26 In Glimpses/ One Word 2017

Committed to His Word // Glimpses Link Up

We are on Day 16 of our chronological read of The Message Bible. Having just finished reading Job, I have a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head but they are hard to get out into words.

I have struggled in my reading, even 16 days in. Not so much the getting up to read part, although I’ve missed a day here and there. I struggle with the “sinking in deep” part. Sometimes (most of the time) when I read it’s as if I’m just going through the motions and I’m reminded once again that over the last few years my heart and mind have been somewhat disconnected from the deeper study of God’s Word. Sure I read scripture every day — on my flip calendar, through blogs, in the emails I receive that I subscribe to. In a way, I’ve allowed myself to live on the words of others. I’ve opened up blogs and emails and nodded the affirmative “AMEN” as I’ve read, but I’ve been neglecting the Secret Place.

I love God…with all of my heart, but my heart has been so removed from the deeper things in this season. I go from day to day, doing the same things over and over again and I’ve settled into a comfortable routine. I’m lacking the fire that once burned in my heart. I’m lacking the passion for His presence and the hunger for His Word that was once so evident.  But someone reminded me just the other day that it’s still there — the fire, the passion and the hunger. It’s not that it’s missing from my life altogether, but it’s been diminished by seemingly overwhelming weights of disappointment.

What I am realizing as I set out this year to commit all things to God is that my heart is still hurting, in so many ways. There are so many places of disappointment, so many things I do not understand, so many “why Gods”.  Even though I know it’s normal to ask these questions, I’ve allowed my guilt and shame in the asking to overshadow a God who is very present in my life who wants to teach me how to live in abundance, even in my lack.

God wants to teach me how to live in abundance, even in my lack. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

This committing, it’s been hard. But I’m not going to stop. I’m going to keep pushing ahead. I may get knocked back a step or two, but I’m going to keep getting up. I know God has given me this Word, because it’s not so much about committing to Him, to His Word, to my home and to health — but it’s about realizing that He’s committed to me. He’s with me in my messy, unordered life and He’s with me in my uncommitted ways.

God is committed to me, despite my messy, unordered life. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

This week we pick back up again in Genesis and I am truly grateful that God has me on this journey through His Word.

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

Glimpses #271-280

271. Green hills after an abundance of rain over the last week.
272. His grace is enough!
273. Reminders that He’s committed to me, despite my faults.
274. Peace at work despite a very busy season.
275. More blog design work.
276. Homeschool successes.
277. “Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love.”
278. Warm chocolate chip cookies.
279. My blog tech, Merri Dennis, who keeps my blog running.
280. How He reminds me of His presence when I’m longing to be known.

What lessons are you learning this week? How can I pray for you?

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.

 

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Lesley
    January 16, 2017 at 12:26 am

    I love the reminder that everything does not depend on our commitment to God, but that he is always fully committed to us.

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      Barbie
      January 16, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      I love that God reminded me of this truth. Have a blessed week Lesley!

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    Michele Morin
    January 16, 2017 at 4:31 am

    When all we have to offer God is our “lack,” I believe that He accepts even that as an offering to Him, promising to make of us “a watered garden” in seasons of drought.

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      Barbie
      January 16, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      That’s a great promise to hold on to Michele! Thank you!

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    Nicki Schroeder
    January 16, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Love your words here Barbie. I’m just so thankful that we have a gracious and loving God who doesn’t require us to do things to earn His favor. Rest in that today! And rejoice when you do meet all your goals and accomplishments for more time in God’s Word. Such a reward when we can spend time with Jesus!

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      Barbie
      January 16, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      He is my greatest reward. Thanks for stopping by Nicki. Have a blessed week.

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    jodie filogomo
    January 16, 2017 at 5:28 am

    I feel like glimpses of beauty can be found in almost everything….we just have to be open to receive them!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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      Barbie
      January 16, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      So true! Thanks Jodie.

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    Ruth
    January 16, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Hi, Barbie!
    I just wanted to let you know that I prayed for you as I read through this post. The Lord hears the desires of your heart. May He wrap His Everlasting Arm around you and draw you close to His heart and give you the strength you need for each day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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      Barbie
      January 16, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      Thank you so much for your prayers Ruth!

