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The Hardest Peace – Review & Giveaway

By Barbie   /     Oct 18, 2014  /     Reviews & Giveaways  /     7 Comments

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I never visited her blog before, until someone I followed shared one of her posts and it showed up on my wall. I clicked over, I can’t remember why.  It may have been the post title or the post photo, or perhaps a call to pray, but I know I will never be the same.

What I found was a woman in love with Jesus, her family, her tribe and yet suffering from unimaginable pain and an unknown future, at least on this earth.  I keep going back to her blog, to read her words, ever so life-giving and encouraging in the midst of her own pain. I get updates about her condition, so I can pray and share her story so that others will pray. I weep for this woman that I will never meet this side of heaven. I weep for her family that are looking in the face of Heaven invading their earth. I weep because her story gives me the courage and strength to face my hard places, yet compared to her own do not appear hard at all. Yet she faithfully and continually encourages my heart, leaning into her own hard and reminding me that He is with me, no matter what.

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Day 14: When You Want To Run Away

By Barbie   /     Oct 14, 2014  /     Faith  /     11 Comments

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This post is part of a 31 day series on change, where I share my reflections in just 5 minutes.  To read all of the posts in this series, click here.

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Away

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In  the midst of a major life change, it can all get overwhelming to the point where you just want to get up and run away.  But what would I be running from?  My family?  My house?  The mess in my house?  The expectation of finding a new job? I have to admit that I’ve wished that I could pack up and go. If I had my way, I would head to Hawaii or some other tropical place where I could sit out in the sun and listen to the ocean, forgetting about what was (or wasn’t) waiting for me at home.

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Day 13: All Is Work

By Barbie   /     Oct 13, 2014  /     Faith  /     20 Comments

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This post is part of a 31 day series on change, where I share my reflections in just 5 minutes.  To read all of the posts in this series, click here.

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I’ve been looking for work now for about three weeks. I’ve submitted so many resumes, and have had several leads from my Recruiter. But still, there is no work to be found, at least, not yet.

You would think that I would be enjoying my down time, not having to get up and go in the morning. So many people would welcome a break from their work day, and I understand that. But I like to work. It keeps my mind off of all of the things that weigh me down. I like to know that I am making a contribution, that I am making a difference. For so many years, what I have called my work became “who I was”.  My work became a part of my identity and it’s hard to know how to go about my day with out doing what I’ve always done.

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