Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Newborn Essentials

Because this is what got me through the day, y'all. That and Jesus.

1. Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets- So, I know the whole world raves about these muslin blankets-- but there's a reason for it. They are AMAZING. I live in Texas and they were the perfect lightweight blanket that allowed me to tightly swaddle my daughter. They are a pretty decent size, so she never wiggled out of swaddle. A must- have for SURE!

2. Soothing Gel Pads-  These little round pads were heaven sent. If you are a nursing momma, they will be your BEST friend in between feedings. Put them in the freezer for a little bit for extra relief.

3. Lamb Sound Machine- We attached this little guy to my daughter's carseat for comfort while we were in the car. The ocean sound was her favorite, and was key to putting her to sleep.

4. Hand and Face Wipes- These are a staple in my diaper bag. Even though I tried to keep my daughter's hands and face covered, someone, somewhere would ALWAYS walk up and try to touch her. People can't keep their germy hands off of babies! Don't be afraid to tell them not to touch either :) I would always wipe her down after the person walked off.

5. Pamper's Swaddlers- I tried out so many different diaper brands because we were trying to find the cheapest, yet best diaper on the market. Though these might be a little more expensive, they are the absolute best, in my opinion. I like that the back of the diaper comes up further than most, preventing (a few, but not all) blowouts.

6. Boppy Pillow- Oh my arms are still thanking the Boppy for support during feedings. It wraps around your mid-section and allows you to hold the baby close in a comfortable position. I splurged and purchased a  custom cover from Anna at For the Love of Joy on Etsy. She does such an amazing job! I loved looking down at her beautiful work while nursing.

7. Portable Swing- My daughter was a swing sleeper. We purchased a big swing that stayed in the living room, but this one was nice because we could transport it wherever we were in the house. She always slept best snuggled up and rocking.

8. Sleep Gown- Not only did this keep my little girl warm, but it also was a life saver during middle of the night diaper changes. No one wants to try to snap a sleeper at 3 am!

9. Boudreaux's Butt Paste- Silly name, amazing product. I can't tell you how many times I've become super nervous with a diaper rash, rubbed some of this in and within 24 hours the rash was gone. It's incredible!

10. MAM Pacifier- Now, I know all baby's are different and prefer different pacifiers, but this was my daughter's preference. I like that it has air holes on the side so baby doesn't get a rash around his/her mouth.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

on my heart: hearts vs. mouths

I just completed my week 4 of Beth Moore's "Breaking Free" study. Now, let me just be honest for a moment. I started this study in December. DECEMBER y'all. And I'm just now on week 4. I have to try and not let myself feel guilty over it. I'm doing it on my own, so my diligence has sloughed off because I wasn't necessarily accountable to any human- but I was to God. I am thankful for grace, because when I do sit down to do my study, the lesson or the homework for that day is exactly what I needed to read that particular moment. And that's just God exercising His grace with me.

Today's homework was about overcoming the obstacle of legalism. When I started reading, I thought, "surely this one doesn't have to do with me, but I'll give it a go." First of all, I JUST finished reading about overcoming the obstacle of pride... and then I had that thought. Did you know that the Lord brought me back down off my self-proclaimed pedestal and showed me the log in my own eye? I struggle with legalism. Did I know that before today? Nope. But I sure do now. I also know that I struggle with pride. Again. Thankful for His loving grace. Because growing in the Lord isn't always pretty, but without His confrontational love, I wouldn't become the woman He wants me to be.



So here we go. Like I said, I struggle with legalism. How do I know? Well, the more I read into the study and read in Matthew and Isaiah about looking at the specks in other's eyes and not realizing the log in my own, and then in Isaiah about "They honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me." I realized my heart is kinda ugly. I'm a hardcore rule follower. My number one strength from Strength Finders is Belief. When I see someone doing something wrong, it urks me. Mainly because I'm Honest Abe over here and would literally tell my mom when I was little when I hit my sister. I couldn't stand the thought of lying about what I did. So I just told her. I knew she was going to find out anyway, so it just seemed better to let her know. Well-- that's how I am with other people. Sometimes I see someone going down the wrong path and I want to yell out "CAUTION!". Not that that is bad, because that is a healthy strength, but it has to come out of love. It becomes unhealthy when I'm more worried about what other's are doing (or not doing) instead of first examining my own life.

I'm a blessed woman. I have an incredible husband, a beautiful daughter, and things are going well for us. We are truly living under the blessed umbrella of the Lord. But sometimes, I portray my walk with the Lord to be something it's not. For example, a few weeks back in our life group, we were talking about prayer. Someone asked the question about growing in prayer and making it a daily, vital part of our lives. I gave the "well, we should crave the Lord like coffee and want to wake up every day reading our bible and praying." What the heck? Where did that even come from because that is NOT what I have been doing. But here's where my heart was ugly. I wanted them to think that I had the answer or that I had it all together. AGAIN. Pride & legalism.

I got into my car later and the Lord spoke sweetly to me. He brought me off of my pedistal and reminded me that He was the reason I had everything that I have. Confrontational love. So very thankful for that. I was prideful in my walk with him. I was acting like I had it all together in that setting (when that is far from the truth). My mouth didn't line up with my heart.

