quejimenez Earth has produced its harvest; God, our God, blesses us... || I stumbled across this verse from Psalms last week, during my study, and...I forgot to write the number, etc. I also see I got semicolon happy...in permanent pen! Oh, wells! I'll find the verse, add it, and make something of all those incorrect semicolons. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
On the left is a new embroidery project I'm starting to learn new filling stitches, record what I'm growing in the garden, and record a favorite verse. On the right, an embroidery I started about five years ago depicting a scene from my then, novel in progress. I think the key for me to not get bored is to work on multiple projects at once. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I think I'll also start tracking my progress in pictures, it'll help stave off those feelings of being unproductive. I think. We'll see. Oh, and also on my post-grad to-do list...sourdough bread! I miss bread baking so much. Soon as I'm home from my last residency I'm making a starter! And jam, lots of jam making, too! There's a trend, here. Slow down. Slow work. Slow food. Slow life. Slowing down and enjoying God's daily blessings. Are there any areas in your life you'd like to slow down?
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quejimenez Slow. || I'm struggling with slowing down these days. It feels oddly indulgent, unproductive, and even selfish at times. Sitting and stitching, revisiting projects I started nearly five years ago. I've been a student & homeschooling mom for 7/8 years, decompressing is harder than I thought. But, I'm pushing forward. Reading my Bible more, listening to E when he tells me to do nothing, and being still and quiet enough to hear God's direction for me in this new season of my life. Wishing you all a blessed Monday. 2d

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quejimenez Sometimes I wish to paint myself yellow. _________________________________
One of the many things I'm most looking forward to about life post grad school is taking the time to study nature, and to record my observations in poems and art. But mostly, I'm looking forward to slowing down, and walking with God in purpose. My biggest goal: Study/Read the entire Bible in my first year.
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quejimenez Rejoice. || "Rejoice in the Lord always...Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:4-7
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Rejoicing today in the blessing of my first job since becoming a mother 12 years ago! I've prayed for purpose, direction, to be used and of service with the gifts/talents God has invested in me, but also to remain a homeschooling, at-home mom. He has listened to my heart, and blessed me according to His will. Amen!
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So often we pray selfishly, asking for our hearts' desires, material things, etc. But, I've learned prayer is not about me, my wants, comforts, whims. It is about praying for God's will, being a service to His will, a vessel for His love, mercy, and living life as He designed you, for what He has willed for you, and those around you. In all I do, I pray first that it fulfills His design and purpose for me, and then, I earnestly pray and work from with love for God's will. Without love, we are and have nothing. Our lives have meaning when we live according to His design & will.
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Plants: Calendula, nasturtium, Epazote, Borage, St. John's Wort, basil, & comfrey.
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quejimenez Again. || Color, again. Quilt, again. Embroider, again. Cross stitch, again. Crochet, again. Knit, again. Weave, again. Sew, again. Draw, again. Paint, again. Bake, again. Garden, again. Live, again. See, again. Be, again. Creative, again.
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Today, I start, all over, again. And, this time, there will be poems. #graduatingsoon
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quejimenez Oh, natural! || There is so much peace and freedom in truly embracing how beautifully God created you. Decided last night to rock my #twa undefined, natural and with out all the products. Why fight the frizz, or try and stretch my curls only to redefine and manipulate them to look another way? No need to redefine the beauty already there. Now my #fro is back to being cottony soft...and smelling like sweet earth! 🌎️ We must continue to challenge what we call and recognize as beautiful. I'm starting today with me. Seeing myself for the title my husband always calls me..His Beauty.
#naturallyme #naturalista #naturalhair
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quejimenez Boysenberry Pop Tarts! || A little extra love for the kiddos and Mr. tonight. (And feeding my boysenberry, blackberry addiction, too!) I'm going to 'invent' seedless berry pie this summer; surely I can't be the only one who can't handle all them seeds! 2w

