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22 In Glimpses

Read His Word And Find Beauty At Every Turn // Glimpses Link Up

Beauty is not always within our sight. There is so much that clamors for our attention. Often our focus is given to the thing that is troubling us.  It’s so easy to become distracted when we can’t see around the mountain that is looming in front of us.

On those days when I need to be reminded of His beauty, I go to His Word.  When I pick it up and read it, there is beauty at every turn.

Among the pages of His Word are reminders of just how beautiful life is.  Reminders of the beauty of creation, the beauty of forgiveness, the beauty of healing, restoration and love.  His promises are beautiful and they speak life at every turn.

Among the pages of His Word are reminders of just how beautiful life is. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

The Beauty of Creation

The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of His hands. (Psalm 19:1)

The Beauty of Forgiveness and Love

You are forgiving and good o Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. (Psalm 86:5)

The Beauty of Healing

I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 30:17)

And one that I need all the time, reminders that I am beautiful!

You are altogether beautiful my darling, there is no flaw in you. (Song of Solomon 4:7)

What scripture do you go to when you need to be reminded of God’s beauty in your life?

This is Day 16 of 31 Peeks into the Beauty of God. I am sharing there mostly on Instagram, except for Mondays for the link up. If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, you can find me at @barbieswihart. I would love to have you there!

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

Glimpses #661-670

661.  Clean sheets fresh out of the dryer.
662.  He was, and is and always will be.
663.  My son who is getting a good report doing independent study.
664.  My husband who is feeling much better emotionally.
665.  Essential oils for my achy joints.
666.  Completing the first two weeks of the 31 day micro blogging challenge on Instagram.
667.  He has the answer for everything.
668.  A gift of a new devotional.
669.  Seeing Jeremy Camp in concert with my hubby.
670.  His faithfulness endures forever.

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.



 

3 In Reviews & Giveaways

Introducing “The Stray” – A Family-Friendly Movie

 

When my kids were little, we enjoyed going to the movies to watch shows that provided wholesome family feelings.  We also loved gathering on the couch to rent the latest family feature film. My kids aren’t little anymore, but as a Nana to two little ones, I am continually on the hunt for movies I can enjoy with the grandkids.

New in theaters this month is The Stray.

It is a movie about a stray dog who saves a family in more ways than one.  Here’s a little synopsis:

“Pluto” comes out of nowhere and quickly makes himself at home with the Davis family, who are on the brink of falling apart. Dad (Michael Cassidy; Argo, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice) is a career-driven workaholic who is neglecting his marriage and family. Mom (Sarah Lancaster; Chuck, Saved by the Bell: The New Class) is at her wit’s end raising three young kids. The last thing they need is another mouth to feed. Or is it? In just a short time with the Davis family, Pluto the “wonderdog” manages to save a lost toddler, bring comfort and companionship to a hurting 9-year-old boy (Connor Corum; Heaven is for Real), help restore a marriage, and repair a broken father-son relationship. Pluto is not only a guard dog – he’s a guardian angel.

Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely places. Sometimes our prayers get answered in strange ways. Sometimes one dog can change everything.

This precious movie isn’t yet playing near me. I am hopeful that it will do well enough to open in more theatres. But if not, I may take a small drive so that I can enjoy it with my grandson.

Here’s the official movie trailer for you to enjoy!

Do you want to win 4 tickets to see The Stray with your family. You can enter to win here.

The Stray is sure to be a delight for the entire family!

2 In 2017 TOS Crew Reviews

Brinkman Adventures // Review

I don’t listen to too many audio tapes. Although they worked well when my kids were younger, it’s hard to find a good fit for my older kids.  Sometimes an audio series comes along that you know will have a lasting impact on not only your heart, but the heart of your chidlren.  Have you heard of Brinkman Adventures?  We were introduced to their missionary stories when we received Brinkman Adventures Season 4 to review.

