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Waves of Grace // Glimpses Link Up

I want to live each and every day knowing that the grace of God is with me, holding my head high as I recognize his unmerited favor upon my life. What does it look like to walk in His grace? I picture a ballerina, gliding ever so gracefully, never missing a step, yet all the while leaning into her partner for strength and support.

When I grow weary on this journey, I lean into the One who gives me strength, recognizing that I cannot take another step without Him. I long to dance through life elegantly with refinement of steps. But mine are heavy, leaving clear marks upon the trodden path where I must continually stop and call on the strength of the One who offers it freely.

When I feel as if my strength is almost gone, I realize that I am the one leaning, being carried through life by waves of grace. My groans are deep, the cries loud. No one can hear them but Him. They come suddenly, without warning, often for no reason; deep and resounding cries from the unreachable places of my heart, a heart that is still experiencing pain, walking through disappointment, longing for lost dreams, trusting in an uncertain future and striving for a solid marriage.

I am comforted in the fact that my cries do not go unanswered. Each one is met with new mercies and unending grace. One moment I feel as if I’ve moved past these last few years where heartache was evident and tears came without a moment’s notice. The next moment I am yearning, longing for the chance to go back and have a do over, to do it better, to pray for a better outcome.

Each cry is met with new mercies and unending grace. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

Although this season of loss and transition has been long and hard, I trust that He holds my future. When I cannot walk with my head held high, when breathing comes with heavy heart, and when the light appears dim, I know that He carries me. His waves of grace come up underneath me and sweep me along life’s path, carrying me through each season. I will again walk uprightly with my head held high, feeling the cool wind of His grace upon my back. 

How is God carrying you along waves of grace? 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 #331-340

331. Clean kitchen counters.
332. The sunshine peaking through dark clouds.
333. Hugs and kisses from my grandson.
334. Watching my daughter’s growing belly as she prepares to birth my 2nd grandson.
335. Outlet shopping with friends.
336. Unexpected cash gifts.
337. A broken and contrite heart He will not deny.
338. Worship that comforts the ache in my heart.
339. The freedom to worship Him.
340. Remembering His faithfulness along the way.

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.



22 Comments

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    Lesley
    February 27, 2017 at 2:03 am

    This is beautiful! I love how he hears our cries and his waves of grace carry us. I love the image of dancing and having to depend on your partner and stay in step with them.

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      Barbie
      February 28, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      I am blessed by your visit, as always Lesley.

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    Bev @ Walking Well With God
    February 27, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Barbie,
    I look back over my life and I see SO many times that God has carried me on His waves of grace. I often think…how did I ever get through that? The only answer is God’s provision and Him literally carrying me because I had nothing left to go on. This gives me confidence as I go forward – knowing that His loving arms are always beneath me and He will not let me fall. Praying this peace for you as well sweet friend,
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

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      Barbie
      February 28, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Thank you so much Bev. He’s never let me down and I know he never will. Blessings!

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    Patricia Krank
    February 27, 2017 at 3:49 am

    I love that you are listing the things of beauty you see within each day. It is something I often forget to do when I feel myself in the “deep end” of life. In spite of it all, I have a deep, deep knowing that God is Sovereign over every circumstance and He Lord of the future.
    Thank you for this sweet party my friend,
    Patti

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      Barbie
      February 28, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Patti, I am blessed to have you here. Thank you.

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    Michele Morin
    February 27, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Whenever I read that Psalm I’m reassured that the writers of Scripture knew what it is to be overwhelmed!

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      Barbie
      February 28, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Truth!

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    jodie filogomo
    February 27, 2017 at 6:01 am

    It’s amazing how we can all relate to that passage, Barbie!
    Giving it to God, makes us realize that not everything is in our control.
    My friend is having surgery today, so I ask that you pray for Stacy. Thanks.
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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      Barbie
      February 28, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      I am a day late checking in. I trust your friend’s surgery went well Jodi?

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        jodie filogomo
        March 1, 2017 at 6:27 am

        She’s doing well, thanks Barbie! We had tea yesterday afternoon, and she’s on the mend, thank God!

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          Barbie
          March 2, 2017 at 9:05 pm

          So thankful. Thanks for the update!

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    Dawn
    February 27, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Like the image small and steady waves bring, I think of being carried on grace gently. But then I remember that there are tidal waves, big and smashing and life-altering…and I am reminded of the safe secret place that he hides us in, the crevice which grace scoops out for us to hide in.
    Praying for you in this transition time, Barbie! Bless you!
    Thanks for giving us a glimpse of His goodness.
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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      Barbie
      February 28, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Oh Dawn, I love that visual, of being tucked away in the crevice while the storms of life rage on. Thank you!

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    Lisa notes
    February 27, 2017 at 10:13 am

    “I am comforted in the fact that my cries do not go unanswered. Each one is met with new mercies and unending grace.” God answered one of my cries this morning. I had tried to rearrange a doctor visit and although I got it one day closer, it was going to be far more inconvenient. But 30 minutes later, the receptionist called back with the ideal day/time! Grace. 🙂

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      Barbie
      February 28, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Oh I love how God works. Thanks for sharing your answer to prayer!

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    Pam Ecrement
    February 27, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I love the transparency of your journey with the Lord through difficult seasons and your steadfast decision to keep looking for glimpses of Him in the midst. It reminds me of someone I know who referred to these as “God winks”. Blessings on your day, Barbie!

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      Barbie
      February 28, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      God winks! I love that! Thank you for sharing Pam.

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    Mary Geisen
    February 28, 2017 at 6:36 am

    God’s waves of grace are never-ending and that is the beauty of who He is. We all have stories of grace and the gift that God so willingly shares with us. Thank you for sharing a piece of your grace story.

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      Barbie
      February 28, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you Mary for standing with me on this journey. Hugs!

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    Trudy
    February 28, 2017 at 9:16 am

    This really resonates in my heart, Barbie. Yes, those groans and cries can come up so suddenly from a deep place in our hearts, and only God can hear them. I love this truth – “His waves of grace come up underneath me and sweep me along life’s path, carrying me through each season.” Yes, He will continue to carry us, because His mercies are new every morning. Thank you for this encouraging reminder. Love and hugs to you!

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      Barbie
      February 28, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      I am so glad you were encouraged Trudy!

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