Stephanie is a recent college graduate/Houston native. I have known her since we were tiny. Our mothers were very close friends when we lived in St. Louis together and we all continue to keep in touch. Her family is amazing. Stephanie’s mother gave my mother lots of parenting advice; which comes as no surprise that Stephanie and I both work with pregnant women, as well as have blogs/speak to Christian girls. It was really cool to reconnect with Stephanie and I do this interview! I love seeing what she has done in life and having her as “long-distance family”.
What is your name? Stephanie Bright
How old are you? 21 years old
Where are you from? Born in Memphis, Tennessee…raised in Houston, Texas. I’m a Texan, y’all.
What’s your story? Several different events in my life affected who I am today. First, I was born and raised in church. I grew up learning about God in Sunday School, which I am very thankful for. I originally gave my life to Christ when I was 13 years old, but once I got to high school, I had a variety of influences around me. This lead to me making bad decisions. Throughout high school, although I excelled academically, I was failing spiritually. I was making bad decisions, choosing the wrong friends, not valuing myself, and many other wrongful things. I faced heartbreak, depression, drama, abusive relationships, and so much more.
After fighting my surrender to God, I finally rededicated my life back to Christ at the age of 16…right before my senior year of high school. Since then, I have found so much joy in knowing Christ as my Lord and Savior. Now church isn’t simply just somewhere where I was raised, but it’s where i go excitedly to praise my JESUS. I have been completely changed and now I love telling people about the same Jesus that changed me!
What is your passion? I have a strong passion for working with women! Right now I am a labor and delivery nurse at Memorial Hermann in the Texas Medical Center. My passion is also helping victims of sexual or human trafficking. I have longterm goals to open my own shelter for that specific population and have such a strong passion for helping women at their most vulnerable state. The idea of being able to reach women and share the love of Christ with those who may have never heard it is something I love. I plan to become a forensic nurse and work with victims of domestic violence and sexual trafficking. Truly I believe that this a calling from God and i’m excited to live out His plan for my life.
How did you decide to start a podcast? So this came about through various people and various events. To start, God made it possible for me to attend Houston Baptist University, a private Christian university in Houston. Throughout my 4 years there, I met SO many people who helped my spiritual growth. During my first semester, I met a lady who invited me and a couple other girls to meet for weekly bible studies. I did that for my entire first year and it was very instrumental in my spiritual growth. After that first year, the leader of those bible studies encouraged me to begin my OWN bible studies…So i did!
I began to lead bible studies for college girls in conference rooms on campus and I eventually led them in my campus apartment! The bible studies ran for a total of 2 and ½ years and it was so much fun! In my final semester, I finally gave my bible studies a name—-“Christian Girls P.O.P.”! I began to advertise te bible studies more on social media and send audio recorded bible studies to others girls via email. One girl replied after my email and encouraged me to start a podcast! Honestly, I just took it as a compliment at first, but since that day, that thought could never leave my mind! I truly believe God sent her as a messenger of His will. I prayed about it for a while, and after finally surrendering (it took me a while), I started my own podcast!!
Feel free to listen! I post every week. Here’s the iTunes Link:
What inspires you? – Being able to help people out of low places. Simple as that. I know what’s it’s like to be there. I am constantly inspired to help another person along the way.
What is your favorite Scripture? – Psalm 73:26. It reminds me that I may fail as a human, but God never has and never will. It reminds me that God is my portion and He is more than enough for me.
My flesh and my heart may fail as a human, but God never has and never will. – Ps. 73:26