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22 In Faith/ Glimpses

Waves of Grace // Glimpses Link Up

I want to live each and every day knowing that the grace of God is with me, holding my head high as I recognize his unmerited favor upon my life. What does it look like to walk in His grace? I picture a ballerina, gliding ever so gracefully, never missing a step, yet all the while leaning into her partner for strength and support.

When I grow weary on this journey, I lean into the One who gives me strength, recognizing that I cannot take another step without Him. I long to dance through life elegantly with refinement of steps. But mine are heavy, leaving clear marks upon the trodden path where I must continually stop and call on the strength of the One who offers it freely.

When I feel as if my strength is almost gone, I realize that I am the one leaning, being carried through life by waves of grace. My groans are deep, the cries loud. No one can hear them but Him. They come suddenly, without warning, often for no reason; deep and resounding cries from the unreachable places of my heart, a heart that is still experiencing pain, walking through disappointment, longing for lost dreams, trusting in an uncertain future and striving for a solid marriage.

I am comforted in the fact that my cries do not go unanswered. Each one is met with new mercies and unending grace. One moment I feel as if I’ve moved past these last few years where heartache was evident and tears came without a moment’s notice. The next moment I am yearning, longing for the chance to go back and have a do over, to do it better, to pray for a better outcome.

Each cry is met with new mercies and unending grace. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

Although this season of loss and transition has been long and hard, I trust that He holds my future. When I cannot walk with my head held high, when breathing comes with heavy heart, and when the light appears dim, I know that He carries me. His waves of grace come up underneath me and sweep me along life’s path, carrying me through each season. I will again walk uprightly with my head held high, feeling the cool wind of His grace upon my back. 

How is God carrying you along waves of grace? Please let me know how I can pray for you.

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

Glimpses #331-340

331. Clean kitchen counters.
332. The sunshine peaking through dark clouds.
333. Hugs and kisses from my grandson.
334. Watching my daughter’s growing belly as she prepares to birth my 2nd grandson.
335. Outlet shopping with friends.
336. Unexpected cash gifts.
337. A broken and contrite heart He will not deny.
338. Worship that comforts the ache in my heart.
339. The freedom to worship Him.
340. Remembering His faithfulness along the way.

Blooming lavender in a field at sunset in Provence, FranceIt 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.



25 In Glimpses

Simple Truths // Glimpses Link Up

I’ve been fighting a cold for the last week. My energy is still very low and I don’t feel like doing much of anything. It’s a good thing tomorrow is a holiday in our homeschooling since I don’t have lesson plans created for the week. As I was reflecting on what I wanted to share with you, I’m sort of writing a take off from last week.  I believe God has three very distinct truths to share with you today.  I know I needed to be reminded of these myself.

You Are Here For A Purpose

Life can become so mundane as we move through our normal, daily patterns that we may often wonder why on earth we are here. I’ve struggled with this very question all too recently. But what I am learning is that God has a purpose for me here on this earth. It may not look grandiose by any means. It may not draw the attention of lots of people, or the recognition of just a few, but my life has purpose and meaning. So does yours.

Perhaps as a mom, homeschooler, wife or woman of God you are searching for purpose and meaning outside your normal day-to-day. Perhaps you are waiting to have your book published. Maybe you are waiting for your next ministry assignment. Perhaps you have gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a certain field but haven’t yet found the perfect job.

While you are waiting for God to bring clarity, may I share with you what a wise man once said,

“You are here to love God, and be loved by Him;
to know God and be known by Him.”

Right now, in this very moment, your purpose is to love God and allow Him to love you back. He thinks you are pretty awesome and His love for you is unconditional, no matter what mistakes you made today. He is loving, patient and kind and will never love you any less.

Your purpose is also to get to know God, and allow Him to know you. How do you do this? By spending time with Him. Think of your best friend and how she brings purpose and meaning to your life. This friendship must be cultivated through the giving and receiving of time spent one with the other. God wants to meet with you in the secret place where He can share His heart with you. He already knows you, inside and out, but He delights in having real and intimate conversations with you.

You are here for a purpose. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

God Will Lead You Through UnFamiliar Places

Perhaps you are at a time in your life where everything that you once knew is no more. Or perhaps everything just looks different and you are having a hard time navigating your new normal.

I’ve been navigating some new normals in my own life over the last few years. They are not places were I would have wanted things to change, but I’ve learned a hard lesson in that I am not in charge of my future. Even though things have been hard at times, I know I can trust in the One who holds my future.

Our marriage has been rocked with financial trouble and now my husband’s disability. We still love one another and are committed to our marriage, but it’s been a long, hard journey. God has been by our side every step of the way, and although there is no end in site for my husband’s condition, we know that there is a purpose for his suffering.

God will lead you through unfamiliar places. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

You Will See Beauty Again If You Keep Looking

I decided a few years ago that I was going to allow God to teach me to see beauty, despite the muck and mire of my life; despite the pain and the ashes of past hurt. It hasn’t always been an easy journey. Sometimes I’d rather not open my eyes because when I do, all I see is the chaos that surrounds me and nothing seems to change. But God has been teaching me to see with new eyes, to see with HIS eyes. God is beauty, and what He beholds is beautiful.

