Where Joy Resides // Glimpses Link Up

I walked into church this morning with a heaviness I was unable to shake. Financial issues, being reminded of our lack in a season of giving, and health issues have weighed heavy on my heart this past month. I came to give Him praise. I came to declare His worth, because He is worthy. I wasn’t feeling it this morning, but my mind and heart knew enough to posture myself before the King of Kings in an attitude of worship and give Him the praise He deserves.

I know the enemy would like nothing better than to steal my joy leading up to Christmas. His purpose is to distract and cause me to focus more on my lack than on the abundance that overflows in my life. My life IS abundantly full, but sometimes I have to dig deep to lay hold of it, and remind myself that there is so much joy to be found. It’s in the places where joy resides that we get a glimpse of who He is.

It's in the places where joy resides that we get a glimpse of who He is. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

Joy resides in my heart, because the Living God resides there.
Joy resides in my home, because we have invited Him in.
Joy resides in my children, because they are using their gifts and talents to serve Him.
Joy resides in my husband, because, despite a disability, He strives to care for His family.
Joy resides in my job, because I am appreciated and part of a bigger picture.
Joy resides in my dreams, because there is where I lay hold of my heart’s desires.
Joy resides in the counting of the smallest blessings, because there is where a heart of gratitude begins.

Joy is a gift that can be unwrapped every day.

Joy is a gift that can be unwrapped every day. #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 3:

Week Three – Unwrapping Jesus – When A Heart Says Yes

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

Glimpses #221-230

221. Warm homemade cookies.
222. More Christmas movies and snuggles on the couch.
223. Toddler giggles.
224. A quiet night home alone.
225. Allowing myself to rest and not strive.
226. Office clean up day — getting rid of lots of junk.
227. Celebrating with my son and son-in-law in the birth of their first EP cd.
228. He fights for me.
229. He has won the victory.
230. Fuzzy socks and warm blankets.

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.
1. Grab the button to place in your post, or simply link back here.
2. Link up with the post permalink, and not just your blog url.
3. Visit and encourage others who link up. We need each other!
4. Share about the link up on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
5. Use the hashtag #glimpsesofhisbeauty so that we can find each other’s posts.

 

Barbie

Seeking beauty in the ordinary and embracing life to the fullest. Thank you for stopping by and come again soon!

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20 Responses

  1. Lesley says:

    This is beautiful! It really is all about our focus. There is so much joy to be found when we stop and think about it.

  2. Patti P says:

    Great reminder to choose what we want to focus on. There are definitely blessings all around us if we choose to look for them.

  3. June says:

    Glad to see #225 on your list, friend! I’m praying that this week, JOY will find you in the most unexpected places!

    • Barbie says:

      The rest is so hard, but I’m learning it’s okay to do nothing…and I’m learning to be okay with it. Blessings to you my beautiful friend!

  4. Lisa notes says:

    Yes—this is it, Barbie: “I came to give Him praise. I came to declare His worth, because He is worthy.” My emotions don’t always match, but I know that these truths are what’s real!
    #230 speaks to me: I bought a new electric blanket this winter and I’m loving it. 🙂

    • Barbie says:

      Sometimes it’s a fight to give Him that sacrifice of praise, but then it wouldn’t be a sacrifice then would it? I love warm blankets. It’s cold here, although I’m spoiled living in California.

  5. Diana says:

    Satan is a joy stealer. It can be soooooooo hard to stay focused on God… but He’s bigger than anything that would attempt to hold us back from the joy He wants us to experience in our lives. Keeping you in prayer each day, my friend. (And fresh homemade cookies sound deeeeeeliscious! 🙂 Yum! )

  6. I love how you show us that joy is ours for the taking, we just need to get our minds focused on what truly matters in the middle of the chaos, Jesus, and He will bring joy to even the direst of circumstances. I know this year has been a tough one for you Barbie. Praying that the Lord will give you more glimpses of His work in your circumstances in the coming year! xoxo

  7. Sarah Koontz says:

    Said a prayer for you this morning, friend. Thank you for choosing joy, asking God to bless you in new and surprising ways this month!

  8. Mary Geisen says:

    The enemy would like nothing more than to steal our joy. I know he has been trying to do that with me. Thank you for pointing us back to joy. When we continue to worship God, we take away the enemy’s ability to pull us away. Blessings!

  9. Joy Lenton says:

    Joy always comes for me with #223! It’s hard to hold onto joy sometimes, especially when we’re extra busy, overtired or stressed. Preparing for Christmas tends to include all of those things. I love your deliberation to seek joy in daily comforts, family times and sensing love surrounding you. May peace and joy become hallmarks of the week ahead, as you yield to deeper rest. Bless you, Barbie, for keeping it real and bringing joy out of adversity. Praying for you, friend. xo

  10. I loved these glimpses and can relate to a lot of what you wrote here. Finding joy in our daily life is something we should all focus on; because sometimes while it may seem to elude us, it is truly found in the simple things. Blessings to you dear friend.

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