Spiritual stinginess and Jonah {a blessing for today}

I never thought of myself as opinionated enough or a strong enough personality to have “enemies” before. I would think, sure, we don’t really get along, or we are just in different circles, or maybe my sister was an “enemy” for a day because we fought over something. But man, when you start putting your heart out there, serving and loving people and trying to do the right thing, it’s actually not too hard to make enemies.

Ha. I mean, as  a pastor’s wife, I’m getting to witness first hand how people are going to be looking out for number one, not always going to agree, not always going to support or even care for you.  Any kind of management position or area of life where you work with people really- people are going to be disappointed, hurt, lash out, disagree and fight. It’s just human. Well, part of being human is learning how to deal with those people.

We can ignore. Run away. Hide it. Push. Pull them, Gossip, make sure everyone else knows how horrible they are. Or even tell them how wrong they are…

or we can love.

Everyone knows the story of Jonah, don’t they? The story of where Jonah hears from God that he needs to head to Ninevah to tell them to repent and that God is going to rain down justice. But instead he heads the other direction. Runs away from God, gets thrown into the ocean, eaten by a fish and then spit out three days later. Jonah decides, hey I better listen to God and go do what He wants me to do.

We all know that story, even if we don’t ever read the bible, right?

Well, what about the 4th chapter of the book? Do we all know that part? It’s not usually part of the Sunday school curriculum.  It explains how at the end of Chapter 3 the entire city starts to repent, even the king and so God relents from doing disaster. The people of Ninevah are horrible people, basically Jonah’s (a good jew) enemies. And yet, God doesn’t destroy them because they have had a change of heart. Well, Jonah gets super mad about it and pouts. So mad that he says he might as well die. He then decides to sit outside the city and wait and watch for the coming disaster upon the city. Surely God won’t really forgive them.

He says, “I knew you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and relenting from disaster.”(Jonah 4:2) BUT… basically, how can you forgive them? It would be better for me to just die.

This chapter shows the depth of the human heart. It shows that God knows our human heart and whether it is a whole city or a single heart, He is in the business of mercy and grace and purifying ugly hearts. You know, a heart where we can say one thing and desire another…How Jonah was so mad about his enemies getting off free. How he sat and just waited for God to do something to them. Then God, knowing his heart, wanted to teach that heart a little of his mercy. He had a tree or a vine grow up over night to give him shade. The next night he had a worm destroy the tree so that it withered and died. Jonah is so mad about that that he says he might as well die, again!

Can we say, Drama king?  Jonah has more feelings and compassion for the plant then he does for all the people in the whole city of Ninevah. Goes to shows where his heart is, and how God is trying to teach him.

Well, you and I can be like that, can’t we? We can praise God that He is ALL THE THINGS in verse 2 of chapter 4… gracious, merciful, slow to anger, abounding in love…TO ME…

but then we can be “spiritually stingy” when it comes to showing those things to others.

The Ninevites were Jonah’s enemies- hard horrible and cruel people who spiritually didn’t know their “right hand from their left”(v.11) Like Jonah, we’ve been hurt or seen horrible things done by “enemies” of our own. Maybe it’s a murderer or adulterer you see on tv that you know deserves justice. Maybe it’s a family member who is abusive, verbally or emotionally. Maybe it’s a friend who has just been hurtful in how they’ve acted or spoken.  “Enemies” who are horrible, cruel, self-righteous, proud, hurtful in their own ways.

It is hard at times to see them the way God saw the Ninevites…it’s easier and more human to act like Jonah, waiting and watching to see how God will bring justice on them for what they have done.

BUT GOD.

But God. God was merciful on those Ninevites and He is merciful on our enemies too. That is why Jesus calls us to  love our enemies and even to pray for them!(Matthew 5:44). God was trying to teach Jonah the same thing that Jesus preached in the Sermon on the Mount. Crazy how He is still trying to teach you and me that today.

“Friends, the real scope of the width of God’s mercy is found in the outstretched arms of Jesus on the cross. That’s the length and depth and breadth to which the love of God will go. So how can we, who know the grace and mercy of Christ in our lives, be less than gracious and merciful to others?” -Krista Williams, First5.org

Amen and amen.

{A lot of the ideas for today’s post came from a quick quiet time with First5.org this morning. If you’re looking for a daily devotional to be guided daily in time learning the Word, I highly recommend this devotional! You can get the app and it will automatically be sent to your phone daily.}

And finally, I’m just dwelling in this quote from CS Lewis:

“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and of course as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”

Friends, may we be humble people, loving others, even our enemies, and looking up to what God is doing in our lives.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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Got Pain? {DIY pain cream}

If you know me at all, you know I love a basic DIY. This one is super easy and super awesome! I wanted to share with you in case you wanted an easy pain cream to rub on where it hurts 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 5 drops each of Lemongrass, Panaway, Peppermint and Valor.
  • That’s it!

