23 In Faith/ Glimpses

New Every Morning // Glimpses Link Up

My thoughts have been turned inward lately.  Not in a prideful way.  As the Lord continues to bring to light the hurting places in my heart, those things that I have kept behind closed doors, away from his grace and mercy, I get overwhelmed.  I am becoming more aware of my brokenness and of my need of Him and His restoring grace.  I lack.  I want.  I desire.  He alone can fill the cracks and voids deep inside my heart.

He alone can fill the cracks and voids deep inside my heart. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

As the Lord brings deep and personal revelation of my constant need of Him, I can tend to focus too much on what I can’t see and I forget to focus on His free gifts of grace and mercy, which allow me to move on into places of freedom.

I am so thankful for His mercy and grace.  Even though they are free gifts, it’s often hard for me to accept them as such.  I find myself striving….striving to be perfect….striving to please….striving to love better…..striving.  Yet the Lord calls me to a place of rest in His love.  He wants to wash over me with His grace and mercy.  His love is steadfast.  It is unchanging, immovable and unshakable.  There is nothing in my heart that He doesn’t already know.  He sees it all and desires to bring healing and freedom.  All I have to do is invite Him in to those places so that He can fill the gaps, the holes that have crept into my heart.

His love for me will never cease.  I am so thankful for God’s mercy and grace.  I am thankful that He brings me to a place of rest.  I do not have to work to earn His love.

How about you?  Will you allow the steadfast love of the Lord to wash over you?  He has enough mercy and grace for whatever you are facing today.

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

Glimpses #361-370

361. Overtime = extra income. Thank you Jesus!
362. Honest, and often hard, conversations with my husband.
363. God’s peace that covers like a blanket.
364. $2.00 McDonald’s Iced Vanilla Coffee.
365. More wonderful homeschool products to review.
366. Reconnecting with long time friends.
367. My heart open to receive healing.
368. An ER visit with my husband that turned out to be nothing. Thanks God!
369. A bouquet of roses given to me at church just because.
370. Movie date with my daughters to see Beauty and the Beast. Loved it!

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.
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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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Lesley
    March 20, 2017 at 12:27 am

    I agree it’s so important to remember grace. It’s easy to get caught up in striving instead of just coming to God to receive his rest.

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2017 at 7:07 am

      I am the queen of striving. I am thankful He continually calls me to rest. Have a blessed week Lesley.

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    Nita
    March 20, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Grace is something we fail to remember was given to us and that we should give to others. That quiet acceptance as we are.

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2017 at 7:08 am

      So true Nita. Thank you for stopping by!

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    Bev @ Walking Well With God
    March 20, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Barbie,
    Why is it that we think we have to strive and earn the love that God so freely and graciously gives out – over and over again. We think we don’t deserve it and the truth be told….we don’t. But, God. But, God has covered that too. He’s covered our “don’t deserve it” with the blood of His precious Son on the cross. He died so that God could look past our “undeserving selves” and instead He just sees us as perfect through the blood of His Son. What a God we have!!
    Blessings and ((hugs)),
    Bev xx

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2017 at 7:22 am

      I am so thankful for His free gift Bev! Have a blessed week!

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    jodie filogomo
    March 20, 2017 at 4:00 am

    I love how you point out the good in a situation. That’s exactly what we need to concentrate on, Barbie!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Thans Jodie!

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    Michele Morin
    March 20, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Love this reminder of His “new every morning” mercies. I’m working on Psalm 92 right now which also trumpets God’s lovingkindness in the morning and his “faithfulness every night.”

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      Barbie
      March 26, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      I love Psalm 92. Thank you for reminding me of His faithfulness every night.

  • Reply
    ~Karrilee~
    March 20, 2017 at 8:42 am

    So glad to hear the ER trip turned out to be nothing… and oh my — so good and important, those hard conversations! Praying for you, sweet friend!

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      Barbie
      March 26, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you Karrilee. I appreciate you!

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    Lillian Stevens
    March 20, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I think we all struggle with crossing the line from grace to works/the law. I’m glad he lovingly reminds me that it’s all about what He has done and not what I do.

    Praying you are well!

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      Barbie
      March 26, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      So true. Thanks for stopping by Lillian!

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    Lisa notes
    March 20, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I can find myself in this place too: “I forget to focus on His free gifts of grace and mercy, which allow me to move on into places of freedom.” But I love to return there. I’m so thankful his arms are always open and waiting!

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      Barbie
      March 26, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Me too Lisa! Have a blessed week.

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    June
    March 20, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Even in the struggle, He is with us, friend. Like you, I am learning to open my heart more and more to His grace. Let us remember to preach the Gospel to ourselves every day. Grace and mercy, new every morning. May His love surround you today, Barbie. Blessings.

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      Barbie
      March 26, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you June! You encourage me so. Blessings!

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    Trudy
    March 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    My heart aches with you and for you, Barbie. I so identify with this – “I forget to focus on His free gifts of grace and mercy, which allow me to move on into places of freedom.” It’s amazing how patient and forgiving He is, isn’t it? Love and hugs to you!

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      Barbie
      March 26, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      I am so thankful to have such a loving heavenly father. Have a blessed week Trudy!

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    Lux G.
    March 21, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Great inspiring stories and links again here.
    Like God’s blessings and mercy, always new. Always refreshing. 🙂

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    Mary Geisen
    March 21, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Amen! God is merciful and loves nothing more than to extend it to us. He is kind, compassionate and willing to work in us even when we are not sure if we are worthy. He never gives up. Love you!

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    Dolly
    March 21, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Barbie,

    I am so happy to read you are opening yourself up to greater healing and freedom. It’s hard and holy work. Praying God continues to give you glimpses of his great love for you and may you walk in greater healing and freedom. ((Hugs))

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