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10 In Write31Days 2016

Embrace Day 16 // Five Minute Free Writes “Little”

My grandson loves to play in the dirt. One of the things I’ve noticed about him is that he can be in a backyard full of beautiful flowers, green grass, other kids, and he will divert his attention to the dirt.

What is it about children and their quest to get their hands dirty? I see absolutely nothing beautiful in it. Is it simply the “boys will be boys” attitude, that boys are rough and like to get their hands messy?

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As I’ve watched him though, he doesn’t just like to play in the dirt, among the rocks. He pays careful attention to it. He picks up those little rocks and examines them so carefully, so focused. Perhaps he is asking God to show him the purpose of the rock, the beauty in the rock.

This is how life should be. We must take the time to stop and notice the little, insignificant things in our lives and ask God to show us the purpose in it, the beauty in it. It’s those things that, to our human eye, appear to be of no value, scarred, dirty, out of control.

Take the time to stop and notice the little, significant things in life. #write31days #FMFW… Click To Tweet

For me, it’s the overwhelming pile of laundry. What beauty is found among these little baskets of unfolded clothing? If I look closely enough, the beauty is that I have a God who provides the clothes on our backs.

Or how about the weeds growing in the back yard? I’d much rather feast my eyes on the blooming flowers, but the weeds, they get my attention. The are rooted in soil that allows them to grow. Even though I don’t necessarily welcome them, as I cut them away from the blooms I am reminded of all of the good soil God has given me with which to root my life, as well as the ability to prune and be pruned so that I can become more like him.

I may not see the greater beauty all of the time, as it’s crowded out of my life by so many other things. But I’m intentionally focused on finding beauty in the little. For I know that beholding the small is where beauty is found.

Beholding the small is where beauty is found. #write31days #FMFW #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

What little, significant thing are you noticing beauty in today? I would love for you to share with me in the comments below.

embrace_150This post is part of a 31 Day series entitled Embrace, where I will be sharing images, quotes and words that I hope will stir your soul. You can find each post in this series here. Together, let’s embrace every day and the beauty that each one holds.

8 In Faith/ Glimpses

Seeking The Simple Joys // Glimpses v. 2

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My grandson is teaching me a lot about joy. He’s so full of life and embraces each and every day with wide-eyed wonder. I love watching his eyes light up at new discoveries. He finds so much joy in the simplest of things — a pile of dirt, a leaf, a book, Winnie the Pooh, running through the grass and playing with rocks.

Children embrace life with arms wide open. Each new discovery fills them with joy and a sense of adventure. They aren’t afraid to sit in the dirt and pick up the rocks. Their eyes are looking deeper, past what they can see in the natural, into the fullness and possibilities of what lies underneath.

I want to be like a child, to embrace each day with wide-eyed wonder and joy. My prayer is that God would continue to open my eyes to the beauty and simple joys that He’s placed right in front of me.

I want to be like a child, to embrace each day with wide-eyed wonder and joy. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

What brings you simple joy? I would love for you to share in the comments below.

Join me on my search for beauty among the ordinary. Comment on this post, or share on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #glimpsesofhisbeauty.

I continue counting the gifts of beauty that God has given to me. Each week on Mondays I will share what I am thankful for from the prior week.

Glimpses #11 – 20

11 – A movie date night with my youngest son
12 – Rejoicing with my best friend at the birth of her first grandchild
13 – My new Avon business
14 – Watching  my grandson enjoy life
15 – The light in my grandson’s eyes at new discoveries
16 – Financial donations to help with our rent
17 – Enjoying a baseball game with friends
18 – The smell of fresh laundered sheets
19 – The birds that chirp at night reminding me that God never sleeps
20 – Baskin Robbins on National Ice Cream Day

*This post is part of a Monday series called “Glimpses”. These are short posts that I hope will encourage you, followed by my weekly gratitude list. I pray you are blessed.

**Stay tuned for exciting news about something coming soon to “Glimpses”.

17 In Faith/ Glimpses

We Are All A Little Broken // Glimpses v.1

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This past week I’ve been fighting exhaustion, depression and anxiety. When I look at our current situation, it’s scary. Will we have to move? Will my daughter be able to finish school here? Will we be able to stay close by to family and friends? Will my husband ever be healed and be able to work again?

Somehow, I just keep going, because what other choice do I have than to put one foot in front of the other and just keep going (as my friend Diana so beautifully reminded me of this week in her post about trials that have made her better.)

Fear is the opposite of faith, and most often these days I feel more filled with fear than I do faith. And therein lies the problem. I must keep looking up, fixing my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. He promises that He will never leave me nor forsake me. I have to keep believing that breakthrough is just around the corner. I can’t give up now.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.  Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. (Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT)

The image used in this post is of a daisy in my front yard that is barely holding on to life. The weeds threaten to overtake it and it is surrounded by more death than life. My husband cannot do yard work very easily these days, and we don’t have the money to hire a gardener. But I was reminded by the strength of the daisy to hang on that I too have that same strength. Even though the cares of life threaten to overtake me, I can choose joy. I can choose LIFE. I can choose to believe that there is beauty in the broken.

