Write it girl: {Thankful for words}

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I have always loved to write.  When I was in high school, I used to write short stories and poetry just to amuse myself.  And when my heart was broken, I wrote some of the best sappy love poetry one has ever laid eyes on.  But seriously, I loved to play with words, to arrange them on a page in order to bring depth and meaning to my life.  And I didn’t just love to do it, I was actually pretty good at it.  I wanted to be a Journalist growing up.  But I allowed my lack of finances to let that dream of writing die in my heart.  Little did I know that it wasn’t dead, just dormant, for a season.

I began writing in this space a little over two years ago, with no clear direction, and without knowing what purpose my writing these words would serve.  I have been asked on more than one occasion why I blog.  I blog to encourage the hearts of women.  But there is another reason why I write.  I write so that I will never forget what God has done in my life.  Much of my blog over the last couple of years has been just that — countless testimonies of what He has done in my life and the life of my family.  They are His Words, overflowing from my heart onto these pages.

I have been feeling a desire to go to new places in my writing.  They are the places that reside deep within my heart that I cannot even begin to understand unless I write.  Writing helps me to focus my thoughts — thinking out loud on paper (or computer pages).   And God’s Words will always be here, woven within my own, but I have been feeling a nudge, a gentle push to just let go and write.  Can I share a secret with you?  I would love to write a book some day.  There, it’s out.  I’ve said it.  I’ve been hiding this dream in my heart for about a year.  It seems overwhelming to me.  But God says, Just write”.  He will weave my words together.  In His timing I believe my dream will become a reality.  He put it there, in my heart, in the first place.  I am simply going to obey…..and write.

My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.  (Psalm 45:1)

Today I am thankful for words.  I am thankful for the words that He has given to me, which grace the pages of this blog.  I never realized when I started blogging how much of an impact my written words would have on my own heart, let alone on the hearts of others.

Grace Gifts 352-362

352.  His Words, first and foremost, which tell me that I am His.  His words which remind me of His love, His mercy and His forgiveness.  His words, which bring strength to my weary heart and refuge to my tired soul.

353.  The words of my husband, which consistently tell me that I am so much more than I see myself as, words of truth resonating loudly in my heart with the kind of love that models that of Christ.

354.  The words of my children, innocent, full of faith and expectation, words that bring me back to places of peace and rest.  Their soft whispering I love you’s in the last part of the evening, and gentle good mornings in the first part of the day just melt my heart.

356.  Words of declaration and proclamation over our city.
357.  Words of adoration and praise during worship yesterday.
358.  Words that say “I am sorry.  I was wrong.  Will you forgive me?”.
359.  Words that say, “I forgive you”.
360.  Words that say, “You can do it” when I feel like a failure.
361.  Words of encouragement that lift my spirit.

362.  Your words.  You, my blogging friends.  You are not just friends in cyber space, but you have become some of the truest friends I’ve known.  You’ve lifted me up in prayer through hard seasons.  Your words have come through comments, emails and Facebook to encourage my heart.  Your words of encouragement during this season in my life have kept me going, have kept me writing, even when I feel “What’s the point?”.  For you have helped me to understand that my purpose in blogging is first to glorify the Lord Jesus with my words and secondly, to encourage just that one who might stop by for a visit, who’s heart is longing for words of truth.  I am so thankful that my words have helped to be a voice of truth to a weary heart on a journey seeking His love.

43 thoughts on “Write it girl: {Thankful for words}”

  1. Emily says:

    So true!  It’s amazing that when I write in hopes that I may encourage someone else with the story God is giving me I often end up being the one encouraged!

    1. Barbie says:

      He never ceases to amaze me!  Thank you for stopping by today Emily!

  2. Stacey29lincoln says:

    ” I write so that I will never forget what God has done in my life. ” that is one of the best reasons to write!  
    I am so thankful for the gift of words, too.  And for your words here, friend that always bring encouragement. 

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Stacey! 

  3. Jamie @ Six Bricks High says:

    Love this!  Your words have been encouragement to my heart for sure!  Keep on writing – I’m excited to see what God does with your words.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks Jamie!  I am excited to see this unfold as well.

  4. Shelly says:

    Found you through the Write it, Girl link up.  I started this blogging journey a couple of months ago and feel immensely blessed beyond what I imagined.  I echo your sentiments to those that visit, pray, leave comments and encouraging words.  Excited for you about the book journey.  I am entering one too.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you for visiting Shelly! 

  5. Lisa says:

    Just beautiful, Barbie.  I also write as a way to remember all that God has done for me.  Looking back over past posts, I can see God’s hand moving in and through my life.  What a wonderful gift!  Many blessings!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks Lisa.  I have been tremendously blessed by your words as well! 

