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God Will Grow Your Heart — 22 Comments

  1. When we open our hearts to HIm, He is faithful to take our heart of stone and give us a heart of flesh. Thanks for sharing this so beautifully.

  2. Barbie, I’ve been feeling so disconnected from God since going on vacation. I didn’t have the alone time I normally have. It’s been so good to be home again so I can spend solitary time in the Word and in prayer. I will say that I’m glad to know once again what a difference it makes.

    God bless you in this time and thanks for sharing a good word with us all!

  3. Barbie, Thank you for how you share your heart. Your words always touch my own heart. You can always feel how God is speaking through you. You do encourage! I’ve been reading the book by Paul E. Miller, Love Walked Among Us, and what you’ve shared beautifully speaks to the love of Christ…to how He loved us and how we need to be filled with His love and allow it to “pour out onto a world around us who needs a touch from Him.” So beautiful. Blessings to you. Beth

  4. What a beautiful encounter you had with the Lord. It makes me hunger and thirst after Him, time with Him, just to see Him or see how He sees me. I love that you did this, “…today I decided to just sit and look at Jesus.”

    The amazing thing about time with God like that is we don’t know how He’s changed us, and transformed us until we walk out some of our days. Then we see, somehow we are different, we see different, we live different, and in good ways — from glory to glory. Beautiful, friend.

    • It’s hard when we feel we cannot hear HIm. I know that He’s always speaking though. Let’s lean in closer. Ask Him for His heart. He will show you. Blessings!

  5. I’ve been quiet this week as well. Haven’t blog for three days. I think we’ve all felt it, the need to draw nearer to Him, the need to let His love flow to us, in us, through us. Love you, friend.

  6. Hi Barbie! I love your words this morning. It is always so encouraging for me to read words about true faith and what God is speaking (as opposed to ‘fluff’ posts). I’m learning to wait for Him to speak also. It’s funny because I can sometimes want to write something just to have a new post up on my blog. But usually when that happens, the words get jumbled and I get discouraged. When I take my time and wait for the Lord to speak, the words usually flow with ease. And those really are the best moments. Waiting on Him and having Him fill us up.

    PS – You have a beautiful site here. 🙂

    • Thank you, Sarah, for stopping by my space. It’s hard to resist the writing when we feel the pressure to perform. But I am learning to sit and wait, and sometimes it feels like forever before I can write. You too have a beautiful blog. We both live in California! I am following you along now.

  7. I feel the same way I don’t want to force any words, but I have to say I am always blessed by your words. God he is growing my heart in so many areas, how do I pick, marriage, friends, but I think mostly He is growing me in trusting Him, even when I don’t have the answers to why. Love you

    • Life is a journey of learning to trust Him, isn’t it? So thankful that He is growing your heart in this way. Love you my friend!

  8. I am so touched by the images you described here. It is always amazing what we feel and see when we just sit and be still with God. It is powerful. As I grow as a Christian one of the things I have noticed is that I am more empathetic, something I never was, and really feel what others are feeling so when you have events like the OK tornado, believe me I feel them. But I have to see the news; to me it gives me the opportunity to prepare my heart and soul for endurance and for the fact that while awfulness is happening in the world, it is possible to find God in the midst of it. I cried my eyes out but it also quickened my heart for prayers amongst the tears. It is how he has grown my heart and I am forever grateful to him.

    • Thank you for stopping by Maria! Yes, I watch the news, but after the first few stories, I can tend to get depressed, if I’m not looking at Jesus or giving the burden back to Him. Such a tragedy, but God is in the midst and I know that there is hope. Have a beautiful weekend.

  9. First of all, I love that you wait for Him to give you the words, because, ultimately, we write for an audience of One and what good are our words if not inspired by and for Him? It’s why I haven’t been writing as often lately either – because sometimes I just need to sit and BE with Him in the silence. Second, I am exactly the same way when it comes to news of tragedies like the tornado – I have to limit my time spent looking at images and reading articles (and this is why I’m glad we have no tv…) because my heart is so very vulnerable too. I feel emotions so deeply and take things to heart so much that I have to protect my heart by limiting how much news I am even aware of sometimes. I like what you said though – that if you spend too much time looking at the tragedies like this you might lose sight of Him…and that’s NEVER a good place to be. These are beautiful words today, friend.

    Also, I so appreciate your faithfulness in reading and commenting on my new blog series. And I appreciate your friendship. 🙂

    • It’s a struggle at times. I think I need to have words, post so many times, etc. But I am learning that it’s most important that the words come from Him, straight to the hearts of others. I love reading your blog and you too are such an encouragement. Blessings!

  10. This is lovely Barb and so true. When I take the time to be quiet, to listen and not try to rush things…often those are the times he speaks the loudest. Lovely words from a lovely online friend.

    Hugs~
    Mary

  11. Oh, Barbie, I can completely relate with this. I’ve struggled to find words to write the past few days as well. We are going through such a difficult struggle with my MIL’s health. Yesterday I wrote a blog post about how her declining health has had such an effect on my heart, but it’s one I’ll probably never publish because so many local friends know her and also read my blog. I would hate to invade her privacy or seem disrespectful. But I’ve had those moments of staring at Jesus and seeing Him reach His hand out, touching my face. It’s an awesome feeling–being that in tune with the Holy Spirit. It’s a gift! I loved reading how God gifted you with a very visual sign of His love for you. Thank you for sharing your experience. It is encouraging to read about when we’re in the midst of such turmoil in the world. <3

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