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IMG_2327_vintagei’ve never really “failed” at something that i tried really hard at before. sure, i fail at certain exercise attempts or keeping a strict diet… but have i ever failed a class? a test? nope.

so that’s why a little letter last week rocked me. it had big words, without explanation, typed in very unsympathetic font: FAIL.

ack. i failed? how horrible! how embarrassing. i actually felt like i had sinned.

Husbuddy said that was silly, we all fail. we’re not perfect. it never says, “thou shall not fail in the bible”.

see, i know that. i know i’m not perfect. actually, i know that i’m pretty mediocre at pretty much everything i do. i was never on top of my class or anything, but i’ve always at least PASSED. even when i thought i had “failed” my freshmen french class in college, i still got a C {oh the horror}! i was totally embarrassed to tell my parents, and i had all sorts of excuses lined up-like my degree was time consuming, i had taken too many credits that semester, i had visited the teacher’s office hours every week!  but that C still hung over my head and i was ashamed.

this time, i have no excuse. i paid a lot of money to take a test, that i need to pass in order to finish my architecture education… and i FAILED.  and i feel shame and horror at the same time.

but then i hear a whisper.

i hear a whisper that says to me, peace. you need ME.

i was reminded. i NEED God more than anything. i can do NOTHING without Him. i will always fail without Him. in my head, sometimes i may think that i can do it myself…i can work hard enough, study long enough, push myself hard enough, almost that i can save myself if i just work hard. but God gently reminds me, through a letter with big ugly words, that i need Him more than anything else.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever”

Psalm 73:26

does that take away my frustration with myself? not really. but it does take away my shame. and i am humbled. and i am thankful that God reminds me over and over and over that i need Him.

we all NEED Him. we will all fail without Him. can i get an amen?

xo-kimberly renee

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

amy

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

snowflake quote

i love this quote i found yesterday while reading a new book, “Grace for the Good Girl” i love it because it is. so. true.  i’ve been letting this quote be a reminder to me. may it be a reminder to you too! especially going into lots of quality time with family and friends!

xoxo-kimberly renee

 

 

i’ve finally reopened my etsy shop after the move! the reason it took so long is because there have been a few changes. :)

i’ve renamed it “miss grace designs” by kimberly renee

miss grace designs comes from a childhood nickname. see, i am a klutz. during my first year of college i calculated that i fell up or down every single staircase on campus… at least once. i’m not even joking. when i was little, my mom used to call me “miss grace” whenever i spilled something, tripped, knocked something over, or did something klutzy. it was so embarrassing. but looking back, it’s just who i am.

i used this name because grace doesn’t just mean graceful in action {the definition being: Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion.”}– it also means: “A favor rendered by one who need not do so” or “unmerited favor” or “the free gift of God”.  i have the free gift grace of God in my life so i must share that grace. all the things in my shop are just things that i must share with the world. i’ve made them by the grace of God, and i pray that everything i do give glory to God. so, the title has changed.

the old listings are still there and i have so many plans for new ones to come. i’ll keep you posted! thanks for checking out my little slice of etsy!

xo-kimberly renee.