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8 In Month In Review

September Month In Review

The Fall weather has finally arrived. But boy was it ever hot in September. We had a couple of days here in the San Francisco Bay Area where it was over 100 – like 107, 108. This hardly ever happens where I live. To say I was uncomfortable in my two-story home without air conditioning is an understatement. But alas Fall has arrived and with it cooler temperatures.

 

Here is my September month in review. Enjoy!

Loving:  My Fall drinks at Starbucks. The Maple Pecan Latte is wonderful!

Reading:  During the month of September, I read Come Find Me, Sage Parker by Aliza Latta. What a beautiful story that brought me to tears at the end. I highly recommend it!

Listening to:  I’m wrapping up a couple of CD reviews here on the blog from Matthew West and Matt Redman. Both great albums!

Shopping for:  I bought a new fall table runner for my dining room table and I love it. Non-traditional fall colors.  I’m still on the hunt for more fall decor. My friend Melissa shared this post about Dollar Store Decor for Fall.

Excited about:  Beginning to shop for Christmas. We are a “cash only” family so we have to start early.  Actually, I should have started in July.

Working on:  Trying to eat healthier and get more sleep. I have good days and bad. One step forward, one step back.

Enjoying:  Time away from the computer. I use to feel guilty not getting on every night to respond to comments, link share, etc. But it’s good to take a night or two off during the week.

Using:  BB Cream for my foundation most days. I like the lighter coverage.

Wearing:  I’ve been living in my Christmas pajamas and black t-shirt. Well, not to work, but I wish.

Planning:  Thanksgiving. I will be hosting my in-laws this year and perhaps my husband entire side of the family. We already have 9 living here and well, we have no space. But we will make it work.

Singing:  I’ve been singing along with Jeremy Camp this week. New CD is out. Look for my review soon.

Learning:  Some more Excel short cuts at work. I don’t use Excel too much but it’s nice to know beyond the basics.

Wishing (Praying) for:  A safer world. The events of the last few days especially have me in tears.

Doing:  Lost of picking up around the house. With 7 adults, one toddler and one baby in the house, I’m in a constant state of picking up.

Dreaming of:  Taking my husband back to Maui for our 30th wedding anniversary next August. It’s where we spent our honeymoon.

Not crazy (sad) about:  All of the violence and blood shed in this world. Really, some days I am like, “Okay Jesus, you can come back any time. I’m ready!” Truth is, the world is not yet ready.

I ended the month of September with this!

Youngest daughter got her permit! She’s actually doing really good, but still, my heart beats really fast every time we get in the car together.

How was your September?

7 In Reviews & Giveaways

Matt Redman “Glory Song” CD // Review & Giveaway

I have been so blessed over the last month to have received some amazing new worship CDs for review. The newest one is by Matt Redman entitled Glory Song.  I am a huge Matt Redman fan so I was super excited to review this one.

About The Album

Matt Redman teamed up with several of his worship-artist friends for this album, first releasing the track “Gracefully Broken (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard).” Tasha Cobbs Leonard also released her own version of this song on the same day! The album also features Kierra Sheard, Guvna B, Madison Cunningham, and Kim Walker-Smith.

When Matt released his single Gracefully Broken, I was instantly a fan and I knew I was going to love this album. The lyrics in this song speak of one that longs to be set on fire, used by God. There is something about the term “gracefully broken” that causes my heart to cry out.  I am so thankful that He’s covered my brokenness with His grace.

My heart stands in awe of Your Name
Your Mighty love stands strong to the end
You will fulfill your purpose for me
You won’t forsake me, You will be with me
Here I am, God
Arms wide open
Pouring out my life
Gracefully broken
Pouring out my life again

Here is a video of a live performance of Gracefully Broken.

Another song that really gripped my heart was Questions (You Are Faithful).  This song brings so much comfort, especially with all that is happening in the world today.  It speaks of a God who can be trusted, despite the chaos that surrounds us.  He really is faithful.

