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Preparing My Heart To Receive Him // Glimpses Link Up — 20 Comments

  1. Barbie, you are giving us more than you realize. Your transparency in the midst of messiness and brokenness ministers to us as we are all messy and broken. I identify with that struggle to surrender our all to Him. We don’t like to be emptied of ourselves, do we? It sounds like you are depressed and overwhelmed, too, Barbie. If you feel the nudge to see your doctor, please do. I know Jesus is the first place to go to, but I also have learned that sometimes God uses therapy or medication to help us cope in this life. I feel for you. I pray Jesus will wrap you so close to His heart that you will hear the faithful rhythm of His love for you! Love and hugs to you!

  2. Praying for you Barbie! I know how hard it is to put in a full day at work, and have nothing left in the evenings! Praying that the God of all comfort will fill you this Christmas season!

  3. Prying that God will fill you with fierce faith and that His truth would permeate every fiber of your being.
    I appreciate your transparency, Barbie. May you find comfort, counsel, rest, peace and joy this season.

  4. These words were written for me too. God is doing a deep heart work in me too. He wants me to let go of the mess I am trying to fix on my own and release it to Him.

    I am praying for you this Advent season as you hear from God and surrender all. Love and hugs!

  5. Dear Barbie,
    I pray that these words of your friends will lighten the heavy load that you bear, and help you to feel the love of Jesus so close. But at the same time, I know what you mean about the struggle to surrender feeling as if it’s too hard to give over to Him. And, yet, even then HE is with us, helping us to carry that load to His altar. May Jesus draw you to Himself and let you know how precious you are to Him. I appreciate your heart of honesty so much–even that is an act of surrender and obedience. I too need His grace to keep going in the surrenders that He asks of me. Blessings and love to you!

  6. I so agree with you, Barbie: “Introspection may look as if it’s self-focused, but unless we allow ourselves to take a good, hard look at who we are, we will be unaware of the person God intended us to be. Introspection is a good thing, as long as we don’t dwell there.” We can’t fix what we can’t see.

  7. Barbie, sometimes this season where we anticipate and celebrate the Light of Christ coming into the world is one where the darkness can seem to encroach more than before. Oh, friend, we’re all broken, all being put back together, piece by piece, little by little by His grace. And we are broken into beauty too as God does His work in our hearts, giving us beauty for ashes and birthing Hope from despair. I hope and pray you will know the warm comfort of His Love tenderly hugging you close. You don’t have to do more or be more. You are already His precious Beloved. Sending love, gentle hugs and prayers. xo

  8. But we aren’t, Barbie – we aren’t broken beyond repair. But when I feel that way, I know that God is doing His best work. Bless you as you lift your hurt to HIm and wait on His sweet repair work (and I would go to see your DR. – that’s why we have them – they don’t know everything – I know, I sleep with one!) but God often provides through them.

  9. Yes, sweet friend, we have to do the hard work of laying it down and letting it go. But never forget, never doubt, that He is there with you the entire time. Advent is the perfect lesson in hopeful waiting through the darkest hours. May each glimpse of “Christmas” remind you that you are not alone. He lives! He is come. And the gift of His presence is for YOU! Praying for you, friend.

  10. Agreeing with you in prayer, dear sister.
    If it’s any consolation, we are ALL messes. Some may not admit it or even recognize it, but it is better to be in a place where you realize it and cry out to God for His help.
    On surrender, I remember the days of my struggle with that fear of totally surrendering to God. When I finally let go and surrendered to Him, it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Surrender to Him ushers in the peace that we so long for.

  11. Oh yes! So many times I’ve left something at the altar, Barbie, only to snatch it right back when my circumstances continue to bleak or challenging. I appreciate your thoughts here today, my friend. They are a reminder that I always need to remember!

  12. Praying that you know God with you, filling you with his love, and that you are able to let him in to those broken places and know his healing. Also for wisdom about seeking help from your doctor.
    I would love prayers for energy in this busy season and that I am able to make space for quality time to focus on God.

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