Glorify

Lately, I’ve gotten really into audiobooks. Maybe it’s the 4 hour commutes, or the uncomfortable silences. I’m not sure what it is but it doesn’t matter; audiobooks are where it’s at. I even discovered that my bible app has an audio feature! (Y’all, listen to the message version- it’s life giving.) 

Anyway, I was listening to a Jessie by Lori Wick which is a story about redemption, and love, and forgiveness and all that good stuff. In the course of the story there seemed to be a recurring theme- relationships which glorify God. When I asked myself what that meant, I had to really think about it. 

What does it mean to have a relationship which glorifies God?

The Bible, in 2 Corinthians 6 verses 14 onwards, says to not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. Is it that what it means to glorify God in one’s relationship? I don’t think that’s all of it. 

To glorify, according to the dictionary, means to acknowledge and reveal the majesty and splendeur of God by one’s actions

In relationships, how can we acknowledge and reveal God’s majesty? 

It takes much more than being with a fellow believer to show God’s majesty to the world around us. True love is what shows how awesome God is. It’s not just the mushy stuff- looking dreamily into the eyes of one’s partner, holding hands, stealing kisses when nobody’s looking- but it’s a relationship where mutual honor is a cornerstone. 

In Jessie, one couple clearly glorifies God with their relationship in such an astounding way, I want to have such a relationship. They love each other and put the needs of the other above their individual needs. They also love the people around them, continually praying and offering help wherever they can. 

I want my life and my relationships to always glorify God above all else. I want honor and humility to be the things I’m known for. 

How do you glorify God with your life and relationships?

xx, 

Kimberly 💜

 

Losing Myself

I wish this was a story about becoming less so that Christ would become more. It’s not. It’s about forgetting who I am, and becoming someone I didn’t even know. 

As you may already know, I was recently on clinical placement for 3 months, from March until the end of May, and it was pretty interesting. A lot of the placements were quite a distance from my campus, so I basically lived on my brother’s couch. I’m not sure what it is about not being in my own space but things in my life gradually started changing; many not positively. 

There’s an unmistakeable sense of discipline that comes from living by oneself which I mostly had when I lived on campus. I had a routine which was mostly limited to running, school, language lessons, work, language lessons, room, running, church, work, school,… Y’all see where I’m going with that. 

When I moved in with my brother, however, a need to not impose caused me to mostly blend in with the atmosphere of his apartment. In so doing, I neglected a lot of the things which make me unique. Of course I was with family so comfort was never an issue until it became a problem. 

9am to 5pm is no joke, y’all. I applaud every member of the working class for not breaking down every single day. Every individual who makes up the working class is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. 

Usually, I left home before the sun rose and returned after it’d set. So most of my free time consisted of sleeping or eating. Not much else went on. Because I was tired all the time, there seemed to be no time to work on me. Like a log in a river, I began drifting aimlessly until I took a hard look at where I was and decided to consciously steer in the right direction.  

I’m still finding myself again, and with the help of the Almighty, this last month in Malaysia will be a time of crazy growth. 

I just thought I’d let y’all in on my crazy. All prayers are appreciated. 

“For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.” Proverbs 24:16 [ESV]

xx, 

Kimberly 😘 

Being Kind To Yourself

Happy Easter, everyone! Although the holiday is officially over, I’m still celebrating the fact that He is risen and therefore I am free. I hope you are too. 

Recently, on a train journey to work, I had the weirdest thought; “I’m not as kind to myself as I could be.” 

It started out with me thinking about the things I enjoy doing. I’ll let you in on a little part of me. I love reading and writing. Love! I also love hosting people. I’m not sure whether I’m at party planner level yet but I love it. I also really like running. 

Those are the few that came to mind. I thought about the last time I did any of the things I love just because. It’s been forever. 

The last time I ran was the day I dislocated my patella and even then, I did it because I wanted to start a whole weight loss thing. I can’t remember the last time I read just to get lost in a story, or the last time I poured my heart onto a page. 

What do I do for myself? 

Thinking hard on the train, I realized that many of the things I do are not thought through beforehand. I haven’t thought about myself and consciously loved myself in a really long time. 

One might think that’s the most praiseworthy attribute a person can have, but I tell you what I know to be true; 

Unless you truly love yourself, you can’t truly love another. 

How can you show love to yourself if you are not first kind to yourself? The Bible makes this requirement of loving oneself clear in the great commandment. 

“Love The Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no greater commandment than these.” [Mark 12:30, Matthew 22:37, Deuteronomy 6:5. Emphasis mine]

So I have to examine my heart. I have to get to know me again, and love me. If I don’t, I’m useless to the world around me. 

Let me know in the comments below how you love yourself. 

xo, 

Kimberly. 

This I Believe (Part 1) 

A few days ago, I walked right into an annoying situation and it’s been really bugging me. If you know me, you know I love to laugh. So I was browsing through Netflix, and stumbled onto a stand-up comedy special. Not 5 minutes in, the comedian was bashing Christianity, saying that Christians are gullible for believing in what we do. I’ve been thinking on it much, and you know what? It sucks that the people who pick on Christians the most are the ones who were raised Christian, and for some reason or the other, lost their faith. 

I don’t believe in a myth nor am I gullible for having faith. My faith isn’t based on anyone else’s faith, but on what I have found to be true from the God’s word. 

This I believe;

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 [from memory]

I believe that God loves me fiercely enough that He sent Jesus to forgive all my sins; past present and future. 

