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Of Whispers, Worship & Wanderings // The Weekend Brew — 40 Comments

  1. I pray every night that God helps me hold my tongue. As there are some things I wish I good but shouldn’t. As it will offend someone. Something i don’t wish to do.

  2. I love your three points…perhaps the Lord is not only calling you to these things but also the rest of us! Blessings as you lean in, look up and let go!

  3. That’s one of my favorite hymns too, Barbie…as I am prone to wander as well. Thanks for your encouragement to lean in and listen, to worship, and to acknowledge the times of wandering. It is in those times I think we may get to know Him best. Looking forward to hearing about the changes in The Weekend Brew!

  4. Thank you, Barbie! Again, you spoke as though it were coming right from my heart. I’m new to blogging as more than a byside hobby. I struggle with all that you mentioned. I just want to be obedient. I just want to share the love of Jesus and that which He puts on my heart. But yet there is so much more to it. How do I balance it and how, oh how, do I stop comparing myself to other bloggers?! (and then coming to the conclusion that I just don’t have “it”!) Whew!
    I just have to tell you … I would treasure the opportunity to sit under your mentorship around a kitchen table! As for now, I am simply thankful to get to taste a bit each week. I am excited to see the changes. I know they will be beautiful! I will be praying for you and for that peace that transcends all understanding!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

    • Lori, I am so honored by your visit today. I’ve been there once, a newbie, and I still have so far to go. I am here for you. If you ever need encouragement or anything by way of blogging, I will share what I’ve learned. Keep going. You’re doing well. Hugs!

  5. Love this post, Barbie!
    Leaning in and letting go here, too.
    Always looking up while looking forward to new beginnings.
    Love how you share your heart, friend.

  6. Oh, “Come Thou Fount…” is one of my favorite hymns and am singing it right now…will be for a while!
    The beautiful points here fit my needs so very well. I need them too. I have been blessed. Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  7. Barbie, The words of this post touched me very personally. It was like you saw into my life, my struggles and my feelings and spoke them.

    I have only been blogging since January, and just earlier today I said to my husband, “I have no idea what I’m blogging about for this week!” This happens to me almost every week, and then, without fail, the Lord provides His Words and “writes” the post for me.

    But… it seems since I began blogging, my sin nature has actually gotten worse as far as my attitudes and thought life. Satan whispers in my ear, “You are a hypocrite writing these things. You aren’t worthy to represent God.”

    Your post reminds me that the only whisperings I should listen to are those of the still small voice of God; to remember I am writing for God’s Glory and His alone; to allow Him to continue to write through me; and to persevere in this calling. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Karen, I know and understand your struggle. If I can encourage you at all is to keep your eyes on Jesus. Do not compare yourself to others. You have a unique gifting and call and God will work it out in you. Just be obedient. I am here to encourage you!

  8. Lean in, look up and let go… I love it, Barbie!

    The more we lean into His embrace, the farther away our troubles seem. The more we look up to Him, the smaller our issues become. With every surrender we let go into His capable hands, the clearer His grace becomes to us.

    Praying you will continue to find His grace in every moment and freedom as you lean, look and let God be God. Your words are always an inspiration.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

  9. I don’t want to stop writing my blog…but sometimes it takes a lot out of me, both physically and emotionally. Writing about the ‘long goodbye’ from the perspective of a terminally ill spouse…if God weren’t here, encouraging me (and sometimes giving me a spiritual boot up the bum) it would be almost impossible.

    Thatnks for a lovely, endearing post today. You write so well!

    • Andrew, you continually bless me. I cannot imagine the weight of all that you carry. But your attitude, even when you are feeling week, is one of trust in Your Maker. I continue to pray for you.

  10. You are so right about our blogs – I’ve been doing this for 6 years – and it’s not about creating a book, building fame and readership. It’s about God in our lives and telling the stories He gives us – and it’s not a 3X, 2X or even a 1X a week schedule – it’s our publisher’s (God’s) schedule. There’s lots of change in my life, too – but then, there has always been change. Blessings to you in this journey and comfort in these changes!

  11. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. . .
    So often I sing this prayer — or pray this song– and am grateful for His mercy that leads me back to His love.
    Thank you for your words, today.
    Happy August!

  12. Barbie…these words, so beautifully written, could have been written by me. I have struggled to much the last 14-16 months to write anything. When I think I should just close up shop, something happens to make me believe that the Lord doesn’t want me to stop writing on my blog. I love your “lean in, look up, let go” theme. Isn’t that the answer to all of life’s problems? Have you pre-ordered Kristen Strong’s book Girl Meets Change? I received an Advance Reader Copy…this book is SOOOO good. You should check it out! It has really spoken to me. http://amzn.to/1VSZ1yG

    • Oh Mary, I now your struggle. So many times I thought I was done writing, but God simply just wanted me to let go and allow Him to lead me. Sometimes I want to get ahead, for fear I will be left behind. I am thankful you are still writing. You are a blessing!

  13. Wow! I feel like this could have been written for me. 🙂

    Very touching and beautifully written. Thank you for your transparency Barbie. 🙂 ❤ I truly enjoy your blog.

    Yes, you are loved and appreciated!

  14. Hello Barbie, What a beautiful and encouraging post. As we continue to go through seasons of change, “we will never be all that God desires if we chose to remain the same.” I love this! Seasons are an opportunity for growth, and we can either be opportunists or naysayers in the process. I’m encouraged to lean in ever so close that I too can hear His voice like a thunder. Blessings.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by. You are so right in that we can choose how we react to change. Have a blessed Sunday!

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