Jesus in Me

Earlier this month, I posed the question, “If you asked the people in your circle of influence, what would they say the driving force of your life is?”

So I am humbly asking for your honest feedback.

First, I want to thank everyone who took the time to respond.

Second, you will notice that some reciprocated with a personal reflection while others offered words of affirmation to me.

Their responses are below:


Jesus. Hands down, everyone who knows me would say that. I just asked [my husband] to check my hypothesis, and it was the first word he said.

Ohhhh Barb! I misread your post! I thought you were asking us! But re-reading this again, I understand the question. I read it way too early in the morning!

Barb, I would still say Jesus. You have a way of encouraging and loving others so individually. You take the time to notice things others don’t because you see people. And so, I think the driving force of your life is the love of Jesus. – Vanessa


Faith and family seem to be at the top of your list, Barb. Followed closely by the precious children you minister to each day. – David


What I see in you is a strong spirit to help others see the beauty of the Lord in our lives. – Lisa


Your love for the Lord. – Ruth


Living as an ambassador for Jesus – Betsy


Jesus – Margaret


I would say it is your seeking to please your heavenly Father. – Dawn


The driving force in my life is God, then my family. – Georgetta


The driving force of your life is God. And you seek to encourage yourself in the Lord; then from that, you seek to encourage other people. And you’re on the journey of abiding in Him. You are a woman of faith and seek to act on your faith by sharing it with others. – Lisa


Now for my personal reflection:

Over the last few years, I have realized a few things. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude forces me to look for the good in every day, every situation, and every person. Abiding in Christ is the only way to become who I was created to be. Furthermore, as Jesus strengthens and encourages me, through His word, worship music, nature, and other people, it is my honor to be Jesus to others.

Let’s not become discouraged in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not become weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let’s do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. – Galatians 6:9-10 NASB

I sometimes struggle between offering instant ENCOURAGEMENT (that may sound fake) & and delayed ENCOURAGEMENT (that doesn’t help). Father, please show me when to speak & what to say to bless others in a way that makes them feel genuinely cared for (seen, heard, or loved).

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  1. This is so encouraging, Barb! These would be worth printing out or rewriting in a blessing journal where you have easy access to them for encouragement.

    I agree with your prayer, “Father, please show me when to speak & what to say to bless others in a way that makes them feel genuinely cared for (seen, heard, or loved).”

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