Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Book is Finally Finished

A long time in the making! God's story how He healed me from a life plagued with shame, guilt and tremendous heartbreak is finally here. Now it's been nearly 18 years since I heard the still small voice telling me to put in a book how nothing is impossible with God. I procrastinated to the point I thought He might tell me never mind, He doesn't want me to write the book any more. Worse, I thought He would take me home before I would finish it.

It was about 3 years ago that I realized certain things still had to take place before we (God and me) could finish the book. I didn't want to bring any more shame or guilt to my mother and brother than I had already brought in their lives, and I didn't want more grief either. Mother passed in 2008 and Johnne, my brother, passed in 2005. It still took me a few years to realize that now (2008) is the time to finish the book. 

I struggled another 2 years. I bought the lie from the devil that God would take me home when I finished the book. Again, I procrastinated, not wanting to die upon the completion of the book. There was another factor involved in this mix. God had halted my other ministry activities. Doors were closing right and left. 

But here's the neat part. We (Christians) are called the Body of Christ for a reason. If the foot hurts, get a crutch or hop on one foot, while holding onto someone. If a sister is struggling, help her in her struggles. You get the picture. Right? I thought He was taking away Women at the Well Bible Study, too. If that happened, where would I be? Surely, I was created to teach the study and train other women to teach as well. Well, I talked to a precious sister in the Lord who simply told me that my identity was not in the Women at the Well Bible Study. Are you saying, "And...?"

For someone who thought God would never use her, I never dreamed that He could or would use me in more than one way. She reminded me that we serve a very multi-tasked oriented God.

I'm thrilled, excited and beside myself to have finished this painful journey. Don't get me wrong. I would take this journey repeatedly, knowing the relationship I have with Christ. To know there is life after this life is one thing. To know that the life after this one will be spent in eternity with the King of kings, and Lord of lords, is beyond my understanding. I get to spend forever with GOD!!

Won't you join me? Take the journey I took by reading God's story of my life...
"The Woman at the Well...today"


You can find the book at these fine locations:


Also on Apple iTunes Stores, under Books.
Do me a favor, please. If there is a link to this, would you let me know? I'm not that savvy when it comes to Apple things. Thanks.


Blessings,

Barbara

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Is This The Final Editing?

It is officially Spring. Living in southern California it feels like Spring has been upon us for several months. We never really had Autumn, Fall or Winter. The weather has been moderate to warm, even between December-February. Where else can you wear shorts at Christmas, go snow boarding, ride in the desert, and go to the beach, all in the same day? Well, maybe a pretty long day, but you get the point. A few days ago we saw snow on the very top of the mountains, while experiencing 80 degree weather.
On a different note: 
The final editing of my book is complete (I think). I've sent it back to the publisher's with the latest changes. This is such an exciting process. I recommend it to everyone. If God has revealed to you to write your story, or write about something else, don't hesitate any longer. You won't be completely at peace until you do what the Master has asked of you. You will always feel something is left undone. That's not a place He wants you to reside.
I don't know all that He has for me, but I can hardly wait to find out. I have longed to shout from the rooftops of His great love for you and me. God never disappoints, nor leaves us. He is always faithful, and always wants the best for us. Never before have I experienced the love of someone who wants only the best for me. Not until I met Jesus! 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sticks and Stones...

Sticks and stones may break my bones, and names can hurt me too.Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:29-32

You've heard it said that sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.

Just as those sticks and stones thrown at us can bruise and injure the body, harsh words and names hurled at us can break hearts and destroy relationships. I speak from experience as well as scripturally. I'm sure many of you can also speak from experience. Being direct is one thing, but when it drives people away, we need to access our "directness", or "honesty" as some may call it.

Many are not willing to tell you when you are offensive. They don't want to become the latest victim of the offender's sharp tongue. Words laced in grace accomplish more. 

Do you talk more than you listen? Do you impatiently wait for another to stop talking so you can give your opinion? These have a higher probability of indiscreet speech. We may be guilty of tearing down instead of building up, if these exist. If we are angry or dissatisfied, we may communicate insensitive words. Oh how wise it is if we ask a trusted friend if the way we speak helpful or harmful. 

If you are led by the Holy Spirit to correct someone in this area, please remember to place a caring arm around a friend's shoulder before you confront him or her with specific concerns. Like Jesus, look redemption in the conversation. Follow the Holy Spirit’s lead in leading others to understand their need to change. Don't get in the way of the work of the Spirit working in their heart though. Prayerfully wait to bring up sensitive matters when their heart is most open to truth. 

