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Crave {Five Minute Friday}

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I am SO excited to be joining the Five Minute Friday community once again. It’s been a little over a year and I have missed this community so much. I am back and hoping that I will be able to keep up with the madness. If you’ve never participated in a Five Minute Friday post, I would encourage you to do so. There is something beautiful about just letting yourself go and writing whatever comes to your mind in just 5 minutes.

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Setting the timer now, for just five minutes.

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There are so many things that I crave in life.

To be loved.

To be known.

To make a difference.

I know that these are things I’m not supposed to worry about. The Lord loves me, knows me and put me here on this earth to make a difference in all the lives that I touch.

But I can’t help the yearnings of my heart. Some days I want to be scooped up in His arms, held tightly and whispered words of love and affirmation. I want to be told that my life matters, that the people He’s put around me are better because of me.

I don’t always feel loved. I often feel overlooked and most days I’m not sure anything that I do really makes a difference. My heart goes searching for more — more love, more ways to make myself known, more ways to make a difference.

Yet in my restlessness, I can hear Him speak to my heart,

“Come, my child. Cease from your striving. Lay aside your cravings and know that you are loved, you are known and you make a difference.”

I must trust Him. I know His words are true. In and of myself I can do nothing. There is no thing, no one, nor any notoriety that can satisfy my cravings.

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I know now that above all else — above love, wanting to be known and wanting to make a difference — all that I really need is Jesus.

Come, Lord Jesus. You are the One that I want. You are the One that I crave. Come and fill the ache in my heart.

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Tara
    December 1, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    So glad to see you here, friend! I think we all feel this way at one time or another. Beautiful! I’m right ahead of you at FMF this week.

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      Barbie
      December 2, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you Tara. I look forward to reading your post. So glad to be back!

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    Lizzy
    December 1, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Oh it does make a difference. I’ve been thinking today of something God told me about another Mum who impacted me deeply when I was in a season of real loneliness after having my first baby. He said “She didn’t impact your life because she was on a stage, but because she stooped down low and listened and spoke wisdom over coffee.” We all crave to be making a difference I think, and yet we all do in ways we sometimes don’t even know.
    Glad your back, sharing words of wisdom with the world. FMF neighbour no 7

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      Barbie
      December 2, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Lizzy. Have a blessed weekend.

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser
    December 1, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    YAY! You’re back! I have MISSED your spirit and your wisdom, Barbie!

    And you hit it out of the park with this one…truly, He is the answer to all our cravings, and He transfigures the baser ones to make them – and us – worthy of Him.

    #1 t FMF this week.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2016/12/your-dying-spouse-240-and-god-is-still.html

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      Barbie
      December 2, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Oh Andrew, how I’ve missed you too! I keep meaning to stop by your blog. Glad to be back writing for FMF so that I can find you more easily. I think of you often and hope you are doing well.

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    Joanne Viola
    December 2, 2016 at 5:02 am

    Loved reading your words, Barbie, as they so express the craving of my own heart. We so need to be reminded, don’t we? And I am grateful the wait of Advent brings my wandering heart back every year. Blessings to you and yours!

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      Barbie
      December 2, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you Joanne!

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    Patricia
    December 2, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I feel like I could read this every day for a month and still get something new from it. Thank you for your honesty and for speaking your truth that so many – including myself – share.
    Peace.
    Patricia (FMF #37)

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      Barbie
      December 2, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks so much Patricia. Looking forward to visiting your blog.

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    June
    December 2, 2016 at 11:23 am

    So thankful to see the spark of your sweet light again, Barbie!

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      Barbie
      December 2, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Oh June, you make me smile. Thank you for the warm welcome!

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    Lesley
    December 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Lovely to see you at FMF, Barbie! And I love your post- I relate so much to the craving to feel loved and noticed and that I can make a difference. It’s so important to learn to look to God to satisfy those cravings instead of turning elsewhere.

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      Barbie
      December 2, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      So true Lesley. Thank you for stopping by!

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    Mollie Hardman
    December 2, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Beautiful post, Barbie! I love this line: I know now that above all else — above love, wanting to be known and wanting to make a difference — all that I really need is Jesus.
    So glad you’re back with us!

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      Barbie
      December 2, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Mollie, I’ve missed you so. So glad to be back. It’s been too long.

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    Mary Hood
    December 2, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Barbie, beautiful words. He loves to fill every void. #61.

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    Stephanie Thompson
    December 2, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    “There is no thing, no one, nor any notoriety that can satisfy my cravings.” Such a good reminder. As you mentioned, we do so much and don’t often get an immediate validation. But truthfully, our ultimate identity is in Jesus who craves us more than we can grasp.

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    Diana
    December 3, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Hi, Barbie! I’m here! I’m here! (Gee, where am I getting those words? Hmmm. LOL!)

    I understand the need for being loved (especially by God) and wanting to make a difference in people’s lives. I thought I was really close to Him… I mean REALLY close… but in the 3 years since my oldest son died, I have learned sooooo many things about myself and the Lord. And how much He has really filled my heart with new understandings. I will have to blog about that.

    Speaking of blogging – haha oh boy – I’m going to give you a different blog URL to visit for my new address because wordpress is problematic. Ugh. Please come visit me over at http://intheheartofkansas.blogspot.com and bookmark that as the correct page! So sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you, friend!

    And by the way… I’m one person for whom you’ve made a difference. Your gentle Christian heart and spirit resonate in every word you type. You are a blessing for those who visit you on the internet.

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      Barbie
      December 3, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Diana! I am so glad that you stopped by. I’ve book marked your new blog. Thank you for your encouragement. That is my one goal with this blog…to be a blessing to all those who visit. Hugs!

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    Gayl
    December 4, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Barbie, this is beautiful! I’m so glad you are back with Five Minute Friday! Yay! Be sure that your words do make a difference and are very much needed.

    Blessings to you and lots of love! xo

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