Beth Moore said it perfectly.

"God does not take our spiritual temperature under the tongue by the words we say, or in our ear by the impressive teachings we hear, or under our arms by the service we perform. God takes our spiritual temperature straight from our heart."

So thankful for this confrontation today. It has really caused me to do some thinking. I want to be the woman of God that he has called me to be. To be able to move forward into my destiny. I'm also thankful that his will is for me to live a life completely void of any obstacles that would keep me from Him.

I'm so very grateful for his grace this morning!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Let's Bless!

Have you guys ever heard of Embrace Grace? It's a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing emotional, practical and spiritual support for single young girls that find themselves with an unplanned pregnancy. Amazing, right? Actually, it's incredible.



This weekend, at Pink Impact, I was hit hard with this reality. I have heard about it several times, and even made a little something for one of the babies. But it never really sunk in until I had the opportunity to share with a girl who just recently found herself in an unplanned pregnancy about this amazing ministry. The look on her face was priceless. A look of hope instead of despair. A look of purpose instead of guilt. She was loved on instead of feeling like she was damaged goods. Someone cared about her and the new little life inside of her. She was told that no matter whether her child was planned or unplanned, the Lord still had a purpose for this sweet little bundle growing in her belly. His hands were literally holding her baby inside of her womb. 

"As Christians step out of their comfort zones and use their voice for those who have none, more and more girls are thinking twice about having an abortion. New laws are being enacted that make the mother view the sonogram and hear the heartbeat of their unborn baby at least 24 hours before undergoing an abortion procedure. This window gives them just a little more time to really process the choice they’re about to make. And because of these changes, more babies are being saved.

 This is a good thing right?

 Of course it is. It is a GREAT thing. Lives are being saved. But what happens after a girl finally makes the difficult decision to follow through with the pregnancy? A lot of times, she has nine lonely months of worry and fear. Friends distance themselves, and her family may even turn their backs on her. The father of the baby might just run because he can’t handle the pressure. What happens to this girl that made the brave and courageous decision to keep her baby when the world has turned away?"

Enter Embrace Grace. Whether they keep their baby or place for adoption, Embrace Grace is a support system for them as they begin their journey of being a young mother or blessing another family with their baby.

Recently, two young mommas blessed another family with their sweet babies. What incredible women. These women thought of the best life for their child. For whatever reason, these young moms were not able to keep their little baby. They knew that there were families out there that were yearning for a child. What a self-less act to bless another family with your child. To chose life, and carry your child for nine months, knowing that you were going to bless a family in the end of the journey. It's amazing. 

Usually, Embrace Grace throws a group shower a the end of each semester of the program that the young mommas go through. It's a wonderful thing! However, the ladies that chose adoption get a different kind of shower. They receive a "Celebration of Life" shower for their selfless act. Fun, right?! 

The next shower is THIS FRIDAY. I know, it's short notice, but I just found out about it :) HOWEVER, there is still time to send a sweet little something for these ladies. It may not get here on time, but wouldn't you like to bless them? We can get it to them within the next week or so if it doesn't make it here on time. I plan on making them some handmade goodies. 

Would you like to go in with me and do something for them? 

How awesome would it be for them to feel the love and support of ladies that have adopted, prayed for adoption, etc. How incredible would it be for it to come from women that they don't even know? 

I'll be going to the shower on Friday. At this point, I don't want to give out names for privacy purposes, but if you contact me with information, I can send you a list of their favorite things. 


Feel free to repost this picture on Instagram or Twitter to rally up support for these women. Let's use hashtag #EGCelebrationOfLife to keep it all together :)


You can email me at kimberlcampbell (at) gmail (dot) com for shipping info. 

You ladies are awesome! Thank you so much for your support and prayers for these ladies!!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

my heart is about to burst.

(Disclaimer-- this post is not eloquently written. In fact, I didn't even re-read it once I posted it. Wrong? Maybe. But it's straight from my heart. So if you're judging me grammatically, I'm probably giving you a headache. :)) 

I'm not even joking. I feel like I could explode.

For the past three weeks, I've been involved in a Women in Leadership Development class. I didn't really understand WHY I was there until this week. Now I know that I know that I know. And my heart is about to explode.

I've known since I was about 16 that I had a specific calling on my life. That I was set apart and different. But I never really realized that I have something to offer. That God has placed something so deep inside of my heart and life and he's called ME to deliver it. I didn't realize that I had influence on the women and people around me until just recently. I'm still BLOWN away when people said that I inspired them to do something, encouraged them in a specific way (by my actions, not words), spoke into their lives, etc. Sometimes, well, most of the time, I think "Why me, God. ME?!". But he keeps showing me over and over again how deep this calling is. I can't escape it. I don't want to escape it, but to be completely honest it scares me so bad.