    1. Barbie says:

      Allison, thank you for stopping by today and for such encouraging words!

  6. Anonymous says:

    We’re on the same page. I’ve always loved to write. I write to encourage others. I write to encourage myself. I write to figure out what I am even thinking. Writing clarifies things for me. I am thankful for your words tonight!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

  7. Lisa Grace says:

    Love this … never really thought to be thankful for words before, although I do *love* them!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for visiting today Lisa!

  8. Denise J. Hughes says:

    “Writing helps me to focus my thoughts…” This is so true and one of my main reasons for writing. Words on the page help to articulate, and clarify, what I am feeling and thinking.

    I am linking up through Write it, Girl. You have a beautiful “voice.” I look forward to reading more from you blog.


    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you so much Denise for stopping by!  I hope to get to know you better through this link up!

  9. Ro elliott says:

    I am new to the blog world…I would not consider myself a writer…but I do know…writing brings such clarity to my mixup thoughts…I feel God’s nearness as I write…I ask myself often…what are you doing?…I really don’t have an answer…but I feel God has brought me here…maybe just a season…who knows…
    You post is encouraging…
    Have a blessed day…keep writing…

  10. Ro elliott says:

    I am new to the blog world…I would not consider myself a writer…but I do know…writing brings such clarity to my mixup thoughts…I feel God’s nearness as I write…I ask myself often…what are you doing?…I really don’t have an answer…but I feel God has brought me here…maybe just a season…who knows…
    You post is encouraging…
    Have a blessed day…keep writing…

    1. Barbie says:

      I hope you will visit again soon Ro elliott!

  11. jkhenderson3 says:

    🙂 I knew I would love this post just from the title. I, too, have a great love for words…especially His Words! So funny…I actually have a post I was planning on writing tonight. Let’s just say it runs a bit along the line of something you shared here. 😉 

    Praying for you, sweet friend, as you continue to share your words and His Word AND as you step out into new territory with Him! 

    1. Barbie says:

      I cannot believe how much our posts could run side by side.  I am looking forward to reading your newest post . Thanks for stopping by and encouraging me today.

  12. Girl Set Free says:

    Words have power!  If we believe something ( I mean, really believe it, in the deep down places of our hearts) … we should speak, or in this case, WRITE!  Loved this!  Thank you!

    1. Barbie says:


  13. Keenalynn says:

    your words are encouraging…thx for sharing

    1. Barbie says:

      You’re most welcome Keenalynn!

  14. Cyndispivey says:

    I’m so thankful you write and you could totally do a book. Keep writing and sharing your heart….you are blessing all of us!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for your encouragement Cyndi.  I truly appreciate it.

  15. Anonymous says:

    He will weave my words together. Oh that is so beautiful Barbie! What a wonderful gift He has given you with these words. Thank you for sharing your gift with us through your blog! 🙂

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for encouraging my heart today Jennifer!

  16. susie klein says:

    I have always loved words also, I especially enjoy yours now!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Susie!

  17. Jennifer says:

    Thank you, Barbie. Your spirit of encouragement and your faith –your knowing He always provides– brings me such hope. Your words are messages of His love. So grateful.

    1. Barbie says:

      Awe, thank you my sweet friend!

  18. carissa graham says:

    i really think God gives us dreams and desires for a reason.  they do mean something!  keep writing, and i’ll be looking for your book.  : )


    1. Barbie says:

      Ha ha! Thank you my friend!

  19. Frances says:

    I have been thinking about words lately, too. And the kind friends who have given encouragement to me at times when I desperately needed it.. even if they didn’t know. So much to be thankful for. 🙂

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for stopping by Frances!

  20. Kathy Gilbert says:

    I love that you respond to each comment…I am new to blogging but I don’t see that all that much. It shows you love people:) When I read that you write so that you “never forget what God has done in your life,” I found a connection. It is why I have always journaled. My blogging is extending that to another form. Thank you for your honest heart. I will read this blog to encourage me with my own!

  21. Barbie says:

    Hi Kathy!  Thank you for stopping by.  Yes, I LOVE people.  I love building community and I do try to respond to ever comment.  It’s important to me to that people know that their comments are helping to encourage me.  Please send me the link to your blog so that I can visit you!

  22. Aubrey Barela says:

    “Writing helps me focus my thoughts”. So true for me too. Thanks for sharing your heart here about writing. You have a beautiful way with words. I look forward to see what He has in store for you next!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Aubrey! Do you have a blog? I would love to visit you back!

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