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20 In Faith/ Glimpses

Possession Through Proclamation // Glimpses Link Up

As a community, our church is practicing declaring and proclaiming the truth of God’s Word over our lives. I find it easy to proclaim the good that is happening in my life, but it’s much harder to proclaim those things I have been believing God for that I cannot yet see.

Have you ever fought hard to bring freedom to an area of your life, only to feel after trying for so long that you’ve failed? There are areas of my own life where I feel as if I’ve been fighting for so long to gain victory, yet I don’t feel as if I’ve taken much ground. My mind tells me it would be easier to just give up.

But perhaps there is something to this declaration and proclamation journey that will give me just enough faith to keep pressing through to victory.

Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”The LORD has done great things for us; We are glad.  (Psalm 126:2-3)

Christ came to set the captives free. When I have a negative outlook towards something in my life, and proclaim negative thoughts about myself or the situation, I will not gain ground. Our words are powerful. They carry life and death. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. (Proverbs 18:21)

We must begin to speak positively over ourselves if we are going to see victory in areas of struggle. Although we may not see the fruit of our labor right away, through Christ we have already won the battle. Victory is ours! We must have the faith to pull on heaven, to call that which we cannot see into our reality.

We must have the faith to pull on heaven and call that which we cannot see into our reality.… Click To Tweet

Even if we can’t quite grasp these truths now, the more we proclaim how God sees us or our situation, the more we will believe it. You are what you behold. What does God say about you? Here are some of the scriptures that I’ve been declaring over my life this past week:  

Fear has no hold on me. (1 Timothy 1:7)

I lack nothing. (Psalm 23:1)

I am full of the joy of the Lord. (Neh. 8:10)

I walk in divine favor. (Luke 2:52)

I am significant. (Psalm 139)

Shout it from the rooftops!  The LORD has done and IS DOING great things. What are some things that you are proclaiming over your life?

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

Glimpses #381-390

381. Taking more intentional steps toward my healing.
382. God’s financial provision over my children and their ministries.
383. Thieves oil that soothes my sore gums.
384. Passion Tea Lemonade.
385. His banner over me is love.
386. Dandelions everywhere. #glimpsesofhisbeauty
387. He walks with me through fire.
388. Everything He says about me is true.
389. He delights in me.
390. A beautiful sunset.

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.



8 In Faith/ My 5 Minute Fridays

Define // Five Minute Friday

Thrilled to be writing among the beautiful Five Minute Friday community. This is where we write for just five minutes, on a word prompt. We don’t worry about perfection or making it just right, but rather allow the words to flow freely without over thinking. If you’ve never written for the Five Minute Friday, come join us. You will be glad you did!


What defines you? I’ve come across this question more than once in my life time and it always leaves me stumped.

I don’t believe that there is any one thing that defines who I am, other than Christ in me, the hope of glory. But there was a time when who I felt I was was wrapped up in what I felt I had to do. I know how to keep myself busy from morning to night, constant movement which keeps my mind active, but blocks my heart from hearing God and receiving His blessing.

Life has been defined by busyness lately. I take pride in how well I can accomplish the next task, and whether or not those around me are happy and content, forgetting to care for myself in the process. In the pursuit of a defined purpose, I’ve lost sight of the many blessings God has given to me, those breathtaking moments that I must reach for, lay hold of and pull into my own reality. I want my life to be defined by moments that take my breath away, not by those that leave me gasping for air.

I want my life to be defined by moments that take my breath away. #fmfparty Click To Tweet

If I were asked to define my life at this moment, I would say it’s one big, beautiful mess. I am thankful that I’m not defined by the mess, but rather by the beauty that is uncovered as I lay hold of His promises for me.

I am His and He is mine, and that is enough for me. #fmfparty Click To Tweet

28 In Faith/ Glimpses

The God Of Miracles // Glimpses Link Up

I won a CD a while back that has been ministering to my heart in such a powerful way. Kari Jobe’s The Garden is full of intimate and soul searching lyrics that are bringing healing to my wounded heart. One of the songs that I’ve been reflecting on this past week is Miracles. It’s one thing to talk about miracles and even believe that God did what the Bible says He did, but it’s another thing completely to believe that the God of miracles wants to perform miracles on our own behalf.

As the seasons of life ebb and flow, I’ve been rocked to my core and have spent a lot of time soul searching and reaching for God while praying for miracles in my own life. There are a couple of things that have transpired over the last couple of weeks that have me so frustrated and worn out. I’ve found myself asking that question, “Really God, haven’t we gone through enough?” And then I feel guilty because even though my own circumstances appear to have me in dire straights and our need is great, I know so many others who are fighting greater battles and need even greater miracles.

I am thankful for a God who doesn’t draw names out of hat to decide who to bless. Rather, it’s all about His timing. He cares for the needs of all, whether financial, emotional, physical or spiritual. He doesn’t weigh your need against mine and decide who gets the miracle. And although God doesn’t always answer prayer the way I would hope, He always answers. I may not fully understand, but the question is, will I continue to trust Him?

I may not fully understand, but will I continue to trust Him? #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

So yes, I need some miracles. My body is tired and my mind is worn out. But I don’t want to stop asking for God to move on my behalf. I want to choose to believe that He really is the God of miracles and is waiting and willing to perform miracles on my behalf and on behalf of those I love. 

Take a few moments to listen to this song an be blessed.

Are you believing God for a miracle today? I would love for you to share with me so that I can be praying for you.

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

Glimpses #371-380

371.   Uninterrupted sleep.
372.  Breathing in grace and exhaling worry.
373.  One more day of tax appointments at the office.
374.  The colorful weeds in my yard.
375.  Celebrating a friend’s graduation from Chiropractic College.
376.  Catching up with a good friend over dinner.
377.  Words of life spoken by way of declarations.
378.  Celebrating my son’s 23rd birthday with the family at Fenton’s Ice Cream Parlor.
379.  Watching my grandson’s eyes open wide as they brought out his ice cream.
380.  Getting ahead on the homeschool planning.

