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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.

When I tell others about the beauty of God, I will tell them about the beauty found beneath the rubble of my own life. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

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.

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. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

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.



 

26 In Glimpses

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.

When the storm rages and the waters rise, just pray His Name. He is waiting to rescue you. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

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.



 

19 In Glimpses

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.

Perhaps I just need to begin and allow the Lord to take hold of my heart again. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

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. #glimpsesofhisbeauty 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.