The Writer

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Hi and thanks for stopping by my blog.  My name is Barbie (short for Barbara) and I live in Northern California.  First and foremost, I am a child of the King of Kings and have been marked by the love of a relentless God who will never stop pursuing me.  I have captured His heart and He delights in me.  I live an imperfect life, but I know an absolutely perfect God. It is only by His grace that I am given the strength to accomplish all that I do each day.

I have been married 25 years to an amazing man and we have four beautiful children and a son-in-love who pursue the Lord passionately in worship and prayer.

(My beautiful kids and my new son-in-love!)

I work full time as a Pastoral Administrator and assist in the Children’s Equipping Center at Convergence House of Prayer.  I also just began homeschooling my 13yo full time this year and am learning to navigate this new path.  Life is busy, but I am learning to slow down and notice the beauty that God has placed all around me.

My Freshly Brewed Life is a place for you to come and savor the aroma of God’s love and a place for your soul to wake up to the promise of a new day, where His truth and love abounds, and where you will be constantly reminded of who you are, and whose you are.  I believe that each day is a freshly brewed gift from the Lord and that He has hidden treasures for us to find!  I trust that as I share my life with you, you will find rest and peace in knowing that a loving God holds you in the palm of His hand. He adores you!

Some of my passions are: Worship, the Prayer Room, Coffee, reading, writing, painting and spending time with family and friends.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you will come back soon!


  1. tammy CARROLL Says: May 19, 2011 8:10 pm

    Beautiful blog Barbie.  I am looking forward to getting to know you better and the awesome opportunity to pray with you for Emily.
    Tammy Carroll

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  2. tammy CARROLL Says: May 19, 2011 8:11 pm

    Beautiful blog Barbie.  I look forward to getting to know you better and being able to pray with you for Emily.  BLESSINGS!  Tammy Carroll

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  3. Lisa Says: June 24, 2011 7:15 am

    Blessed by your blog, blessed by you! You are an excellent writer, a hidden talent I didn’t know you had. I enjoy being on worship team  with you on Thursdays! You always have such great things to add and such a sweet heart for God. Thanks for taking the time to share your heart in your blog.

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  4. Barbie Says: June 24, 2011 11:12 pm

    Thank you Lisa.  My heart has always been that the Lord would be glorified through my writing, and that others would be encouraged!  Thank you for reading!  I appreciate you too and count you a blessing in my life!

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  5. Rochelle Wilson Says: July 31, 2011 8:38 am

    Great blog Barbie.  It’s so neat to see the journeys the Lord has taken us on since we met over 20 years ago.  I often think of you guys this time of year knowing you are celebrating another year of marriage, just like us!  Thanks for your encouragement on my blog.  I really appreciate the kind words. :) 
    Rochelle Wilson

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  6. Anoesdelacourt Says: August 8, 2011 7:06 pm

    A woman after my own heart…God, writing, equiping children (I lead Celebration Station…through the Celebrate Recovery Program)…

    I found your blog through 5 minutes of Faith… Looking forward to reading more.

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  7. shari lynne Says: October 25, 2011 11:07 pm

    Love you blog Barbie! 

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  8. Linda Says: November 3, 2011 9:35 am

    Barbie…you have a lovely family!  I enjoy your zest for the Lord…and for life.   You are right…everyday is a gift from the Lord.  I am glad we are blog friends.

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

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  9. Cheryl Carroll, Sacramento, CA Says: November 30, 2011 8:31 am

    Barbie, Hi! Nice to meet you. This is the first blog I’ve read or been compelled to follow and have been blessed already. I to share your compassion for the almighty King, the Lord Jesus Christ who pursued me and captured my heart. I’m so thankful for His unconditional love for me. I look forward to getting to know you better as you share what the Lord has laid on your heart and what He shares through you. God bless you and your lovely family Cheryl Carroll

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  10. Charina Says: December 28, 2011 7:21 pm

    Hi Barbie. I found your blog from a link at A Blooming Spirit. So glad I found your space. looking forward to getting to know you and to more wonderful readings from your space.

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  11. Sue Tornai Says: January 6, 2012 5:49 pm

    Blessed by your blog. Thank you.

