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the beautiful redemption

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“It’s not the news that any of us hoped that we would hear
It’s not the road we would have chosen, no
The only thing that we can see is darkness up ahead
But You’re asking us to lay our worry down and sing a song instead.” – Ellie Holcomb, “Find you Here.”

When a parent leaves, the impact they left behind is significant.

My dad left when my parents divorced  when I was 9 years old. We continued to see him through the years, and made memories, both good and bad. I can remember events he missed, times he didn’t pick us up, or embarrass us with a stunt he pulled. I even recall when he came to ask to live with my husband and I, but we couldn’t take the risk because of his addictions.

All of those hurts, fears, and disappointments I placed deep inside my heart.

My whole life I have been the quintessential first born child. High strung, always wanting to be overly kind, appearing confident, joyful, and “together.” I tried not to let anyone see that under the surface life wasn’t perfect. I overcompensated for not having an involved father by depending on my own merit and strength.

Finding Jesus as a teenager, helped this greatly. I have a heavenly father, more complete than any on Earth.

Even as an adult with an amazing husband, career, great family, and wonderful friends, the impact of losing a father is significant.

“And I didn’t know I’d find You here
In the middle of my deepest fear, but
You are drawing near
You are overwhelming me, with peace.” Ellie Holcomb- “Find you Here,”

Now I am faced with a new reality. My earthly father is now gone. I am finding that in that revelation that all that remains is LOVE.

I now focus on being 3 years old and fishing. Eating out every night for a week in Kindergarten because my mom was gone  and my dad burned everything. I remember the good years of him showing up at my wedding, family holidays at my Poppy’s and camping. I remember him visiting us in our first married home, bringing smoked turkey, and fixing my car several times.

My dad was flawed, there is now doubt about that. Then again, aren’t we all? He owned his own company at a young age. He was married to my mom, who is probably the most awesome lady that ever lived. He let his addiction to pride become an addiction to alcohol and drugs. Several times he would recover, only to fail again

You see, my father had addictions. Addictions that threw away a marriage, a successful business, and years with his children. Addictions he could recover from, only to relapse again. As his family we had to toe the line between being supportive, and not getting caught up in the mess.

By the grace of God, we were blessed with amazing grandparents on both sides, aunts, uncles, cousins, family friends, and of course our amazing mother. My mother kept us strong our whole lives. She continued to support my father. She knew that as soon as she learned of my father’s addictions, she had to remove her children from the situation. She made a new life for us and continues to bless us more than we deserve.

As she explained to me what happened she said, ” We can only hope he is with God now. I prayed every night he would be that dad you needed him to be.”  She helped us greatly with the arrangements and has shown more grace to my father in this time than anyone could have imagined.

In my heart, I always hoped for the redemption story.

You know the one where he finally kicked his demons for good. I always hoped when Jordan or I had our own children, that they would get the BEST of him. I hoped he’d get another shot.

It’s not quite the ending we’d hoped for but, instead I have relief, thankfulness, and joy.

Relief that he passed away without suffering. Relief that the police were able to notify us quickly. Relief that he was in a better place, as he had made a profession of faith years earlier.

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Cor. 4:17-18

Joy that he was no longer suffering. Joy that my family and friends were surrounding us. Joy that we only had to remember the good memories now. That the disappointment was over. The worry was over. All that remained was joy.

“Count it all joy, my brothers,[a] when you meet trials of various kinds,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” -James 1:2-4

Thankfulness. We are thankful that so many people care about us and want to come beside us and support us. Thankful that I have a heavenly Father that loves me best. Thankful for the best family in the world. Thankful for my amazing husband who has been my rock, my comfort, and my guide in processing all these emotions.

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. “- Phil. 1:3-5

If you are struggling with loss, or with a family member that suffers from addiction, I know my story may not look like yours. Even so, I am here for you. I feel like God led me through this valley to help others and to bring comfort and joy to them. Please let me know how I can minister to you.

My desire is to use my pain for a purpose. I want to put God right smack dab in the spotlight of this story.  My prayer is that he is glorified in this time of my life.

“You say that You’ll turn my weeping into dancing
Remove my sadness & cover me with joy
You say your scars are the evidence of healing
That You can make the broken beautiful.” – Ellie Holcomb, “The Broken Beautiful”

Read more: Ellie Holcomb – The Broken Beautiful Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Here are some verses/songs that have encouraged me this week.

