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When Beauty Fades // Glimpses Link Up

Tonight is when I sit down to write my weekly Glimpses link up post and reflect on all the many blessings that came my way this week. But exhaustion has overtaken my senses. My body aches, my eyes burn and I am left feeling empty and somewhat disillusioned about whether or not I encountered any beauty this week.

In my quest to embrace every day and truly see the beauty that surrounds me, the mundane takes over and my eyes become cloudy, unable to see beyond the mess that lays in front of me, beyond the hurt and pain, beyond the repetitiveness that has become my life. What I wouldn’t give to spend hours outdoors, with camera in hand, documenting God’s beauty.

I’m reminded once again that this life, despite the missing pieces and piles, despite the brokenness and trail of tears, it is a life worthy of beauty. It’s not what’s most becoming to the eye of the beholder that makes it so, rather, it’s the hidden treasure, what is found when we look beyond the natural, purposing to see beauty among the ordinary.

This is a life worthy of beauty. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I got to thinking about the seasons again and how beauty fades, changes and reemerges with each new phase of life. My life can be summed up like this:  I live in heavy winter seasons, with a hint of fall, all the while longing for the spring, yet avoid the heat of the summer. And even though sometimes beauty appears to have faded, I know that I must simply look beyond what my natural eye can see.

Even when life appears dormant with nothing happening that makes me want to “shout it from the rooftops”, my life is still worthy of beauty. So I will continue to look beyond the mess, beyond the hurt and pain. I will continue to reach for beauty because God has given me a beauty-filled life.

I will continue to reach for beauty because God has given me a beauty-filled life.… Click To Tweet

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

Glimpses #521-530

521. Quiet days at the office.
522. Birthday celebration continues with dinner with friends.
523. A fresh pedicure.
524. A God who will not leave me where I am.
525. A God who meets me where I am.
526. A God who brings me to where He is.
527. Beautiful worship while visiting a church.
528. More cleansing tears.
529. Fans that keep the house cool on hot days.
530. KLOVE radio.

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.



24 In Glimpses

The Faith To Give // Glimpses Link Up

I believe I am a very giving person. I give of my time and resources to the extent that I am able. But sometimes I feel as if my lack prevents me from giving the way that I would want to. So many have come to our aid in our time of need and I want to return the favor. I know others do not give with the expectation of receiving, but my heart is to be able to be the giver, and not just the recipient.

Today Pastor Elijah with Hands of Love visited our church to share the vision and mission of its ministry to almost 2,000 children in Uganda. But my heart did not have to wait to hear the message before I felt God prompting me to act.

When I walked into church early this morning the child sponsorship tables were being set up. I ordered my coffee, and my bagel, and sat down in the lobby to check my Facebook and Instagram feeds. As I glanced over to the table, I kept hearing the Lord prompting me to sponsor a child. Child sponsorship has always been in my heart. Matter of fact my husband and I sponsored a child for about a year through another program several years ago. However when our financial circumstances changed, we did not feel we could continue. We lacked the faith to believe God would provide over and above our needs.

So this morning as I sat there enjoying my coffee and bagel, I kept feeling the nudging of the Holy Spirit. My immediate response was, “Lord, we can’t afford to sponsor a child.” You see, it was the fear of what I saw as a past failure in this area that I was clinging to. After about 15 minutes of reminding the Lord of my lack, I could no longer ignore His voice and I headed over to the child sponsorship table. As I looked at the pictures of the beautiful children and read their stories, I was moved with such compassion and my eyes filled with tears. How could I not help at least one child? With the help of my daughter we picked out a beautiful, nine year old boy to sponsor.

In my lack, I stepped forward in faith to give, knowing God will provide. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

What I learned from this experience is that it’s so easy to respond out of our lack without first seeking the Lord for his provision. That cup of coffee and bagel I purchased this morning was over $7.00. My pledged amount to provide an education, clothing and other basic needs for our child is just $45 a month. I will gladly give up a few cups of coffee so this one can be clothed, fed and discipled in the Word of God. I believe that today I took a step forward to break the poverty spirit that has bound my family for many years. Although I did not give because I know the blessing will follow, I welcome the floodgates of heaven to open on our behalf because of our obedience.

Would you take a moment and ask the Lord how He is calling you to give today? It could be time, money or another resource. If you lack the faith, take a step and watch what God will do.

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

Glimpses #511-520

511. GPS on my phone.
512. Another loss on the scale!
513. A dash of cinnamon in my tea.
514. Celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary of dear friends.
515. Long text chats with friends.
516. Crockpot meals.
517. Baby rolls and double chins.
518. The faith to give behind my means.
519. Our new child to sponsor.
520. The blessing of another year. (Happy birthday to me!)

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

When You’re Desperate For Community // Glimpses Link Up

All my life I have been what some would call a “social butterfly”. I love being around people. Gathering with family and friends are what I love to do the most. It doesn’t matter what we are doing, just being together with those I love is enough for me.

Building a community is not an easy task. I wish I could say that it will come without heartache and pain. It will not. But if you are willing to take the risk, there are so many benefits of having a people to call your own, a tribe to spur you on, and encouragers at every turn.

I have my family — my parents, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews — all who live no more than 45 minutes from one other. And I am blessed that my children and grandchildren all live in the same town. Actually, we are all living in the same house again, temporarily, 9 of use (if you include the four week old) and wow, what a community!

