The Weekend Brew: Lessons Learned In The Silence — 48 Comments

  1. Hi Barbie–I took a break too. Just wrote my first post in over a month. I took a break from the blogosphere. I think it is good to step back. There is a lot of busyness connected to blogging and I am not sure how to do it and remain faithful to other important tasks. I’m still evaluating. Thank you for sharing…it helps in my evaluating myself.

  2. Barbie…you know the Lord is amazing. He knows just when to call us into a still season with Him. To be refreshed, renewed, and just hugged by His presence. Embrace this time. All else will be just fine. Thank you for your sincerity and for the link up. Blessings to you.

  3. Barbie, as often happens when I come here, your words so resonated with where I am right now. I’m in a strange place. I had goals for myself in regards to blogging but I feel out of rhythm. I long to go back to a place I was in my earlier days of blogging but I learning to accept this newer pace. Hugs to you. We can’t go wrong when we walk in step with Him.

  4. I feel like you, I believe, about the noise. People are no longer reliable, but are all aiming at being “interesting”, and the struggle for being heard, for being successful, totally pollutes the air. That is a consequence of the fact there is no faith left. But there is also a difficult world we live in. All are counted, and the urge to stand out from the crowd is quite strong. So there is much noise. Christ save us, and bring the world to peace!

  5. I so understanding your longing for a little quiet time. It’s in the quiet times where we renew our strength. Take all the time you need Barbie and come back to us rested and refreshed.

    God Bless You and thanks for stopping by and leaving such sweet encouragement.

    ~ Cassandra from Renaissance Women

  6. i needed this tonight. i have taken a pretty long break from writing, though i am actually writing in a journal more than i have in the past couple years, and it has been so good for me. i think there are different seasons and God refines us in each one to make us the beautiful offering unto Him. i really appreciate you barbie.

    • Charis, so glad you stopped by. I wish I had more of a discipline for writing in my journals. I always start strong and then somewhere along the line I lose focus. I know God is doing a deep work in your heart. How is the trip to Guatemala coming along?

  7. God always leads me where I need to go. I just finished crying out to God how much I need Him. My reality is a bit hard to take at the moment and I really need Him. The next thing I know I’m reading your post about how much you need Him, too. These are comforting words to hear from another sister who is struggling. Or on the cusp of something big… I’ve been reading Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God and he says we have a big crisis before we do something big for God. Maybe that’s what’s going on. Only He knows. Bless you for sharing your life with us and know you have many sisters coming alongside you.

  8. Hello Barbie…I stumbled upon your blog and link up this afternoon. And my heart’s prayer for you is to hear clearly what God wants to speak. Blessings during your season of still and hope to catch you again on your comeback.
    PS When I opened your blog I was momentarily taken aback because you look so very much like my cousin Roseann. 🙂

  9. Oh, such wonderful lessons. For someone on a writing break, you sure have very inspiring words!! I think what touched me the most was your thoughts about I NEED GOD. Yes, I couldn’t agree more. Even before my dad passed away, I’ve had this *life malaise* – sort of a daily *blah* that just seems to hover over me. I’m asking God to help me find something better, something bigger. But, in the meantime, I need Him – all the time.


  10. Hi Barbie,
    I’m glad you took a break, we all need a break in order to refresh. I sure do know what you mean about quiet time. I have to have this or I can not function. As an introvert, if I don’t have quiet, peaceful time alone with Father I become a shell. This inner craving I have is truly a blessing from Father, it draws me into a spot alone with Him to be filled with His love, peace and Spirit.

    Praying He fills you up fully to overflowing.

    Love and hugs my friend.

  11. Barbie, you speak to my own heart in so many ways in this post. Even in time of silence God is using you. You are a blessing in my life in more ways than i could ever properly express. Praying for you. Keep leaning on Him.
    Love you,

  12. Dear Barbie, what a wonderful place you are in – listening, and quietly waiting for His voice. He has a perfect and amazing purpose for you. How blessed you are to be willing to hear His voice. Praying for you.

  13. Barbie,
    This verse has been on my mind this morning: “let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger”. This is such a noisy world and it’s so hard to stop. But, we need it. We need to go out to the wilderness when we are weary, just like our Saviour.
    Thank you for following this example.
    For by His grace,

  14. Sometimes we have to sit in the stillness with God, or living in the stillness in the busy daily – because sometimes those words have to grow – or we have to trust and wait for God to give the right words. Sometimes after a big achievement – like your book being published – there’s a time of refreshing – because your met a goal and you have to hear from Him about the new one. Living in the wait I’ve decided is the most important part of this journey we’re on!

  15. Hi Barbie!

    A thought just hit me…You’re on a “vacay” with God! How great is that? Relax at His feet, soak it all in, rest in His arms – He’s got you! You are a wonderful lady and a rest is a good think! Enjoy this time with Him!

    Love, Joan

    • I like that! I’m on a vacation with God. Still striving for quiet. Perhaps He wants me to learn to find Him in the noise. Hugs!

  16. Barbie, I so enjoyed every word of this post and I’m here rooting you on. I think we all, at one point or another, struggle with these things, and especially the balancing act.

    Take all the time you need and no matter what the future of your space “looks like,” we will be here to enjoy it.

  17. Your words touch me Barbie, because they reflect a place where I have found myself in the last couple of months. It’s been confusing and a blessing all at the same time. God just knows where we need to be at this moment in our lives, and the good news is, He is always right beside us helping us to plant our feet where He directs us! You are, and have always been a blessing to others, and I pray you are receiving blessings right now that God has in store for you.

    Blessings and much joy!

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