2013 Year In Review


Happy New Year!

I thought it would be fun to put together a little year in review of some of my favorite posts on the blog.  Hopefully they are some of your favorites too.  If you haven’t had a chance to read them yet, I’d love for you to click the links and leave a note in the comments.

In January, I shared my One Word for 2013, which was really more like three words.  My word “simply” was wrapped up in learning how to love, give and live simply.  I shared a prayer at The Weekend Brew as we started the new year, and reminded us in five minutes of a God who promises to do it again.

February brought me intersecting paths of trust and disappointment, left me feeling weak and vulnerable, and wrestling in my brokenness.  Wow, what a month that was! But God brought me through it.

March brought me the courage to dream.  We worked on our breathing and The Weekend Brew reminded us all that we are chosen.

In April, I felt stuck, but kept writing. I cried “here I am Lord“, and He heard me as I was left feeling perfectly loved in community.

May brought me more courage to dream.  In Five Minutes I shared a breathtaking view (God’s view of you), and left you with a call to come away.

In June I celebrated surviving my first year of homeschooling (while working full time!).  We learned together to lean into the rhythm of His grace. But I was left somewhere in-between.  Yet still, God brought me through.

July brought much smiles as I was reminded that I am beautiful!  You are too!  We talked about being present (something I will work on this year), and I shared my desire to belong.

August brought a sense of loneliness, and feeling small, but a reminder that even so, I am never alone!

In September, I was washed by Crimson Red. We talked about His mercy, especially on those days when you feel like you wanted to give up.  But we were holding on, weren’t we?

October was all about art & Inspiration!  If you haven’t had a chance to visit my October posts, I would love your thoughts in the comments there.

November began with a reminder of how the truth sets us free.  It also brought the need for rest and a feeling of needing to be restored and revived in His presence.  I ended the month with lots of coffee and Jesus!

December was all about celebrating the simple joys.  I shared some of the simply joys that my family takes part in at Christmas time.  I shared about the joy of letting go (can I get an AMEN?) and ended the month with a reminder of the simple joy of being loved.

I pray you have been blessed in this space this year.  My heart’s desire is to continue to encourage you as I share my own journey, bringing you glimpses of His love and sprinkles of His grace along the way.

Happy New Year my friends!  Thank you for following along in my journey. I am so grateful for each one of you!


Seeking beauty in the ordinary and embracing life to the fullest. Thank you for stopping by and come again soon!

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16 Responses

  1. Alecia says:

    What a full year full of ups and downs, but the constant I see is that you held onto God through it all and He saw you through 🙂 Wishing you many blessing as you head into 2014!! I hope it’s your best year yet 🙂
    Alecia recently posted..One Word-Believe

    • Barbie says:

      Thank you Alecia! He truly was my rock through it all. Looking forward to embracing all that He brings to me this year.

  2. What a beautiful year! Oh how I hope we get to meet in person this year. You bless me!
    Positively Alene recently posted..dear 2013 . . .

  3. I think your year-end review is beautiful – how you tie it all together. Wishing you much blessing in the new year. Thank you for blessing me with such encouragement through your posts this year!
    bluecottonmemory recently posted..Living New in the Same Old

  4. child of God says:

    Happy New Year Barbie! What a wonderful review of 2013. Here’s to a wonderful, God filled 2014.

    child of God recently posted..Welcome 2014!

  5. Joan says:

    What a great idea to post a “year in review”! Now I need to grab a cup of coffee and jump into all your past posts!! 🙂 For me, I have mixed emotions about 2013 as there were some ups and major downs. However, God in His sovereignty always got me through! I know that He has been preparing me for whatever is coming next and I soooo welcome His hand on my life! I have been so blessed in so many ways! And…thank you for your encouraging posts and comments, Barbie! I am so thankful for the many friends that God has introduced me to through blogging!!

    Love, Joan
    Joan recently posted..These Next Steps

  6. Diane Chase says:

    What really stood out to me, Barbie, was your artwork. Those pieces really touched my heart, had a way of bringing life to the scriptures that accompanied them. Thanks for the many ways you inspire us!

  7. Amanda says:

    So glad I found this site several months ago! It has been a huge blessing to me, and I can’t wait to see what God has planned for 2014! Many Blessing 🙂
    Amanda recently posted..Setting Goals

  8. Beth says:

    My little test comment! I did read this post but apparently never left some comment love! 🙂
    Beth recently posted..Friday Randomness

  9. WOW. Never thought to look back on my posts to see what God is doing. thanks for the share. You are a blessing.
    Chris Malkemes recently posted..Can You Take Pleasure in The Treasure of God’s Will?

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