I Shall Not Want // Glimpses Link Up

The Lord has blessed me with a beautiful life. I have an amazing husband, beautiful children, a job I love and so many things to be thankful for. Lately though, I’ve caught myself yearning after so many other things. I day dream about what life might have been like if my husband wasn’t disabled and still worked his good paying, full time job. I wonder what our ministry life would be like if I was still working at the church and heavily involved in ministry. I think about the home we once owned and miss it, especially in this current economy.

Even though life has taken us through so many twists and turns, and we’ve had to learn to accept and embrace the here and now, I still miss certain aspects of a life that once was. I think we all can end up in this place of desiring and yearning after things that aren’t a part of God’s current plan for our lives if we aren’t careful. Sometimes, if I’m too active on social media, I can find myself wanting what others have – the new car, the new house, the perfect job, the dotting husband. But then I close the computer and step away and realize that I have everything I need here and now.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)

I’m not sure this scripture fits perfectly with what I’ve been reflecting on over the last couple of days, but it’s what I’ve been reminding myself of, especially today — The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. And in the same breath I am reminded that “no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” I serve a good God, and He has given me a beautiful life. It’s often beauty found buried beneath the rubble of a life that once was. It’s not always noticeable at first, but if I keep looking the beauty will emerge.

Beauty is often found buried beneath the rubble of a life that once was. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I’m still on a journey of looking for beauty among the mundane. How about you?

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

Glimpses #441-450

441. Early morning movies.
442. Roses and carnations filling vases in my home.
443. A clean mini van.
444. The ability to laugh at my own mistakes.
445. He makes all things beautiful.
446. Finding comfortable sandals that fit my wide feet.
447. Time spent with mom (eating, shopping & Starbucks!)
448. Celebrating my beautiful daughter at her baby shower (grandson #2 is coming!)
449. A beautiful mother’s day surrounded by my husband and children.
450. I am blessed and highly favored.


Seeking beauty in the ordinary and embracing life to the fullest. Thank you for stopping by and come again soon!

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18 Responses

  1. Natalie says:

    The ability to laugh at one’s own mistakes is truly a beautiful gift.

  2. Barbie,
    I often have to stay away from the internet and especially facebook because it brings out the covetous part of me that wants what others have. I want my family to all be smiling together. I want those adorable grandbabies. I want, I want, I want. Unfortunately Facebook panders to my discontent. I applaud you for keeping an ongoing list of what you are thankful for. I find when I get a case of the grumbles, it’s time to start counting my blessings and showing God gratitude for what I DO have. Thanks for the gentle nudge this am.!
    Bev xx

  3. Reading through your list of blessings, I love the strong voice that is coming through, Barbie.
    We’re in a similar stage of life — teens in the house, and older kids whose busy lives pull us in various directions with their celebrations and their needs. Glad that we can trust together for grace to be all that God wants us to be for the very wide range of hats we wear every day.

  4. I can’t tell you how thinking about our blessings is so powerful! I may need to start writing them down too because I love seeing yours, Barbie!

    • Barbie says:

      It’s been quite the journey. It’s not always easy (especially when I forget to write them down every day in a journal), but it’s getting easier. There is so much to be thankful for.

  5. June says:

    I’m always inspired by your gratitude list, Barbie! We do, indeed, have so much to be thankful for! Blessings on your week, my friend!

  6. Lisa notes says:

    “But then I close the computer and step away and realize that I have everything I need here and now.” Amen. Sometimes closing the computer and stepping away are two important steps to getting my contentment back….

  7. Lux G. says:

    Amen to this beautiful truth.
    Thanks and Happy Mother’s Day to you, my friend.

  8. Mary Geisen says:

    In the messiness and brokenness that life sometimes brings us, you still find gratitude for the gifts God has given you. I love that and know that He treasures each time you say “thank you”. Love you!

  9. Trudy says:

    Thank you for the reminder that even in the messiness of life, God still gives us everything we need in the here and now. I’m always amazed how you come up with a list week after week of gratitudes, even when you’re feeling downhearted, Barbie. You inspire me! I pray all goes well for your daughter and grandson #2! Love and hugs to you!

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