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A Jubilee Year of Mercy

It’s been over two years since I have blogged because I had lost purpose in sharing my photos and thoughts.  After lots of soul searching, I feel a calling to restart posting. It’ll be me, my images, my thoughts but with new light; TO GLORIFY GOD IN THE EXTRA ORDINARY MOMENTS OF LIFE.

Over the past few years, I have been struggling to find a reason to want to share my photos and thoughts. Social media popularity made me question the purpose of a blog? Does anyone still read blogs? Writing my thoughts in several places was leaving me feel empty, so I stopped. But now I plan to write the big ideas here.  This blog is not to show case how great my life is or is not, rather it’s to let the light of God show through me to those who might be searching for their own purpose. There will be posts of where I find God in my everyday mundane life. We live in a Pinterest perfect culture, I think it’s time we try to take back the life of imperfection, vulnerability, and contentment with who we are today. Looking back at old posts, this site has always been a way for me to find my own purpose, and now that I have found that understanding I am giving my everything to God’s will for me. Hopefully, someone will find the ramblings entertaining or meaningful. Thank you for reading!

 

Starting on December 8 2015 ending November 2016, Pope Francis has dedicated this next year to celebrate in the Joy of God’s Mercy. Let me start by saying, I have never been this excited for a liturgical year ever!! What better time to start sharing my joy in the mercy the Father has shown me. In order to make sure I do not come across as pious or arrogant, I would first like to ask God to forgive me if any of my writings are way off base/offense to others which I am sure they will be because I have been known to inadvertently offend someone. For transparency, I am a Roman Catholic and I love my faith. That being said, I would like to thank all my fellow Christians who share your faith with the world. It has been through the sharing of many faiths, in person and online over my life, which has helped me to have a personal encounter and friendship with Jesus. It is this very friendship which has given me peace and joy to face all the problems of parenting, marriage, and life with confidence in knowing it will all be ok.  I would also like to make it very clear, I am as big a sinner as anyone. I have no special knowledge or education other than what I read, listen to, or have come to understand through the power of the Holy Spirit. This site is solely my thoughts and not that of my husband, my family, my friends, my church, or my religion. 🙂

 

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The Parable of the Lost Coin

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Why am I posting this parable for my first post in two years? This morning I was reading through Luke 15. In Luke 15 there are 3 parables of lost people or things. The first being the parable of the Lost sheep. There is also the parable of the Prodigal son. Both of these stories are well known, but as I read through the chapter I was drawn to the parable of the lost coin. Immediately, I envisioned walking outside and finding a penny on the ground. Who doesn’t get excited about finding a penny… “find a penny, pick it up, if it’s heads you’ll have good luck.” Then I made a connection to how we are pennies and God’s mercy is when He finds us, picks us up, and places us gently in His pocket to carry all throughout the day. Who wouldn’t want to be found by God, to be safely surrounded by His love. His mercy is His love. Just as a child is excited and rejoicing in finding a penny, God rejoices when we go to Him and ask for his forgiveness. I say go to Him, because He is always looking for and waiting for us to return to Him.

Pennies seem so insignificant when we only have one, yet if you are short by penny it becomes some what significant to your need. We are the one penny God wants. It can be hard to think God would want us, to love us, but He does. It’s way we were created, to be loved and to love. Let’s think… How many times do we leave a penny in the “leave a penny/take a penny” bowl at a store? Leaving a penny is a gift of mercy and love to a stranger whether you realize it or not, because when someone is in need of help your penny matters. A few pennies in a homeless person’s hands could help add up to a warm cup of coffee and therefore access to a restroom to help them clean up…mercy and love. A few pennies could help build a home, a school, provide food. So as insignificant as a penny may seem one or many pennies together can make a big difference. Each of us make a difference.

May each of us look for the lost coins and rejoice in it’s being found. I pray, for each person who reads this, that they know they are like a penny God is longing to have back in His pocket.

 

 

 

Let YOUR light shine,

Kim

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  • Melissa - December 8, 2015 - 11:27 am

    I look forward to your future post. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Ann - December 7, 2015 - 10:32 pm

    Kim, I have missed your post and photography so very much. Last year was the hardest year of my life, in Feb I had a mental and nervous break down. God called on me that month, he was my savior. When I felt like my life was coming to an end, I was actually being worked on and reborn. I was blessed with new eyes to see, a new vision. What a beautiful post, and from now on I will see myself and others as Gods pennies. I look forward to reading your future post.
    So glad you are back.

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    • Kim - December 7, 2015 - 9:07 pm

      Sorry to hear this Melissa, but so also happy to hear you have a new vision! We are all on this journey together, to help lift each other up, so thank you for sharing a small yet vulnerable part of your story with me. You sharing encourages me to share more also how the Lord has opened my eyes to a new world. 🙂ReplyCancel

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