  1. “The Broken Beautiful,” Ellie Holcomb
  2. “Be Still,” Hillary Scott
  3. “Find you Here,” Ellie Holcomb
  4. Psalm 62:2
  5. Psalm 18:30
  6. James 1:2-4

Now all that remain is LOVE. Love for a father that did the best he could. Love for a family that has shown more kindness and grace than one can imagine. Love for a risen Savior that sustains me, draws me near, helps me be still, and Loves me the best.

With joy,

Mrs. Kim

 

the BIG test..

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Happy Saturday Friends!

I am currently in the process of cleaning my house, enjoying breakfast Bagel Bites(yes, they exist!) and debriefing from State testing week in 3rd grade.

I know. State Testing. two words that invoke fear in anyone’s head. Whether student, administrator, or teacher. We have all been there. All our effort, all our tears, joys, struggles, triumphs. All boiled down to one label. one score. In fact, people thought I was crazy when I agreed to move from a primary grade to testing grade. I guess I just need a little crazy in my life.

As I walked into my classroom the 1st day of testing. I was feeling the fear. We had worked with the kids, they were ready.

Before I got to school,I had a good breakfast, I fixed my hair, I listened to a Beth Moore message as I was getting ready.

Then, in the middle of prayers with my husband( I know, I know, he’s the BEST), I freaked out and started wondering about all the unknowns in our life. Like big stuff. Like when we should buy a house, when we should have a baby, should we adopt, where would be be residents for his church planting program, where we should spend our time, when was I ever going to get a cat.

This is crazy. I’m about to go administer a STATE test.

That’s when I realized it. I was letting my fear about that test take control of my brain. I wasn’t fixing my eyes on Jesus. I was focusing on my fear. We’ll get back to this.

Back to my classroom. Kids were coming in 5 minutes. The little notes and gifts were on the desks. My mind was swirling with all these thoughts from the morning.

Then, I remembered a little personification from a figurative language Will Ferrell video.

“You gotta make friends with your fear.” Reese Bobby-Talledaga Nights.

Then, thankfully spiritual truth also entered my heart. I am using two version because I liked them both too much!

Count it all joy, my brothers,[a] when you meet trials of various kinds,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4

 

” Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-4(MSG)

What Jesus?? Testing my mosiac of students with one standard test is JOY??? Watching kids my 4 IEP students, 11 ELL, take the same test as my students that read at a 5th grade level.  Knowing that they will be labeled as below basic, basic, proficient, or advanced based on ONE TEST? Does the test care that his mom leaves for days on end, or that they have to share their Friday snack bag with a family of 6, or that she read at a KG level and after two years of investment is finally at 2.6, or that she is giving a ten dollar gift card she won in testing PLINKO to her mom so she will have something too?

Does it measure the other things I have taught this group? Does it care that they have more heart, more character, or more perseverance than any group I have seen? Jesus, you really want me to count this test as Joy?

No, Jesus, I know JOY.

Joy is waking up on a sunny day, running through my neighboorhood, blasting NeedtoBreathe, going to ZUMBA, coming home to a clean house, and eating pancakes.

Joy is a day spent with my family, my best friends, or my man, playing games,riding rollercoasters,watching Broadway musicals, laughing, and eating.

Joy is laughing with my 18 precious students over the figurative language Will Ferrell video, playing kickball, eating popsicles, reading Love that Dog, and hearing them say “Best day ever!”

As I prayed, it hit me. This test is testing me too. Yes, my name will be attached to it and I will be labeled along with the students. I have a hope, however, GREATER than this test.

My hope is in Jesus. He is my savior and redeemer. He is the ONLY person who can tell me what I am worth. He knows that I am worth more than a test. He died for me, my students, and the world.

My students, whether they are believers yet or not, are WORTH so much to Jesus.

I was faced with two options. I could either be stressed, worried, and show that on my face, or I could show those kids who are SO WORTHY that they could conquer this test, and it could bring them Joy.

You see, in James, the joy doesn’t come from the actual test. It comes from the endurance. The perseverance and the stretching of our Faith.

So for our 3 days of testing, we treated as JOY. We ran through banners. We took dance breaks. We ate snacks( THE BEST PART). We ate outside and enjoyed each other. We worked hard during testing time, repeating our motto. “Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.” We endured the test all a little bit stronger and braver, myself included.

Will all the kids do as well as we hope? I’m not sure? Will they still be labeled? Will teachers still be labeled? Sure.

