12 In Glimpses

The Beauty of Community // Glimpses v.3


This month marks 8 years of blogging for me. Eight years! It’s a rarity that I’ve come across anyone who has been blogging as long as I have. But they are out there, and I know some of them.

When I first began writing in this space (called “My Freshly Brewed Life” back then), I had no clue how things would evolve here. I knew that God had called me to encourage the heart of women, no matter where they were on their journey, but I was so unsure of myself. I still am.

So many of you have grown with me and have followed me around the blogsphere through my many design changes, name changes and the self-publication of my first book. Some of you joined me later, sharing stories through link ups and encouraging me through your visits and comments. Still many are new friends, who I am just beginning to get to know, but am so very grateful that we’ve found each other.

To mark my 8 year blogiversary, I want to give each of you a printable of one of my art pieces. I hope that it will bless you. Just click here to download it.


There is so much beauty found in this big world of blogging, and I am grateful to have a small voice in it. I am thankful that you are here and I look forward to continuing to encourage you on your journey.

Beauty is found in community. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

*I am excited to announce that beginning next Monday, August 1st, there will be a brand new opportunity in this space to share how God is uncovering the beauty in your own life. For the details, I hope you will visit me at the Let Us Grow link up this weekend over at Let Us Walk Worthy. God is doing a work in both mine and Carrie’s hearts and I will be sharing more in my post there this weekend.

But for now, I continue to share the glimpses of beauty that God brings to my every day life.

Glimpses #21-30

21. Blogging friends across the miles
22. Being a part of a beautiful blogging community
23. Movie date with my husband
24. “Thinking of you” emails from friends
25. Curriculum sales to help fund this year’s needed items
26. Folded laundry
27. Watching my children and grandson enjoy Disneyland via Snap Chat
28. My youngest son’s excitement for Kids Camp
29. Prophetic words spoken over me
30. My best friend becoming a grandma

Be sure to stop by next Monday to take part in a brand new opportunity to share how God is uncovering beauty in your own life.

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  • Reply
    Mitzi Rice
    July 25, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Love your glimpses! What a beautiful art piece you have shared with us! I for one am very glad to the community of friends that blogging has offered to me and so blessed to have you as one of them! Can’t wait to see what you are up to next. PS. I reactivated the gathering corner, in the hopes of writing more… Much love to you my dearest friend…

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      July 26, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Mitzi, thank you for hanging in with me, especially over the rough patches of the last two years. So thankful to have you along on this journey.

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    July 25, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Happy anniversary, my friend! Thank you for the beautiful gift! God is still using you to encourage the hearts of others 🙂

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      July 26, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      I so appreciate you June! Thank you.

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    July 25, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I love your list Barbie and I am so glad we ‘met’. (((Hugs)))

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      July 26, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      I am so thankful our blogging paths have crossed Lillian. I look forward to getting to know you more.

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    Rachelle Craig
    July 26, 2016 at 2:52 am

    Happy 8 years! ☺ I am so grateful that you are still blogging. You have been so encouraging to me, and without you, my blog wouldn’t exist.

    Thank you for the beautiful print. You are so talented in so many areas.

    I can’t wait to see what you have planned next! Hope you have a great week! ❤

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      July 26, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Rachelle, thank you. I am glad that God brought us together though blogging. It’s been a joy of mine to help others in their endeavors. Blessings!

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    July 26, 2016 at 4:51 am

    Happy blogiversary Barbie! Thanks for sharing the print. I have always enjoyed reading your words over the years.

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      July 26, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Wanda, we’ve been on this journey a while now. I am grateful for you.

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    July 26, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Happy Blogiversary!! Crazy that you’ve been doing this for 8 years. Come to think of it, I’m not too far behind you! Wow! I’ve missed you, my friend. So sorry I’ve been somewhat MIA in the blogging comment world. Life! It just gets crazier every day. Love you!

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      July 26, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Rosann! I miss you so much. I was just thinking back on how encouraged I was to find you. I am going to make more of an effort to stop by. Blessings to you my friend!

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