How to make it:

Start whipping the coconut oil in the mixer to get a nice whipped texture.  add the oils!

Mix it some more!

Then I just stuck it in a jar and added a tag. Easy peasy.

I am planning on using this on my back or hips that seem to have some aches and pains from this pregnancy. I have also already used some on my jaw line where I am clenching my teeth and it really hurts. I love being able to find solutions to pain besides just more Tylenol.  Anyone else?

xoxo-kimberly renee

If you’re interested in starting with oils: Contact me!! You can reply to this post, comment, or find me on instagram or facebook. Here is the info but I will walk you through it personally and answer any questions. 🙂

  1. click here to begin the enrollment process
  2. select wholesale member to get the wholesale discount
  3. my member number is: 2293240 Thank you for using my number! 
  4. choose your starter kit! (Premium Starter Kit – $160 – this comes with the 11 oils, sample packets, and the diffuser!-you basically get the diffuser for free!)

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to contact me! 🙂

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Guess what?!

 

Yup, there are a couple of girls who are being promoted to Big and Bigger sister come September!

They are {mostly} excited.

We all are!

We are also just a bit nervous to have 3 under the age 4!  Any tips?

xoxo-kimberly rennee

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a new listing in my etsy shop

Hey friends!

There have been a lot of inquiries about the kind of portrait rendering that I’ve been doing for friends and for my family lately, so I thought I’d add a listing to my etsy shop.

These little renderings that I take from pictures are so fun and sweet. I feel like they are so simple and almost childish but I love them. I’ve been making them for gifts a lot recently but I’m always nervous to know if the receiver is really going to like them. It’s funny how nervous I can still get about my art. Anyway, I’ve SO enjoyed having ours framed and hanging in our dining room and I plan to keep updating it as time goes on.

I love having a custom little rendering of our family. And I know lots of other people do too!

If you are interested, please go check it out here!

Of course you can always find me at: Miss Grace Designs 🙂 I haven’t had the energy to keep up with adding much to my shop lately but I’m still there!

xoxo-kimberly renee
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Have lemons?

Make Lemonade! OR Lemon essential oil!

Yup, that’s right. I’m back to talking about my little buddies. They are just extra tools in my tool-kit. They are not a “save all” “answer to everything”. But they are AWESOME, so I’m here to share some more with you today!

Today we are talking about Lemon. I wanted to share about Lemon because I don’t think we talk about how awesome this plant is enough, and then what a great oil it makes! And also, a  family member of mine ordered this oil and I wanted to provide some information for her! 😉

Lemon Essential Oil

Anyway… back to lemon.

Has anyone ever washed their cutting board with half a lemon and some salt? You know how awesome it works, right?

It’s such a purifying little fruit, a gift from God, that everyone who had lemons available to them from the beginning of time has used to clean and keep themselves healthy!

I love the smell of it too! And I have very fond memories of walking around Capri (which is covered in lemon trees) when I was studying in Italy, tasting lemoncello with a dear, dear friend.

yup. i thought you all needed some pictures of Capri right then and there. And me from 2006.

Alrighty, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about the essential oil!

It is exhaustive how much we could talk about Lemon EO, so I’m just going to share a few of my favorite uses. If you want to know more, ask me!

🍋Lemon Fun Facts: It takes about 75 lemons to make one 15mL bottle of Lemon Essential Oil. It is cold pressed from the rind rather than steam distilled. It is so high in Monoterpenes, you can use it to clean the blackest grime off of surfaces with ease! Young Living offers Lemon in the normal line as well as the Vitality line for consumption, but they are the exact same oil inside the bottles.

Lemon promotes feeling of fullness, stimulates creativity, cleans, purifies!, uplifts the body and mind, supports wellness(Vitamin C!) and cleanses toxins, energizes, aids in digestion, enhances flavor of food and drink…and the list goes on!

To use, {note: DO NOT take any oil internally that is not Young Living!} 🍋

  • Smell it! Boost your emotional system and make you feel happier. {hello Capri! lol}
  • Add to homemade hand soap for purification and the smell! Or just add to a water in a spray bottle to clean surfaces!
  • add a drop or two to your water glass for lemon water,  it helps you feel full.
  • I like to put a drop in a spoon of honey and mix in either tea, hot water, or eat straight up to help with a sore throat.
  • I really like to use it with peppermint and lavender to help with allergies! #bringonspring! Oh man does it help, you can make a rub with coconut oil to put on your chest to clear your sinuses, you can diffuse the mix, or you can take the three, a couple drops of each in a capsule.
  • Apply a drop to a greasy spot to disolve.
  • and a new idea I just learned: put a drop on your nail bed to make it stronger!

