The Weekend Brew: My Writing Story — 80 Comments

  1. Barbie,

    Oh my stars! This so touched me. I relate on such a deep level with this story. I only found your blog and “met” you a few short weeks ago, however, upon the first bit of reading, I felt God impress upon me a connection. And as I read more and more, I see the connection in our stories. Thank you for being an inspiration!

    Blessings and smiles,

  2. I can’t believe I almost missed this post! I love everything about it…the prophecy, you thinking it was funny and I realize He must’ve seen my face when He dropped that word on the prophet. Because I can’t imagine my life as a writer without you! Love, Love, Love this! Always grateful for you, your honesty and your encouragement. <3

  3. Barbie, I am blessed by your obedience to the prophetic call to write and speak life and encouragement into the lives of your readers. I pray God always reminds you how valuable (and beautiful!!!) your voice is!

  4. I don’t know that I’ve ever written my story about how I started writing. Words have always just been a part of who I am. I was an avid reader as a kid and from there I turned into an avid writer.

    I loved hearing your story and seeing that prophecy come into being. How lovely it is, to answer God’s call on your life in such a unique and blessed way!

  5. well done!
    answered the prompt and shone some Light =)
    reminding me of ADONAI’s word of sending me ‘to the uttermost’ –
    reflecting on that and wondering how it would look, when one day H SP drew attention to my blog stats –
    the ‘viewing’ audience / readers – from the ‘uttermost’ places of the World! amazed. & Blessed!
    He’s a Word Keeper for sure ! =) His means. His way. His purpose. His Story!

  6. I love your story – how God planted something in your heart and found a way for it to take root and bloom riotously! You have created a wonderful space for women to come for encouragement – and TLC:)

  7. What a beautiful story, Barbie! It is amazing how God works in the lives of His children, giving them the desires of their heart as those desires become aligned with His will. Thank you for sharing your heart, for all you do to His glory, and for hosting. God bless you.

  8. Barbie…I feel like I know you a little better today than yesterday. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your story. God is so amazing how He works in our lives. I blog but still find it weird that I write or dare to call myself a writer, although I have journaled my life since I was 12 years old. It’s a wonder. And thank you for the link up, too. Have a blessed weekend friend.

    • Naomi, I love that you journal. It’s something I lack the discipline it, but am getting better, in writing down my thoughts since I started blogging. Thank you for linking up!

  9. ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS! It’s as if you put into words everything that I think and feel when it comes to writing and blogging. I have just started my journey in blogging and being a mom of littles I wonder if I even have time for it. I don’t want to ignore my kids or my home or take on too much but writing is like a dove gliding through the air on a beautiful early summer’s day. It’s freeing and it reveals what God has taught you as well as what you so much still need to learn. Fiction or non-fiction, it doesn’t matter, you can influence so many. Yes, I believe it’s very much a ministry if you allow Him to use you.

    And thank you for the advice too on connecting with others who blog. I have this inner feeling like I have to get my blog BOOMING from day one (or at least a month into it) to be successful, useful. But isn’t it about the people, not the numbers? I’ll be following you.

    • Hi Rose! Thank you for stopping by. My best advice to you is to write from the overflow of your life. Give your littles all the love and attention they desire. There will be time for the writing. And in the scheme of things, it really isn’t about the numbers. It’s about the relationships, the community built through writing. I never met such a richer community. Take the time to get to know others and get to know your readers. I will follow you back! I love to encourage new bloggers! Hugs!

  10. Barbie, I am so glad you do write. You are one of those like minded bloggers I love reading. I am digesting your book one day at a time and it is amazing how God meets me through your words in such a personal way. You are a blessing. I am thinking sometime in March or end of February for coffee time. I will let you know and maybe we could coordinate something. I grew up in Gilroy and am familiar with that area. How far is that from you? Blessings! Love, Rachael @ Inking the Heart

    • Rachel, Gilroy is not far at all. About 45-60 minutes. That would be so exciting! I am off on Mondays, or we could do a Saturday, or a Sunday after church. Eeek! Can’t wait! And I pray my book will minister to your heart tremendously.

  11. Barbie – It is such a beautiful thing when we share our testimony! It is then, He gets all the praise! I have been tip-toeing with you into those places doors have been locked too long! I want people look at me…knowing my writing, parenting, breathing even….is not of my greatness, but simply a gift from God! Also loved your testimony and how prophetic words can encourage us to do things we might not otherwise do, in and of ourselves! Praising Him together with you today, my friend! ~ Jen

  12. I really enjoyed reading this. Everytime I come here I think of Nicole Johnson’s book….I read Fresh Brewed Life several years ago. Now I know the connection is intentional : )

  13. I remember the days in my youth; I was shy and never felt like I had the right words at the right time; I was a much better listener then! Ha! However I could always put my thoughts into words (English was my favorite subject too!), and even now, though I have grown out of shyness, I am much better writing my thoughts than speaking them (never have had the gift of gab!). I am thankful for women (like you!) who have inspired me through the years, and for the friendships made along the way.

