When You Fall Short And Need A Little Grace // Glimpses Link Up — 19 Comments

  1. I agree with MIchelle – HIs mercies are new every morning!! He – and His mercies – will meet you and be exactly what your soul needs and I know He will bless your faithfulness when you read His word each day. What a vulnerable and honest post….one for all of us to heed. Thank you for being willing to share –

  2. Barbie, if we’re honest we’ve all been there, probably more than once. When I get stuck, reading slowing and really savoring what I’m reading helps. I also like to read Psalms 19 & 119 and think about the verses that talk about His Word, maybe even pray them back to Him. In the meantime, I’m praying for you and I know others are, too.

  3. I’m sorry to learn you’ve been in the hospital, sweet friend. I am praying for healing. Cooler weather should be on its way! It’s hard to feel good when you’re overheated. I’m asking God to awaken the love and passion you used to have for Him. He is waiting for you with open arms, my friend.

  4. Oh, Barbie, I know the struggle. There have been times where I have put off reading the Bible even knowing that it was really what I needed. I didn’t want to read just for the sake of reading, either. It really helps to start slowly when you need to get back into it. I’m also realizing that it’s good for me to read every day even if starting out it’s just to make sure I do it. The more I read the more I realize how much I need it. Sometimes I go through the Psalms or Proverbs and sometimes one of the gospels. I love the gospel of Luke. Reading scripture helps put life back into perspective and eventually I’m ready for the parts that may be harder to read.

    You are a blessing, Barbie! Sharing your struggles helps us all see that we are not so different and can identify with each other’s struggles. May God bless you richly and draw you close to Him. xo

  5. I think we’ve all been there to some extent at one time or another, if we’re honest. I agree with what Lesley said, sometimes just doing it even though we’re not feeling it gets us back on track and eventually opens the faucet, so to speak, again. I’m a big fan of reading a particular book of the Bible through rather than hit or miss here or there – the latter makes me feel a little directionless. Maybe something like the Psalms is a good place to plunge in. Though all of the Bible is directed at the heart, the Psalms particularly speak to our hearts and let us know others of God’s children have felt the way we have through the years. And though I don’t usually recommend a devotional book in place of the Bible itself, a good Bible-based devotional book like Daily Light on the Daily Path or Our Daily Bread can give us a bit of spiritual nutrition from which we can build back into a devotional habit. Praying that God sends you refreshment and encouragement through His Word as you seek Him.

    • I decided to start in Psalms today, even before I read your comment, so I know it’s what God wants me to do. I hope to post an image from what stands out to me and a blurb on FB throughout the week. Thank you for your encouragement!

  6. Barbie,
    I’ve had many seasons of feeling like I was dying on the vine. At each one, I asked God, “Why?” The answers weren’t always clear and in some instances they never came. What did come, however, is my realization that each trial drew me, ultimately, into a deeper dependence and reliance on God. I knew I had two choices….I could stay mad at Him or I could throw myself into His arms as His wounded child. I chose the latter and He has wrapped me in His grace. Some problems still remain unsolved, but I have learned to trust His sovereignty even if it makes no sense to me. I have loved the Bible studies at “Deeper Waters” – especially by Denise Hughes. They have helped get me into His Word with a plan and daily reading. I’ve done Ephesians, James, Ruth, Philippians, Daniel, and several others. I highly recommend them. I will check in on you and will be praying for you. Thank you for being honest and vulnerable….you are not alone!!
    Love and ((hugs)) sweet sister,
    Bev xo

    • I’ve seen many posts about the Deep Waters studies. I am going to make myself a note to check them out in a few months. Right now, I want to read without the study part. Thank you for your prayers!

  7. Barbie, thanks for your honesty. I have felt like that too. It was about 3 years ago. I was going through a difficult situation with a friend, it seemed that prayers were going unanswered and I was really struggling to motivate myself to read the Bible.
    Eventually I was challenged by a talk I heard that I just had to make the choice to do it, regardless of how I felt, so I began doing that. It was a slow process. At first I was only managing about twice a week but I kept going and gradually increased it. It took a few months before I felt I was beginning to connect with God again and about six months before it became something I truly felt I benefited from and looked forward to each day but it was worth the perseverance in the end.
    Will be praying for you!

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