Faith, Glimpses

Reflecting On His Love // Glimpses Link Up

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This week I am reflecting on God’s love, His deep, abiding, unfailing and beautiful love.

All of my life I grew up with a craving to be loved. I know my parents loved me the best they could without having a personal relationship with Jesus. Growing up I always felt overlooked, misunderstood and unloved. I went looking for love in all of the wrong places and have had to spend years healing from past hurts.

It’s hard for me to grasp God’s love. To think that the God of the universe came for me, that He did it all for love, just blows my mind. Who am I that a Holy and loving God would think about me when He told His Father that He was willing to make the sacrifice?

What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? (Psalm 8:4)

When I was formed in my mother’s womb, He loved me.

When I fell and scraped my knees as a child, He loved me.

When I lay numb, violated and was left feeling worthless and dirty, He loved me.

When I came to Him, sobbing over the weight of my sin, He loved me.

When I make mistakes as a wife and mother, He loves me.

When the sky turns dark and depression sets in, He loves me.

When I am mobilized in fear and can do nothing, He loves me.

When I stomp my feet in frustration, He loves me.

When I fall into self pity and wonder about my purpose, He loves me.

No matter what I’ve done, no matter what I do, His love remains the same.

No matter what I've done, no matter what I do, His love remains the same. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

During the month of December, I am sharing a series I wrote in 2011 during the Christmas/Advent season. Here is week 2:

Week Two – Unwrapping Jesus – A Tenderhearted King

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

Glimpses #211-220

211. Knowing that I’m never without hope.
212. Hallmark Christmas movies.
213. The peace that passes all understanding.
214. His love came down and rescued me.
215. Christmas party planning with friends.
216. My son’s release of his first EP.
217. Cutting down our Christmas tree.
218. Christmas movies, homemade cookies and tree decorating.
219. Online deals for Christmas.
220. He has marked me. I am His.

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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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5. Use the hashtag #glimpsesofhisbeauty so that we can find one another’s posts.



20 thoughts on “Reflecting On His Love // Glimpses Link Up”

  1. Bev @ Walking Well With God says:

    Barbie,
    God’s unfathomable love for us IS hard to completely grasp sometimes…but it’s the real deal! Praise! I had to smile over “Hallmark Movies”. So predictable, but always with a happy ending….I love happy endings. Thankfully, since Jesus came, our lives will have a happy ending as well!
    Blessings this Advent season,
    Bev

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by Bev!

  2. Nicki Schroeder says:

    Beautiful words today friend! I hope you had fun decorating your Christmas tree this weekend. Impressed that you chopped it down yourself. You words are beautiful today. So glad you are writing! This particular sentence ripped at my soul: “When I lay numb, violated and was left feeling worthless and dirty, He loved me.” Oh yes girl, He loved you then, especially then. My eyes cry tears for you this am sweet Barbie. Tears of sadness for what you must have endured and tears of joy for how much Jesus loves you! Praying you are well sweet lady. xoxo

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Nicki. That was so long ago, yet if I allow myself to go there I can reflect too much. I wrote about my date rape experience on another blog. Couldn’t bring myself to share it on my own. You are a blessing to me. Thank you for being here.

  3. Michele Morin says:

    So good to come back to the foundational truth of God’s love at this time of year!

    1. Barbie says:

      I agree. Have a blessed week Michele!

  4. Lisa notes says:

    So many scenarios, so many ways “He loves me.” This is beautiful, Barbie. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    1. Barbie says:

      I love your visits Lisa. Praying you have a beautiful week.

  5. Gayl says:

    Thanks for the reminder that His love is always there and will never be taken away. Blessings to you, Barbie!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for visiting Gayl!

  6. Nita says:

    Love is a powerful word. To decide to love us with all our sin is an awesome thing. Many people don’t feel love, understand love, can express love or even value love. But God’s love is shown through so many people, things and experiences that if we took the time to look for His expressions of love we would be in awe. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Barbie says:

      I am thankful for the people God has brought into my life to remind me of His love. Thank you for stopping by Nita!

  7. June says:

    Important truths to remember and hold close when the enemy whispers his lies in our ear. Blessings on your Advent, my friend!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks so much June!

  8. Ginger Harrington says:

    Now it’s my turn for tears with your post. You have so touched my heart with this needed, overlooked, and blazingly bold truth.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you so much Ginger! I so love to see your smiling face here. Enjoy your time with your girl!

  9. Mary Geisen says:

    I can never get enough of knowing and being reminded that God loves me. Even in all the messiness and with all my mistakes His love never fails. Such a beautiful thing to know during this Advent season.

    1. Barbie says:

      Dear Mary, I am very blessed by your visits. Praying you’re having a beautiful week.

  10. Trudy says:

    This is so beautiful, Barbie. His unconditional love boggles my mind, too. The different scenarios you list touch my heart. Thank you so much for reminding me that He loved us even in those times when we were violated. It’s all so hard to understand, but it was the evil in others that hurt us, not God. I used to think if He loved me then, He would have stopped it. But yet it’s those things that have made us more compassionate and understanding towards others who are hurting, right? Yes, no matter what, no matter when, He loved us, still loves us, and will love us to the end! Blessings and hugs to you!

    P.S. I feel kind of dumb, but I had to look up what EP means. Congratulations to your son! 🙂

    1. Barbie says:

      I am so sorry this happened to you Trudy. I am thankful that our past does not define us. So comforting knowing that God loves us, no matter. what. Thanks for stopping by!

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