My writing chair faces north. Through a wide expanse of windows, I have a beautiful tree top view.  And even though I can’t see the sun rise from my spot this morning, I do see fingers of golden light reaching… reaching around as gentle wisps of radiant color into my narrow view.

 

I want more than just a glimpse of God....

 

From this vantage point, my field of vision is limited.  The branches of the tall oaks are silhouetted against the dawn like a line drawing.  The intricacy is incredible… but it is only a glimpse of a bigger world.  For as far as I can see… beyond the trees… are more trees.  Off to the side… between the pattern of branches… there are tiny openings where I can barely make out small portions of a few houses in the distance.  And though I know there is a street below, it is not within my view.

That is my world from my chair.

That’s how it is with God for many.

We have come to know God because someone introduced us to Him, but like the view I have from my window, it is a very limited and narrow view. What we have is quite wonderful, but it is just a glimpse.

God has given us a bigger picture of Himself… it’s in His word… the Bible.  It contains everything we need for life and living and best of all… it is there that we get that bigger picture of God our hearts desire AND the intimacy with Him our spirits crave.

I love the Psalms and often include a short reading of them as part of my larger daily Bible reading. This passage was, to me, like tasting the most incredible lunch while sitting on the edge of one of God’s stunning masterpieces….

The Law of the Lord is perfect, giving new strength to the soul. The Law He has made known is sure, making the child-like wise. The Laws of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The Word of the Lord is pure, giving light to the eyes.  The fear of the Lord is pure, lasting forever. The Lord is always true and right in how He judges. The Word of the Lord is worth more than gold, even more than much fine gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey straight from the comb. And by them Your servant is told to be careful. In obeying them there is great reward.  ~ Psalm 19:7-11

Reading these words grew my love for the Lord, it increased my desire to know Him more and inspired me to be more faithful to feed deeply on His word.

I want to understand even more His perfection.  My spirit desires that new strength for each day. My mind is hungry for more wisdom. My heart yearns for more joy.  My eyes… more light to see Him and to see the world with His eyes. My worship of God will never cease. His truth is absolute.

 

Scripture Quote from Psalm 19 Be inspired a devotional - Get a Glimpse of God from the Word

 

This Book I hold in my hand (or often the text I read on my screen) is the most valuable thing I have in this life. All of this is better than that exquisite lunch on the precipice of the world.  And unlike a lunch that concludes with an empty plate, this is a never-ending banquet of food which not only sustains me and helps me thrive in this life… but as I remain faithful to the Lord and His word… will reward me in the life to come.

My heart is full.

God’s loving care and goodness overwhelm me and it is through passages like these that He breathes life into me.

I feel more alive.

Where are you sitting right now?

What is your view?

Maybe you are like the hospitalized blind man who asked the man in the next bed to describe the view out the window.  You have been told of trees and flowers and sunsets and a park filled with families walking and playing together.  A beautiful sight to imagine.

Ask God to take away your blindness and open your eyes to more of Him and all that He has for you through His word.   May you be encouraged to click on the scripture link and read today’s verses on your device… and then keep reading… asking God to illuminate them for you.

The sun slowly ascends into the sky as the morning progresses.  And as it does… we can see more clearly by the minute.  God’s word is like that too.  Bit by bit, the more we read, the more we SEE God as never before.

Sink your teeth into the deliciousness of His word today and be filled.

 

 

A Glimpse of God on JoyDay!

 

It’s JoyDay!

And time to get our joy meters soaring!

Please join me in thinking back over the past week and counting seven things for which you are thankful.  This simple exercise of counting and giving thanks together in this space is something we do each week to reset our compasses and put our eyes back on the Lord.

I’ll start…

Thank you, God for…

  1. Your word and how it breathes life into me and fills my heart with joy.
  2. giving me the desire of my heart.  I am so very grateful for how you made it possible.
  3. the reality of a dashed dream.  It is so good to know that even then You hold us in the palm of Your hand.
  4. gorgeous flowers at my supermarket.  What a gift!
  5. spring and all the beautiful new leaves and flowers we’re seeing everywhere.
  6. the time I get to spend with my good friend after our long separation of miles and time.
  7. Your love beyond measure.
  8. Your constant care and provision… thank you for being all we need. 

Now…it’s YOUR turn!

List your ‘seven’ in the ‘share your extraordinary thoughts’ section below.

You’ll be glad you did.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet thoughts.

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Comments

  1. Debbi Saunders says:

    Thank You God…
    1. for an awesome Field trip with our 3rd grade class to Kennedy Space Center! it was exciting and we learned so much!
    2. for the beautiful weather and all the blooming plants and trees….
    3. for the extra hours and overtime this week….
    4. for a gorgeous day Saturday of planting and re-potting plants/flowers and porch sitting time just relaxing and enjoying the sunny breezy day…..
    5. for answered prayers for some of the people I have been praying with for new Homes and health issues.
    6. for feeling a renewed energy,hope,inspiration and motivation to begin purging and decluttering my Home, it’s so liberating!
    7. for my Home my Haven!!

    • When I got your text about your trip the KSC… “I” was excited for you. What an amazing experience. I can’t tell you how good it was to see you giving thanks for your “haven.” My heart still believes that God has this totally in His hands. Have fun purging and decluttering… praising as you go!! Love you!!

