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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.

Encouragement

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Encouragement.

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 Comments

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    Whitney @RambleSAHM
    January 16, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    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.

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      Barbie
      January 17, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      AMEN Whitney! Thanks for visiting.

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    Patty
    January 16, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Barbie,
    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

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      Barbie
      January 17, 2014 at 10:54 pm

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

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    Beth @ My Destiny
    January 17, 2014 at 3:08 am

    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
    Beth @ My Destiny recently posted..Encouragement

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      Barbie
      January 17, 2014 at 10:55 pm

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

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    Joan
    January 17, 2014 at 5:44 am

    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

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      Barbie
      January 17, 2014 at 10:56 pm

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

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    patricia storbeck
    January 17, 2014 at 7:28 am

    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.
    Hugs,
    Patricia
    patricia storbeck recently posted..“Bories”, Chestnuts, Encouragement and Success

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      Barbie
      January 17, 2014 at 10:59 pm

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

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    ~Karrilee~
    January 17, 2014 at 8:52 am

    LOVE this Barbie… and I can only add a hearty heart-filled Amen!
    ~Karrilee~ recently posted..Encouragement – Five Minute Friday Link Up

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      Barbie
      January 17, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      Love you girl! Have a blessed weekend.

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    Sherrey Meyer
    January 17, 2014 at 9:58 am

    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

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      Barbie
      January 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      Thanks for stopping over Sherrey. I enjoyed your post!

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    Mia
    January 17, 2014 at 11:54 am

    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
    Mia recently posted..When Clowns Cry

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      Barbie
      January 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      AMEN! Thank you sweat Mia!

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    Dorothy
    January 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

    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.

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      Barbie
      January 17, 2014 at 11:19 pm

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

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    Elise Daly Parker
    January 17, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Oh I love this word and reminder of how encouragement shows up. I am encouraged to encourage. Thanks Barbie…Hope you’re enjoying all your Circles of Faith treats!!
    Elise Daly Parker recently posted..Do You Believe Your Dreams Will Come True?

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      Barbie
      January 17, 2014 at 11:20 pm

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

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    Dolly@Soulstops
    January 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Barbie,
    what a lovely picture of all the ways we can encourage and are encouraged…appreciate your beautiful heart 🙂
    Dolly@Soulstops recently posted..Five Minute Fridays: Encouragement

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      Barbie
      January 17, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Thanks for reading my friend!

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    Jacqui
    January 17, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    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

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      Barbie
      January 17, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      Hugs to you Jacqui! Thanks for stopping by.

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    Jenilee
    January 17, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I love how you wrote this all out so beautifully!
    Jenilee recently posted..One More Thing You Should NOT Do in Marriage

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      Barbie
      January 17, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      Thanks Jenilee! Thanks for stopping by.

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    Natasha
    January 17, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Barbie, you are such an encourager and your posts are such an encouragement and blessing to me!!!! Thank you!!! Love you xxx
    Natasha recently posted..FIve Minute Friday – Encouragement

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      Barbie
      January 17, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      Hugs to you Natasha!

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    Debbie
    January 18, 2014 at 6:46 am

    I love all of those forms of encouragement. You my friend are also an encourager!

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

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      Barbie
      January 19, 2014 at 7:59 pm

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

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    Missy
    January 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    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

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      Barbie
      January 19, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      I love you Missy! Thank you!

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