My hope is though that my students can be begin to see they are worth so much more than one test.  I pray they take that with them.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. The thing I was going to get back to. You see when I started giving into my own fears, I started spiraling into fearful thoughts of all these things in my life.

The house, cat, baby, ministry, test scores were all wrapped into one fear.

How would people see me?  If we go off and join a church plant for experience, what will people think? If we rent a house for another year, instead of buying, will people think we are successful? If we don’t ever have a family the biological way, does that make me less of a wife? If we want to get our lives together before having a family, are we selfish? If my students score badly, am I a bad teacher?

Approval. I was fearful of others approval.

At the moment I realized that, Jesus spoke life into me again. He reminded me that some of these things will happen, some may not. Whatever happens though, I am worthy because he died for me.

He reminded me that I can walk BOLDLY and CONFIDENTLY into whatever he has for me. My hope is not in this world. My hope in Jesus.

Thank you Jesus.

Dear Jesus,

I pray that whatever comes our way today that we will remember that our value is not in the world. Our value is in you. Help us to have JOY through it all. We love you and thank you.

Amen.

With joy,

Kim

appreciate them…

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Happy Monday blog friends!

For those of you who don’t know,it is teacher appreciation week. Seeing posts,pictures,and whatnot had me thinking about my own journey into education. I have been blessed with great role models and educators.

In Pre-K there was Mrs. Hudson, she helped a scared little girl learn to love school. She taught us to imagine. In Kindergarten, there was Mrs. Middleton (Price now), who I thought was the most glamorous lady ever. She encouraged my reading skills and let me read to our class. I wanted to be just like her!
1st and 2nd grade, Mrs. Burnes and Mrs. Fargo. I loved both of them! They made learning so fun. They helped me to learn to serve others. They are great role models.
4th grade there was Mrs. Rhyne and the Purple Cows, ( I use it in my class now!). She was caring and inventive.
Mr. Kinsman in 5th grade. When I think about what I aspire to be as an educator, he is it. He was kind, enaging,and relevant. He made science interactive, reading novels more fun than movies,and the writing. He instilled a love of writing in me that’s still there. He was the best.
Middle school had Mrs. Arnett and Mr. Wicks. You all made History come alive and Algebra make sense. You all encouraged and believed in me.
There are so many other teachers, I could include in this, but the post would last forever!
I appreciate your investment in my life.
Reminding myself of these great educators, has reminded me of the great responsibility we carry.

Our words,helpful or hurtful, can stay with these students.

The way we feel about Math,Science,or Reading, will influence them.

We see them more than their parents some days.

In the span of 5 minutes we can be judge,banker, nurse, secretary, law enforcement,counselor,mom, and fixer.

Our job is not an 8 to 3,summers off kind of deal. It is a day in day out commitment to improving the life of a child. We don’t just teach then to multiply, read, or conduct an experiment. We teach them to respect others, to have courage, and be responsible.
We cry with them. We celebrate with them. We sometimes want it more for them than they do.
Our husbands and wives see our bank accounts, hearts, and brains emptied because they know we may be the only ones who cares.

It is my firm belief that teaching is a calling in my life. Without the grace of God, I don’t know how I’d make it.

It’s joy. It’s rewarding. It’s draining. It’s frustrating.
It’s worth it.

Though states may cut budgets, kids may fail tests, and students may never change, it’s worth it.

It’s an investment in the future. It is influence that can stretch generations.

So for this teacher appreciation week, I charge you to find those teachers in your life. Encourage them. Buy them a sonic drink.

I am grateful for those names I mentioned earlier! They have impacted my life the most wonderful way.

Fellow teachers, this is my prayer for you.
“When she (or he) speaks, they speak with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tounge.” Proverbs 31:26.
I pray God will encourage you and work through you. That He will be you comfort,strength,and joy. I pray He will use you to impact your students. I pray He will remind you even in the most tiring times who you are in Him and who you are to your students.

I appreciate you.

With Joy,

Mrs. Kim

 

4 years later…

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Wow.

4 years have gone by since I started writing this blog.

Even through the times I was absent from writing, I still felt it’s presence.

I remember starting this blog. I was single. I had a great job, ministry involvement, my own apartment, and lots of friends. I felt like even though I was living a great life, there was a part to me that wasn’t as fulfilled. That’s when I got the idea to making a single-life bucket list, to teach my self to live more, and not just wait around for Mr. Right. I also began to see how God was working in my life through events and people around me. I wanted to capture it. That’s why I started the blog.

