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tia joy kim  southern cali | acts 20:24 πŸ’›

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I got mail. πŸ’•
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Design by @kellydesign.co + Spot Calligraphy/Florals by πŸ™‹πŸ»
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Still not taking on calligraphy work, but this was for a pal πŸ’›

Spent the morning with my friend and her adorable baby bump this morning. How many women have had babies, yet every time, it is still a miracle. πŸ’›

My dad was the first person in the world to tell me about Jesus. He isn't a perfect man by any means, so he obviously didn't teach me about Jesus through his perfection. But he taught me about Jesus by his repentance. From a young age, I understood God was a holy, loving, forgiving Abba because of my dad's out-loud prayers of repentance. And to this day, that example is one of the most redemptive memories I carry (and cherish) of my first earthly family. Thank you, Dad. πŸ’›
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#fathersday

I tried looking for a good quote with this word in it, but let's be real -- sometimes I like to write words just for the rhythm of their letters. πŸ˜‰ γ€° 🎢
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Video at 4x speed πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ #brushlettering #linerbrush

I was admiring a friend's peonies last week, and a few nights ago, JE brought these tight-fisted beauties home. They've just begun to unfurl, and watching their gradual surrender brought this old favorite poem to mind.
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"Lord, here I hold within
my trembling hand,
This will of mine β€”
a thing which seemeth small;
And only Thou, O Christ,
canst understand
How, when I yield Thee this,
I yield mine all.
It hath been wet with tears and
stained with sighs,
Clenched in my grasp till
beauty hath it none;
Now, from Thy footstool
where it prostrate lies
The prayer ascendeth:
'Let Thy will be done.'”
(D. M. M’Intyre)
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#peonies #beautifulsurrender

Getting sucked into the Instagram art + design world was both a blessing and a curse when it came to my standards for what I wanted our home to look like. Before, I hardly cared...and then I cared too much.
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But one thing God has done in this season of transition and thwarted home purchase plans (among others) is to remind me of art + design in their proper place in my home.
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A beautiful, tasteful home? Sure. One so beautiful and tasteful that it takes up too much of my concern and thought...that too much of my stewarded money is going toward it...that I find it difficult to welcome guests with sticky faces, dusty feet, and clumsy hands? (My own children included?)
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There is a balance here that isn't found in simple budgeting or deleting apps. It's found in the priorities and affections of my heart. And the scales should be tipped far far far in favor of the weight of glory, of the surpassing value of Christ, of the urgency of the gospel message. Because at best, my home here is just a tent for a humble pilgrim's family. It's just a tent for soldiers in serious warfare.
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It's a dear place but it isn't my ultimate hiding place or home. (And thank God for that. I would hope my ultimate home has no dirty dishes or laundry...πŸ˜‰)
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πŸ“ΈπŸ’• @jennatabithakim
#preachingtomyownheart #home #tjkbitsoflife

Been thinking a lot about this quote from @tonyreinke's #12waysyourphoneischangingyou: "I do not have 'time to kill'--I have time to redeem."
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And while both boys napped (my eldest next to me), made another reminder for our home. πŸ’›
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Full quote from my Kindle highlights in my stories.

"If you're a parent, you have been given an ambassadorial calling. It means everything you do is representative. That your calling is to represent the message and the methods and the character of the King, again and again and again."
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"Parents...being an ambassador means you're the look on God's face. You're the tone of his voice. You're the touch of his hand."
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#pauldavidtripp on @thegospelcoalition podcast | #tjkbitsoflife

The highest, most bittersweet honor of my calligraphy journey has been this ...
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See you again soon, baby girl. I can't wait to see your mommy and daddy and big brother hold you again -- this time, in glory. πŸ’›
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Photos from her beautiful mama
#prayers4em

Didn't have a chance to honor my mama yesterday, so wanted to love on her a little here today. πŸ’› For more than half my life, I didn't understand my mama. I loved her, but I didn't understand her. And I'll probably never fully grasp the effects that trauma had on her mothering, but even in her most agonizing moments, she never left us. She was always there.
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I don't know anyone who has given more, sacrificed more, suffered more in silence on behalf of her family than my mom. She is also the most hospitable woman I know. No matter who you are, she will house you and feed you...and feed you again...and feed you again. πŸ˜‚
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She wasn't a woman of faith for most of my life, but I'm so grateful to have had the front row seats to God's work in her heart. I'm thankful He isn't finished with her yet. πŸ’›
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She used to tell me that she hopes we grow up to be friends. 32 years later, I can finally say -- she is not only my mama but my friend, my hero. πŸ’•
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I love you, umma!

"And if I should live or die, let me be found pursuing this prize, the one that alone satisfies -- the treasure of Jesus." #stevencurtischapman
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Throwback song. Been on my mind a lot lately. 🎢
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#watercolor #florals

Happy 3:00 pm! My brush is the only thing that was compliant today. #iwontmentionnames #justages #3and1 #almost4and2 πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ’• I love them.
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(#watercolor #brushlettering for a sweet friend's wedding πŸ’•)

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