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More Random Thoughts // Glimpses Link UP

I apologize for getting the link up posted late. Honestly, I sat at the computer for the longest time and nothing filled my head or my heart. NOTHING. I thought perhaps I would share another worship song but I really wanted to write something meaningful. After a long and hard day at the office I am exhausted and again, nothing is coming to my brain.  So here I am sharing a few more random thoughts about life in general.  Oh and there might be an affiliate link or two, just in case you want to check something out. And if you make a purchase, it only helps to keep this little blog running.

It’s okay to admit when you are angry.  I think I’ve been angry about a lot of things for a long time. There are so many things I still don’t understand about the twists and turns my life has taken.  I know God doesn’t want me to be angry. I know I am the only one who can change the way I feel about things. I’m realizing how stubborn I am sometimes.  I think I’m afraid to feel anything so I hide behind the anger. But admitting we are angry and not okay is a first step toward healing.  I love this song by Plumb that reminds me that it’s okay not to be okay.

Admitting we are angry and not okay is a first step towards healing. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

When a mild case of depression leaves you feeling guilty about so many others who struggle severely.  I still haven’t gone to the doctor about this depression and anxiety thing that rears it’s ugly head from time to time.  I think it’s because I feel as if I don’t really need medication.  But honestly, I think I do, but I believe there are so many others who struggle that need it more. When I read about the journey of others on this road, I think the only difference between them and me is that I can somehow manage to get out of bed in the morning and function. But still there is a cloud of sadness that moves in and camps around me some days.

Overeating can be a direct result of a dissatisfied life.  I admit it, and I’m working on it. My clothes have gotten tighter over the last few weeks and that is disappointing after I was making steady strides towards weight loss. I don’t believe in diets, but I do believe in paying attention to what I am putting in my body. I often eat out of boredom or a state of unhappiness.  I am hoping to get control over this soon.

Meal planning is hard work sometimes.  Since I started my Weekly Spread feature here on the blog, my meal planning has been hit or miss.  Sometimes it’s because I don’t have the money to plan, other times it’s because both my daughter and I draw a blank when we sit down to discuss the menu. I am hoping to get better at it. In the meantime, I will at least feature a weekly recipe for you to try if you’d like.

I’m learning to reach for my essential oils before I reach for the aspirin.  My head hurts often and I can feel the stress that my body is carrying in my neck.  Motrin was once my biggest friend, until I got my essential oils Top 6 Roll-On Set.  Now I reach for the Tension Relief Synergy and it’s not too long before my tension headaches are gone.  If you are interested in checking out this great company, please click the banner on my sidebar.

I love this image quote I found on the internet.

How are you doing? Is there anything that you need prayer for?

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

Glimpses #831-840

831.  His banner over me is love.
832.  Taking strides to self-acceptance.
833.  Hard boiled eggs.
834.  Grandson smiles in the morning.
835.  The smell of fresh oranges.
836.  Psalm 31:34
837.  Much needed rain.
838.  Strawberries on sale at Sprouts.
839.  Vitamin C Smoothies.
840.  Song of Solomon 3:4

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.
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I Am Never Lost // Glimpses Link Up

My daughter introduced me to a song a few weeks ago.  The first time I listened to it was via YouTube and a worship singer (with an AMAZing voice) from The Upper Room was singing it. I was immediately drawn into worship.  I listened to it two or three times that morning as my daughter was preparing to lead the song in a couple of weeks at church.

And then it dawned on me. This same song is written and sang by Rita Springer on her new album, Battles.  So I immediately downloaded the entire album (thank you iTunes monthly subscription) and it has been on repeat pretty much since.

What grips me about this song is how great a defender God really is. He goes before us into battle and comes back with the head of the enemy. His love truly is our greatest defense.  No matter what we are facing we can rest assured that with God we will come through it.

No matter what we are facing we can rest assured that with God we will come through it. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

This song truly impacted my heart on the importance of worship, and having a heart always turned toward Jesus. It reminded me that during my most intense battles, all I really need to do is to worship Him, to praise and to remain still and watch what He will do.

Photo by Lua Valentia on Unsplash

In the mix of the battle lyrics and the reminders to praise and to be still is a bridge that I cannot get through without my heart becoming completely undone and the dam of tears bursting.  It’s in this bridge where I’ve come to know and understand the heart of God towards me.  Even when I feel lost, when I can’t seem to find my way, when I don’t understand my worth and value, God knows. He takes me by the hand and reintroduces me to His perfect love. He picks up all of the pieces of my life and puts me back together again. He defends my heart.

