Iris Peterson Bryant is a writer, speaker, educator, podcast host, and worship leader. She and her husband are the parents of four children and one grandchild. She has served as an educator in the public schools of North Carolina since 1998. Currently, she serves as a district-level Instructional Coach, providing support for high school English and Social Studies teachers.
In addition to serving as the chief encouragement officer for those who follow her on social media. She also co-authored the book, How I Got Over, with four other inspiring women. She loves coffee, milk chocolate, and all things pumpkin spice.
She firmly believes God’s promise in Romans 8:28, and she desires to help others believe and apply that truth to their lives. She desires to help women maximize each moment and season they encounter and show them God doesn’t waste any of our experiences--whether good or bad.
Iris and her husband, David, reside with their children in eastern North Carolina.
A few years ago I was asked this question: "If you were in a room full of people crying, whose cries would you respond to?"
Without hesitation, I answered "the woman who is crying because she has been abandoned and rejected by those who promised to love and protect her. I would respond to the woman who is crying while wearing a smile because she is surrounded by people and none of them are aware of her silent cries. I would respond to the woman who is crying and overwhelmed because she is supporting everyone's vision while watching hers slowly die. I would hear and respond to those cries because I have been those women and I know freedom and healing are on the other side of their pain."
I have felt the sting of rejection and spent the majority of my life seeking others' approval and validation.
I remember days I felt defeated and wondered was I good enough. I have looked at myself in the mirror as tears streamed down my face and wondered if I was loved. I have held the broken pieces of failed relationships and misplaced trust and wondered why did they walk away. I know I am not alone--maybe you have been there too.
I will be the first to say my journey to wholeness and healing has not been easy, but the joy of knowing who I am in Christ makes me appreciate every struggle.
Nothing has been wasted.
My life verse is Romans 8:28 NKJV, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."
This, I know for sure!