When Life Stands Still // Glimpses — 43 Comments

  1. I think we have all had those times, Barbie. A book that I found so helpful is When Life is Hard by James MacDonald. In fact, I think it’s the best book I’ve ever read on struggles and hard times. There is a video series, too. I think it can be downloaded one at a time. Anyway, just something you might want to check out.

  2. I love this – probably because you just described me! What’s with that feeling of not wanting to get up, being overwhelmed. Ugh. Prayers for our ability to Thrive with God! 🙂

  3. Barbie…I so appreciate your honesty and vulnerability! Although you are struggling, which I am so sorry for, I love and respect how open you are. I’ll be praying that this hard season is over soon…but Im guessing it might not be until after April 15th! 😉

    • Ha! I haven’t even filed mine. My boss has done them, but since we owe, they aren’t getting their money until the end.

  4. Barbie, once again, thanks for being vulnerable and sharing what many of us are going through or have gone through. I’m so thankful that God knows our hearts and loves us and is always with us. I sometimes feel like I’m at a standstill, but then God allows things into my life that make me run to him to help me through the hard time. He gives me peace and helps me go forward. Blessings and love to you, dear sister! xo

  5. Oh friend… so many are in this same spot… trying to wait it out in a hard season, wanting to rush through it but knowing it’s best to follow His lead! Praying for pockets of Peace and respites of Rest as you lean in and listen and follow Him in to a brand new season!

  6. Barbie, I love your honesty and that you allow us to walk with you and pray with you. I have definitely had times when I’ve felt like I’m standing still, felt that I wanted to move forward but couldn’t, but God moved me forward in his time. Praying that you know him with you, guiding your steps.

  7. Hi Barbie! Perhaps it’s OK to not move forward in some areas…as long as we have the right perspective –Psalm 46:10-Be still and know that I am God. I pray you will know the God of creation is over you and your circumstances and that this knowledge will encourage you and embolden you for all that life is right now.

  8. Barbie, I am a retired CPA, so I know what tax season can be like. I was so matter of fact with my head in the taxes I probably wasn’t very nice to those around me. I am sure this doesn’t help with feeling alone. I am praying for you!!!! I hope you are are seeking out people around you that can help you. No one should go through this alone.

      • Good for you. I know at one point in my life I had to schedule time with people because I knew it was good for me. Every Tuesday was my day with people. I need to go back to doing that.

  9. Sweet, friend, I’m praying for you during this time of trial. Stay in the word and know, “God keeps faith and will not let you be tested beyond your powers, but when the test comes He will at the same time provide a way out and so enable you to endure.” 1Cor 10:13

  10. Dear Barbie, Oh I understand those feelings of being stuck! I wonder if that is one more thing that those of us with fibromyalgia share in common? Many days it seems so hard to even get out of bed because it feels like I am surrounded with concrete. But like Debbie just expressed, God is teaching me things in this valley I would not have learned otherwise. You are in my prayers, dear fibro-sister! May you feel the Lord’s grace this week.

  11. Thank you for your vulnerability. I think it’s encouraging that you can still think of Glimpses to be thankful for, even in the midst of feeling stuck. I’m sorry that you are in a hard season. Yes, I have felt stuck at times too. This too shall pass. I promise. ((Hugs))

  12. Barbie, you are not alone. We stand with you, as does Jesus, who sits with us in our darkness, His arms ready to reach down and lift us out of the miry pit. You may feel weak and dispirited but He is able to make you strong again and sustain you even now in this hard place. When our relationships are challenging it tends to throw a subdued light over everything. And the season of Lent lends itself to deeper introspection and heart searching, but we have Hope, Light and Joy waiting at the end of our inner journey. It’s not far from you, my friend. Sending love, hugs and prayers. xo

  13. I have experienced time when life standstills. But as you shared, God is totally capable. He is working in you even when it doesn’t feel like it and desires nothing more than for you to sit with him. Praying you feel God’s presence this week and know how much you are deeply loved.

  14. I used to work for a CPA during tax season, and we spent many an evening sitting at desks poring over tax forms — this was back in the day when they were actually still done on paper. I don’t miss the stress one bit! Take good care of yourself during this busy time.

    • Even though they are all done electronically now, there is still so much paper (source docs) and so much to do. I thrive on busyness but I am looking forward to the end.

  15. Barbie,
    Oh how I’ve found myself in the much and the mire!! Psalm 40: 1-3 has become my life verse. I’ve battled anxiety, depression, and marital trouble. Praying that you can cast your cares and leave them there….I get it.
    Blessings and ((hugs)),
    Bev xx
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  16. Barbie, I just want to encourage you. Jesus is with you; you are not alone. And even though weeping endures, joy will surely come in the morning. Stay strong! Blessings to you.

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