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Clearing The Clutter To See The Beauty // The Weekend Brew — 44 Comments

  1. I love the new look and also am craving simplicity in many areas of life. On blogging, I felt as if I was starting to try too hard and straying from the direction of what I felt/feel God asking of my heart. I look forward to following your simplicity here as I strive for my own. Just reading last weekend’s post but wishing you a happy “this” weekend : )

  2. So grateful for those times when we realize we need to clear out the clutter. I’m in Denver this week with my husband’s business travel, and it’s been nice to have less clutter (in many ways) cleared away from me. It does make seeing the beauty easier! Thanks for the encouragement, Barbie.

  3. Barbie,
    I completely relate to the messy becoming messier before the beauty….and sometimes the process gets repeated…actually usually…Thankful for grace and God’s presence…Thanks for sharing what God is teaching you 🙂

  4. Barbie, your writing shines with His beauty and needs no bells and whistles! I’m trying desperately to declutter, but as you say, it gets messier before it gets simpler. Thanks for the great post & for hosting & God bless!

  5. What a blessing it has been to realign my priorities since retirement. I am de-cluttering many areas (with many to go!!) of my life, and discovering the areas that have just been waiting to surface, Praise the Lord for giving me the drive and determination (and opportunity) to be at a place I have dreamed of for so long!! Big blessings and so much love to you Barbie, as you simplify and rearrange the significant things in your life! Love you! ❥¸.✻
    Denise

    • I am many areas in my life that need decluttering Denise. May be both see a little better once all the clutter is gone. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Sweet Barbie,

    I am so glad you are setting your heart here, to Love God and lead others in that. It draws others into the fellowship that bends towards companionship. Praying as you make changes to feel Him increase as you decrease.
    Thank you for providing a place to gather.

    Bless you!

  7. Barbie, I love the simplistic easy reading feel of your new blog layout. Your words are deep and rich and there is no need for all the bells and whistles as you put it, especially when we come to read your words. Getting ready for a new season in life and asking God to show me what needs to go in every area of life so I can enter the new season fresh, clean and with an open heart to receive what He wants to give.

    • Thanks Jeannie. I will be praying for you as you enter this new season, that God would give you the strength to let go of unnecessary clutter in your own life.

  8. Barbie, I love your new clean look! It makes me want to do the same thing….maybe someday. I have enough irons in the fire without trying to redesign my website. Anyway, love, hugs, and many prayers coming your way as you navigate the waters God has for you. His unfathomable grace is always keeping us afloat on the waves, grace upon grace upon grace.

  9. I love the changes, Barbie. And I love your heart. I won’t be leaving anytime soon. I appreciate so much your honesty and your integrity. Your posts encourage me each time. Clutter is one of those words I think we all can relate to. I’m with you in this journey. I’m decluttering my home, room by room. Have a blessed weekend!

  10. It’s so refreshing to know you, Barbie. Even if it’s from afar! I love that you are listening to what God is speaking to you. His beauty has always shone through every time I come here and read your words that minister to me. And simplicity is beautiful. Many blessings to you this week-end!

    • Thanks so much Hannah! What great encouragement. I am thankful I stumbled upon your blog. It is truly blessing my heart.

    • Thanks Miranda. It’s a work in a process and hasn’t been smooth, but I’m sure it will all be worth it. Thank you for stopping by!

  11. I love the new look! In my home, I’ve been uncluttering since January – going through papers, making a little pile for a little yard sale – but a slow, unrushed uncluttering. Take your time, Barbie. Don’t be rushed. If it’s God’s pace and plan, it will work out beautifully! Shalom, Barbie!
    ~Maryleigh

  12. Barbie love the design and I’m TRYING to work on clutter. Geesh I’m retired but I had grandsons 4 days this week. I know God wants me organized. Trying to find some time to do something every day to get clutter free. Thanks for sharing.

    • I can’t wait for my grandkids to come spend weekends with me. I only have one, and he’s just 9 weeks, but oh I’m looking forward to those days.

  13. Less is definitely more.
    I am also in a de-cluttering phase of life, while at the same time trying to be vigilant about guarding against NEW clutter sneaking in. Our hearts are so prone to wander, and we can manufacture a God-replacement out of anything, it seems. Blessings on you as you simplify and re-prioritize. Thanks for hosting us here in this friendly space.

    • I love having you here Michele. And I love that you reminded me that our hearts are prone to wander, thus the “wandering” part of my new tag line, of which I’ll share more later!

  14. Love the new look! I went through a similar exercise to declutter my life a couple years ago. I was in a place where I couldn’t see the path ahead – it was completely dark around me. I took some time off because I knew I needed time to clear my head and clear the clutter. I decluttered the house, spent time in scripture and prayer, and enjoyed some silence. The decluttering was so freeing – taking out carloads of trash/junk from my house not only cleared the rooms of clutter but also cleared my mind. As I got through that process, God began to unveil small next steps. Praying for your journey and that the decluttering will lead to greater insight.

    • Thanks so much Kathryn. I keep telling myself as far as the house is concerned that I don’t have much to get rid of. But oh, I do! Have a blessed weekend.

  15. I love your new look, Barbie, and also your vision for clearing the clutter. That is something I want to do as well. One area of my life in which I want to clear the clutter is in social media. I want to engage, but I need to seek God regarding the wisest way for my to do that right now. Maybe just a few times a day to check in. I don’t know. You’ve got me thinking. Beautiful new look and beautiful post. Will be tweeting later to share!

    Blessings to you, sweet friend.

    • Thank you Betsy. I hear you about social media. I can get sucked in and pretty soon I’ve wasted hours in my day. I am in the process of cleaning the clutter on all of my social media outlets as well. I don’t want to unfollow anyone, but sometimes it becomes necessary. Praying God will show you what He wants you to do as you strive for simplicity in your own life.

  16. Barbie,

    It was so nice to find your blog and I love the minimalist look! We moved into our home a few months ago and have had construction projects left and right. We are putting a pool in the backyard right now and everything is. a . DISASTER! So, you can see why I love your “Sometimes a mess will become messier before beauty can be seen.”
    🙂 Ha! It is definitely a truth in the shaping of lives, as well. As we grow, improve, and embark on new journeys, chaos can ensue, but as we find our new normal, the beauty becomes evident!
    Thanks so much for hosting this link-up!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

    • Lori, I can imagine the mess in your day-to-day right now, but I bet it will be so beautiful when the house is complete. Thanks for joining in the Weekend Brew Community.

    • Thanks so much Andrew! The header is not responsive yet so I’ll be making a few minor changes. Glad you like it!

  17. Beautiful! The design is looking great and I know everything will fall into place here at your blogging home. I am also being called to a simpler, less cluttered life and realize that until I establish a new rhythm, now that I am retired, it will not happen. I am working on it. We can help each other! Hugs and love!

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