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sea glass

“He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” Job 23:10

the other night we walked down to the beach with the camera. husbuddy just got a tripod and wanted to practice some landscape shots. i took some pictures too of course 🙂 {i know, you’re all so excited that you’re going to be seeing a million photos of the ocean this year!! hee hee}

while i waited for him to take his thousand and one photographs i combed the beach for sea glass{as you can see, he did the same}. i am always fascinated by sea glass. it goes into the ocean ugly, hard, even dangerous with sharp edges that cut. then it comes out softened and beautiful. and we collect it. how funny is that? we’re collecting trash.

but the ocean has done something wonderful to the little glass pieces, make them smooth and worn and sparkly. it churns, it rages, it crashes the little piece of glass all around until it finally ends up on the beach… beautiful.

kind of like us. we start out in this world as selfish and ugly and a little rough around the edges. we may stay that way like a piece of glass left in the trash but when we give up control, that’s not where God leaves us. He wants our faith to grow. He has a plan for us. He wants to make us more holymore beautiful. sometimes that means being tossed and churned in the ocean.

“The strongest trees are found not in the thick shelter of the forest but out in the open, where winds from every direction bear down upon them. The fierce winds bend and twist them until they become giant in stature. These are the trees that toolmakers seek for handles for their tools, because of the wood’s great strength.

It is the same in the spiritual world. Remember when you see a person of great spiritual stature, the road you must travel to walk with him is not one where the sun always shines and wildflowers always bloom. Instead, the way is steep, rocky and narrow path where the winds of hell will try to knock you off your feet, and where sharp rocks will cut you, prickly throns will scratch your face, and poisonous snakes will slither and hiss all around you.

The path of faith is one of sorry and joy, suffering and healing comfort, tears and smiles, trials and victories, conflicts and triumphs, and also hardships, dangers, beatings persectuions, misunderstanding, trouble and distress. Yet, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Rom.8:37)”

-an excerpt by EA Kilbourne in Streams in the Desert

dear friends, may sea glass and strong trees give you hope today.

xo-kimberly renee

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a quote for today. {from CS Lewis}

“Remember always, that He really likes the little vermin, and sets an absurd value on the distinctness of every single one of them. When He talks of their losing their selves, He only means abandoning the clamour of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts(I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever.”

-CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters {pg.65}

we are reading through The Screwtape Letters right now. talk about a very intriguing read! it’s a satire, kind of poking fun of the idea of temptation, but it also makes the idea the “evil side” very real. it’s mind twisting to think about our relationship with God backwards- the way a “devil” looks at us. it really makes you think.

i love this quote from the “teacher tempter” talking to the “novice tempter” about how God calls us to give up our self-will, to become entirely His, but when we do that, somehow, we become more ourselves than ever. as a little devil who really hates humans, he sees it as ridiculous. but i love the thought. to think that when we give up everything– which is so hard to do!- to give our hearts entirely to H I M , HE gives us back ourselves in a whole new way. i think that’s because when we become wholly HIS, we become who God created us to be in the first place, so wholly, entirely, completely ourselves in a new, beautiful way.

kind of cool to think about. 🙂

xo-kimberly renee

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a blessing

Isaiah 49:2 has to be one of my favorite verses.

“…in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.”

there’s something comforting about this verse.

think about it.

i may be experiencing “shadow”…

… but i’m in the shadow of HIS hand.

i may be experiencing tough things, beaten down, used, abused…

…but to polish an arrow out of a rough, oddly shaped rock it takes a lot of grinding and polishing… which can be really rough. to smooth a rock out into a polished arrow means going through a hard time first.

i may feel like i have no purpose, not worth much of anything, that i don’t know what to do with my life…

…but when God puts an arrow in His quiver… it means He’s getting ready to use it. He’s prepared that arrow for something special and purposeful. He is getting it ready to use.

and really, is there anywhere better to be than in the shadow of His hand, being polished personally by Him into something special, or in His quiver being prepared to be used by HIM?!

blessings to you my friends.

xo-kimberly renee

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a quote for today

“If we let Him…He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, a dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless  mirror which reflects back to God perfectly, (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful; but that is what we are in for. Nothing less.”

CS Lewis- Mere Christianity.

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Grief on good Friday

“The hard discipline to number the griefs as grace because as the surgeon would cut {to heal}, so God chooses to cut into my ungrateful heart to make me whole”

-ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts, pg. 100

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Love that quote about grief.
And it seems fitting for good Friday today. May God heal our ungrateful hearts today as we remember His sacrifice and His mercy. Even if we are faced with hard things… God heals.

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julian norwhich quote

“See that I am God. See that I am in everything. See that I do everything. See that I have never stopped ordering my works, nor ever shall, eternally. See that I lead everything on to the conclusion I ordained for it before time began, by the same power, wisdom and love with which I made. How can anything be amiss?”

-Julian of Norwhich.

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