  2. Beautiful words, as always. I need to often ask God to show me the beauty outside of just the glimpses. I listed the beauty I am seeing on my blog today. Blessings!

    • We’ve only seen small bits of our glorious Maker, Barbie! Just think… in ten thousand years… we’ll still just be beginning to see all that He is. Have a blessed week, my friend!!

  3. Joy Day!!!
    1. A true day of much needed rest although I did not want to rest.
    2. Curt shared the sermon with me and we had good fellowship
    3. A visit with my sister when I was so lonesome and homesick for “home” but Mom and Dad aren’t there. It’s hard to really grasp it all.
    4. We had rain ☔️ after a heatwave which felt soothing
    5. Yes I love God’s Word too. I’ve been enjoying my Bible reading too!!
    6. I’m to turn to the Lord and give to Him my sorrows. And He holds me in His Righteous Right Hand
    7. God is good. Be not afraid His Word tells me. I am the Good Shepherd He tells me in His Word 💜✝

    Diane, I tried not to feel sad for you but I got sad. I am not sure what I wanted. Glory on earth? An easier path? Blessings here on earth? Even Job received that. Let me Lord not grow weary in Prayer. Remind me of Your Word Lord. You are good ; You do good. Teach me Your statutes. Psalm 119:68

    • Oh, Gwen… He IS such a good and loving shepherd to us. I pray that this week you will share some incredible moments with Him and bask in His amazing love for you.

      Thanks for you words of kindness… they were received with love. {{hugs}}

  4. PS. I gave my short talk at our women’s brunch. It went well. It did bring tears as I shared . I did share that a Christian blogger polled her readers for ways we can encourage each other. Here are a few more ways: I shared about seven off of your list!!! It really helped me too.
    Know you are a blessing!!!

    • Woo Hoo!!! God is good! You have no idea what a blessing that is to me. Thank you, Gwen, for sharing that.
      AND… how wonderful it is to hear that you gave a short talk at the brunch. I know the ladies were BLESSED!!!!

  5. Carolyn says:

    Diane, your posts are always winners but this one is truly excellent! You may want to have a hard copy in your file. It’s that good!
    Thank you for all your study, research, creativity and efforts in this blog.
    Blessings!
    Carolyn

    • Carolyn, it is so wonderful to “see” you here today! ALWAYS you bless me with your kind words.
      Funny thing… I had to go back and read my post because of what you said… and I thought… “”I” wrote that!?” All praise and glory to God. I am so grateful for the Holy Spirit and His work in this place. I am also grateful for your words of encouragement. They are gold. I shall hang on to them, too!
      Praying your week is blessed beyond imagination!

  6. I know that I can get caught up on my finite view and forget God’s beginning from end perspective. There is such grace in only giving us small glimpses – just what we need. I won’t list 7, but I’m grateful that today I didn’t have to rush out of the house, but sipped a cup of tea and connected with a distant friend over Skype for some sweet conversation. So glad to be your neighbor at #coffeeforyourheart today. Blessings, Diane.

    • Tiffany… isn’t it wonderful how God knows what’s best for us?
      Oooo… getting to catch up with a special friend is always a treasure to enjoy and savor. I live long distance from several friends and times like those mean everything to me. So happy for you.
      May the last half of your week overflow with God’s richest blessings! xo

  7. He is so good!!! I just can’t tell you how good he is there is nothing on this earth to compare it to! He does only give us a glimpse that is for sure. It is like the parable of the treasure, once you find it you go and bury it and come back to buy the whole field! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  8. Sue Pate says:

    Thank you God for…
    1. my mother and the influence she had on my life with You. Take care of her and give her a hug and a kiss from me. Happy Mother’s Day Mama!
    2. your word and the promises it holds for me.
    3. this church and new prayer group and the prayer study we are doing. I feel it drawing me closer to you each day.
    4. the new elementary school you blessed our grandchildren and community with. Good job Father!
    5. the wonderful day of sharing I had with my granddaughter Kati yesterday. Hopefully some wounds were healed and we can move forward in a loving relationship where I can mentor her in her walk with you.
    6. all the cleansing rain you have blessed us with this past week and the breaks from it at the needed times.
    7. the healing of my knee that I know you will provide. Thank you for caring for me!

    • I rejoice with you Sue at God’s goodness and grace overflowing in your life. May you sense His presence throughout the week and know you are so very loved.
      Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to share your ‘seven.’ XO

  9. More than just a glimpse…words to set our hearts and minds soaring, indeed! I want more than just a glimpse into his word – I need it to invade me. But most of all, I want more than just a glimpse of him – I want to know him intimately, until one day I can see him face to face! More than just a glimpse…words that have filled my heart with joy today. Thank you for sharing them, Diane!

  10. 1 safety on the road for our family and friends today.
    2 time and money for a little vacation.
    3 great weather.
    4 beautiful blue skies with brilliantly white, fluffy clouds.
    5 a relationship with the Lord of all.
    6 the Presence of the Lord always with me.
    7 the invitation to bring every care to the Lord in prayer.

    • Thank you, Ruth, for taking the time to share your ‘seven,’ today. So many lovely reminders of God’s goodness, love, and grace in your life. Have a blessed weekend! xo

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