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Barb Roose is a speaker and author who is passionate about teaching women to live beautifully strong and courageous so that they experience God’s great adventure of faith and purpose for their lives. She’s the proud empty-nest mom of three and whenever possible, Barb prefers to eat dessert first.

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  1. Oh my. I’m so sorry you experienced that. I can’t imagine how difficult that was for you. Our challenges are different, but our God is the same. Made in His image, we are sisters and I am praying for you today.

    • So true, Becky! Yes, our challenges are different, but we find hope and give thanks that God is the same source of peace and strength for all of us. Love your comment!

  2. My heart grieves that you experienced such fear and anxiety. While the phrase “hurt people hurt people” is true, it doesn’t compare to the mercy and grace of our blessed Lord and the comfort only He can give. In His immeasurable and incredible love, we are a mix of many varied and beautiful skin colors. Blessings to you in sharing your heart.

  3. Beautiful message. African Americans have been abused so much through history without healing. They are told to stay in victim mentality. I’ve been through abuse and thought that was true as well. But God led me to know him and the more I know God through his word the more I trust him. The more I want to trust others like he does. Everyone I’ve let into my life except for my husband has manipulated and used me even churches. However there are encouraging people in the faith online. There’s always going to be manipulative people. There’s always going to be racism. Sadly this world is full of sin. But I’m not afraid to face the world anymore for I have an awesome father. What can man do to me? If they kill me, I get to enjoy peace forever in heaven with a loving family. It takes practice and lots of time in God’s word to heal from abuse. But once we do the peace is so amazing. We are full of God’s perfect love which drives out fear. May God be with you all.

    • Hi Ariel, thank you for stopping by (in)courage today to share your story and encouragement with us. Thank you for being a part of our community.

  4. Wonderful devotional! Comforting, powerful words . We often get stuck and anxious with all that is going on in our world today. We must always remember to lean on Jesus and call on the power of the Holy Spirit to calm our hearts and to remind us that we are never alone. HE is always with us!”

    • Hi Nancy! I’m glad that you enjoyed today’s devotional. Thank you for stopping by (in)courage and being a part of our community. Praise God that He is always with us!

  5. Thank you for your honesty, Barb. And thank you, thank you, for always pointing us to Jesus. For reminding us that God is a trustworthy refuge.

  6. Thank you for this, Barb! And I am so sorry you feel unsafe in this country. I keep praying we will wake up and do the right things to prevent these shootings. You are weaving your way through the maze, with the help of God. Well done.

    • Hi Irene, thank you for joining today’s conversation. I’m joining you in the prayer for God to help us and our country to live and love each like Jesus loves us.

  7. Thank you Barb! This is a beautiful testament to God in the midst of the nitty gritty of our lives.

  8. I don’t know how to express how moving and powerful your essay is. I pray more people can read your essay and see beyond themselves and truly see how some of their neighbors live in fear and need to be loved.

    • Hi Maura, thank you for stopping by (in)courage today and sharing your comment. Joining you in that prayer that we’d all see each other and get to know our individual stories and experiences.

  9. Barb!

    Thank you for sharing your heart. We met at BRMCWC at Ridgecrest a few weeks ago, and it’s a pleasure to hear more from you. You really made me think and to empathize with you. Thank you for sharing. And welcome to (in)courage! Great start, and I look forward to reading many more posts from you.

  10. Dear Barb, Thank you for shining the truth and light of Christ. I am grateful for your willingness to share honestly and I’m so sorry for the evil of racism. Your words were balm to my soul about facing fears related to trauma. I’m going to save this article to share with others. Tonight I am thanking God for you shining His light. The world needs it. With love and respect, Nichole

  11. I am determined to let hatred not win, but it is such a struggle. Thank you for sharing your story. May God always surround you with His love and courage. Yum–I will take the chips–but not the guac

  12. Barb,

    Anxiety is a tool of the evil one. He loves nothing more than to see us trembling in fear. We have to pray to God that He will eliminate all those anxious thoughts from our minds thus freeing us. We must believe & trust that it will happen & not live in fear. That may sound easy, but it isn’t in today’s world. Declaring that God sees us in our stuck places & frees us.

    Blessings 🙂