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God’s Extravagant Love // Glimpses Link Up

God’s love is extravagant. He spares no expense to show His affection to His children. The most extravagant display of love ever shown was Christ’s death on the cross.

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Just today, I was reminded again of the extravagant way God shows His love. My youngest daughter was given a huge blessing. It was not on her grid, nor was it on ours. There was no reason we could think of for her to be the recipient of such an extravagant gift, but that is the awe and wonder of God. This is how God reminds us of His love. I reflected back on the day when someone bought us a Christmas tree, just because. Or the check we received in the mail for more than our rent, from someone we’ve never met.

It’s hard to miss the extravagant, “spare no expense” ways that God shows His love to us. But what about the more subtle, daily ways that God reminds us of His love? I’ve been on a journey of giving thanks for the simple, and I share my list every Monday here on the blog. Most of the things I list here are not considered extravagant gifts, but they are simple reminders that God is present in my life and delights to bring blessing.

Like the time I was missing my grandmother and God sent a cluster of butterflies to comfort me.
Or the time that I lost a piece of jewelry for weeks only to find it in the most ordinary place.
Or the time a former co-worker delivered flowers to my door step to say thank you for a job well done.

Even though these are not considered big blessings, they are still reminders of God’s extravagant love for us. You see, it’s not the size of the gift, but the heart of the giver. And God has a great big heart of love for His children. His love is extravagant and He displays it in both small and large ways.

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I never want to forget about God’s extravagant love. How about you? How is God showing you His extravagant love today?

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

Glimpses #471-480

471. 9 more days of school!
472. There is no where I can go to escape His presence.
473. Continuous worship music playing in my car and home.
474. Uninterrupted sleep.
475. A clean kitchen sink.
476. My freshly washed car.
477. Celebrating the high school graduation of a young lady I’ve known since birth.
478. Times of silliness with my best friend.
479. Watching the sunset on my drive home.
480. Baby feet.

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.



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29 Comments

  • Reply
    Lesley
    June 5, 2017 at 1:50 am

    I love how God shows us his love in extravagant ways and in the little things. I love your practice of keeping track of the blessings. I’ve been doing this too in a journal and it is so encouraging to remember the many ways God shows us his love!

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      It really does help to keep it in front of you, the many blessings. Have a blessed week.

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    Bev @ Walking Well With God
    June 5, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Barbie,
    I love how God is not stingy with His lovingkindness – He is truly extravagant. As I’ve been recuperating, I’ve seen His love in everything from how patient and caring my husband is to me to watching a colorful array of birds come to dine at the birdfeeder while I’m resting. His extravagance is all around us if we just open our eyes and look for it!!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      That is the key Bev, keeping our eyes open to our beautiful surroundings.

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    Michele Morin
    June 5, 2017 at 4:54 am

    I’m coming off a weekend of extravagant love — all a gift from God, and it’s such a blessing to have born witness to my son’s happiness at his wedding. Surrounded by family and friends, the entire event was crowned with joy!

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Congratulations on your son’s wedding. Are there pictures on social media? I’m not sure I saw any.

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    jodie filogomo
    June 5, 2017 at 5:26 am

    There are so many blessings everyday! I’m trying to learn to see and appreciate them all!!
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      It takes practice for sure. So thankful to have you here each week.

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    Natalie
    June 5, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Isn’t a joy to celebrate with those treasured young men and women this time of year? I count it a real blessing. And the fact that the school year is winding down? That is something beautiful to celebrate every spring, as its beginning again in the fall.

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      I am grateful for the end of another school year. Homeschooling while working full time is hard work. I believe the Lord is giving me a reprieve next year while we enroll our son at a charter school to get him some assistance we can’t provide. Another new season for me.

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    Lisa notes
    June 5, 2017 at 7:42 am

    This reminds me of one of my all-time favorite songs, “Your Love Is Extravagant.”

    “Spread wide in the arms of Christ is the love that covers sin
    No greater love have I ever known You considered me a friend
    Capture my heart again”

    So grateful for this kind of love!

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      You know Lisa, I had that very song going through my head the entire time I was writing this post! Have a blessed week.

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    Amy Jung
    June 5, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Baby Feet would be on my list too if I had access to them this week!!!

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      I just love them. Thanks for stopping by Amy!

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    Donna Reidland
    June 5, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Barbie, it’s true, His extravagant love is seen everywhere. I’m thankful this week for seeing a granddaughter graduate from homeschool, for a celebratory lunch with family and friends, for a phone call from a daughter, for having my mother with me, and so much more. Thanks to you for hosting and reminding us to look for His love!

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Thank you for sharing your blessings Donna. God is good!

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    Ruth @ plantedbylivingwater
    June 5, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    My husband took us all out for ice cream this evening at a real ice cream shop! It’s not something we do very often. None of us asked for it. He offered freely. God gave us the perfect weather to sit outside and eat ice cream (watermelon sherbet for me). 🙂

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      What a lovely, simple gift. So thankful for time with family. Thanks for sharing Ruth!

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    Mary Geisen
    June 6, 2017 at 5:48 am

    I needed this reminder today. I woke up in a mood of poor, pitiful me not for any good reason but your words brought me out of that place. Thank you for showing us that no more how small, God’s love is extravagant,

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      So thankful my words helped to redirect your thoughts Mary! Love you!

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    June
    June 6, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Beautiful encouragement here today, my friend!

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you June!

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    BettieG
    June 6, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Yes, I love that word “extravagant” when it comes to describing our Lord. He truly does show us His love in so many ways. Thank you for being one of those ways for me this week–through the giveaway here! I can’t wait to share the new kwikstix with my Grandkids! Blessings to you!

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      You’ll have to post a photo and tag me BettieG. I know they will enjoy them as much as my grandson has.

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    ~Karrilee~
    June 7, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Oh how I love this! I actually (finally!) wrote about how He has been showing me His extravagant love lately… and it’s wrapped around my Sozo experience last week!

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      Barbie
      June 10, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      I can’t wait to read your post Karrilee!

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    Debbie
    June 10, 2017 at 7:00 am

    I’ve seen His extravagant love over and over. So blessed much more than I will ever deserve.

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      Barbie
      June 10, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      He gives in abundance, doesn’t He? Blessings!

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        Debbie
        June 11, 2017 at 5:22 am

        Oh yes He does daily!

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