 

Brinkman Adventures
 

Brinkman Adventures is an exciting radio show that tells true, modern, missionary stories through the eyes of the fictional Brinkman family.  There are 12 episodes included in Brinkman Adventures Season 4 providing over five hours of exciting audio drama.  (Each episode is about 30-45 minutes in length.)  The episodes included, along with their central theme, are:

37 A Paradise Lost (God is in control)
38 Remember Nhu (Persevering)
39 Aisha’s Fear (Overcoming Fear with Love)
40 Heart Song (Tenacious Faith)
41 The Crashed Kitchen (God Doesn’t Make Mistakes)
42 Crisis In The Congo (People Over Projects)
43 The Mysterious Palm Feller (Confronting Evil)
44 War of the Raccoons (Faithfulness in Work)
45 The Five Guys (Listening to God)
46 Toughest Man (Surrendering Everything)
47 Cambodian Quest (Going Deeper with God)
48 What Brings Us Together (Glorifying God in Every Vocation)

These adventures follow the Brinkman family from Wisconsin who interact with missionaries in Cambodia, the Middle East, Russia and The Congo, as well as some “undisclosed” locations.  I listened to the first three episodes with my oldest son (14) and oldest daughter (17) and the majority of the other episodes myself, although my kids were in and out. Without giving away too much, here are summaries from a couple of my favorite episodes:

Summary of Episode 38 – Remember Nhu

This episode picks up the Brinkman family at family camp. Their guest speaker, Carl Ralston, opens up with a verse from Galatians 2:20, how we are crucified with Christ and how others can experience the love of Christ through us.  Carl shared how he was struggling to know that God was working through him but wasn’t feeling like he was hearing from God.  Desperate, he attended a service where a missionary was speaking about a young girl from Cambodia named Nhu.  At 13, she had been born again and was in love with Jesus, but her family sold her into slavery. At that service, God spoke to Carl and said to “Remember Nhu”.  Carl ends up going to Cambodia on a couple of occasions to look for Nhu. God leads Carl to people who help him on his journey.

Summary of Episode 39 – Aisha’s Fear

In this story Nik Ripken (not his real name) returns from the Middle East and meets up with Mr. Brinkman to share stories of hardship, death and persecution overseas.  One story he shared was about Aisha, a young woman who was being abused by her husband.  Aisha’s husband dislikes Christians and refuses to sell to them in his store.  In the story we learn that Aisha’s husband has Stage 4 cancer and the doctors are not hopeful. Aisha is filled with fear.  As Nik comes to the aid of Aisha’s husband during his last day, he is led to the Lord and dies a changed man.  Aisha falls more in love with Jesus due to her husbands salvation, but meets persecution and fear of imprisonment for her faith.

Final Thoughts

Overall, we really enjoyed these audio dramas. They are filled with real life stories that share about overcoming fear, hardship and impossible situations. In every one, God is the victor and lives are changed.  They helped to reinforce how important the position of a Missionary is in today’s world.

 

Brinkman Adventures
If you are looking for a way to bring missions into your homeschool, consider Brinkman Adventures. You and your children will have hours of sound, real-life stories with which to help aid in your discussions about missions.

Be sure to click on the banner below to read what others are saying about Brinkman Adventures Season 4.

 

Brinkman Adventures Season 4
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31 In Glimpses

When The Plan For Your Life Changes // Glimpses Link Up

When I got married, I had most of my life planned out. I was to be happily married, always. We would purchase a home and have a couple of kids. I would work at the church until I was old enough to retire and serve my days in ministry before the Lord.  But sometimes our life plan changes, and when it does, we are often thrown for a loop.  We hold onto the plans we made with a firm grip, but when we do, it’s hard to surrender to what God has for us.

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I was sitting and reflecting on today’s word prompt, and this phrase came to me. Sometimes we become frozen in time when the road takes a different turn. We are in shock, sad perhaps, unable to move and sometimes resistant of change. But God says to “Walk forward in faith and look for beauty along the way.” As we settle into our new normal, we can rest assured that God has laid the path before us.  He is with us, even though we may not understand and He will make the way clear.

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I’ve been married for 29 years, but we’ve had our fair share of trouble. But the beauty is that we are committed to one another. There are moments of tenderness among the stress and worry and in those moments I see the beauty of a marriage centered on Christ.

