ugly in each of them, all of which have shaped me and led to my interest in helping you through this blog.

We live just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  I love the city and the ‘burbs’, and feel equally home in both.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, running, roasting my own coffee, gardening and spending time with my family.

How You Can Connect With Me

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