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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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“The interesting thing about a heart which concentrates on honoring and thanking God is that it becomes a naturally joyful heart. It becomes resistant to discouragement, negative thinking and cynicism. Nothing is dull or routine to such a heart, everything has value”

Gail MacDonald,

High Call, High Priveledge. pg.181

 

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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

 

 

my one word for 2012 was “contentment.” i blogged about it here back in January if you want to see my thoughts. i wasn’t sure where this word would lead. i honestly thought i’d talk about it more too. i guess since it’s a hard word, i haven’t been quick to talk about it… {shy glance}…so i thought i’d give a 9-month update.

contentment has been THE word of the year. no doubt about that. from not knowing where we were moving when we started the year, to Husbuddy deciding to do one more year of schooling at Gordon Conwell Seminary. from being sad about leaving friends, to all the adventures moving to a new city and new culture. from missing friends and family, to being thankful for those friends and family.  from being lonely in a new place, to learning how to be best friends with each other again.  from feeling without purpose to seeing God provide in more ways than i can count.

this has been a year that has so far tested my ability to be content.

but that was kinda the point.

i can’t be content on my own.

i need God for that. God needs to be MY contentment. He needs to be MY everything. i am nothing without Him. i can’t depend on my own ability to be happy and satisified. like i said before, contentment is a gift from God. i need to accept that gift now, 9 months later, more than ever.

 

here’s another verse on contentment:

 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5

that’s even kind of what i talked about last week from Luke. it all connects, right? ;)

i’m still on the journey of learning to be content:: with what i have, where He’s placed me, and who i am… and the fact, that God will never leave me nor forsake me. i have no need to worry about anything. but even as i say that, it’s like i have to pound it into my brain. it’s a journey. maybe the next couple of months i will find more rest in the gift of contentment…or maybe i have a lot more to learn.

xo-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”

“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.

“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.

All beauty is only a reflection

Ann Voskamp

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