Five Minute Friday: Truth

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.


Freedom concept. Escaping from the cage

He comes and speaks truth to my heart, words of love and affirmation yet I cringe when I hear them.

You are loved.
You are cherished.
You are chosen.
You are desired.
You are free.

Why is it so hard to believe the truth that He speaks to my heart?  I’ve walked this road for too long, yet I feel comfortable here, on this familiar path of less than and not enough.  Yet I yearn to stray from this path, to run after Him, falling into the freedom that He has to offer to me.

What hurt and pain has caused me to turn and retreat when He whispers words of love?  My eyes well up with tears.  I want to look deep into His eyes, to fix my gaze, to see His eyes of love that burn for me.  For it is truth, this I know in my head, yet it has yet to fully penetrate my heart.  So I turn away, ashamed of my unbelief.

I cry out for Him to come, to pick me up and hold me close.  I must experience Him again.  For only through experiential love will I fully come to understand this truth that will one day set me completely free.

..and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.  (John 8:32)

I believe, Lord, help my unbelief!

Five Minute Friday


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48 Responses

  1. Tam says:

    I’m your FMF neighbour. I love the quote that you use and I believe that it has a universal truth. Thank you for sharing
    Tam recently posted..Truth: There Are Many Things I Never Talk About

  2. Joanne Viola says:

    Barbie –
    What a beautiful post. I love the photo! His truth truly does free us, letting us out of our cages. What a powerful sentence on “experiential love” you have written. It brought to mind that His experiential love is written (in Scripture) always in the “present active” verb tense. It is meant to be continually & actively applied and experienced. We need to experience it today and today and today….each & every day. Love that you reminded me of this truth today!
    Blessings on your Friday,
    PS – Your new site is beautiful! Simple, clean, uncluttered.
    Joanne Viola recently posted..The True One

    • Barbie says:

      Joanne, that is so true about experiencing His love each and every day. I am thankful that I get to experience Him daily. Glad you like the new site!

  3. Debbie says:

    The truth will set you free! Those words are such truth Barbie. May you come to the point of truly feeling what you know to be true in your heart. You are dearly loved by your Savior! And you are a blessing to me in so many ways.

    Blessings and love,

    PS. I love your new design
    Debbie recently posted..Give Thanks

  4. Kris Camealy says:

    I also thought of that verse, clinging to the freedom His truth brings, even when my faulty heart says otherwise. His truth stands, and it is there we can rest. Praying you’d KNOW the truths about you, Barbie. He LOVES you. You are His.
    Kris Camealy recently posted..Truth

    • Barbie says:

      Thanks Kris! Isn’t it ironic that my first ebook centers much on identity, who I am in Christ? It’s so much like Jesus though, to give me something that I haven’t yet arrived to yet to share with others.

  5. Jen Ferguson says:

    You and I, we seem to be getting the same message this morning. I am praying for deeply rooted truth to settle into both of us, that it would find a permanent home in our hearts.

  6. Joan says:

    I think sometimes we have trouble accepting the truth that God loves us and has set us free because we don’t always like what we see when we look at ourselves. But, we need to learn to see us as the new creations that we are! Yes, Lord, increase my faith!

    Blessings, Joan
    Joan recently posted..Going Deeper

    • Barbie says:

      I so agree! I have to laugh because the ebook I have written centers around helping you to walk in your identity, who you are in Christ. So like Him to give me something for others that is still be worked out in myself.

  7. Jessica says:

    Beautiful post Barbie! thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. and yes we have all walked this road too many times where we believe the lies because sometimes its easier to believe the lies than the truths. but the truth always wins and never fails.
    Jessica recently posted..30 days of Thankfulness: Friends

  8. Charlie says:

    Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing today.
    Charlie recently posted..FMF: Truth

  9. Barbie,
    Thanks for this honest reflection of something so many of us go through as we reach for Him. Your unbelief is not shameful. He knows it will be there and He is ready to unearth what is hindering you. That process comes when you and He are both ready and it goes on and on for our whole earthly life. We are constantly bumping up against residue of doubts and fears in our own hearts — I know I am! And with love from Him and other Christians we can be courageous to go into the pain that lies behind the doubt. I’m about to post on “Fear Not” this weekend. If you want, come check it out. I truly appreciate you posting such a vulnerable and truth-filled post. ~ Patty (FMF)
    Patty @ Hearts Homeward recently posted..Truth

    • Barbie says:

      Thank you Patty for your kinds words and encouragement. I will certainly check out your post on “fear not”. Blessings!