However, this is where the class comes in. I feel, well, now I know, that I am in an intense time of mentoring and equipping for what God has for me. I'm going through things in my life so that I can be an aide or a bridge for people to find Christ through their circumstances. I learning to love people where they are at, knowing that I am not the one to "fix" them. Because frankly, nothing in me will help anyone else out. It's all God.

I'm about to run off onto a rabbit trail. Will you stick with me a minute? One of the biggest lessons I've learned through this season was to just LOVE. That when I clothe myself in love, the Lord shines through and can do what he wants through me. That nothing I do is of me, that it's all of Him. That I myself, Kimber Campbell, am not the "fixer". Want to know something crazy? I was becoming prideful when I thought, "Well, I'll just send them this sermon and they'll find God and he'll turn their lives around. I'll be the one to START the turning of their hearts." My mom called it out in me. PRIDE. Harsh words, right? Yeah. But it struck deep. I thought I could make people turn back to Christ. I was so wrong. Hearts are turned to Christ when they surrender, sometimes hit rock bottom, and ultimately chose for themselves to follow Christ. And none of that is because of me.

So yes, I'm extremely excited for what the Lord is doing in and through me. Someone today said the Lord spoke to her in this way. He gave her a picture of a dresser. He was cleaning it out, getting rid of the things she didn't need, and re-folding the clothes, putting them exactly where HE wanted them. And that's what the Lord is doing in my life. He's cleaning me out. Re-arranging some things, and getting rid of the things that aren't necessary.

And I love it so very much. I can't wait for what He has for me next!

Friday, April 5, 2013

C O F F E E D A T E

Today I'm linking up with Alissa from Rags to Stiches for a Coffee Date. Please excuse my "hair horn" coming out of the right side of my head. My hair is still growing out from losing it while I was pregnant. No amount of pomade, hairspray, hairstyling cream, gel, whatever will fix it. So eat your heart out. It's sayin' HEY GIRL! 

Alright. I'm a nerd. ENJOY! 



Contentment Challenge: Nancy Ray Photography #contentmentchallenge

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

E A S T E R 2013

Walking away from this weekend, I'm left with wonderful memories of my girl's first Easter. It was a great time spent with family and friends, but more importantly, I'm still a bit taken back by what my Savior did for me on the cross. And if I'm being completely honest, I wish I was as impacted by it on an every day basis, not just one weekend out of the year. It's almost as if I went, "Oh, ya. He did that for ME." Why isn't it a reality on a hour by hour basis? Why isn't it always at the forefront of my mind. I'm still working on that. I don't have the answer but I know that the more I look inwardly at myself, He'll show me and it will draw me closer to Him. 



Here's what I do know: In Jesus, there was no trace of self-importance. He died. He CHOSE to die. The mind of Jesus was to be at the bottom. I know that the more I fashion myself to be that way, to mimic the life of Christ and to clothe myself in love as He did, that the cross will be a reality to me once again. I know I said that I didn't know the answer in the paragraph above but... He just made it real to me. Just had an "oh, ya, duh." moment as He was speaking through my fingertips. Love that.



These pictures make me giggle, because Caroline could have cared less about the egg hunt. We walked around with her for pictures sake and she was just irritated that we would let her eat grass. She was also 2 hours overdue for a nap. Fun. But, with her personality coming out more and more every day, she was a real trooper and had giggling, clapping, and squealing for her cousins as they ran by with eggs. It was a good day.








Thursday, March 14, 2013

Little Life Lessons: Forgiveness

Forgiveness. Hard word, huh? For me, too.

There was a guest speaker at Bethesda this past Sunday. (R.T. Kendall.-- listen here) He was on the older side and to be honest, I had already turned my ears off when he came up to the podium. Why do I do that? Well, I was wrong. And this message was for me. 

He spoke on the thing that causes me to want to bury my head in my pillow. TOTAL FORGIVENESS. But he brought a whole other facet to the word that I had never heard before. He spoke on "How you know you forgave someone". Well, dangit. Had I forgiven the people who wronged me? I thought I had, but I was so wrong.

"You know you have forgiven someone when you don't talk about it anymore." Kinda going along with the word's lesson from last week, huh? Didn't think of that until just now. I had apparently "forgiven" them, but I would still spout off if I was upset about something and vent about something that was in the past. Wrong. So very wrong.

"you won't let them be afraid of you." Perfect love casts out fear. They were afraid of me. They didn't know how to act around me now. That's not what I wanted. I never want to drive fear into some one. 

And here's the kicker. "Don't let them feel guilty." But, wait?! Don't they need to know how hurt I was? No. He said that it's almost like we can't bear the thought of them not knowing how wounded we are. We can't wait for them to be sorry. We have to CHOOSE to forgive. You see, my mom always taught me that forgiveness was a choice, not a feeling. Even well into my twenties and even now she'll remind me to make a daily choice (sometimes hourly) to forgive people. She is and was right. I need to extend grace. Instead of rubbing it in their face, I need to cover their fragile ego-- because I know that God is ultimately at the bottom of it all and that HE is the greatest judge. Not me. 

One of my favorite quotes from Sunday. "Forgiveness is a life sentence." meaning that I forgave you then and I forgive you now. It's constant. 

