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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.

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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.

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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.



 

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.

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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.



31 In Glimpses

Do You Trust God To Revise Your Plan? // Glimpses Link Up

If you are like me, you came into adulthood with all kinds of plans for your life. Mine included marriage, children, ministry, owning a home and financial security.  Over the years, some of those plans have fallen by the wayside and we’ve been on a journey of picking up the pieces and learning to embrace so much change.

When I Googled the word revise looking for an image to use for this post, I found a lot of quotes about change. While I believe “change” and “revise” are similar words, they do in fact have very different meanings.

The definition of change is “to make or become different”.  When I met Christ, I changed. I gave up partying, impure thoughts, impure acts and lots of other things. I am not the person I was before I met Christ. His Spirit lives in me and I have been changed because of His love for me.

The definition of revise is “to reconsider and alter (something) in the light of further evidence”.  This one really hit me. You see, even though God knows the end from the beginning and every detail of our life is already known to Him, we must be a willing participant in allowing Him to make revisions as necessary to the plan. Our lives may be heading down one road, but in light of circumstances or evidence uncovered, God may revise those plans according to His will.

I haven’t always embraced life-altering circumstances with an open hand.  I had certain plans for my life, especially as it related to ministry and the church and when things didn’t go according to my plan, I allowed myself to become hurt, closed off and uncaring. I’m still working through it, and because of this, God is not quite done revising this part of my life. I do believe He has a grand plan, but I have to be a willing participant to see it come to pass.God has a plan for my life, but I must be a willing participant in order to see it come to pass.… Click To Tweet

God always gets it right the first time. He doesn’t have to keep revising His plan for our lives until He gets it right. But I do believe we must give Him permission to continue to mold us and shape us, as well as surrendering to the different paths our lives will take.

God is still writing our story. There may be one more edit, or several more, but we can rest assured that He knows the end from the beginning even now. Will you trust Him to bring your story through to completion?

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This is day 24 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 #681-690

681.  An organized desk at work.
682.  “Make Up” flowers from the husband.
683.  Free movie ticket vouchers.
684.  His love has no end.
685.  Dinner and a movie with a friend.
686.  Donating homeschool materials to family friends.
687.  He calls me beautiful.
688.  Friends who send prayer and caring texts throughout the day.
689.  The power in the Name of Jesus.
690.  The smell of a rose.

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.



 

37 In Glimpses

He Makes Me Brave // Glimpses Link Up

Brave.  It’s not a word I use to describe myself often.

When I was a little girl, I was afraid of the dark, so much so I slept with the bathroom light on that was across the hall from my room.  I had other fears as a child, some came true, some never did. Bravery was not in my vocabulary.

Walking as a woman of the Word, a disciple of Christ, a daughter of the King of Kings, sometimes we are called to be brave. When the world is hurting and hopeless, will we bravely share our faith with others?  When life as we know it ceases to exist, will we bravely embrace the next chapter?  When we feel lost and confused, hurting from so many seasons of disappointment, will we reach out to take His hand again, allowing Him to lead us into the unknown?

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Life won’t always go as planned, and while I haven’t faced any BIG ROCKS in my life compared to some, I have had to remember that God is always there, right in front of me, with his hands open to receive me.

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He doesn’t want us to walk into the unknown alone. He knows the end from the beginning, and He promises to lead us through the dark seasons. He promises to make us brave, to increase our faith for the journey, and to never let us go until we come into the light again.

Is there a situation in your life where you are needing to be brave? Take hold of God’s hand and allow Him to lead you into the unknown. He is faithful to bring you through to the other side.  Allow Him to make you brave.

This is day 19 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 #671 – 680

671.  Purple flowers for my table.
672.  Giving myself permission to fall behind.
673.  His faithfulness endures to all generations. My kids and grandkids are covered!
674.  Brownies fresh from the oven.
675.  Laughter despite tears.
676.  Joy despite pain.
677.  Hope despite sorrow.
678.  Essential oil flu bomb which helped to speed my recovery from the flu.
679.  His hand that leads me into the unknown.
680.  He makes me brave.

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.



 

29 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.

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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.