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Five Minute Friday: Finish

By Barbie   /     Jul 24, 2014  /     My 5 Minute Fridays  /     15 Comments

Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and a beautiful community of writers at the Five Minute Friday where we are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes for the joy of writing.  No editing or backtracking necessary.  No need to be perfect.  This is where I get to write, letting it all go, allowing the words tucked away deep inside my heart to find their voice.


Open old brown covered book with blue lavender flower on top, selective focus

It’s not about how our stories began, but how we finish them.  Having struggled through some things in my life, I believed for many years that I was responsible to end the story well.  To have the happy ending.  To dance the fairy-tale dance into the pages of history. Well, not really.

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On Writing Brave

By Barbie   /     Jul 24, 2014  /     Writing & Blogging  /     3 Comments


As a writer, I believe there are stories hiding in deep place of my heart that I’d rather leave there.  Buried underneath the weight of the past, I question whether these words must be resurrected in order to bring me to the fullness of the freedom that is mine in Christ.  Sometimes a story is better left unsaid.  After all, when you profess Jesus Christ as Lord, and believe that He has redeemed you from your past, why dig it up?

But sometimes God withholds our stories, until such a time when we are ready to fully embrace the work He did on the cross.  Some stories have been removed from my memory altogether, swept away with my past as I surrendered my heart to Him.  Not every story will be told, but I believe He will call me to bravely share some, to write with trembling hands and in fear, so that He may be glorified.

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Featured Friend: Mary @ Passage Through Grace

By Barbie   /     Jul 22, 2014  /     Featured Writers  /     8 Comments
Welcome to Featured Friend Wednesday!  Every Wednesday I will 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.

I am the Question-You are the Answer
by Mary @ Passage Through Grace



Looking through the eyes of a 2 1/2 year old great niece on vacation was a lesson in self-discovery. Every few words or phrases were laced with “What’s that?” Questioning is the window to the world for a young child and not having been in a day to day situation with a toddler for years, I caught myself marveling at the process of discovery.

In the mind of a child, questioning leads to more questioning which opens up the world to him or her. The quest for answers is the end goal for us when we question, but for a toddler, many times one question leads to one piece of the puzzle that then leads to more questions. The end goal is not always to seek an answer. This process of discovery made me pause, step back and reflect on what this looks like in our journey to know God better.

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