Monday, December 14, 2020

He knows the Stars by Name

Photo Credit: Dolly Sods Facebook Group - Unknown

Hey y’all. 

    After journaling morning prayers and reading a devotion, Psalm 147:4 came to mind (He knows the stars by name). While this picture does not belong to me, thanks to the privilege of being born on Jordan Run, for most of my life, I was able to set in awe of this star-studded sky…but back then, I took it for granted. For forty years of my life, it was always there…but I took that view for granted…Perhaps in the same way I take other blessings for granted. 

    When I opened my Bible, I was not surprised to see that my pre-dawn thoughts aligned with the message God had for me today: The In-Touch Devotion, “Cry out to the Lord,” is derived from Psalm 107:23-32. 

    This passage of scripture speaks of being tossed about on life's sea; of being in turmoil, anxiety, and stressed beyond natural coping abilities. The devotional was so timely for the pandemic-stricken world we are currently living in; a time when we have learned that nothing should be taken for granted; that each day is a gift. A time in history where we question our right/ability to attend a funeral or buy toilet paper and everything in between. 

    As we enter a new week, I pray that we as a people will cry out to the Lord; seek His hand of protection, provision, and mercy – not only for our nation, but for the entire planet. Perhaps if we cry out to the Lord – as David did in Psalm 120 – He will answer. 

    Praying for each of you to have a blessed and purposeful week.

    Coach Kelly, YLCWV

    "Where HOPE + FAITH = SIGHT...Because YOU Matter"

Friday, December 4, 2020

Singing Our Way Through This New Normal

As I was scrolling through my phone, I found this picture of my grandsons. My first thought: "Oh! Looks like they're social distancing!" Social distancing, masks, hand sanitizer, pandemic, no get-togethers, no sneezing, no shaking hands...terms associated with our new global normal. Phrases I have come to destest. Who would have thought that my biggest desire, the ONE THING I'd like to do more than ANYTHING is take a trip to BAM and skim through my newest books while enjoying a cup of Joe Mugs Coffee? Instead, I look at my Jeep and wish for things that, because I try to be a good citizen, are no longer as simple as pulling out of the driveway and heading South East! Earlier this week, I was talking with a friend. When she expressed concern over the mental well being of a few people in her circle, I realized that during this new normal, during the holiday season, over the drabness of winter, we should all be thinking of mental health...our own as well as our neighbors. Over the next few weeks, my goal is to add positive posts to be shared and pondered. Coaching tips and ideas that are simple and effective. Tip of the day: 1) Listen to some uplifting music and sing along. There are a lot of benefits to singing - and here's the FIRST search link that popped up: Have a blessed rest of your day - Coach Kelly

Monday, November 23, 2020

Mammy's Special Biscuit

One of my quirks as a Life Coach: I look for teaching experiences in real life. Another of my quirks: I tend to put others first - even in the little things. If I never knew (before this morning) how this impacts my family, I do now. Today's little teaching moment came while I was reading my daily devotions. And my husband and our nine-year-old grandson were making breakfast. From the kitchen I heard Maddox proclaim, "We need to make Mammy her special biscuit." I smiled when John answered him, "We will, but Mammy's special biscuit is the last one we make." To which Maddox replied, "Pappy, we need to make hers first." +++ As every biscuit baker knows, the last biscuit is made from the scraps. It's the toughest, less attractive, flat one. The one that should not really be made…and the one I grab first. The one I'll smother with jelly and pop into my mouth as if it’s the best biscuit I ever ate. It isn't. But in a large family, it may be the one that's down for the count. As they were working in the kitchen, I learned a valuable lesson: even in the little things, by putting myself last, the people who truly love me will put me first. It's not always intentional, it just happens that way. The odd shaped biscuit, the one they call "Mammy's special biscuit," is actually Mammy's sacrificial biscuit…the kids, they don't know that…hopefully, they never will. But one day, when they're older, I pray that they, too, will learn valuable lessons from real life…as they lovingly put others first.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

My Thankful for November Tree

Hey, Y'all,

Just like most of the world, I'm still waiting impatiently. Throughout the day, I would work a little, watch the news a little; then I'd pray a little, complain a little and start all over again.

We are certainly living in uncertain times. And as scary as the corona virus is - also because of the randomness of its attacks and severity - I'm honestly more 'afraid' to go shopping.

There are no limits to what can or will offend - and that's what scares me.

