Community, Writing & Blogging

The Truth About Fear, Communion and Health

When I began the Write31Days challenge on October 1st, I had high hopes of finishing strong. I met so many beautiful writers in our Facebook group, and even had the privilege of assisting many with their buttons and landing pages. October started out strong and I wrote for 7 days straight.

And then I hit a wall.

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My idea for today was to come here and share my heart on day 11, “rest”.  I wanted to come here and tell you that I have heard God calling me to rest and that I’m laying it down to sit at His feet. But that’s not exactly the truth. I think I’ve

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Community, Faith, Weekend Whispers

Clearing The Clutter To See The Beauty // The Weekend Brew

This morning I awoke to the sound of birds chirping outside my window, the rays of the sun shining brightly through my window, and my 12 year old boy sleeping next to me. All of these were reminders to me that His mercies are new every morning.  As I lay listening to the birds and thanking God for the sunshine and the gift of my children, I realized how much I desired to hear, feel and see the beauty of God all around me.

[tweetthis]My life has become so cluttered that I am unable to hear, feel and see the beauty in every-day living. @BarbieSwihart[/tweetthis]

When you come to a point in your

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Community, Faith

An Update, Sharing The Brew and An Award

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Hi friends. It’s been a while, I know. What can I say. I just can’t seem to find the words to pour out my heart here on a more regular basis.  But I know that God is working in my life, even when I can’t see it. I’m taking note and recognizing His sovereign leadership in this season. I know that I have much more to say, just not yet.  I’m still sifting through piles of disarray and disappointment, but God promises to bring me through.

I want to thank those of you who have remained with me through the quiet. I appreciate you so much. I have a few “ideas”

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Community, Featured Guests

Featured Friend: Andrea @ Beautiful Craziness

Welcome to Featured Friend Wednesday where I  introduce you to one of my beautiful writing friends.  I hope you will take the time to read, get to know the writer and visit her blog and social media links.

Pride, Control and the Desire for a Refined Confidence
by Andrea @Beautiful Craziness

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I use to have confidence.

Confidence in which I could walk into a room, lift my head and be proud of who I was. Confidence in the things I did. I was good at school. I had my life planned out at an early age. I knew what I wanted and I knew what I needed to do to get it.

Confidence: “a feeling or consciousness of one’s powers or of reliance on one’s circumstances” (Merriam-Webster).

Through the years the confidence has waned. That girl who was self-reliant and so sure of herself has flittered away some (and I believe she took her waist size with her!)

Maybe it never really was confidence. Maybe it was pride.

A lot of it was pride.

When I was in High School I was more proud than confident. I wasn’t

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