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17 In Glimpses

Be Overcome By The Things That Matter // Glimpses Link Up

It’s 8:00pm on a Sunday evening and I’m just sitting down to write this week’s link up post. Honestly, I’ve been in the midst of a battle here on the home front and it would have been so easy to just forget about the blog and sulk in my corner of the couch. But you ladies, you are my reason for coming here each and every week. This little community that comes to encourage, link up and share I love you all so much. Many of you have prayed for me and continue to do so and I so appreciate each and every one of you.

Actually, things on the home front aren’t that bad.  I mean we have some things to work on but I believe in the midst of it all God is desiring to do a deeper work in my own heart.  I haven’t always handled things so well and in many ways my heart has grown cold.  I’ve been overcome with grief, despair, depression, fear and anxiety and I haven’t been the best wife or mom.  I’m not leading my children with grace and I’ve been angry at my husband far too long.  Grief has a way of blinding our eyes to what the real issues are.

Grief has a way of blinding our eyes to what the real issues are. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I’m going to take some time away from social media and the blog over the next couple of months.  Don’t worry, the link up will still go on.  After all, I can’t stop counting my gratitudes, especially with everything that is going on in my life.  But I may not get around to responding to comments right away, or visiting your blogs.  But I will.  I promise.  I have a couple of review obligations but other than that my time here will be scarce.  I am also praying into my vision for the blog for the coming year and a possible simplified design.

I’m going to try to just peek in on social media every now and then and allow myself some space, away from all of the noise.  My heart is hurting and I need to reconcile some things, and I need a touch from God and our family needs emotional healing.  If there is one thing I don’t want to neglect during this busy holiday season it’s my family.

Although I can easily allow myself to be overcome by grief and despair, I am making the decision to allow myself to be overcome by God, His presence and my family who I adore beyond measure.

I pray you all have a beautiful Thanksgiving. Allow yourself to be overcome by the things that matter.

Allow yourself to be overcome by the things that matter. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

This is day 27 of my series on 31 Peeks into the Beauty of God. I am sharing mostly on Instagram, except for Mondays when I share here for the link up. I would love to have you join me at @barbieswihart.

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

Glimpses #711-720

711.  The courage to admit I’m hurting.
712.  Admitting that I can’t heal alone.
713.  Even in the silence, I choose to believe my husband still loves me.
714.  Even though my kids don’t show it, I choose to believe they love me.
715.  Choosing to believe God loves me, even though I feel less than.
716.  The courage to allow myself to forgive.
717.  Encouraging texts and emails from friends who continue to pray.
718.  The courage to admit I’m a control freak.
719.  A spur of the moment kitchen remodel that had me angry but is going to be okay.
720.  Realizing there is so much to be thankful for.

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.



15 In Reviews & Giveaways

Rick Warren’s “God’s Great Love For You” Review & Giveaway

I love finding new children’s books to add to my collection.  Although my own kids are grown (for the most part), I continually add to my growing collection of children’s books that I’ve been storing up for my grandkids.  One new book we’ve had the opportunity to review is God’s Great Love For You by Rick Warren.

God’s Great Love for You, written by #1 New York Times bestselling author and respected pastor Rick Warren, takes children on a whimsical and heartfelt journey that lets them know God’s love is with them wherever they go. With breathtaking illustrations by Chris Saunders, the simple yet poignant text comes alive as a child journeys to places far and near and discovers God’s great love is perfect, and everywhere, and will never end.

I love the cute and colorful illustrations in this book.  The are cartoonish, yet realistic and are bright and catchy to little eyes (big ones too!).  As there are just a few words on each page, this is the perfect bedtime story to remind little ones that God’s love is with them at all times.  The recommended age range for this book is 4-8, but my two-year old grandson really enjoyed it.  Here is my grandson Eli enjoying this book with his daddy.

Would you like to win a copy of God’s Great Love For You for a little one that you love?  To enter, just leave a comment and tell me what story you like to read to your kids or grandkids at bed time.  I will draw a winner at random on Tuesday, November 21st at 9PM (PST).

“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.
22 In Glimpses

Surrendering To Change // Glimpses Link Up

I use to think change didn’t bother me. But honestly after experiencing a lot of change over the last five years I would have to say I do not adapt easily to it.

There have been things in my life that I’ve lost — a home, employment, friends, ministry.  At the time that those seasons were changing I held on with every fiber of my being.  On the inside I was screaming, wanting my way, wanting things to remain the same.  I was afraid that when those things left me my life would change drastically.  And it has.  While those seasons were hard, devastating to my heart at times, I realized that God was calling me into a deeper place of trust.  Would I choose to trust Him even when I could not see the bigger picture?  It’s in those times when I must choose to believe that God is good, no matter how life changes.

It's in those times when I must choose to believe that God is good, no matter how life changes. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I’ve learned through much hardship and tears that life is all about change.  It’s like the seasons, each one flowing gently into the other.  There wouldn’t be a spring without first a winter, nor a fall without first a summer.  Sometimes though the changing of the seasons come with harsh weather, clouds, storms and moments that threaten to challenge your faith.  It is not easy to surrender to change, but it is necessary if we are to become who and what we are destined to be.

It is not easy to surrender to change, but it is necessary if we are to become who and what we are destined to be. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

Are you going through a rough season of change?  Ask God to help you to surrender every aspect of your life to Him.  He is good and I promise you that He will bring you through.


