Looking Toward Hope // Glimpses Link Up

Thanksgiving came and along with it precious time with family. We gathered at my mother’s home, although not all of the siblings, or all of my children, were in attendance. This happens as families grow and become part of other families. You learn to share each other, taking turns with family and resolving to see some others next year.

And as Monday morning is looming I realize that it is the beginning of Advent — the weeks leading up to Christmas where we reflect on Christ’s birth, His coming, and what it all means.

I never celebrated Advent as a child. And growing up in a home who had no relationship with Jesus, Christmas was not about Christ. I was thankful that it was about family as we gathered together as a tribe, ate food, played games and sang Christmas carols around the fire. Memories were made and traditions started, ons that I continue on with my children today. And now as I’ve grown, whenever I am with my family I make it a point to bring Jesus along with me to the party.

This first Monday of Advent signifies hope. It’s something I need to continually focus on — that my hope is IN Christ, not in anything of this world. There is no person, circumstance or wordly pleasure that can satisfy the yearning in my heart, the ache, more than Jesus.

This week I will begin reading Ann Voskamp’s The Greatest Gift. I’ve owned it since last year and saved it for this year. I want to be intentional to look towards hope, keeping Jesus in front of me in this season. Perhaps my heart will expand in the next few weeks so that I could contain more of Him — more of His love, joy and peace, along with the hope and promise of His goodness.

Perhaps my heart will expand to contain more of His love, joy, peace and hope. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet


I wanted to write a series on my blog for Advent, but I’m just going to share a series I wrote in 2011, which are some of my most read posts during this time every year. I hope they bless you.

Week One – Unwrapping Jesus {The Hope of Christmas}

And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.

Glimpses #201-210

201. My husband’s care and patience with me as I navigate chronic pain.
202. Friends lending prayer, wisdom and support to try to help me feel better.
203. 3 bags of clothes ready to take to the thrift store.
204. Good times and “laugh until your belly hurts” with friends.
205. Gathering with family to celebrate Thanksgiving.
206  Counting my blessings. There is so much to be thankful for.
207. Thanksgiving parade, coffee and cuddles on the couch.
208. Early morning sales on Black Friday.
209. The blessing of a new grand baby coming in June.
210. Looking towards hope this Advent season.

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The Glimpses link up will open at 12:01 AM (PST) each Monday, and will remain open through Noon on Saturday. My hope is that those who were linking up on Saturday over the weekend will still have an opportunity to do so.

I am looking forward to reading your posts and visiting your blogs this week!

Blooming lavender in a field at sunset in Provence, FranceIt is time to share the glimpses of beauty found this week.
Words written, gratitude given, photos taken, things created — anything that reflects the beauty of God revealed in your ordinary life.
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Seeking beauty in the ordinary and embracing life to the fullest. Thank you for stopping by and come again soon!

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21 Responses

  1. Lesley says:

    Advent is something I’ve only really begun to understand in the last few years, but I love the focus on hope and it’s important to remember that our true hope is found in Jesus, whatever our circumstances.

  2. I love Advent — the candles, the devotionals, the music, the preparation for Christmas. All of it works together to get my heart ready for celebrating!

  3. You WROTE! 🙂 Hooray. I know how you have been struggling girl, so happy to see this post. 🙂 Love you sharing some of your heart about your home growing up. Hope you had a great Turkey Day!

  4. We are in such similar season of life that each of your post blesses me, it reminds me others are going through the same thing. Holidays where all are not present. Even though I had five of my children with us on Thanksgiving I missed the one who was with his in-laws. I am slowly learning how to adjust. Great post…as our family’s grow up!

  5. Joy Lenton says:

    Barbie, I never celebrated Advent either as a child, nor as a new believer in my home church. It’s something that has crept up on me since I’ve been blogging and had my eyes open to different faith practices. Like you, I’ve written a series in the past, but this year finds me seeking rest most of all, reading a few books that steer my heart in the right direction, looking for the Light and remembering the glorious Hope we have in Jesus. These words are so true: “my hope is IN Christ, not in anything of this world.” Amen! I hope to catch a few of your Advent posts. Thank you for reminding us just where our hope lies. May you be blessed by peace and joy as you lean harder into the Hope of Advent and into the wonder of the Incarnation of Christ. xo <3

  6. June says:

    I sense you are making some healthy choices, friend. Whatever you share during Advent, no matter when it was written, is sure to be a blessing.

  7. Trudy says:

    I am going to use The Greatest Gift for the first time as well, Barbie. 🙂 I hope we will together delve into a deeper relationship with Christ Jesus! How exciting to have a new grandbaby on the way! 🙂 Advent blessings and hugs to you!

    • Barbie says:

      That’s awesome Trudy! I may try to write a blog post centered around the book each week. We shall see. Have a blessed week.

  8. Meghan says:

    I am just now learning about Advent but it is really neat. We are going to make Jesus a birthday cake this year I think! Have a great season, Barbie and ps: love your list of thanks at the bottom!

  9. Gayl says:

    I did not celebrate Advent as a child, either, and didn’t hear of it until I was married and had several kids. We started celebrating it years ago with a wreath and readings. This year we’re a little behind, but I hope to have our wreath ready by the 2nd Sunday in Advent.

    Thanks for hosting this linkup! Blessings to you, Barbie!

  10. Lux G. says:

    Another inspiring post. Oh, I should be visiting here soon. But my wifi speed just wont allow me. Glad to be back. 🙂

  11. SUSAN says:

    You take Jesus with you into the Christmas Season – I love that because He really IS THE REASON!!!

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