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Where I Find Comfort: {Five Minute Friday}

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.

Comfort

Comfort.  A feeling of contentedness, safety, warmth and security.

There are so many things that bring me comfort:

Hot coffee on a cool day.
Cold coffee on a warm day.
Chocolate, in any way, shape and form.
Warm fires.
Walks in the park.
Fuzzy socks and blankets.
Watching my children sleep.
Watching the sun rise.
Hearing the rain fall.

And although these things, and many more, leave me feeling deeply satisfied, content and comforted, it is only a temporary satisfaction and I am left craving more.

When I long to feel the warmth of his arms around me like when we first met,
I am reminded that in the arms of Jesus is where true comfort is found.

When I long to hear from the friend who has since moved miles away,
I am reminded that the Voice of my Beloved is all that I need to hear.

When I long to be heard, to know that what I have to say matters,
I am reminded that He inclines His ear to me and is attentive to my voice.

When I long to be desired, pursued and romanced,
I am reminded that there is One who pursues me with an everlasting love,
and His desire is for me.

 Comfort is knowing that He’s with me and will never let me go!

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45 Comments

  • Reply
    Debi @ DebiStangeland.com
    May 9, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Ah Barbie: I can always count on you to be the voice of reason, truth and sincerity in a curazee world. You’re the best. Thanks for this great reminder today.
    Debi @ DebiStangeland.com recently posted..Five Minute Friday: COMFORT

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      Barbie
      May 12, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      Debi, you’re so sweet. I’m enjoying getting to know you. Have a blessed week!

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    denise
    May 9, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Amen.
    denise recently posted..Five Minute Friday-Comfort

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    Wendy
    May 10, 2013 at 12:13 am

    What a beautiful reminder you’ve shared here friend. There are so many other things that we look to for comfort when He is there waiting with open arms. I so love your heart on a page. Thanks for sharing. Blessings and much love.
    Wendy recently posted..Five Minute Friday – Love and Comfort

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      Barbie
      May 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      You bless me, my friend. Praying you had a beautiful Mother’s Day!

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    Michelle Anderson
    May 10, 2013 at 2:28 am

    He comforts us so we can comfort others. Happy FMF!
    Michelle Anderson recently posted..comfort

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      Barbie
      May 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      AMEN!

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    Lois @ Live Nourished
    May 10, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Amen! I love these 4 reminders… Thank you for sharing.
    Lois @ Live Nourished recently posted..Five Minute Friday: Comfort

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      Barbie
      May 12, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Lois. Have a beautiful week.

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    Mel
    May 10, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Many of the things you listed bring me comfort, too…in fact, I think you and I would have a great time having coffee (with a side of chocolate), a chat, and watching the rain fall. (That’s one of my very favorite things.) 🙂 But thank you for the reminder of where we really do find our comfort…I forget it sometimes. Blessings, sweet friend! Have a beautiful weekend!
    Mel recently posted..Five-Minute Friday: Comfort

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      Barbie
      May 12, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      Oh that would be wonderful, sitting and sipping coffee with you, listening to the rain fall. Praying you have a beautiful week.

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    Linda Stoll
    May 10, 2013 at 5:19 am

    love your comfort list, Barbie … LOVE it …
    Linda Stoll recently posted..We Arise & Call Them Blessed

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      Barbie
      May 12, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      Thank you Linda. Have a blessed week!

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    AJ Collins
    May 10, 2013 at 6:09 am

    This is beautifully written! This is exactly what comfort should be to all of us!
    AJ Collins recently posted..Comfort – FMF

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      Barbie
      May 12, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      Have a blessed week AJ!

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    Debbie
    May 10, 2013 at 6:22 am

    I loved this Barbie and I could identify. I’m sipping my cup of coffee right now. I considered joining in this morning but instead wrote about nurses and teachers week.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie
    Debbie recently posted..Celebrating Nurses & Teachers

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      Barbie
      May 12, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      I miss you, my friend. I need to catch up on your blog. Have a beautiful week!

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    Mia
    May 10, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Dear Barbie
    Oh, I agree with the coffee comfort. On a hot day there is nothing better than an iced coffee, the sort made with ice cream. I believe that our God is the provider of all these things and people that bring comfort to our souls in this broken world.
    Much love to you
    Mia
    Mia recently posted..The Gift Of Pain

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      Barbie
      May 12, 2013 at 11:57 pm

      He truly is the best comforter I know. Blessings!

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    Positively Alene
    May 10, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Your words continue to always to stir my soul. Beautiful comforts are breath-takingly beautiful, but boy-oh-boy there nothing like the comfort of Jesus. Blessings sweet friend.

