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Quotes To Ponder // Glimpses

I’ve tried to write a post for this link up a few times now. But I don’t have anything to write. I don’t like when my mind is blank and nothing appears to be happening. So instead of forcing the issue, I am simply going to share some quotes I’ve come across on the web recently and hope they will bless you.

There is comfort in the center of the storm, in the midst of it you can hear the whispering words, “Fear thou not, for I am with thee. . . ” – Deborah Ann Belka

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers. – Hans Christian Andersen

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?
– Robert Browning

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.
– Walt Whitman

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.  – Edith Wharton

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

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Glimpses #411 – 420

411. Taking my youngest daughter to open her first checking account.
412. Prom dress shopping with my girl.
413. Reconnecting with friends.
414. Making good decisions toward better health.
415. New homeschool products to try.
416. More cleansing tears.
417. My husbands biopsy was clear!
418. His strength is perfected in my weakness.
419. In Him I live, move and have my being.
420. Tax season bonus! A financial blessing for our 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.



28 In Faith/ Glimpses

Faith Lessons // Glimpses

I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on faith, and how faith is such a necessary component to the Christian life. After all, the Bible does say that without faith it is impossible to please God.

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

I believe God knows that there will be seasons in our lives were we will struggle to hold on to faith, to keep hope alive in the midst of a hard place. Even though we are exhorted to hold onto hope without wavering, I believe God understands our humanness.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)

I’ve been reflecting on my faith struggle lately. There have been so many times in this season where I’ve allowed myself to step out of faith and in doing so I’ve moved into fear, unbelief and wondered if those things I’ve been so earnestly praying for would ever come to pass.

This human shell is weak. It constantly cries, “Lord, I believe”, but with the same breath it also cries “Help my unbelief”. How odd it is that one can voice an assurance of faith in God, yet with the same breath cry out for God to help them hang on to their belief.

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)

My daughter sent my this picture of my 2 year old grandson at the beach last week. I was immediately reminded of how large the mountains in my life seem, and how small I appear against their enormity. But I was also stricken with the assurance of my grandson’s steps. The way He holds onto his little car spoke to me of the way we hold onto the small, seemingly insignificant things in our life. God cares about those things too. The mountain next to him is so large, but He’s not afraid to walk beside it, to continue down the path of life with joy.

I’ve been reminded once again of how I must approach God with child-like faith, the kind of faith that believes all things. God is so much bigger than any mountain we will ever face in life.

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I want to come to a place in this season of my life where I know, understand and believe that God is really bigger than.

He is bigger than my financial lack.
He is bigger than any illness, known or unknown.
He is bigger than a marriage that needs resurrecting.
He is bigger then the chaos that threatens to overwhelm me.
He is bigger than a heart that is weary and broken.

Even though the enormity of the battles I face may be real, I do not have to fear what lies ahead. I can walk with a quiet self-assurance because I know that He is working all things together for good.

*If you would lift my husband up this week. On Wednesday we will receive the results of the biopsy they took from the supposed ulcer they found last week.

Are you facing a large mountain in your life? 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 #401-410

401. Purple flowers amidst the weeds in my backyard.
402. Just 7 weeks until grandson #2 arrives!
403. Coconut oil that helps my itchy skin.
404. God is bigger than my mountains!
405. Child-like faith.
406. Strawberries and vanilla ice cream.
407. Row-row-row Your Boat with my grandson.
408. Three white Lilies in my front yard that remind me of His death and resurrection.
409. He is risen!
410. While I was yet in sin, Christ died for 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.



22 In Faith/ Glimpses

Looking Up // Glimpses Link Up

The past seven years have been years of loss, hardship and uncertainty for our family.  In 2010, my husband was laid off from a very good paying construction job that he worked at for years. In 2011, we had to sell our home in order to avoid foreclosure. From 2012-2014 my husband struggled with more job losses. In 2015, he finally landed an amazing job with income beyond what we ever thought possible. But in December of 2016, he was sidelined with unexplained pain and swelling in his knee, unrelated to work, and has been on disability ever since.

During these seasons, I have fought hard to yield, to trust, to seek and to find.  I have struggled to hold on to hope in the midst of adversity.  The dictionary defines “hope” as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Over the last several years, there have been many days where I felt hopeless.  I looked at my life through foggy lenses, unable to see beyond my circumstances into the promises of the Lord for my life, and that of my family.  I had lost my sense of expectancy.

Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and my God! (Psalm 42:11 NLT)

It is difficult to stay in a place of hopeful expectation when everything around you is crumbling.  Our family has suffered so much loss and as a result I allowed myself to be thrown off course. At times, I was so consumed by my circumstances that I could not see that the Lord was near and wanted to help.  Yet through it all, I keep hearing the voice of the Lord calling for me to “Look Up!”  The Lord wants to get my attention, to remind me that He has been with me in every season storm.

How do I continue to have hope in the face of adversity?  When everything around me appears to be crumbling before my eyes, how do I find the strength to look to the hills into the very face of hope?  The answer is to fix my eyes on Jesus, and not allow myself to be swayed by circumstances.  I must behold His beauty, tasting of His goodness, each and every day.

