Awaken Our Hearts To Fully Live // The Weekend Brew — 31 Comments

  1. What a visual – blowing dandelion seed dreams – and trusting God to make them grow – even in the quiet winter of a season. Your art resonates that message! I’m in a different place – and it’s a time of discovery, where I don’t “know” what I’m supposed to be looking at, what I’m supposed to be doing – only that I’m supposed to be intentional in the living in it. Even in the emptiness – He works in us. Learning how to live before the reveal along with you sweet sister!

  2. I love your paintings, Barbie. But I Love the word you shared and the story that you related with it, the hope and life your are spilling just blesses others.

    Thanks for hosting a space to connect.
    Bless you,

  3. Oh my goodness this was amazing for me to read. First of all, being creative as a part of worship and devotion is a beautiful idea! I’m going to consider that myself-thank you for sharing! Also, just being in a place where you feel empty or stuck or hopeless. I’m feeling very confused right now because of what’s going on internally as well as externally and it’s just difficult to stay steady some days. Again, thank you for sharing because knowing others get it help to lessen the despair of shame. Thanks, this was very good for me today!

  4. Beautiful words, friend! As I’ve felt like I was slogging through mud these last few weeks, I needed to read this and I need some awakening! Happy Lord’s Day, Barbie.

  5. I’ve just been so weary lately. Still missing my dad who passed away 15 months ago. Still making round trips once a month to help take care of my mom. Still just tired, in my emotions and my body. So yes, I could use a heart awakening.

    But, I am always uplifted by the One who invites me to His side, and reminds me that He is yoked with me, and carries every burden.


  6. Barbie,
    What a beautiful painting and yes, I want to awaken with you to all the joy found in God’s presence….This is a grace gift: “God reminds me that although I may feel empty, there is abundance to be found in His presence.”

    ((hugs)) I’ve been praying for you, my friend 🙂 will keep doing so as God brings you to mind

  7. I never ceased to be amazed at how the Lord ministers to me in areas where He has lessons for me in AND in areas where He desires to minister and bring healing. Many times He does so through sermons, Bible reading and now through blog posts.

    Your blog post touched me right where I am at lately, an area of struggle. I so much desire to live in the Joy of His presence.

    Thank you so much for sharing your heart in this matter.

    I just lifted you up in prayer that the Lord will awaken your heart to ALL that He has for you in His promises.

    • Karen, I am so glad you stopped by and were touched my the post. Praying you will continue to sense the nearness of God and are awakened to all He has for you. I appreciate your prayers.

  8. The painting is absolutely beautiful! I feel like sometimes when we are at our weakest, the attacks and the lies really try to take us down. It is through faith in God and prayer that we can fight this. Everything is in God’s timing, but it is so good how He can take something bad and turn it into good. Thanks for hosting and for sharing your article!

  9. I am so happy to hear that you are able to see the joy laid before you in the middle of the storm. This is a precious beautiful lesson to learn. I am so glad He taught and you listened. Rejoicing with you Barbie, that the Lord is with you always and that there is hope. Cling tightly to Jesus. You will get thru this season. I have been praying!

    • Thanks Nicki. And you have a Dandelion on your blog. I think I will remember to scatter seeds of hope every time I visit. Enjoy the long weekend.

  10. Beautiful painting – and love the story how the dandelion began to appear before you. Praying next steps and hope for your heart will also begin to appear and illuminate for you.

  11. Words from a song that was important to me years ago came to mind as I read your post:
    So let us know,
    Let us press on to know the Lord.
    His going forth is as certain as the dawn,
    And He will come —
    He will come to us like the rain,
    Like the spring rain, watering the earth.

    Praying this song, singing this prayer for you today, Barbie.

  12. Beautiful painting Barbie. And yes, I do need to have my heart awakened. The next few weeks look so busy with a women’s retreat I’m organizing and also my son’s 18th birthday/graduation party and two last weeks of homeschool that my mentality has become this: “IF I can just make it through June 6th, I’ll be okay.”

    But that’s no way to live! I want to be awake to God and the joy He has for me.

  13. Barbie, you mention the dandelion. It amazes me that there is not a child who is not fascinated with dandelions. I will never look at a dandelion quite the same 🙂 but always remember to “scatter the seeds of hope and promise”. Grateful to be here. Enjoy the weekend!

    • Dandelions bring back such fond childhood memories. I a going to find one this week and scatter those seeds of hope!

  14. Barbie, this is beautiful…the painting, the whisper from the Lord, the message…all if it. I love this painting! What a neat way if expressing worship! I pray that you get through this valley and begin ascending the mountain once more soon. Thank you for your inspiration today.

    • Thank you Mary. It’s been hard, but I’m thankful I get to connect with the Lord in worship and use the gifts He’s given me to encourage others. Have a blessed weekend.

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