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Five Minute Friday: Beyond

Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and others for the 5 Minute Friday where we are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes simply for the joy of writing. No editing or backtracking necessary. No need to be perfect. Just words freely flowing from my heart to yours.

Today’s Prompt:  Beyond

Most days it’s hard for me to look beyond the piles of my life to see the beauty that lies underneath.  My home, a place where love, joy and peace are supposed to reside can often be a place of messy disorganization and utter chaos.  As a full-time working mom, some days I don’t have the strength to truly see that underneath my messy life is a woman deeply loved and valued, no matter the state of her home.

To look beyond the baskets of overflowing laundry to see that I am a good housekeeper.

To look beyond the constant bickering of my children to see that I am a good mama.

To look beyond the stacks of dirty plates to see that I am a good nourisher.

To look beyond my husband’s tiredness and short temper so see that I am a good wife.

To look beyond the stacks of unpaid bills to see that I am a good steward.

God looks beyond my failures and shortcomings and sees a woman deeply loved and valued. He loves me despite my mess.

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40 Comments

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    path of treasure
    July 27, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I found this post so encouraging. I have to remind myself these things, too– that the state of things around me isn’t a reflection of who I am, and that I am deeply loved by God. So lovely!

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      Barbie
      July 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Oh that’s good. I am not defined by my mess! Have a beautiful day!

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    Richelle Wright
    July 27, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Amen! finding our worth in our Creator is the only place to find true worth! blessings.

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      Barbie
      July 27, 2012 at 11:27 am

      AMEN Richelle! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Denise Oldham
    July 27, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Such an amazing post.

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      Barbie
      July 27, 2012 at 11:27 am

      Thank you for stopping by Denise!

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    Alene Snodgrass
    July 27, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Thanks for this precious reminder friend. I need to look beyond and see what God sees, see the positive, and to see what I can be. I hope you’ve recuperated from the wedding. Blessings girl.

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      Barbie
      July 27, 2012 at 11:27 am

      Thanks Alene. I am starting to feel normal again!

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    Chelsea Brown
    July 27, 2012 at 5:02 am

    To look beyond.
    I like that, a lot.

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      Barbie
      July 27, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Thanks for droping by Chelsea!

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    bethinnc
    July 27, 2012 at 5:54 am

    You are a delight to Him my friend (and to us). I have a hard time staying on top of my chores and I don’t work full-time outside of my home. <3 Bless you!

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      Barbie
      July 27, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Abundant blessings back at you my friend!

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    Wanda
    July 27, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Love, love this Barbie. Even though my life dynamics are different than yours at times I fail to see beyond the tasks to see the realization of the ways of God’s faithfulness.

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      Barbie
      July 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

      I am learning to look with new eyes. It’s challenging though. Have a beautiful day Wanda.

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    Debbie
    July 27, 2012 at 7:32 am

    And I can add that you are a beautiful friend to many Barbie. See yourself as the Lord sees you. Dearly loved …

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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      Barbie
      July 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Awe, thank you so much Debbie!

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    TraciMLittle
    July 27, 2012 at 8:03 am

    WOW yes! Kindred spirits, FRIEND! Beautiful! You are beautiful! Love that picture where did you get it from? Love, Traci

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      Barbie
      July 27, 2012 at 11:19 am

      I got the picture from Fotolio. I fell horrible I forgot to link where I found it!

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    Amy in Wanderland
    July 27, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Hey, how did you get that beach picture of me on your blog? Just kidding. Thanks so much for inspiring me to look beyond all this mess (since there’s quite a bit to look through–just saying’). Have a great weekend!

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      Barbie
      July 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Is that really you? I bought the picture from Fotolio, but I forgot to link it! Praying we both get unburied soon!

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        Amy in Wanderland
        July 27, 2012 at 11:27 am

        No, maybe it’s not me after all. But I’m sure I must look just like that when I stand out on the beach. Ha!

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    venessa
    July 27, 2012 at 10:02 am

    One of my favorites from you! What a beautiful reminder that we all need to look beyond!

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      Barbie
      July 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Thanks for stopping by Venessa!

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    Nikki
    July 27, 2012 at 10:36 am

    He loves me despite my mess….
    He loves me despite my mess….
    He loves me despite my mess…
    I need to hear that often, friend. So grateful when you remind me. Thank you!

    What a beautiful 5 Minute Write!

    still praying for you {{HUGS}}

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      Barbie
      July 27, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Thank you friend! You are a gem!

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      StefanieYoungBrown
      July 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      I completely agree, Nikki!

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    Dionne
    July 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Oh I am so glad God looks beyond! Thank you for the wonderful reminder of his love and acceptance of us and all of our messes.

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      Barbie
      July 28, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Thank you Dionne.

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    Caroline @UnderGod'sMightyHand
    July 28, 2012 at 7:02 am

    You know, I have a hard time getting beyond my own failures. It’s a terrible place to be stuck in. Thanks so much for this reminder.

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      Barbie
      July 28, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Thank you Caroline for stopping by.

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    Wendy @ E1A
    July 28, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Beautifully written Barbie!

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      Barbie
      July 28, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Thank you Wendy!

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    Tito Eric
    July 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    That photograph tells me: Happiness! A splendid shot … I love it. You are a wonderful person, Barbie!

    Cheers!

    http://turningboholano.blogspot.com/2012/07/daniels-lucid-predilection.html

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      Barbie
      August 1, 2012 at 1:39 am

      Thank you Tito! I cannot take credit for the photo!

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    Lindy Kaden
    July 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Beyond so much. God even uses our failures to take us beyond what we see. Good words!

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      Barbie
      August 1, 2012 at 1:39 am

      Thank you Lindy!

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    Elisa Pulliam
    July 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    So perfect. Such needed truth! Thanks, from a messy girl, too!

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      Barbie
      August 1, 2012 at 1:38 am

      Thank you for stopping by Elisa!

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    Michele-Lyn
    July 31, 2012 at 5:15 am

    I hear your heart in this. It resonates so deep in my soul. I am holding tightly to this truth with you, while letting all else go, by His grace.

    “God looks beyond my failures and shortcomings and sees a woman deeply loved and valued.”

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      Barbie
      August 1, 2012 at 1:38 am

      Thank you my sweet friend. So thankful to have you on the journey!

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