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miss A’s birthday and a little book review.

today is my little sister’s birthday! Happy Birthday Miss A!


she’s the sweetest person you’ll ever meet. i promise you. if you haven’t met her, you should. today she turns 22 and i told her to sing the taylor swift song :22 {ok, this version is a cappella, and it’s pretty cool}  on the top of her lungs all day. hee hee

amy, do.it.

haha. awe, i miss her so much.

so, for her birthday gift i got her something special. i’ve been hearing a lot about this book: Grace for the Good Girl by one of my favorite bloggers from Chatting at the Sky.  i’ve been dying to read it for myself.

finally, i used the excuse to spend the money on it- for her…then i read it, wrote all over it, shared my heart all the way through it, and then gave it to her.  have you ever done this for someone? or gotten a gift like this? i have. and it’s AWESOME. it’s so fun to read through a book with notes written all over it from a person i love, it connects you. especially when they are far away.  i thought this would be a good way to have a long distance “book club” with my dear sister friend.

anyway, it was SUCH a good read ! and since miss A is a little mini-me (as in we are SO alike) i am hoping that she likes it as much as i did. it really hits me on the mark in so many ways. i’m so good at trying to be “good enough” -even to the point where i try not to need Jesus. i am so good at working hard, being worried about doing things right, and not very good at letting go and resting in the freedom of Christ. that is what this book is about! it talks about the masks we “good girls” wear to cover up how we are really feeling, to say the right things, to be “fine” with everything.  emily freeman did an amazing job capturing me in a book and then calling me to a better life.

in review: Grace for the Good Girl is a great book that i highly recommend. { note: i was in no way paid or solicited for this review…just sharing what i found!}

here is one of my favorite quotes that has stuck with me the last couple of weeks:

“in the end, i don’t want to see Jesus fully and in person, look expectantly toward him to finally receive the freedom and rest of my salvation, and hear him say, “sweet daughter, you have had it all along, but you chose not to believe. You have had abundance, but you have lived in want. I gave you freedom, but you lived in chains. I gave you forgiveness, but you lived with guilt. I gave you completeness but you hid behind your girl-made masks and pretend identities”

-emily freeman. Grace for the Good Girl pg. 218

sweet sister, i hope you enjoy my gift. but more than that, i hope you know how much i love you!! i can’t wait until we can live closer and share more life together. you’re the best and you’re 22! 🙂  have an amazing day! k and a at tulum

love, kimberly renee

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why Christian couples should celebrate Valentines day.

V-DAYi’ve been asking some of my Christian friends what they are doing for V-day.  some of them scoff. some of them say they should do something or wish that their husband would do something but probably won’t.  some of them say something pious like “o, Valentines day is just a consumerist-ic holiday so we don’t buy into it.”

in a way a few of them even tried to make me feel guilty for being excited about the holiday when I’m a Christian and supposedly “above” the worldly holiday…or something like that. geez, we’re a cynical bunch. and that makes me so sad.

i’m wondering though. why DON’T Christians in general celebrate it?

i mean, i know it’s a made up holiday that really gets pushed by Hallmark… but it’s a holiday about love. what’s not to celebrate about that?!

how did holidays come into being anyway? think of the historic Jewish Passover… it’s a “holiday” that God required the Jewish people to celebrate. it remembers what God did to rescue the Israelites when they were in Egypt.  holidays in general- are days that we remember something that has happened. having that holiday every year helps to remember what has happened, remember who God is and how God provided and be encouraged by it.

think about it… Christmas and Easter. Christian holidays that remember Christ’s birth and Christs death. they’ve been totally commercialized but as a Christian we REMEMBER who the holiday is about and we celebrate him. this provides joy and bolsters our faith throughout the year. we have these times throughout the year that we can celebrate  and remember a certain event, how God’s been good and faithful.

well, I’m here today to argue that even though Valentines isn’t a Christian holiday- it still can be good. it IS  good to remember to celebrate your relationships. to celebrate the love in your life. especially in a society where marriages seem to just fade away and fall apart all around us. shouldn’t we take every opportunity to celebrate our love?  to THANK GOD for our loved ones? to remember how awesome our spouse is? to remember the days when life was a little more romantic and maybe recreate some of that?

Happy Valentines Day, my friends.

love, kimberly renee

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