Wednesday, August 12, 2009


As I find myself with a few speaking engagements and contemplating how to spruce up my blog so it looks more professional, I am reminded of this scripture...

1 Cor. 1:17 (MsgB)
God didn't send me out to collect a following for myself, but to preach the Message of what he has done, collecting a following for him. And he didn't send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own, lest the powerful action at the center—Christ on the Cross—be trivialized into mere words.

There is such a fine line between pursuing what God has set before us to do in a strategic manner and getting caught up in the facade of doing it all for Him while actually building a following for ourselves.

There are many, many truths in His Word that Papa, in His infinite kindness, has revealed to me. There are also stories and situations He has allowed me to experience so that I can personalize these scriptural truths. I remember Tim's mom telling him when he began to speak a lot, just tell stories...people want to see that you are real and that they can relate to you! What amazing advice!

Lord, may my purpose for opening my mouth always be to share the Truth of your Word, in love, with whomever you set before me ~ be it 1 or 1,000! Would I continue to catch everyday glimpses of You, the most extraordinary God, and be able to share how these glimpses make the Word come alive in our lives. Bottom line, may the motives of my heart always be found pure in your eyes! I love You!!!


  1. Barb, this is such a great post! I'd never read that verse in the message, but how it hits home! Love the advice Tim's mom gave too. You are helping me so much.

    P.S. I think your blog is lovely and very professional.

  2. Beautiful Barb. I love your heart. My desire as well and you put it so perfect on paper. God bless, Lucy

  3. Great words Barb! Encouraging and a wonderful reminder! We always need to focus on the why of what we are doing, thanks! Blessings, Jill