Joseph was given a lofty position because he TOTALLY FORGAVE his brothers for sending him into slavery. But it turned out to be the greatest thing that ever happened to him. Imagine what God can do in your life when there is no bitterness at all! 

This message changed my life. And I don't say that loosely. I put it into practice this week and I'm telling you.... I'm a better person and my family/friends are better because of it. 

How'd you like that for my little life lesson from my twenties that happened 4 days ago? ha! I'm always learning something new!

Please, please, please listen to that message. It's about 35-40 minutes. SO much of my post above came from his message and my notes. I give him FULL credit (RT Kendall). I couldn't stop writing notes and this is about a quarter of them :)


Have a life lesson you'd like to share? We want to hear it! This is week TWO of our bi-weekly Thursday series, "Little Life Lessons". Please join us! You can also head over to Lindsay's blog to link up as well. We'd love to have you! Link up below!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

what I wore wednesday

soo this is my first one of these EVER. I decided I'm a total nerd when it comes to taking pictures of myself. And then all of the pictures that I took with my tripod were out of focus. I'm not a fashion blogger ;)

This is just one of my everyday outfits. I think all I did was pick up my niece from school. I got dressed because I always feel better about myself when I'm semi put together. 

jeans: Belk // top: Gap Maternity (fits like a normal shirt because I accidentally shrunk it) // cami: local boutique
watch: Sam Moon // scarf: Target // flats: Target

Once I realized the focus was off I just took a shot in the mirror. Standard selfie :)


I only took a picture of myself one day out of the week. Whoops! I'll try and get better at that :) 


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Little Life Lesson: Words

My mom taught me this verse in the midst of me "letting off steam.".

I was angry, hurt, annoyed, bitter, etc. etc.

But I was wrong.

There are countless times that this verse rushes to my head in the midst of a talk amongst girlfriends. Because frankly, you and I both know how us women folk are. We think it's "okay" to vent. "okay" to talk about the nitty gritty of someone else's life. (I'm reminding myself of this truth as I type this. I constantly have to check myself.)

But something I learned from my sweet mom, sitting at the kitchen table a few years back as I was just entering my 20's was this: "where there are many words, sin is not absent."

She kindly said to me, "Kimber, I don't need to know the details. I don't need to know why, or how, or when."

This was so foreign to me, because I would crave details. I mean I want to know what my husband eats for lunch and how many bites he took... for crying out loud. And you want me to hold my tongue and not say anything?! WHAT?!

When a girlfriend wants to talk about another dear friend? walk away, change the subject, hold my tongue.

Many words in a conversation leaves room for the enemy to come in and create a gossiping environment. We say things we never should have said.. and then later that day or night, we look back and regret not biting our tongue in the midst of conversation. It's so easy for us girls to jump off the gossip cliff and fall. It gets out of hand, fast. I know from first hand experience. I wish I didn't. But I do, and I only end up hurting myself and others.

I learned this lesson the hard way. But it was a valuable one! I want to be a better wife, mother, daughter and friend and I can start by controlling the small little muscle in my mouth. A small muscle that can also wreak havoc and "kill" someone or myself if I'm not carefully guiding it.



Today I'm linking up with my beautiful friends Lindsay Dryer & Amy Reed who I met through The Influence Network. This is week ONE of our Thursday series, "Little Life Lessons". Please join us! We'd love to have you! You can head on over to either one of their blogs to link-up and share your lesson. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

influential women


A few weeks ago, I joined The Influence Network, a network of women from many different walks of like all brought together by one common thread-- Jesus. Today, a bunch of ladies are linking up together to share a little bit about ourselves, and to put faces with names. So, happy to "meet" you all!

photo by Two Pair Photography

Three little tidbits about me:

1. I'm a sucker for anything with mint in it. Like, eat-a-whole-sleeve-of-thin-mints-in-one-sitting-without-even-realizing-it lover. Sometimes I look down and am disappointed that there are none left, but then embarrassed that I just inhaled a disgusting amount of cookies.
2. I crack really cheesy jokes, and I usually think they are hilarious even when no one else does. And I can't stop laughing. I'm basically an old man.
3. I have SUPER curly hair, but I usually straighten it. After Caroline was born, the curl went away? It's slowly coming back. Did this happen to any of y'all? So weird to me.

One valuable thing I've gained from the Network:

Only one?! To be honest, I am consistently blown away by the network of woman I've met. I feel like I'm not alone in many of the areas I thought only I struggled. It's so encouraging to hear other women are dealing with the same things, or are in the same life stage that I am. Because I am a stay-at-home mom, I feel like I can still connect with other women around me, even if I can't physically get out of the house to make a lunch date or a coffee date. I still have the same type of realness online. I have also met a few friends that I feel could be life time friends the more we get to know each other. Also, to know that we are all there for the same common purpose, glorifying God and making His name great and known is a hit out of the park for me. That is ultimately my heart's desire and to have other women running along side of me, sans competition, is one of the most encouraging things in my life right now. I only wish I would have joined a few months back instead of waiting until February!

