Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Perfectly imperfect . . .


"I've learned recently to love imperfection a lot because it shines such a big light on God's grace.
And if someone has grace for you that's when you feel their love the most and they see you for
who you are and they love you anyway."     -Lacey Mosley


With Kim's theme this week being {perfectly imperfect} it immediately brought to mind my treasure bowl of broken shells and reminded me that I've never shared why they're my favorites. And with this week being the celebration of Good Friday and Easter I thought this would be a good time to share that.

I've always been drawn to the shells that are broken and worn, perhaps not even realizing why. And then one day while beach combing I came across one that spoke to me in a thousand unspoken words. I'm not sure why it was this one as I've picked up and carried home with me more broken shells than I can say.


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I wish you could hold this shell as it has such a wonderful smoothness to it and I've often wondered, how long it might take to smooth the rough and broken edges on its journey. But you know, what I love about these broken shells are the details that you can see on the inside that you wouldn't notice or know were there if it weren't broken. It could just be a beautiful color or texture or the secret chambers that are revealed like a window into its soul...if a shell were to have one.


And I think to myself, God the artist, He created each of us to be a masterpiece. . .full of our own beautiful colors and textures and yes, even our own secret chambers.

And even though many of those details that are revealed can be beautiful he knew there would be parts that were broken and that we would need mending, and because of His Grace and ultimate love, would send his Son to pay the price for our brokenness and to smooth the rough edges if we would let Him so that we could finish our journey perfectly imperfect.

Love, Kim


sharing with Texture Tuesday, Sweet Shot Tuesday






34 comments:

Andrea Dawn said...

I have just such a collection, Kim. So loved this post . . . Happy Easter.

you-wee because said...

Great piece of art, great composition, Kim!
I'm addicted to look for and collect all types of shells and snail shells when strolling along a beach, too. In my case that's unually the sandy beach of the German island of Sylt, located at the most northern tip of the German North Sea coast.
Of course I took many photos of these shells as well, but your composition of common whelk shells is my favourite - maybe because I have been quite familiar with these kind of snail shells all over my life.
Enjoy a peaceful Easter feast with your loved ones...
...regards from Germany, Uwe.

Kim Hall said...

<3 . I I have ones that go back to the first time we went to Florida during Spring Break. i love to look at them and what God created. Some are perfect and others are not .

Barbara said...

Just and outstanding showcase of Mother Natures Imperfect Perfect. Love

Tamar SB said...

How perfect is this - and gorgeous - such gorgeous finds. I love beach treasures and thinking about their creation and journey.

Beverly said...

Kim, this is just Perfect! Love, love, love it all! Beautiful words! Beautiful shells. Beautiful photos! xx

Dotti said...

Great message here, Kim. And I have a 'moon rock' shell on top of my hard drive, which sits on my desk, that is covered with all kinds of imperfections. I keep it within my site to remind me that nothing is perfect and I am enough.

TesoriTrovati said...

This is, by far, my favorite thing that you have ever posted! The fact that the hidden is visible through tiny glimpses, and often the most beautiful part is on the inside, is something so intriguing. Reminds me that we are all filled with hidden chambers of glory and that pain is not only on the outside that needs to be mended. If we can only see the beauty that is beyond the surface, appreciate that twists and turns that make each of us unique, we might be more patient, more forgiving, more happy once we let go of the perfection that is unattainable. I would like to share this with my young daughter and hope she can appreciate the message. That would be a powerful lesson for a whole class, to give each on a special shell and share your thoughts on perfectly imperfect. Thank you for sharing this today! Blessings to you. Enjoy the day. Erin

Dotti said...

A beautiful message here today, Kim. In fact, I have a 'moon rock' shell that sits on top of my main computer drive on my desk that is covered with imperfections. I keep it where I can see it to remind me that nothing is perfect and that I am enough.

Viv@within the Frame said...

So wonderful seeing beauty all around us Kim. I have a few precious stones I have picked up on my travels and they are so precious to me...

Adrienne said...

Beautiful treasure, photos and words! Love the notion of the cracks and imperfections allowing our inside colors to show through. And was particularly touched by the question of how long it must take to soften the rough edges of a broken shell...God's tender mercies over and over and over again. Thanks for this!

jmeyersforeman said...

A beautiful collection. each one so different and special in it's own way.

Sheila said...

These shells are beautiful! Gorgeous set of images - i love that you used the beach as your background, perfect!

kelly said...

love this kim. just beautiful in every way.

Naquillity said...

so beautifully written... you've quite the collection of shells. i'm still working on my perfectly, imperfect journey with God's grace everyday. God is good... have a great day~

Sarah Huizenga said...

Perfect post for Holy Week. Beautiful shells with a beautiful message.

Gail Dixon said...

A beautiful and uplifting post! Your images of the shells are stunning.

Sylvia said...

Such a wonderful post, Kim !
A lovely collection of perfectly imperfect treasures !
Nice week,
Sylvia

June Caedmon said...

Loved this, Kim. God also knew just the right time for you to share these words. Blessings on your Easter - He is risen!

Brenda said...

What a wondrous collection and powerful metaphor of grace.

Sharon said...

Kim, your words along with the shells touch me this Easter week. Life does batter and wear down, but just look at the beauty in these "hole-y" shiny shells. Grace to you, my blogging friend, and a blessed Easter to you and your family!

Kim Klassen said...

Beautiful treasures and powerful words. Thank you for this today. xo

Sherri B. said...

As always, your way with words is as lovely as your touch with photos...beautiful, Kim! Thank you for sharing.

Linda R said...

Such a wonderful post and I LOVE the message here. And you know I am loving your photos my friend. I have a bowl full of broken shells as well.

Hugs~

Kerri Farley said...

Lovely!

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

Perfectly said. If we will let Him, that can be the hard part. Have a blessed Easter celebration.

EarlK said...

Beautiful. Tje beauty that you can see on the inside of the shells is wonderful. Great colors.

Ida said...

What a beautiful post. It's filled with wonderful words and lovely photos.

Prairie Jill said...

Lovely post - words and photos. (I find broken shells very appealing, too.)

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I am a lover of broken shells as well. I like being able to see the twists and turns and the way the light shines in certain places....and the beautiful subtle colors.

abrianna said...

Beautiful.

Cathy H. said...

Kim, this is a beautiful touching post! I will never look at an imperfect shell the same way again. What a blessing I've received from your words! Happy Easter!

Liz said...

I love this post so much!! Thanks for sharing. I love the imperfect shells too!

shooter said...

I love these, but then again i am a self confessed coast hugger, there is nothing finer than to wander on a beach and find the hidden gems awaiting discovery

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