My Life…A Gift To Be Used For His Glory // The Weekend Brew — 58 Comments

  1. I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Barbie. And happy blogging anniversary too! Your friendship is most certainly considered as a gift from God. Love you so much. xoxo

  2. Happy belated Birthday. 🙂 And, happy ‘blog-a-versary’. 🙂
    This is my first time visiting you.
    This is such a lovely post. Thank you for sharing.
    I love your last phrase: “When you don’t know what else to do, offer up the gifts He’s put in you to encourage others.”
    Best to you – as you enter your next year of life and your next year of blogging. 🙂

    • Jamie, I remember I followed you early on in your blogging. And yes, so many things look different now. But I am thankful we are both still plugging along!

  3. Barbie, I had to scroll through a lot of comments and link ups just to leave this comment, which goes to show that you are blessed woman and a blessing to so many others! Happy birthday, friend! I hope you had a great one! Thanks for always sharing from your heart. Blessings!

    • Oh I hope it wasn’t too much trouble. I should make it so that the most recent comments are at the top! Thanks for stopping by my friend!

  4. Yes, I agree, Barbie, that when we extend the many gifts God gives us to others, we are the ones who are truly blessed. Happy Birthday, my friend! Thanks for the linkup and keep blogging away!

  5. So thankful for all the encouragement you give all of us each week, Barbie. I’m prayerful that my writing does the same. Happy birthday!! Hope it was a fabulous day and a fabulous week. xoxo

  6. Hi Barbie,

    How is it that you seem to speak directly to me so often! I feel like God is using you as His personal messenger to me!! 🙂 I struggle so much with putting pressure on myself. I love to write and I love all the socializing that goes with it, however, my season of life is not congruent to being able to do as much as I would like. I feel this burning desire to share His love and freedom with others. I want nothing more than to share His hope. So then I get frustrated with myself for not finding the time. I worry that time is passing and maybe I’m getting too old. That I’m missing what God has intended because I need things like … sleep! Ha!
    Then in comes someone as wonderful as you, with the reassurance that this is in God’s timing right now. If it encourages one or hundreds, it is all up to Him. He will carve out the time He wants and He will give the words He wants for now. Thank you so much for this reminder … for speaking truth into my overwhelmed brain!!!
    Happy Happy Birthday! I hope your day was filled with much love and joy!
    Blessings and smiles

    • Lori, I am so thankful to know that the Lord is using my writing to meet you where your need is. I’ve been at this a long time and have had moments of frustration, lack of time, loss of words where I wanted to quit.But if you know that God is calling you to this, than stick with it. It will get better.

  7. Happy Birthday! There is a song I like to sing as a special in church, particularly in June when we honor the graduates, called “Living Prayer” by Alison Kraus. May our life be a living prayer to Him! Thanks for the beautiful post & for hosting & God bless!

  8. Barbie – Happy happy Birthday to you! & Happy Blog-aversary too! I am so happy that you are celebrating such wonderful things this month. You are an inspiration and encouragement. I just started blogging and at times it seems intimidating and scary to share my thoughts an “life” with others in the blogging world, but I get to do what I love – write!!! Thank you for starting the weekend brew and using your life to glorify Him and encourage others! Birthday blessings 🙂

    • Thank you Debbie! Let me know how I can encourage you on your journey. I popped over to your blog and love the clean, white space.

  9. A very special Happy Birthday to you my dear. I wish I could say I even remember my 49th birthday, but alas I do not. At now 54 I can tell you that it is but a number and that it is what is what lay within your soul that makes your days wonderful. Dedicating your life to God and using your knowledge to help others see that ever shining light will keep you young for quite some time I’m certain. I for one am grateful for the ever growing friendship with you and I always look forward to your comments on my blog and most assuredly your new postings here. Wishing you all the happiness in the world and continued Blessings from God, not just today, but on all days as you continue with your writing journey. Hugs, xoxo

    • Thank you so much Mitzi. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you through your writing and gorgeous photos on your blog!

  10. Happy birthday, sweet friend! and congrats on 7 blog years! You’ve created such a warm, welcoming place here, my friend. God bless you for using your gifts to honor Him.

  11. I love this thought: “falling back on what I know.”
    This is the bedrock reason for absorbing the Word of God, making it part of our brain.
    Nothing else can silence the screaming banshees of untruth.
    So amazed at your long track record!
    Blessings and Happy Independence Day!

    • I am amazed myself Michele. These last couple of years have been the hardest and most challenging, but I believe God has more for me to do here. Thank you for your birthday blessings and support.

  12. Happy Birthday! Wow, you’ve been blogging a while. You’ve stuck with it, kept showing up and using your gift to bless others. That’s so admirable, Barbie. May the Lord continue to bless you, your family, your job, and your writing ministry. 🙂

    God has also been putting on my heart lately to take with I have and put it to work for Him: cooking, writing, speaking, discipling, listening, teaching, just spending time with people, smiling. Just to be aware of the little things I can do, trusting that He’ll transform my gifts. (Like those few loaves that Jesus used to feed thousands. I keep telling God, “I’ll bring my loaves to you.” )

    • That’s such great advice Betsy, to allow God to use the little things in our lives to bless and encourage others. Praying you’re enjoying this 4th of July weekend.

  13. Happy Happy Birthday Barbie!! Lots to celebrate! Thank you for using your gifts of writing and encouragement — they truly have been a blessing to me. It’s so nice to read about the unfolding of your writing journey. You are an inspiration to me. When I started blogging 3 years ago, I had know idea how much my writer’s heart would come alive. There have been many joys, some challenges, and moments I have wanted to give up, but something in me just comes alive when I write. I hope to always write to glorify Him! Congratulations on 7 years of blogging and happiest of birthdays to you!

    • I am grateful to God to have stumbled upon our blog. Your writings actually remind me of those early days of writing. You too are an inspiration and I look forward to a long and growing blogging relationship.

    • Sometimes I can’t believe I’ve stuck with it for so long. But I love that I get to encourage others through my writing. Thank you for your friendship Susan.

  14. Happy Birthday Barbie! You’ve got a lot to celebrate this month. It’s been a pleasure to benefactor of your beautiful writing gift. May you continue to use it in service to others. I pray that as you have refreshed others that you will be refreshed. Many blessings.

  15. Thanks for being faithful to use your gift of writing to serve and to encourage others, Barbie.

    This hot summer afternoon brings back memories of making lemonade from scratch: squeezing out the juice, straining out the lemons, stirring in the sugar, measuring out the water, and plopping in the ice. The lemon and the sugar tend to be stronger in the bottom half of the glass, something to look forward to. So here’s to your 49th birthday, may it be even sweeter and stronger than the first half of your 100 year life. Happy birthday!

    • My kids have actually been making fresh lemonade all week! We are out of sugar now. Thank you for the birthday wishes.

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