Writing & Blogging

To Be Heard: {Write It Girl}

March 6, 2012

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In just a few short months, I will celebrate four years of blogging.  Since I first began this journey, I have thought long and hard about why it is that I continue to write.  Why is it that I continue to come, allowing words hidden deep inside of my heart to grace the blank canvass of this space?

At first thought, I write to “bring Him glory”, or “to encourage the hearts of women”.  And this is true.  I want nothing from this blog but for it to glorify and honor the One who gives me the words.  Apart from Him, I can do no good thing, and I pray that this has been a good thing in my life, and in the lives of others.

It is my prayer that you are strengthened and encouraged through my words.  I do not claim to lead a perfect life.  I am scared, bruised, broken…but I have given my life as clay into the hands of the Master Potter.  As He molds and shapes my life for His glory, it is my hope that you will be drawn just a little closer.

Even though the above is true, there is another reason why I write.  And that is so that my voice would be heard.  As infants, we cry as the only form of communicating our wants and needs to those in who’s hands of protection we have been placed.  As babies, when hungry or cold, we cry.  When uncomfortable or in pain we cry.  When feeling ignored and simply wanting attention, we cry.

And so it is with this space.  There is a cry deep inside my heart to be heard.  Not in a selfish way.  But in a way that senses the ache of your own heart.  Oh that my words here would meet those cries that you have — to be filled, to be fed to be comforted, to be loved.

I pray that the Lord would use my small and insignificant offering and that through it, you would hear His voice.  Not my voice, but His ringing loud and clear here.    Yes, I write to be heard.  But to be heard so that you will hear Him more clearly!

Today, I acknowledge that I am a Writer!  How about you?

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27 Comments

  • Reply Jackie Gilbert March 6, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Hey Barbie!  I’m finally getting back into the blogging grove and stopped by for a visit and sooo glad I did!  

    Your words here really bless me.  And you echoed my hearts desire so well….”Yes, I write to be heard.  But to be heard so that you will hear Him more clearly!”  My hearts desire is to express His boundless Love and Faithfulness and draw readers hearts closer and closer to Him.   While I was away from blogging I felt an emptiness in my heart.  I missed the precious encouraging nuggets of gold that sweet Sisters shared on their blogs……nuggets from the Heart and Hand of the One who loves us so!  God has entrusted us with a wonderful and powerful way of ministering to one another via blogging……..Sharing His “voice” through our blogs…..amazing!  It’s all about Him!!!!!  Glory to God!!!

    HE IS FAITHFUL!

    Love and Sweet Blessings!
    Jackie

    • Reply Barbie March 7, 2012 at 12:34 am

      Welcome back Jackie!  There is such a sense of community and love among the blog world, isn’t there?  I never knew what gold was out there waiting for me.  So thankful you are back!

  • Reply Dalia March 6, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Barbie, beautifully written.  I wish that I had such a gift of writing to glorify him, but I guess he gives everyone different talents.  That is why I come here, for your words, you inspire me.  After reading scripture or praying,  I also come and visit you online where you share your inspirations and when I read your posts it encourages me and leaves me refreshed, it’s like visiting a friend that shares the same love for him.  Remember when I was thinking of starting a blog just for him, I found that I was not good at weaving words for his glory. God bless your gift and thank you for sharing it everyday with us who sometimes need a little encouragement in our lives.  You are truly wonderful.

    • Reply Barbie March 7, 2012 at 12:37 am

      Dalia, thank you for your encouragement today.  I so appreciate that you read my words and that they touch your heart.  I love following your blog.  I love learning about crafty things as I am so not crafty.  And if you ever do decide to start a blog and write more, you will be wonderful at it I am sure.  Thankful for you today my sweet friend.

  • Reply Alecia March 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I hear ya girl! To feel like you have a voice and be heard, and do it all for Him! We each have our own unique perspectives and different ways that God speaks to us. Keep writing!