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    Lisa notes
    January 16, 2017 at 7:58 am

    The push forward, even when you don’t feel like it, is beautiful, Barbie. I’m sure God will honor your intentions to be in his presence, even during the times you’re not feeling the joy of it.

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      Barbie
      January 16, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you Lisa. There is no place I’d rather be than in His presence. Blessings for a beautiful week.

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    Trudy
    January 16, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Thank you for being so open and honest, Barbie. I have been thinking along these same lines lately. I lack the passion and hunger to dive deeper into God’s Word though I do read it. I love your commitment and perseverance. God knows your heart and all your deep longings. This truth is so encouraging – “He’s with me in my messy, unordered life and He’s with me in my uncommitted ways.” There is such hope in God’s never-failing commitment to us, isn’t there? Love and hugs!

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      Barbie
      January 16, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      So thankful for His grace! Thanks for stopping by Trudy!

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    Cynthia
    January 16, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    It has been a while since I visited, but I am always blessed when I do. Why? You are a living testimony of Christ’s love and compassion. Your life walk, your concerns, your feelings…inspire all of us to go on…to put one foot in front of the other. You are appreciated, Barbie! The fire of the Lord is burning within you, even when you think IT isn’t. The Fire will burn the way IT needs to burn and you will do what you need to do, even when you do not “feel” like doing it. We all feel disappointment and disillusionment, at times. We are human. And, you must have these feelings. Otherwise, how could you understand and touch the lives of others? But, one thing I am certain of, is that our crying-out to the Lord does not go unnoticed. He is the small still voice and He is the booming thunder! He is the ebb and flow of the breath that we breathe! Keep your heart focused on Him and He will take you to new heights in your pursuit for His Fire!!! Thank you, for being you, for being real, for being a vessel, for the Lord. Cynthia

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      Barbie
      January 16, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      Cynthia, you’ve encouraged me greatly today. Thank you for that.

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    June
    January 16, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I’m glad you’re site is back up, friend. You have an encouraging message that needs to be heard. This season you’re in is a difficult one, dear, but God will see you through. He honors those who honor Him. Blessings on your week.

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      Barbie
      January 16, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      Thank you June! I appreciate you!

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    Hannah Bollinger
    January 16, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I love how you mentioned that God is committed to you. That is such a great reminder for me too. I haven’t taken as much time lately to focus on the beauty in the day in and day out (and write it down), but your list inspires me. It’s always so good for me to read your words here! Blessings to you this week!

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      Barbie
      January 16, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      Thank you Hannah! I love seeing your face here 🙂

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    Mary Geisen
    January 17, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Thank you for sharing truth that we all need to hear. Running a race with perseverance and in this case committing daily to God is no easy task. But the beauty is that He loves running this race with us. We need to remember that it is so much easier with Him by our side. I love this… “God wants to teach me to live in abundance even in my lack.” That is exactly what I needed to hear this morning. Blessings on your week!

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      Barbie
      January 17, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Thank you Mary! You always seem to brighten my day.

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    Mitzi
    January 19, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Keep focusing on the beauty around you. God is present in each and every little bit of it. He is also there when you are struggling…wrapping you in His love, even though you can’t see it…even though you may feel like you are not quite in step …He is there, right beside you….because when you feel as though you can’t do it….that is when He carries you.

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      Barbie
      January 19, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks so much Mitzi! I really appreciate you!

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    Dawn Boyer
    January 21, 2017 at 5:39 am

    There is something unabashedly beautiful about an honest and transparent woman of faith. She wears grace and she offers hope to others in her willingness to be real. And in that, they don’t always know their worth. They see their faults and failures rather than the the way their testimony touches others. You are an encouragement. All those who come to God in faith will be rewarded for their diligence. Heb 11:6. His Word, planted in you, will never return void. Is 55:11.
    Blessings friend!
    Dawn

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      Barbie
      January 21, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Dawn, thank you for encouraging my heart today. I so appreciate you!

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