Want to join? It's SO worth it. Click here to jump in!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Newborn Essentials

Because this is what got me through the day, y'all. That and Jesus.

1. Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets- So, I know the whole world raves about these muslin blankets-- but there's a reason for it. They are AMAZING. I live in Texas and they were the perfect lightweight blanket that allowed me to tightly swaddle my daughter. They are a pretty decent size, so she never wiggled out of swaddle. A must- have for SURE!

2. Soothing Gel Pads-  These little round pads were heaven sent. If you are a nursing momma, they will be your BEST friend in between feedings. Put them in the freezer for a little bit for extra relief.

3. Lamb Sound Machine- We attached this little guy to my daughter's carseat for comfort while we were in the car. The ocean sound was her favorite, and was key to putting her to sleep.

4. Hand and Face Wipes- These are a staple in my diaper bag. Even though I tried to keep my daughter's hands and face covered, someone, somewhere would ALWAYS walk up and try to touch her. People can't keep their germy hands off of babies! Don't be afraid to tell them not to touch either :) I would always wipe her down after the person walked off.

5. Pamper's Swaddlers- I tried out so many different diaper brands because we were trying to find the cheapest, yet best diaper on the market. Though these might be a little more expensive, they are the absolute best, in my opinion. I like that the back of the diaper comes up further than most, preventing (a few, but not all) blowouts.

6. Boppy Pillow- Oh my arms are still thanking the Boppy for support during feedings. It wraps around your mid-section and allows you to hold the baby close in a comfortable position. I splurged and purchased a  custom cover from Anna at For the Love of Joy on Etsy. She does such an amazing job! I loved looking down at her beautiful work while nursing.

7. Portable Swing- My daughter was a swing sleeper. We purchased a big swing that stayed in the living room, but this one was nice because we could transport it wherever we were in the house. She always slept best snuggled up and rocking.

8. Sleep Gown- Not only did this keep my little girl warm, but it also was a life saver during middle of the night diaper changes. No one wants to try to snap a sleeper at 3 am!

9. Boudreaux's Butt Paste- Silly name, amazing product. I can't tell you how many times I've become super nervous with a diaper rash, rubbed some of this in and within 24 hours the rash was gone. It's incredible!

10. MAM Pacifier- Now, I know all baby's are different and prefer different pacifiers, but this was my daughter's preference. I like that it has air holes on the side so baby doesn't get a rash around his/her mouth.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

on my heart: hearts vs. mouths

I just completed my week 4 of Beth Moore's "Breaking Free" study. Now, let me just be honest for a moment. I started this study in December. DECEMBER y'all. And I'm just now on week 4. I have to try and not let myself feel guilty over it. I'm doing it on my own, so my diligence has sloughed off because I wasn't necessarily accountable to any human- but I was to God. I am thankful for grace, because when I do sit down to do my study, the lesson or the homework for that day is exactly what I needed to read that particular moment. And that's just God exercising His grace with me.

Today's homework was about overcoming the obstacle of legalism. When I started reading, I thought, "surely this one doesn't have to do with me, but I'll give it a go." First of all, I JUST finished reading about overcoming the obstacle of pride... and then I had that thought. Did you know that the Lord brought me back down off my self-proclaimed pedestal and showed me the log in my own eye? I struggle with legalism. Did I know that before today? Nope. But I sure do now. I also know that I struggle with pride. Again. Thankful for His loving grace. Because growing in the Lord isn't always pretty, but without His confrontational love, I wouldn't become the woman He wants me to be.



So here we go. Like I said, I struggle with legalism. How do I know? Well, the more I read into the study and read in Matthew and Isaiah about looking at the specks in other's eyes and not realizing the log in my own, and then in Isaiah about "They honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me." I realized my heart is kinda ugly. I'm a hardcore rule follower. My number one strength from Strength Finders is Belief. When I see someone doing something wrong, it urks me. Mainly because I'm Honest Abe over here and would literally tell my mom when I was little when I hit my sister. I couldn't stand the thought of lying about what I did. So I just told her. I knew she was going to find out anyway, so it just seemed better to let her know. Well-- that's how I am with other people. Sometimes I see someone going down the wrong path and I want to yell out "CAUTION!". Not that that is bad, because that is a healthy strength, but it has to come out of love. It becomes unhealthy when I'm more worried about what other's are doing (or not doing) instead of first examining my own life.

I'm a blessed woman. I have an incredible husband, a beautiful daughter, and things are going well for us. We are truly living under the blessed umbrella of the Lord. But sometimes, I portray my walk with the Lord to be something it's not. For example, a few weeks back in our life group, we were talking about prayer. Someone asked the question about growing in prayer and making it a daily, vital part of our lives. I gave the "well, we should crave the Lord like coffee and want to wake up every day reading our bible and praying." What the heck? Where did that even come from because that is NOT what I have been doing. But here's where my heart was ugly. I wanted them to think that I had the answer or that I had it all together. AGAIN. Pride & legalism.

I got into my car later and the Lord spoke sweetly to me. He brought me off of my pedistal and reminded me that He was the reason I had everything that I have. Confrontational love. So very thankful for that. I was prideful in my walk with him. I was acting like I had it all together in that setting (when that is far from the truth). My mouth didn't line up with my heart.