In all of our chaos, You will be constant
You can be trusted above it all
All of our fears and doubts, all of our anxious thoughts
You are not absent within the storm

Another one of my favorite songs on this album is Still I Will Sing.  Worship is something that I go to when life gets hard and I can’t seem to do anything else.  Singing songs of praise to the Lord, songs about His character and faithfulness always bring me closer to Him.  No matter what is going on in my life, still I will sing.

I’ll sing out Your praise in the morning light
And I’ll call out Your name on the edge of night
Sometimes it’s a song of joy
Sometimes a sacrifice
Still I sing, still I will
Sing in the battle, sing in the blessing
Sing through the shadows, shout with the heavens
I won’t be silent, no, I won’t be silent
Still I sing, still I will sing

This album came at a time in my life when I needed to be reminded that God is faithful and that His glory still shines.  No matter what is happening in my life, God is worthy to be praised.

The Giveaway

I am excited to be able to gift one of my readers in the Continental United States a copy of Glory Song by Matt Redman. All you have to do to enter is follow the instructions on the giveaway widget below.  This contest will remain open until 9:00PM (PST) on Tuesday, October 10th. 

Matt Redman Glory Song 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.
32 In Glimpses

Tell Others About The Beauty of God

During the month of October, I am participating in the #write31day challenge via microblogging. That means I am not sharing daily here, but rather I am sharing images with quotes and inspiration via my Instagram account. My topic is 31 Peeks into the Beauty of God. I will be using the #fiveminutefriday prompts to assist me in my efforts. To follow along, you can find me on Instagram at @barbieswihart.  All of the posts in this series will be shared there.

Each Monday in October, I will post here for the link up using the corresponding word prompt. Today’s prompt is TELL.

The beauty of God is hard to explain. There are so many facets to it. I use to just think about the obvious ones – the heavens, moon, stars, sunshine, babies, flowers, weddings, mountains, etc. But I’ve learned over the last few years that there is beauty in every part of our lives, if we are looking for it.

The Bible tells us to tell others about the works of Jesus in our lives.

Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you. And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him. (Luke 8:39 ESV)

When I tell others about the beauty of God, I will share of how after my husband lost His job, we had to sell our home and stand in food lines, but how God provided a spacious home to rent and has always provided four our every need.

When I tell others about the beauty of God, I will share of how our marriage was tested through years of unemployment and lack, but how God strengthened our commitment and deepened our love for one another.

When I tell others about the beauty of God, I will share about my less-than-perfect home which is filled with children and grandchildren, and cluttered with keepsakes and memories that will last through the generations.

When I tell others about the beauty of God, I will share about how I struggle physically but through it God has shown me His strength in time of weakness.

When I tell others about the beauty of God, I will tell them about the beauty found beneath the rubble of my own life.

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When you tell others about the beauty of God, what will you share with them?

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

Glimpses #641-650

641.  Coupon savings at the grocery story.
642.  A new fall table runner and placemats.
643.  Getting more than 6 hours sleep.
644.  9th grade boy is conquering Algebra doing independent study.
645.  Dear daughter 17 is now driving with a permit.
646.  My 1st grandson’s curls.
647.  The smile my 2nd grandson gives me when we lock eyes.
648. The joy I receive from assisting other bloggers.
649.  Family dinners and movie nights.
650.  The beauty that lies beneath the rubble of my life.

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.



 

9 In Reviews & Giveaways

Matthew West “All In” CD Review & Giveaway

I love to worship and new worship music is always a blessing. I cannot tell you how excited I was for the opportunity to review Matthew West’s new CD, All In.

Matthew’s Heart Behind the Album

Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be.

Matthew launched a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?

My Thoughts

I was familiar with Matthew West from his song Hello My Name Is from his album Into the Light from 2012. Most recently, my favorite Christian radio station has been playing Broken Things from the All In album. This song is so my heart.  For so long I didn’t feel worthy of God’s love or to receive anything good from Him.  I often feel like a beggar, standing before a King.  I am broken and bruised, but God still chooses to use me.

