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Kelli is a wife, mother, writer and the driver of a smokin' hot minivan.

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  1. Love your words there at the end of your post…”you aren’t useful if you”re perfect.”…the longer I walk with the Him, the more this truth become a reality and yes i love the freedom it brings…as Paul say I am what I am by the grace of God. Encouraging post…think I pass this one on to my daughter who could use your encouraging words.

    • Thank you, Betty. I think we all need the reminder sometimes to walk in His mercy and in His grace. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  2. Beautiful story and beautiful writing, Kelli. We just got back from the ocean, so the story was timely. Many thanks…

  3. Great post! I’m a beach lover and have collected many shells over the years. I always looked for the ‘perfect’ shell…I loved the color, perfectly whole, smooth… I’m heading to the beach again this summer, but I will be ‘shelling’ in a different way thanks to this post! Because I’m one of those that is battered, stained and rough around the edges having been tossed around by life, I’ll be looking for beauty in a different way! Thanks for your words today!!

  4. Kelli! Great to see your post here…..AND what a wonderful message to hold on to! I have CERTAINLY not been *perfect* this week……….so thankful that “all’s grace”!

    • Karen, it’s nice to see you here too! 🙂 I am constantly reminded of the need to abide in His grace and accept His mercy. Yes, I too am thankful!

  5. “I was found…and I was kept.” Beautiful words, beautiful truth! I grew up near the beach and this story really resonates with my heart.

  6. I love when real life pictures make their way into the story of our lives and how He loves and treasures us.

    So beautiful!

  7. Kelli, I love this. I love a child’s young, fresh eyes. They see beauty where we adults so often miss it. We have been tarnished by the views of the world. Thank God we have children to bring us back to true beauty. <3

  8. Your writing births healing and the grace to live in freedom. Our imperfectness makes us more useful for Him. What Truth you write.

    Rich blessings, Kelli, as you honor Him through your humor and warmth…

  9. “You aren’t useful if you are perfect.” I love these words. How much wisdom is behind it. A great story, Kelli! A story about real treasures left behind unnoticed until one very sharp eye sees its real beauty and make others realize it.