Barb Enjoys
Writing at IHOP

I love God, and I love telling others about Him. That’s why I write. Well, that, and I absolutely love to create characters and story worlds.


Barb Chooses
Writing Topics

Ideas … ideas … ideas. Someday I seriously intend to settle down and write in one genre and only one genre … if God so leads.


Barb Loves to
Teach & Share

Novel writing is so relevant to our walks with God. Our stories begin with wounded, flawed characters who desperately need help.

When Prayers Take a LONG TIME to be Answered
10/19/2016 10:27:00 PM BY Barb Haley


     Ever get tired of waiting on God to answer a prayer? Wonder why
     the answer takes so long?

     I attended a Bible study on Numbers 33-34 at church tonight and thought
     you might benefit from a few points my pastor made.

     On their journey to the Promised Land, the Israelites often made camp and
     stayed for an extended time. You can imagine the grumbling and questions as
     they wanted to move on.

   What about when we have to wait?

In our lives, we, too, are required to sit still and wait on God to move at times. It will help to remember that God often does His best deep, foundational work in our hearts in these times. Changes and preparation for battles and plans ahead. Rough edges whittled away. Our faith grows more in these times than any others.

Sometimes we remain in the wilderness because we can't let go of our past. Nothing done "to" us or "by" us can hold us back from the presence of  God unless we allow it to. We must consciously choose to focus on God instead of circumstances and feelings. And then there's all the "Christian" activity, but with no progress in our walk with God. We need to be sure our activity is God's activity for us!

And finally, as we face battles, we will march forward with boldness when we choose to recall the previous victories of God in our lives and claim His power in our lives.



Anybody Up for a Bit of Transformation?
9/24/2016 12:32:00 AM BY Barb Haley

      Have you ever wondered what God is really like?

       Last week I started attending a weekly Bible study on the Gospel of John. As I read
       the assigned passages, a verse I’ve read zillions of times came alive. Spoke to my
       heart in a fresh way!

       Hebrews 1:3a says, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact
       representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.”

       I knew this, and you probably did, too. But this time, the Holy Spirit challenged
       me to comb the Gospels in light of revealing the character of God, through the
       life of His Son Jesus, on earth.

Why is this important to me?

First, I’m curious.

Secondly, I long for a closer, more intimate relationship with God. I can know someone at a distance, but I usually end up actually just knowing about the person. Only by spending time in one’s presence do I really get to know a person.

Thirdly, the Bible instructs us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Where are we on that? Could it be a daily goal of ours to become more like Christ? SHOULD we be actively pondering this EVERY DAY?

Romans 12:2 says YES. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Not a suggestion … a command. But, transformed into what?

2 Corinthians says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

Transformed into the Lord’s image. Where do we even begin?

Let me suggest that we begin with that which we spend the most time.

Glancing through some old notes in the back of my Bible the other day, I found a model I’d copied from a book I was reading. I’ll try to reproduce it below.

On this model, our time with the world and with God are just about balanced. But what if they aren’t?


What if our time with the world far outweighs our time with God?

     What will our lives most reflect? Our minds, our wills, and our

     emotions—our attitudes and beliefs, our behavior and words, and our

     feelings and attachment?

With which area do we spend most of our time?


I’m ready to begin this transformation process. Anyone with me?

Join me as I increase my time in the Word and blog about what I learn.

And … don’t make me do all the work!

Click on the blue box below the blog that says COMMENT. Dig into the Scriptures and post what YOU find about the character of God. We’ll learn from each other!

And, together, we’ll allow the Holy Spirit to brighten the light of our witness to a world, lost in darkness, which sorely needs the touch of our loving and merciful God.