30 In Glimpses

When Beauty Fades // Glimpses Link Up

Tonight is when I sit down to write my weekly Glimpses link up post and reflect on all the many blessings that came my way this week. But exhaustion has overtaken my senses. My body aches, my eyes burn and I am left feeling empty and somewhat disillusioned about whether or not I encountered any beauty this week.

In my quest to embrace every day and truly see the beauty that surrounds me, the mundane takes over and my eyes become cloudy, unable to see beyond the mess that lays in front of me, beyond the hurt and pain, beyond the repetitiveness that has become my life. What I wouldn’t give to spend hours outdoors, with camera in hand, documenting God’s beauty.

I’m reminded once again that this life, despite the missing pieces and piles, despite the brokenness and trail of tears, it is a life worthy of beauty. It’s not what’s most becoming to the eye of the beholder that makes it so, rather, it’s the hidden treasure, what is found when we look beyond the natural, purposing to see beauty among the ordinary.

This is a life worthy of beauty. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I got to thinking about the seasons again and how beauty fades, changes and reemerges with each new phase of life. My life can be summed up like this:  I live in heavy winter seasons, with a hint of fall, all the while longing for the spring, yet avoid the heat of the summer. And even though sometimes beauty appears to have faded, I know that I must simply look beyond what my natural eye can see.

Even when life appears dormant with nothing happening that makes me want to “shout it from the rooftops”, my life is still worthy of beauty. So I will continue to look beyond the mess, beyond the hurt and pain. I will continue to reach for beauty because God has given me a beauty-filled life.

I will continue to reach for beauty because God has given me a beauty-filled life.… Click To Tweet

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

Glimpses #521-530

521. Quiet days at the office.
522. Birthday celebration continues with dinner with friends.
523. A fresh pedicure.
524. A God who will not leave me where I am.
525. A God who meets me where I am.
526. A God who brings me to where He is.
527. Beautiful worship while visiting a church.
528. More cleansing tears.
529. Fans that keep the house cool on hot days.
530. KLOVE radio.

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.



30 Comments

  • Reply
    Lesley
    July 10, 2017 at 12:32 am

    I agree, sometimes the beauty is hard to find but we need to keep looking. Praying for you!

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      Barbie
      July 11, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks so much Lesley!

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    Bev @ Walking Well With God
    July 10, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Barbie,
    I’ve been cooped up for over 2 months now with recuperating from surgery and oh how I miss getting out into God’s world and seeing the beauty that is there. I think you should drop what you’re doing for an hour and go out, with your camera, and enjoy these glimpses of beauty all around us. I’ll live vicariously through you 🙂
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

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      Barbie
      July 11, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      I really should. Perhaps this weekend! Glad to hear you are moving along in the healing process. You have a new shoe!

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    Patricia Krank
    July 10, 2017 at 3:31 am

    What a great reminder that these are simply seasons we are walking through. That’s helpful to think about when I feel as if life will never be the same again. Of course it will never be the same because GOD is at work and He is doing a NEW thing! If you haven’t seen them already, I know you will begin to see glimpses of a new season dawning. It always works that way. Blessings to you Barbie.

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      Barbie
      July 11, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      That is so true. God IS doing a new thing. Thanks for stopping by Patricia!

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    Michele Morin
    July 10, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Yes, there is beauty all around us — in all seasons. Thanks for reminding me that I must trust God for eyes to see and a heart to appreciate it!

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      Barbie
      July 11, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      You’re welcome Michele. Blessings my friend.

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    jodie filogomo
    July 10, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Truly, truly a great reminder that we need to believe and trust!
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Reply
      Barbie
      July 11, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks Jodie!

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    June
    July 10, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Praying that you can take some time to get out into His world soon, my friend! The trip you’re planning next month sounds like the perfect opportunity 🙂 Have a blessed week, Barbie!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      July 11, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      That’s a great idea June!

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    Maree Dee
    July 10, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Sometimes it is hard to see the beauty. Sorry, you were struggling when you wrote this. One thing that helps me is if I write an , “I remember what God has done.” list. I find out I start crying out to God and end up thankful. Also another great way is to call it a day, go to bed and start out fresh the next day.

    Thank you for being real.

    Maree

    • Reply
      Barbie
      July 11, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      I do take the time to reflect on the many blessings in my life. It helps to have a thankful heart. Blessings to you Maree!

  • Reply
    Lisa notes
    July 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    It does seem that some weeks are harder to find the beauty, but I’m glad that you did, Barbie. It is a spiritual discipline that you are practicing. Thanks for sharing it with us. This is true: “It’s not what’s most becoming to the eye of the beholder that makes it so, rather, it’s the hidden treasure, what is found when we look beyond the natural, purposing to see beauty among the ordinary.”

    • Reply
      Barbie
      July 11, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you Lisa. I pray you’re having a blessed week!

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    BettieG
    July 11, 2017 at 6:58 am

    “So I will continue to look beyond the mess, beyond the hurt and pain. I will continue to reach for beauty because God has given me a beauty-filled life.” These are such inspiring thoughts, and such good reminders to look up to see Jesus. Blessings!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      July 11, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you Bettieg! I always appreciate your encouragement.

  • Reply
    Ruth @ plantedbylivingwater
    July 12, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Some of your statements above remind me of a poem I wrote a long time ago. You can read it at: https://plantedbylivingwater.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/daffodils-in-trials/
    There are actually two poems on this post, and I’m specifically referring to the second one. I think you’ll understand what I’m talking about when you read it.

  • Reply
    Barbie
    July 12, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Ruth, thank you so much. Your words and your poetry encourage me greatly. Blessings!

  • Reply
    Char
    July 13, 2017 at 4:11 am

    I just found your blog and love your list of beauty around you. We are so amazingly blessed and it is always a good idea to list them!!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      July 14, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Thanks Char! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you through your blog!

  • Reply
    Positively Alene
    July 13, 2017 at 5:48 am

    This really speaks to me in this season. Thanks for your words.

    • Reply
      Barbie
      July 14, 2017 at 9:41 am

      So thankful you were blessed. Thanks for stopping by Alene!

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    Donna Reidland
    July 13, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Sometimes we do need to look for beauty among the ordinary, don’t we? I’ve been committed to take 2 of my grandchildren to a summer camp for 4 hours each week-day for a month. It meant camping out at a nearby McDonald’s for 3 1/2 hours each morning. It has turned out to be like a mini-retreat of sorts … 3 1/2 hours of uninterrupted time to read, write & do blog tasks. An unexpected blessing!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      July 14, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Wow, what a blessing! Have a beautiful weekend Donna.

  • Reply
    Lois | Live Nourished
    July 14, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Barbie – your new site design is GORGEOUS!! Oh, it is so beautiful – the perfect home for to display your words of hope and beauty! 🙂

    • Reply
      Barbie
      July 14, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Thanks Lois. I designed this one a while ago and recently went back to it. I appreciate you! Have a blessed weekend.

  • Reply
    Betsy de Cruz
    July 16, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I’m so glad to come to your blog this evening, Barbie! I love your new look! So beautiful.

    YES! to this: “Even though sometimes beauty appears to have faded, I know that I must simply look beyond what my natural eye can see.”

    • Reply
      Barbie
      July 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you for coming over Betsy! This is actually an old look that I’ve resurrected. something about my header image that brings a smile to my face! Blessings!

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