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12 In Write31Days 2016

Embrace Day 11 // Five Minute Free Writes “Thanks”

I’ve been intentionally focused on giving thanks this year. Not that I haven’t been before, but for a time, I allowed circumstances to cloud my vision of all of the beauty surrounding my life. Now, I am intentionally seeking it out. Giving thanks is a muscle that must be exercised daily if we are to grow a heart of gratitude.… Click To Tweet

 

This beauty, it hides in the messy corners of my life. It disguises itself as unimportant among the mundane, and my eyes divert their attention away from it. But I’ve been asking the Lord to open my eyes so that I can fully see the beauty that is right in front of me.

Open my eyes, Lord, that I might see the beauty all around me. #write31days #FMFW… Click To Tweet

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I am sharing my list of thanks on my blog every Monday, intentionally giving thanks for the little things in my life, the not so obvious and easily overlooked. In doing so, I realize how truly blessed I am and how rich my life is with the beauty of Christ.

In giving thanks for the little things, I realize how rich my life is with the beauty of Christ.… Click To Tweet

Are you practicing giving thanks for the little things in your life? How does intentionally looking for beauty in your life create a heart of gratitude?

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!

15 In family

Introducing…Eli Christopher! // Thankful Thursday

I’m excited to say that I’ve entered a  new era in my journey with the Lord.

I’ve become a Nana!

My oldest daughter,  Alyssa, and her husband, Anthony, welcomed Eli Christopher to the world on Saturday, April 18th. He is just perfect and my heart is bursting with joy over his life. Call me biased, but have you ever seen a more perfect and beautiful baby?

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I cannot believe that this precious treasure will be a month old already this coming Saturday.

I am grateful to God for Eli’s safe arrival into this world, and for His hand of protection over Alyssa during her pregnancy and labor.

I am thankful for the opportunity to share my gratitude posts on my blog once again. I started, and stopped, and started and stopped again.  If there is one thing I’ve realized walking through various seasons of life, it’s this:  [tweetthis]There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.[/tweetthis] So I’m going to come here, every week or two and share one, two or several things that I am grateful for. It may be in word or photos, but it will be those things that cause my heart to overflow with gratitude to my Savior.

Marsha's Musings

I’m liking up with Marsha for Thankful Thursday. Won’t you stop over and share one, two or several things you are thankful for? You can read all about this link up here.