Beth Moore said it perfectly.

"God does not take our spiritual temperature under the tongue by the words we say, or in our ear by the impressive teachings we hear, or under our arms by the service we perform. God takes our spiritual temperature straight from our heart."

So thankful for this confrontation today. It has really caused me to do some thinking. I want to be the woman of God that he has called me to be. To be able to move forward into my destiny. I'm also thankful that his will is for me to live a life completely void of any obstacles that would keep me from Him.

I'm so very grateful for his grace this morning!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Let's Bless!

Have you guys ever heard of Embrace Grace? It's a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing emotional, practical and spiritual support for single young girls that find themselves with an unplanned pregnancy. Amazing, right? Actually, it's incredible.



This weekend, at Pink Impact, I was hit hard with this reality. I have heard about it several times, and even made a little something for one of the babies. But it never really sunk in until I had the opportunity to share with a girl who just recently found herself in an unplanned pregnancy about this amazing ministry. The look on her face was priceless. A look of hope instead of despair. A look of purpose instead of guilt. She was loved on instead of feeling like she was damaged goods. Someone cared about her and the new little life inside of her. She was told that no matter whether her child was planned or unplanned, the Lord still had a purpose for this sweet little bundle growing in her belly. His hands were literally holding her baby inside of her womb. 

"As Christians step out of their comfort zones and use their voice for those who have none, more and more girls are thinking twice about having an abortion. New laws are being enacted that make the mother view the sonogram and hear the heartbeat of their unborn baby at least 24 hours before undergoing an abortion procedure. This window gives them just a little more time to really process the choice they’re about to make. And because of these changes, more babies are being saved.

 This is a good thing right?

 Of course it is. It is a GREAT thing. Lives are being saved. But what happens after a girl finally makes the difficult decision to follow through with the pregnancy? A lot of times, she has nine lonely months of worry and fear. Friends distance themselves, and her family may even turn their backs on her. The father of the baby might just run because he can’t handle the pressure. What happens to this girl that made the brave and courageous decision to keep her baby when the world has turned away?"

Enter Embrace Grace. Whether they keep their baby or place for adoption, Embrace Grace is a support system for them as they begin their journey of being a young mother or blessing another family with their baby.

Recently, two young mommas blessed another family with their sweet babies. What incredible women. These women thought of the best life for their child. For whatever reason, these young moms were not able to keep their little baby. They knew that there were families out there that were yearning for a child. What a self-less act to bless another family with your child. To chose life, and carry your child for nine months, knowing that you were going to bless a family in the end of the journey. It's amazing. 

Usually, Embrace Grace throws a group shower a the end of each semester of the program that the young mommas go through. It's a wonderful thing! However, the ladies that chose adoption get a different kind of shower. They receive a "Celebration of Life" shower for their selfless act. Fun, right?! 

The next shower is THIS FRIDAY. I know, it's short notice, but I just found out about it :) HOWEVER, there is still time to send a sweet little something for these ladies. It may not get here on time, but wouldn't you like to bless them? We can get it to them within the next week or so if it doesn't make it here on time. I plan on making them some handmade goodies. 

Would you like to go in with me and do something for them? 

How awesome would it be for them to feel the love and support of ladies that have adopted, prayed for adoption, etc. How incredible would it be for it to come from women that they don't even know? 

I'll be going to the shower on Friday. At this point, I don't want to give out names for privacy purposes, but if you contact me with information, I can send you a list of their favorite things. 


Feel free to repost this picture on Instagram or Twitter to rally up support for these women. Let's use hashtag #EGCelebrationOfLife to keep it all together :)


You can email me at kimberlcampbell (at) gmail (dot) com for shipping info. 

You ladies are awesome! Thank you so much for your support and prayers for these ladies!!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

my heart is about to burst.

(Disclaimer-- this post is not eloquently written. In fact, I didn't even re-read it once I posted it. Wrong? Maybe. But it's straight from my heart. So if you're judging me grammatically, I'm probably giving you a headache. :)) 

I'm not even joking. I feel like I could explode.

For the past three weeks, I've been involved in a Women in Leadership Development class. I didn't really understand WHY I was there until this week. Now I know that I know that I know. And my heart is about to explode.

I've known since I was about 16 that I had a specific calling on my life. That I was set apart and different. But I never really realized that I have something to offer. That God has placed something so deep inside of my heart and life and he's called ME to deliver it. I didn't realize that I had influence on the women and people around me until just recently. I'm still BLOWN away when people said that I inspired them to do something, encouraged them in a specific way (by my actions, not words), spoke into their lives, etc. Sometimes, well, most of the time, I think "Why me, God. ME?!". But he keeps showing me over and over again how deep this calling is. I can't escape it. I don't want to escape it, but to be completely honest it scares me so bad.

