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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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God’s Extravagant Love // Glimpses Link Up

God’s love is extravagant. He spares no expense to show His affection to His children. The most extravagant display of love ever shown was Christ’s death on the cross.

God's love is extravagant. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

Just today, I was reminded again of the extravagant way God shows His love. My youngest daughter was given a huge blessing. It was not on her grid, nor was it on ours. There was no reason we could think of for her to be the recipient of such an extravagant gift, but that is the awe and wonder of God. This is how God reminds us of His love. I reflected back on the day when someone bought us a Christmas tree, just because. Or the check we received in the mail for more than our rent, from someone we’ve never met.

It’s hard to miss the extravagant, “spare no expense” ways that God shows His love to us. But what about the more subtle, daily ways that God reminds us of His love? I’ve been on a journey of giving thanks for the simple, and I share my list every Monday here on the blog. Most of the things I list here are not considered extravagant gifts, but they are simple reminders that God is present in my life and delights to bring blessing.

Like the time I was missing my grandmother and God sent a cluster of butterflies to comfort me.
Or the time that I lost a piece of jewelry for weeks only to find it in the most ordinary place.
Or the time a former co-worker delivered flowers to my door step to say thank you for a job well done.

Even though these are not considered big blessings, they are still reminders of God’s extravagant love for us. You see, it’s not the size of the gift, but the heart of the giver. And God has a great big heart of love for His children. His love is extravagant and He displays it in both small and large ways.

It's not the size of the gift, but the heart of the giver. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I never want to forget about God’s extravagant love. How about you? How is God showing you His extravagant love today?

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

Glimpses #471-480

471. 9 more days of school!
472. There is no where I can go to escape His presence.
473. Continuous worship music playing in my car and home.
474. Uninterrupted sleep.
475. A clean kitchen sink.
476. My freshly washed car.
477. Celebrating the high school graduation of a young lady I’ve known since birth.
478. Times of silliness with my best friend.
479. Watching the sunset on my drive home.
480. Baby feet.

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

Let Hope Arise // Glimpses Link Up

Hope filled the atmosphere this morning as believers came together to lift up the Name of the Lord in praise and worship. My heart swelled as I remembered the promise I had just been reminded of the night before.

After having gone through season after season of loss, sometimes I lose sight of the promise that there are good things ahead of me. After finding myself living a life so much different than the one I envisioned, prayed for and sought after, it has taken some time to get use to my new normal. And when I find myself again on the path of weariness, I remember once again that He knows the way.

When I find myself on the path of weariness, I am reminded that He knows the way. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

He’s a good God and He delights to give good gifts to His children. Sometimes we may look at the bumps in the road and the detours in our lives as contrary to the goodness of God. Even though the circumstances which may have led to changes in our lives that we cannot yet grasp or understand may have come with much pain and loss, we can rest assured that God will work all things together for His good.

I am encouraged once again that God is the hope giver. It’s not my life as I once knew it that gives me hope, but it’s the very life that I have right now, handed to me by a loving and faithful God. And even though I navigate murky waters and there is still so much healing to come, I can pursue Him with passion and purpose as I cry out to the One who is forever faithful,

“Let hope arise in my heart God, let hope arise.”

Let hope arise in my heart God, let hope arise. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

How is God causing hope to arise in your own heart? How can I pray for you?

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

Glimpses #461-470

461. Lost things found.
462. Hot fudge sundaes with the family.
463. Remembering that God is moving on my behalf.
464. He makes a way where there is no way.
465. He breathes life into my weary heart.
466. His Word will not return void.
467. The birth of my second grandson.
468. God’s hand of protection over my daughter and grandson during a very fast labor.
469. The joy of new life.
470. The smell of a baby’s skin.

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.



23 In Glimpses

Majesty Displayed // Glimpses Link Up

My son and I took a trip this weekend to South Lake Tahoe to attend my nephew’s wedding. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. The wedding was on the beach, and it was warm, yet you could see the towering Sierra Nevadas still covered in snow. It was a stunning sight.

I couldn’t stop thinking about the majesty of God. The splendor of His majesty that was displayed for all to see was completely breathtaking.

Again I was reminded of the greatness of God alongside my seemingly huge challenges in life. As I looked straight ahead into the mountain of the Lord, I was humbled once again with the thought that there is nothing too difficult for my God. My purpose in life is to give Him honor and praise, in ALL seasons. For that is when my eyes will be opened to the beauty that is all around me.

My purpose in life is to give Him honor and praise in ALL seasons. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

And just for fun, here is a picture of my oldest son and me. We had a blast!

What beauty has God revealed to you lately? I would love for you to share in the comments below.

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

Glimpses #451-460

451. Catching up with filing at work.
452. Dasani Water Drops (helps me drink more water)
453. 3 more weeks of school for my kids
454. Fans that cool our house down.
455. The loving support of a good friend.
456. Singing about the majesty of our God.
457. Good weather for our drive to South Lake Tahoe.
458. Celebrating a new marital union.
459. Seeing my nephew so happy.
460. Catching up with old friends.

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.