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18 In Glimpses

I Shall Not Want // Glimpses Link Up

The Lord has blessed me with a beautiful life. I have an amazing husband, beautiful children, a job I love and so many things to be thankful for. Lately though, I’ve caught myself yearning after so many other things. I day dream about what life might have been like if my husband wasn’t disabled and still worked his good paying, full time job. I wonder what our ministry life would be like if I was still working at the church and heavily involved in ministry. I think about the home we once owned and miss it, especially in this current economy.

Even though life has taken us through so many twists and turns, and we’ve had to learn to accept and embrace the here and now, I still miss certain aspects of a life that once was. I think we all can end up in this place of desiring and yearning after things that aren’t a part of God’s current plan for our lives if we aren’t careful. Sometimes, if I’m too active on social media, I can find myself wanting what others have – the new car, the new house, the perfect job, the dotting husband. But then I close the computer and step away and realize that I have everything I need here and now.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)

I’m not sure this scripture fits perfectly with what I’ve been reflecting on over the last couple of days, but it’s what I’ve been reminding myself of, especially today — The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. And in the same breath I am reminded that “no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” I serve a good God, and He has given me a beautiful life. It’s often beauty found buried beneath the rubble of a life that once was. It’s not always noticeable at first, but if I keep looking the beauty will emerge.

Beauty is often found buried beneath the rubble of a life that once was. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I’m still on a journey of looking for beauty among the mundane. How about you?

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

Glimpses #441-450

441. Early morning movies.
442. Roses and carnations filling vases in my home.
443. A clean mini van.
444. The ability to laugh at my own mistakes.
445. He makes all things beautiful.
446. Finding comfortable sandals that fit my wide feet.
447. Time spent with mom (eating, shopping & Starbucks!)
448. Celebrating my beautiful daughter at her baby shower (grandson #2 is coming!)
449. A beautiful mother’s day surrounded by my husband and children.
450. I am blessed and highly favored.



36 In Glimpses

His Promise Still Stands // Glimpses Link Up

First of all, I just want to thank you guys for encouraging my heart in a HUGE way with my last post. I sometimes lose sight that even though I’m walking through a valley, God is still using me. You’ve given me the strength to keep going, to just be real and go with where the Spirit leads me concerning my writing. I truly love each and every one of you who come here every week and am filled with such gratitude that we can do life together in this way.

My daughter, son-in-law, my two year old grandson and our soon-to-be born grandson moved in with us this past week. We’ve gone from a family of five to almost 9! So things have been a little chaotic, but can I just say how much this Nana is enjoying so much time with our grandson. And I cannot wait until Nathan is born. I’m going to enjoy cuddling him a lot!

Today I want to share with you a song we sang in worship today, as I can’t seem to find my words for a post. But this song….I could not keep the tears from falling. I was reminded once again of the faithfulness of God, no matter what season in life we are walking in. And what I took away from this song is that HE WILL DO IT AGAIN! I’ve seen Him move powerfully in my life, and I will see Him do it again. He is a good God and He will never fail me. When you fear you may lose heart, remember His promise still stands. Great is His faithfulness.

When you fear you may lose heart, remember His promise still stands. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I don’t know what season you are walking in. Perhaps it’s a season of intense joy. Perhaps you are broken and needing a touch from the Lord. I hope that no matter where you find yourself, this song will minister to your heart. I hope you will find a quiet place to sit back, close your eyes and allow God to minister to your heart through it.

Do It Again, by Elevation Worship (There is a Cloud album).

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

Glimpses #431-440

431. Encouraging words from my blog community.
432. The strength to keep doing what I am called to do.
433. Tickling my grandson and hearing his laughter.
434. Being greeted by my grandson in the mornings.
435. Dinner date with my hubby.
436. Finding a seamstress to hem my daughter’s prom dress on short notice.
437. Shopping, lunch and coffee with my bestie.
438. Worship songs that allow the healing tears to fall.
439. A full house.
440. The smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

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.



32 In Glimpses

Thinking Out Loud // Glimpses Link Up

Spring is here and finally the sun is shining and I can wear flip flops without my toes getting cold. Honesty, I’ve had the longest Winter season. Spiritually though I can say that although I am still experiencing many hard places personally, I can feel the warmth of the sun on my face which reminds me that this season will not last forever.

So today, I just want to think out loud. I would love it if you would share your thoughts with me in the comments below. I love this little community that I’ve built here through this link up over the years, but at the same time, I want it to be a meaningful place of community and gathering. Lately, I don’t feel as if I’ve been doing the link up justice through my writing. I know we all go through seasons in our writing. Some times we are filled to the brim and His goodness oozes out onto the page; yet there are other times when we are dry, lacking and there doesn’t appear to be anything flowing. In my case, I feel as if the faucet has been turned off.

My goal with this link up has been to provide a place where I share the glimpses of His beauty in my every day life. And even though I know that God brings beauty from ashes and I’ve been told how much others are encouraged when I share the messy, unordered parts of my life, I can’t help but think that I may have lost some in this season simply because I’ve not been writing something that can be taken away and applied to their own life. I want to be able to give you the best of what I have to share each weak and honestly, I don’t feel as if I’ve been doing that.

While I’m no quitter, I’ve been praying and asking the Lord for His plan for this space. While I don’t expect to quit blogging altogether, clearly my life has become all consuming and I continue to need permission to be absent from this space more than I am present. It’s taken me until the weekend now to get around to visiting all those who are linking up, but I want you to know how very much I appreciate you being here.

Because you are such an important part of this community, I want to know what you think. Is this link up beneficial to you? If so, why? I know there are many places where you can link up, and many of you do link up other places, but why do you continue to link up here.

Sometimes I just have to think out loud. I hope you don’t mind. And I really would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below, or email me, or get a hold of me on Facebook. I’m not sure how the Lord is leading me just yet concerning the link up or my writing, but I do know that He’s with me and He will be glorified in and through it.

Thank you for being here. I really do appreciate each and every one of you!

Glimpses #421-430

421. Romantic movies, snuggles on the couch, intimate conversation.
422. The strength to continue to move forward.
423. Fresh smoothies on a warm day.
424. He loves the sound of my voice.
425. His provision is always on time.
426. A new haircut and color.
427. 2lbs lost on the scale this week!
428. Decluttering and making space for new things.
429. He always hears me when I cry.
430. His friendship is like no other.

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.



25 In Glimpses

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.

Join me as I list the beauty that I'm finding in my every day life. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

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.

I must approach God with child-like faith, the kind of faith that believes all things. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

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.