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      Barbie
      May 12, 2013 at 11:57 pm

      Amen my friend! Have a blessed week!

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    ~Karrilee~
    May 10, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Girl… you so get me! I love ALL of these things and find (fleeting) comfort in them as well… but oh how I love that when we most need a comfort that lasts, we have direct access to the Comforter Himself and He loves to swoop right in close! Love you sweet friend!
    ~Karrilee~ recently posted..Five Minute Friday – COMFORT

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      Barbie
      May 12, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      Ah, I love the picture I get of Him swooping in to meet us where we need it the most. Have a blessed week Karrilee!

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    Amy P Boyd
    May 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Yes, our real comfort only comes from Him. Thanks for the reminder of where we need to turn as we seek comfort.
    Amy P Boyd recently posted..Comfort To Be A Comfort{Five-Minute Friday}

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      Barbie
      May 12, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      Blessings to you Amy!

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    Nikki
    May 10, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Will you remind me of this again and again?
    He never lets go..He’s all I need.
    yes.

    love you, friend!
    Nikki recently posted..COMFORT {A Mother’s Super Power} ~ Five Minute Friday

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      Barbie
      May 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm

      Nikki! Love seeing your face here. Have a beautiful week!

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    Kelly Greer
    May 10, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I just exhaled really big! Thank you for that Barbie!
    Hugs,
    Kelly
    (stopping by from Lisa Jo’s FMF)

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      Barbie
      May 13, 2013 at 12:00 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by Kelly!

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    Ashley
    May 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    This warmed my heart, beautiful!!!
    Ashley recently posted..Five Minute Friday~ Comfort

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      Barbie
      May 13, 2013 at 12:00 am

      I appreciate your visit Ashley!

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    Susan Heiser
    May 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    This was quite simply beautiful. I could go on and on but I think that first sentence pretty much says it all. This should be published somewhere. Like, in hardcopy print. 🙂
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      Barbie
      May 13, 2013 at 12:01 am

      Thank you Susan. Have a lovely week.

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    bluecottonmemory
    May 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I’m comforted by the call of a cardinal – those iced and hot coffee moments, zinnias in a mason jar – and you are right – that’s only superficial comfort:) However, they become more when I read the love letters in those things from Him to me:) Wishing you a happy Mother’s Day filled with His blessings!
    bluecottonmemory recently posted..Comfortable Enough for Wings

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      Barbie
      May 13, 2013 at 12:03 am

      Praying you had a beautiful Mother’s Day!

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    Rebekah
    May 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Always left craving more because He is the only One who truly satisfies and brings lasting comfort. Yes! My heart agrees!
    Rebekah recently posted..Five Minute Friday: Comfort

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      Barbie
      May 13, 2013 at 12:04 am

      Me too! So thankful that He satisfies. Blessings!

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    Missy
    May 10, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Barbie, this post just wrapped me up and brought a feeling of love and security. Yes! I love being reminded that all of these things are only hints at how much God shows His eternal love for us. Loved, loved these thoughts on comfort from you.
    Missy recently posted..Sole Comfort

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      Barbie
      May 13, 2013 at 12:05 am

      You’re welcome Missy! Praying you have a beautiful week.

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    Alia Joy
    May 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I’m with you on all those comforts. And amen to coffee in any form. 😉
    Alia Joy recently posted..Five Minute Friday: Comfort

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      Barbie
      May 13, 2013 at 12:06 am

      So thankful for Jesus and coffee!

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    Kirsten
    May 11, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Amen! Beautifully written. He is the One that truly brings comfort. Found you at FMF (but also see you blog for Exodus Road and Compassion…I’ve read your blog before…so do I…love it.) Blessings!
    Kirsten recently posted..Comfort and Your Position in Christ…(and the winner is…)

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      Barbie
      May 13, 2013 at 12:07 am

      Thanks for stopping by Kirsten. I just began blogging for both Exodus Road and Compassion. Hopefully will get more regular with it soon. Praying you had a beautiful day!

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    Amy ~ Seasons Change
    May 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    A flood of tears…
    When I long to be heard, to know that what I have to say matters,
    I am reminded that He inclines His ear to me and is attentive to my voice.
    This…this is what I cling to and it’s what God is teaching me. He REALLY does hear me…and he cares… <3
    Amy ~ Seasons Change recently posted..Comfort

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      Barbie
      May 13, 2013 at 12:10 am

      Yes, my friend, you are heard, loud and clear. Have a beautiful week!

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