I am a little broken, and that's okay. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

Join me on my search for beauty among the ordinary. Comment on this post, or share on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #glimpsesofhisbeauty.

And now begins my counting of the gifts of beauty that God has given to me. Each week on Mondays I will share what I am thankful for from the prior week.

1 – Birthday celebration with friends
2 – Love, laughter, tears and hugs with friends
3 – The ability to be real with my friends and know they still love me
4 – Flowers from my soon-to-be sister in law for helping with her engagement party
5 – A homecooked favorite meal and time spent with family
6 – A boss who I love working with
7 – Co-workers that make me laugh
8 – My new Fire TV and Amazon Prime Membership 🙂
9 – Celebrating my husband’s birthday
10 – The desire to write again


*This post is part of a Monday series called “Glimpses”. These are short posts that I hope will encourage you, followed by my weekly gratitude list. I pray you are blessed.

7 In Glimpses

Introducing Glimpses // Beauty Found Among The Ordinary

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Beauty does not always come to us in it’s complete state but rather in glimpses. It’s only when we continue to look in the direction of what we can already see that beauty is revealed in it’s fullness. I am reminded of this verse:

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. (1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT)

The beauty of Christ, and all that He offers to us, is seen through our imperfect eyes. We simply will not always see it with our natural eyes.  It takes spiritual eyes to see, knowledge and understanding. I have been asking God to open my eyes to see the beauty He’s placed all around me.  My eyes see in part, incompletely.  Yet I keep looking.

Beauty comes slow, comes quietly. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I realize that I must slow down and quiet my heart if I am going to see. I am purposing in my heart to catch the glimpses. I want to be aware of beauty in the ordinary. I want to see beauty among the chaos. I want to know that beauty exists even in the most difficult of times.

When I catch those glimpses, they are planting seeds in my heart.  As I am faithful to cultivate that which I can already see, the beauty is soon revealed for what it truly is.

Each week on Mondays (beginning July 11th), I hope to bring you a short post about something that God is doing in my life. I will also use this opportunity to restart my gratitude list. I am learning that I must cultivate a heart of gratitude in my life. A heart full of gratitude is filled to overflowing with beauty.

A heart full of gratitude is filled to overflowing with beauty. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I hope you will join me on Mondays as I share glimpses of God’s beauty in my ordinary life.

You can share your own glimpses of His beauty by interacting through comments here, or by using the hashtag, #glimpsesofhisbeauty on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Let’s go on a journey of finding His beauty together!

6 In Reviews & Giveaways

Drops Of Beauty

God’s beauty is everywhere.  In creation, the laughter of my children, the lone bud bursting forth from the green shrub in my yard.  If I look with eyes wide open, I can see it.  It’s all around me, often catching me by surprise, springing forth when I least expect it.  Even in the midst of darkness and times of uncertainty, there is beauty to be found.

I wasn’t born with a green thumb.  Matter of fact, I cringe when I am given fresh flowers or a beautiful plant.  Such things in my home have been known to expire before they’ve ever had a chance.  Keeping flowers alive and vibrant takes work.  Their beauty and fragrance fills the space around me, yet it takes time and effort to keep them beautiful.

And although I have good intentions, life gets busy.  In the hustle and bustle of my routine, I forget.  I neglect to nourish the beauty that is all around me.  Plants that were once vibrant now lay wilted in untended pots.  Flowers once blooming and full of fragrance are dried up, their fragrance gone.  Yet even in what appears to be death there is still life.  There is still beauty.  I am reminded that if I wait, He will bring forth beauty once again.

He has made everything beautiful in its time.
(Ecclesiastes 3:11a)

Beauty comes not always all at once, but in drops.

In drops of rain before the storm that washes away the flog.  Now I can see.

In drops of sunlight peering through the thick, dark clouds.  My eyes are opened.

In drops of water, just enough to quench the thirst that lays deep within.  I long for more.

These drops of beauty are as drops of grace to my withered heart.

This month I was given the opportunity to review two fabulous products from DaySpring’s Redeemed Outdoor collection.

The His Eye is On the Sparrow Birdhouse reminds me that God always sees me.  Even when life is messy, or ugly, or when I simply want to run and hide.  He brings drops of beauty through His constant protection and provision.

The Everything Beautiful Watering Can is a constant reminder of God’s drops of beauty in my life.  Not all of my plants or flowers have been resurrected.  But I know that by God’s grace, I can start again.  For He always redeems beauty, one drop at at time.

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*I was given these products for free from DaySpring for the purpose of my review, as part of their (in)spired Deals program.  All opinions expressed are my own.