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.



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.

God sometimes opens a temporary door in order to allow us to walk through another that was temporarily closed. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

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.


18 thoughts on “God’s Mysterious Ways // Glimpses v. 10”

  1. Michele Morin says:

    Barbie, this mysterious thing called prayer keeps me full of questions as well. The words that help me most when I’m set to wondering came from Amy Carmichael: “In acceptance lieth peace.”
    So often God’s answers to prayer surprise me, and yet I know that He is “in the heavens, and He does whatever He pleases.” And that what He pleases is, ultimately, for my good and for His glory. It just always takes me some time to get there, too.

    1. Barbie says:

      I love the Amy Carmichael quote. I’m so thankful God has my best interests at heart.

  2. Lisa notes says:

    I’m so sorry for your emotional roller coaster of a week, Barbie. 🙁 That’s a lot to process in a short amount of time. But it sounds like you have a good acceptance of it all. I like knowing that we can feel confident there is an underlying purpose, even when we don’t know what it is.

    1. Barbie says:

      I’m learning more to fully accept the detours in my life. I know that I have a Good Father and He knows what’s best. Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

  3. Ceil says:

    Hi Barbie! Oh my, I know all about those confusing, mysterious paths we walk…only to see them fall apart. It really is an exercise in trust isn’t it? Love the Merton quote.

    I’m afraid my post this week really doesn’t fulfill your theme. Maybe another week!

    1. Barbie says:

      The theme is really a guideline. I am sure anything you write would bless. Hope to have you link up again soon!

  4. Mary Geisen says:

    Good morning! Thank you for your words today. I know how God opens doors and as soon as you walk through, you are not sure if you are in the right place. But by staying the course and trusting God we will always get to where we are supposed to be. If we never walk through any doors, we would never know for sure.

    1. Barbie says:

      So true! I love seeing your beautiful face here Mary!

  5. Trudy says:

    I’m so sorry it’s been such a roller coaster of a week for you, Mary. But I’m glad God has given you to trust in Him and in the end to have actually come out better than before. I admit I have had the same question your son has. Truly, God’s ways are such a mystery. We don’t need to understand. We just need to hold His hand. It can sure be hard though, can’t it? By the way, I love the glimpses of beauty in your everyday life. Blessings and hugs to you!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks so much Trudy. I appreciate you!

  6. Dolly says:

    I am sorry it has been an emotional roller coaster; so hard. Thanks for showing us through your words how you are trusting God despite his mysterious ways (Isa.55:8-9)….I’ve been praying so I will keep praying. God is good and He loves you, my friend. Keep giving him the glory by your trust…((hugs))

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you so much Dolly. I do not always understand His ways, but I love the way He gently leads me into trust.

  7. Elizabeth Stewart says:

    I’ve experienced these types of odd turn of events more than once in my walk with God. Most of the time, down the road, what He was doing and why it was best for me has been made clear. I’m so glad to be back here linking up, my friend!

    1. Barbie says:

      Oh Elizabeth, how I’ve missed you. I’ve got to catch up on your blog. Thank you for stoping by and for linking up!

  8. Lux Ganzon says:

    God is an awesome God. 🙂

    1. Barbie says:

      Yes, He truly is Lux! Hope you’ve had a blessed weekend.

  9. Meghan Weyerbacher says:

    Hey Barbie, it’s my first time here – found you over at Being Woven. Praying for you an your friend! You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings, Meg

    1. Barbie says:

      Meghan, I’m so glad you stopped by. I look forward to checking out your blog.

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