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happy father’s day to Husbuddy

dear husbuddy,

i heard you say the other day that you aren’t as good of a dad as you’d always thought/wanted to be. and you wished you were better at it.

and that broke my heart. because i think you’re a lot better then you think you are.

i’m here to say, i’m your biggest cheerleader. i think you’re such an amazing daddy to our children. you work so hard to provide for them. you love their snuggles and sneezes and giggles and cuddles. you melt when they say daddy and they may have you wrapped around their fingers, but you still are firm as you learn how to discipline well.

darling, you love them so well.

and i think you are even better at this then you think, for the humility it took to say that you wished you could be better. i think that longing to be better is good, we should always strive to be better at this parenting thing, since we’re such newbies. lol. (i still remember driving out of the hospital parking lot, looking at you and being like, what? they are letting us leave? we don’t know what we are doing!)

but you know what makes you a great daddy? it’s that you long to show your girls the love of our heavenly Father.

you long to be an example for them of the love that our Father in Heaven has for us. THAT is proof you are a good father. because you are seeking the example of The Perfect Father.

so thank you.

thank you for loving our beautiful girls as best you can, with the example you have and for seeking the Father daily in your love for them.

“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4

i’m so thankful to get to do this parenting gig by your side.

Happy Father’s Day love.

xo-Kimberly Renee
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our poverty and the poor widow

i wrote this little devotional for a MOPS meeting the other week. then the mops meeting got canceled because of snow. then i felt like God kept working on my heart about it, making me dwell on it and think about it. and then i’ve felt the Lord’s leading to share it here, with you all. i hope you don’t mind all the mom references if you’re not mom, i still think it speaks with the same relevance. God has been teaching me a lot about what it means to be poor and needy…but not in a way you’d first think::


 Mark 12:41-44

“And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums.  And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.  For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

The poor widow gave out of her poverty. Yes, Jesus is talking about her finances, but I think this can also speak about other “resources”. Sometimes I think of only myself with regards to those other resources-emotional, time, energy etc… How often do I hoard my emotional resources and think I don’t have time to meet with someone or commit to something?

I hold on to my schedule like the Pharisees held onto their gold. Giving only the extra. Or my personal to do list, or my plans for the day. BUT out of her poverty, the widow gave.

I think a lot of us, as moms, or even just with how busy we all are in today’s world, consider ourselves “in poverty” with our time and energy. We perceive and feel  like we are so exhausted we only have a tiny bit to give, and we hoard for ourselves as much time as we can. We even hear beloved speakers talk about “taking care of yourself first!, take care of number one!” and, I think that’s important too, don’t get me wrong, but I just want us to be careful as we think about it…

The thing is:

  1. God works the most when we are at the end of ourselves- when we give out of our poverty. When we are living in His strength and not in our own. (“The Lord is my strength…” Psalm 28:7) That old idea that the Lord doesn’t give us more then we can handle is false- He gives us more then we can handle, He brings us to the end of ourselves, so that we lean more into HIM.
  2. God cares more about PEOPLE than about schedules or plans. When we give time(especially when it feels like we don’t have any) to PEOPLE- to our children, to our family, to friends, to other moms, to strangers- that is the most valuable thing! God sees that gift just like Jesus saw the widow’s gift.

AND, I’m not saying that you should say yes to every little thing that someone(especially strangers) asks of you. I’m just wanting to remind you that our time is a resource just like our money. We need to think about it rightly.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

We need to use our time wisely and also remember- it is not ours. God knows our days and He has given us PEOPLE to fill those days.

Little ones we need to pour out our time on like a burnt offering.

Our Big boys who so often get ignored because of our to-do lists, we need to serve them with our time and love.

Friends and strangers who demand our attention or who just want someone to listen to them, it is a burden sometimes to take the time to be with them and listen, but God’s love is for His people, and I am just reminded that people is where God asks us to spend our time, to pour out our time for.

God places people in our life to serve with time, with energy, with love.

