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Five Minute Friday: Story

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.

Story

I often wonder what kind of story is being weaved together through the tapestry of my life. My beginning is of a girl who did not know true love, until she was taken by surprise by the greatest lover of all time.  Alone, my story is meaningless.  But linked up with His story, mine is powerful.

The story of my birth, hardship, loss, depression, learning to trust, longing to be known, it all gets weaved together into the greatest story book of all time.  Will anyone ever want to read my story?  It doesn’t matter.  What truly matters is that I have a story, and together with His story, I will shout it from the roof tops, in the hopes that through the telling there may come life, healing, encouragement, breakthrough, and joy.

As my life unfolds, many pages have yet to be written.  Every word I say, every move I make, recorded in the book.  My story is unfinished, but I know the One who holds the last page.

*This took me about 10 minutes to write, no kidding. I am so tired, I kept falling asleep at the keyboard.  I don’t even know if it makes any sense.  Now, off to dream with God!

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55 Comments

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    Janel
    August 2, 2013 at 1:04 am

    I’m one of your ‘sisters’ from the FMF today…and thought I’d pop on over.
    so much to love in this…especially “Alone, my story is meaningless. But linked up with His story, mine is powerful.” So easy to forget this truth my friend…I need to CLING to it and to Him. Thank you for sharing. May you continue to shout the difference he has made in your life from the rooftops. He has such beautiful things written in that book for your shaping and encouragement!

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you so much Janel for stopping by and for your encouragement!

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    Lizzy
    August 2, 2013 at 2:26 am

    It makes so much sense!!! Particularly love this line “Alone, my story is meaningless. But linked up with His story, mine is powerful.” Blessings.
    Lizzy recently posted..A Little Piece of Story

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Lizzy. Have a blessed weekend.

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    j.jaclyn
    August 2, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Love that Christ truly and completely justifies us. Happy Friday! 🙂

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you J.jaclyn!

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    Kris
    August 2, 2013 at 3:28 am

    He makes our stories matter. His fingerprints on our lives…the mark of our maker is on us, and in us and woven throughout our stories. His stories through us… Blessings, my friend.
    Kris recently posted..Story

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Kris, your words are a breath of fresh air to my spirit. I was excited to see your beautiful face here!

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    Kim Adams Morgan
    August 2, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Agree with the ladies. Alone, and without Him our stories don’t have much of an impact; but together and with God in our life we are able to accomplish so much for so many people. Be blessed, Kim
    Kim Adams Morgan recently posted..Grace for these types of moments

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks Kim! I appreciate your visit!

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    Linda@Creekside
    August 2, 2013 at 4:12 am

    ‘taken by surprise by the greatest lover of all time.’

    Oh, you have a story, Barbie. And it begs to be told! Keep writing, keep sharing, keep telling what He is doing!
    Linda@Creekside recently posted..Storytime

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks for your encouragement Linda!

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    Dawn St Amand Paoletta
    August 2, 2013 at 5:04 am

    I would so read your story! I love reading the snippets you share along the journey…HUGS!
    Dawn St Amand Paoletta recently posted..Random Journal Day Link Up- August 2013

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Awe, thank you Dawn! Perhaps I’ll write my story, my real, ugly, amazingly redemptive story one day!

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    Rosann
    August 2, 2013 at 5:16 am

    You write very well in your sleep, friend. 🙂 Made total sense to me!

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks friend. I should consider sleep writing more often.

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    Amy Tilson
    August 2, 2013 at 6:36 am

    What a Master Weaver He is!! This makes total sense because it is pure, simple truth. What a precious thought to go dream with God at the end of each day. You are an excellent sleep-writer. Well done, 🙂
    Amy Tilson recently posted..Story – Five Minute Friday

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you Amy! I appreciate you!

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    Debbie
    August 2, 2013 at 6:47 am

    The best part is that we do know the One who holds the last page. So in the midst of challenges in this life we can look forward as we keep an eternal perspective. Love this Barbie.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie
    Debbie recently posted..Five Minute Friday: Story

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Happy weekend to you Debbie!

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    Tina
    August 2, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Beautiful! I am slowly learning the power of my own story. Not there yet, but learning. Thank you for sharing!
    Tina recently posted..Five Minute Friday: Story

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Me too Tina! Your post was beautiful. Blessings!

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    Adoption Mama
    August 2, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Praise God the story is not over.
    Adoption Mama recently posted..Faith To Sight

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      AMEN!

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    Vicki
    August 2, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Thank you for your encouragement. I am discovering so many new folks via FMF and am so blessed by the way the Lord is using so many to spread His love.