We did own a home, for 16 years, but when my husband lost his job several years ago we had to sell it in order to avoid foreclosure. It was a hard season, but the Lord has brought us to a wonderful, large home to rent. It’s big enough for all of us (9 total) and the landlord rented it to us while my husband was still unemployed. Matter of fact, he’s kept the rent well below market value. We are truly blessed!

We had our two kids, and then six years later, we had two more. Not in our plan, but most definately in God’s plan. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We have two sets of children (2 adults and 2 teens), and two grandbabies. Now that’s beauty!

I loved my job at the church, which I held for 10+ years. I felt it was calling in life. But it didn’t last and although it was a very hard a confusing season, I am finally learning to embrace the beautiful place he’s brought me to work. My boss is a loving and compassionate person and my co-workers are caring and fun to be with. And I LOVE our clients! I can honestly say I love to get up in the morning and go to work.  I see beauty every day as I use my gifts to glorify Him.

God has been good to me, despite many twists and turns along the way. I am learning to look for beauty and embrace it with eyes wide open.

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

Glimpses #651-660

651.  Quiet morning reflections.
652.  New books for review.
653.  Renewed energy for my husband.
654.  Soft serve ice cream.
655.  I make my plans, but the Lord directs my steps.
656.  Comfort in times of trouble.
657.  No longer in chains. I am FREE!
658.  The blessing of a new computer!
659.  Little pumpkins that fit perfectly in my grandson’s hands.
660.  Being driven around town by my 17 year old.

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.



2 In Reviews & Giveaways

Jeremy Camp “The Answer” CD Review & Giveaway

I’m wrapping up a spectacular month of new music and giveaways with Jeremy Camp’s The Answer CD. My husband and I have been Jeremy Camp fans for a long time, beginning with Carried Me, The Worship Project. I actually think my husband was rocking out to him before that. This new album did not disappoint!

Here is what Jeremy says about this new album:

“What’s been amazing about The Answer is that all of the songs were inspired by just being present,” Camp shares. “There was no song where I was sitting there and had this epiphany when I was writing. In every writing session, any idea literally just came in the moment. I was praying the whole time, ‘Lord, give me opportunities to combine these things that You are doing in our hearts.”

I was most familiar with the song, Word of Life as it’s been playing on my local Christian radio station. This song is catchy and really helps you to remember that God’s Word is life and that when all else fails, it is there to bring hope and comfort.

Word of life
Speak to my weary heart
Strengthen my broken parts
Lead me to Your open arms
Word of truth
Illuminate all these lies
The enemy speaks inside
In freedom I will rise

‘Cause You called me out from the grave
So I can live like I’ve been changed
There is a new song in my soul
And it begins when I breathe in
Your word of life
(Your word of life)

Here is the the story behind the song, Word of Life:

 

Another song I love on this album is Never Stopped Loving.  This song talks about God’s love for us, how it will never end. No matter what we do, how we turn away, God continues to chase after us. He will never stop loving us.

You kept on calling my name
through all my darkness and haze
even when I had fell apart
You held me close to Your heart

when I had gone astray
how You would chase me
how You would chase me
when I was so afraid
You would embrace me
You would embrace me

You never stop loving
never stop loving me
You never stop loving
never stop loving me

Here is the song video for Never Stopped Loving:

My husband’s favorite song on this album is Awake O Sleeper. Not only are the lyrics powerful in this song, but the music tone is very Blue Grass, which my husband loves!

do you hear the Lion roar
wake o sleeper
stand with me we’ll fight the war
wake o sleeper

your suffering will come again
and never fall away
unless we trade our many comforts
like the ones who bled for grace

and there will be a day
my God will come and put me in my place
my God I know You’ll call my name
You will not turn away

Overall, I, along with my husband, really enjoyed this album. There are a lot of songs that cause my faith to rise up and say, “No, I will not believe the lies. I will stand on the promises of God.”! We are actually hoping to catch Jeremy’s The Answer tour in Stockton next weekend! So excited!

If you’d like to purchase this album, you can buy it here.

The Giveaway

The folks over at Flyby Promotions are graciously offering one of my readers a copy of The Answer. All you have to do to enter is follow the instructions on the giveaway widget below. This contest is open to readers in the Continental United States and will remain open until 9PM on on Friday, October 13th.

Jeremy Camp The Answer CD

 

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.