In college I remember a friend and dear mentor who taught me this lesson. (shout out to Rachel! love you!) She said if she was ever interrupted from homework to be with someone or be in a meaningful conversation with PEOPLE, she would let go of her plans and schedule and trust that God has brought this person into this moment and it’s more important than homework. She would trust that God would provide for her to have time to finish her homework-He knew she needed to get done- even if she had no idea how. And guess what, He always did. She always got her homework done and somehow time would grow and allow for what she needed to accomplish. It was the people who were important and she knew that deeply. I held onto that in college and it proved true for me too. And now  I want to remember that daily, I want to remember it when a little one interrupts me, when a friend calls for a long conversation, when I’m just too tired to serve again.

God blesses us when we give our time to His people.

He sees our time and energy offering, even if we feel poor and needy.

Here’s the thing though, we can’t do this with our own resources or ability. 1 Cor 1:8-9 says “we are under great pressure far beyond our ability to endure…but this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead…He will deliver us.”

And Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest…You will find rest for your souls.”

If you feel stretched and exhausted and like you don’t know how you can pour yourself out anymore, Go to Jesus. He alone can be the one to fill us. Having a blank schedule and no little people pulling on us won’t fill us up- even though the world tells us it will.

Let me repeat that, having a blank schedule and no little people pulling on us, won’t fill us up. that will not restore us the way we want to be restored!

Only Jesus can. Only through time in His word and praying.  Like Martin Luther said, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” {now, if only i could actually do that… because i don’t know about you but i’m not waking up 3 hours before my babies every morning…!} 

I am challenged, and I want to challenge and encourage you to think about your time and how do you use it as an offering to the Lord. Do you see it as a burnt offering? Do you see yourself as “poor and needy”?  May these verses encourage your heart:

 

“Incline your ear O Lord and answer me, for I am poor and needy” Psalm 86:1

“Blessed are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 5:3

“For you have been a stronghold for the poor, a stronghold for the needy person in his distress, a refuge from the rain, a shade from the heat.”  Isaiah 25:4a

thanks for listening friends.

xoxo-kimberly renee

 

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her baptism

Sweet little girl was baptized a couple weeks ago. it was sweet and beautiful that her daddy was the one to do it!

i know there is so much confusion and disagreement about infant baptism, but i really liked what the pastor(ahem, my husband) said that morning. i just thought he explained what infant baptism signifies so well! i wanted to share it with you:

” …baptism is a sacrament of the New Testament, ordained by

Jesus Christ Himself. By the act of baptism, a person becomes a part

of the visible church of God, for it is a sign and a seal of the covenant

of grace for believers and their children. As a sign it proclaims God’s

forgiveness and our redemption in Jesus Christ. And as a seal, God

marks us as adopted children of our heavenly Father. It indicates our

engrafting into Christ, our rebirth, the remission of sins, and our ability

by the power of the Spirit to walk in newness of life. (Book of

Worship 3-2)

For infants in the Old Covenant, circumcision was the outward sign

used to indicate that a child was part of the visible church. However,

in the New Covenant, under Christ, the sign of circumcision is

replaced with that of baptism. When an infant is baptized, it does not

save. It signifies instead that God’s pursuit and work in our lives

begins before we are ever aware of it. And it also seals the infant

within the covenant promises of God, being raised not as a stranger to

the Gospel, but being taught the good news of free and gracious

salvation in Jesus Christ, a privilege to those within the church.”

“It signifies… that God’s pursuit and work in our lives

begins before we are ever aware of it”

i mean, that, right there is where we praise the Lord for God’s pursuit of each one of us. we can not save ourselves. amen?! 

Cora isn’t being raised as a stranger to the gospel. we pray that every day the gospel is evident in our home and in our church. the gospel means that, daily,  we recognize that we are sinners and need Jesus’ saving work on the cross.

in our  home, in our relationships with each other, in our parenting… we are not perfect. we need Jesus. may it be so clear to our girls as they grow up.

