28 In Glimpses

Lessons From Three Trees // Glimpses Link Up

This morning I noticed three trees along the street where I was driving. It’s not that I haven’t noticed them before, but today, they stood out to me in a greater way, a new way.

The first tree I saw was very full and green. There was much life in it and I paid particular attention as to how it and swayed effortlessly in the wind.

Right next to that tree was a tree that was bare, without any signs of life. It’s branches appeared stable, and God whispered to me to take note of how strong and grounded the trunk looked.

The third tree on the end was somewhere in between the first and second tree. Although at first it also looked bare, there were tiny green leaves beginning to emerge. Small but significant signs of life.

I’ve been thinking about these three trees all day as the Lord began speaking to me about three very distinct seasons in my own life.

The Fullness of Life Season. This season is full of the goodness of God. It’s a season of abundance, where His mercy and grace are evident, and His love overflows. Although the wind comes, it’s easy to trust that the Father will lead us.

In the fullness of life season, we trust the Father to lead us. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

The Barren Season. This is when all appearances of life are gone. Days seem long and dark and this is were the wrestle happens. Even though there are no appearances of life on the outside, the roots are deep. In this seasons, God is at work bringing healing and refreshing, although we often don’t always see it for what it is.

In the barren season, God is at work bringing healing. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

The In-Between Season. This is where God moves us from death to life, from disappointment to understanding, from sickness to healing, from despair to hope. The small buds of life that appear are full of promise and will continue to grow only when we allow ourselves to be nourished by the Living Water and the Bread of Life.

In the in-between season, we move from disappointment to understanding. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I haven’t had a day like this in a long time, where God spoke to me through nature. I wasn’t looking for it. I wasn’t even praying in the car. God showed up and opened my eyes and showed me my life through different seasons by showing me these three trees.

I believe I am in the In-Between season right now. I’ve written so much here about my hurt and pain. And you have all been so gracious with your comments and prayers. But I believe God is working in this season and He is moving me from this place into a place of fullness once again.

How about you? Are you experiencing His fullness? Are you wading through a barren season or are you somewhere in between? Please share with me in the comments and 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 #351-360

351. Iced coffee on a warm day.
352. Peppermint Oil that helps my headache.
353. My freshly groomed dog. She smells so good!
354. Arnica Gel for my achey joints.
355. Feeling the prayers of others.
356. Inspired by my surroundings.
357. How Great Thou Art!
358. I’m prone to wander, yet He goes with me.
359. A movie date with my mom and daughter.
360. The blessing of new music.

The Glimpses link up will open at 12:01 AM (PST) each Monday, and will remain open through Noon on Saturday. 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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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Lesley
    March 13, 2017 at 1:30 am

    This is such a great lesson, Barbie. I love when God speaks to us like that and it is encouraging to remember he is working in us whatever season we are in. I’m glad you see signs of God’s work and healing. I think I’ve been in the in-between stage for quite a while but I’m encouraged this week by signs of growth.

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      Barbie
      March 13, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      I think I spend most of my days in the in-between. I too am thankful to know that He is working on my behalf. Have a blessed week Lesley.

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    Michele Morin
    March 13, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Such a great observation — the trees and your application! I’m afraid that we spend most of our lives in the in-between,and I’m definitely not a good Process Person, so I’ve got lots to learn. God is teaching me with His infinite patience. So much to be thankful for!

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      Barbie
      March 13, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks Michele!

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    Dawn
    March 13, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Barbie… those are such brave words… ” I believe God is working”. We need to say them. We need to say them to one another and for one another. Because we all go through those seasons, don’t we? And we need to remember the path and pattern the seasons take in our lives so that in the barren spaces we can sing of His faithfulness and His goodness, even when we don’t see the bloom. And in the tending in between spaces, we can continue to trust He is working all things out for His glory and our good. While those harvest seasons can be chaotic, too, because they are busy and there is a danger we will miss gathering all that is good. But the harvest season is meant to carry us through the other seasons, I think. There is so much to think about with this. Thanks for furthering my thought process in this.
    Praying for more whispers of grace on your day!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

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      Barbie
      March 13, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts an insights Dawn!

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    June
    March 13, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Such a beautiful lesson, Barbie. I’m so thankful that God spoke to you in this way. What a kind Father He is! I’m moving from barren to in-between, I think. It’s a slow process, but I’m thankful for the lessons He is teaching me. Many blessings, my friend!

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      Barbie
      March 13, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you June for your constant encouragement! Love you!

