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The Weekend Brew: When You’re Reminded of Your Destiny

By Barbie   /     Jul 26, 2014  /     The Weekend Brew  /     45 Comments

Seven years ago, a group of ladies from my church all got together and created art.  We prayed, asked the Lord for words for those in our community and got busy painting. We gave the pieces away, but before we did, my Pastor’s wife scanned them all into her computer.  Tonight, I was helping her print some things for a ministry trip.  I asked her if she happened to have any of the pieces I did that night.  I was completely amazed at what she  had.


This painting was one of my first prophetic painting pieces.  This was done in 2007, and I started my blog in 2008.  Seeing this tonight awakened a desire in me to write, to share the Lord’s heart with others and to work on that second book of mine!

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Five Minute Friday: Finish

By Barbie   /     Jul 24, 2014  /     My 5 Minute Fridays  /     36 Comments

Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and a beautiful community of writers at the Five Minute Friday where we are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes for the joy of writing.  No editing or backtracking necessary.  No need to be perfect.  This is where I get to write, letting it all go, allowing the words tucked away deep inside my heart to find their voice.


Open old brown covered book with blue lavender flower on top, selective focus

It’s not about how our stories began, but how we finish them.  Having struggled through some things in my life, I believed for many years that I was responsible to end the story well.  To have the happy ending.  To dance the fairy-tale dance into the pages of history. Well, not really.

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On Writing Brave

By Barbie   /     Jul 24, 2014  /     Writing & Blogging  /     8 Comments


As a writer, I believe there are stories hiding in deep place of my heart that I’d rather leave there.  Buried underneath the weight of the past, I question whether these words must be resurrected in order to bring me to the fullness of the freedom that is mine in Christ.  Sometimes a story is better left unsaid.  After all, when you profess Jesus Christ as Lord, and believe that He has redeemed you from your past, why dig it up?

But sometimes God withholds our stories, until such a time when we are ready to fully embrace the work He did on the cross.  Some stories have been removed from my memory altogether, swept away with my past as I surrendered my heart to Him.  Not every story will be told, but I believe He will call me to bravely share some, to write with trembling hands and in fear, so that He may be glorified.

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