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His Name Cannot Be Overcome // Glimpses Link Up

Today I have few words. My heart is heavy with the devastation in Texas, the current situation in Florida, the earthquake in Mexico, the mudslide in India and several fires burning in my beautiful California.

The world needs our prayers. I often think what could my little prayer do? But God hears every prayer — the weak, the mighty and those in between. He is listening and will bring peace and hope and restore what has been lost.

He is listening and will bring peace and hope and restore what has been lost. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

Today at church I was introduced to a new song, Tremble my Mosaic Music. As I sang the song and reflected upon the storms that are ranging in my own life, I couldn’t help but move into a deep place of intercession for those suffering right now around the world. The lyrics are so powerful, but one phrase struck me the most,

Your name is a light that the shadows can’t deny
Your name cannot be overcome
Your name is alive forever lifted high
Your name cannot be overcome

His name cannot be overcome. When we don’t know how to pray, we pray the Name of Jesus — the Name above every other Name. The Name with which we are all saved. The Name that brings comfort to the broken, sight to the blind, freedom to the captive.

When the storm rages and the waters rise, just pray His Name. He is waiting to rescue you.

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I pray this song will bless you as it did me.

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

Glimpses #611-620

611.  A few days of cooler weather.
612.  My daughter who is excited about school this year.
613.  The Charter School that is already being a big help to my son.
614.  He breathes hope and life into dry bones.
615.  Side work for my hubby.
616.  The fragrant smell of a red rose.
617.  Reminders that I am worthy to receive His love.
618.  Pool party fun with co-workers.
619.  New worship songs that pull me in.
620.  Deep breaths that help to reduce anxiety.

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.



 

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When You Fall Short And Need A Little Grace // Glimpses Link Up

It takes a lot for me to be able to admit the depth of my reality at times, however, I know this is a safe place and I do this not to get attention, but rather to hold myself accountable. You are my people and this community has extended so much grace and I know there is more and more grace.

We all fall short and need a little grace from time to time, don’t we?

We all fall short and need a little grace from time to time, don't we? #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

Over the last year, or more, I’ve struggled to get into God’s Word. I think it all started when I began focusing on the many disappointments that I faced — times of intense prayer for God to do something, that didn’t happen; praise for a new, well-paying job for my husband that only lasted a short time due to a still undiagnosed injury; prayers for healing that never happened. And years earlier, prayers for God to save our home which we ended up having to sell.

I don’t like admitting that I’ve put myself in a place of doubt and fear. I’m struggling to get back to a place full of hope and faith. In the beginning, I would read His Word and just weap, and then the lie of the enemy came in and told me that the promises contained in His Word weren’t for me, that I had somehow fallen short and wasn’t worthy of receiving them. It became harder and harder to read His Word and allow it to sink deep into the crevices of my dry and barren heart. Over time, I closed the Book for a bit, and as more and more time has passed, I’ve been ridden with guilt over not doing what I know I so desperately need to be doing.

I know I need to begin again, but I feel like a new Christian and I don’t know where to start. I’ve always struggled with reading just for readings sake, but I know that perhaps I just need to begin, and allow the Lord to take hold of my heart again.

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I don’t want to die on the vine, but that’s exactly how I’ve been feeling. Parched, worn out, hungry, lost in a sea of unbelief. God has come to give me abundant life and it’s about time that I start living in that abundance.

God has come to give me abundant life and it's time I start living in that abundance.… Click To Tweet

So where do I go from here?

I don’t have a plan, other than to read His Word, every day. I’ve lost my way and I need Him to breathe life back into me.

I am being vulnerable and transparent with you (as I’ve always been) so that you can hold me accountable. Ultimately, I know this is a journey that I alone must take, but if God brings me to your mind, will you pray for me? Will you FB message me or text me and ask me what I’ve been reading in the Word?

I hope to write a post each week about my journey in His Word (yet another way to keep myself accountable).

Have you ever felt yourself dying on the vine? What have you done in the past that has helped you?

Thank you for allowing me to process life as it unfolds — the messy, beautiful and everything in between.

