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Tia Joy Kim  Acts 20:24 πŸ’›

🌳🌸🌿🌼 Spring in Portland. Except, for this Cali gal, it felt like stepping three months back into winter again. πŸŒ¦β˜”οΈπŸŒ¬

Taking a step back from calligraphy as business and reapplying it as an offering has refreshed it for me lately. Thankful for the opp to have made this for my church this weekend. If you’re in SoCal and looking for a place to hear more about Jesus or looking for a place to worship tomorrow, join us πŸ’• @bbcbellflower πŸ’›

Looking forward to the day I’m old and wrinkled and can hear the next generation and the generation under them sing these words and mean it. πŸ’›
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#hymn

When you get a little over-zealous about that raw edge.πŸ’₯ And add in a word. πŸ€ͺ
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Been feeling this song lately by @audreyassad. πŸ’›

2017 was a transitional year for us. We moved almost 400 miles, I decided to close my calligraphy business and embrace this busy beautiful season of motherhood with arms wide open, and chose to invest more in person rather than digitally. πŸ’› And as I felt more healthy emotionally and spiritually, I sought calligraphy less and read and wrote and spent more time face to face with people. No Instagram images or posts to show for them but a rich Rolodex in my heart. πŸ˜‰
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2017 was a hard year (is any year not hard in this fallen world?) but it was a year of God's unrelenting kindness. Whatever I thought I lost and left behind in our move, God really multiplied back to us (I'm especially looking at you, @bbcbellflower church fam πŸ’•)
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A loved one recently asked me why the Christian life often looks so dreary and sin-focused. Like a constant refrain of "I'm such a sinner, God give mercy!" And I wondered if I portray too much of the struggle with sin rather than the surpassing value of Christ. But it's a real tension in the believer's life. I'm constantly exposed to the darkness of sin in my life and others' -- and I don't think this is any unique experience. Don't we all? How can you escape death and illness and spiritual poverty? It's right in our families, in our own hearts, everywhere we turn. All the paid vacations away couldn't expunge the seeping, present darkness. But because Christ is with me, in a real way, I can call the darkness what it is and face these demons with hope. We all can.
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I pray 2018 is more of unearthing the glories and riches and beauty of Jesus Christ my Lord, whether I'm cleaning after the kids or walking through a loved one's darkness or painting. That whether I live or die, every last drop wrung out of this small life would attest to His worth. Because He is worth everything -- and even beyond that.
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#bestnine2017, calligraphed words written in both anguish and joy. The background, bleak. But I pray, the foreground and focus, bright. Because such is our Hope and Joy. πŸ’›βœ¨

Merry Christmas, friends! πŸ’›πŸŽ„
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I wrote a little something for those of you celebrating Christmas in broken families, but left my laptop at home and am now about 400 miles away from home. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜ But I am thinking of you, especially those of you who responded to my Instastory prompt a couple weeks ago πŸ’› Maybe I'll save it for next year πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹

Messy hallelujahs.

God is interrupting the passing narrative of fallen world and sinful life through the cross of His Son.

And if for no other reason than this, happy Thanksgiving. πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ’›

That mercy didn't come cheap. πŸ’›

My heart and prayers go out to you, First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas -- as well as to your friends and family and community. πŸ˜’πŸ’›

"Saved from sin and death by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone according to Scripture alone for the glory of God alone."
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A 7'x10' hanging canvas sign for Reformation Sunday yesterday at my church, @bbcbellflower πŸ’› It has its lion share of imperfections, but at best my worship is that ... and God is kind. πŸ˜‹πŸ’›
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Thanks to those of you who followed along in Instastories, commiserated with me when I was almost done but forgot a whole phrase and had to restart 😭 ("according to Scripture alone" is pretty important...), and sent fun/ny messages.
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Soli Deo Gloria. Though I repent of dusting my shoulders when some friends told me they couldn't find the spot where I used excess canvas + hot glue to cover an ugly mistake on the final piece -- or at least pretended they couldn't πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰πŸ’•

God could have painted His rainbow in black and white. And then maybe general revelation would have supported the idea of a legalistic, narrow, cruel God.
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But God didn't. He painted the rainbow in brilliant colors, each with their limitless variations. And I suppose some might then interpret this as God's acceptance of sin's fallen creativity and its endless permutations. But we know the God of Scripture does not find sin beautiful.
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If anything, we can conclude that the rainbow reflects God's glorious, gracious heart toward His people. The heart of His covenant promise. An Old Testament whisper of the resurrection to follow Calvary. Far from condoning sin, closer to covering, pardoning, bearing Himself the wrath for sin. A multicolored picture of mercy.
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