I wanted people like me to have a voice, an encouragement. Over the past 4 years, it it has encouraged me more times than I can count.

I thought today I would share some moments, lessons, and random ramblings that have been my favorite over the past 4 years. I am excited to see these spiritual markers in my life and how God has been at work this whole time.

 

The 4 best things that have happened to me in the past 4 years:

4. Refocusing my vision for ministry Four years ago, I had a great job, and I was looking forward to a time when I go in to full-time vocational ministry. Since that time, God has really shown me some things. I have been a full-time teacher for almost 4 years now, 3 of those years serving in a low-income, high ELL area. Ministry to me now is less of a “future calling,” and more of a present state of mind. Everyday, I feel like I am on mission for Jesus. He has used me in so many ways with co-workers, students, parents, and friends. I am humbled to go to work everyday and minister to children. I do teach them Math, Reading, Science, and Social Studies, but I pray my influence in their lives goes far beyond that.

3.  Losing Control-I felt that the past four years have been years I have learned to surrender. Years where I let go of expectations, control of situations, and my own plans for my life. I have stopped worrying so much about micromanaging areas of my life, and learned to trust God. His plans. His Purpose.

2.Going Abroad- I had the opportunity to go to the Middle East, and it changed my life for the good. I loved the people, the culture, and seeing how God is at work in the lives of those people half a world away. I have such compassion for these people now, I feel like they are my family. I thank God all the time for the ability to serve Him in that way. I often look back on those days with so much JOY and love for my Savior.

1. My Husband-I realize I may have readers from my single days, who don’t even know my husband. He is an amazing person, and a picture of God’s grace in my life. I couldn’t imagine life without Him now, or how anyone else in this world could get me besides him. He is smart, driven, talented, kind, caring, and has a heart to see our generation changed for Jesus. He is my continual answered prayer. I could go on and on and on, but I’ll digress.

 

4 things that God has taught me:

  1. To place my confidence in Him.
  2. To have a broken heart for the things that break His heart.
  3. To trust Him with my future.
  4. To know that my only JOY in life comes from Him. He is the GIVER of great things.

4 Favorite Blog Posts:

4. confident- February 1, 2016

3. the great teacher- September 13, 2013

2. days like these, March 29,2012

1.Meet me where I am at- February 23,2012

 

4 Favorite things I marked off my bucket list:

4. Going to the movies alone- I love it now! It’s my favorite

3. Blind Date- I had two unsuccessful ones, but the 3rd time was a charm for me!

2. Leaving the country- see above

  1. Starting Zumba- Still love it. I go 2-3 times a week. It makes me happy.

 

As I said earlier, this is not a deep theological post. I wanted to remember all of these great things that have happened in my life, since I decided to put it out there.

I will leave you with a verse that I feel has been my life the past for years.

“Strength and dignity are her clothing,
    and she laughs at the time to come.” Proverbs 31:25

What could you start today that God will use to transform you? Thank you Jesus for all these great things you give.

Amen.

With Joy,

Miss Kim

be confident

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Today I decided to forgo my usual Monday night Step Zumba Aerobics class to run outside in the sunshine.

It was beautiful. Often while on runs by myself, I think a lot. I daydream. I wander. It revives me in a way.

Today my train of thought went like this.

“Oh, TLC’s Waterfalls is playing from my playlist. This song brings me back to 4th grade( I know!), wait this says the song is from 1996. Has it really been 20 years since I was in 4th grade. Wowzers. Life has changed a lot since I played this single on repeat.”

I know. I am a very random person.

Anyway, that got me thinking about my past, and how through those formidable pre= teen years, I had to find a way to gain confidence.

We talked a little about this subject in Sunday school yesterday, and ever since, it has been in my mind.

Confidence.

I promise there is a point to today’s musings, but I need to circle around before I land.

As I started thinking about confidence, I started thinking about my favorite guilty pleasure TV show.

I know I will probably get my seminary wife card revoked for saying this, but I love The Bachelor.

I always have. Ever since season 1, I have been sucked in. I love the drama, the dates, the roses. It is all highly entertaining to me.

I’m not sure which of you reading this are Bachelor fans, but this season I have observed two very different types of confidence.

There is Olivia’s confidence. There is also the very different confidence of one Lauren B.

For those of you who haven’t viewed, Olivia is confidence supreme. She is outgoing, talkative, center of attention, and always the first to steal Ben away. She refers to Ben as her “husband.” She did get the coveted “first impression rose,” and few other speacial things, but it has all gone straight to her head. Basically believes in herself so much that she will stop at nothing to win Ben’s heart.  She is very demanding of his time, and always has to know “where this is going,” She is also insecure, shallow and self-absorbed.

