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I am wife and mom to four beautiful children. I have been marked by the love of a relentless God who never stops pursuing me. My desire is to encourage you on your own journey, giving you glimpses of His love and sprinkles of His grace along the way.

On Writing Brave {Part 2}

By Barbie   /     Jul 30, 2014  /     Writing & Blogging  /     0 Comment

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A few days after writing this post on writing brave, God began to reveal more to my heart.  So this is Part 2 of my own journey of writing brave.

There is a certain level of vulnerability when we accept the challenge to write brave.  Once we say yes, there will be obstacles to overcome. Why?  Because writing brave paves the way for crooked paths to be made straight, for broken hearts to be made whole, and for depression to be replaced with joy.

For me, it was fear, anxiety and depression.  But what led me there was not so much the telling of the story but the “what will people think” mentality.  Yes, I was a victim. But the revisiting of my past brought a certain level of ache that I hadn’t experienced in a long time. I feared some would question the reason why I decided to bring this part of my story out of the darkness into the light, if in fact God had already healed and redeemed me from it.  But what I realized is that in the writing, in the telling of the story,  there were fragmented parts of me that weren’t quite healed.  My heart is still broken in some places and in desperate need of being filled with God’s unconditional love.

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The Written Word: Kisses of Heaven Etched on My Heart

By Barbie   /     Jul 28, 2014  /     Writing & Blogging  /     18 Comments

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Long ago, the God of the Universe came to the earth in the flesh.  He came not only as the perfect representation of the Father, but as the Word — the living, breathing and active Word.  In His Word is light and life.  In His Word is truth and love. In His Word is hope and healing.

Just as the Written Word of God encourages our hearts along our sojourn on this earth, the words we write to one another have the power to bring about the same effect — light, life, truth, love, hope and healing

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Journey To The High Places: Fearing Invasion (Week 2)

By Barbie   /     Jul 27, 2014  /     Book study  /     8 Comments

This week brings us to Much-Afraid excitedly anticipating her departure to the High Places with the Shepherd.  However, things do not go according to plan.

There are a few things that stood out to me in this chapter, that I’ve been pondering all week.

It was not until the Shepherd marked Much-Afraid with His Love that she could sing joyful songs.  She knew in her heart then that the Shepherd saw not her blemishes, but loved her for the beauty that was still yet to be.

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This so often parallels my own life.  I continue to put too much focus on my own blemishes and shortcomings.  Yet, I choose to believe that God loves me and there is beauty yet to be uncovered.  I have been marked by His love.  Therefore, I will sing songs of joy!

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