I know there is a lot of hurt and pain in this world. Perhaps your own life is full of pain that I couldn’t even begin to understand. I don’t want to minimize your pain at all, but what I want to do is ask you to keep looking. Take your pain to the Lord and ask Him to help you to see with His eyes. I promise you that He will allow you to see beauty again if you just keep looking.

You will see beauty again if you keep looking. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

That is one of the reasons why I share my weekly gratitude list here on Mondays. Most of the time what I share is very small and seemingly insignificant, but I believe that by intentionally sharing the beauty in the small things, we are given the faith to believe that the larger areas of our lives can be beautiful once again. Beauty is not found in what you see, but in how you see.

Can you identify with any of these simple truths? I would love for you to share in the comments. Please let me know how I can pray for you.

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

Glimpses #321-330

321. Coming home to a clean kitchen. (My husband is the best!)
322. Realizing where my son needs help in math.
323. Having all of our bills paid with a little bit left over. (A rarity.)
324. Coffee flavored ice cream. (Coffee flavored anything really!)
325. My son’s willingness to read more.
326. Giving myself permission to rest.
327. Trying a new recipe that was a hit.
328. Flowers blooming where once there was just weeds.
329. My youngest son growing into a man (too fast)!
330. He knows the ache in my heart.

Blooming lavender in a field at sunset in Provence, FranceIt 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.



21 In Glimpses

What God Wants You To Know // Glimpses Link Up

Growing up in a non-Christian home without the truth of God’s word alive in my heart, I struggled with self worth and accepting that there was a God who loved me, unconditionally, exactly how I was.  Even after all these years, I still struggle with accepting God’s unconditional love for me — the me He created me to be, just as I am.

In 2013, I wrote a book, Coffee Talk With Jesus: Intimate Chats With The Savior. I penned it the year before during the 31 days of writing in October. I remember how I would sit and pray and ask the Lord to speak to me and give me a word for His daughters each day. And I remember how overcome I was with emotions while writing each post. It’s as if God was speaking directly to my own heart so that I could absorb the truth and then share it with those who where reading.

Tuesday is Valentines Day, and regardless of your relationship status, I believe God wants you to know this: He loves you, just as you are.

I want to share just a few truths from my book in the hope that you will be encouraged to embrace the you that God created you to be!

Truth 1: God Sees You.

I’ve struggled with the feeling of not being seen all of my life. Matter of fact, I still struggle with it some days. I could be in a room full of people or home with my entire family and still feel so alone. But God has a powerful way of showing us that He sees us, when we least expect it. He is the God who sees you and He will never take His eyes off of you!

Here is what God says:

“You are longing to be seen yet you are afraid to be seen. Why do you fear being accepted for who you really are? My eyes peer deeply into your soul and what I see is beautiful. What I see is good. What I see deserves to be seen by others. Whenever you feel alone, I want you to remember that I am the God who sees you.” – Coffee Talk With Jesus, Day 5.

I want you to remember that I am the God who sees you. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

Truth 2: You Are Valued.

One of the things I’ve struggled with most of my life is feeling treasured by those closest to me. When you value something, you hold it in high esteem and treasure it above other things. I never felt like my life had any value, worthy of someones time and attention. You are so valuable to God that He purchased you back from the darkness.

Here is what God says:

“I know you don’t often feel valuable. I know that you cannot imagine that you have anything of value to give to others. But please understand that you do not have to “give” anything to be of value. Remember that I love you, and that I paid a high price to purchase you back from darkness. Your worth and value far exceeds what your mind could comprehend.” – Coffee Talk With Jesus, Day 14.

Your worth and value far exceeds what your mind could comprehend. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

Truth 3: You Are Beautiful.

Can I be honest with you? I still cringe whenever my husband tells me I’m beautiful. When my girlfriends tell me the same, I laugh it off. Why is it so hard for me to accept such a powerful truth? Perhaps it’s because all of my life I’ve measured beauty by the world’s standards. When I feel as if I don’t measure up, it’s hard to see myself as everything but beautiful. God looks at you and calls you beautiful. All that He sees in you is good.

Here is what God says:

“My desire is that you would walk in the full understanding of how I see you. You captivate Me, every time I see you. I love to look at you! True beauty is not reflected by outward appearance, but rather by what is found on the inside. Learn to walk in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control and you will portray your beauty to others. Most importantly, My beauty will be reflected in you, and there you will become all the more beautiful. Even in your imperfections and your unfinished state, you are still beautiful!” – Coffee Talk With Jesus, Day 17.

Even in your imperfections and your unfinished state, you are still beautiful!… Click To Tweet

These are just a few of the truths I wanted to share with you today. I hope that you are blessed. 

What is one lie that you are believing about yourself? Pray and ask God how He sees you? What truth is He speaking to your heart?