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    Trudy
    March 13, 2017 at 10:32 am

    God is so good to give you an unexpected surprise lesson to share with us, Barbie. I love how you say that even in the barren season, God is still at work even when we don’t see it. The bare trees in the winter can be discouraging until I remember that it’s a necessary season in order for the roots to grow deeper and stronger. Thank you for this insightful encouragement! Love and hugs to you!

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      Barbie
      March 13, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Trudy! Have a blessed week.

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    Lisa notes
    March 13, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    What a wonderful life lesson to see those three trees together, yet in separate stages of their journey. Yes: “But I believe God is working in this season and He is moving me from this place into a place of fullness once again.” Amen! Blessings to you, Barbie.

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      Barbie
      March 13, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      I was so grateful for this lesson. God has perfect timing and He knew my heart needed this. Blessings!

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    Bev @ Walking Well With God
    March 13, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Barbie,
    I find that God speaks to me a lot through His creation, but of course I need to be not going at break-neck speed so I can notice it and hear His voice. How telling the three trees are of seasons in our spiritual lives. So glad that you are moving from a season of barrenness to signs of life, and growth, and hope!!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

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      Barbie
      March 13, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      I love how God cause me to look up and then opened my eyes to the revelation. Have a beautiful week Bev!

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    Gayl
    March 13, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Barbie I love your analogy of the three trees, and I love how God showed up unexpectedly to point out these trees and their lessons to you! Thank you so much for sharing with us! Blessings to you!

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      Barbie
      March 13, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you Gayl!

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    Ruth
    March 13, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I love your analogy, Barbie! It reminds me of a post I wrote a while back. https://plantedbylivingwater.wordpress.com/2016/03/08/cool-warmth/

    I feel like I’m in a season that mirrors the weather we’ve been having lately where I live. The periwinkles bloomed before the crocuses, then the daffodils and the forsythia and magnolia trees. The willow trees got small leaves. Then it snowed. Then a couple of more warm days. Then it snowed again and was gray and drizzly the rest of the day.

    I think we all need to pray for each other. The enemy of our souls wants to drag us down and make us ineffective for the gospel. But God. But God says that He is able to bring to completion the good work that He has begun in us! Praise Jesus!

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      Barbie
      March 13, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      AMEN my friend. I look forward to reading the article you share and yes, we need to be praying one for another. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Ann
    March 13, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Isn’t it amazing how God can use something as simple as three trees to help us understand more of who He is and how He works in our lives? It does appear more often than not, we find ourselves either in the Barren Season or the In-between Season, rather than in the Fullness of Life Season. I think there’s purpose behind that, though. Usually, when we are in the first two, we cling to the Lord more tightly. When times are good, we tend to feel less dependent on the Lord for strength. I wish it wasn’t like that. I personally haven’t had a Fullness of Life Season in many years….even though I truly believe I have been blessed in SO many ways! Life is a struggle…sometimes it’s a physical struggle, or emotional, or relational, or SO many other struggles. But the Lord reminds us that there is hope on the other side of this life…in our eternal home. We need to keep running the race to the finish line! Thanks for sharing, Barbie!!

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      Barbie
      March 13, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks for encouraging me through your comment Ann. Have a blessed week.

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    Mary Geisen
    March 14, 2017 at 7:30 am

    God is so good! I love what He taught you through the glimpse of three trees. Lessons that come unexpectedly are ones that tend to stick with me the longest. I think I am in an in-between season moving into a time of being in full bloom. I can’t wait to see what God does. Blessings!

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      Barbie
      March 16, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Praying for tremendous blessing in your in-between season Mary!

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    SUSAN
    March 15, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Yes.

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      Barbie
      March 16, 2017 at 6:59 am

      Thanks for stopping by Susan!

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    Melissa
    March 16, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Great analogy! I feel like I am in an in between season too, although sometimes I experience all 3 in one day lol.

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      Barbie
      March 18, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Oh yes, I’ve been there where I’ve experienced all three in one day! So glad you stopped by Melissa. Have a beautiful weekend.

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    Joy Lenton
    March 16, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Barbie, I’m so pleased to hear you’re moving into a season of fullness rather than barrenness! Whatever the current state of our branches and leaves, what matters most is letting our roots go deep as we abide in Christ and drink from Holy Spirit’s thirst-quenching, life-giving stream. Then we will be able to withstand everything life throws at us: parched, dry spells, the furnace heat of affliction, barren seasons when all looks bleak and bare and our faith gets stretched to full capacity, and times of refreshment, renewal and growth. I’m looking forward to the latter, God willing! Bless you, friend. 🙂 xo

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      Barbie
      March 18, 2017 at 11:55 am

      So true Joy! It’s definately been a season of my roots going deeper. Have a beautiful weekend.

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