Incidentally, all of these things don’t find her much favor with the other girls on the show.

Then there is Lauren B. Gentle, kind, warm, friendly. She too has had some of Ben’s attention, but it didn’t go straight to her head. She has had a date with him, and doesn’t get visibly upset when he has dates with others. She is calm in their conversations, and trusts the connection they have. She is nice to the other girls, spends time with them, and when there is drama, she is never anywhere to be found.

Both girls have confidence. They both have hope in a situation. Which kind of confidence would you rather have?

I know, you are like “Uhh, Lauren B. . That’s a no brainer.”

I know that seems like the best answer. When it comes down to it though how do you display confidence? More importantly, what is the foundation of your confidence?

Take this passage of scripture for instance:

“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be pthe hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” 1 peter 3:3-4 (ESV)

Most people,  myself included have viewed this passage and thought, “What I can’t be godly with my braids and gold necklaces? Come on God, you can’t be serious?”

Look at verse 4.  I believe this verse has a lot to do with the foundation of the godly woman’s confidence. I notice a few things in this verse.

  • The adorning is hidden in her heart. She doesn’t need all that fancy on the outside to prove her worth. Her worth is in Christ and that bubbles out from within. This is an example of someone who has hidden Truth inside and is letting it transform her.

 

  • The imperishable beauty. One day our hair won’t braid so easy. Our clothes will go out of style. We will lose all of the beautiful things that adorn us on the outside. The only thing that will last forever is God and that relationship that we have with him. It can’t be destroyed, lost, taken away, or too right. God’s love is forever.

 

  • The Gentle and Quiet Spirit– Confidence from a relationship with God brings forth these things. To me this doesn’t mean someone is super quiet and soft spoken. It means that through the relationship they have with God, they are able to have peace, to be at rest, to be friendly, and kind to others. They aren’t trusting in their own ability. Instead they are resting with God, knowing that He has fought the battle, he was it all taken care of. The quiet and gentle spirit reflects a spirit confident in God.

Now, I don’t know where Olivia or Lauren B. stand spiritually. I really hope that they both know Jesus, and if not that He is revealed to them.

I know in my own life, there have been times I was an Olivia. Times where I thought if I was loud enough, outgoing enough, aggressive enough, that everything would work out. I used to think confidence had to come from this really extroverted, my talents, my abilities place.

That place didn’t work for me. I just ended up more confused, more insecure, and not confident in anything.

Then, Jesus took hold of me . It’s been a process and has taken nearly 12 years for me to get to this place. I feel like a big lesson this year for me has been placing my confidence in Him.

  • Not in my abilities.
  • Not in my popularity.
  • Not in my awesome closet of clothes, makeup, and shoes.
  • Just in Him.

I have noticed in my own life that since I have done this I care less about impressing others, I don’t get as upset when things don’t go my way, I am happier with the way I look/feel, I am willing to take more risks, and I have a peace in my heart, even when things don’t work out.

I feel a lot more like Lauren B.

Learning to place my confidence in Jesus and not my own abilities has not been easy.

I don’t know where you are in this confidence journey today, but I know that I will be praying for you.

  • Praying that Jesus will come in and transform your heart.
  • Praying for strength when it gets hard to trust him.
  • Praying that you will become a person with and “imperishable beauty,” and “gentle and quiet spirit.”

Place your confidence in Jesus. He may not hand out roses at the end of every date, but in Him you have a HOPE, a FUTURE, and ETERNAL SALVATION.

Those things will never wilt.

 

 

 

 

do work.

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I know.

I make you all a lot of empty promises. I say I am going to get back on the blogging bandwagon, then, “BOOM,” out of no where, I fall right back off.

Well, I am trying again. No promises this time. I felt the need in my heart to get back to this. Writing has always been a passion of mine. It’s been nearly 4 years since I have started this blog. Time and time again, I have seen the faithfulness of God play out through each word I type.

Writing is where I feel at home. It’s how I express myself. It lets the thoughtful introvert side of me that is always pushed out by the fun extroverted side of me, come through.

I’m back. Again.

In my 3rd grade classroom, there has been a theme this week. I have noticed that so many of them are becoming such AMAZING, kids, with great hearts. It’s humbling to have the privilege of serving them. Just humbling.