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quejimenez Fruit. || "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine dresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he pruned, that it may bear more fruit...Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me." (John 15:1-2,4 ESV)
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This morning I spent a few hours watering, tending the garden, being quiet and in prayer. Though I pray throughout my day, I find that gardening in the morning gives me time to pray deeper, to really talk with God, but mostly, to listen and abide in Him. There, tending the plants, watching the birds, the lizards, and even the Rollie pollies, I am always reminded my greatest purpose is fulfilling His will with my life. I am reminded of His faithfulness as I pray my gratitudes and concerns while tending the garden He's blessed me to steward. The garden is always abundant, even as the plants set seed/fruit and their season of life comes to a close. The same is God's faithfulness to us.
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Taking quiet time to abide in Him, to talk, and listen to Him, helps Him prune me. In being still and listening, He guides me so I may bear fruit with my life.
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What time can you set aside to abide in God? To pour your heart out to Him in gratitude, with your joys and concerns, to ask, but most importantly, to listen. Where can you set aside time in your life to listen, to be still, so God can prune you according to His will? My friends, I tell you there is great joy and comfort in abiding in Him.
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quejimenez Smothered Steak & Sausage, Homemade Mashed Potatoes w/ Mushroom Gravy, Roasted Zucchini and Honey Sweet Cornbread || Monday Night Dinner
Had a purposeful day in the garden, planting the last of my veggies, weeding/watering, then catching up around the house, and cooking my favorite three people a good and hearty dinner. After all the thesis work of last week, it was wonderful to be domestic and take care of my family, before getting back to the grind tomorrow. (Although, I do plan to sneak some baking in.) I'm almost at the finish line...🏾... and the closer I get, the more excited I get about living a purposeful, intentional life filled with Best Yeses.
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quejimenez Mama's Love. || The two most beautiful gifts God has blessed me with. So grateful for them, their love, their hearts and spirits. I do not know what I ever did to deserve to be their mother, but God I am grateful and doing my best to be what you designed me to be for them. Today is a day of gratitude for me, for them and the love and grace they give me, and for all the women-- my own mother, Grandmother, Aunties, sister, cousins, friends who have nurtured and loved me in my life. For all you women who love and nurture a child/another...I celebrate you! Have a blessed day! Now it's time to enjoy the waffles and bacon the kids and E made for me! 3w

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quejimenez All the colors. || It was not my plan to pick them all, but one color lead to another, and I made a rainbow of things. The best part is I don't know what I'm making. But there will be 4w

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quejimenez Called. || Listened. || Answering. _______________________~_______________

Woke up early this morning to spend some quiet time in prayer. Lately, I've been deeply praying for guidance on living my purpose and doing what God has called me to. I'm still praying, listening, trying to be still/quiet enough to allow God to speak in my life, but this morning the whisper to quilt (that has been so very patient with me) became louder. I told E all I want this weekend is him, the kids, some good sweets, cuddling, a bit of fabric and time to sew.
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I don't know all of my purpose, all of my calling, but I do know today and most of all my days it's being wife, mother, and a little bit of a poet/artist/gardener. So, I'm starting here and answering this call until the next one comes.
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As I prayed this morning, this verse came to me, comforting me:
"...each one must live his/her life in the situation the Lord assigned when God called him/her." (1 Cor 7:17, HCSB)
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There is great peace in accepting where you are, and growing in God from there. You've been assigned all you need to answer His call, so be still and know, and grow from where you are. Be blessed beautiful people.
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quejimenez Pray. || "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1Thess 5:16-18
Today is National Day of Prayer and as I go about my day cleaning and restoring my home, I am also doing my best to be prayerful. One of the greatest changes to my spiritual life has come through a deep dedication to be prayerful daily. There have been days where I've prayed without seeming to cease, and days I've been too filled with 'life' and being busy to settle and pray. Life happens, I know and get that, but earnestly praying has helped me to navigate life. It has staved off anxiety, worry, doubt, fear and filled me calm and peace.
My Friends, God is always willing to listen, speak to Him. He is faithful and so full of grace and love for you.
Don't know where to start? I personally start first with God's will, praying that His will be done, then that His will is done in me, and from there I pray for my husband, my children, my 3 parents, family, friends, neighbors, and then the greater world. Once I've gone through that general list I pray specific prayers for family and friends I know need special prayers.
When? I pray while cleaning, washing dishes, cooking, showering, gardening...and especially when I wake up. Whenever my mind is not occupied, I try and turn my heart (and mind) to prayer. I try to stay in communication with God throughout my day through prayer.
And those days when I pray without ceasing, those are the best days.
If you need prayer, I would be joyfully happy to pray for you. Not just today, but any and every day. Leave a message, direct message me, text or email, call, etc. I will pray for you.
And of course, praying you all have a blessed day!
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quejimenez Matthew 6:28,30 || Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin...if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you..." Coming home to a garden full of color and praise for God restores my spirit. There is so much purple and yellow my spirit can't help but stop and praise. Stewarding a garden is every much an act of faith, prayer, gratitude and praise for all He has blessed me with.
We are in the middle of the worst drought in a century, I never water, and yet He blesses me with so much color and beauty. A daily reminder of His glory, mercy, faithfulness, and love! I promise you all, God's love is everywhere!
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quejimenez Bible Study. || As I close out the last few weeks of my grad school education I have little time to read Christian living books. I've only had time for Bible reading. While the kids are taking their state tests, I thought it'd be a great chance to refuel my spirit and do some pleasure reading along with Bible study in the car. I can't write here, so I might as well make good use of my time. I've got my Devotional Bible, Twelve Extraordinary Women (of the Bible), and The Best Yes. What are you reading? Anyone else have reader's ADD because they never have the time to read for pleasure? Gah! I want to read all of the books! 🏽🏾 4w