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Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Hebrews 12:2 NKJV)

These days, I am purposing in my heart to look up, through the face of adversity, into the loving eyes of a God who is always good.  Even when I face disappointments, God is there.  He will help me to finish this race, clearing every hurdle along the way.

Has God been calling you to look up, through the face of adversity, into the hope and promise of all that God has for you? I would love to pray for you.

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

Glimpses #391-400

391. Looking up and seeing the sun breaking through the clouds.
392. Sunshine on a rainy day.
393. The gift of His grace.
394. The ability to forgive.
395. Donations from friends and family that helped fix our van.
396. The blessing of another day.
397. Messy coloring with my grandson.
398. Looking forward to the hope of the cross and His resurrection.
399. Root Beer on ice.
400. Tea with organic, homegrown honey.

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 Faith/ Glimpses

Possession Through Proclamation // Glimpses Link Up

As a community, our church is practicing declaring and proclaiming the truth of God’s Word over our lives. I find it easy to proclaim the good that is happening in my life, but it’s much harder to proclaim those things I have been believing God for that I cannot yet see.

Have you ever fought hard to bring freedom to an area of your life, only to feel after trying for so long that you’ve failed? There are areas of my own life where I feel as if I’ve been fighting for so long to gain victory, yet I don’t feel as if I’ve taken much ground. My mind tells me it would be easier to just give up.

But perhaps there is something to this declaration and proclamation journey that will give me just enough faith to keep pressing through to victory.

Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”The LORD has done great things for us; We are glad.  (Psalm 126:2-3)

Christ came to set the captives free. When I have a negative outlook towards something in my life, and proclaim negative thoughts about myself or the situation, I will not gain ground. Our words are powerful. They carry life and death. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. (Proverbs 18:21)

We must begin to speak positively over ourselves if we are going to see victory in areas of struggle. Although we may not see the fruit of our labor right away, through Christ we have already won the battle. Victory is ours! We must have the faith to pull on heaven, to call that which we cannot see into our reality.

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Even if we can’t quite grasp these truths now, the more we proclaim how God sees us or our situation, the more we will believe it. You are what you behold. What does God say about you? Here are some of the scriptures that I’ve been declaring over my life this past week:  

Fear has no hold on me. (1 Timothy 1:7)

I lack nothing. (Psalm 23:1)

I am full of the joy of the Lord. (Neh. 8:10)

I walk in divine favor. (Luke 2:52)

I am significant. (Psalm 139)

Shout it from the rooftops!  The LORD has done and IS DOING great things. What are some things that you are proclaiming over your life?

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

Glimpses #381-390

381. Taking more intentional steps toward my healing.
382. God’s financial provision over my children and their ministries.
383. Thieves oil that soothes my sore gums.
384. Passion Tea Lemonade.
385. His banner over me is love.
386. Dandelions everywhere. #glimpsesofhisbeauty
387. He walks with me through fire.
388. Everything He says about me is true.
389. He delights in me.
390. A beautiful sunset.

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 Faith/ Glimpses

The God Of Miracles // Glimpses Link Up

I won a CD a while back that has been ministering to my heart in such a powerful way. Kari Jobe’s The Garden is full of intimate and soul searching lyrics that are bringing healing to my wounded heart. One of the songs that I’ve been reflecting on this past week is Miracles. It’s one thing to talk about miracles and even believe that God did what the Bible says He did, but it’s another thing completely to believe that the God of miracles wants to perform miracles on our own behalf.

As the seasons of life ebb and flow, I’ve been rocked to my core and have spent a lot of time soul searching and reaching for God while praying for miracles in my own life. There are a couple of things that have transpired over the last couple of weeks that have me so frustrated and worn out. I’ve found myself asking that question, “Really God, haven’t we gone through enough?” And then I feel guilty because even though my own circumstances appear to have me in dire straights and our need is great, I know so many others who are fighting greater battles and need even greater miracles.

I am thankful for a God who doesn’t draw names out of hat to decide who to bless. Rather, it’s all about His timing. He cares for the needs of all, whether financial, emotional, physical or spiritual. He doesn’t weigh your need against mine and decide who gets the miracle. And although God doesn’t always answer prayer the way I would hope, He always answers. I may not fully understand, but the question is, will I continue to trust Him?

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So yes, I need some miracles. My body is tired and my mind is worn out. But I don’t want to stop asking for God to move on my behalf. I want to choose to believe that He really is the God of miracles and is waiting and willing to perform miracles on my behalf and on behalf of those I love. 

Take a few moments to listen to this song an be blessed.

Are you believing God for a miracle today? I would love for you to share with me so that I can be praying for you.

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

Glimpses #371-380

371.   Uninterrupted sleep.
372.  Breathing in grace and exhaling worry.
373.  One more day of tax appointments at the office.
374.  The colorful weeds in my yard.
375.  Celebrating a friend’s graduation from Chiropractic College.
376.  Catching up with a good friend over dinner.
377.  Words of life spoken by way of declarations.
378.  Celebrating my son’s 23rd birthday with the family at Fenton’s Ice Cream Parlor.
379.  Watching my grandson’s eyes open wide as they brought out his ice cream.
380.  Getting ahead on the homeschool planning.

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!

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.