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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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more photos for lent

“For I desire loyalty and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”
Hosea 6:6

“You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it;
You are not pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit.
God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart.”
Psalm 51:16-17

i’m pretty sure my posts for lent are going to be REALLY sporadic for when i post and then really random in content. HA. oh well. today i’ve been thinking more about fasting and sacrifice and worship.

God doesn’t desire our sacrifice, He desires our worship. He desires for us to notice Him, see Him working, and give Him ALL the glory.

and that’s more of what i desire to think about and do through these photos. Give HIM all the glory for the gifts of each day.

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day8

  • day 6- the silly little girl who “helps” me take the dog outside when it’s freezing cold in her socks. the handle is broken so it doesn’t have a latch- she can just push it open. i probably need to fix that…
  • day 7 – those pig tails! that was my aim when i took the photo but then she said “cheese” and gave me a million dollar smile. SWOON and all the HEART EYES! she is a delight and a gift.
  • day 8 -homemade granola. because God has provided everything– down to the granola that i make regularly so that my gf/df hubby can have a yummy cereal. i feel so homey and house-wifey when this is cooking and it smells like heaven when it comes out of the oven and sits on the counter to get all crunchy and yummy. i also read something the other day about how we should try to remember that it hasn’t always been the case that we get three square meals a day- it is only in this modern age and it is a blessing and gift from God alone! {from desiring God on Why we pray for our meals) praise the lord for each little bite.

 

outtakes: {because i couldn’t help but share some of these!}

helping with sammie2 she can barely reach the handle. {gah, adorbs} which makes it really hard to pull open the door. the tip toes!  girl and baby squeezing baby  she wanted a picture with her baby {of the moment-it changes every five minutes- she loves ALL the babies} and then she couldn’t help but give it a big ol’ squeeze. d’awwwwe


 

“I do not know You, God, because I am in the way.
Please help me to push myself aside.”
-Flannery O’Connor, A Prayer Journal  -From the SheReadsTruth.com lent devotional

so…anyone out there joining me for the photo a day challenge?! let me know!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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tea time chatting about dreams

let’s have a little tea time chat. we’ll do some small talk about how we’re doing, but i have to tell you, i hate small talk. i usually go pretty deep, pretty fast. because i want to know how YOU are really doing. and i want to hear your heart. and then i’d share a little bit of what God’s been teaching me too.

Mama daughter morning tea time ❤️ #gottateachheryoung #pioneerwomanmug #didntgiverhertheprettymug @thepioneerwoman

A photo posted by kimberly renee (@kimberlyreneeh) on

sometimes dreams die. dreams that you’ve had for a while, for months, for years, for however long, sometimes they just have to die. we can’t fulfill all of our dreams, you know? for example, one of my dreams when i was little was to be an actress. LOL. don’t fall off your chair from laughing. don’t worry, that dream died rather heartbreakingly when some rather rude “teacher” told me i had a horrible singing voice and had no business being here… with an eyeroll. yup. that’ll kill a dream. ok you can laugh for a second. but sometimes dreams die when people do. sometimes dreams die when you can’t pass that next test. sometimes dreams die when you don’t make the cut. sometimes dreams die by choice and sometimes it’s from other circumstances. do you know what i mean? there is a brokenness to life that means things don’t always go perfectly or as you planned. but that’s just it. plans are just plans. we can’t always control things, and we shouldn’t! sometimes we make our own plans and dreams, on our own, without consulting our maker. we may do it in His name, we may even work hard and try to present as some sort of gift. we lift it up and say, “see? look what i made!” like a little child showing his daddy the mud castle he made as a gift. but when our eyes are focused on the THING, rather then the maker, the DREAM rather then the one who owns all the dreams, that’s when things may get rough. ** i have been in the place of watching dreams die the last few months. it’s been a slow process. it takes time. i feel broken and i feel like a failure.   sometimes houses get torn down by a bulldozer in a day, sometimes it takes weeks of removing one stone at a time. but i’m reminded, it’s not about me or my dream anyway.

“For you have died, and your life is hidden in Christ.” Colossians 3:3

i have died. my dreams have died and really must die over and over for “my life” because i choose Christ. He is in control – my life is “hidden” with Christ , i do not know the plans He has for me, but He knows them(Jer. 29:11). every day i have to die to my own selfishness and trust that Christ has a purpose and plan for my life. if i claim to be a Christian, it’s not about my life and my dreams. this seems strange to most. why would she give up her dreams and life?  why would she let them die? why doesn’t she just do them for herself? in this culture it’s all about promoting yourself and working hard to make it. but that’s just not what Jesus asks of us,

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25

that is a hard pill to swallow. following Jesus has NOTHING to do with being healthy and wealthy and getting what you want. absolutely nothing. but if we choose to follow him daily, He has a purpose for us.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

i can be encouraged that the dying to myself will only bring more of Jesus. letting go of dreams, means there is space for new ones that can be placed there by Him, and for Him.

“For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible, and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities- all things have been created through him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah. 29:11

Jesus knows my dreams. He has asked me to let go. {and even Sophia reminds me daily by singing her version of “Let it Go” from Frozen, “teddit go”} and He asks me to just look to Him and follow Him with where He has me right this moment. and in this moment, i’m reminded to be thankful. i’m so thankful to be a momma to a beautiful little girl who makes me laugh every day. “Give us this day, our daily bread“Matthew 6:11 -enough for today. He will provide for today. today i choose to follow Him.  

  This girl ❤️ #walkinginbiggirlshoes as she says, “love love.”   A photo posted by kimberly renee (@kimberlyreneeh) on


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i ‘d probably have music playing in the background of our tea chat, and then i’d make you listen to this song. haha. i hate to link another song because i JUST did that, but seriously, this song is beautiful and i can’t stop listening to it: Nichole Nordeman: The Ummaking.  click on the link or search it. SO good. i love the line, “sitting in the rubble, i can see the stars” and “only when we’re broken, are we whole”

This is where the walls gave way
This is demolition day
All the debris, and all this dust
What is left of what once was
Sorting through what goes and what should stay

Every stone I laid for You
As if You had asked me to
A monument to Holy things
Empty talk and circling
Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do

What happens now
When all I’ve made is torn down
What happens next
When all of You, is all that’s left

This is the unmaking
The beauty in the breaking
Had to lose myself
To find out who You are
Before each beginning
There must be an ending
Sitting in the rubble
I can see the stars
This is the unmaking

The longer and the tighter that we hold
Only makes it harder to let go
But love will not stay locked inside
A steeple or a tower high
Only when we’re broken, are we whole

(chorus)

I’ll gather the same stones where
Everything came crashing down
I’ll build You an altar there
On the same ground

‘Cause what stood before
Was never Yours

(chorus)

xoxo-kimberly renee
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