37 In My 5 Minute Fridays

Connect

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.

CONNECT

Within every woman is an intense desire connect.  There is a longing to know and be known.  And although God is the one who ultimately fulfills that empty place in my heart, there is a community of women here who I have grown to love and appreciate.  Our hearts have been connected by the words we write and by the encouragement we give in each other’s space.

I come here every day to connect.  And as I share my life with others, I pray that God would use my words to bridge the gap, to repair the broken, to encourage the distraught, to give life to those who feel hopeless.  And then I jump over to their spaces to connect again — to check in and see how life is going, to leave a word of encouragement, and to let them know that they are not alone.

These women have become like sisters to me.  Women who I am fully comfortable sharing my heart with.  Women who God has brought into my life for this season.

Five Minute Friday

 

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37 Comments

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    Jessica
    August 9, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I can absolutely relate to your words, Barbie. I, too, find comfort and connections in this space. Thank you for being a part of that!

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      Barbie
      August 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Thanks for stopping by today jessica!

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    Helen Tisdale
    August 10, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Love your words about connect! I amso thankful to God for having this means of connecting with such a variety of Godly women! The music is beautiful!

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      Barbie
      August 10, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Thank you Helen! I had to bring my music player back. The song was custom made just for my blog! I think it suits me!

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    StefanieYoungBrown
    August 10, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I’m so thankful we’ve been able to connect! You were one of the first bloggers I followed when I began blogging. Your heart and your space welcome all of us to join and connect with you. Thank you for that!

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      Barbie
      August 10, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Stefanie, I would have thought you would have been blogging longer than me. What a privilege to have you in my space. Thankful for you my friend.

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    Peggy Hostetler
    August 10, 2012 at 4:27 am

    What you shared is so true…thank you!

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      Barbie
      August 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Thank you for visiting today Peggy!

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    Joan
    August 10, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Hi Barbie – I’m thankful that we have connected via the internet. Although I don’t always comment, your blog is a blessing to me.

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      Barbie
      August 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Thank you Joan! No pressure to ever comment. I like seeing you around Facebook as well.

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    Rosann
    August 10, 2012 at 4:46 am

    I’m so thankful to connect with you almost daily now. You are a gift and blessing from God, dear friend. I love when your posts hop into my email inbox every day. Thank you for always encouraging and inspiring me! 🙂

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    Dawn St Amand Paoletta
    August 10, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Barbie, you make my heart smile. Yes, to all that you wrote! Hugs and Happy Doodling!

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      Barbie
      August 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Oh Dawn, I have fallen so behind in my doodling. I’ve been reading but the creativity is not flowing. I know God calls me to just write it, draw it paint it, color it, but it’s been touch. Hoping for breakthrough soon!

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        Dawn St Amand Paoletta
        August 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

        My friend, remember grace and rest in Him! Don’t put pressure on yourself. Just go with the flow at the time. SOmetimes it’s doodle, sometimes words, sometimes housework…lol! Hugs!

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    Debbie
    August 10, 2012 at 6:09 am

    I so agree with you Barbie. And I have to say I love connecting with you and getting to meet you in person!

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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      Barbie
      August 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Debbie, meeting you was definitely a high light in my blogging journey.

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    charis
    August 10, 2012 at 8:29 am

    barbie, i like the way you put it. it is pretty cool to see God connect harts through writing and to be encouraged in my faith by other women, many whom i have never met.

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      Barbie
      August 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

      These women have become some of my dearest friends. Have a wonderful weekend. Praying it cools down!

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    Denise Oldham
    August 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

    This made me smile, thanks.

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      Barbie
      August 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

      You’re welcome Denise. Have a blessed weekend.

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    soulstops
    August 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Grateful to have connected with you, Barbie 🙂

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      Barbie
      August 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Thank you Dolly. I fell the same about you!

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    Barbie
    August 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Thank you Rosann. So thankful He led me to your blog. You have been a tremendous encouragement in my life as well. Have a beautiful weekend.

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    Diana Denis
    August 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Always so wise Barbie. And, btw, I love the new look around here and on Facebook. It’s very fresh…just the way I like my cup ‘o joe 🙂

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      Barbie
      August 11, 2012 at 8:42 am

      So glad you like my new home Diana!

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    Lindy Kaden
    August 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Always a season. I love the green on your new design. So pretty!

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      Barbie
      August 11, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Lindy!

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    Sherrey Meyer
    August 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Love your new design — so fresh! Also love this post about “connect.” 🙂

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      Barbie
      August 11, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Thank you Sherrey!

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    Elizabeth@Transitional-Woman
    August 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I think God created us all with a desire to connect with others. He made Eve for Adam. He had 12 disciples. He gave David his loyal friend Jonathan. We are made to be His hands and feet and heart on earth. As we connect with others, we have the opportunity to share God’s love with them.

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      Barbie
      August 11, 2012 at 8:41 am

      So true Elizabeth. Thank you for stopping by!

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    Jennifer Dawn McLucas
    August 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Oh Barbie, your prayer is being answered. God most definitely uses your words here to bring healing, encouragement, and life. More than you could possibly know. Have a great weekend!

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      Barbie
      August 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Thank you so much Jennifer. That truly is the prayer of my heart.

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    Caroline @UnderGod'sMightyHand
    August 11, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I’m thankful for these connections online, too! Many have inspired, encouraged, and challenged growth.

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      Barbie
      August 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Caroline!

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    BethFerrell
    August 12, 2012 at 4:35 am

    I agree my friend. I am so thankful for the connections I have made here. God definitely uses the Internet for His purposes too.

    Love you!

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    Traci Veek
    August 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I just felt my heart beat in your words. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by my place and leaving a sweet, encouraging comment. I’m so glad we ‘connected’! May the Lord be glorified in us!

    Blessings,
    ~traci
    xoxo

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