Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Carpe Diem: Trusted to Seize Today - week 8





Photo Credits C. Lovelady of Winchester, VA 
@ Loveland Pass, CO


"Imagine, if you can, the smile we put on God's face when we take a little time to appreciate this life and the beauty of nature He has given us." - Coach Kelly

REFLECTION

“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
(Genesis 1:31, ESV).

A DEEPER LOOK Read
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

IMAGINE THIS
The snow was fresh and scattered. Gravels poked through the light dusting, mocking the powder’s inability to cover them completely. And then I noticed the tired leaf, a leftover of fall. It wasn't like the gravel or surrounding petals.

Instead of mocking or rejecting the snow, the seasoned leaf welcomed the pure white flakes.

Embracing the stark contrast to its own dullness. I bent down cautiously, camera poised gingerly above the scene, careful not to disturb the beauty beneath the lens.

And I captured more than the snow holding leaf. I captured the essence of life…my life…your life:

Daily, lovely scenes are unfolding, little moments meant to make us smile.
Moments to be acknowledged or missed.
The same snow the leaf welcomed, hardier branches had rejected; ultimately missing an opportunity to bring a smile to my face. But not this leaf, in its imperfect state, it seized today's opportunity.

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God has entrusted us with many such moments…Little moments just waiting to be seized...today.

When I looked at Charlie’s picture, it literally took my breath away. The magnificent view and its clarity was inspiring. I wanted to be there - on that mountaintop - my camera aimed, capturing shot after shot. But I'm not inclined to travel, so a trip to Colorado is highly unlikely. When I considered the possibility of never experiencing such beauty on my own, it saddened me a little. It means that if I am to enjoy such spectacular scenes, I have to do so vicariously through the photos of my friends. But what if I can only find beauty in the spectacular? Would I be missing out on God’s best for my life?

MY THOUGHTS
Journal Your Thoughts Here:

In the beginning of time, God entrusted us with His very breath. He filled our lungs and set us on our feet. He gave us this life…a beautiful life. But somehow we forgot about His goodness – started taking Him and life for granted. So then He entrusted us with His Son. A picture perfect reflection of what we were created to be…and eventually, we started taking Him for granted too. Jesus’ life-on-earth story ran from the cradle to the cross, from the cross to the grave, and from the grave to ascension. And once again God, because He loves us, entrusted us - yet again - with a precious gift: The Holy Spirit. Can you imagine it? That God entrusted with a final gift? The indwelling of The Holy Spirit to help us seize the day. This day. To guide us in seeking out what is good. To encourage us to embrace what is true. To give us the ability to love unconditionally. To remind us to look around our community, our family, our workplace, our home…and see, on purpose, the good all around us. Ladies, God He has entrusted us with love!

This week, as you read the New and Old Testament text, remember to journal ways in which you can see The Holy Spirit around you. Don't forget to take a few moments each day to enjoy your life – right there where you live. And thank Him for entrusting us with such a great responsibility…the responsibility of life.

Today is___________________ and I am feeling:

My thoughts:

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Be Blessed today y'all,
In Christ with love and compassion - 
Coach Kelly
#YourLifeCoachingWV #WVStrong #BeyondTheMirror



Photo Credit D. Kelly @ Grant Co., WV

Monday, February 12, 2018

What's Love Got to Do With It? week 7


Photo credit: J (Taylor) Tenney @ Hardy Co., WV


REFLECTION

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13: 34-35, ESV).
“He whom love touches not walks in darkness” (Plato).

A DEEPER LOOK

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

IMAGINE THIS

There are several types of love: eros, philia, storge, pragma, ludus, philautia, and agape.

This morning, I stopped to consider what I love. A whole slew of words came to mind. Words such as: people, pets, books, my job, coffee, a good scone, my front porch, family, and God.

Seriously, I love a lot of people and things. But maybe the common overuse of this word has me confused. Maybe I need to find a new word to describe my morning coffee. Or maybe, just maybe, I need to better understand this four letter word that has the world in a spin.

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From Biblical times to Generation Z – there are several feelings associated with the word love. Various depths, definitions, and emotional attachments we associate with the word love. But I think we need to consider that love is more than an issue of the heart. I believe that – sometimes – perhaps most of the time – love needs to be a head issue. Something we do on purpose instead of emotionally. If we’d love with our head, with wisdom, compassion, as a covenant, we'd understand ourselves and others, maybe even God, a lot better.  

Let’s take a look at agape love. As women of faith, it is important for us to understand that the love God has for us goes beyond anything we can ever imagine. Romans 5:8 says that even though we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Unconditionally, through pure love, Jesus laid down His life for us.

He wants us to display that same unconditional love for our fellow humans. We can do this because real love is a choice – a matter of the head – and requires purposeful action. Agape love is evidenced by how we respond and interact with others.  It is a committed love. This is the type of love God wants us to  have for others. To love them intentionally. Choosing to look past imperfections. Agape love requires us to see beyond the obvious. It is a head issue and helps us love as He loves us.