I have friends who I gather with often for meals, movies, coffee, laughter and shopping. These women have been walking with me for 20+ years and I cannot imagine my life without any one of them. My best friend lives an hour away but I make it a point to drive out to see her one Saturday each month.

And there is all of you. I may never meet you in person, but our hearts are held together first by our love for the Lord, then by a common ground — writing. You can call it journaling, blogging or writing, but we are women who have come together to share our lives with one another from near and far. We gather on our blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we encourage, challenge, build up and spur one another on.

I’m desperate for community. I’m desperate to have a constant influx of people in my life. I cannot walk this journey alone. I need my family, friends and my blog community (who I am honored to call friends) who continually challenge me to be the best woman, wife, mom and servant of  Christ that I can be.

I am desperate for community, so I will continue to reach out and take risks with my heart because community is worth it to me.

I will continue to take risks with my heart because community is worth it to me.… Click To Tweet

What are you doing to build community in your life?

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

Glimpses #501-510

501. Backyard shenanigans on warm summer nights.
502. Cleaning out and organizing the homeschool material.
503. More FREE books for my Kindle Fire.
504. Working on a new blog design for a client.
505. A freshly washed car.
506. Homemade garlic green beans.
507. Friends who don’t allow you to quit.
508. After a set back, I’m back on track with my healthy eating.
509. Tears flowing freely in worship.
510. Movie night with the 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.



20 In Glimpses

Reckless Love, Part 2 // Glimpses Link Up

This post is much longer than most of my Glimpses posts, but I hope you will stay with me until the end.

If you haven’t yet popped over to last week’s link up post, I shared a new song written by Cory Asbury, Reckless Love. It has been on repeat in my mind and heart all week. Go ahead and visit last week’s post and have a listen.  I’ll wait.

So good, right?

Some of my readers mentioned that they had never thought of God’s love being reckless. To tell you the truth, neither had I.  I just know how much the words to this song resonate in my heart and spark a “YES!” in my spirit.

Last week on his Facebook page, Cory Asbury shared why he’d use what most would construe as a “negative” word to describe God. This is so good that I asked permission to share his explanation here on my blog. If you’ve listened to this song and had questions about why reckless love, I hope this will help to put it all into perspective.

Be sure to read to the end of the post for my weekly gratitude list, and a place to link up your posts.

Here is what Cory had to say about his new song, Reckless Love:

Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, “reckless love”. Many have wondered why I’d use a “negative” word to describe God. I’ve taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.

When I use the phrase, “the reckless love of God”, I’m not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn’t crafty or slick. It’s not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it’s quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn’t consider Himself first. His love isn’t selfish or self-serving. He doesn’t wonder what He’ll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.

His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time. To many practical adults, that’s a foolish concept. “But what if he loses the ninety-nine in search of the one?” What if? Finding that one lost sheep is, and will always be, supremely important.

His love isn’t cautious. No, it’s a love that sent His Own Son to die a gruesome death on a cross. There’s no “Plan B” with the love of God. He gives His heart so completely, so preposterously, that if refused, most would consider it irreparably broken. Yet He gives Himself away again. The recklessness of His love is seen most clearly in this – it gets Him hurt over and over. Make no mistake, our sin pains His heart. And “70 times 7” is a lot of times to have Your heart broken. Yet He opens up and allows us in every time. His love saw you when you hated Him – when all logic said, “They’ll reject me”, He said, “I don’t care if it kills me. I’m laying My heart on the line.”

To get personal, His love saw me, a broken down kid with regret as deep as the ocean; My innocence and youth poured out like water. Yet, He saw fit to use me for His kingdom because He’s just that kind. I didn’t earn it and I sure as heck don’t deserve it, but He’s just that good. Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.

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

Glimpses #491-500

491. It is officially summer vacation for my kiddos.
492. Beach trips, youth camps and sleepovers in the works.
493. The gift of a new pair of Clarks sandals.
494. Celebrating our youngest son’s 14th birthday.
495. A great loss at the scale this week!
496. Fitting in to a size smaller capris.
497. Reminders from friends that I am worth it.
498. The grace to let go of my mistakes and keep running the race.
499. A beautiful father’s day with our kids.
500. The love of God that never stops chasing me down.

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.



26 In Glimpses

Reckless Love // Glimpses Link Up

You guys, I’ve been swamped this week and have not hardly gotten around to your linked up posts from last week. Sometimes life ebbs and flows and you just need to roll with it. But I miss reading your words and will try to find the time this week to get around to your blogs.

Last week I shared about the Extravagant love of God and this week, I have a new worship video to share with you about the reckless love of God. It’s a new song by Cory Asbury, sung by one of my favorite worship leaders, Steffany Gretzinger. Can I just tell you, this song….I don’t really even have words to describe how I feel when I listen to it.

There’s no shadow you won’t light up,
mountain you won’t climb up,
coming after me.

There’s no wall you won’t kick down,
lie you won’t tear down
coming after me.

We can never run from the love of God. He’s in passionate, reckless pursuit of our hearts and He will never stop chasing us down.

I pray this song will bless you as much as it blessed me this week.

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

Glimpses #481 – 490

481. Last week of school!
482. Starting my new health plan this week.
483. Feeling determined for change.
484. My heart ravished by His love once again.
485. Remembering the promises of God spoken over my life.
486. Food, fun and laughter with friends.
487. Learning to let go.
488. A freshly bathed baby.
489. The wonders of His love.
490. Reconnecting with friends I haven’t seen in a while.

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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