But ya know what? According to the Bible, its not my place to worry about something way out of my hands. 

I can't possibly understand why an American flag would offend a fellow American; I can just do my best to show that individual what respect for our county looks like.

I can't possibly understand why the name of JESUS brings on a slanderous assault - while profanity is spewed without repercussion.

I can't possibly understand why some people seem to have it all together and others struggle their way through life.

There are so many things I can't possibly understand. And that's okay; we were not created to understand every nut and bolt of humanity; that's God's job.

Earlier this week, I went against my own tradition and put up a Thankful for November Tree (which will later double as a Christmas tree). Until then, my goal is to have a visual of the blessings we've received so far this year and years before.

My plan is that every time I look at this tree, I will remind myself that 'to this point, the Lord has led us' (1 Samuel 7:12b) and I will remember:

    We are not alone 

    We have a spirit of power and of a sound mind - not fear

    We have access to the armor of God to protect us from head to toe

This does not mean we will not get hurt, be deceived, or feel lost at times - but it does mean that we can draw upon the promises of God for comfort and peace of mind. 

And that's something to be thankful for this November.

Be blessed,

Coach Kelly

It is not perfect - its a little messy to tell the truth;
but perfection is overrated and impossible to achieve.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

We've Only Just Begun week 38

" Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. 
Do you believe this?” (John 11:225-26, ESV).



“It's perfect, mom.  I knew you’d like it,”  my daughter said as she handed me an acorn. 

I looked down at the treasure in my hand; she was right: it was perfect. So was her timing on finding it. As I studied it, I nudged her husband saying it was just like him – a nut.  But unlike him (and his mother-in-law) it seemed perfect.  Us…not so much. 

After a chuckle, we talked about how this ‘perfect’ acorn, just like the hundreds of imperfect ones, had buried potential to become a timeless oak. 


Although we have no way of knowing if oaks come from only the perfect acorn, while the others become squirrel food, thankfully, when it comes to us, we know the answer. God is still Lord of the imperfect: imperfect days, imperfect attitudes, imperfect souls.  By giving us one imperfect day at a time, He is transforming us into His image...and He has only just begun.
It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day life. Someone makes us mad and our day is ruined. Something cuts into our plans and our day is ruined. Somehow we make a mistake…and you got it: our day is ruined. One ruined day after another soon adds up to ruined life…right? Not according to the Bible. 

According to the Bible, God takes those not-so-good life seasons and transposes them into something good…if we let Him. Things we go through, if not for our own benefit, then for that of others, are just life lessons. Nothing more - and certainly nothing less.  It doesn’t matter if our time on earth can be measured in hours or decades, He uses it, because when compared to eternity...we’ve just started this journey.  As long as we are breathing, He can and will use our life as a witness. Just as the acorn dies in order to sprout new life, so must we die to our fleshly nature and adapt His spiritual nature. This journey isn't easy at times, but truly we've only just begun. 


Dying to self is a scary concept.  The ability to give up control. Wisdom on how to bend to God's will, and the fortitude to bounce back after a setback - these are just a few attributes of a more Christlike life.  This week, consider things you need to hand up to God.  When we seek Him in our everyday lives, release will be easier than we may have thought. Not easy...but easier.

​In Christ with love and compassion, Coach Kelly
Your Life Coaching WV, llc

"Where hope becomes faith and faith becomes sight - because you matter."


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

These Unprecedented Times

"Not even Solomon..."
Psalm 121 ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14 ~ Matthew 6:25-34

My she-shed office is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of nature. As I watched a couple cardinals flutter around the yard, living in harmony with two lively squirrels, I thanked God for this beautiful state and for our beautiful people. 

After I snapped these low-quality shots, I complained to my daughter that I needed my camera; her automatic reply: go get it.

Go get it...

Easier said than done now that we're living in what the media is calling unprecedented times... 

And I believe that statement to be the truth, not just because of this world-wide virus that's spreading like wildfire...not just because most states are shut down; and believe it or not...not even because of the great 2020 toilet paper rush.

I believe these are unprecedented times because we've been seeing the church being The Church...and it ain't even Sunday.

Today, all across our beautiful state, families sat around the radio, listening as church and political leaders, although mocked and ridiculed, followed the unction of The Holy Spirit and, ignoring the scoffers, led us in prayer to the most high God. 

It wasn't without technical glitches, but it was unprecedented...and it was amazing.