  • Reply Nikki March 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Love your reasons, Barbie. Love knowing your heart through your words.
    And yes, I’ve heard Him here. speaking to me. Encouraging me to keep striving.
    So blessed by you, the Writer! Thank you for inspiring me!

    • Reply Barbie March 7, 2012 at 12:39 am

      Thank you Nikki.  So thankful I found you in this big world of blogging!  Your words constantly encourage me and breathe life and hope into my heart.  Thank you!

  • Reply carissa March 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    i think if we’re writing as the Lord leads us to, then it doesn’t matter whether we feel heard or not. because we’re being obedient and that’s what counts. then things like numbers and followers don’t matter. that’s where i want to be with my writing. it’s a struggle because i want acceptance, but still, it’s a worthy struggle.

    • Reply Barbie March 7, 2012 at 12:40 am

      So true Carissa!  For me, it’s no so much my voice that I want to be heard but that of the Lord’s through my writing.  I use to freak out over followers/stats or the lack thereof.  It hardly bothers me now, but I still have those days.  Which means I just have to keep surrendering it all again to Him!

  • Reply Karen Logan March 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I absolutely love this: ” Yes, I write to be heard.  But to be heard so that you will hear Him more clearly!” Beautifully written!

    • Reply Barbie March 7, 2012 at 12:40 am

      Thank you Karen for stopping by today!

  • Reply Genny Heikka March 6, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Yay! Yes!!!! I read this Barbie and I want to jump up and down and cheer. I love that writing makes… a writer! I have met so many people, especially lately, who wish to write, who long to write, who want to write…some day… and I just want to encourage everyone I know to simply begin! I remember so well the beginnings of my journey–before I started–and how I longed to write. But sometimes just starting is all we need to do! Love this!!!

    • Reply Barbie March 7, 2012 at 12:41 am

      I remember why back nearly 4 years ago when I began this adventure, your blog was one of the first I began following.  It is people and writers like you that have kept me here, pursuing Him in my words.  Thank you!

  • Reply Barbie March 7, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Thank you Alecia!

  • Reply Kerri Smith March 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Absolutely love this, Barbie.  I am always blessed by your words. Glimpses of Him shine through everything you write. I love the gentle nudges and the needed reminders that are wrapped in love…His love and your love for Him. Thank you my sweet friend and beautiful writer!

    • Reply Barbie March 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you Kerri!  I am blessed to have found you in blogland!

  • Reply Laura Rath March 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Barbie,
    The November 2011 Write It, Girl was the first time I acknowledged and said I’m a writer, and not just someone who wants to write.  Write It, Girl was what gave me the confidence to do so. :)
    In Christ,
    Laura

    • Reply Barbie March 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      What a perfect testimony.  So thankful you are writing.  I am blessed by your words.

  • Reply Mandy March 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Such sweet words~ and I can’t tell you how many times you’ve been an encouragement to me on my journey! May God continue to use you mightily!!

    • Reply Barbie March 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Oh Mandy, thank you for your encouragement.  You have blessed me as well, sweet friend.

  • Reply Jennifer Camp March 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Yes, let your cry be heard! It is beautiful, Barbie.  Thank you for your heart-filled encouragement. here.

    • Reply Barbie March 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you Jennifer!

  • Reply charis March 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

    i am glad that you write.

    • Reply Barbie March 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you Charis.  I am glad that you read what I write :)

  • Reply Denise J. Hughes March 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Barbie, I love your heart. You share through words so beautifully. Yes, you ARE a writer!

    (For some reason, the last few times I tried to come to this site, I would just get a blank, blue screen. I’m so glad to be able to connect again in this space and read your words. You are an encouragement and a blessing.)

    • Reply Barbie March 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      Denise, thank you so much for being diligent in trying to visit.  I had a little hicup but it’s all fixed now.  Thank you for encouraging me today.

  • Reply Katy April 3, 2015 at 4:55 am

    I love that you blog! Although this is an old post I still think it is perfect for me this morning. We need more bloggers like you :)

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