Glimpses #601-610

601.  Low calorie tea when you are trying to kick the coffee habit.
602.  A fast track at the ER when suffering another flare up.
603.  Quickly run tests to determine the issue.
604.  Tiny steps towards health.
605.  A great first day of school for my freshman and senior.
606.  More cleansing tears shed.
607.  Relatives with air conditioning to escape from the heat.
608.  Sugar-Free Popsicles.
609.  His grace abounds, still more and more.
610.  When the night is holding on to me, God is holding on stronger.

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.



 

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God My Healer // Glimpses Link Up

Last weekend my husband and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary in Santa Cruz, CA. The weather was perfect on Sunday as we played at the boardwalk, strolled downtown Santa Cruz and caught a showing of Wonder Woman. Unfortunately, we were fogged in on Monday so we were unable to get a glimpse of the eclipse and we had to settle for experiencing it through the lenses of others as we watched it unfold via social media. I was disappointed, but it was more important to spend time with my love and reconnect. We did just that. The only photos I took were of food. I guess I was too busy looking into my love’s eyes to remember to use my camera.

This past week I’ve really been struggling physically. Fibromyalgia pain is in full force, and I am experiencing severe pain in my left heal which I believe is due to the food I’ve been eating. Several weeks ago I was on a weight loss plan where I removed all processed sugars from my diet and most of my pain went away. I’ve fallen back into old habits and it’s really taking a toll on my body, so much so that walking is very hard. It hurts so bad.

I know that God can heal me in an instant, but I do believe He wants to teach me to be disciplined in the area of healthy eating. I wanted to keep up the plan I was doing but purchasing the food was very expensive for my budget and I couldn’t justify it. I know what I need to do, but I just don’t do it. Sound familiar?

For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want,
but I do the very thing I hate. (Romans 7:15)

I’m praying for wisdom in this area and creative ways to grocery shop for the healthy foods I need. It’s not that my family eats junk all the time, but we do not eat “whole” and I cannot afford to buy for them and for me. And right now I don’t have the energy to convert everyone in the house to what I need. Money never seems to go far enough.

Back to God healing me in an instant. Yes, I believe He can, but I believe He won’t. I believe He wants me to walk in the way of health, to be good to my body, to not live in pain. Perhaps He will surprise me and heal me. He’s done it before. But I believe the healing will come as I learn to be a good steward of my body.

I believe the healing will come as I learn to be a good steward of my body. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I welcome your ideas on how to eat healthy on a budget.

I am also praying in a mentor, someone who can come alongside of me, check in with me from time to time, ask me the hard questions because ladies, I need accountability, in all areas of my life. I believe there is someone out there that God would use in this area. Ultimately, I rely on God, but it would be really nice to have someone to talk to about this from time to time.

God is my healer and I’m trusting Him to show me the way.

God is my healer and I'm trusting Him to show me the way. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

Before I go, will you please remember Texas in your prayers as they are struggling with all that is happening with Hurricane Harvey. I’m praying for God to calm the storms and that no more lives are lost.

Thank you for being here. I appreciate you allowing me to process life out loud.

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

Glimpses #591-600

591. Beautiful sunflowers that grace the table.
592. Back to school shopping and lunch with my daughter.
593. Taking a year off from homeschooling.
594. Morning snuggles with the grandsons.
595. A vendor bringing lunch for the office.
596. The awe and wonder of the Eclipse.
597. God’s beauty on display.
598. A backyard BBQ on a warm summer night.
599. Root Beer popsicles.
600. Jehova Rophe – God my healer.

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.



 

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Taking The Time To Reconnect // Glimpses Link Up

Today (Sunday) is my 29th Wedding Anniversary. I am whisking my hubby away for a couple of days of alone time, away from the kids, the house, the stress that surrounds our lives. I normally would write this post on Sunday night, but since I will be gone I am scheduling ahead (imagine that) so that I don’t break the link up flow.

Twenty Nine years ago I said “I Do” to a man who walked into my life and rescued me. Well, Jesus is the One who rescued me a few years earlier, but this man kept me from looking for love in all the wrong places and really helped me to understand true, unconditional love for the first time.