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  12. Allison Says: January 18, 2012 9:43 pm

    Just found you and your blog. How lovely! I linked up just in time with the Fresh Brewed Sunday. I love to meet other sisters in Christ! It sounds like we have alot in common. I look forward to getting to know you through the blogging world :)

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  13. Jamie Joseph Says: January 29, 2012 12:48 am

    Your blog is a blessing.  I am so grateful to have found it and look forward to visiting often for a cup of fresh brew! :)

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  14. Michele Says: May 7, 2012 10:12 am

    Hello, I am stopping by from SITS Girls.  You have a wonderful site.  God bless you and your family.  

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  15. Joy Wombles Says: May 20, 2012 5:22 pm

    I am praying for you this evening, that God will richly bless you with good health, and an abundance of peace and joy as you prepare for the days ahead.  I shall also pray for your friend Beth.  So very nice to have met another precious sister in Christ.

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  16. Barbie Says: May 21, 2012 6:58 am

    Thank you so much Joy!

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  17. Cathy von Hassel-Dav Says: June 6, 2012 7:09 pm

    Hi from a fellow North Carolina and sister in Christ. I have enjoyed reading your blog.

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  18. Ferly Says: July 17, 2012 10:14 pm

    We have many things in common! A love for God, a heart for worship and a realization that God leaves gifts in and around for us to find. Love finding blogs like yours!

    Thanks for commenting on my feature at The Fruitful Home!

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

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  19. Barbara Cobham Says: August 1, 2012 3:50 pm

    Hi Barbie. Just read your guest post on Unemployed Faith and wanted to encourage you for sharing with such honesty and openness. God bless and keep you. Praying for you today. :)

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  20. Leslie Says: October 19, 2012 7:15 am

    Did you attend the University of Alabama in the late 80s/early 90s?

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  21. Jacomien Botes Says: November 12, 2012 4:05 am

    I am going through a tough time at work.. I feel that my boss does not respect me and I cannot handle his anger outbursts. When it happens I feel numb and out of my body. For my work I had to travel for about 6 hours – plenty of time to cry my heart out. The night after all the tears I had a dream about God’s hidden treasures for us. In the dream I opened a box made out of tin. Inside was small papers with open spaces to fill in. I was very very excited and spoke to Jesus:. I told Him: “I know that this is from you – a gift for me!” I know that He absolutely loves me. I am a playtherapist and would like to have my own practise, but I am too afraid to take the financial risk to give up my work. Please pray for me for the right decision.

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    • Barbie Says: November 19, 2012 9:55 pm

      Jacemien, I am sorry for the delayed response. Thank you for sharing a bit of your struggle with me. I will be praying for you in your job situation. God knows the desires of your heart and I am praying that at the right time you will see your heart’s desire fulfilled.

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  22. Jane Graham Says: January 4, 2013 7:25 pm

    I love the new site!! You’ve been such a blessing to me already in our short friendship. Thank you for your unwavering heart to share God’s Word online and to transparently share your own faith journey. (…and thanks for linking up on Mondays at my site!) You are a gift to the blogging community!

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  23. kaseyparr99 Says: April 12, 2013 8:58 pm

    I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your site. Thanks for the encouraging words, wisdom, God’s truth, and the week end brew. Count blessings, Kasey

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  24. Olivia Brant Says: October 23, 2013 12:10 pm

    Hi, Barbie! I love our mutual friend, Ashley! She is so sweet! I noticed that we are also in the same (in)courage group! Friends, coffee, blogs and grace – what more can a girl ask for? :) I look forward to looking around here and getting to know you better!

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  25. Michele Says: December 20, 2013 2:41 pm

    Hi Barbie! I found your site through Bloglovin and I love it! Such an inspiration and so beautiful! I’m looking forward to visiting often! :) Merry Christmas!!

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  26. Elizabeth@BeautyObserved Says: December 29, 2013 9:38 pm

    Hi, Barbie,

    Your children are beautiful!

    Are you still home schooling? This is my 18th year!

    I’m sure I will be back to visit often :)

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    • Barbie Says: December 29, 2013 10:04 pm

      Hi Elizabeth! Thank you. I am still homeschooling my 8th grade girl. However, we have mutually decided to put her back in school next year. We will both be a lot happier. It’s very hard to homeschool when you work full time and when all your children have ever known is public school. I successfully put two children through public school without incident so I know it can be done.

      I do have a 5th grade boy I am considering schooling. However, he has ADHD and is in speech therapy and I think he will get the help he needs if I leave him in school. Still praying about it.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll return often.