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Thank you Vicki!

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    ~Karrilee~
    August 2, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I love this Barbie! It makes complete sense – and is so full of truth and hope! What’s not to love here?
    ~Karrilee~ recently posted..Five Minute Friday – STORY

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Love you my friend!

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    Lisa @ four simply living
    August 2, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I’m back, and oooohhh how I’ve missed your words! Even in a sleep stupor they are so beautiful. Just like you!
    Lisa @ four simply living recently posted..Comment on Life Through the Lens… July review and Back to School by Barbie

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Ahhh, friend, I think about you often. Wish I could sit across from you at a table, sipping tea (as I am off coffee now, imagine that) and sharing our hearts. One day!

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    Jennifer peterson
    August 2, 2013 at 10:20 am

    It makes sense and it is beautiful !!

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you Jennifer!

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    Lisa notes
    August 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    “My story is unfinished, but I know the One who holds the last page.”
    Yes and amen.
    Hope you were able to get some rest today.

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you Lisa. Unfortunately Friday was a work day for me, and I hosted our prayer room with my son until midnight. Today was back to school shopping. Tomorrow, ahhh, rest, after I help a friend unpack! Yikes!

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    Elizabeth
    August 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    You already know your story will have a happy ending, that is one of God’s promises for believers – eternal life.
    Hope you got some sleep.

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      AMEN! Beautiful reminder!

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    Carrie
    August 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    You poor thing – I pray you get some rest this weekend! I’m glad you wrote the post though – we all have a wonderfully unique story to tell. Blessings!
    Carrie recently posted..How Wondrous Is His Creation!

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      Thank you Carrie!

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    Jamie Wright Bagley
    August 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Lovely thoughts. That’s one of the things I love most about telling our stories. It brings so much healing. Not only to us but to others on similar journeys. God makes it all into a masterful tapestry of significance. Thank you for sharing.
    Jamie Wright Bagley recently posted..Five Minute Friday: Story

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    Vanessa
    August 2, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    This is beautiful!

    I also loved your line: “Alone, my story is meaningless. But linked up with His story, mine is powerful.” – I will definitely be sharing that with my followers.

    Thanks you so much for the lovely comment you left on my post. I look forward to reading more on your blog!
    Vanessa recently posted..Five Minute Friday: Story

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    Michelle Anderson
    August 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I think this makes perfect sense. I wouldn’t have guessed the falling asleep bit at all. Happy FMF!
    Michelle Anderson recently posted..Five Minute Friday: Story

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks Michelle!

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    Julie
    August 2, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing — beautiful picture of love and grace.

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Julie!

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    Rachael
    August 2, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I love reading the pages of your story! Keep sharing… Love, Rachael
    Rachael recently posted..James 1:6

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you Rachael!

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    Rebecca
    August 3, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Sometimes I forget this too. Love the perspective. And don’t worry…it made sense! thanks for stopping by my blog!

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      So thankful that even in my sleepy state, my words make sense. Happy weekend.

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    Cheri
    August 3, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Beautiful FMF post, Barbie. Thank you for the encouragement. We must be on the same wavelength because I talked about weaving our tapestry as well 🙂
    Cheri recently posted..Story {Five Minute Friday}

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Looking forward to reading your post Cheri!

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    Debi @ DebiStangeland.com
    August 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

    And I am sooooo glad that you have a story, a life, a purpose. You are amazing and I feel blessed to be able to “read” your story a little each week. Thank you for sharing.
    Debi @ DebiStangeland.com recently posted..Five Minute Friday: STORY

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Thank you Debi. You encourage my heart!

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    Amy P Boyd
    August 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Beautiful post, Barbie. Your words make such perfect sense. I love this line “Alone, my story is meaningless. But linked up with His story, mine is powerful.” All of our stories really are meaningless without Him.
    Amy P Boyd recently posted..I Love to Tell the Story {Five Minute Friday}

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    Holly Barrett
    August 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    How wonderful to know the one who will write the final page…especially when our story has it’s ups and downs!! Thanks, Barbie!
    Holly Barrett recently posted..Top 10 Tuesday v.8.6

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    Jacqui
    August 6, 2013 at 8:16 am

    It does make sense, as others have already said, and I love it. Our stories do matter, and in heaven, everyone will want to hear them, because we’ll see all of God’s meaning. Anyway, I love your heart, Barbie and I love hearing your story!
    Jacqui recently posted..Comment on Considering the Day of Small Things by Jacqui

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