Get to Know Barb Roose
Barb Roose loves following God more than anything else in life. As a Bible teacher, speaker, and author, she is passionate about motivating and equipping women to apply the truths of God’s Word to the practical realities and challenges they face in today’s culture, encouraging them to live with God-empowered strength and dignity. She has seen God’s faithfulness firsthand through battles with anxiety, family addiction issues, and learning to see herself as God’s beautiful and valuable daughter.
Rather than teach audiences to follow God to get what they want, her purpose is to inspire audiences to discover that God is all they need.
She is the author of the Bible studies I'm Waiting, God: Finding Blessing in God's Delays, Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle, and Beautiful Already: Reclaiming God’s Perspective on Beauty and the books Winning the Worry Battle: Life Lessons from the Book of Joshua and Enough Already: Winning Your Ugly Struggle with Beauty—and a new study coming in Spring of 2020, Surrendered: Letting Go and Living Like Jesus. She blogs regularly at BarbRoose.com and hosts the “Better Together” podcast.
About the Study
What was your inspiration for I'm Waiting, God?
Waiting is hard! There’s nothing like praying and asking God for something and then we like to check up and see how God’s doing, right?!
I’ve always been the kind of person that prayed, “God, give me patience, NOW!” However, for the past ten years, our family has been dealing with an addiction crisis that has challenged everything that I’ve ever known about prayer and faith.
This Bible study means a lot to me because I want to encourage women going through hard and heartbreaking circumstances to know that God loves them and He’s able to bless them–even as they’re still in a waiting room of some sort or another.
What was your greatest challenge in writing the study?
At the time that I was writing, I was grieving the end of some of my dreams for my family’s life. In the study, I talk about how to let go when God says no and I had to do that while I was writing the study.
Please share your favorite tip for Bible study group leaders.
I’ve been leading Bible study groups and small groups for over a decade. Creating connection between women is a top priority because that’s what keeps women coming back to the group. My favorite tool is “Celebration and Struggles,” where women are invited to share one high point and one low point of the past week.
As a group leaders, this kind of brief (!) exercise helps us know how to pray for the ladies in our group as well as give the ladies a chance to take off the mask to really encourage, and celebrate each other.
Is there a theme or message that God is speaking into your life in this season?
I am God’s beautiful, unique and precious daughter. I am confident in Christ and worthy of God’s best.
I’ve faced a lot of disappointment and rejection this year so I’ve had to repeat those truths from God’s Word to myself quite often.
What are you loving today, this week, this month?
I love walking outside! I take long walks and listen to podcasts. Since I’m an Ennegram Three, I like to feel accomplished and successful, so getting a walking workout while learning really makes me feel good!
I’m also loving that my oldest daughter just returned home from a nine-month deployment in the Middle East and my other two daughters are working hard toward their dreams, too.
What is your favorite soul care practice?
Most every morning I begin my day with soul care! I call it “God-Morning Technique,” which is in I’m Waiting, God. Before I open my eyes, I begin the day by repeating five Bible verses containing promises of God to myself. This practice breathes life, hope and reduces any anxiety once I begin thinking about my day.
If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?
Sleep in. Go for a long walk. Each two bowls of chocolate peanut butter ice cream and read a book.