 

Young Living’s Lemon essential oil is made from the lemon rind so it is much easier on your teeth and stomach than regular lemon juice.

There are so many ways to use this refreshing oil! Let me know if you have any fun ways to use it!

 

If you’re interested in starting with oils:

  1. click here to begin the enrollment process
  2. select wholesale member to get the wholesale discount
  3. my member number is: 2293240 Thank you for using my number! 
  4. choose your starter kit! (Premium Starter Kit – $160 – this comes with the 11 oils, sample packets, and the diffuser!-you basically get the diffuser for free!)

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to contact me! 🙂 I’ll keep posting info in the coming weeks(hopefully) to tell you some of my other oily love!

xoxo-kimberly renee

ps- as a PRECAUTION: Lemon and other citrus oils is photosensitive, meaning it will attract UV rays from the sun exposure. Avoid applying directly to the skin that will be exposed to the sun within 24 hours.

Young Living's Seed to Seal Promise is one-of-a-kind. No other company offers this kind of purity and potency.

*pss- if you find “cheaper” oils on the market, let me just warn you. A lot of them include synthetics and things that are actually horrible for your body. You can do your own research but I just ask you to be careful. The whole point of using essential oils is to have all natural ways to help your health, if you use the fake stuff, you may get hurt. If you want more info on that, let me know.

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a word for the year… in February.

Oh HIiiiii blog…. it’s been a month since I was last here… or more.

Ha. Well, let’s just say January is always rough on me. I had a hard time getting my act together to write anything. I have had this post in my mind since, oh, January 4th or 5th? Anyway, I just wanted to share, more for personal accountability then anything else, my word for the year. I’ve posted about this a few times in the past… like here, and here.

Last year my word was HOPE. Mainly because I dealt with a lot of panic and post partum at the beginning of the year last year. But it was the perfect word to carry me through another hard year.

This year, it seems cliche to say, my word is GRACE.

There was a point in the last year, I’m not exactly sure when, sometime in the fall when I remember crying before bed and talking to Husbuddy about all the things that were stressing me out. And I remember him saying to me, it has stuck with me clear as day, “Kim, it’s like you think that no one else has to be perfect, that they are all covered in the grace of Christ, but YOU expect yourself to be perfect. You put such impossible expectations on yourself and you hold yourself to such a high standard that there is no way you can meet that! You need Jesus’s Grace to meet you in all of this!”

wisdom right there, am I right?

So, the word :: Grace.

I need the grace of Jesus to permeate EVERY.SINGLE.INCH of my heart, my soul, my brain.

like I said, cliche. But I can’t get over it because this verse keeps popping in my head:

“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” John 1:16

I mean, wow. Grace UPON Grace.

Like a cup overflowing with grace. That is what I’m picturing in my head. It’s hard to imagine when I’m such a cup half empty kind of person sometimes!

Grace for TODAY.

Grace for my heart.

I was hoping to make a pretty picture like I have before to hang and remind myself of my word… but hey. That didn’t happen the entire month so I’m just going for this blog post. I mean, that’s kinda my word right?

Grace for myself when I can’t get everything done.

Grace TO myself. Speak grace TO myself! Not condemnation!

Grace for those around me when they don’t fulfill my expectations…

Grace for my husband, for my girls.

Grace for my parenting. I’m not perfect, how can I be? I’m still new to this and I’m learning!

Grace to be a more Grace-FULL person.

Grace to be able to serve others better.

Grace to fail. -this one feels huge to me. Sometimes I’m so scared of failing I don’t start. Or I fail and I beat myself up so hard.

I know all about Grace in my head. Or so sometimes I tell myself I think I do. But this year I want to focus on grace so it penetrates into my heart.

“There is a remnant, chosen by grace. but if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace would no longer be grace.” Romans 11:6

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” 2 Corinthians 9:8

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

These are just some of my thoughts today. Hopefully I will continue to grow and think about Grace this year. That is the goal anyway. Ha!

I guess my word kind of works for the fact that I didn’t get this post out until February, right?

at least I’ll keep telling myself that!

So, what about you? Do you have a word for the year? Anyone else just putting their thoughts together now that it is February? #tellmei’mnottheonlyone! #canwejuststartthenewyearinFeb?

xoxo-kimberly renee

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called[
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

God bless you this Christmas!

We are blessed by the love of our Father, in heaven, sending His Son for us! May you know that love!

Love, The Holdermans.

xoxo-kimberly renee
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