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Enough // Five Minute Friday

Thrilled to be writing among the beautiful Five Minute Friday community. This is where we write for just five minutes, on a word prompt. We don’t worry about perfection or making it just right, but rather allow the words to flow freely without over thinking. If you’ve never written for the Five Minute Friday, come join us. You will be glad you did!


All my life I’ve been fighting an inner war within myself. It’s a war that leans in to listen to the voice inside my head, loud most days, almost defeaning on others. It’s a voice that I didn’t know I could run from as a child, and even when I did it chased me down and reminded me again and again of my lack.

As a Child of God, I know now that the voice inside my head that causes me to hang my head low and walk with unsure steps is not my friend. But as a young child, not yet knowing the Lord, I mistook this voice for truth. As I grew into adulthood, I began to realize just how much damage those five little words can do to a little girl’s heart.

You are not enough.

I never felt like I had anything to offer to anyone growing up. In my teen years, I wasn’t enough unless I gave freely of what was supposed to be reserved for just one. As an adult, the voice of not enough haunts me as I strive to be the perfect wife, mom, sister and friend.

But the truth is that I am not enough. I am nothing without Christ, and without Him I can do nothing good. There must be a distinction between the voice of not enough that reminds me every day of me lack, my failures, missed opportunities and the voice of Truth that reminds me that,

in my lack, He will meet my every need.

in my failures, He will bring seasons of growth and understanding.

in missed opportunities, He will open doors that no man can shut.

I am not enough. But He is enough for me. Through Him, I can do all things.

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20 Comments

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    Charlie | MississippiMom
    April 6, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Amen, Barbie! The truth that I am not enough has freed this perfectionist to let him be enough for me. Beautiful words, as usual. Thank you! Blessed to be your neighbor at FMF this week!

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      Barbie
      April 8, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Thank you for stopping by Charlie! Have a blessed weekend.

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser
    April 6, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    This is great, Barbie, and I agree completely. I always knew I was not enough, but it didn’t worry me because I figured that what I couldn’t do, God could. Everything was covered, no problem.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2017/04/your-dying-spouse-294-famous-last-words.html

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      Barbie
      April 8, 2017 at 10:19 am

      AMEN Andrew! So true. Looking forward to reading your post.

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    Kirsten West
    April 7, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Wow, that was wonderful! I really did want to find that little girl, though, and give her a hug and tell her she was perfectly enough. I feel like a lot of it was my life too… Beautifully done!

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      Barbie
      April 8, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Thank you Kirsten. So blessed by your visit!

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    SUSAN
    April 7, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Absolute truth. You definitely preached to all of us. We can never be enough – but HE IS. And, He is more than enough!

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      Barbie
      April 8, 2017 at 10:21 am

      I’m so thankful He fills all of my voids and gives me strength to do all He has called me to. Have a beautiful weekend Susan!

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    Julie
    April 7, 2017 at 9:32 am

    The childhood tapes that play in our minds are powerful habits to overcome.

    Blessings to you!

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      Barbie
      April 8, 2017 at 10:22 am

      So true! Thanks for stopping by Julie!

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    Barbara Deatherage
    April 7, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Thanks for bringing out the balance between our “not enough” and His “more than enough”.

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      Barbie
      April 8, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Thank you for visiting Barbara. So nice to meet you. My given name is Barbara as well.

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    Tara
    April 7, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    THIS: “But the truth is that I am not enough. I am nothing without Christ, and without Him I can do nothing good.” Yes! God’s love is enough! And that’s all that matters! God’s love wins! I’m over in the 39 spot this week.

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      Barbie
      April 8, 2017 at 10:31 am

      AMEN Tara! Looking forward to reading your post!

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    June
    April 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Such an important distinction, Barbie. This can be such a struggle, the enemy is a crafty one and twists the words just enough sometimes. Praying the truth of God’s word over your life, my friend, that you may be protected against the enemy’s wily ways!

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      Barbie
      April 8, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Thank you June!

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    BettieG
    April 7, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    This touched my heart tonight:

    “in my lack, He will meet my every need.
    in my failures, He will bring seasons of growth and understanding.
    in missed opportunities, He will open doors that no man can shut.”

    There is such a freedom to be found in living out those thoughts!

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      Barbie
      April 8, 2017 at 10:32 am

      So thankful my words touched your heart Bettieg! Have a blessed weekend.

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    Gayl
    April 8, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    “I am not enough. But He is enough for me. Through Him, I can do all things.” A big AMEN!

    Blessings to you!

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    Sheila Villanueva
    April 11, 2017 at 9:08 am

    It is humbling to realize that we are not enough. And yet we have to accept it and look to THE ONE who IS enough for us. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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