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24



Saturday, February 22, 2014

Don't Give Up and Don't Give In


I can hardly wait until my book comes out. Spring cannot come quick enough. I wrote my story because I want to shout from the rooftops how big and awesome God is; to tell you not to give up hope. If you have faith as tiny as a mustard seed, God will show up and show off for you. I wrote my story to show you that God loves the unlovable, unwanted, and underserved. Yes, we're all deserving of hell, but our merciful God has given us life abundantly.

God loves you! He will never quit on you.

In ministering to hurting women for nearly 30 years, I have seen just as many who are hurting in the church as there are outside of the church. In most cases, you would never guess what is going on inside these women. When you ask how they are doing, they smile and say, “Fine” or that familiar, “Praise the Lord.”

As believers, Jesus said we are in the world but we are not of this world (John 17:11-17). He said in the world we will have tribulation (John 16:33). So why are we surprised when we go through trials? As Christians, we have the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to carry us through the trials. Jesus never said we would be without trials. These trials are to strengthen us and draw us closer to Him. They strengthen us when we trust in Him whatever the outcome of the trial. They strengthen us because we know no matter what, He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Are you paralyzed by past hurts, ‘stuck’ in growth towards a more personal, and intimate relationship with Jesus? Are you fearful to seek help? Do you fear others will see you as a weak or bad Christian? Unfortunately, many churches push these serious struggles aside as one not having enough faith, having some unconfessed sin or to seek help is ‘unspiritual.’

Christian women are plagued in epidemic proportions with these types of painful experiences: Abortion, adultery, betrayal, chronic illness, divorce, emotional abuse, grief, incest, loss, the Occult, physical abuse, rape, rejection, sexual abuse, and witchcraft.

It is particularly hurtful when other Christians turn their backs when the results of these painful experiences lead to any of the following: Alcohol/drug addiction, anger/rage, bitterness, depression, eating disorders, guilt, mental/emotional illness, panic attacks, shame, suicidal thoughts/attempts, and unforgiveness.

Can you identify with any of the above? 

Do you ask yourself, “How could I be a Christian and do the things I do?” 

The Lord has not forsaken you. He has not forgotten about you or your circumstances. Has it been a while since you have experienced His goodness, mercy, grace, or love? As long as you have breath, there is hope. God is in the business of giving second, third, fourth and even fifth chances. Do you need more? Hold on to the cross tightly. Don't let the enemy pull you away. You are an overcomer!



Saturday, January 25, 2014

I've Finished Writing My Testimony

I've finished my first book, "The Woman at the Well...Today." It is a story how God healed me from mental/emotional illness while in the state mental hospital. He delivered me from the chains of alcohol/drug abuse, depression, anxiety, and much more. The book is in the editing process, and should be ready for production in the Spring, 2014.

If you want to read an excerpt of the book, go to my website and click on the tab Woman at the Well Today, at the top of the page. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

Women at the Well

Monday, August 20, 2012

For Such A Time As This

I was reading in the book of Esther this morning and was reminded how there are many seasons in our life. Who knew, but God at that time, that Esther was made queen for such a time as to save her people, the Jews.

Has God led you to a place where you need to make a fresh start? I certainly have been. I'm not 100% sure of what or where that is yet, but, like Esther, I won't completely be sure until I take a step of faith and continue in the path I see ahead.

"For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"     Esther 4:14

"But I don't like fresh starts", you say. Neither do I, especially as I get older.

Maybe you're in the place where God is showing you it's time for a fresh start. Maybe He's showing you it's time to give up that addiction, step out of that relationship, check your finances, or move toward that lost dream. It could be starting your own business, or writing a book (or in my case, finishing the book He told you to write years ago). The important thing is to start right now, where you are, if that's what God is telling you. There's nothing wrong with new beginnings, especially when God directs them.

"Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!"     Esther 4:16

Esther was not afraid to perish, if that's what it would take to follow God. Is He telling you to get up and get on with your dream, your vision, your assignment, or your life? Do what you need to do. It may not be easy. It might take some time. But trust God and go for whatever it is. For how else would you know that it is for such a time as this?

Blessings,
Barbara

Christian, Wake Up

Christians in America are being deceived because we don't know our Bible. If you claim to be a Christian, you will want to know what's happening. Do you r-e-a-l-l-y want to know the truth? Do you r-e-a-l-l-y want to follow Christ by loving the things He loves, and hating the things He hates?
This movie ("2016") is out and I didn't know it. Do you know about this movie, Christian? I bet there are a number of people who don't know about this movie. Gotta go see it. I learned about it from my pastor in his message this past Sunday. Take a look at the trailer:


Now that you've taken a look at the trailer for "2016" take a look and also listen to the message of my pastor, Jack Hibbs, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, message from Sunday, August 19, 2012, titled "What's Really Happening In The Middle East - Get Ready Series # 22:"