Barbie Swihart
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Barbie lives in Northern California with her husband and four children. She works full time while juggling family and ministry, and desires to encourage the hearts of women through her writing.

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  1. I agree – I go through periods of “reaching” — then I get “there” and it scares me. What if He requires too much. So I stop reaching, then I get where I want more of Him and reach again.

  2. I am constantly reaching for more of Him..scared of what He may ask of me. I reach/desire His will for my life both in work & home.

    Struggling now with work issues, but praying for His will & guidance.

  3. Hi friend! I am currently in the season of wanting to not just survive, but thrive. I am trying to move from my “Weary” self – to be fixated completely on the hope giving lifeline of Jesus. It is a daily process.

    Thank you for the reminder – He came to give me that abundant life.

  4. Barbie, this line hits me right between the eyes: “Too hard to pull on the potential of heaven and bring it into my own reality. ” I’ve been hit from many sides lately with the command, “You do not have, because you do not ask.” I think God is telling me I need to spend more time on my knees! Thank you for this today!!

  5. I am not satisfied with where I’m at spiritually, and I am trying every day to grow closer to Him. When that struggle is over, I’m sure there will be another struggle to get through. We are never in a perfect place, but always striving.

  6. Beautiful, convicting post, Barbie. I’m starting to realize that being stagnant and being comfortable go hand-in-hand. Pretty soon we become lukewarm and we all know what God wants to do with us then…
    Thank you for reminding me to keep reaching!
    All for Him,

  7. Very convicting post, Barbie. Great job getting me to think this beautiful Friday afternoon. 🙂 I’m very much in a season of knowing God has something specific He wants me to pursue, I just haven’t fully been able to discern His message yet. But I’m getting there. I know one thing, He does NOT want me to be complacent. And I’m so glad about that because it’s just not who I am as a person.

    Blessings to you dear friend!

  8. i find that often the times when i reach for God the most are when trials come. i wish this wasn’t the case, but when i am in a place where so much is going right i find myself getting complacent and lazy at pursuing Him who gives me life.

    it makes me think of the song by sarah mcmillan – treasure. the second verse says, “all that i’ve seen with my eyes, and all that i’ve found in my life, it’s You i must possess. i am craving more time with You, if breaking my heart will do, i say break it over and over again. and above all else give me Jesus, above the rest give to me the One my heart loves!” i want to seek Him in the good times and in the trying times and have my heart reach for Him above all else!

    my recent post: how to climb out of the emotional pit

  9. Hi Barbie,
    Once again, the Lord has us thinking along the same lines! The topic of apathy and complacency has been on my mind for the past couple of months. At times it seems easy to say “I’m good where I am” and not keep reaching for more of Him. Maybe it starts when we’re tired, overworked, overwhelmed, afraid of how far outside our comfort zone He might take us, etc., then it becomes the norm.

    Thank you for this reminder! I want to keep reaching for more of Him and wherever He wants to lead me!

    In Christ,

  10. Thanks, Barbie, for putting into words what my heart’s been struggling with the last little while, well longer than a little while. Complacency. That stuck in the middle of the road, not knowing where to go kind of complacency. Your post may just be the get me off the high mark push I need!

  11. Thank you for this convicted my heart.Thank you Father God for reminding me again and again.