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Who Am I: Becoming Living Art – Week #2 — 39 Comments

  1. Thank you for this, Barbie. Somehow I missed this post last week and when week 3 popped into my inbox this morning, I went back searching for week 2 – I’m glad I did! We always feel like we must be the only one struggling with this or that – when really, especially as women, we all struggle with comparison. I think it goes straight back to the fall in the garden and Eve being cursed with the need for acceptance. (“Your desire shall be for your husband.” Gen 3:16) On to week 3…

  2. I’m so glad I kept this post in my feed reader. This is exactly what I needed to read today: “The art you were made to live will not and cannot look like that of another.” Today I struggled to get into my art journaling & I couldn’t figure out why. When I went to God about it, the answer was surprising. I was trying to do art the way I’ve seen others do it. I was subconsciously trying to mimic another artist. And that will never work. He didn’t make me to do art like they do art. I have to let Him show me how to do the art He created me to do. Thank you for this encouragement Barbie! Its just what I needed today. Have a blessed weekend!

  3. “We are all image bearers.” Yes we are, my friend. And each time I read thoughts God is planting in your heart here, I come away refreshed and ready to remember that the image He has given ME to bear is unique to me. And enough. You bless me BIG. Every time. <3

  4. Comparison is a beast isn’t it? I know I’ve done it my whole life. That little voice whispers “what you have isn’t enough,” ” who you are isn’t enough.” But yet, even through the lies I can hear God’s voice saying something different, “You are mine, and you are enough.”

    Trying so hard to rest in that, and yes it’s so freeing when I do.

    What a beautiful series!! I can relate to so much of what you have written. Barbie, you’re offering, your words, your art; it’s beautiful and more than enough! Thank you for sharing it with us!

    • “You’re mine, and you are enough.” And this I will carry with me into tomorrow and the days to follow. Blessings to you Alecia!

  5. Yes, I often must force myself to disconnect or I easily fall into comparisons. Like you I hold the ingrained thought “not good enough”. But you’re so right – we are unique! We each have something to offer and how wonderful that you feel the Lord’s presence as you create art!! I’ve begun to train my mind differently as I *ahem* age. Whenever I am doing something – even as mundane as folding laundry or washing dishes, I imagine Jesus standing beside me, watching. Would He approve of my attitude? Am I scowling as I do these things or am I joyful? How true it is all about our heart attitude! Thank you for sharing yours, Barbie!

    • I think it’s so important to remember that everything that we do is for His glory. No two are like and my gift to Him can never be duplicated. Blessings!

    • Oh Ashley, I am thankful for you as well. I wish I could gather up all of my lovely blog friends in one room and give them big hugs!

  6. Beautiful Barbie. I too struggled with comparing my myself to others. My writing, my homemaking skills and even how I am as a mom. But it’s so wonderful when God reminds us that we’re perfect just as we are and that our gifts are what makes us each so unique. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Barbie, I’ve been thinking a lot about this subject. I think to God it matters less how well I sing, and more with what spirit I am singing. If I am really delighting in Him and worshiping Him as I create art, then that’s where the beauty lies. If it’s not a Picasso painting to the world, it matters little to Him.

  8. It is so easy to compare ourselves to others and think that we don’t measure up. But, God made us each uniquely just the way He wanted. I’m looking forward to reading more of your Monday posts and glean some sense out of how I see myself and how I can serve with my own abilities that God gave me.

    Blessings, Joan

  9. This if so good to read. “The art you were made to live will not and cannot look like that of another.” I am glad God understands my abstract thoughts and sees beauty in the crooked lines I draw. More Grace through us and in us to be His beautiful masterpiece.

  10. Beautifully written and such an important message! I’m visiting from Better Blogs and I would just like to say that the description of your blog under “A little bit about me” is fantastic! As a coffee drinker, the metaphor so works for me! 🙂 I look forward to reading future posts as well!

  11. Barbie,
    I love how you are wrestling with what you are reading and with what you really believe about yourself and your identity in God…and how that affects how you view your art…I really enjoyed Emily’s book…and it is such a battle when I don’t rest in my identity in God then I can get into the comparison game instead of gratitude…it shows me how desperate I am for God’s grace to enable me to live based on my true identity…it is hard work…blessings to you 🙂 Proud of you 🙂

  12. You caught me! Just this morning, I was comparing myself, my blog, my writing, my Alexa rating to someone else. But, He was faithful to whisper in my ear and remind me that He made me to be who I am so I don’t need to compare myself to anyone else. I just need to do the work He gave me to do and focus on the race He gave me to run.

    Thank you for your beautiful words! They are an encouragement!

  13. Love how I’ve stumbled upon a few posts today that focus on how we can think we need to do more to belong. My TWW post will be on the same and refers to how I need to stop doing things because it is what others are doing…I need to stop comparing! Beautiful post, Barbie. Love this series you are doing.
    Much love,
    Beth

    • Comparison has been something I’ve struggled with my entire life. Just when I think I’ve overcome it, it rears it’s ugly head again. I am so thankful that God is teaching me to look at Him and not on what others are doing. Hugs!

  14. Beautiful words, my friend, captured from a yielded heart. Thanks. Comparison is dangerous. Yielding is freedom. Trusting the creation of the creator to the creation of THE CREATOR is worship.

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