However, this is where the class comes in. I feel, well, now I know, that I am in an intense time of mentoring and equipping for what God has for me. I'm going through things in my life so that I can be an aide or a bridge for people to find Christ through their circumstances. I learning to love people where they are at, knowing that I am not the one to "fix" them. Because frankly, nothing in me will help anyone else out. It's all God.

I'm about to run off onto a rabbit trail. Will you stick with me a minute? One of the biggest lessons I've learned through this season was to just LOVE. That when I clothe myself in love, the Lord shines through and can do what he wants through me. That nothing I do is of me, that it's all of Him. That I myself, Kimber Campbell, am not the "fixer". Want to know something crazy? I was becoming prideful when I thought, "Well, I'll just send them this sermon and they'll find God and he'll turn their lives around. I'll be the one to START the turning of their hearts." My mom called it out in me. PRIDE. Harsh words, right? Yeah. But it struck deep. I thought I could make people turn back to Christ. I was so wrong. Hearts are turned to Christ when they surrender, sometimes hit rock bottom, and ultimately chose for themselves to follow Christ. And none of that is because of me.

So yes, I'm extremely excited for what the Lord is doing in and through me. Someone today said the Lord spoke to her in this way. He gave her a picture of a dresser. He was cleaning it out, getting rid of the things she didn't need, and re-folding the clothes, putting them exactly where HE wanted them. And that's what the Lord is doing in my life. He's cleaning me out. Re-arranging some things, and getting rid of the things that aren't necessary.

And I love it so very much. I can't wait for what He has for me next!

Friday, April 5, 2013

C O F F E E D A T E

Today I'm linking up with Alissa from Rags to Stiches for a Coffee Date. Please excuse my "hair horn" coming out of the right side of my head. My hair is still growing out from losing it while I was pregnant. No amount of pomade, hairspray, hairstyling cream, gel, whatever will fix it. So eat your heart out. It's sayin' HEY GIRL! 

Alright. I'm a nerd. ENJOY! 



Contentment Challenge: Nancy Ray Photography #contentmentchallenge

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

E A S T E R 2013

Walking away from this weekend, I'm left with wonderful memories of my girl's first Easter. It was a great time spent with family and friends, but more importantly, I'm still a bit taken back by what my Savior did for me on the cross. And if I'm being completely honest, I wish I was as impacted by it on an every day basis, not just one weekend out of the year. It's almost as if I went, "Oh, ya. He did that for ME." Why isn't it a reality on a hour by hour basis? Why isn't it always at the forefront of my mind. I'm still working on that. I don't have the answer but I know that the more I look inwardly at myself, He'll show me and it will draw me closer to Him. 



Here's what I do know: In Jesus, there was no trace of self-importance. He died. He CHOSE to die. The mind of Jesus was to be at the bottom. I know that the more I fashion myself to be that way, to mimic the life of Christ and to clothe myself in love as He did, that the cross will be a reality to me once again. I know I said that I didn't know the answer in the paragraph above but... He just made it real to me. Just had an "oh, ya, duh." moment as He was speaking through my fingertips. Love that.



These pictures make me giggle, because Caroline could have cared less about the egg hunt. We walked around with her for pictures sake and she was just irritated that we would let her eat grass. She was also 2 hours overdue for a nap. Fun. But, with her personality coming out more and more every day, she was a real trooper and had giggling, clapping, and squealing for her cousins as they ran by with eggs. It was a good day.








Thursday, March 14, 2013

Little Life Lessons: Forgiveness

Forgiveness. Hard word, huh? For me, too.

There was a guest speaker at Bethesda this past Sunday. (R.T. Kendall.-- listen here) He was on the older side and to be honest, I had already turned my ears off when he came up to the podium. Why do I do that? Well, I was wrong. And this message was for me. 

He spoke on the thing that causes me to want to bury my head in my pillow. TOTAL FORGIVENESS. But he brought a whole other facet to the word that I had never heard before. He spoke on "How you know you forgave someone". Well, dangit. Had I forgiven the people who wronged me? I thought I had, but I was so wrong.

"You know you have forgiven someone when you don't talk about it anymore." Kinda going along with the word's lesson from last week, huh? Didn't think of that until just now. I had apparently "forgiven" them, but I would still spout off if I was upset about something and vent about something that was in the past. Wrong. So very wrong.

"you won't let them be afraid of you." Perfect love casts out fear. They were afraid of me. They didn't know how to act around me now. That's not what I wanted. I never want to drive fear into some one. 

And here's the kicker. "Don't let them feel guilty." But, wait?! Don't they need to know how hurt I was? No. He said that it's almost like we can't bear the thought of them not knowing how wounded we are. We can't wait for them to be sorry. We have to CHOOSE to forgive. You see, my mom always taught me that forgiveness was a choice, not a feeling. Even well into my twenties and even now she'll remind me to make a daily choice (sometimes hourly) to forgive people. She is and was right. I need to extend grace. Instead of rubbing it in their face, I need to cover their fragile ego-- because I know that God is ultimately at the bottom of it all and that HE is the greatest judge. Not me. 

One of my favorite quotes from Sunday. "Forgiveness is a life sentence." meaning that I forgave you then and I forgive you now. It's constant. 

