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Five Minute Friday: Encouragement

Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and a beautiful community of writers 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. This is where I get to write, letting it all go, allowing the words tucked away deep inside my heart to find their voice.


Encourage one another2


It comes in the form of a hug, a nod, a smile, a hand held, a gentle kiss.
It comes wrapped up as chocolate and in the warmth of a cup of coffee.
It comes in the mail in the form of cards and little gifts and surprises.
It comes in the laying on of hands and in prayer, and with arms outstretched in worship.
It comes via text message and voice mail, just because “I was thinking about you”.
It comes through the washing by the water of the Word of life.
It comes from the pages of books read, so many notable quotes.
It comes in the form of words not on a page, but on a screen, that reach out and touch me in deep places.
It comes through women I am blessed to know both in real life and in a beautiful community of on line word weavers.

Encouragement.  It comes in so many forms.  I am thankful for the many ways God uses those in my life to encourage my heart.  I pray that He will use me to encourage the hearts of others.

What has God used to bring encouragement to your heart lately?

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32 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Encouragement”

  1. Whitney @RambleSAHM says:

    I love this. It also comes from blog post like this. I love laying on hand and praying over each other. Together we can do so many great things.

    1. Barbie says:

      AMEN Whitney! Thanks for visiting.

  2. Patty says:

    You are an encouragement!
    I loved your thought pictures as I imagined and remembered so many sweet encouragements in my own life.
    Chocolate encouragement – now that gets an Amen! And coffee encouragement, ahh, yes.
    So grateful to be in a word-weaver community with you and to find you on FMF as well.
    Patty recently posted..He Calls Me Beloved

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Patty! I have been encouraged by so many word-weavers in this on line community! Praying you have a blessed weekend.

  3. Beth @ My Destiny says:

    You are a beautiful encourager Ms. Word Weaver! God has been encouraging me to step out of the boat lately by seeing others do it too.

    I am grateful for the encouragers in my life!

    Much love!
    Beth @ My Destiny recently posted..Encouragement

    1. Barbie says:

      Step out of that boat girl! You have a lot to offer! Blessings!

  4. Joan says:

    Beautiful, Barbie! I find encouragement in the community of Christian bloggers I have met and how God uses them to share His word and His love!

    Blessings, Joan
    Joan recently posted..That First Step

    1. Barbie says:

      Joan, you have been such an encouragement to me since I started this journey. Have a lovely weekend.

  5. patricia storbeck says:

    Hi Barbie, visiting from FmF. Your list is wonderful and after posting this comment I am going to sent a few sms’s to my amazing friends that encourages me and are there for me.
    I’m sending some sunshine and warmth your way from sunny South Africa.
    patricia storbeck recently posted..“Bories”, Chestnuts, Encouragement and Success

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for stopping by Patricia. Praying you have a blessed weekend.

    1. Barbie says:

      Love you girl! Have a blessed weekend.

  6. Sherrey Meyer says:

    Lovely list of encouragements, Barbie! I never thought exactly about how they come to me, but this is a good representation. You are an encourager! So glad to always see your smiling face at Lisa-Jo’s on Friday.
    Sherrey Meyer recently posted..Encouragement | Five Minute Friday

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for stopping over Sherrey. I enjoyed your post!

  7. Mia says:

    Dear Barbie
    As I was reading your words, I realized that all these ways of encouragement are born in the heart of the great Encourager!
    Blessings xx
    Mia recently posted..When Clowns Cry

    1. Barbie says:

      AMEN! Thank you sweat Mia!

  8. Dorothy says:

    Thanks for commenting on my post. It is very encouraging. Your writing is beautiful and your blog is beautiful, too. Thank you for sharing your art with us all.

    1. Barbie says:

      So thankful to be encouraging! Glad to have met you via the FMF!

    1. Barbie says:

      Elise, forgive me for not properly saying “thank you”. I am LOVING my gifts, so very much!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for reading my friend!

  9. Jacqui says:

    Oh, yes, Barbie! Encouragement comes in so many forms and really, it’s so easy to give. Love the list! Makes me realize how so many simple things can bring such bright hope. Thanks for always being that to me! Hope you have a lovely weekend, friend!
    Jacqui recently posted..Comment on Encouragement to a Mother’s Fear by Jacqui

    1. Barbie says:

      Hugs to you Jacqui! Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks Jenilee! Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Barbie says:

      Hugs to you Natasha!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Debbie! I am grateful for friends like you!

  10. Missy says:

    From the ultimate encouraging heart, yours! I love this so much Barbie – because it speaks to the beauty God knit you together with. And we are blessed by it.
    Missy recently posted..What Do You Crave? An Invitation

    1. Barbie says:

      I love you Missy! Thank you!

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