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The Weekend Brew: For when you feel small — 47 Comments

  1. “Although I believe He has called me to do great things, big things for Him, I also believe that He can use me, in my smallness and insignificance, in even greater ways.”….
    amen…just so much yes.

    My prayer varies between “Make me unknown, Lord…known only to You…and while You’re at it, can You make me okay with that, too?” to….”God, You’re so big inside of me. Help me unleash the power You’ve given…” but I forget…though He has the power of a lion–He pursues me like a lamb. {HUGS}

  2. Barbie, this is so beautiful and honest and encouraging. Thank you for “letting us in.” It’s so good to know that we are not alone and that there are sisters who struggle. Thank you for reminding me that God is working in my small little piece of the world to do great things…. Like the widow, may I give Him my mite. It’s all His to use.

    I also really loved the picture of the butterfly — they always remind me that God is in the process of transforming me. One day soon, I will fly. 🙂

    • I have always loved butterflies, since I came to know the Lord. They remind me of new life and freedom! Thanks for stopping by Lylie!

  3. Oh, Barbie, you are sooo BIG, even in my eyes and I’m sure in the eyes of God as well. You have such depth and are always seeking Him in any and all situations. You always leave me feeling very inspired with your writings. May you feel every bit as special as you are. Hugs!

    • Oh Lea, I am humbled by your comment. I am so thankful that God uses my words, His words, to inspire you. Thankful to know you in this big world of blogging!

  4. Barbie,
    I’m always so grateful for how you share your heart. You encourage my friend! “Beautiful things are made from broken places.” Amen!
    Much love to you,
    Beth

  5. God blessed King Saul when he was small in his own eyes. Pride can cause us to be too big for our britches and bring a big fall like humpty dumpty! Great post and may we see ourselves like God does, bold, brave, doing great things for Him.

  6. Hi – I’ve been dropping in on your blog every now and again for quite some time. Today I’m finally following you and have linked up to the Weekend Brew. I look forward to getting to know you as I read. Hope you are having a blessed weekend!

  7. Hi Barbie,
    I have felt like that on Twitter too. The stream is moving to fast and I am s-l-o-w. I am glad you went back into that stream and contributed, you have a lot of good things to share.

    I am very much a loner in a full room and can feel very alone and left out. Too bad we didn’t live closer together, I know we would get along fantastically.

    Blessings hon.

  8. Hi Barbie, I think we can all relate to your post. Just last night I was beating myself up because I thought I had made a big mistake on a quilt border; this morning when I was rearranging squares I realized that I hadn’t made a mistake. Often I feel like I’d love to be a better ________(usually quilter)but I also realize the Lord made me just as I am, who I am with all my strengths and weaknesses. Thank you for your words today.
    Blessings my friend!
    Noreen

  9. Yes, yes, Barbie. In our weakness, frailty, and what seems to be worthless insignificance, He unfurls His strength, releases His power, does what He knows is best!

    It’s not an easy place to be. But as we step aside, peace comes …

  10. I love the way you let look into your heart. That’s very special. Maybe you think you are small in your own eye. God’s eye is different. He see himself in you. That makes you are precious.

  11. I jumped right into your shoes, Barbie. Never good enough is a trait I must admit I have used on myself far too often. I thank you for this beautiful post for I needed it this very day. He knows and counts me as His and that cannot be a small measure in itself. I must be far more than I think of myself.
    I know that He feels the same about you and praise God for you and your ministry, my friend.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  12. You are not small in my eyes, Barbie! I love to read your posts – your raw truth, your faith. I too have struggled with feelings of smallness, especially the words, “I’m not good enough.” There is light at the end of the tunnel – our precious Savior with His arms wide open to receive us! Many blessings to you this weekend! BTW love that our images are similar 🙂

  13. Love, love this Barbie. Thank you. My heart needed to hear this today. We are so similar. I love your community (and FMF too). I love the grace, encouragement and acceptance I always feel when I comment and link-up. It’s what I desire everyone to feel on my little slice of the web as well. You are a true gem- and that is great to me 🙂

  14. Dear Barbie,
    I so appreciate your transparency and the community that you are providing here. I can relate to your feeling–we live in a very competitive culture. We value individual accomplishment. I can look back on the years that my children were in high school and I was so focused on the success of MY children. It would have been better to encourage all the young people in our circle a little more. I coming to believe that it is what we do as a Church– a community working together that is most important. We need to lift each other up. Blessings and thanks.

  15. Barbie, I think you can’t check “great things” off your list for Him…look what you are doing and how many people you are encouraging/lifting up. Keep going, that is what He is telling me to tell you today.

    God Bless you,
    Kim

  16. Barbie, This encouragement to relishing in the smallness of my life, at times, it’s just exactly what I needed to read this morning. Thank you. Thank you, my friend, for writing so transparently. “We write to know that we’re not alone.” And this proves how beautiful (and SO not alone) community can make us feel.

  17. Hi Barbie! I just want you to know, that as someone who loves and appreciates the faith-based community that you’ve created and inspired here, I don’t think you’re small at all!! 🙂 {hugs} Your posts encourage me, and the weekend link-ups give me a place to share my faith, so thank you for all of that!! Your post did remind me of a quote I read once, “The gate of Heaven is very low; only the humble can enter it.” (St. Elizabeth Seton) God will most certainly see and use the smallest of us 🙂 Thanks for your beautiful words, have a blessed weekend!!

  18. Barbie – I can so relate to what you have written here. Lately I am coming to find that there truly is no way to measure a great or small act. That which may seem like such a small and/or insignificant thing to me may be huge to the person receiving. I think God has begun to bring me to the place where I just do the thing He is putting before me & let go of it for we truly never know the depth to which it has accomplished. And perhaps that is a good thing. It keeps us safe in the folds of obscurity. I have so been blessed by your writing & often look for your picture in the linkups. Thank you for being you & sharing from your heart. Every time.
    Have a blessed weekend!
    Joanne

  19. I so relate to what you’re sharing Barbie. Definitely He can work through our smallness. I think what is really upside down is our concept of great things, big things for Him. Often the greatest thing for Him, is actually a tiny thing, like when the widow gave her all, a tiny mite. Or the tiny mustard seed of faith. We seem to have the idea that what we think is great and big, is what He thinks is great and big, and nothing could be further from the truth. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

    • Betty Jo, yes, that is so true. We have the wrong perspective of what “big” is. We must remember not to despise the day of small beginnings. Thank you for stopping by.

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