What a wild and wonderful journey my Jesus has taken me on with Glimpsed Glory this past year! I can’t begin to tell you how He has ministered to my soul by letting me write these little blips here in rural anytown, USA and then witness His Holy Hand spread them all around the globe to be read over 5000 times. Please be certain that what you hear in that last statement is all about Him and raise your hands with me to PRAISE OUR GOD for every Sister who has stumbled across these pages.
If you’re wondering why we’re taking a chronos moment to just sit at His feet in awe of this specific work of His Hands, it’s because Glimpsed Glory marks its first anniversary today. Full confession is that I was a little hesitant to share the remarkable work He has done because I didn’t want it to be misinterpreted as a pat on the back to me. More truth is that the enemy of my soul and the adversary of His Kingdom has used that particular trick to keep me quiet more times than I can tell you so as a child of the King, I’m claiming Psalm 8:1-2 and as the praise flows from my heart into every stroke on this keyboard I believe the Word of God and know that the foe and the avenger is silenced.
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. Psalm 8:1-2 (NIV, 1984)
So let me shout His Glory, boast of Him, and make it clear – whatever good thing has come from Glimpsed Glory, whatever hearts have been encouraged, or whatever spirit has been refreshed . . . that’s all Jesus. The Father has given the nations to the Son as His inheritance, the ends of the earth are His possession and the Spirit is about the business of beckoning His children home.
He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” Psalm 2:7-8 (NIV, 1984)
It’s to our great delight that He allows us, in whatever way He chooses, to participate with Him in the Kingdom work. Through His saving grace He has made us ministers of reconciliation and commissioned us to spread the good news of the Gospel.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV, 1984)
And look how accessible He has made the world to us! Only our Extraordinary God, our limitless, uncontainable Holy One, would have opened up such an unconventional avenue and sent such an unexpected messenger.
So if it worried me that sharing my awe at the fruit He has produced might be mistaken for placing the spotlight on me, why did I choose to celebrate it? Why did I draw attention to it?
The answer is at the top of the page.
Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.” Luke 5:25-26 (NIV, 1984)
And at the side of the page.
But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. 1 Corinthians 15:10 (NIV, 1984)
The Extraordinary at work in and through the ordinary points to His greatness not mine.
I have tried since the first post on January 23, 2013 to be as transparent as would serve you well about my own unrighteousness and utter ordinariness so there would be no confusion over who was bringing life and breath to the words you were reading. If you roll your cursor over the picture of me and my man at the side and click, you will go to a permanent page on the blog explaining who I am and who I am not. It’s a message I pray that each visitor to Glimpsed Glory reads because I want every reader to be certain that only God does big things with small lives and to know without a doubt that the most important words they will read come from Him and not from me . . .
My own experience confirms for me that neither a righteous background nor an extraordinary intellect is a requirement for looking beyond what we can see and Glimpsing the Glory of the One we cannot. In fact, I am walking, talking assurance that the “Extraordinary of God” will be revealed to the most unrighteous and utterly ordinary among us. (excerpt from A Message from a Fellow Sojourner)
Sweet One, I hope what you are finding in these posts is the same thing that you find throughout the pages of His Word.
. . . The Redemption story from start to finish . . .
. . . the intervention of Love in the life of the unlovable . . .
. . . Intercession by the One who is Worthy on behalf of the worst . . .
. . . astounding rescue, absolute grace, unwavering faithfulness . . .
It’s all about HIM.
It’s all about His rescue and intervention in the life of a girl “like Rahab” and the Love it shouts to us today. . .
Rahab the harlot, who lived long before me, is how I know that God loves me regardless of my sin history. Rahab the called, who chose to trust God to preserve her life, is how I know He works for the good of those who love Him. Rahab, the redeemed, who had no idea what awaited her in Glory is how I know that my mind cannot conceive the goodness. (The Resolve to Go Beyond, Feb 7, 2013)
It’s all about realizing afresh that the Risen One, the One who spoke Outside the Tomb, has called us to the abundant life. . .
See that’s who I want to be. I want to be the woman who realizes the depth of her healing so profoundly that she refuses to return to her home and stays just a little longer. I want to be the one who weeps because my heart cannot stand the fact that I am not near Him. I want to be the one who desires to see Him so badly that I stoop down and strain my eyes in hopes of getting just one more glimpse. I know that one day He will say my name in Glory, one day He will say your name in Glory. We will recognize His voice and Beloved when we turn, oh the love that will pass between the Healer and the healed. But in the meantime Sister, for the redeemed and the released, there is life outside the tomb – abundant life. Live it to the full Girlfriend. Live it to the full. (Life Outside the Tomb, Apr 2, 2013)
It’s all about trusting the One Who was, the One Who Is, and the One Who will be to always be Who He declares Himself to be. . .
Sister, we have no idea of the battle raging over us. We don’t possess the eyes to fully see our circumstance. But if we will open our hearts just a little wider, if we will fix our eyes on the Healer, we will see Him. His feet are firmly planted and His arms are opened wide. His attention and His affection are resolutely fixed on you. He will NOT waiver in His Love. He will NOT fail you. He will NOT let you fall.
Girlfriend, step off the edge of your circumstances – He is Faithful. You may not know the outcome but you Know the One who does. Take the leap of faith. Believe Him to be who He says He is. Trust Him to be who He always has been and know, without a doubt, that when you jump the Arms of Love are waiting . . . just for you. (Step Off the Edge and Into Love, Nov 21, 2013)
It’s all about Him.
The One Who redeems. (Job 19:25)
The One Who intercedes. (Romans 8:34)
And so I find myself, these many months later, having glimpsed His glory again and again, more confident, more thankful, and more convinced than ever that the words I echoed from the Book of Malachi and the Book of Hebrews one year ago today are trustworthy and true. . . .
I, the Lord, do not change. Malachi 3:6
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
I pray that it is the same for you Beloved. I pray that your time here is time with Him and that He has spoken to you through His Word over and over again through the last year.
Girlfriends – ones I know and ones I am yet to meet –may I just say how I admire your tenacity and your desire for Him. If you are here, if you are visiting this site, I know you are searching for the More of God and I know with absolute certainty that He will not disappoint you. He will be the God He has promised to be since He set our chronos time in motion. He determined the place and the time that simply would not be complete without you in it—thank you for letting me share in a small part of your journey. You mean the world to me and fill me with great joy. I so hope we will have another year to seek hard after Him and run the race side-by-side. May God bless each one of us with eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to glimpse His Glory.