What Do I Have To Offer? Becoming Living Art – Week 10 — 8 Comments

  1. Barbie,
    Yes to this:” We must Weigh the cost our yes will have on our spirit, soul and body. We may have to search for our brave yes, but we will have to fight for our strong no.” This has been a hard one for me to learn as a recovering people-pleaser but when I say yes to the wrong or 2nd best thing, it takes away from my ability to say yes to God’s best for me…Thank you, my friend 🙂

  2. Fits right into my thoughts – I guess that is why God gave me Tadeo Turtle – so I can tell others that they are special in God’s eyes.
    Blessings to you as you write from Him,

  3. In our weakness we are made strong- there is such truth in this verse and yet as you state, the last thing we want to do is say “yes” when we are feeling weak or vulnerable. You truly have captured beautiful word pictures throughout this series on “A Million Little Ways”. There is so much food for thought. This book is next on my list and I’m anxious to begin and learn as you have been doing. Thank you for this series and for reaching into your own vulnerability to open up to all of us. Blessings!

  4. Oh how I can relate with the words of this post, my friend. For me, I’m my own worst critic, and feeling inadequate as a result makes moving forward with writing very difficult. Especially when a reader comes along and confirms my own negative self-talk. “You’re not anything special. You’re writing is bland. Good grief, get an editor!” It takes courage to step forward in faith and do something God has called us to do. We have to trust He’s equipped us, but are we ever really equipped for persecution? I can only pray God is glorified when I write, even if not everyone feels I offer any value or depth. What can I say? I’m unique, and so is Ann Voskamp! 😀 When I’m ready to write again, according to God’s plan, I’ll be writing for an audience of One and I’ll rest easy knowing I’m fearfully and wonderfully made – God doesn’t make mistakes. He brought me to the blogosphere, so He must really love my writing! 🙂

  5. Thank you for this post, Barbie. I’ve been struggling with “What’s the use?” feelings for some time. The answer is, “It’s for God’s use!” He controls how and where my work will have impact. It may be for many or just for me.

  6. What a precious friend you are. My creative process in dedicated a post was hard. Would anyone care? Would anyone read it? In the end I wonder why I stressed so much. Stretching ourselves to show the real self is more rewarding than we think. We can really work when we’re showing His gifts.

  7. I think this may be my favorite post of this series. Maybe because it so targets where my own thoughts have been recently. There is so much I could highlight that spoke to me here. This morning while reading what I kept hearing is how I need to be utterly dependent on Him. “… your will be done.” I need to keep listening for His voice and rest in whatever assignment He has given me. If I believe He is truly calling me to write, I need to keep showing up.
    Beautiful post, Barbie.
    You and your mom have been in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love you.

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