We met at church when we were both youth leaders. Our pastor’s wife introduced us. We had our first date at an amusement park, and the next day I met his parents out on the San Francisco Bay while sailing. Two and a half months later he proposed. We were married 8 months later and the rest is history. Actually, our story is still being written. Four children later, all who love and are serving the Lord with their musical ability and in worship, one son in law, two grandsons…our lives are full.

We’ve faced many hardships, especially over the last several years — job loss after job loss, the forced sale of our home to avoid foreclosure, my own job loss from a place I thought I’d serve in until God called me home, an unexplained medical issue that has caused my husband to not be able to work the last two years, and so many financial struggles.

We need this time away. We don’t connect well. We struggle to find words to say and our marriage needs work. But we are committed to one another and our love, although not always evident, is still strong. When I look at what the Lord has given to us in our children, the gifts and talents they carry, their zeal for God, and our beautiful grandchildren, how could I be anything but grateful for where we are today?

Sure, we have lots of questions, lots of “whys” which will never be answered this side of heaven. We struggle to keep our heads above water and the bills paid, but we have so much to be thankful for. God has shown His goodness to us in so many ways.

God has shown Himself strong in our weakness.He has proven His faithfulness time and time again.… Click To Tweet

So we are taking the next couple of days to play. We booked a room in faith, and have set some money aside, and also received some gift money. We are headed to Santa Cruz to play at the Boardwalk. We will enjoy a nice, romantic dinner and perhaps a walk on the beach. We will get up Monday morning and watch the eclipse with our special glasses, have a nice breakfast and drive up the coast. We will talk and reconnect and laugh, maybe cry, but we will be together and that’s all that matter. He is the love of my life and for Him, I am truly grateful.

Have you taken time to reconnect with someone that you love recently?

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

Glimpses #581-590

581. 29 years of marriage.
582. A faithful, dedicated and hard working husband.
583. Four children who love and serve the Lord.
584. Two precious grandsons whom I adore.
585. My daughter who will hold down the fort while we are away.
586. A full tank of gas.
587. Money set aside for our trip.
588. Special glasses to watch the Eclipse.
589. A reservation for a romantic dinner.
590. Memories to be made.

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.



 

22 In Glimpses

Enjoy Life More // Glimpses

My devotional reading today was about enjoying life more. When we embrace the awe and wonder of each new day, we proclaim our faith and trust in God.

When we embrace the awe and wonder of each new day, we proclaim our faith and trust in God.… Click To Tweet

Enjoying life has been a goal of mine, right along side of looking for beauty among the mundane. I don’t want to walk through life with a sour look on my face. I want to approach each new day for the gift that it is and truly live life to the fullest.

It’s hard for me sometimes to get out of my box of “work, clean, kids, repeat”. I sometimes get stuck in a rut, in my day-to-day routine and forget to find the joy that is truly available to me in every day living. To be honest, I sometimes think other people lead so much more glamorous lives than my own. I see their lives unfold on social media and I often fall into the “comparison” trap. But I know that no one’s life is perfect. And though there may appear to be laughter, love and beauty on the surface, that doesn’t mean there isn’t pain underneath. And perhaps their lives are really as perfect as they portray. Who am I to judge?

The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. He would like nothing better than to rob us of the joy that is ours in Christ. For me, it starts with boredom, feeling stuck, comparison, complacency. Soon it leads to feelings of hopelessness and questioning, “Is this all there really is to life?”

Today’s devotional was a reminder from the Lord that I have a good life. It is a life worthy of enjoying. It may be routine and there may not be much happening in the day-to-day, but it’s all about how I choose to embrace every moment that is given to me. Life is beautiful. Enjoy the ride!

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

Glimpses #571-580

571. Financial blessings from friends for our anniversary get away.
572. My new Happy Planner.
573. Our new-to-us dining table is finished.
574. My Pioneer Woman pitcher to hold flowers on my table.
575. Dinner out with the hubby.
576. Lunch, coffee, shopping and laughter with friends.
577. Little reminders of His love.
578. Soft serve ice cream.
579. Free Kindle downloads.
580. Jesus loves me this I know.

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.