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Speak // 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!


God has given me a voice. At times it’s a laid back, shy, “I don’t want anyone to hear me” voice. It fears what others may think if I were to speak my mind. It is timid and crouches in the dark corner, where no one will hear it. I have a voice, yet I’m afraid to speak up, so I cower down and assume the thoughts and ideas of another.

Yet there are times when I do speak my mind, and then I put my foot in my mouth and wish I hadn’t spoken so freely, without thinking, without putting myself in the place of the one I was speaking to. Sometimes I want to be heard so badly the timing is wrong and then I have to go and take back everything I’ve said. But you can never grab words back once they are spoken. Words are powerful, they can bring life and death.

You can never grab words back once they are spoken. #fiveminutefriday Click To Tweet

All of my life I spoke death to my spirit with negative thought patterns. It has taken me years to reverse those lies spoken over myself and replace them with the truth of God’s word. I still struggle with certain thoughts, but God comes to speak over me with His truth and once again I find myself surrendering to the person that God created me to be.

Sometimes I speak too much as my mind is racing with thoughts, situations and cares. It’s hard to slow down and listen. I want to be quiet, to hear the yearnings of my own heart, and to hear the Lord speak to me. It’s one of the many wonders, that God would come and speak to me.

Kari Jobe has a beautiful song, Speak to Me, which talks about the beauty of God’s voice. Listen to it if you get the chance.

God has given me a voice to speak of His wonders and glory. In return, I will slow down and listen when He speaks to me.

God has given me a voice to speak of His wonders and glory. #fiveminutefriday Click To Tweet

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    annette @ A net in Time
    August 17, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Barbie.. I liked this Made my heart smile just before I head up to bed. THANKS. 🙂

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      Barbie
      August 19, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Thanks Annette. Have a blessed weekend.

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser
    August 17, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    It is kind of way cool that He slows down enough to wait with us, and speak with us.

    And He even LISTENS to us. That’s like, awesome. Totally.

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      Barbie
      August 19, 2017 at 11:18 am

      It’s totally rad Andrew! Praying for you my friend.

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    Debbie Putman
    August 18, 2017 at 7:21 am

    I could relate to every word, Barbie. Beautiful insight.

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      Barbie
      August 19, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Thanks so much Debbie.

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    Christy
    August 18, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Every. woman’s. problem. God is teaching me, sometimes the hard way, how much I need to hold back my words sometimes. LOVE Kari Jobe!
    BTW, I’m a bad neighbor. I was falling asleep last night and knew I’d make absolutely no sense if I had left a comment, haha.

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      Barbie
      August 19, 2017 at 11:19 am

      You are not a bad neighbor. There is no pressure to visit and no time line. I appreciate you stopping by. Have a blessed weekend.

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    Diana
    August 18, 2017 at 8:41 am

    It can certainly be hard to hear God’s still, small voice for all the noise our mouths make. You just have to sit down, zip it, and listen. And soak it in.

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      Barbie
      August 19, 2017 at 11:20 am

      AMEN! So true!

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    Carlene Hill Byron
    August 18, 2017 at 8:45 am

    So important to let God tell us who God has made us to be! FMF #18 this week.

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      Barbie
      August 19, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Thanks for stopping by Carlene!

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    Lisa
    August 18, 2017 at 9:40 am

    You can never grab words back once they are spoken . . .so very true!!

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    Tara
    August 18, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Guilty too friend! I need to continue to learn and be better about speaking life to myself and others. I’m in the 55 spot this week.

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      Barbie
      August 19, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Have a blessed weekend Lisa.

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    Julie
    August 18, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    I, too, have to learn to speak truth over and to myself, especially the areas where lies have lived too long.

    So good!

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      Barbie
      August 19, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Thanks for stopping by Julie!

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    Marie
    August 18, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Oooo, wow. Speaking death to my spirit. Boy, do I ever relate to that. May Jesus teach us both to speak life!

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      Barbie
      August 19, 2017 at 11:22 am

      AMEN! Enjoy your weekend Marie!

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    Sue M
    August 18, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I love what you wrote! I can so totally relate. I love, love, love this quote from what you wrote:
    “God has given me a voice to speak of His wonders and glory. In return, I will slow down and listen when He speaks to me.”
    Thanks so much for sharing this. <3

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      Barbie
      August 19, 2017 at 11:23 am

      So glad you stopped by Sue!

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    Anita Ojeda
    August 24, 2017 at 9:17 am

    And you spoke truth to me today, Barbie! I listen to the lies I speak about myself all too often. Thank you for the reminder that God speaks truth and his chastisement has a purpose (growth)–unlike the lies the evil one speaks.

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