  

thank you for letting me share that special day with you all!

xoxo-kimberly renee
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goodness from the other day

 the other day i was reading my bible during our “blanket time” and Sophia made me see something profound.

blanket time is glorious thing. we set the timer for 25-30 minutes and she has to sit on her blanket and “read” her books. i get that time to sit and have a little quiet time and just have quiet in my morning.

sophia isn’t perfect at it. but we’re practicing daily so she’s getting better!

anyway, the other day she walks over to me with a little book in her hand, she says, look mom! i have these! and she points to the other books in the series on the back of the book that she owns. she is pretty proud of the fact that they are hers. she is bragging to me about it.

i just laugh and say yes dear and direct her back to her blanket.

i laugh because of course she has them because we bought them for her. or because someone else did. she did nothing to actually acquire these things. and she seemed so silly bragging about it.

but then i realize. how often do i do that? how often do i say, “look at what i have! look at what i’ve done!”

when NOTHING is mine? when i did nothing to deserve or acquire or earn the gifts that i have?

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1:17

EVERY single thing in my life is a gift. my family, my friends, my house, my mind and creativity, my very breath, my salvation. all of it, a gift.

 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

thank you Lord, for your good and perfect gifts. even little reminders of Your gifts through a little three year old.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Psalm 34:8

amen.

xoxo-kimberly renee

 

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a cold, refreshing glass of lemonade

{*updated* to fix the rotation of the photos issue}

“Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
 Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act.
 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
    and your justice as the noonday.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
    fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
    over the man who carries out evil devices!”

Psalm 37:3-7

life these days has been busy and exhausting and overwhelming. i’ve hit my third trimester and all of a sudden i’m tired again. i’ve kept busy but i still feel like i’m swimming in to-do lists. some days i feel like a horrible mother: this toddler raising business is NO.JOKE.  and can we talk about how freaking hot it’s been?! but we’ve had some beautiful times in the last couple of weeks.

little moments of fresh, cold, delicious lemonade made with the lemons we’ve been given.

like our anniversary date where we got ice cream at Penny’s truck downtown:

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like wearing boots in 80 degree weather because we think they are *awesome*

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gah, i can’t get over how cute she is! stop growing child!

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life multiple days of those boots in a row… oh and watering our bikes seems like a good idea too: R_2016-08-24 17.03  like getting a hair cut! for me AND the little miss!

it was a little sad to say good bye to some of her beautiful baby hair…but there is SO-much-less-tangles and screaming! she was so brave and such a good girl sitting as still as she could. she had 3 inches cut off!

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and then we got hair cut donuts. because… it just made sense!”

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lol

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like going peach picking.

(with visions of peach salsa dancing in our heads): R_2016-08-25 16.07   2016-08-25 16.13.35 she was very skilled at pointing out THE EXACT peach we should pick… lol 2016-08-25 16.13.41   we picked 21 pounds in like 15 minutes. (you guys, we made 24 cans of peach salsa out of about ten pounds of peaches… we still have 10 pounds to use up! ah! or figure out how to freeze!)

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like opening the psalms. sometimes a psalm is exactly like a glass of lemonade. psalm 37 has been on  repeat these days and weeks as well. i just keep going back to it and reading it over and over. do you know how the psalm starts?

it starts with “fret not yourself…” it actually says that a couple times.  then it goes on over and over with promises that if you trust in the Lord, delight in Him, be still, take refuge, wait for the Lord…

HE WILL ACT. He will do things. He will be steadfast. He will uphold our hands, He will provide… He is the salvation, the stronghold, the deliverer.

so many good promises. Such beautiful and refreshing lemonade. go ahead, you can go read the whole psalm for yourself a few times now. there’s nothing quite like a big glass of cold lemonade on a hot day, am i right?

maybe i should try peach lemonade…

xoxo-kimberly renee
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we are pretty excited around here!

