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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.

Among the pages of His Word are reminders of just how beautiful life is. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

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.



 

31 In Glimpses

When The Plan For Your Life Changes // Glimpses Link Up

When I got married, I had most of my life planned out. I was to be happily married, always. We would purchase a home and have a couple of kids. I would work at the church until I was old enough to retire and serve my days in ministry before the Lord.  But sometimes our life plan changes, and when it does, we are often thrown for a loop.  We hold onto the plans we made with a firm grip, but when we do, it’s hard to surrender to what God has for us.

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I was sitting and reflecting on today’s word prompt, and this phrase came to me. Sometimes we become frozen in time when the road takes a different turn. We are in shock, sad perhaps, unable to move and sometimes resistant of change. But God says to “Walk forward in faith and look for beauty along the way.” As we settle into our new normal, we can rest assured that God has laid the path before us.  He is with us, even though we may not understand and He will make the way clear.

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I’ve been married for 29 years, but we’ve had our fair share of trouble. But the beauty is that we are committed to one another. There are moments of tenderness among the stress and worry and in those moments I see the beauty of a marriage centered on Christ.

We did own a home, for 16 years, but when my husband lost his job several years ago we had to sell it in order to avoid foreclosure. It was a hard season, but the Lord has brought us to a wonderful, large home to rent. It’s big enough for all of us (9 total) and the landlord rented it to us while my husband was still unemployed. Matter of fact, he’s kept the rent well below market value. We are truly blessed!

We had our two kids, and then six years later, we had two more. Not in our plan, but most definately in God’s plan. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We have two sets of children (2 adults and 2 teens), and two grandbabies. Now that’s beauty!

I loved my job at the church, which I held for 10+ years. I felt it was calling in life. But it didn’t last and although it was a very hard a confusing season, I am finally learning to embrace the beautiful place he’s brought me to work. My boss is a loving and compassionate person and my co-workers are caring and fun to be with. And I LOVE our clients! I can honestly say I love to get up in the morning and go to work.  I see beauty every day as I use my gifts to glorify Him.

God has been good to me, despite many twists and turns along the way. I am learning to look for beauty and embrace it with eyes wide open.

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

Glimpses #651-660

651.  Quiet morning reflections.
652.  New books for review.
653.  Renewed energy for my husband.
654.  Soft serve ice cream.
655.  I make my plans, but the Lord directs my steps.
656.  Comfort in times of trouble.
657.  No longer in chains. I am FREE!
658.  The blessing of a new computer!
659.  Little pumpkins that fit perfectly in my grandson’s hands.
660.  Being driven around town by my 17 year old.

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.



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.



 

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.



 

18 In Glimpses

Protection And Peace // Glimpses Link Up

I started reading Psalms over the last week or so. I decided I simply had to start somewhere and not over think it. Although it’s feeling somewhat mechanical right now, I am committed to keep going. I don’t have a lot of revelation right now other than the verses that pop out at me and that’s okay.  My brain still feels very full and I know it will take some time for my mind to begin to fully absorb what is hidden beyond the pages.

I’ve been sharing my journey on Instagram using the hashtags #reconnectingwithgod #jounreythroughthepsalms and #glimpsesofhisbeauty.  If you don’t already follow me on Instagram I would love to have you. You can find me @barbieswihart.

Here are the images I created from last week. The central theme of what I read was God’s protection from our enemies and His peace. Even though I’m not being chased by anyone, I have been fighting the enemy of fear and restlessness. I am so thankful for God’s peace and protection and for the reminders He’s given to me in His Word.

If any of these images speak to you feel free to download them for yourself.

How is your time with God going? What are you reading? How is God speaking to you?

Thank you for being here!

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

Glimpses #621-630

621. His grace is sufficient for me.
622. Though life is ugly and messy at times, beauty can be found.
623. Vanilla scented candles.
624. Streaming my favorite worship.
625. A son who is inspired to learn.
626. An unexpected increase in my husband’s insurance check.
627. Another tax deadline met for the office.
628. A clean tile floor.
629. An overwhelming sense of His peace.
630. Celebrating my mom’s 77th birthday with family.

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.