Author Archives: Barbie

Barbie is a wife and mother to four children. She works full time while juggling faith, family and ministry. She enjoys a good cup of coffee, reading, writing, painting and spending time with family and friends. Visit her blog, My Freshly Brewed Life, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

My View From the Other Side Of The Window


Life has been busy. So much so that I’ve had to put the brakes on a few of the things that I love. I know that God is working it all out. I believe that those things that I have had to lay down will be picked back up again. Life may not look the same, and I’m okay with that. Sometimes we have to empty our hands and take a step back as we allow God to adjust our view, giving us a different perspective and a better understanding of what it is He’s calling us to do.

A few weeks ago I was washing dishes and gazing out the window at my son playing basketball on the patio.

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Free to Be in 2014


Every year at this time I do one of two things: weep at the loss of what was, or breathe a huge sigh of relief knowing that I get to start with a fresh slate.

As the New Year approached, my head began to spin with what I should be doing as far as setting goals for the coming year. Should I make resolutions? Pick a One Word or scripture focus? Start a new diet? Join a Facebook accountability group? All of these are good and often necessary things that will help to keep one focused throughout the year. In past years, I would be ridden with guilt and a sense of failure if I didn’t make good on a commitment.

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Hope Laid Bare

Christmas storyI often wonder why He came the way He did. I know it was the will of the Father to send Him. But why in such a lowly, humbled manner? He could have come as a King, wearing a crown, walking with authority for all to see. He could have come in a spectacular display of power which would have sent the kings of this earth to their knees. He could have come wealthy, holding the riches of this world, and heaven, in the palm of His hand.

Yet He came lowly. He came gentle. He came helpless. He came small.

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My Greatest Blessings

Of all of the blessings in my life, I count my children among the greatest. They bring me so much joy and remind me of His grace on hard days.


Thank you Lord, for Alyssa, first born, full of compassion with a heart to see the wrong things made right.

Thank you Lord for Anthony, beautiful addition to our family, and a perfect compliment to our daughter. You are full of life and full of musical talent.

Thank you Lord for Ryan, faithful and gifted first-born son, with an amazing passion to lead others into the throne room of heaven.

Thank you Lord for Kaylie, beautiful teen girl with a warm smile and contagious laughter, she is a dreamer and a creative soul.

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Thankful For Hard Places


To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor. (Isaiah 61:3 NIV)

It’s taken me a while to admit that I am thankful for the ashes in my life. I haven’t always seen beauty there, but the Lord is teaching me to see, with eyes wide open, the beauty that can grow out of hard places.

  • Thank You, Lord, that in a season of financial uncertainty, You reveal yourself to me as Jehovah-Jireh, my Provider.

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What Makes You Successful?

Young woman reading bible by river in summer

Are you successful? What do you feel makes you successful? How do you define it?

The dictionary defines success in this way:

• the attainment of popularity or profit: the success of his play.
• a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity: I must make a success of my business.
• archaic the outcome of an undertaking, specified as achieving or failing to achieve its aims: the good or ill success of their maritime enterprises.

Often while praying with friends, these women of wisdom that the Lord has placed in my life, will ask Him to help me to not put unrealistic expectations on myself.

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Lessons I Learned From My Mother: Giveaway WINNERS!


Thank you for stopping by during our Mother’s Day series. We hope that you were blessed and will continue to read.

The winners of the giveaways are  as follows:

Fed Up With Flat Faith – Sarah (#13)

Growing in Love art print – Rosann (#6)

Feed Your Soul Necklace – Kristin Smith (#14)

Young Essential Oils – Vicki (#4)

All winners have been contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond with their information. In the event a winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen.

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Dear Mama & A Giveaway Recap!


Dear Mama,

I want you to know that no matter what season of motherhood you are in, that you are loved and appreciated right where you are. I know this time in our lives can often feel lonely, exhausting and mundane. When you feel as if no one notices all that your hands touch each day, the words of correction and love spoken, the countless hours pouring over lesson plans and curriculum building, the noses wiped, or the knees bandaged, know that God sees. He sees it all, and He wants you to know that you are a good mama. He has given you the tools and equipped you with all that you need.

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