25 In Glimpses

Simple Truths // Glimpses Link Up

I’ve been fighting a cold for the last week. My energy is still very low and I don’t feel like doing much of anything. It’s a good thing tomorrow is a holiday in our homeschooling since I don’t have lesson plans created for the week. As I was reflecting on what I wanted to share with you, I’m sort of writing a take off from last week.  I believe God has three very distinct truths to share with you today.  I know I needed to be reminded of these myself.

You Are Here For A Purpose

Life can become so mundane as we move through our normal, daily patterns that we may often wonder why on earth we are here. I’ve struggled with this very question all too recently. But what I am learning is that God has a purpose for me here on this earth. It may not look grandiose by any means. It may not draw the attention of lots of people, or the recognition of just a few, but my life has purpose and meaning. So does yours.

Perhaps as a mom, homeschooler, wife or woman of God you are searching for purpose and meaning outside your normal day-to-day. Perhaps you are waiting to have your book published. Maybe you are waiting for your next ministry assignment. Perhaps you have gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a certain field but haven’t yet found the perfect job.

While you are waiting for God to bring clarity, may I share with you what a wise man once said,

“You are here to love God, and be loved by Him;
to know God and be known by Him.”

Right now, in this very moment, your purpose is to love God and allow Him to love you back. He thinks you are pretty awesome and His love for you is unconditional, no matter what mistakes you made today. He is loving, patient and kind and will never love you any less.

Your purpose is also to get to know God, and allow Him to know you. How do you do this? By spending time with Him. Think of your best friend and how she brings purpose and meaning to your life. This friendship must be cultivated through the giving and receiving of time spent one with the other. God wants to meet with you in the secret place where He can share His heart with you. He already knows you, inside and out, but He delights in having real and intimate conversations with you.

You are here for a purpose. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

God Will Lead You Through UnFamiliar Places

Perhaps you are at a time in your life where everything that you once knew is no more. Or perhaps everything just looks different and you are having a hard time navigating your new normal.

I’ve been navigating some new normals in my own life over the last few years. They are not places were I would have wanted things to change, but I’ve learned a hard lesson in that I am not in charge of my future. Even though things have been hard at times, I know I can trust in the One who holds my future.

Our marriage has been rocked with financial trouble and now my husband’s disability. We still love one another and are committed to our marriage, but it’s been a long, hard journey. God has been by our side every step of the way, and although there is no end in site for my husband’s condition, we know that there is a purpose for his suffering.

God will lead you through unfamiliar places. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

You Will See Beauty Again If You Keep Looking

I decided a few years ago that I was going to allow God to teach me to see beauty, despite the muck and mire of my life; despite the pain and the ashes of past hurt. It hasn’t always been an easy journey. Sometimes I’d rather not open my eyes because when I do, all I see is the chaos that surrounds me and nothing seems to change. But God has been teaching me to see with new eyes, to see with HIS eyes. God is beauty, and what He beholds is beautiful.

I know there is a lot of hurt and pain in this world. Perhaps your own life is full of pain that I couldn’t even begin to understand. I don’t want to minimize your pain at all, but what I want to do is ask you to keep looking. Take your pain to the Lord and ask Him to help you to see with His eyes. I promise you that He will allow you to see beauty again if you just keep looking.

You will see beauty again if you keep looking. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

That is one of the reasons why I share my weekly gratitude list here on Mondays. Most of the time what I share is very small and seemingly insignificant, but I believe that by intentionally sharing the beauty in the small things, we are given the faith to believe that the larger areas of our lives can be beautiful once again. Beauty is not found in what you see, but in how you see.

Can you identify with any of these simple truths? I would love for you to share in the comments. Please let me know how I can pray for you.

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

Glimpses #321-330

321. Coming home to a clean kitchen. (My husband is the best!)
322. Realizing where my son needs help in math.
323. Having all of our bills paid with a little bit left over. (A rarity.)
324. Coffee flavored ice cream. (Coffee flavored anything really!)
325. My son’s willingness to read more.
326. Giving myself permission to rest.
327. Trying a new recipe that was a hit.
328. Flowers blooming where once there was just weeds.
329. My youngest son growing into a man (too fast)!
330. He knows the ache in my heart.

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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25 Comments

  • Reply
    Sarah Geringer
    February 20, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Hi Barbie! I always enjoy visiting your site, because it seems we have much in common. Your posts are honest and encouraging. I especially like your Glimpses lists. You inspire me to look for my own glimpses of grace, joy, and beauty. Blessings to you this week!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      February 20, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      I am glad you find my site encouraging. I am learning that I’m not alone on this journey. Thank you so much for stopping by Sarah!

