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22 In Faith/ Glimpses

Waves of Grace // Glimpses Link Up

I want to live each and every day knowing that the grace of God is with me, holding my head high as I recognize his unmerited favor upon my life. What does it look like to walk in His grace? I picture a ballerina, gliding ever so gracefully, never missing a step, yet all the while leaning into her partner for strength and support.

When I grow weary on this journey, I lean into the One who gives me strength, recognizing that I cannot take another step without Him. I long to dance through life elegantly with refinement of steps. But mine are heavy, leaving clear marks upon the trodden path where I must continually stop and call on the strength of the One who offers it freely.

When I feel as if my strength is almost gone, I realize that I am the one leaning, being carried through life by waves of grace. My groans are deep, the cries loud. No one can hear them but Him. They come suddenly, without warning, often for no reason; deep and resounding cries from the unreachable places of my heart, a heart that is still experiencing pain, walking through disappointment, longing for lost dreams, trusting in an uncertain future and striving for a solid marriage.

I am comforted in the fact that my cries do not go unanswered. Each one is met with new mercies and unending grace. One moment I feel as if I’ve moved past these last few years where heartache was evident and tears came without a moment’s notice. The next moment I am yearning, longing for the chance to go back and have a do over, to do it better, to pray for a better outcome.

Each cry is met with new mercies and unending grace. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

Although this season of loss and transition has been long and hard, I trust that He holds my future. When I cannot walk with my head held high, when breathing comes with heavy heart, and when the light appears dim, I know that He carries me. His waves of grace come up underneath me and sweep me along life’s path, carrying me through each season. I will again walk uprightly with my head held high, feeling the cool wind of His grace upon my back. 

How is God carrying you along waves of grace? Please let me know how I can pray for you.

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

Glimpses #331-340

331. Clean kitchen counters.
332. The sunshine peaking through dark clouds.
333. Hugs and kisses from my grandson.
334. Watching my daughter’s growing belly as she prepares to birth my 2nd grandson.
335. Outlet shopping with friends.
336. Unexpected cash gifts.
337. A broken and contrite heart He will not deny.
338. Worship that comforts the ache in my heart.
339. The freedom to worship Him.
340. Remembering His faithfulness along the way.

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

When His Love Breaks Through // Glimpses Link Up

I was in a mood yesterday. I woke up and was pretty much in a bad mood from the start. Have you ever had a day begin this way?

Hubby and I are working through some things.

I’m working through my own heart issues.

I’m dealing with some health things.

I’m feeling sad due to S.A.D. (You can read about that here.) Spring can’t come too soon.

There is a lot of financial stress. Some months are worse than others. January was a bad month.

When there is too much for my mind and heart to handle I shut down, or I can lash out and I was pretty much lashing out at everyone around me. I wasn’t happy about my behavior and this only compounded the problem. No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t shake the feelings of defeat.

On may way to pick my daughter up from a friend’s house I was driving on the freeway and broke into tears. I felt defeated. I was worrying again about the bills and the lack of income. I felt badly for the way I had treated my husband. I was feeling completely overwhelmed. But God didn’t want to leave me in that state. He wanted to remind me of His love in the midst of hardship.

God wants to remind you of His love in the midst of hardship. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

As I saw the rainbow peaking through the clouds, I was instantly overcome with His presence and experienced an overwhelming sense of His love for me. Even though there are storms raging, He is right here, in the middle of the storm. His love breaks through and His promises are true.

I am so thankful for a God who continually reminds me that He is with me and that He is good.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

I know He will work out the issues with my husband.

I know He working on my own heart.

I believe that He is bringing healing to my body, mind and spirit.

I can trust that He will continue to provide for our financial needs.

God IS good and all I needed was to see that rainbow peaking through the clouds to be reminded that He is with me in the midst of the hard stuff.

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

Glimpses #301-310

301. A great first week of tax season at the office.
302. Being reminded through the story of Joseph that God is in control.
303. Mocha flavored ice cream.
304. Movie snuggles with the family.
305. Beautiful green hills after lots of rain.
306. A child’s laughter — a reminder to not take myself so seriously.
307. The end of a great 1st semester in our homeschooling.
308. A rainbow peaking through the clouds. A reminder of His love.
309. Overwhelmed in worship led by my beautiful youngest daughter.
310. Enjoying family, friends and food during the Super Bowl.

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.



32 In Faith/ Glimpses

When You Come Empty // Glimpses Link Up

I’m not feeling well tonight. I’ve been fighting a stomach bug that seems to come and go. Nothing really manifesting, just an overall feeling of blah. So I came to the computer to write tonight’s post for the link up and friends, I’ve got nothing. Does that ever happen to you?

I considered just putting up a quote, or sharing a music video, or doing up a quick image with a scripture or inspirational quote. But something inside of me kept telling me to write, even though I feel as though I have nothing to give.

I think it’s because we need to be reminded that it’s okay to come empty. It’s okay to show up in our spaces on the interwebs and let our friends and followers know that we are struggling through. It’s okay to allow ourselves to be vulnerable and to share when we aren’t feeling well, are overwhelmed or just plain dry.

I think that’s how God wants us to come to Him. He wants us to come empty, because it’s only then that we can be filled back up again. I think I come carrying my burdens to the secret place more often than not, and when I leave, feeling the same heaviness I felt when I arrived, I have to wonder why I didn’t leave the baggage at the door, why I didn’t make room for His refreshing water to saturate every fiber of my being.

