Thursday, May 10, 2018

Interview with Jen Barrick!


But Thou, O Lord, art a Shield for me; my Glory, and the Lifter up of mine head.

Psalm 3:3


Recently I had the honor and privilege to interview Jen Barrick from HOPEOUTLOUD ministries! She has an amazing, incredible, wow, testimony and I'm sure you'll all be blessed by it!! So without further ado, let's get right into it!










Interview with Jennifer Barrick!



Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.   Romans 5:5



 Beth: Hey there Jen! Thanks so much for joining me here today! You're an inspiring person with an amazing story and I'm so excited to share with others what God has done for you today!  To start off can you tell us a little about yourself?

Jen:  My name is Jennifer Barrick. I am 26 years old. I was raised in a Christian family. I have a brother, Joshua who is 22 years old and a Senior at Liberty. I personally love Jesus with all my heart!  He is my best friend and guide. He truly directs and leads me every day. In my spare time, I enjoy reading my Bible, singing praise songs, having dinner as a family, going on walks, coloring pictures, doing my brain therapy and spending time with friends. 

Beth: Oh cool! So, on November 5th, 2006, a terrible thing happened. Can you share with us about that?


Jen:
November 5th was truly a Great Day! My brother Josh and my Dad had just won a baseball game and they were rushing home that night to hear me sing in church with my high school choir. Both of my grandparents where attending and we were looking forward to an awesome night. My Grandpa, Ed Hindson, preached that night on the book of Revelation and it was truly a night of HOPE. I know personally God moved and spoke to my heart so greatly during the concert! On our way home my family was hit head-on by a drunk driver going over 80 miles per hour. We all suffered various injuries. I suffered a traumatic brain injury and was in the hospital for over 3 months. I was in a coma for five to six weeks. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Beth: Can you tell what you did that was so 

amazing and special while you were still in a coma in the hospital? 

Jen: During my coma, I knew nothing but the Lord. He was truly my Comfort, Strength, and Healer. I would talk to Him for hours according to my friends and family that stayed with me.



 
Beth:  That is literally amazing! So at an early age you had already developed a deep love for the Lord. What made you make the decision to seek Him?

Jen: My family has always put God first and made Him a big priority. My Mom and Dad raised me to love the Lord and to hide away scripture in my heart.

Beth: So cool!  What was the recovery process like?  In what ways has God just utterly worked in your life and healed you?

Jen: In order to get a response from me you had to connect to my spiritual side. For example, in the hospital when I was relearning how to walk I did not respond to my therapists commands. My Mom had the idea to quote the books of the Bible. To each book I took a step. Prior to my accident I was a very introverted person. I was begging God for BOLDNESS. Since my brain injury, God has given me the ability to boldly tell the world about Him and His Love. 


Beth: Wow Praise Him!  What ministry has come out of this? How did God turn it around for good?

Jen: Through our accident Hope Out Loud was born. God has used us to reach thousands and share the Hope found in Him. As a result, God has given us a platform for Him as a family!

Beth: Amazing! Can you tell us a little bit about your mother's book about your story and the books you have written?

Jen: All of our books point to Christ. My Mom writes on what it is like from a Mother’s perspective.   In my Mom’s book, Beauty Marks, she teaches about forgiveness, restoration, and trusting in the Lord alone. She shares stories about what it is like during my recovery and God’s Miracles through my continuing healing.

Beth: That’s wonderful! What is your biggest desire to do for the Lord right now?


Jen:
My biggest desire is to not miss one plan that God has for me and to share with the world what He has done and who He is!!

Beth: That’s amazing! Hallelujah! Thanks so much for joining us Jen! Keep inspiring people with your testimony! You're doing amazing things for God's kingdom! 






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HOPE OUTLOUD!

As Jen said in the interview, The Barrick family have a ministry. I’ve watched a lot of their videos and they are powerful! Their ministry is totally worth checking out!
You can check out their website at http://hopeoutloud.com/ or their Facebook page, @HopeOutLoud! On Facebook you can join their online Bible study, and the videos stay available to watch whenever you can! On their website they sell their books and beautiful jewelry, all kinds of classy things. Their YouTube is also definitely worth checking out!

They seek to give God complete glory for their ministry!




And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
             Mark 16:15


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Stop struggling....

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 

                         John 14:6


I've been struggling a lot. This emptiness I've been feeling was not fun. My loss of will power was the worst thing.
It's like I couldn't stay off of social media even though it was draining me. And with school and all I couldn't read near as much in my Bible as I should have. Or spend the time with God that I should have.

Today God showed me what was wrong with me.

I needed to spend time in His word. I had really lost sight of that. I was struggling on my own to do everything. 

On our own strength were nothing ya'll.

He showed me in every aspect in my time with Him today that feeding off of Him, spending that amazing time with Him, was what I was lacking.

And something else, He helped me realize it's not a bad thing to admit a lot of social media drains you. And you need to cut back. It's not a bad thing to admit you need to hold off on things because when you do them so much instead of Jesus, you're a broken mess.

And something else He told me, and this is so special to me. 

Stop struggling.

Some of the most amazing times I have with God is when I just lay there, and think about Him. Mediate. And know He's got it.


I have to quit always wondering if I'm doing everything right. I have to be like Mary and sit at Jesus feet and listen even when there are other things that need to be done. BUT, she chose what was most important and Jesus said that wouldn't be taken away from her. Wow ya'll! A clean house or remembering what you did in school can be taken away. But this can't.

Sometimes we have to sit in dirty bedrooms, but if were sitting with Jesus... the dirty bedroom is okay.

I hope and pray this encourages ya'll tonight. I wanted to share this with you lovely people.

Are you ready tonight to stop struggling and do the thing that won't be taken away from you?

I'm am. The other is just plain exhausting.

Who's with me?



But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Luke 10:42