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    Ronja
    February 20, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Barbie, these words were exactly what my heart needed to hear in this moment. Going through a hard season has me carrying pain and looking for purpose. But I think the right answer is to keep looking for God in every moment and every circumstance, and things will eventually fall right into place. Thank you for sharing this and encouraging me today, my friend. Blessings to you!

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      Barbie
      February 20, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      I am so thankful for God’s timing in writing this post so you could be encouraged. Even though we carry pain with us, it’s comforting to know that God walks with us every step of the way. Thanks so much for stopping by Ronja.

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    Michele Morin
    February 20, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Blessings to you, Barbie, as you navigate your new normal.

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      Barbie
      February 20, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks so much Michele!

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    Lisa notes
    February 20, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I so love this! “You are here to love God, and be loved by Him;
    to know God and be known by Him.” That is a deep and meaningful purpose that lasts our whole lifetime and beyond. Thanks for sharing, Barbie. Hope you feel better soon!

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      Barbie
      February 20, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      Whenever I find myself wondering what I purpose is, I fall back on this truth. Thanks so much for stopping by Lisa. Always a pleasure to see you here.

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    Trudy
    February 20, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Like Lisa, I really love this – “You are here to love God, and be loved by Him; to know God and be known by Him.” Such a meaningful purpose. I hope you get on top of your cold soon, Barbie! Thank you for all your encouragement, even when you’re not feeling well! Love and hugs!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      February 20, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks Trudy. This one is hanging on but I’m starting to turn a corner. Blessings!

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        Trudy
        February 21, 2017 at 9:54 am

        I was just linking up, and I realized I forgot to tell you how much I enjoyed your photos, Barbie. God’s beauty is so clearly portrayed in them. 🙂

        • Reply
          Barbie
          February 21, 2017 at 9:15 pm

          Thank you Trudy. I got these off of free photo sites. I wish I could say they were mine!

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    June
    February 20, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I don’t think your list is insignificant at all, my friend. Your glimpses of beauty are inspiring! You’ve shared three powerful truths today, Barbie. Remembering that our primary purpose is to love God and be known by Him brings a sense of completeness to our current circumstances, whatever they may be. Blessings on your week!

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      Barbie
      February 20, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks June! You are such a ray of sunshine in my life. Blessings!

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    Gayl
    February 20, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Barbie, I can certainly identify, and God is teaching me to look for beauty everywhere. I know that He loves me and knows what is best. Even though He takes me through unfamiliar territory, I know He will be with me to help me through. Thank you for your very encouraging post!

    Blessings to you!

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      Barbie
      February 20, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      So thankful you were encouraged Gayl. Have a blessed week.

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    Mary Geisen
    February 21, 2017 at 6:11 am

    You’re speaking my language today Barbie! Purpose is my word of the year and knowing that God has a unique purpose for me is a reminder I need to hear often. The days we don’t see it and the days it is crystal clear are all because that is how God wants to reveal it to us. Thank you for your words.

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      Barbie
      February 21, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Thankful this post spoke to you Mary! Blessings!

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    Carmen Horne
    February 21, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I love these glimpses that you are sharing. Gosh, so many of them resonate with me. Barbie, you always share so transparently. I love that about your writing. A glimpse of beauty for me this week was yesterday. My mother-in-law turned 83. She is still so healthy and vibrant. We had dinner with her and shared a cake. That was a beautiful evening. Blessings to you my friend. xo

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      Barbie
      February 21, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Carmen, that is truly a blessing to celebrate another year with your mother-in-law. Thanks so much for stopping by and for all of your encouragement. I appreciate you!

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    Dolly
    February 21, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Barbie,
    I appreciate your honesty and how you model continuing to trust God. I love coffee ice cream and a clean kitchen, too 🙂 Praying God continues to encourage you and may you continue to find beauty, my friend. I tried linking up but for some reason the link with my image didn’t work

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      Barbie
      February 21, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      A girl after my own heart! Thanks Dolly. So glad you could link up!

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    Dolly
    February 21, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Oops…it looks like it linked….not sure how??? Thanks, Barbie, for hosting and sharing your lovely photos 🙂

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    Dawn
    February 24, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Barbie,

    I love this. I love your generous beautiful heart. Our purpose is to love Him, isn’t it. All other things sort of fall into line when we realize that is all we need to really do. When we just let that settle the weights we place on ourselves have no more burdens holding them down.

    I don’t like transition times…they are not comfortable and that is w here I am right now…transitioning in so many places. Yet, the transition space is always always filled with awe and reverence for His faithfulness.

    Thanks for this reminder about purpose. It blessed me today!
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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      Barbie
      February 26, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you so much Dawn! Blessings!

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