prego announcement1  if you couldn’t tell from this photo in the post the other day about the level of our excitement maybe the outtakes will convince you!  prego announcement prego announcement2 she is stoked to be a big sister! she talks about baby all the time and pats my belly in public places and talks about  the “1” or “5” depending on the day babies that are in mama’s tummy. haha, to explain, we have certain friends who are due later this month with twins and when my friend told her there were “2!” babies in her tummy, Sophie was amazed. it apparently made quite the impression because she keeps talking about how “Graham’s mama, 2 babies!” and “me Mama, 1(or 5 depending on the day) babies.” it’s a topic of conversation, pretty much every day. haha.

and to prove to my sister that i’m already popping out as i keep telling her:

12 weeks: jelly bean week 12

13 weeks: jelly bean week 13

goodness gracious, i can’t believe it. apparently after this baby i need to REALLY work on my abs- not just sorta work on my abs. lol.

for those of you who asked, we are due early November. we are terrified of the craziness that our life will become with two, but we are thankful to be on this journey and adventure of parenthood!

xoxo-kimberly renee
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rain showers in febuary

there’s been a lot of rain the last few days. there was even a tornado that touched down near our church! it’s been crazy. but i’ve been thinking about showers and blessings and this from Charles Spurgeon’s Morning by Morning:

“I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing.” Ezekiel 34:26 

Here is sovereign mercy–“I will give them the shower in its season.” Is it not sovereign, divine mercy?–for who can say, “I will give them showers,” except God? There is only one voice which can speak to the clouds, and bid them beget the rain. Who sends down the rain upon the earth? Who scatters the showers upon the green herb? Do not I, the Lord? So grace is the gift of God, and is not to be created by man. It is also needed grace. What would the ground do without showers? You may break the clods, you may sow your seeds, but what can you do without the rain? As absolutely needful is the divine blessing. In vain you labour, until God the plenteous shower bestows, and sends salvation down. Then, it is plenteous grace. “I will send them showers.” It does not say, “I will send them drops,” but “showers.” So it is with grace. If God gives a blessing, he usually gives it in such a measure that there is not room enough to receive it. Plenteous grace! Ah! we want plenteous grace to keep us humble, to make us prayerful, to make us holy; plenteous grace to make us zealous, to preserve us through this life, and at last to land us in heaven. We cannot do without saturating showers of grace. Again, it is seasonable grace. “I will cause the shower to come down in his season.” What is thy season this morning? Is it the season of drought? Then that is the season for showers. Is it a season of great heaviness and black clouds? Then that is the season for showers. “As thy days so shall thy strength be.” And here is a varied blessing. “I will give thee showers of blessing.” The word is in the plural. All kinds of blessings God will send. All God’s blessings go together, like links in a golden chain. If he gives converting grace, he will also give comforting grace. He will send “showers of blessing.” Look up today, O parched plant, and open thy leaves and flowers for a heavenly watering.

{ you can find Morning by Morning here or order the book here. it’s so good! emphasis mine}

i love that part about it does not say God will send us drops of blessings… but SHOWERS! God’s grace comes in showers- and usually with such a measure that there is not enough room to receive it all. wow. i’ve been thinking about that the last few days. what do you think about that? what do you think about Spurgeon’s comments?! aren’t they beautiful? i hope you have some inspired pondering from this today.


 here are the latest pictures for the lent project- i think i accidently missed a few days!

day9 day 10 day 11 day 12 day 13 day 14

  • day 9 – i heart getting my nails done! but i only do it once every 3-5 years or something. so for my birthday i did it with my mother in law!
  • day 10 – watching Sweet Pea play and color with Grandma and Grandpa {Gaga and Pappi as she named them}
  • day 11 -lent candles and left overs
  • day 12 – two of Grandma’s favorites: painting and her granddaughter
  • day 13 – passed out baby from all the trips this week! too many car naps
  • day 14 – craft time for me! {have y’all seen these? nail polish marbling eggs for easter? yes please!}

painting with gaga coloring with gaga and pappi grandma and sophie

some other photos from our visit with Grandma and Grandpa. i did not get out my camera enough! also… the little miss rarely stops moving so half the photos are blurry of her. TWO years old, i’m telling ya!

blessings my friends.

xoxo-kimberly renee

 

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