Joseph was given a lofty position because he TOTALLY FORGAVE his brothers for sending him into slavery. But it turned out to be the greatest thing that ever happened to him. Imagine what God can do in your life when there is no bitterness at all! 

This message changed my life. And I don't say that loosely. I put it into practice this week and I'm telling you.... I'm a better person and my family/friends are better because of it. 

How'd you like that for my little life lesson from my twenties that happened 4 days ago? ha! I'm always learning something new!

Please, please, please listen to that message. It's about 35-40 minutes. SO much of my post above came from his message and my notes. I give him FULL credit (RT Kendall). I couldn't stop writing notes and this is about a quarter of them :)


Have a life lesson you'd like to share? We want to hear it! This is week TWO of our bi-weekly Thursday series, "Little Life Lessons". Please join us! You can also head over to Lindsay's blog to link up as well. We'd love to have you! Link up below!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

what I wore wednesday

soo this is my first one of these EVER. I decided I'm a total nerd when it comes to taking pictures of myself. And then all of the pictures that I took with my tripod were out of focus. I'm not a fashion blogger ;)

This is just one of my everyday outfits. I think all I did was pick up my niece from school. I got dressed because I always feel better about myself when I'm semi put together. 

jeans: Belk // top: Gap Maternity (fits like a normal shirt because I accidentally shrunk it) // cami: local boutique
watch: Sam Moon // scarf: Target // flats: Target

Once I realized the focus was off I just took a shot in the mirror. Standard selfie :)


I only took a picture of myself one day out of the week. Whoops! I'll try and get better at that :) 


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Little Life Lesson: Words

My mom taught me this verse in the midst of me "letting off steam.".

I was angry, hurt, annoyed, bitter, etc. etc.

But I was wrong.

There are countless times that this verse rushes to my head in the midst of a talk amongst girlfriends. Because frankly, you and I both know how us women folk are. We think it's "okay" to vent. "okay" to talk about the nitty gritty of someone else's life. (I'm reminding myself of this truth as I type this. I constantly have to check myself.)

But something I learned from my sweet mom, sitting at the kitchen table a few years back as I was just entering my 20's was this: "where there are many words, sin is not absent."

She kindly said to me, "Kimber, I don't need to know the details. I don't need to know why, or how, or when."

This was so foreign to me, because I would crave details. I mean I want to know what my husband eats for lunch and how many bites he took... for crying out loud. And you want me to hold my tongue and not say anything?! WHAT?!

When a girlfriend wants to talk about another dear friend? walk away, change the subject, hold my tongue.

Many words in a conversation leaves room for the enemy to come in and create a gossiping environment. We say things we never should have said.. and then later that day or night, we look back and regret not biting our tongue in the midst of conversation. It's so easy for us girls to jump off the gossip cliff and fall. It gets out of hand, fast. I know from first hand experience. I wish I didn't. But I do, and I only end up hurting myself and others.

I learned this lesson the hard way. But it was a valuable one! I want to be a better wife, mother, daughter and friend and I can start by controlling the small little muscle in my mouth. A small muscle that can also wreak havoc and "kill" someone or myself if I'm not carefully guiding it.



Today I'm linking up with my beautiful friends Lindsay Dryer & Amy Reed who I met through The Influence Network. This is week ONE of our Thursday series, "Little Life Lessons". Please join us! We'd love to have you! You can head on over to either one of their blogs to link-up and share your lesson. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

influential women


A few weeks ago, I joined The Influence Network, a network of women from many different walks of like all brought together by one common thread-- Jesus. Today, a bunch of ladies are linking up together to share a little bit about ourselves, and to put faces with names. So, happy to "meet" you all!

photo by Two Pair Photography

Three little tidbits about me:

1. I'm a sucker for anything with mint in it. Like, eat-a-whole-sleeve-of-thin-mints-in-one-sitting-without-even-realizing-it lover. Sometimes I look down and am disappointed that there are none left, but then embarrassed that I just inhaled a disgusting amount of cookies.
2. I crack really cheesy jokes, and I usually think they are hilarious even when no one else does. And I can't stop laughing. I'm basically an old man.
3. I have SUPER curly hair, but I usually straighten it. After Caroline was born, the curl went away? It's slowly coming back. Did this happen to any of y'all? So weird to me.

One valuable thing I've gained from the Network:

Only one?! To be honest, I am consistently blown away by the network of woman I've met. I feel like I'm not alone in many of the areas I thought only I struggled. It's so encouraging to hear other women are dealing with the same things, or are in the same life stage that I am. Because I am a stay-at-home mom, I feel like I can still connect with other women around me, even if I can't physically get out of the house to make a lunch date or a coffee date. I still have the same type of realness online. I have also met a few friends that I feel could be life time friends the more we get to know each other. Also, to know that we are all there for the same common purpose, glorifying God and making His name great and known is a hit out of the park for me. That is ultimately my heart's desire and to have other women running along side of me, sans competition, is one of the most encouraging things in my life right now. I only wish I would have joined a few months back instead of waiting until February!

Want to join? It's SO worth it. Click here to jump in!