To Begin Again — 36 Comments

  1. Very powerful honest sharing here Barbie! I love how you’re relying on the Lord for your passion and following His lead. Sounds like an exciting year ahead. Thanks so much for joining us at Circles of Faith. And happy New Year!!

  2. Sarah, that doesn’t sound weird at all. I am thankful to have someone pursuing the same goals as me. So far, I’ve not taken one photo. I’ve been sick and haven’t bee outside, which is where my brain tells me the beauty is. My children are so much older they no longer will allow me to snap their photos. We are going to do this together!

  3. This is going to sound completely weird, but these are all my same goals & things I want to pursue this year! I had my ups and downs in my faith walk this year, sadly ending on a low note. But I have started a new Bible reading plan & I can already feel the desire for more of Him growing in my heart. What you mentioned about journaling & photographing the beauty of life, I’m right there with you! I struggle with being grateful & content with what He has provided, always finding myself wanting more. Looking for the beauty in my own life (instead of comparing to others) is where I think He is leading me. I’m looking forward to seeing where He leads both of us this year!

    Absolutely LOVE the new design by the way! Gorgeous! Happy New Year Barbie! 🙂

  4. My goal for 2014…to have coffee with YOU! I love your heart friend. You had me here…”There are new mercies and overwhelming grace to be had this year. I am in dire need of both.”
    With having similar goals, I look forward to walking the New Year together.
    Any interest in being accountability partners for the Bible reading? I need to make sure I stick with this because I need His Word.
    I’m so grateful for you.
    Much love,

    • I would love to be accountable to you and with you! This is going to be a fun year, and if I could make a coffee date happen with you, I am there!

  5. Barbie, praying that God keeps each of your passions alive all year. A new year is such a blank page & has always been an exciting time for me. My one word this year is “Faith” – “For without faith, it is impossible to please God.” I so want that my life be pleasing to Him each & every day. Blessings!!

  6. Oh my friend. I have always recorded my feelings in journals. For some reason, near the end of 2013 I have been quiet. I have felt stuck in feelings I’d rather not entertain. I don’t know what has been going on aside from the fact that I haven’t been spending time with the Lord and in His Word like I should. I am happy to see 2014.

    You know about all the fun stuff! The Women’s group that is reading through the Bible together and the photo a week fun! I would love to join those too. I may have to hop over.

    I got a new camera for Christmas — as you will see on my blog.

    Your heart is so pure and sweet Barbie. God’s grace just drips from all of your posts.

    I know you are such a blessing to Him (and to everyone who knows you).

    Much love,

    • Oh Beth, thank you. You have been such a constant source of inspiration in my life. You are a treasure and I am so grateful for you. A new camera! How fun! I hope to catch up on your blog soon!

  7. I stopped by to tell you I had just discovered you had a book! I know, I know, I’m way behind 🙂 I was on Holly’s blog and saw a post down in the corner about it so I went and put that little gem on my kindle! It is happily my very first purchase of the New Year! Now I get a 2for1 deal with your post too…I hope to journal more myself. I started off pretty well this year then fell off in the summer, boo 🙁 but it surely did mean much to me when I kept up with it.

    A very Happy New Year to you and look forward to the devotions!

    • Awe friend, that you! Someday you may want to purchase the book, as it’s so much prettier and there are lines to write your reflections! Thank you for supporting my little book and I pray it will bless you! Happy New Year!

  8. Dear Barbie, I loved reading all that you have felt this past year. I love your heart my dear friend, filled with so much desire for more of Him. I am posting on goals next week, but mine are more about things I need to change with me. I think many will relate to it and seriously pray the Lord moves me in those areas. Sending big hugs to you this day and prayers for the New Year.

    • Noreen, thanks’ so much for stopping by! My post would have been way too long if I had listed both spiritual and personal goals but I do have those too. Hopefully, they will unfold and I can share them as they come! Blessings and Happy New Year!

  9. I used to journal all the time and every now and then I do write something in a journal – mainly important Bible verses to me or quotes that touch my heart. But, this year my husband suggested that we start a blessing jar. So whenever something good happens or we receive a blessing, we’ll write it down on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. Then, next New Year’s Eve, we’ll celebrate our year by opening the jar and reading the blessings together! I’m pretty excited about it!

