Little Red Tin Cup

Do you see it? Isn’t it gorgeous?! I found this most perfectly imperfect little red tin cup at our local antique mall this week. I also found its companions, the vintage valentines and little red edged hanky, which are lovely too.

Oh, but that cup. So battered and rusty, I imagine it’s had quite the life. Now it gets to retire to my shelf with many prop friends, only working the odd job here and there helping me make art. What a deal!

And the metaphors are abundant. I could go on about its battered beauty or how what it’s surrounded by makes a difference, but I’ll save that for another time. Today I’m just glad the little red tin cup came home with me.

Grace,
brenda

Grace is Enough

Why can’t I change? Why won’t God step in and do it for me?

Do you ever feel this way? I sure do. But we’re certainly not the first to wrestle with these questions. Paul, an apostle of Jesus and ancient writer of the New Testament, fought the same battle:

“I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.  I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me?”

Can you feel Paul’s frustration? I can…I have.

But that’s not his only problem. Paul also had some sort of infirmity and begged God to fix it, but He said no. Instead, God said, “My grace is enough; it’s all you need.”

In the original language, the word for grace is charis, meaning good will, loving-kindness, favor. I imagine God’s heart behind those eight simple words goes something like this…

Though I say no, My good will toward you has not changed.
Though I will not, know that My loving-kindness is still at work.
And though you cannot, you always are my favorite.
My grace is enough.

Grace,
brenda


References: Romans 7:17-252 Corinthians 12:7-9

Much to Hope

As this is blog attempt #5 (#6 if you count my Xanga days), to say I am relying on hope at this moment is a bit of an understatement. My track record of stops and starts doesn’t bode well for blogging success again this time. Still, I desire a place play with my photography friends, sharing images and words of encouragement and hope, and a bit of my heart as well.

If you’d like to know a little bit more about me, please check out the About bekearns page.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. We have much to hope, you know.

Grace,
brenda