24 In Glimpses

Taking The Time To Reconnect // Glimpses Link Up

Today (Sunday) is my 29th Wedding Anniversary. I am whisking my hubby away for a couple of days of alone time, away from the kids, the house, the stress that surrounds our lives. I normally would write this post on Sunday night, but since I will be gone I am scheduling ahead (imagine that) so that I don’t break the link up flow.

Twenty Nine years ago I said “I Do” to a man who walked into my life and rescued me. Well, Jesus is the One who rescued me a few years earlier, but this man kept me from looking for love in all the wrong places and really helped me to understand true, unconditional love for the first time.

We met at church when we were both youth leaders. Our pastor’s wife introduced us. We had our first date at an amusement park, and the next day I met his parents out on the San Francisco Bay while sailing. Two and a half months later he proposed. We were married 8 months later and the rest is history. Actually, our story is still being written. Four children later, all who love and are serving the Lord with their musical ability and in worship, one son in law, two grandsons…our lives are full.

We’ve faced many hardships, especially over the last several years — job loss after job loss, the forced sale of our home to avoid foreclosure, my own job loss from a place I thought I’d serve in until God called me home, an unexplained medical issue that has caused my husband to not be able to work the last two years, and so many financial struggles.

We need this time away. We don’t connect well. We struggle to find words to say and our marriage needs work. But we are committed to one another and our love, although not always evident, is still strong. When I look at what the Lord has given to us in our children, the gifts and talents they carry, their zeal for God, and our beautiful grandchildren, how could I be anything but grateful for where we are today?

Sure, we have lots of questions, lots of “whys” which will never be answered this side of heaven. We struggle to keep our heads above water and the bills paid, but we have so much to be thankful for. God has shown His goodness to us in so many ways.

God has shown Himself strong in our weakness.He has proven His faithfulness time and time again.… Click To Tweet

So we are taking the next couple of days to play. We booked a room in faith, and have set some money aside, and also received some gift money. We are headed to Santa Cruz to play at the Boardwalk. We will enjoy a nice, romantic dinner and perhaps a walk on the beach. We will get up Monday morning and watch the eclipse with our special glasses, have a nice breakfast and drive up the coast. We will talk and reconnect and laugh, maybe cry, but we will be together and that’s all that matter. He is the love of my life and for Him, I am truly grateful.

Have you taken time to reconnect with someone that you love recently?

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

Glimpses #581-590

581. 29 years of marriage.
582. A faithful, dedicated and hard working husband.
583. Four children who love and serve the Lord.
584. Two precious grandsons whom I adore.
585. My daughter who will hold down the fort while we are away.
586. A full tank of gas.
587. Money set aside for our trip.
588. Special glasses to watch the Eclipse.
589. A reservation for a romantic dinner.
590. Memories to be made.

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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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Lesley
    August 21, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Happy Anniversary, Barbie! Hope you enjoy your time away!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 22, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Thank you Lesley. It was a lovely time away.

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    Bev @ Walking Well With God
    August 21, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Barbie,
    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary…enjoy some nice time away to play, relax, and reconnect!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 22, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Thanks Bev. We did.

  • Reply
    Michele Morin
    August 21, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Wishing you all the best on this get away! Happy Anniversary!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 22, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Thank you Michele!

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    jodie filogomo
    August 21, 2017 at 5:06 am

    That’s so fabulous, Barbie!! Congrats and enjoy your time together!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 22, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Thanks Jodie. We had a great time.

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    Sarah Geringer
    August 21, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Happy Anniversary to you, Barbie! I can’t wait to hear about your getaway in your thankful list next week–I’m sure you’ll have lots of reasons to be thankful!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 22, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Thank you Sarah. We enjoyed our time together. Much too short.

  • Reply
    Amy Jung
    August 21, 2017 at 7:01 am

    I love, love, love that wedding picture you posted on Facebook—so cute! And even more— I love that you’re still together, working on your marriage, after 29 years! Sometimes I imagine that God admires and sees beauty in our wrestling and struggling with the challenges instead of giving up. It helps me to see beauty in what I normally think is just plain challenging. I see beauty in your marriage!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 22, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Thank you so much Amy. That means a lot.

  • Reply
    Barbara H.
    August 21, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Happy anniversary! Hope you have a very special time on your get-away. There are no perfect marriages, but it’s sweet to see God’s grace in people endeavoring to follow and serve and love Him.

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 22, 2017 at 7:27 am

      Thanks Barbara!

  • Reply
    Lisa notes
    August 21, 2017 at 7:54 am

    You have a beautiful attitude: “But we are committed to one another and our love, although not always evident, is still strong.” Praying that your joy will be even stronger after this trip. Happy Anniversary, Barbie! Our 25th is coming up soon and we will be taking a trip to Maine.

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 22, 2017 at 7:27 am

      Oh yes, joy! When a marriage has that all seems bearable. Blessings!

  • Reply
    June
    August 21, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Happy anniversary, sweet friend. I am so thankful that you two have this time away together. You are in my prayers!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 22, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Thanks so much June. We had a beautiful time away. Much too short.

  • Reply
    BettieG
    August 21, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Enjoy the blessing that the Lord has given to you in each other!!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 22, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Thanks BettieG.

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    Patricia Krank
    August 22, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Your attitude is great Barbie. I was thinking the other day about some of the hard times my husband and I have been through and how the thing that strengthened us through it all was our love for one another. God was key of course, but keeping your connection to each other strong is so important. I’m glad you got some time away and I pray that you feel a renewal.
    Blessings friend,
    Patti

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 22, 2017 at 7:29 am

      Love really does conquer all. No marriage is perfect, but when you really love one another, you have a desire to work toward making things better, with God’s help of course. Blessings!

  • Reply
    Debbie Putman
    August 22, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Thank you for sharing so honestly. Hope you enjoy your time away.

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 22, 2017 at 7:29 am

      Thanks Debbie. We did!

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