MY THOUGHTS

Journal your thoughts here

Romans 5:8 reminds us that Christ died for us…but how does this relate to the love we show to others? Remember that “to die for” is to be willing. Willing to set aside personal comfort, preferences, and desires in order to serve Him. Willing to live a life where sharing His love becomes second nature. Willing to let the Holy Spirit take the lead.

This week, the seasonal week of ‘love’, ask the Holy Spirit to help you share God’s unconditional love with those in your community of influence.
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How can I, on purpose, show agape love to someone this week?
How can I be a better, more loving, neighbor?
Have I truly asked the Holy Spirit to help me share God’s love in the past?
Do I want the Holy Spirit to teach me to love others, see others, as God seen them when He sent Jesus to die on the cross?

Today is___________________ and I am feeling:                                                            



In Christ with LOVE and compassion

Coach Kelly

#BeyondTheMirror #YourLifeCoachingWV

 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Near the end of our faith week 6

Photo Credit: D. Kelly @ Grant Co., WV



REFLECTION
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.”
 (Philippians 2:12-16, ESV).

A DEEPER LOOK
Read
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday


IMAGINE THIS
As the balloons floated out of sight, our family smiled heavenward.

Each of us lost in our own memories. Lost in thoughts of those we still love, those in eternity, those we will see again. And even through our tears, we could feel God close.
Our faith in Him lets us know that He understands our tears…even when we don’t.

He reads the meaning behinds those tears. Tears of compassion, brokenness, acceptance, hurt, or surrender…especially those tears that flow unbidden, at the oddest times.

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Have you ever considered what God sees when He looks into your heart?  Does He see love, joy, peace, kindness? Or pain, anger, hurt...are worldly feelings filling up that sacred space?
Have you ever imagined God smiling down on you? Have you ever given Him a good natured wink and smiled up to Him following a victory…knowing it was His victory…He just let you take the credit? Good days with God are amazing. But life isn’t made up of all good days.

Sometimes life is right down hard. And to be honest some days feel just plain bad. Like that Easter Sunday my sister knocked on our door instead of just coming on in. Now that was a bad Sunday. It was the first time I remember being 'mad' at God.  The news my sister had for us wasn’t any she wanted to share but had to nonetheless. Looking back, that’s why she knocked…she was putting off the inevitable.

I remember being angry at God for weeks. Our entire family was hurting. I know that others were just as mad as I was. So I just wanted to be left alone. I didn’t want to see my faith filled family hurting like this.  Being alone felt right at the time. And in the midst of this storm, God recognized my need for solitude and He gave it to me. But then, when He knew I was ready, He wrapped His arms around me. When I needed Him the most, He was right there. Like He’d been waiting for me to lean back onto Him so the healing could begin.

I wish I could explain, in words, how it felt to get a hug from God.  I still get butterflies in my stomach thinking about that. And He still has me in His arms. Our family has lost a lot of loved ones since then, as the amount of balloons in the picture indicates...and losing them still hurts. But because we know - that near the end of our faith - stands a loving Savior, just waiting to embrace us with His love and His peace that surpasses understanding, we continue loving and living with the hope of seeing them again.

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"There are plenty of times in our life when we just need a hug. Or someone to listen. Most of the time, God uses people – sends them even – into our lives for these opportunities. But every once in a while, He  – through our faith in the Holy Spirit – lets us experience Him first hand.

In order to receive Him, we have to be open and receptive, discerning and ready. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God”. I honestly believe it is because of this experience, this God hug that I received in a storm, that my faith in Him is stronger than ever before. That faith grows through living real life – the good and the bad – the happy and sad – knowing that He is always standing nearby.”

MY THOUGHTS
Journal your thoughts here
Ask yourself:
-When you are nearing the end of your faith, why should you seek God out in solitude?
-How do you ‘fall back onto God’ after you’ve been mad at Him?
-Jot down a few personal experiences you’ve encountered between You and God.
-How can you see, now, active intercession by the Holy Spirit in these experiences?
-How can you use these experiences to help others going through similar trials?

Today is____________________________________ 
and I am feeling:______________________________
My thoughts:_________________________________


Be Blessed this week y'all,

In Christ with love and compassion - Coach Kelly

Monday, January 29, 2018

Be~iNspired Oh Sweet Jesus!


The Bible is full of heart warming scriptures. Most of my life, I believed John 3:16 to be the brightest, most inspiring...Until my husband shared Luke 24:51 with me.

Now I agree with him that this is one terrific verse!

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Just pretend you were standing with Peter or Mary. And you can hear Jesus blessing y'all. Then...He starts floating heavenward...

Imagine it, as He's being teleported back to heaven, the last thing on His mind...is them...you...us!

I can't even comprehend that awesome display of love!

But, y'all, one day, we'll be able to see Him face to face...And then we'll know first hand what it meant to be Blessed by our Sweet Jesus!


Be blessed today y’all,

In Christ with love and compassion Coach Kelly

#BeInspiredYlcwv2018
#Yourlifecoachingwv

Sunday, January 28, 2018

My Life My Offering week 5

“My Life My Offering”


Photo credit D. Kelly @ Mineral Co., WV

REFLECTION 

"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
(Micah 6:8, ESV).

