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Five Minute Friday: Finish — 36 Comments

  1. “For sometimes the imperfections are the beauty, and those blemishes on the pages of our stories are what draw others to Him”

    this is beauty friend.. pure beauty!

  2. What a beautiful post! There is so much peace and comfort in knowing that God is writing our stories. I don’t have to constantly strive, or try to desperately plan and hope everything turns out because He is the author of our lives.”For sometimes the imperfections are the beauty, and those blemishes on the pages of our stories are what draw others to Him.” I absolutely loved this line! There is so much truth in this. Thank you for this reminder! Stopping from Five Minute Fridays!

  3. Barbie, I am someone who likes everything to end or finish neatly and so many times I have had to just throw up my hands and either laugh or just cry my eyeballs out. If you know what I mean. It just wasn’t going to happen. I pray one day God gives me the strength and grace to finish well…no matter what it looks like. Great post! Blesssings on your weekend my friend.

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  4. Oh yes, the divine accolade. To finish well and hear those words. It all gets so much clearer when that’s all I’m hoping for. To run with fixed eyes. Love you, friend. So glad you are telling your story, even if some parts aren’t pretty.

    • I won’t hide from the ugly parts anymore my friend. I am realizing that there are others who need to read those imperfect words to spur them on to the finish line. Love you!

  5. You are running with beauty and grace. I love the way you share the secret that it is His story. When you said, It’s not about how our stories began, but how we finish them,” I got a chill of truth called grace.

  6. Yes, He is responsible for the outcome. Not me. No matter how I strive for that, thank you for this reminder that He is in control and I am blessed to just be able to join Him in His work!

  7. “For sometimes the imperfections are the beauty, and those blemishes on the pages of our stories are what draw others to Him.” Yes, yes, and a hundred times yes. Thankful for this reminder that He uses all of it to help me finish well and to encourage others too. Lovely post, Barbie!

  8. Barbie- Your words moved me. So often I feel like I am responsible for my own endings. How quickly I forget that I am not authoring my own life. I love this, “when held in the hands of the Maker, our stories will birth everlasting joy, turning mourning into dancing and sorrow into joy. ” Amen! Thank you for this beautifully written encouragement. Your place is one of my favorites to visit. #fmf

  9. Amen! I was going to highlight the same quote that Nannette mentioned. Very well said! It’s so true that sometimes our imperfections are what draws others to God. A friend and I talked about that not long ago, and she said that maybe He allows us to retain our flaws because it leads others to think, “If God can do this for her, maybe He can do it for me, too.”

    Stopping by from FMF.

    • Sometimes I think the only way some people will ever see Jesus is through our flawed, human nature. You are exactly right, He does it for others, and He can do it for us! AMEN!

  10. “For sometimes the imperfections are the beauty, and those blemishes on the pages of our stories are what draw others to Him.” That is a “tweet-worthy” quote, friend! Love all of this…I also hope I can impact others along the way, I included the words of Jesus in mine today too. Isn’t that what we are living for? “Well done…”
    Well done, Barbie!

  11. Your Five Minute Friday neighbor again…we must be on a similar schedule. “I want to finish my story well, to run the race to earn the prize. Do I want my story to have lasting impact on others? Perhaps. I would love to know that a part of my story changed a life for the better. But what it all boils down to is am I living the story that God called me to live, fearlessly and courageously?” exactly what I long for as well. Thank you for sharing today.

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