We can't let the naysayers get under our skin. Their opinion of our God-fearing people doesn't really matter, does it? They'll still come here to hike The Sods, to fish the Potomac. Shucks, they'll even come here to jump off our bridges!  It's their problem, not ours, if they choose to taunt us for letting the God of the universe be our buckler and shield. We know He's got this in His hands - (but yes, He still expects us to wash ours and use common sense!) - and He expects us to be kind to the offended - or at least ignore them.

Stay blessed, stay healthy, and stay strong West Virginia.

Be blessed through this y'all,

In Christ with love and compassion,

Coach Kelly


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Not Just a Pretty Face week 12

Not Just a Pretty Face - by Jerrica Fout

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

"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." 
(Proverbs 31:30, ESV)


“Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favor in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition and my people at my request” (Esther 7:3, KJV).

Question of the day: How courageous is my faith?




This week, our verses remind us that courageous faith cannot be judged by outward appearance. Courage faith can only be measured by our heart; and only God truly knows our heart’s intent.


She was uninvited…yet there she stood. Waiting in the doorway somewhere between obedience and fear.  Waiting, she was just waiting…and…He was probably asking himself how to handle this woman.
Send her away in shame to possible death or hear what she has to say?
He was lost in thought…And holding her breath…she waited still. It probably felt more like hours than seconds. Then ever so slowly, he stretched out his arm…In welcome.
Although pampered and beautiful, her legs felt weak, maybe because she just coming off a three day fast…Maybe it was because she was uncertain of her fate…Still holding her breath, slowly, no longer awaiting his decision, she entered the room.  She was equipped only with what God had given her:
Beauty, Grace, Opportunity, And the wisdom of His Holy Spirit…


Most of us have heard Esther’s story. Mostly emphasizing Uncle Mordecai’s “For such a time as this” (Esther 5:13). But we stop there. Failing to consider the outcome had Esther’s heart not been enhanced by her outward beauty. More to the point, what if her outward beauty was of no value to her? What if she failed to embrace all that God had created her to be?

We’ve heard it said time and time again, “beauty is only skin deep”. While this statement is true, let’s not downplay the confidence we can find in our physical beauty.  From the passage above we know that Esther was not only a Godly woman but she was BEAUTIFUL.  She captured the attention of everyone by simply walking into the room.  We need to understand that this was an important part of who she was.  She was made by God to be a beautiful woman.

Not true for me…or so I thought. And I spent years just feeling ugly. I had no self-confidence, a horrible self-image and as silly as this may sound, I used to go to bed praying I would wake up with a different face. Satan used this against me daily.  Utilizing my inner nemesis to hold me back. To keep me from being the best version of myself that I could be.  Basically, this meant that there was no way I would ever do anything that meant I had to be physically seen.  And this hindered my calling, my passions and the young woman God created me to be.

My light could not shine because it was hidden beneath layers of insecurity.
It wasn’t until I had my own daughter that I began to realize that I would be a reflection to her. She would mirror my behavior. And the last thing I ever wanted was for this beautiful little girl to feel ugly or let insecurities hold her back from being a strong daughter for God.

That is when I started changing. When I began praying for confidence within myself.
That is when I started taking pride in myself, not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  My change did not happen overnight, it took work, it took effort and it took many talks with God. But I can proudly say, I like every part of me. My light is able to shine bright and I no longer feel the need to hide who I am.


Today I urge you to look at your own self-image. Do something for yourself that physically reflects your inner beauty. Maybe that means you paint your nails, put on some lipstick, or do your hair…whatever it means for you…take time for yourself and find the confident woman God created you to be…BUT more importantly, take time to seek the Holy Spirit for wisdom on how you can embrace the woman you were created to be, to sincerely pray the serenity prayer…and mean it.

Journal your thoughts here on where your inner beauty and courage comes from

Today is___________________ and I am feeling:                                                                           
My thoughts:                                                                                                                                       

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Hope you've enjoyed reading "Not Just a Pretty Face" by my eldest daughter 

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Be blessed this week y'all, 
In Christ with love and compassion

Coach Kelly

#BeyondTheMirror  #YourLifeCoachingWV #SpringtimeOfEncouragement

He knows the Stars by Name

Photo Credit: Dolly Sods Facebook Group - Unknown Hey y’all.       After journaling morning prayers and reading a devotion, Psalm 147:4 ca...