Today we celebrated our Student of the Month at our “Incredible Indian,” ceremony. I chose a girl who serves others well. She is kind, loving, and SUPER-encouraging.  As I picked her, I observed some things.

1. Every student in my class genuinely cheered for her and they seemed just as excited as if they were the winner.

2. She seemed honestly shocked and humbled. In 5 years of giving awards, she is the first one that ever cried tears of joy!

As we came back to class, she asked me, “Mrs. McCarty, why did you pick me?” I kind of went back over the things I had said about her. She said, “Me? Really? I did all those things?”

I then I asked my class how many of them felt special because of something she had done for them, everyone raised their hands.

See, this girl never set out to gain recognition. She never wanted to be important or the best.

Every single thing she does as an 8 year old is filtered through one thing.

Jesus.

Every single card I get. “Jesus loves you.”

Every single compliement she gives. “God thinks you are special.”

Every single day Jesus shines through this little girl.

When I think of her heart, I think of this verse.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Colossians 3:23-24 ESV

When I think of myself, I really want to think of this verse.

Real talk: that’s not always the case.

Sometimes when I go the extra mile, it’s not always for Jesus. It’s for people. My intentions aren’t always true. Sometimes I even can get a little frustrated or angry when work goes unnoticed.

When those thoughts come creeping in my head, Jesus reminds me of a few things.

A) My life is not my own. When I accepted Jesus at the age of 17 I was “crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20(NLT)

B) My job is not to impress other people. “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10

C) My desire should be to make Him known, not myself. “That’s why my cup is running over. This is the assigned moment for him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines.” John 3:30 ( Message)

He also reminded me that He sees me. He knows my struggles. He knows my trials, triumphs and my heart. He has been with me through the brightest and darkest of days.

He has been there.

 “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philipians 2:5-8 (ESV)

As far as I am concerned, He is the only one to be working for.

Jesus sees you too. He knows your heart and struggle. Talk to Him. Follow Him. Absorb His word. Take it in today.

With Joy,

Mrs. Kim

 

 

don’t miss this…

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Nearly 3 years ago, I embarked on my first blogging journey.

Writing helped me find a voice I didn’t realize that needed to be let help. Each word I typed ingnited the passion I wanted to share with the world.

I started my blog as I single girl in my 20’s trying to figure out love, life, teaching, and my relationship with Jesus. I now have met  and married the man I always dreamed of, and now figuring out this next step in life’s journey.

Lately, I sensed something was missing. I love the life my husband and I share. We have nice jobs, house, a great church to serve in , and many meaningful relationships. To be honest, I was frustrated for a while.

How can we seemingly have all we want and feel like there is something missing?

Last week, I was sitting in our connect group, and our friend was leading. He said something simple, yet piercing into the innermost part of my heart.

He said, “Don’t miss Jesus.”

Those words stuck in my brain as we drove home. This is what I was missing. Jesus. I was too busy trying to be the best wife, teacher, children’s ministry worker, friend, and daughter I could be. Deadlines, schedules, and routines were consuming my thoughts. Yes, I was reading my bible, going to church, and praying, but its like I was missing the forest for the trees.

So now that I know what I was missing, how can I find it? I looked back over spiritual markers in my life. Times when I felt like I wasn’t missing Jesus. I logged into my blog website(that I haven’t made time for in ages!), and I read things I had wrote. It reminded me of some really great times and lessons learned. I knew what needed to come next.

I started my blog three years ago, to gain insight into what God is doing through the everyday-ness of my life. Now it’s time to gain that insight again. I am ready to write!

I thought about starting a completely new blog, but the more I looked at my old one, I just couldn’t bear to give it up.

I am excited to start my writing journey again, and elated to have you along for the ride. My husband, Anthony, will also be guest blogging from time to time. He is the smartest guy I know and I know you will learn a lot from him. I have updated our about me section and will continue to update in future days.  Welcome back to things Miss hmmm…well Mrs. Kim says(we will work out the details later!)! If you are new things for stopping by!

My nugget for today is Don’t miss Jesus! He is awesome and has a great plan for you! He is all around you. I see His presence in the everyday ness of life, and I am beyond thankful for that!

One last thing, if you feel like something is missing, or maybe you just feel stuck, I am taking comfort in this verse today(maybe you will too!)

“See, I am doing a new thing! Do you not percieve it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland,” Isaiah 43:19.

Don’t miss Jesus this week. Look and see what He is doing and wants to do through you!

With Joy,

Mrs. Kim