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

Glimpses #311-320

311. The scent of lavender that brings calm.
312. A reminder that I am a friend of God. He calls me friend.
313. He is a good, good Father.
314. My parents celebrating 56 years of marriage.
315. Being reminded again that God sees me.
316. A phone call from a proven Prophet. (I will blog on that one soon!)
317. Psalm 84:11.
317. Listening to my 20-month old grandson form words.
319. Encounters with God during worship.
320. My children, such a blessing to my heart.

Blooming lavender in a field at sunset in Provence, FranceIt 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 Faith/ Glimpses

When His Love Breaks Through // Glimpses Link Up

I was in a mood yesterday. I woke up and was pretty much in a bad mood from the start. Have you ever had a day begin this way?

Hubby and I are working through some things.

I’m working through my own heart issues.

I’m dealing with some health things.

I’m feeling sad due to S.A.D. (You can read about that here.) Spring can’t come too soon.

There is a lot of financial stress. Some months are worse than others. January was a bad month.

When there is too much for my mind and heart to handle I shut down, or I can lash out and I was pretty much lashing out at everyone around me. I wasn’t happy about my behavior and this only compounded the problem. No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t shake the feelings of defeat.

On may way to pick my daughter up from a friend’s house I was driving on the freeway and broke into tears. I felt defeated. I was worrying again about the bills and the lack of income. I felt badly for the way I had treated my husband. I was feeling completely overwhelmed. But God didn’t want to leave me in that state. He wanted to remind me of His love in the midst of hardship.

God wants to remind you of His love in the midst of hardship. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

As I saw the rainbow peaking through the clouds, I was instantly overcome with His presence and experienced an overwhelming sense of His love for me. Even though there are storms raging, He is right here, in the middle of the storm. His love breaks through and His promises are true.

I am so thankful for a God who continually reminds me that He is with me and that He is good.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

I know He will work out the issues with my husband.

I know He working on my own heart.

I believe that He is bringing healing to my body, mind and spirit.

I can trust that He will continue to provide for our financial needs.

God IS good and all I needed was to see that rainbow peaking through the clouds to be reminded that He is with me in the midst of the hard stuff.

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

Glimpses #301-310

301. A great first week of tax season at the office.
302. Being reminded through the story of Joseph that God is in control.
303. Mocha flavored ice cream.
304. Movie snuggles with the family.
305. Beautiful green hills after lots of rain.
306. A child’s laughter — a reminder to not take myself so seriously.
307. The end of a great 1st semester in our homeschooling.
308. A rainbow peaking through the clouds. A reminder of His love.
309. Overwhelmed in worship led by my beautiful youngest daughter.
310. Enjoying family, friends and food during the Super Bowl.

Blooming lavender in a field at sunset in Provence, FranceIt 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 Faith/ Glimpses

When You Come Empty // Glimpses Link Up

I’m not feeling well tonight. I’ve been fighting a stomach bug that seems to come and go. Nothing really manifesting, just an overall feeling of blah. So I came to the computer to write tonight’s post for the link up and friends, I’ve got nothing. Does that ever happen to you?

I considered just putting up a quote, or sharing a music video, or doing up a quick image with a scripture or inspirational quote. But something inside of me kept telling me to write, even though I feel as though I have nothing to give.

I think it’s because we need to be reminded that it’s okay to come empty. It’s okay to show up in our spaces on the interwebs and let our friends and followers know that we are struggling through. It’s okay to allow ourselves to be vulnerable and to share when we aren’t feeling well, are overwhelmed or just plain dry.

I think that’s how God wants us to come to Him. He wants us to come empty, because it’s only then that we can be filled back up again. I think I come carrying my burdens to the secret place more often than not, and when I leave, feeling the same heaviness I felt when I arrived, I have to wonder why I didn’t leave the baggage at the door, why I didn’t make room for His refreshing water to saturate every fiber of my being.

It's only when we come empty that we can be filled back up again. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To TweetEmptiness is often looked upon as a place of lack or a place of weakness. But I am learning to see emptiness as a place of great opportunity. It’s a place that is void of ourselves and of our own desires, a place yearning to be filled with the hope and promises of God.

I'm learning to see emptiness as a place of great opportunity. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

So even though I feel as though I don’t have the energy to give you much by way of words tonight, I do hope that you’ve caught on to one important truth: it’s okay to come empty. Let go and allow Him to fill you back up again. In due time, you will overflow, but now is the time to consume all that God desires to pour back into you.

Thank you for being here friends!

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

Glimpses #291-300

291. Homeschool boy having a great week with his studies.
292. Meeting other working homeschooling moms.
293. A sense of fulfillment and purpose in my job.
294. Major dental work completed for the year.
295. A hard working husband who keeps the house running while I work.
296. Words of grace spoken that bring joy to my heart.
297. Spending Saturday afternoon with my grandson.
298. A special touch from God during Sunday worship.
299. Victorian tea with family.
300. Finding out we will have another grandson in June!

Blooming lavender in a field at sunset in Provence, FranceIt 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.