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quejimenez Smothered. || Sometimes you need smothered chicken, gravy over basmati rice, creamed corn, vegetables, and sweet cornbread. Sometimes you just need to eat what your Granma fed you, those meals that taste like home, love, & family all rolled into one. I had one of those nights Sunday, and the way this week has been treating me, I'm wishing I had one more day of left overs. Thankfully, the kids and E left enough apple turnovers for another night. Yay! I've been really craving and needing comfort food, as I push through and finish my last semester of Grad school. I'm not sure if it's the cooking or the eating, but all of it has been great salve for my sore mind. #soulfood #homecook 1mon

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quejimenez 🏻+🏾= || Heading to Bible study, hearts full of joy and love. Rocking the same haircut is fun, especially when I got all the curls. Spikes & Kinks for days. #lovehim 1mon

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quejimenez Salisbury Steak w/ Mushrooms over Egg Noodles & Peas and Corn // Old Fashioned Vanilla & Chocolate Pudding Swirl for dessert.
Retro TV Dinner Night. || We've been in a meal rut, eating the same dinners week after week with some fun stuff here and there. So, I decided to make a 'new to us' meal. The kids were excited about a retro meal, as they both are enamored with the 80s, so I went classic TV dinner. Big hit! They called it 'exceptional, instant classic,' and asked if we could have left overs. All three of them scraped their plates cleaned, and asked for seconds. And I have to agree, it was absolutely delicious. One of the best meals I've made this year, easily. Even greater, the steak & gravy was a quick from scratch recipe, as was both puddings. Going into the family favorites file!

Nights like this I'm reminded my greatest role is wife and mom. #proverbs31
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quejimenez Love. || "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind...You shall love your neighbor as yourself." -Mat 22:37-39

The great commandment. Above all else. Today my heart is heavy with grief/sadness as my mother mourns the life of her best Sisterfriend, a woman I loved as an aunt. In praying for her family, for her children, her sisterfriends, who've known her their entire lives--I asked for guidance, to have the right words to soothe my mother's heart, to offer my condolences to the family, to heal my own sadness and God gently reminds that love is the greatest. Love someone in pain, today, serve your family in love, today, while you still have them, love your neighbors, strangers, your foes, as deeply as you love your own. We are all fleeting lights and while we are here shinning our lights on each other, the greatest thing we can do, we can offer our fellow sisters and brothers is love.
When you think of your family, friends, foes, or pass a stranger today, say a silent loving prayer for them, then smile from your heart. You know not what burdens they are carrying and your prayer, your heart shaped smile may save their life. Be love today. Go out and serve the world with love today.
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quejimenez Write. Garden. Write. Repeat. || Taking a little break from work to shop for a graduation dress. Maybe. If I see something special. Two months to go and all I can think about is the deep breath I'll take once I walk the stage. It has been a 6/7 year journey (straight through) to get from stay at home mom to MFA grad, and though I'm mentally tired, I'm grateful God's grace got me this far. Days like this, when I'm running out of steam to get to the finish line, this man picks me up, encourages me, tells me what a good writer, wife, mother I am. Pure love. And when I wonder if I look too boyish, with my kinky thick hair I make no time to style, he tells me I'm beautiful until I tell him I believe him. 2mon

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