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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. hi! firstly – this literally made me lol – “I need water to stay alive… but apparently, that isn’t enough for me to want to drink it.” a good chuckle when starting my day is lovely. 🙂

    secondly – sigh…this is also an answered prayer for a confirmation that I DO need to do the thing I really super don’t want to do, but I know it’s important for the other people involved that I do participate in the event. and there’s really no good reason to not say “yes” except my reluctance of being uncomfortable & inconvenienced for a bit. c’est la vie.

    have an awesome day! 🙂

    • Arian, drinking water is real hard for some of us – ha! I’m glad that today’s article gave you a reason to smile. I’m also glad that today’s article confirmed something that you’ve been wrestling with. Thank you for sharing your comment with us.

  2. It’s like you were inside my head!! Besides being resistant to drinking all that water, as I write this there is an invitation in my email to attend an event that I really don’t feel like doing. But I know, sort of, that once there, I’ll probably be glad I chose to attend. I guess it’s time to rsvp with a yes and at the very least, my dear friend who asked me to join her, will be delighted.

    • Isn’t it wild how God sends us the encouragement that we need when we need it?! I’m praying that your attendance at the event does bless you – and that you are open to allowing God to use you to bless others. Thanks for joining us on (in)courage today!

  3. Thank you for this word today. Yes, when I “do it anyway “, I am always blessed even if it was something I wasn’t very excited about. If I listen to my feelings and don’t participate in what God is calling me to do, then I have regrets and wish I had been stronger than my flesh. Today, I will purpose in my heart to listen to the Lord and “come and see”, even if I don’t really feel like it.
    I hope you all have a wonderful day!

  4. I loved this article! Barb hit the nail on the head for me ~ and I love her humor!
    Thanks for the encouragement, Barb! (I only wish I could print it off and keep it
    in my Bible.)

    • Judy, I’m glad that you enjoyed today’s devotional. We’re so happy that you’re a part of our (in)courage community. You can print this off with your printer if you’d like to save it 🙂

  5. Such a good word! It reminded me that often as God’s sheep, we can spend a lot more time checking out the fences like a border collie, instead of enjoying and resting in the green pastures He has prepared for us each day. And yes, coffee is always easier to make and drink than that water my body is craving:). Thank you!

    • What a fun analogy, Charissa! Yes, we can run around doing all the things instead of showing up for what God has waiting for us. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Barb,

    I appreciate your honesty. Been there more times than I can count in struggling to find motivation. In fact, some seasons seem to be harder than others.

    Thank you for sharing!


    • You’re welcome, Lisa! It is SO hard sometimes to keep showing up. Praying that today’s words continue to encourage you as you keep showing up for all that God has for you!

  7. Barb, this really resonated with me. I have felt this exact way! Putting yourself where you need to be is maybe more than half the battle. This is also beautifully written. Thank you for sharing your insights with us in such an artistic way!

  8. Wow!! God is always SO Timely. I didn’t even want to read the devotional, lol. This is exactly where I am and you put words to my worn out heart ❤️ Thank you. I made a short list of the areas I “didn’t ” want to show up in thos week. Sigh… he always meets us.
    Love and blessings

    • Dawn, thank you for sharing your comment. Isn’t it so God to know what kind of encouragement that you needed today. Thanks for joining us on (in)courage!

  9. Thanks for saying so well how I often feel. Too cute! That ice cream desire and drive as opposed to the need for water. Loving it!
    Come and see! With that calling on our lives we are blessed. I needed this. Be blessed!!!


  10. Awwww Barb I love this. Thank you for your honesty. Thank you for the reminder….
    “Jesus’s invitation to come and see is alive and well for you today.”
    Since we moved to another town, I’m farther away from my friend I used to walk with every Tuesday. I’m farther away from my women’s study and church and dinner with friends. I admit it’s hard to be motivated. I think of the drive and traffic and getting home late AND….”Like, why don’t I need motivation to eat ice cream?” !!!! Right!?

    Is today your invitation to come and see, even if you don’t want to? Yes \0/

  11. Barb,

    It takes motivation for me to drink a lot of water. That is unless there is tea & some sugar or hot cocoa in it (ha ha!) For many years I wasn’t motivated to read my Bible. Now I just go to Biblegateway.com & listen to it while doing something else. More than that I enjoy & truly want to do it.

    This hit me: “Often, some of my most memorable blessings happen when I’m unmotivated to do something, but I do it anyways.” I volunteer with Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry on Fridays. Some Fridays it is hard to motivate myself to go. But I usually do because I know somehow I get a blessing out of it. I can talk with other volunteers, pray for everyone, give hugs to those receiving the food. It truly blesses my heart to know I’m doing the Lord’s work.

    Blessings 🙂