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23 In Faith/ Glimpses

New Every Morning // Glimpses Link Up

My thoughts have been turned inward lately.  Not in a prideful way.  As the Lord continues to bring to light the hurting places in my heart, those things that I have kept behind closed doors, away from his grace and mercy, I get overwhelmed.  I am becoming more aware of my brokenness and of my need of Him and His restoring grace.  I lack.  I want.  I desire.  He alone can fill the cracks and voids deep inside my heart.

He alone can fill the cracks and voids deep inside my heart. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

As the Lord brings deep and personal revelation of my constant need of Him, I can tend to focus too much on what I can’t see and I forget to focus on His free gifts of grace and mercy, which allow me to move on into places of freedom.

I am so thankful for His mercy and grace.  Even though they are free gifts, it’s often hard for me to accept them as such.  I find myself striving….striving to be perfect….striving to please….striving to love better…..striving.  Yet the Lord calls me to a place of rest in His love.  He wants to wash over me with His grace and mercy.  His love is steadfast.  It is unchanging, immovable and unshakable.  There is nothing in my heart that He doesn’t already know.  He sees it all and desires to bring healing and freedom.  All I have to do is invite Him in to those places so that He can fill the gaps, the holes that have crept into my heart.

His love for me will never cease.  I am so thankful for God’s mercy and grace.  I am thankful that He brings me to a place of rest.  I do not have to work to earn His love.

How about you?  Will you allow the steadfast love of the Lord to wash over you?  He has enough mercy and grace for whatever you are facing today.

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

Glimpses #361-370

361. Overtime = extra income. Thank you Jesus!
362. Honest, and often hard, conversations with my husband.
363. God’s peace that covers like a blanket.
364. $2.00 McDonald’s Iced Vanilla Coffee.
365. More wonderful homeschool products to review.
366. Reconnecting with long time friends.
367. My heart open to receive healing.
368. An ER visit with my husband that turned out to be nothing. Thanks God!
369. A bouquet of roses given to me at church just because.
370. Movie date with my daughters to see Beauty and the Beast. Loved it!

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.



28 In Glimpses

Lessons From Three Trees // Glimpses Link Up

This morning I noticed three trees along the street where I was driving. It’s not that I haven’t noticed them before, but today, they stood out to me in a greater way, a new way.

The first tree I saw was very full and green. There was much life in it and I paid particular attention as to how it and swayed effortlessly in the wind.

Right next to that tree was a tree that was bare, without any signs of life. It’s branches appeared stable, and God whispered to me to take note of how strong and grounded the trunk looked.

The third tree on the end was somewhere in between the first and second tree. Although at first it also looked bare, there were tiny green leaves beginning to emerge. Small but significant signs of life.

I’ve been thinking about these three trees all day as the Lord began speaking to me about three very distinct seasons in my own life.

The Fullness of Life Season. This season is full of the goodness of God. It’s a season of abundance, where His mercy and grace are evident, and His love overflows. Although the wind comes, it’s easy to trust that the Father will lead us.

In the fullness of life season, we trust the Father to lead us. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

The Barren Season. This is when all appearances of life are gone. Days seem long and dark and this is were the wrestle happens. Even though there are no appearances of life on the outside, the roots are deep. In this seasons, God is at work bringing healing and refreshing, although we often don’t always see it for what it is.

In the barren season, God is at work bringing healing. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

The In-Between Season. This is where God moves us from death to life, from disappointment to understanding, from sickness to healing, from despair to hope. The small buds of life that appear are full of promise and will continue to grow only when we allow ourselves to be nourished by the Living Water and the Bread of Life.

In the in-between season, we move from disappointment to understanding. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I haven’t had a day like this in a long time, where God spoke to me through nature. I wasn’t looking for it. I wasn’t even praying in the car. God showed up and opened my eyes and showed me my life through different seasons by showing me these three trees.

