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Journey To The High Places: The Invitation (Week 1) — 18 Comments

  1. Hi Barbie! 🙂
    First; thank YOU so much for your gift of time and compassion for this devotional-it is truly going to be a blessing! Second; I loved week one devotional! So excited to begin using and applying to my personal goals and setbacks. ♥ Too many times, we judge our efforts by the results. And not only how it turns out, but how it’s perceived by others. We worry about our appearances, and pleasing others. Often we (and I am speaking for myself!) are afraid to stand up for God. What we should be doing is singing and baking and writing our hearts out for Our Father with faith and trust, ready to follow Him to the high places whenever He calls!
    Already excited for week two! 🙂
    Love you dear friend! ♥
    Denise

    • Denise, excited to have you joining. If you haven’t already, head over to our Facebook group page and join in discussion there. I will have something fresh there this evening.

  2. Barbie, this is such a wonderful study and I am so grateful that the Lord put it on your heart to do this with all of us. For many years I suffered from very low self-esteem ,always trying to please others in order to be accepted. I thought because I was overweight that I was ugly and worthless.
    Last year when I decided to surrender my all to Him (although I have been a Christian for so many years) and allowed Him to cleanse me from deep within (which is a very painful procedure) I began to see myself through the Shepherd’s eyes of Love and I started to understand that i am precious in His sight!
    This journey to the “High Places” is an ongoing daily journey. The more I yearn for Him and put my will down and accept His will the more I am tranformed from and “ugly duckling” to a “beautiful swan”. He truly is all I need!!! Blessings to you my dear friend! Looking forward for your next post!!! Love to you!!!

    • I still struggle with self esteem, which is why it was a battle to finally allow God to open this door. So thankful you have you along for the journey.

  3. This looks like a great study, Barbie. I can relate to fear. I truly live in a worried state far too often. Changing through difficulty is frightening, as you said, but it has always brought me the greatest growth. I’m looking forward to following along with your journey through this devotional!

  4. I just finished reading the first chapter and I was wrecked! I identified with Much-Afraid in so many ways, especially with her definition of love, ha ha! Barbie, I sent a request to join the group on FB I am wondering if you’ve had a chance to accept it? 🙂

    Also, I purchased the ebook version of Hinds Feet and the ebook version doesn’t seem to have page numbers. So upon skimming through the reading schedule, I began to am wonder if the schedule is divided into chapters? For example, are pages 16-41 all Chapter 1?

    • Claudia, I am so thankful to have you along on this journey. I am having trouble with the Facebook group, in that it’s not telling me when people are requesting to join. If you send me a link to your personal FB page, I will invite you. And yes, the book is pretty much divided up within chapters. Blessings!

  5. I liked this first chapter so much that I went on to the next chapter! This first chapter was very comforting to me. At first I identified with Much Afraid in regards to when I first started walking with the Lord. I was reminded of how the Lord gently and sweetly wood me like the Shepherd. Then I began to realize that I am still very much like Much Afraid and the Shepherd is STILL the same way with me. I was reminded of the Shepherd’s love for me and ways he has graciously dealt with me over the years.This moved me to thankfulness and times of refreshing this past week. You’ve summed the chapter up beautifully and I’m looking forward to next week!

  6. This book is in my library and has had a special place since 1982. I recorded the entire book on cassette tape and sent it to my dying father. I only hope he heard the powerful words of encouragement and painful truth…He works, weaves and cuts away the “self” we hold so close even as that “self” hisses and claws to have her own way. You will be blessed as you read it. I am blessed again in what you’ve shared. I never realized that it was 1982 He began to work in my “much-afraid” heart. Was it then He planted the seed of love? I think so. blessings, my dear friend. ~ Chris

    • Chris, what a gift you were able to give to your father. I pray that those words penetrated His heart in ways he had never known before. Thanks for following along.

  7. Barbie-I’m so glad you are doing this study. I love the way this book is making me think. More importantly it sucked me in immediately because on many levels I can relate to Much-Afraid. There have been times in my life that I have felt exactly like her. Any act of surrender will have heartache as well. Blessings, my friend!

    • You are so right Mary. Every step I take toward surrender breaks my heart a little, but brings me so much closer to Him. Hugs!

  8. Hi Barbie! I did not feel led to read the book along with you, but to continue on with the current book and Bible study that I’m in the middle of. However, I LOVE what you have shared here and can’t wait for your thoughts and insights next week. God has spoken to my heart through your words. Be blessed my friend!

  9. Hi Barbie, I am not reading this book, but I like your thoughts here and I LOVE this “Still my trembling heart in Your loving hand.” there are things that are making my heart tremble these days and I truly need Him to still my heart.

    Have a wonderful week friend!

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