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!

Blooming lavender in a field at sunset in Provence, FranceIt 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.



23 In Faith/ Glimpses

New Every Morning // Glimpses Link Up

My thoughts have been turned inward lately.  Not in a prideful way.  As the Lord continues to bring to light the hurting places in my heart, those things that I have kept behind closed doors, away from his grace and mercy, I get overwhelmed.  I am becoming more aware of my brokenness and of my need of Him and His restoring grace.  I lack.  I want.  I desire.  He alone can fill the cracks and voids deep inside my heart.

He alone can fill the cracks and voids deep inside my heart. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

As the Lord brings deep and personal revelation of my constant need of Him, I can tend to focus too much on what I can’t see and I forget to focus on His free gifts of grace and mercy, which allow me to move on into places of freedom.

I am so thankful for His mercy and grace.  Even though they are free gifts, it’s often hard for me to accept them as such.  I find myself striving….striving to be perfect….striving to please….striving to love better…..striving.  Yet the Lord calls me to a place of rest in His love.  He wants to wash over me with His grace and mercy.  His love is steadfast.  It is unchanging, immovable and unshakable.  There is nothing in my heart that He doesn’t already know.  He sees it all and desires to bring healing and freedom.  All I have to do is invite Him in to those places so that He can fill the gaps, the holes that have crept into my heart.

His love for me will never cease.  I am so thankful for God’s mercy and grace.  I am thankful that He brings me to a place of rest.  I do not have to work to earn His love.

How about you?  Will you allow the steadfast love of the Lord to wash over you?  He has enough mercy and grace for whatever you are facing today.

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

Glimpses #361-370

361. Overtime = extra income. Thank you Jesus!
362. Honest, and often hard, conversations with my husband.
363. God’s peace that covers like a blanket.
364. $2.00 McDonald’s Iced Vanilla Coffee.
365. More wonderful homeschool products to review.
366. Reconnecting with long time friends.
367. My heart open to receive healing.
368. An ER visit with my husband that turned out to be nothing. Thanks God!
369. A bouquet of roses given to me at church just because.
370. Movie date with my daughters to see Beauty and the Beast. Loved it!

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!

Blooming lavender in a field at sunset in Provence, FranceIt 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.



28 In Faith/ Glimpses

The Weight Of His Grace // Glimpses Link Up

This has been home to me for over 20 years. I’ve served with all of my heart for many years; now I just attend, sporadically, when I’m able to get out of bed and get moving. Sometimes depression and anxiety keep me home. Sometimes I just don’t feel like going. Sometimes I don’t want to go and just sit on the sidelines, watching things play out that I once felt so sure I was to be a part of. I know it’s been a few years now, but the truth of the matter is I am still broken, still hurting. I wonder if anyone really sees the depth of my pain.

When the human heart is aching, we do our best to mask our true feelings. We fear being seen for who we really are. We fear making our feelings known because the voice inside our heads tells us we are wrong to feel the way we do. Only God really knows the war that rages on the inside. On one hand you tell yourself to pull it together, to get over it, what’s done is done and remind yourself that you are in a better place. On the other hand you remind yourself of prophetic words spoken over you about how you would serve there all of your days, you remember the building process and how you labored in prayer, you remember the good ‘ole days and you long for that again.

It’s hard when you move from a place of being so involved to not being involved at all. After the job loss, I removed myself from serving in any capacity. My heart needed to heal. It still needs to heal. There is still so much pain and grief that I experience just being there. In a way I feel as if I’m missing out. But God reminds me that all things happen for a reason and that He still as a purpose for my life.

God reminds me that He still has a purpose for my life. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

There is a part of me that longs for things to be as they once were, but know that things are better the way they are. I realize that my heart is stuck in between the place of hurting and healing, in between the place of resistance and restoration. There is a battle that rages on in my soul as I try to cover up my brokenness. I want so desperately to be whole, to walk in freedom, to feel His presence again. I hide my heart at the risk of exposure. I’m so thankful that His grace covers my brokenness.

I can feel the weight of His grace again as the tears fall. I hold back, not wanting to draw attention to myself. I can feel the warmth of my tears as I long to enter in to the freedom that others around me are experiencing. Yet I guard my heart, put up walls. I don’t want to hurt, I don’t want to face the pain. Yet this grace feels heaviest when I resist the freedom that He wants to bring. I think I’m holding on to the pain, longing for someone to look me in the eye, to really look at me, and ask me how I am really doing.

This grace feels heaviest when I resist the freedom that He wants to bring. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I come and worship Him because He is worthy to be worshipped.
I come to support my family as they lead in worship.
I come because I long for healing.
I come because it’s hard to let go.

On days like today, I am thankful for the weight of His grace that breaks through my brokenness to reaffirm my heart and remind me that everything will be okay. He is a good Father and He has a good plan for my life.

He is a good Father and He has a good plan for my life. #glimpseshisbeauty Click To Tweet

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

Glimpses #341-350

341. Flowers blooming that remind me that Spring is coming.
324. A heart-to-heart with my husband.
343. Peppermint tea with honey.
344. Cherry pie and ice cream with a friend.
345. The weight of His grace that breaks through my brokenness.
346. A warm shower that helps soothe tired muscles.
347. My grandson overloading me with kisses.
348. Teaching my grandson his colors.
349. Hearing testimony of how the Lord is working in my childrens’ lives.
350. His faithfulness to all generations.

Blooming lavender in a field at sunset in Provence, FranceIt 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.