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joy is the realest reality,

the fullest life,

and joy is always given,

never grasped.

God gives gifts and i give thanks and i unwrap the gift given: joy.

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Ann Voskamp One Thousand Gifts

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{again, still soaking up Ann Voskamp! May you unwrap the gift of joy today, unwrap it with thanksgiving, my friends! the photos are from a recent trip to a “beach” on the Chesapeake Bay.} 

 

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“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savoir appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life”

Titus 3:3-7

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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

 

 

Today’s sketches come from ideas for paintings and quotes from good old Brother Lawrence.

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the quote above reads:

“the time of business,” said he, “does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, i possess God in a great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.”

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“the greater perfection a soul aspires after, the more dependent it is upon divine grace”

“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

“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.

“One act of thanksgiving, when things go wrong with us, is worth a thousand thanks when things are agreeable to our inclinations.”

saint John of Avila

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