22 In Faith/ Glimpses

Looking Up // Glimpses Link Up

The past seven years have been years of loss, hardship and uncertainty for our family.  In 2010, my husband was laid off from a very good paying construction job that he worked at for years. In 2011, we had to sell our home in order to avoid foreclosure. From 2012-2014 my husband struggled with more job losses. In 2015, he finally landed an amazing job with income beyond what we ever thought possible. But in December of 2016, he was sidelined with unexplained pain and swelling in his knee, unrelated to work, and has been on disability ever since.

During these seasons, I have fought hard to yield, to trust, to seek and to find.  I have struggled to hold on to hope in the midst of adversity.  The dictionary defines “hope” as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Over the last several years, there have been many days where I felt hopeless.  I looked at my life through foggy lenses, unable to see beyond my circumstances into the promises of the Lord for my life, and that of my family.  I had lost my sense of expectancy.

Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and my God! (Psalm 42:11 NLT)

It is difficult to stay in a place of hopeful expectation when everything around you is crumbling.  Our family has suffered so much loss and as a result I allowed myself to be thrown off course. At times, I was so consumed by my circumstances that I could not see that the Lord was near and wanted to help.  Yet through it all, I keep hearing the voice of the Lord calling for me to “Look Up!”  The Lord wants to get my attention, to remind me that He has been with me in every season storm.

How do I continue to have hope in the face of adversity?  When everything around me appears to be crumbling before my eyes, how do I find the strength to look to the hills into the very face of hope?  The answer is to fix my eyes on Jesus, and not allow myself to be swayed by circumstances.  I must behold His beauty, tasting of His goodness, each and every day.

I must behold His beauty, tasting of His goodness, each and every day. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Hebrews 12:2 NKJV)

These days, I am purposing in my heart to look up, through the face of adversity, into the loving eyes of a God who is always good.  Even when I face disappointments, God is there.  He will help me to finish this race, clearing every hurdle along the way.

Has God been calling you to look up, through the face of adversity, into the hope and promise of all that God has for you? I would love to pray for you.

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

Glimpses #391-400

391. Looking up and seeing the sun breaking through the clouds.
392. Sunshine on a rainy day.
393. The gift of His grace.
394. The ability to forgive.
395. Donations from friends and family that helped fix our van.
396. The blessing of another day.
397. Messy coloring with my grandson.
398. Looking forward to the hope of the cross and His resurrection.
399. Root Beer on ice.
400. Tea with organic, homegrown honey.

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!

It 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

  • Reply
    Bev @ Walking Well With God
    April 10, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Barbie,
    I LOVE these verses in Psalm 121….in order to see where my help comes from, I need to turn my eyes from the hopelessness of my circumstances and keep my eyes focused on Him – from where my hope and help comes from. Oh, that I would always keep my eyes focused upward! Praying this for you too!
    Easter blessings,
    Bev xx

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      Barbie
      April 10, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you Bev! Blessings!

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    Lesley
    April 10, 2017 at 3:30 am

    It is easy for circumstances to become overwhelming. Especially when difficulties go on for a long time it’s easy to lose the hope and expectation that things will get better. It does make such a difference to lift our eyes to God, to remember that he is bigger than anything we face and he is with us.

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      Barbie
      April 10, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      AMEN! But easier said than done. It takes much focus and determination. Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed week Lesley!

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    Michele Morin
    April 10, 2017 at 4:35 am

    I so appreciate that verse in Hebrews 12 with its encouragement to keep looking! What a great thought to take into a new week.

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      Barbie
      April 11, 2017 at 6:05 am

      Blessings to you Michele!

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    Kym
    April 10, 2017 at 5:01 am

    It’s so hard to cling to hope when nothing seems to be going right. But the key really is to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus – God is good, even when our circumstances are not. Thanks for the reminder! Have a blessed week!

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      Barbie
      April 11, 2017 at 6:05 am

      “God is good even when our circumstances are not.” AMEN!

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    Natalie
    April 10, 2017 at 5:16 am

    I have not always been successful at looking up. In fact, during my last long, dragged out trial/time of waiting, I think I flat out refused. I think that honest stories of struggle would have helped me turn and probably even fix my eyes where they belonged. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      There have been plenty of times were I’ve refused to look up as well. I am thankful for the stories overcomers who helped to pave the way.

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    Lillian Stevens
    April 10, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Love your ongoing glimpses list Barbie!

    Even in the midst of the trials, we have so much to be grateful for!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      April 12, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you Lillian! Hope you’re having a blessed week.

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    Trudy
    April 10, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    It’s so easy to let our circumstances cloud our vision, isn’t it? Thank you, Barbie, for encouraging us to fix our eyes on Jesus and not allow ourselves to be swayed by our circumstances. Blessings and hugs!

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks so much Trudy. I’m still learning the journey. Nice to have you cheering me on!

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    June
    April 10, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Love the encouragement and hope I read here, my friend. The scripture references are the perfect backdrop to your faith. Blessings on your Easter week!

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you June! Easter blessings to you as well.

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    Mary Geisen
    April 11, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Amen! Even though we take our eyes off Jesus He never loses sight of each of us. I pray you have a blessed Easter. May you know how much Jesus loves you and cherishes you.

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      I love knowing He never takes His eyes off of me, even in my wanderings. Blessings!

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    Lisa notes
    April 11, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Wow–that is definitely a lot of loss in such a short amount of time. 🙁 That makes it even harder to process and adjust to. I’m glad you still have hope though, even if it feels thin at times. Thanks for being transparent with us, Barbie. We all have seasons like this (or if not yet, they’re coming). Your faithfulness in them sets a good example.

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      Barbie
      April 11, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you Lisa. And I forgot to mentioned being laid off from my church job of over 10 years in 2013. God is good. He has sustained us through the hard places. Blessings!

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    Joy Lenton
    April 12, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Barbie, this is such an important thing to do: ” I am purposing in my heart to look up, through the face of adversity, into the loving eyes of a God who is always good”, requiring deliberation and considerable effort on our part. Crushing circumstances cause us to have eyes and soul downcast, barely able to lift our faces or spirits. It really does help to remember just where our help comes from, and to seek that help as often as we need it. I so admire your hard-wrought, determined faith to press into God, no matter what. The grace gifts you numerate and the awareness you’ve developed of glimpsing God’s beauty in the everyday are wonderful faith practices we could all do with implementing! I pray you will be given all the help and strength you need and the vision to see the good things God has planned for you and can bring now out of the direst of circumstances. May you have a blessed Holy Week and Easter celebration. xo

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Joy, thank you for encouraging my heart. You have blessed me so!

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