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  27. Karin Madden Says: January 3, 2014 12:12 pm

    Hi Barbie – What a beautiful family you have! I’m so happy to come over here from Beth’s place to meet you. This is a warm and inviting blog – I am happy to find it. I also homeschool my 6 kids (the oldest is 12). It’s quite an adventure. I see that you have a 5th grader in speech (I am a speech-language pathologist – worked mostly in rehab and hospitals); I hope it’s going well for your son! Many blessing to you, Barbie – and Happy New Year!

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    • Barbie Says: January 3, 2014 12:27 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Karin! I am currently homeschooling my 8th grade girl. It’s been a struggle to homeschool her these last two years as I work full time. All my children have ever known is public school. They’ve always done well. We will be putting her back in public school for high school. But, my 5th grade boy tells me he wants to be homeschool in at least 7th-8th grade. He’s doing much better with his stuttering. We will see what God has planned for his schooling. Blessings!

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  28. Cathy Says: April 6, 2014 12:46 pm

    Hi Barbie, I just came across your Blog and it is full of so much encouragement! I look forward to getting to know you. I have been writing for a long time but have just joined the world of Blogging. I am praying for you as you are obedient to God in the stillness. He has great things ahead for you. Have a blessed day!

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  29. Susan Irene Fox Says: June 19, 2014 6:18 pm

    Barbie, so glad I stopped by. I’ll be taking a sip of your Brew now that Heather brought me over to meet you. Blessings and prayers for your homeschooling efforts. I was an elementary teacher for over 20 years (public, Catholic, Christian and I homeschooled my nephew!) and I understand the commitment it takes.

    I look forward to getting to know you.

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  30. Arabah Joy Says: August 4, 2014 9:31 pm

    Hi Barbie, I’m visiting from The Loft Link up! It seems I have heard of your blog before, so it is nice to meet you and see your heart for Jesus! Praying the Lord uses your place here to point people to Jesus and be a light on the world wide web. Thank you so much for serving Jesus through your writing.

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  31. Leah Adams Says: August 5, 2014 3:57 am

    What a beautiful page. I love your heart. I popped in from The Loft LinkUp. Looking forward to getting to know you!

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  32. Rebekah Says: August 5, 2014 5:08 am

    Hi! Thanks so much for linking up at The Loft! That’s a beautiful picture of your kids – all 5 of them! :) I’m so blessed to meet other Jesus-loving people on this journey. We use an online charter school for our kids, only because the laws in our state (PA) are so strict – so I can appreciate the time put in for homeschooling. Praying that God gives you the desires of your heart as you continue to follow Him! Hope to “see” you at The Loft again next week! :)

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  33. Kathy Schwanke Says: August 5, 2014 11:29 am

    Hi Barbie,
    I am sure I’ve seen your picture commenting on other blogs, but never made it over to your place. I LOVE your Blog title and header photo!!! (fellow coffee fan!) So glad you joined us at #TheLoft today and I look forward to our hangout! Prayed for you as you embark on the homeschooling journey. I homeschooled the early years with my two and loved it. Then again my daughter’s junior year of HS. MUCH harder, but grace prevailed! The time we have with our kids is precious every age.

    What kind of painting do you do? Do you have photos?

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  34. Stephanie @ CrayonMarks&TigerStripes Says: August 5, 2014 2:57 pm

    Hi Barbie! As a coffee lover and a Christ follower, I have to say I just LOVE the name of your blog!

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  35. Kimberly Says: August 7, 2014 1:15 pm

    :) So glad you joined in the link-up. Your blog is beautiful for sure, but what is especially beautiful is what you offer up here – heaping helpings of Jesus from your humble heart. Much love to you, beautiful woman of God!

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  36. Jo Says: August 9, 2014 12:39 pm

    Hi Barb,
    I’m JO and a born-again sinner saved by His grace! Married 33 yr’s and we are now empty nesters.
    Since 2004 I’ve had an online women’s outreach ministry and my online outreach site at this time is under
    “M” Words and the Christian Woman.
    Also have “Simply Sharing and Serving” online.
    I love teaching women’s ministry, working with Child Evangelism Ministry and as online ministry/evangelism worker.
    Only what is done for Christ will last!
    So nice to meet up with another sister in Christ. Look forward to reading through your site!

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  37. Ingrid Lochamire Says: October 13, 2014 10:41 am

    I have been enjoying your thought-provoking posts, Barbie, thanks to the 31 Dayers. I’m delighted to have found you and your beautiful space. God bless you in your season of rest and restoration!

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