When I thought I lost me
You knew where I left me
You reintroduced me to Your love
You picked up all my pieces
Put me back together
You are the defender of my heart

This right here…I must understand the truth behind these words if I am to fully know Him as my Defender.  When your heart is broken, and you are weary with life; when you don’t know what the future holds; when you fight anxiety and depression on a daily basis; when you wonder what else there is in life…you must be able to grab hold of the simple truth that there is a God who loves you, who even though you feel lost, knows exactly where you are.

He promises to pick me up, every broken piece, and put me back together again. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

You know before I do
Where my heart can seek to find Your truth
Your mercy is the shade I’m living in
You restore my faith and hope again

Take a moment to listen to the Upper Room’s version of this song, and also to the version from Rita’s album Battles. You will be glad you did.

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

Glimpses #821-830

821.  Writing scripture in the early mornings
822.  Psalm 84.
823.  Red Jello.
824.  Peppermint Tea for my Keurig.
825.  Hard conversations with trusting friends.
826.  A hand drawn Valentines card from my hubby.
827.  Pretty flowers for my table.
828.  That He always knows where I am, even if I don’t.
829.  Psalm 139:5
830.  Finding the code for my car’s security system (now my backup camera works!)

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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A Door That Is Always Open // Glimpses Link Up

I started a new discipline this month, as I’ve mentioned before.  Scripture writing is helping me to mediate on God’s Word all day long.  Even though I’ve had some rough days where I haven’t opened the Word, for the most part I am finding myself carrying what I am writing down with me throughout the days and weeks and it’s really helping me to remain positive and focused on the good things in my life.

I had a realization, not a new one, but a reminder this past week.  I was reminded that no matter my imperfections and my failure at getting into His presence at times, God never counts me late or tardy to His table.  His door is always open and he stands ready to receive me, with arms wide open, whenever I take the step toward Him.

God never counts me late or tardy to His table. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I received a kiss from heaven today.  I was sitting in the lobby at church and a gentlemen came over to me and thanked me for being such a blessing in his life and the life of his family.  He reminded me that several years ago when he first came through the doors at church, I was the one who greeted him.  He want on to say how it made him and his family feel comfortable and welcome and that he was grateful.  He said he has been blessed by our family over the years.  He told me that when he sees me come to church, I look so tired and heavy burdened.  I shared a bit of my struggles with him.  He wanted to remind me that he sees me, but even more importantly that God sees me.

This morning I was reminded that God used me to plant seeds in other’s lives.  You never know who you may touch or how.  But when you need a reminder, God will bring it to the forefront.

How is God reminding you of the blessing that you are to others?

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

Glimpses #811-820

811.  Sugar-Free Mochas with coconut milk.
812.  Psalm 119:18
813.  Faith stickers for my scripture writing pages.
814.  Medication to help my dog’s flea issue. (Now I can sleep!)
815.  Immune Aid roll on.
816.  Fresh strawberries.
817.  My youngest son who remains motivated in school.
818.  Reminders of seeds I’ve planted in other’s lives.
819.  Catching up with my oldest son.
820.  Peace that overwhelms my heart.

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 I Fix My Eyes // Glimpses Link Up

This last week I began a new journey of scripture writing.  I have seen others post about it on social media but it wasn’t until a blogger I follow began writing again and sharing her scripture writing that God tugged on my heart that I needed to do it.

When January 1st came around I was like so many people. I told myself I was going to be in God’s Word every day.  Well here we are early February and I’m still struggling, but the scripture writing (although it hasn’t been perfect) has given me a keen awareness of God’s presence in my every day.

When I purposely fix my eyes on Him, I walk in peace.  When my heart is set on Him, I am filled to overflowing.  When I meditate upon the Lord, I am reminded of who He is in the midst of hard circumstances.

When I meditate upon the Lord, I am reminded of who He is in the midst of hard circumstances. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

One of the scriptures I wrote and meditated on this week was Psalm 119:15.

I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. (ESV)

Curiosity got me and I looked up the scripture in a few different translations:

 I will think about Your Law and have respect for Your ways.  (NLT)

I set my heart on your precepts and pay close attention to all your ways. (Passion)

I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it. (Message)

One great thing that has come through scripture writing is that it is causing me to stop and meditate on God’s Word more. I think about the scriptures I am writing all day long.  I ponder them in my heart and ask God to open His Word to my understanding.  Scripture writing has become an essential part of my day.

How about you my friend. How are you meditating on scripture these days? Are you writing them down? I would love to hear more.

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

Glimpses #801-810

801.  Unseasonably warm weather.
802.  Vitamin C Smoothies.
803.  Pretty, faith-filled stickers for my scripture writing planner.
804.  The smell of essential oils working on tired muscles.
805.  Isaiah 26:3
806.  Encouraging friends through text messages.
807.  Glimpses of His beauty when the sun sets.
808.  Psalm 43:5
809.  A growing pen collection for my scripture writing and journaling.
810.  Insurance checks that arrive just in time.

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.