This is day 26 of my series on 31 Peeks into the Beauty of God. I am sharing mostly on Instagram, except for Mondays when I share here for the link up. I would love to have you join me at @barbieswihart.

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

Glimpses #701-710

701.  Sharing 2-for-1 Frapps with co-workers.
702.  Planning a weekend getaway with my bestie.
703.  Worship that goes straight to your heart and meets you right where you are.
704.  Knowing there is hope in the midst of darkness.
705.  Fresh fruit on sale.
706.  Sunflowers that remind me to smile.
707.  He has given me a sound mind.
708.  He restores my soul.
709.  He makes me lie down to rest.
710.  Recognizing my need for rest.

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.



 

5 In 2017 TOS Crew Reviews

Mess-Free Crafting With The Pencil Grip, Inc. // Review

Now that my children are grown, most of my crafting time is spent with my grandson, who is just two years old.  While I enjoy creating with him, I don’t always like cleaning up the mess.  Over the last several weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to review the Thin Stix Creativity Pack by The Pencil Grip, Inc.

 

Thin Stix Creativity Pack
 

Kwik Stix products are solid tempura paint sticks that are mess free. Yes, that’s right, mess free.  Normally when you use tempura paints you need a paint smock, water cups, brushes and paper towels. But with these products, all you need is the paint sticks and your art material of choice.  Similar to glue sticks, you just uncap them and twist and you are ready to paint.  These paint pens work great on regular paper, card stock, wood (to name a few) and they dry in just about 90 seconds.  Although the recommended age range for this product begins at age 3, my two year old grandson absolutely loves them!

The Thin Stix Creativity Pack comes with 24 pint sticks, which include 12 classic colors, 6 neon and 6 metalix colors.  I absolutely love this set because it has the different types of colors and so many of them.  You can create anything you want and always have the right color and style at your finger tips.  Unlike some of the other Kwik Stix products which are thicker, the thinner paint sticks included in this pack provide lots of flexibility in project creation.

As we are nearing Thanksgiving, I picked up a couple of wood items at our local craft store for my grandson to color.  The pens are perfect for his little hands to hold.  On this particular day, my grandson wasn’t really into coloring so it was hard to get him to cover the entire project. We plan to try again to get these done for him before Thanksgiving.

The other thing I picked up was a wooden Christmas tree and decided I wanted to be like a child and color.  I found the paint to go on the wood very smooth.  I only had to wait about 90 seconds for the base green to dry before I decorated the tree, with the help of my grandson.  For this project, we used a combination of both classic and metalix colors.

We love all of the Kwik Stix poducts made by The Pencil Grip, Inc.  In my previous review of The Kwik Stix 12 pk, my son used mostly cardstock and the classic colors included in the pack to create a banner of the Solar System.  In my review of Thin Stix 6 pk of Classic Colors, we had fun introducing my grandson to his first encounter with mess-free painting.

If you and your children love to craft, make sure to check out The Pencil Grip, Inc. and all of their Kwik Stix products. There is something there for everyone.

Would you like a chance to win a Thin Stix Creativity Pack? The folks over at The Pencil Grip, Inc. are offering one of my readers a chance to win.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite crafting project is and I will draw a winner at random on Friday, November 17th at 9PM (PST).

Be sure to check out what other reviewers have to say about this amazing product. Just click on the banner below.

Thin Stix Creativity Pack {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}
 

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33 In Glimpses

Sing Because You Have A Song // Glimpses Link Up

It has taken me some time to realize that I had a voice worth hearing.  When I was a little girl, I was afraid to speak my opinion because it was always shut down by the older brother and sister. Growing up as a teen, my voice became those of others — I spoke what I felt people wanted to hear and really didn’t have any opinions of my own.  It wasn’t until I met Christ that I began to find the voice He had given to me.  Although singing never came naturally to me, I began to sing a lot more after accepting Christ into my life.

I love to sing, but I have to work at it to make it a “joyful noise”.  My kids, on the other hand, have all been gifted with angelic voices and lead worship, using their voices to glorify God.  No matter how the song comes out, when I allow myself to get into the presence of God and worship Him, nothing else really seems to matter.

I was reflecting a while back on the birds, how I love to wake up in the morning and hear their generous displays of singing.  I have always wondered why they sing as they do.  But now I realize they are simply using the voice God gave them to create the song that is inside of them.  If for no other reason, they sing because they can’t help it.

Whether you think you can sing well or not, use your voice today to sing the song that God has put inside of you.  You may be walking through a rough patch, experiencing physical pain in your body, or just overcome with grief in one way or another.  Don’t look for the answers before you sing.  Don’t wait for the blessing to come.  Sing because there is a song inside of you.  I promise you that your challenges will appear much smaller the more you worship Him.

Don't wait for the blessing to come. Sing because there is a song inside of you. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

This is day 25 of my series on 31 Peeks into the Beauty of God. I am sharing mostly on Instagram, except for Mondays when I share here for the link up. I would love to have you join me at @barbieswihart.

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

Glimpses #691-700

691.  A new Bible for review.
692.  The purchase of a few more Christmas gifts.
693.  Lighter mornings due to setting our clocks back.
694.  The ability to turn on the heater on a cold morning.
695.  A homemade protein smoothie to start my morning right.
696.  My lap dog who is always by my side.
697.  A successful gallbladder removal surgery.
698.  Beautiful flowers to speed my healing.
699.  Well meaning texts and prayers from friends.
700.  Hot tea on a cold morning.

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.