    Excited! I just ordered your book; can’t wait to read it!
    Have a weekend full of joy and love Barbie!

  14. Barbie,
    I love the depth behind this post. I am so glad to hear your history and to see God’s fingerprints all over it. I am grateful for you. You are one of the treasured gifts of my venture into the blogging world. I truly thank God for you and spontaneously pray for you often. This “how I became a writer” story of yours isn’t over … it is at a point where you will look back and remember in years to come with fondness. God is moving in wonderful ways in and through you. I am glad to have a seat on the sidelines to watch Him move in your life.

  15. I, too, struggled to feel like my voice was heard or my words mattered when I was growing up. I tried to write then but still did not have the words until God begin to work in me. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.

  16. Hi Barbie. I’m stopping by from the (in)Couraging Writers group. So wonderful to read this post and learn about your heart for writing and the path God has taken you down. Lovely!

  17. Barbie, My wish is that your book should by translated in Dutch 🙂 I love your story. You are so precious. My youth is similar to yours. With this difference. I wrote because my mother was psychic ill and often she could not be at home. So, I found the gift of writing in the solitude of my youth. I write historical books for young people: History of Europe. About the early days of Christianization. Love between a pagan girl and a Christian boy. 🙂

    Sweet hug

  18. Barbie, I am overjoyed reading your story. I am blessed by the way you have been revealing your heart lately and it gives me courage. I do believe you are following God’s plan for you. We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Your testimony is inspiring.

  19. What a beautiful story. I love how intentionally you have pursued this writing call.

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. I hope to one day be able to tell a similar story to the Glory of God alone.

    Blessings to you and yours!

  20. When I was a child, I couldn’t STOP talking – LOL, but as I grew older, I discovered that the things I would say were so much clearer when I wrote. Through writing I am able to get all my thoughts out without interruption. It is amazing the doors that God has opened through the internet to be able to reach many people for Him. His word can spread now in ways never dreamed of before! I’m so thankful to be in this ministry for Him with bloggers like you!

    Blessings, Joan

  21. As a child growing up in an alcoholic home it was often hard to feel that my words were heard. And when a diary I was keeping was found under my bed I was shamed and made to rip it up and told once again not to talk or write about the family secret. And for a very long time I didn’t and the mess just swirled inside. I did go to college and graduated with a degree in journalism, but it would still be years before I would start writing “real.” And, Barbie, God does indeed want us to share our words…and in so doing help set other captives free. Thanks for the link up and blessings for your weekend. xxoo

    • We have so much in common Sheila. I didn’t share, but I also grew up in a alcoholic home. So thankful God desires to use our words to encourage others and bring healing.

  22. Loved reading your story, Barbie! You are such a blessing to all of us and I’m so grateful that God put writing on your heart. I’m with you about the words….love, love, love them. But especially love that we get to share them with one another. Much love!

  23. I love this write from you today, Barbie. Praying for your continual refreshment! I also so get a giggle out of the comment about putting that on “the shelf”. Why is it when God speaks we do that? It’s so true. I think half the time we are so appalled by the fact that our God really does want to share a direction BUT we so cower and run. SO glad He is faithful and not holding His breath for my faithfulness…but also glrateful He is able to transform me and US to exactly who He knows we will be. Eventually. lol Love and hugs~

  24. Barbie, it was such fun to see how you came to blogging. You are truly a woman with many talents & I am so glad to have found you in this world of bloggers. I have been blessed by your words so many times. May our God continue to place many more words, beautiful crafted & strung together upon your heart for you to share with all of us! Blessings!!

  25. You are so beautiful. You are a beautiful writer and a beautiful friend and I’m so grateful for you. It was a delight to learn more of your writing story. And I was so happy to see you ended up in an (in)courage group because I remember you saying that the ones you wanted were filled. Sending hugs your way. Love, love you.

    • Thank you Beth. Actually, God opened up the door for me to join both groups I wanted to. We will see if I can keep up. I so appreciate you and your encouragement. Have a blessed weekend.

  26. You are such a wonderful writer my friend. I had a prophetic word YEARS ago that I would minister to a lot of women. That was before there was probably even such a thing as blogging (ha), but I’m sure that was part of the group she was seeing.

    I still haven’t read your book! I must do that!!!!

    I love your writing style and I love your heart!

    Your Sister,

    • I love how God brings these words to fruition in our lives. Thank you for being an example to me of a woman who not only believes the Word, but writes truth and brings glory and honor to the Lord. Have a lovely weekend!

  27. I always love hearing how people discovered writing. I am glad you followed that desire to write and share and connect and to see the fruit that has come of it. You have always been an encouragement because you’re right, it’s not an easy choice to write and share and deal with all of the things that go with it. Writing (good true writing) pulls things out of us, refining us as we go. Thankful for you, Barbie, and your voice in this space.

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