    Looking forward to what God is going to do in 2014!

    Blessings, Joan

  10. Barbie, I love what God is revealing to you about what was and what wasn’t and what is to be your focus in 2014. I’m looking forward to being on the journey together!

  11. I enjoyed studying the Holy Spirit in 2013. I feel I didn’t learn enough so will be doing more in 2014. You have a wonderful list for 2014. May God bless you with a wonderful Happy New Year.

  12. I love your goals for this year and also want to journal more consistently. And I’m prayerful that my one word will remain out on front of me for the whole year too! May this be the year that we are all truly His.

  13. Barbie, I so enjoyed reading about your thoughts for the new year. I will be praying God reveals His beauty to you in bold and exciting ways and that you capture every awesome moment in your journals. You have much to smile about from 2013 – obedience to God in a major faith-filled way being one reason. I know I have certainly smiled as a witness to your faith. As your friend I say keep on keeping on, girl. God is doing great things through you. 🙂 love you!

  14. Dear Barbie, I so appreciate you. I also understand where you are coming from with the One Word. I had a post title drafted “No No Word For The New Year”…but then, as I was explaining not having it (on a Blog comment)…I was reading the scripture verse I felt God was laying on my heart to linger on and morph with in general, when it popped up at me from within the verse. And then I was like…NO. But I realize it may not be my choosing but perhaps a God glimpse of His possible direction. All that being said, I hang on loosely to all, as this is what I have learned this year with my own One Word Release. I never really chose my words, they all seemed impressed upon me, and words I would not have chosen at all! Now about your journaling, would love o see you link up (I share my very messy writing and scribbles too) with our Random Journal Day, someday when you feel ready. 😉 Or maybe just come and check out our little community (no pressure) for encouragement. Also a blogging friend shared this with me: and I did sign up (last minute) to check out…although I pretty much journal as a lifestyle. Meanwhile, love, hugs, and best wishes for a Happy New Year- or whatever kind of New Year God desires for you and I! His ways are best after all and He is faithful and good.

    • I love how God surprises us! I can’t wait to see how your word unfolds this year. Thank you for your encouragement regrading journaling. It’s something I really desire to do. I just get so distracted. I did sign up for Root, and we’ll see if anything comes of it . I may just journal on my own and join your link up when appropriate. Happy New Year!

  15. Barbie, you have such a beautiful heart. Our Heavenly Father sees and esteems you so much. I am so thankful that He just calls us to “be” and not “do”. Thankful to be on the journey with you. Your simple honesty blesses me. Happy New Year, friend!

  16. I’m a big journaler, Barbie. I started penning my heart in notebooks during my quiet time when I was in college. The process and format have evolved for me over the years, but it serves as a way of “remembering” how the hand of God has moved in my life.

    • Is there a specific notebook you use Lyli? I wish I had been better disciplined in journaling. But no regrets, right? Thankful that you stopped by! Happy New Year!

      • My advice would be to keep it simple until you find a rhythm that works for you. Maybe just focus on jotting 3 short thoughts a day (1 blessing, 1 verse that jumped out during your quiet time, and a quick observation on the verse). I started out using just an inexpensive steno pad as my journal in college, but now you can find pretty ones for reasonable prices at lots of stores if you keep your eyes open for them. My friends know that I journal, so I usually get a couple of really nice ones as a gift each year. Here is a post I wrote quite a while back about the format I use:

  17. Around 2009, I stopped doing resolutions – because it seemed God was sending me themes – there was the Year of the Great Sorrow, the Year of the Great Saving, The Year of Standing – and it was in the middle of it all that I realized the “theme” – it began when God whispered it to me – or maybe I recognized it maybe in July or February. This year it has been Relearning Communication with the Boys – and then suddenly, on the turn of a dime, it has become something else – a boundary setting thing that I haven’t fully grasped yet. I’ve learned to just let it flow and listen to what He has to tell me about it – like He’s called me to sit beside Him and learn this thing. Praying you savor the big and little moments of this year. Photography has made me more intentional that way – more attentive to the love letters He sends all around me – am excited for you as you start looking at life that way through your camera lense:) So glad I am getting to know you:)

    • I am thankful you are with me on this journey! And right now, I use my phone to capture the moments. You would think it would be easy, since it’s always with me. Not! Have a blessed tomorrow!

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