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 [NIV]

I believe that I am saved by grace. Saved from any and every form of torment because I now belong to God. 

“…and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 [NIV]

I believe that I am never alone. No matter how lonely I may feel and if my friends betray me, I am always in the company of The Lord. Because He said so. 

“So in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith” Galatians 3:26 [NIV]

I believe that I am God’s child. I have a home with Him, and He genuinely loves to chill with me. Just like my Dad does! 

That’s just some of what I believe. Most of all, I believe in Jesus. 

xx, 

Kimberly 

A Quote

There are some quotes which make you stop and think. This is one such quote:

‪”It’s a disgrace to grow old through sheer carelessness before seeing what manner of man you may become by developing your bodily strength and beauty to their highest limit.” ‬ ‪-Socrates ‬

Think about that. Not just in a physical way, but a spiritual one as well. 

Are you developing? 

xo,

Kimberly 

Unpredictable 

This morning, while I was preparing for work, I must have turned awkwardly while reaching for a bottle of water on the floor because the next thing I knew, I was doubled over in pain.

My doctor suspects a kneecap dislocation & subsequent ligament tear. All I’m sure of is that the pain was crazy until it wasn’t, and my favorite coffee mug which was given to me by my brother for my 23rd birthday was broken in the fall. 


All this on the very day I decided to take my fitness seriously. Ironically, just minutes before, I thought I was so strong because I’d started running again this morning. 

I’m not quitting though. This is motivation to get better, stronger and faster once I’m on my feet again. Accidents happen. They’re part of life. But as the wise King says;

…for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity rises.” Proverbs 24:16 [NIV]

Get back up again. 

xx, 

Kimberly. 

Look Closer

This is a story. 

Earlier this evening on my way home from work, I discovered a new mall. Where there’s a new mall, there are sales so I went in. While trying on some clothes, I looked in the mirror and what I saw was alien. 

For years, I’ve been saying, like most people in 2017, “I could do without these extra pounds.” I’ve never actually done anything about it because I figured I’m healthy, and beautiful regardless. Why stress myself out? 

This story doesn’t have a happy ending, guys. Be prepared. It does have a lesson though, so keep reading. 

When I looked in the mirror, I saw an entirely different woman than the woman I see in the mirror every morning.  The woman in the fitting room mirror had let herself go, relying on angles and aspect ratios to make her feel like it was okay to stop working hard. 

So what was different about the fitting room mirror? Nothing. Both my bathroom mirror and the mirror at the mall display reflections equally. The difference came from the lighting in the room. And because of that light, I had to take a closer look. 

Anyone who listens to The Word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it- not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it- they will be blessed in what they do.” James 1:23-25 [NIV]

How often do we go about our lives not truly looking at things? Can we take a moment in this season to, as James says, look intently at things? Not just ephemeral things like pores and what not, but at the eternal. What’s the situation with your soul? Only you can answer that question, but first, you need to take a closer look.

xo, 

Kimberly. 

Taken for Granted

One of the all time worst feelings in the world is saying goodbye indefinitely to a person you love. You get queasy and sad, and you want the feeling to end, but not necessarily the moment. It’s heart-wrenching. 

It’s a million times worse when the person doesn’t seem to be as affected as you are. 

Have you ever considered that every time we step away from the presence of God, He longs for us just as much? 

Every once in a while, I get a fraction of the same longing once the tangible presence lifts, but not always. Why do you think that is? 

I think it’s because I don’t spend enough time in The Lord’s presence. There’s just something about spending time with someone. Getting to know who they are, what y’all have in common, having inside jokes. Those are the things you miss about them when they leave. It’s all about who they are and how they made you feel.

Spending time with The Lord is logically tougher than spending time with a person, because we can’t see Him. But we know the important stuff, the basis of our relationship- He loves us. And that’s a strong start to a wonderful friendship. 

I say spend time in His presence. Especially in this season of reflection. Get to know The Lord, your God for who He is, and not what others say He is. You’ll never want to be apart from Him again. You’ll see. 

xo, 

Kimberly. 

Silent Worship

Hugs were invented to let people know you love them without having to say anything. 

Anon

Have you ever wondered why hugs are awesome? 

If you’re like me, you don’t think about stuff like that until it’s the only thing keeping you from breaking apart. 

Hugs connect us without words. They’re intimate without being intimidating. Hugs are one of the simple, silent things which bring our humanity to the surface. 

We can’t hug God physically, but isn’t there something that takes us to the same place spiritually as a hug does physically? 

I propose that in silent worship of our God, we come as close to hugging Him as we ever will this side of eternity. 

You might be wondering, “What exactly does silent worship entail?”

Well, it’s simple and not at the same time. A lot of people live with the misconception that worship is just in the music, or in speaking in tongues, or in living our lives with a giant Jesus banner preceding us at every turn. 


Worship is all of the above, and so much more. In silent worship, we sit at the feet of The King, we consider the goodness of God, the Word of God, and how He fits into our world. We listen for His voice, and seek to know more of Him. It’s not a grand or difficult task but in our day, it’s not easy either. 

Silently worshipping our God brings us deeper in relationship with him. It brings our spirits to a place where His instructions don’t seem so far-fetched, and living for Him isn’t impossible. 

We learn so much more when we’re silent, and we listen. 

In this season, spend time in silent worship of The King. Enjoy His presence, and consider his unfailing Name. 

Love, 

Kimberly. 

Smile. 

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” Matthew 6:16 [NIV]


Love the season you’re in and smile, ladies and gentlemen. 

Love, 

Kimberly.