Barbie Swihart

Hello! I’m so glad you stopped by!

My name is Barbie and I’ve been writing in this space for over 12 years. That’s like a life time for most bloggers. It’s been an exciting journey and I’ve been blessed to meet so many beautiful hearts on line who I am honored to call friends.  But it’s also been a hard journey, one of pouring forth from an aching heart and yet still trying to hide the raw and real parts of me that fear exposure.

I’ve been through countless blog designs and each one fit a different season of my journey.  Just when I became comfortable with a beautiful new space, God whispered to my heart to pull back. And in that season of pulling back, it became harder to write. No matter how much I tried, the words would not come.  I found myself lacking the desire to write altogether, but missing it tremendously at the same time.

What came out of a season of stillness was a desire to simplify this space, one where the whispers of God would be heard loudly, and where the wandering heart could come and find strength, comfort and encouragement.  About 3 or 4 years ago I had a blog link up called “Whispers, Worship & Wanderings”.  Even though that link up has come and gone, God has faithfully led me through every season. What I’ve learned is that His whispers are the loudest, and we have to get close if we are going to hear Him.  The still small voice of God will meet our heart like a pounding thunder if we have ears to hear.

I will admit that I’ve been struggling both openly and privately with many things, and the truth of the matter is, I am prone to wander. I get off track, fall off the wagon, turn and run the other way — away from God, instead of into His arms where I need to be. But even though I wander, I’m on a journey from place to place. He takes hold of my hand and leads me into the next glorious season. My heart is continually being molded and shaped into His image and likeness, although the process is painful at times.

This portion of the hymn, “Come, Thou Font of Every Blessing” sums it up so perfectly.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

On a more personal note,

I have been married to my love for 31 years and we have four children — 3 adult children (2 of them married) and 1 teen. I enjoy spending time with my two adorable grandsons, ages 2 and 4.

If you were to sit across the table from me at a local coffee shop, we would tell one another about the hard places we’ve walked, and then we would celebrate together that we’ve come through to the other side.  Even if we haven’t arrived yet, our passports have already been stamped. He promises to bring us through!

Let’s wander towards that together, friends, and share life!  I hope you will visit often. Be sure to leave me a note when you do so that I can visit you.

Barbie