A DEEPER LOOK 

Read

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday


IMAGINE THIS

The Third Day song Offering expresses a humbling reality: the only thing we can offer God is our life. Our temporary life in exchange for His eternal glory.  Our obedience, relationship, and desire to serve Him – are all we can offer - because that’s all we’ve got. We can offer Him back the life He gave us. And strangely enough…that’s enough. That’s all He wants. For us to worship Him in spirit and truth. To love Him with all our heart and soul. To do right. To love mercy. To walk humbly with Him.

During this week’s devotional time, let’s seek The Holy Spirit’s guidance on any area in our lives that we’re holding back from Him. Maybe it’s a ‘secret sin’, finances, family, or workplace.   Wonder what would happen in our lives if we handed Him these areas for His healing touch?

For me, this means that I will be asking Him to empower me to let go of self-doubt and embrace His promises. Promises too personal to share – promises too scary – too lofty – to share…promises that I am working toward accepting.  It will require obedience to His instruction. A willingness to put aside my pride. I will need to humble myself and accept that He alone is in control.



How humbling to realize that the only thing God wants from us is our life?

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I asked Him for validation and I prayed. But instead of a Gideon moment, He reminded me of that He had spoken to my heart and Jeremiah 29:11.  So I rolled up my sleeves, again, I starting getting ready to get ready. I smiled and declared to myself and Him: “Lord, my life belongs to You. Use it, it’s Yours.”

MY THOUGHTS

Journal your thoughts here:
-What would my life look like if it was totally surrendered to God?
-What areas of my life are untouched by Him?
-What have I set aside as off limits to God?
-Finish this:
Father, this week I am handing You                                                                                 .
Today is___________________ and I am feeling:                                                     

My thoughts: 

Monday, January 15, 2018

#Be~iNspired



The 2018 blog series will simply be inspired...or inspiring! 

Weekly Bible studies will follow shortly!

Be blessed this week y'all - Coach Kelly

#yourlifecoachingwv
#Be~iNspired

Saturday, December 9, 2017

My Wish week 50



REFLECTION

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you”  (Ephesians 4:32, ESV).

IMAGINE THIS

The night was blustery and cold. Silently falling snowflakes, melting before reaching the ground, only added to the night’s ambiance. Such a pretty sight. In my office, the electric fire place was flickering in time to the candle on its mantel. 

Swirling my coffee, I hummed along to the soft Christmas music flowing from my laptop. Resting at my feet, the dogs had finally embraced the peacefulness, too. All in all, it was quiet the peace-filled scene. And I remembered my wish.
I had wished for this. And here it was. Some quiet me time. I needed this! But in all reality, it was sort of lonely. Especially when I pictured my husband’s silly grin. Or our grandkids baking Christmas cookies. I remembered the cookie sprinkles on the hardwood floor and could recall how they loudly proclaimed their cookie tasted best. I smiled when I recalled how my son declared he was good at this - once he decided to eat one of the cookies he baked. I recalled our annual trip to the park to light see and the excitement on all our faces as we watched the little ones run ahead to the next display. And my heart broke. Like so many others in our community, my ailing siblings are no longer able to do these things with their families. And suddenly, my wish was revealed for what it was: somewhat selfish.
True each of us need a little down time. And eventually we’ll get it. But especially at Christmas time, I wish for us to embrace the chaos that comes with family and friends.  I wish to take time and be in the moment with them. I wish for good times with family and friends. For them (and us) to be healthy, happy, saved, and safe. I wish for many years of life with those we love. And yes, I wish for a few hours of ‘me time’ to recharge for the next thing! And lastly, I wish that each of us will make wishes worth coming true.  

A DEEPER LOOK

Daily scripture readings
I wish for:
Sunday
More time
Monday
Forgiveness
Tuesday
Less toil and trouble
Wednesday
Good days
Thursday
His favor
Friday
Eternal life
Saturday
A bold spirit and humble heart


MY THOUGHTS

Journal your thoughts here on things you wish for and how they fit into God’s plan for your life.

About Coach Kelly

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I am a lifelong resident of West Virginia.  I can drive in the rain, snow, and ice, but prefer not too - so I'm happy for my home office and flexible employer. 

I am a country girl at heart and like straight lines in conversation and on my walls...in other words, I am direct, open, honest, organized, and that, my friends, is the truth.  When I am talking and get nervous, passionate, or excited, my hick accent comes out in spite of myself...words such as "ain't", "y'all" and the phrase "oughtn't not" are in my vocabulary and for that I will not apologize. 

God is  an intricate part of who I am that I don't need to identify myself as a Christian...somehow folks just seem to know and, once again, for that I will not apologize - mostly because the way I see it, there are a lot of diverse individuals promoting their cause, so when it appears to you that I am doing the same (pushing God, Jesus, Salvation), well honestly, that's just me being me - and again, I will not apologize for being who I am nor will I expect you to either!