The Weekend Brew

The Weekend Brew: Arise and Shine!

March 31, 2012

My son has been capturing the most amazing sunrises with his iPhone in the mornings.  This picture in particular really spoke to me.  It reminded me that every day I have an opportunity, probably many opportunities, to bring glory to God.  Sometimes I get stuck in a rut and think that I have nothing to offer.  But God says, “arise and shine”!  He has gifted me with unique talents and abilities, and I get to use those gifts in partnership with Him to bring glory to His name.

What are you going to do today to bring Him glory?

I would love for you to join me for Fresh Brewed Sundays.  This is where we share a scripture with just simple insight.  No heavy words necessary.  Feel free to use the button in your post and link up below!


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  • Reply Nikki March 31, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    That is an AMAZING photo! Great job, Ryan!
    and what a perfect message to go with it.
    Yes, tomorrow when I rise, I’m going to strive to shine — for Him!
    To God be the glory…
    Beautiful encouragement, friend. Thank you!

    • Reply Barbie March 31, 2012 at 10:14 pm

       Arise and shine my friend.  His glory is within you!

  • Reply Child of God March 31, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Beautiful!!! I love taking pics with the iphone always turns out beautiful. :) Excellent job Ryan!! Arise and shine child of God! 


    • Reply Barbie March 31, 2012 at 10:14 pm

       Thank you my friend!

  • Reply susieklein March 31, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    wow! That is a truly gorgeous moment to capture!

    • Reply Barbie March 31, 2012 at 10:14 pm

       Thank you for stopping by Susie!

  • Reply Shelly Miller March 31, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Okay, I love that your son is capturing the sun rise on his I-phone. That actually says a lot. Happy Palm Sunday to you Barbie.

    • Reply Barbie March 31, 2012 at 10:15 pm

       He is such a blessing, the way He’s always looking for God’s beauty!

  • Reply laura deleon March 31, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Hey Barbie, you are right…we have many opportunities to glorify God – i must remember this too.  Great photo from Ryan too!

    • Reply Barbie April 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

       Amen my friend.  I’ve been thinking about you all week.  I am going to call you tomorrow.  I need some “Laura” time!

  • Reply Dawn Paoletta March 31, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Beautiful! Amazing one can catch the sun with a phone like that! Thanks, I will link up later on Sunday!

    • Reply Barbie March 31, 2012 at 10:15 pm

       He was actually standing on top of a building he just helped build in his construction class.  But yes, truly amazing!

  • Reply Laura Rath March 31, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Barbie, your insight today is inspiring! I forget that I have something to offer God every day. Thanks for sharing and hosting the link up.
    God bless,

    • Reply Barbie March 31, 2012 at 10:16 pm

       Thank you my friend for your faithful encouragement!

  • Reply Shari @ Leaving A Legacy March 31, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Thank you for stopping by Leaving A Legacy! It is nice to meet you as well. :) Your son captured such a beautiful sunrise. It is so true, each day is a gift He gives us! Thanks for sharing this,

    • Reply Barbie April 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

       Thanks for stopping by Shari!

  • Reply Jennifer Camp March 31, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Just beautiful–your son’s photo, your words…just all of it. Thank you, friend. I needed this encouragement now. Blessings to you!

    • Reply Barbie April 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

       You bless my heart with your visits Jennifer!

  • Reply Joan April 1, 2012 at 5:37 am

    I love photos of sunrises and this one is really beautiful. The parable of the talents has been on my mind of late and how we are not to hide the talents God gave us. We use them, not for our glory, but Hi.


    • Reply Barbie April 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm

       Amen Joan!  Thanks for stopping by today.

  • Reply Stephanie Hanes April 1, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Thank you for this, friend.  This morning was a rough morning for me (thanks to morning sickness), but this is a beautiful reminder that He has called me to arise and shine no matter what.  :)

    • Reply Stephanie Hanes April 1, 2012 at 7:35 am

       PS – I’m hoping to have a post up later to link up with you.  God has been working on my heart this morning and I want to share – to ARISE and SHINE. :)

    • Reply Barbie April 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm

       I know all too well about struggling with morning sickness.  Praying that you are feeling well soon.

  • Reply Noreen Taylor April 1, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Hi Barbie, I just saw your comment at Loren’s blog and wonder if this is why we haven’t been connecting-you are now on Word Press. Since I haven’t seen you for ages, I’m thinking this must be the reason behind our missing eachother.  Hope you are well.
    In His Love, Noreen

    • Reply Barbie April 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm

       Noreen, thank you for commenting again. I’ve done some digging and just found your blog again. I’ve now added you to my Reeder so I won’t lose you again. I’ve missed you!

  • Reply Lea April 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    What a gorgeous picture and especially to share on this Palm Sunday. Blessings to you this Easter week!

  • Reply Kerri Smith April 1, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    what a fantastic photo and such a perfect scripture verse! 
    my desire is to arise and shine for Him!! 
    blessings, my friend and thank you for this nudge

    • Reply Barbie April 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm

       Arise and shine girl!  Have a blessed week!

  • Reply Debbie April 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    You always bring glory to His name in your writings and art Barbie!

    • Reply Barbie April 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm

       Thank you my friend! 

  • Reply Barbie April 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm

     Abundant blessings to you my sweet friend!

  • Reply amber April 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm


    i love the idea of women sharing scripture and insights together~
    blogging is such a  neat tool to encourage the body of Christ from all over the world..
    and having never met!! :)

    blessings to you!

  • Reply Jenilee Goodwin April 4, 2012 at 8:10 am

    just beautiful!!! I love that verse!

    • Reply Barbie April 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm

       Thank you Jenilee!

  • Reply Barbie April 4, 2012 at 6:08 pm

     Amber, do you have a blog?  I would love for you to link up if you ever can.

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