  10. Katey says:

    Beautiful post. The truth WILL set you free!
    Katey recently posted..True

  11. Sue says:

    How well you speak the truth. Is it something in our DNA as women that makes us doubt His love for us?
    And His truth that we are loved, chosen, cherished, desired? It’s like trying to line up the constellations and make new ones… to get those in place at once and experience the FREE…
    Thanks for your words..
    Stopped in from FMF
    Sue recently posted..Five Minute Friday ~ Truth

    • Barbie says:

      Thank you so much Sue for stopping by to encourage my heart. Ironically, I have an ebook coming out very soon that will enable others to walk in freedom in who they are in Christ. Isn’t it like God to call me to write something that I am still struggling with?

  12. Barbie,
    Praying along with you…and I also want to encourage you, He will come…praying God will remove whatever hinders you and me from fully receiving the truth of His love for us…praying the truth of how He sees you will penetrate even deeper into your soul…hugs to you, my friend 🙂
    Dolly@Soulstops recently posted..Five Minute Fridays: Truth

  13. Becky says:

    Your truth shines through in this post! You are not alone on this road. I feel like I am digging to find a detour to His road.

  14. Sweet Barbie, you are a blessing- and oh how I have asked Him to help me with my unbelief! Because when I least expect it, there comes some situation that reveals it is there…He is not surprised, nor does He love us less…and I know you know that but may the truth of that reality take hold of your heart today. Praise Him that we can pour out words and come alongside one another in this journey! Hugs. THanks for your faithful, friendship. 😉
    Dawn St Amand Paoletta recently posted..Whatsoever Things Are True…(5 Minute Friday-True/Truth)

    • Barbie says:

      I’ve been thinking of you and praying for you my friend. Oh that He would wrap us up tightly in His love and whisper it to our hearts again and again.

  15. I’m not your FMF neighbor this week, but dropped in to see what you’ve been up to and saw that we had used the same Scripture today to write on truth. Sowing Seeds isn’t extremely active right now, but I’m digging my way back in. Your new design looks so fresh and crisp! I like it.
    Sherrey Meyer recently posted..Truth | Five Minute Friday

  16. Julie says:

    I love this. Thanks for the encouragement about truth.

  17. Amy P Boyd says:

    I, too have spent so much of my life comfortable on the path of not enough but slowly His truth is teaching me a new way. Thanks for sharing your heart so clearly

  18. kaseyparr99 says:

    Barbie, The truth will set us free–beautiful verse. Thanks for sharing your heart. I really like your new website–so pretty. Blessings, Kasey

  19. Olivia Brant says:

    What a great, honest post, Barbie! I think sometimes it is hard for me to believe that I am loved, cherished, chosen and desired because I know how messy I am! I am so often frustrated with myself that I think God must be frustrated with me too. I forget that I don’t have to prove myself to Him and behave perfectly lest He change his mind about me. Yet, how free I feel when I choose to believe what He says about me rather than the lies I so often choose to believe.

    • Barbie says:

      So true Olivia! I have a book coming out soon that I am sure I will need to read, over and over again, that deals with all of these issues. Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed weekend.

  20. Mia says:

    Dear Barbie
    I have read about a woman not much unlike us all. When told she needs to put boundaries in her life and thought processes, she said that the familiar streets of hell, seemed preferable than doing that!
    Blessings XX
    Mia recently posted..The Kiss Of Truth

  21. Dana Butler says:

    YES. Experiential Love. May your heart be bathed in it more and more. Barbie, your heart is such a breath of fresh air.
    Dana Butler recently posted..On Sirens and Lights and My Current Reality {FMF}

  22. emily thomas says:

    SO good! Why is it that something inside cringes when we hear how much God loves us? I feel like He must not have all the information. That is completely wrong though! Thank you for your beautiful words.

  23. Oh the peace that comes when we embrace this truth! Praying that you embrace it fully!
    Laurie’s Notions (@lauriervb) recently posted..Truth

  24. Aileen says:

    The truth is always liberating. There are truths that we are afraid of, and some truths that we look forward to discovering. But good or grim, knowing the truth is always better than not knowing at all. And seeing God’s truth in the circumstances of our life brings out a new perspective and a clearer understanding.
    Aileen recently posted..{Five Minute Friday}: Truth

  25. Lisa says:

    Oh the distance between the head and the heart! You said it well. You also give me more food for thought about what I posted for FMF. Pharisees=head, Jesus=heart! Thanks.
    Lisa recently posted..The Ultimate Truth

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