Now I’m just a beggar in the presence of a King
I wish I could bring so much more.
But if it’s true You use broken things
The here I am Lord, I’m all Yours.

Here is a video of this song.

Another song that really touched me was The Beautiful Things We Miss. I’ve spent the last sevearl years of my life looking for the beauty of God among the ordinary. If we don’t have our eyes open to it, it’s so easy to miss.  Having four children, all who are nearly grown, it made me stop and think about how fleeting life is and how they grow up so fast. I don’t want to miss another moment of their growing up lives. I don’t want to miss the beauty of God that surrounds me.

I don’t want to look back some day and find
everything that really mattered
was right in front of me this whole time.

Open up my eyes, Lord.
Keep me in the moment just like this
before the beautiful things we love
become the beautiful things we miss.

Here is Matthew’s story behind the song The Beautiful Things We Miss.

I can’t end this review without sharing the video from the title song, All In, also one of my favorites!

I really enjoyed this album. So many of the songs touch my heart, and there are some catchy and moving lyrics throughout. I really enjoyed the song that Matthew sings with his daughter, Lulu, Becoming Me. It is so precious.

The Giveaway

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Matthew West’s All In CD for yourself, all you have to do is follow the prompts on the giveaway widget below. This contest will end at 9:00PM (PST) on Tuesday, October 3rd.  Good luck!

Matthew West All In 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.
28 In Glimpses

Exhaustion, Depression and Self Care // Glimpses Link Up

I hit a wall today. I’ve been going full steam ahead for a week or so and today I just finally stopped. Not physically, although my body is tired and I can’t seem to do anything. It was more emotional, finding myself argumentative with family, near tears and just sad about a lot of things.

I know a lot of this is manifesting because I haven’t been getting proper sleep, nor have I taken much needed time to recharge, refocus and refuel.  I have no one to blame for the staying up late part but myself.  My kids go to bed around 11PM and then I choose to sit up (sometimes with my husband, sometimes without him) and watch Netflix.  What is it about losing yourself in a movie or television show that is so soothing to the mind?  I know I need to get to bed earlier, like the same time my kids do but I don’t.  Lack of sleep has proven to play a huge role in my mindset and allowing depression to take over.  I know that if I truly want to feel better, I need to get proper sleep.

Self care is hard for me.  There is always something or someone pulling on me for time and attention. I love my family but it’s constant.  I love my job and I work hard and am thankful I get to leave work at the office.  I love the ministry I have to encourage other bloggers and even help them with design and editing, but it takes time.

I’m noticing this week that my body needs rest and my mind needs to refocus on what is important. I’m still only blogging about once a week, which is why I’ve decided not to write for the #write31days challenge in October.  I may sneak in a post or two using the word prompts for the free writes, but I don’t have it in me to sit and schedule posts or craft words when my mind is so full but empty at the same time.

It’s so important to take time out to care for myself, whether that’s watching a movie (at an appropriate hour), treating myself to a cup of coffee, putting on my headphones and escaping in my favorite worship CD, going for a walk, chatting with my best friend on the phone, being creative — whatever it is, I have to make time for me.

My life ebbs and flows with both good and bad.  Some days I’m up, others I’m down.  But no matter what, I choose to give Him praise.  I know He’s busy behind the scenes bringing about those things that I cannot see.

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Will you be praying for me on Tuesday? I have a surgery consultation regarding my gallbladder. At this point, I am pretty sure I’ve decided to have the surgery, just need to get all of the details, etc.

Thank you for being here.

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

Glimpses #631-640

631.  Pretty rocks hidden in dirt.
632.  Mint foot rub.
633.  His kindness leads me to repentance.
634.  A job prospect for my husband.
635.  Mocha ice cream.
636.  He bears our burdens.
637.  The opportunity to help other bloggers.
638.  A Costco shopping date with the hubby.
639.  Fresh strawberries over ice cream
640.  A new-to-use stove to replace the broken one, thanks to our landlord.

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.