Glimpses

Where Joy Resides // Glimpses Link Up

I walked into church this morning with a heaviness I was unable to shake. Financial issues, being reminded of our lack in a season of giving, and health issues have weighed heavy on my heart this past month. I came to give Him praise. I came to declare His worth, because He is worthy. I wasn’t feeling it this morning, but my mind and heart knew enough to posture myself before the King of Kings in an attitude of worship and give Him the praise He deserves.

I know the enemy would like nothing better than to steal my joy leading up to Christmas. His purpose is to distract and cause me to focus more on my lack than on the abundance that overflows in my life. My life IS abundantly full, but sometimes I have to dig deep to lay hold of it, and remind myself that there is so much joy to be found. It’s in the places where joy resides that we get a glimpse of who He is.

It's in the places where joy resides that we get a glimpse of who He is. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

Joy resides in my heart, because the Living God resides there.
Joy resides in my home, because we have invited Him in.
Joy resides in my children, because they are using their gifts and talents to serve Him.
Joy resides in my husband, because, despite a disability, He strives to care for His family.
Joy resides in my job, because I am appreciated and part of a bigger picture.
Joy resides in my dreams, because there is where I lay hold of my heart’s desires.
Joy resides in the counting of the smallest blessings, because there is where a heart of gratitude begins.

Joy is a gift that can be unwrapped every day.

Joy is a gift that can be unwrapped every day. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

During the month of December, I am sharing a series I wrote in 2011 during the Christmas/Advent season. Here is week 3:

Week Three – Unwrapping Jesus – When A Heart Says Yes

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

Glimpses #221-230

221. Warm homemade cookies.
222. More Christmas movies and snuggles on the couch.
223. Toddler giggles.
224. A quiet night home alone.
225. Allowing myself to rest and not strive.
226. Office clean up day — getting rid of lots of junk.
227. Celebrating with my son and son-in-law in the birth of their first EP cd.
228. He fights for me.
229. He has won the victory.
230. Fuzzy socks and warm blankets.

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.
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.

 

Weekend Whispers

The Weekend Brew: Fullness of Joy

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 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.  (Psalm 16:11)

Joy – that which provides a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.  Deep abiding, unwavering, the kind that makes you leap, twirl and spin, laugh uncontrollably.

If I can be honest, most days I have to reach for it.  And most often it slips through my grasp as I barely hang onto it.  I don’t always wake up full of joy.  I seldom “skip through the day” without a care weighing me down.  I rarely go to bed with a sense of great pleasure.

On those days where I find myself looking for joy, I am reminded that joy has never left me; but I have chosen to run from it.

In His presence is fullness of joy.

In order for me to feel the pleasure of the Lord, I have to spend time with Him and I have to be willing to check my baggage at the door of His presence.  Yet time and time again I choose to carry the weight of my day upon my own shoulders, and before I know it there is no joy left, no pep in my step.

I desire to feel the pleasure of the Lord in my life.  I want to feel Him smiling upon me, and hear him say, “well done, My Daughter, well done.”

If I will come into His presence daily, every moment of every day, He promises to give me joy, and oh the pleasures that will be found!

How about you my friend.  Are you feeling weighted down by the cares of the world?  Let’s purpose together to run into His presence, for there we will find joy and pleasures forevermore.

TheWeekendBrewButtonNow 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.)
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Faith

Preparing My Heart For Christ: {Joy}

This is the second of a three part series of Preparing My Heart for Christ. Today, I want to talk about joy.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

This is one of my favorite songs to sing at Christmas.  Every time I sing it, I can’t help but smile, no matter what is happening in the world around me, or in my own life.  This song makes me feel happy, but it also causes me to stop and reflect on the joy that is in Jesus.  This song is a proclamation to the world that we can rejoice, right along with Heaven, because Christ has come to earth!

But what happens when I don’t “feel the joy”?  Can I still have joy, even when it seems so far from my reach?  Yes!

Happiness is that warm and fuzzy feeling I get when I eat ice cream.  It is the light that shines through my eyes when I gaze into the warmth of the sun.  It is the comfort I feel when I wrap myself up tight in a warm blanket.

But happiness does not last.  It is fleeting.  It can change in a moment.

Joy, on the other hand is everlasting, unending, eternal.

Joy is what I have been reaching for this week, and have found, because I chose to believe it was within my reach.

Joy is the cry from deep within that says, “it is well with my soul”, when I feel like I’m crumbling.
Joy is the provision of food for a son’s party from family and friends when finances were lacking.
Joy is the unexpected extension of unemployment benefits that had ran dry.  He is faithful!
Joy is the gift of a Christmas tree, when we had not the money to buy one.  Oh how He loves me!

I want to be anchored in joy.  To do this, I remind myself that Jesus is above all the greatest gift I’ve ever been given.  He is my joy.  I want Him to be enough.  Am I there yet?  Not quite.  I still long for fulfillment from worldly pleasures, but I am headed in the right direction.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

I want to offer this joy eternal to the world around me.

And so I rejoice, even in my lack.  And I will tell the world of the good news of great joy that is His coming.

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  (Luke 2:10)

How about you my friends?  How are you preparing your heart for Christ with joy today?  I’d love to hear in the comments below, or feel free to link up a post.




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Weekend Whispers

The Weekend Brew: Protection & Joy

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But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.  (Psalm 5:11)

When we make the Lord our refuge, He promises to fill us with Joy.  A refuge is a hiding place, a shelter, a place of safety.  When we tuck ourselves away under the Shadow of the Almighty, no harm will come to us.  And there, in that place of safety, He promises to fill us with joy.  Only in His presence is there fullness of joy.  My prayer is that I would lean in close, surrendering all, fully trusting Him so that His joy would fill me to overflowing.

I would love for you to join me for Fresh Brewed Sundays.  This is where we share a scripture with just simple insight.  No heavy words necessary.  Feel free to use the button in your post and link up below!