It's only when we come empty that we can be filled back up again. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To TweetEmptiness is often looked upon as a place of lack or a place of weakness. But I am learning to see emptiness as a place of great opportunity. It’s a place that is void of ourselves and of our own desires, a place yearning to be filled with the hope and promises of God.

I'm learning to see emptiness as a place of great opportunity. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

So even though I feel as though I don’t have the energy to give you much by way of words tonight, I do hope that you’ve caught on to one important truth: it’s okay to come empty. Let go and allow Him to fill you back up again. In due time, you will overflow, but now is the time to consume all that God desires to pour back into you.

Thank you for being here friends!

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

Glimpses #291-300

291. Homeschool boy having a great week with his studies.
292. Meeting other working homeschooling moms.
293. A sense of fulfillment and purpose in my job.
294. Major dental work completed for the year.
295. A hard working husband who keeps the house running while I work.
296. Words of grace spoken that bring joy to my heart.
297. Spending Saturday afternoon with my grandson.
298. A special touch from God during Sunday worship.
299. Victorian tea with family.
300. Finding out we will have another grandson in June!

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.



32 In Faith/ Glimpses

What To Do When You’re Feeling SAD // Glimpses Link Up

The days have been dark and dreary here. It’s been cold, raining non stop and the sun hasn’t risen where I can feel the warmth of it’s rays on my skin. Living in California, I feel somewhat guilty complaining because I know so many who are struggling through a harsh and devastating winter season. But the reason I dislike Winter so much isn’t so much about the weather, but rather how Winter makes me feel.

The days are long and sleep eludes me. I’m on edge and can’t seem to clear my head. I fear I may cry at any given moment, for no apparent reason, and I’d much rather stay in bed all day. Lately, I’ve been struggling with what is commonly known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.

I didn’t use to pay any attention to the seasons and how their changes affect my mood. But I’m learning to identify some of my seasons of depression and mood swings due to the height of the Winter season. I don’t like feeling this way. I tell myself every day that “this is the day that the Lord has made” and that I should rejoice and be glad in it. I have to constantly remind myself that He is good and that this too shall pass.

So, what does one do when they are stricken with SAD?

Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy
and medications.

While I have been able to remain medication free for a number of years, and while my friends and family are as much psychotherapy that I feel safe allowing into my life, what is most lacking on these dark days is the light. It’s not because the light isn’t there and I don’t know how to access it, but because it seems to take all of my strength and energy to lift my hands and turn on the light. If I am to overcome the darkness in my life, I must allow the light in.

If I am to overcome the darkness in my life, I must allow the light in. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

It’s in the light where depression realizes it has no place and has to flee.  
It’s in the light where I can once again see the beauty that God has given to me.
It’s in the light where I realize my worth and value and begin to pursue my destiny.

Tomorrow I will wake up and turn the light on. I will grab my Bible and my reading plan and meet with God, no matter how hard it is to get out of bed. His light is essential to allowing me to see the beauty He’s given to me in the midst of a dark season.

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

Glimpses #281-290

281. Taking 5 bags of unnecessary stuff to the donation station.
282. A “just because” note from someone I love.
283. His word is a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path.
284. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
285. More eBay sales to help financially this month.
286. The heater that keeps our house warm on cold days/nights.
287. Starbucks Toasted Butterscotch Latte – Yummy!
288. A BOGO burger date with my teen girl.
289. New online homeschool friends to encourage me in this season.
290. Free homeschool resources in exchange for reviews. Thank you Jesus!

Do you suffer from SAD? What do you do to let the light in when darkness is looming?

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.



29 In Faith/ My 5 Minute Fridays

Refine // Five Minute Friday

[wc_box color=”secondary” text_align=”left”]Thrilled to be back 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![/wc_box]

Today’s word prompt is…REFINE

“Refiner’s fire
my heart’s one desire,
is to be holy
set apart for you Lord.”

I remember singing the words to this song after I got saved not really understanding the impact of what it was I was asking of the Lord. But there is one thing I know now and that is if you pray it, He will act on it.

If I pray it, He will act on it. #fmfparty Click To Tweet

To refine: remove impurities or unwanted elements from.

There are days when the process of refining goes unnoticed. He is here, working behind the scenes, preparing my heart, mind and soul for what is to come. And I go on about my life, clueless that there is something coming and if I’m not careful it will hit me so hard that the wind will be knocked right out of me.

To be refined in the fire of the Lord comes with a certain level of discomfort. I picture the Lord holding my heart in His hands. He lowers my heart down into the Refiner’s Fire, still holding my heart in His hands. Even there, in the midst of the intense heat, He does not let go. Just when I think I can’t take any more, He brings me up, allows me to cool just a little, only to lower me down again.  This process is repeated over and over again throughout my life as I am continually being refined.

This refining process is necessary if I am to be like, look like and love like Jesus. I want a heart like His, a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of God, a heart that is for others and filled with love, compassion and mercy.

My messy, cluttered and sinful heart often gets in the way of His light shining through. So even though it’s hard at times, I welcome the Refiner’s Fire.

Come, Lord Jesus, refine me as gold so that I may reflect you in all that I say and do.

Refine me as gold so I may reflect you in all that I say and do. #fmfparty Click To Tweet

Linking up with the beautiful Five Minute Friday community of writers. Come join us!