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21 In Glimpses

Looking Toward Hope // Glimpses Link Up

Thanksgiving came and along with it precious time with family. We gathered at my mother’s home, although not all of the siblings, or all of my children, were in attendance. This happens as families grow and become part of other families. You learn to share each other, taking turns with family and resolving to see some others next year.

And as Monday morning is looming I realize that it is the beginning of Advent — the weeks leading up to Christmas where we reflect on Christ’s birth, His coming, and what it all means.

I never celebrated Advent as a child. And growing up in a home who had no relationship with Jesus, Christmas was not about Christ. I was thankful that it was about family as we gathered together as a tribe, ate food, played games and sang Christmas carols around the fire. Memories were made and traditions started, ons that I continue on with my children today. And now as I’ve grown, whenever I am with my family I make it a point to bring Jesus along with me to the party.

This first Monday of Advent signifies hope. It’s something I need to continually focus on — that my hope is IN Christ, not in anything of this world. There is no person, circumstance or wordly pleasure that can satisfy the yearning in my heart, the ache, more than Jesus.

This week I will begin reading Ann Voskamp’s The Greatest Gift. I’ve owned it since last year and saved it for this year. I want to be intentional to look towards hope, keeping Jesus in front of me in this season. Perhaps my heart will expand in the next few weeks so that I could contain more of Him — more of His love, joy and peace, along with the hope and promise of His goodness.

Perhaps my heart will expand to contain more of His love, joy, peace and hope.… Click To Tweet

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I wanted to write a series on my blog for Advent, but I’m just going to share a series I wrote in 2011, which are some of my most read posts during this time every year. I hope they bless you.

Week One – Unwrapping Jesus {The Hope of Christmas}

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

Glimpses #201-210

201. My husband’s care and patience with me as I navigate chronic pain.
202. Friends lending prayer, wisdom and support to try to help me feel better.
203. 3 bags of clothes ready to take to the thrift store.
204. Good times and “laugh until your belly hurts” with friends.
205. Gathering with family to celebrate Thanksgiving.
206  Counting my blessings. There is so much to be thankful for.
207. Thanksgiving parade, coffee and cuddles on the couch.
208. Early morning sales on Black Friday.
209. The blessing of a new grand baby coming in June.
210. Looking towards hope this Advent season.

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The Glimpses link up will open at 12:01 AM (PST) each Monday, and will remain open through Noon on Saturday. My hope is that those who were linking up on Saturday over the weekend will still have an opportunity to do so.

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.
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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!
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5. Use the hashtag #glimpsesofhisbeauty so that we can find one another’s posts.



28 In Glimpses

Great Is Thy Faithfulness // Glimpses v.12

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A couple of weeks ago I shared about a “suddenly” from God that didn’t quite work out. It’s okay though, because I know that I’m where I am supposed to be and that God will continue to provide for our family.

He always has, and He always will.

As most of you know, my husband has been unable to work since last December due to unexplained swelling in his knee. All tests have come back normal and the doctors have no idea what the cause is. This has been an extremely hard season for us, but God has proven faithful every step of the way.

Early last week, we were notified that my husband’s claim for Social Security Disability benefits was approved. He is not only receiving benefits (beginning with three months’ back pay), but our two minor children are also receiving benefits. We will have enough money each month to pay our rent without worrying about where it will come from.

This, my friends, is a huge burden lifted from our shoulders. We both walked out of the SS office last week in awe. God has done a suddenly in our lives and we are eternally grateful.

Joy really does come in the morning. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

Weeping may last through the night,
    but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5)

We have woken up many mornings unsure of where the provision would come, not only for our rent, but for basic needs. Even though things appeared dark at times, we held on to the hope that God would make a way where there seemed to be no way.

And He has provided a miracle. Most applicants get denied the first time. We applied three months ago, after 6 months of being off work, and our application was approved.

His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness.

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
(Lamentations 3:22-23)

We sang about His goodness again today. He IS good, not just because of what He’s done for us. It’s His nature. He is a good God and a loving Father, and He delights in giving good gifts to His children.

We are basking in His goodness today.

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

Glimpses #111-120

101.  The Lord is my Shepherd.
102.  God’s overwhelming faithfulness.
103.  Finally settling into a homeschooling routine.
104.  Gathering with extended family to celebrate my mom’s birthday.
105.  Cleansing tears.
106.  I once was lost, but now I’m found.
107.  Bills paid.
108.  Gentle nudges from the Holy Spirit.
109.  Restful sleep.
110.  The ability to forgive.

Are you waiting for God’s goodness to be revealed in your life? How may I pray for you?

The Glimpses link up will open at 12:01 AM (PST) each Monday, and will remain open through Noon on Saturday. My hope is that those who were linking up on Saturday over the weekend will still have an opportunity to do so.

I am looking forward to reading your posts and visiting your blogs this week!

V2 300px_GlimpsesIt 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 ink back here.
2. Remember to 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 one another’s posts.

 

18 In Glimpses

God’s Mysterious Ways // Glimpses v. 10

So this past week was a roller coaster of huge emotional magnitude for me. I can’t share all the details here (but feel free to message me on FB if you want to know more).