I believe I am in the In-Between season right now. I’ve written so much here about my hurt and pain. And you have all been so gracious with your comments and prayers. But I believe God is working in this season and He is moving me from this place into a place of fullness once again.

How about you? Are you experiencing His fullness? Are you wading through a barren season or are you somewhere in between? Please share with me in the comments and 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 #351-360

351. Iced coffee on a warm day.
352. Peppermint Oil that helps my headache.
353. My freshly groomed dog. She smells so good!
354. Arnica Gel for my achey joints.
355. Feeling the prayers of others.
356. Inspired by my surroundings.
357. How Great Thou Art!
358. I’m prone to wander, yet He goes with me.
359. A movie date with my mom and daughter.
360. The blessing of new music.

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.

 

28 In Faith/ Glimpses

The Weight Of His Grace // Glimpses Link Up

This has been home to me for over 20 years. I’ve served with all of my heart for many years; now I just attend, sporadically, when I’m able to get out of bed and get moving. Sometimes depression and anxiety keep me home. Sometimes I just don’t feel like going. Sometimes I don’t want to go and just sit on the sidelines, watching things play out that I once felt so sure I was to be a part of. I know it’s been a few years now, but the truth of the matter is I am still broken, still hurting. I wonder if anyone really sees the depth of my pain.

When the human heart is aching, we do our best to mask our true feelings. We fear being seen for who we really are. We fear making our feelings known because the voice inside our heads tells us we are wrong to feel the way we do. Only God really knows the war that rages on the inside. On one hand you tell yourself to pull it together, to get over it, what’s done is done and remind yourself that you are in a better place. On the other hand you remind yourself of prophetic words spoken over you about how you would serve there all of your days, you remember the building process and how you labored in prayer, you remember the good ‘ole days and you long for that again.

It’s hard when you move from a place of being so involved to not being involved at all. After the job loss, I removed myself from serving in any capacity. My heart needed to heal. It still needs to heal. There is still so much pain and grief that I experience just being there. In a way I feel as if I’m missing out. But God reminds me that all things happen for a reason and that He still as a purpose for my life.

God reminds me that He still has a purpose for my life. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

There is a part of me that longs for things to be as they once were, but know that things are better the way they are. I realize that my heart is stuck in between the place of hurting and healing, in between the place of resistance and restoration. There is a battle that rages on in my soul as I try to cover up my brokenness. I want so desperately to be whole, to walk in freedom, to feel His presence again. I hide my heart at the risk of exposure. I’m so thankful that His grace covers my brokenness.

I can feel the weight of His grace again as the tears fall. I hold back, not wanting to draw attention to myself. I can feel the warmth of my tears as I long to enter in to the freedom that others around me are experiencing. Yet I guard my heart, put up walls. I don’t want to hurt, I don’t want to face the pain. Yet this grace feels heaviest when I resist the freedom that He wants to bring. I think I’m holding on to the pain, longing for someone to look me in the eye, to really look at me, and ask me how I am really doing.

This grace feels heaviest when I resist the freedom that He wants to bring. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I come and worship Him because He is worthy to be worshipped.
I come to support my family as they lead in worship.
I come because I long for healing.
I come because it’s hard to let go.

On days like today, I am thankful for the weight of His grace that breaks through my brokenness to reaffirm my heart and remind me that everything will be okay. He is a good Father and He has a good plan for my life.

He is a good Father and He has a good plan for my life. #glimpseshisbeauty Click To Tweet

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

Glimpses #341-350

341. Flowers blooming that remind me that Spring is coming.
324. A heart-to-heart with my husband.
343. Peppermint tea with honey.
344. Cherry pie and ice cream with a friend.
345. The weight of His grace that breaks through my brokenness.
346. A warm shower that helps soothe tired muscles.
347. My grandson overloading me with kisses.
348. Teaching my grandson his colors.
349. Hearing testimony of how the Lord is working in my childrens’ lives.
350. His faithfulness to all generations.

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.



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.