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Five Minute Friday: Change

By Barbie   /     Aug 21, 2014  /     My 5 Minute Fridays  /     30 Comments

Today I am joining a beautiful community of writers for 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.



It can be a familiar friend or an unwelcome visitor.

For the most part, I embrace change.

I’m a “fly-by-the-seat of my pants” girl, always willing to go where the wind takes me.

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Facing The Storm

By Barbie   /     Aug 20, 2014  /     Faith  /     11 Comments


My beautiful California is desperately in need of rain. As I drive along familiar streets to and from, I cannot help but be saddened by the loss of flourishing signs of life everywhere I look. The hills are brown and lawns once lush with green growth are dying due to mandatory restrictions on water usage.

As I pray and ask the Lord to bring the physical rain and heal our land from drought, I am reminded how desperately I need the rain of His Spirit to come — to bring healing, to refresh, to bring life.

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Featured Friend: Andrea @ Beautiful Craziness

By Barbie   /     Aug 19, 2014  /     Community, Featured Writers  /     5 Comments
Welcome to Featured Friend Wednesday where I  introduce you to one of my beautiful writing friends.  I hope you will take the time to read, get to know the writer and visit her blog and social media links.

Pride, Control and the Desire for a Refined Confidence
by Andrea @Beautiful Craziness

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I use to have confidence.

Confidence in which I could walk into a room, lift my head and be proud of who I was. Confidence in the things I did. I was good at school. I had my life planned out at an early age. I knew what I wanted and I knew what I needed to do to get it.

Confidence: “a feeling or consciousness of one’s powers or of reliance on one’s circumstances” (Merriam-Webster).

Through the years the confidence has waned. That girl who was self-reliant and so sure of herself has flittered away some (and I believe she took her waist size with her!)

Maybe it never really was confidence. Maybe it was pride.

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