Basically, God moved in with a “Suddenly” opportunity. He placed something promising in front of me and I pursued it. He opened the door. Then He closed it, only to open it again, only to have it closed again.

The outcome leaves me a little better off than before, but with no real change.

God has shown me His hand again through His very mysterious ways.

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My son asked me why God would dangle something in front of me, only to not have that be a part of His plan. I don’t have an answer, but I believe that sometimes God will ask us to be obedient to take steps towards something, even though the outcome is different than we had imagined.

God sometimes opens a temporary door in order to allow us to walk through another that was temporarily closed.

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I went through so many ups and downs with this situation, but I am confident now that the right choice — the GOD choice — was made, and I am very happy.

God’s ways are a mystery.  I don’t always know why He asks me to do certain things, but I believe his is looking for my obedience, no matter the outcome.

God is looking for my obedience, no matter the outcome. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

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

Glimpses #91-100

91. 1 Corinthians 13:7 – love hopes all things.
92. God’s peace on an emotional journey.
93. The wisdom of God to direct my paths.
94. Closed doors.
95. My 13yo son’s sense of humor.
96. Feeling loved and valued at work.
97. Fragrant roses.
98. Freezer meals prepared for the week.
99. The ability to trust and not waiver.
100. The blessings of launching  new friend’s blog as she’s undergoing treatment for brain cancer.

Friends, I am launching a blog for a new friend today. Kayla is undergoing radiation for brain cancer. I would love it if you’d check out her blog and leave her an encouraging comment. Oh, and we are having a week of giveaways as well.

How has God worked in a mysterious way in your life? Please leave a comment below and join us for the link up if you can.

The Glimpses link up will open at 12:01 AM (PST) each Monday, and will remain open through Noon on Saturday. My hope is that those who were linking up on Saturday over the weekend will still have an opportunity to do so.

I am looking forward to reading your posts and visiting your blogs this week!

V2 300px_GlimpsesIt 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 ink back here.
2. Remember to 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 one another’s posts.

 

21 In Weekend Whispers

The Weekend Brew: The Living Hope

Through Christ’s death on the cross, and His resurrection we have hope.  He has been raised from death, and gives life to those who are dead.  He is alive and because of His finished work on the cross we have hope. (1 Peter 1:3)

Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter!

Now it’s your turn to share encouragement here at The Weekend Brew.
1.  Share a post, photo, scripture — anything that breathes life and encourages.  (Please only link one post.  Multiple posts from the same site will be deleted.)
2.  Grab the button to use in your post, or simply link here.
3.  Visit the person who linked up before you (and a few others if you have time).

 

14 In Faith

This Christmas, There Is Hope

Over the last few months, I have been receiving a lot of blog traffic from people looking for hope.  Specifically, Google searches for “hope” and “hope of Christmas” have brought people to this post, which I originally shared on December 1, 2011.  I’ve never done a re-post before, but so many are being blessed by these words, that I thought it may bless you too.

 

Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops… at all.  ~Emily Dickinson

Christmas is a season full of hope and wonder.  It is a time filled with light and overwhelming joy.  On Christmas, we celebrate the hope that was wrapped up in a newborn babe, laying in a manger, in a stable.  His birth was one of simplicity and humility, yet all of heaven rejoiced at His sight.  Wise Men came from afar to behold and adore Him, and bestow upon him costly gifts.

This is a season for celebration.  Our homes are decorated and lights are strung inside and out for all to see.  Gifts are wrapped and placed beneath our trees, and stockings are overflowing with small tokens of His goodness.  Together, as families and friends, we share a common bond in the hope that Christmas brings.

But what about those who have lost sight of hope?

What about that child who said goodbye to a parent this year?

Or the mother who never held the life that was welling up inside of her?

What about the teenager who gave up before hope was realized in his life?

What about the couple who felt all hope was lost and walked away?

What about the son who lost his life giving hope to others?

What about the orphan thousands of miles away who never felt the touch of a mother’s love?

What about the father, out of work, struggling to provide?

Do they know that He came to bring hope?

Have they yet encountered His love?

Do they understand that He is with them in this hard season?

Do they believe that He will never leave them nor forsake them?

Do they know that He hears the cry of their heart and holds their tears in a bottle?

Do you, my friend, know that you can bring hope to someone who is hurting this Christmas season?

Hope was planted as a seed in our hearts by the giver of life.  It was watered by the Word, which became flesh and dwelt among us.  Hope birthed in a child born in a lowly stable.  Did anyone know then the hope that was wrapped up in that babe?  I believe that if the animals could have spoken, they would have declared “glory in the highest” right along with the angelic hosts.

It’s easy to bring hope to others.  This hope birthed in your heart, watered by the Word.  It is seasoned and grows with love through a warm smile, a soft touch, a listening ear.  It’s not hard, this giving of hope.  It’s welling up on the inside.  Hope was born to be given away.  A free gift to those who are hurting this Christmas.

This is my hope for Christmas.  That I would bring the hope of Jesus into the lives of others.

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.  (Romans 15:13)