Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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).



Our daughter handed me an acorn. 
“It's perfect, mom.  I knew you’d like it.” 
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. 
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. 
So He uses one imperfect day at a time to transform us into His image. 

And we’ve 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. 

Journal your thoughts here

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#YourLifeCoachingWV
Your Life Coaching WV, llc

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


Friday, September 7, 2018

Peace By Pieces week 36

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

"Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it." (1 Peter 3:11, ESV). 


This week’s verses remind us how we can find true peace.


If we ever wonder what we hold dear to our hearts, what we stand for, and what is important to us above everything else…all we have to do is look where Satan is attacking us.

His job is to test us, then engage us in a spiritual battle. He’s good at his job…and you can bet he wants us to fail. The good news is this: Satan is fighting us in a battle that Jesus has already won!

For the past two Sunday’s, John and I have attended the little country church near our home. These folks do not know us nor our family situation. So when the message “fits” our circumstance, when the messages have nuggets of Godly insight – we pay attention. (I literally take notes!) Then, as a couple struggling in a war against our family, we ask God for wisdom. And then Satan…well, he expands the test – heats up the battle. And once again, we find our peace stolen. It doesn’t happen all at once, he takes it piece by piece.

Frankly, we’re tired of this battle and ready to be done with this mess. Our desire is to regain peace by pieces. Our plan is to be still and remember the battle is not ours, because Jesus already took care of that….but then life happens and another skirmish begins. So we look for nuggets of truth along the way to help us regain our footing. 

These nuggets can come from unexpected sources. Like from a kids book – ya just gotta know where to look I suppose…Our grandson, Maddox, has a walking Star Wars book. In one icon, Yoda says “Do or do not, there is no try.” I’d say Yoda nailed it on this one. We find ourselves trying to be peaceful instead of just being peace filled.

One event at a time, life will try to steal our peace. Sadly, we either find ourselves fighting to keep it, taking the easy path: give in or give up.

Over the past several months, I’ve come to realize that maintaining peace is actually a spiritual battle. Like any spiritual battle, there is only one way to win. We’ll have to turn life back over to God – piece by piece – one thing at a time – one day at a time – just do, not try. But before we jump in – we’ll need to prayerfully seek God's wisdom and discernment on how to proceed. Then, be steadfast in our faith as He restores our peace by pieces

Have a blessed week, y'all - In Christ with love and compassion 
- Coach Kelly
#YourLifeCoachingWV #BeyondTheMirror




Monday, August 20, 2018

Can't Steal My Sunshine week 34

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

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.” (Psalm 16:9, ESV).
Question of the week: Can life’s circumstances steal our joy?


This week’s verses remind us of the source of our joy.

Driving home , after a storm, an amazing sight caught my attention. Mesmerized, I pulled over to take in the view. Sliding out of the Jeep, I wanted nothing more than to simply be in the moment. With a smile heavenward, I absorbed the sunshine and took in the view. Life was trying to steal my joy…but it cannot steal my sunshine. 

This cover picture is a good depiction of life after rain.

Sometimes, as the sun burns its way through rain clouds, we see a rainbow. Other times, an incredible brightness that we can’t look at directly. Other times, as the picture shows, we get an incredibly clear view.

If I summed up August 2017, I would simply say we had a lot of rainy days. As I sat watching the rain fall, I was reminded of Augusts past. Mud races, county fairs, burned up grass – nothing like this one. But memories are funny things – they become tainted over the years.

Our lives are only ours to live. We can either hold onto the promises of God and let Him restore, renew, refresh, and refine our life or we can let life steal our joy.

One morning, I was reminded by my physical and spiritual self that I needed to reclaim my joy. Trust me when I say this revelation brought on more tests and trials; more hurts and disappointments. Why? Because when Christians seek God’s peace in the midst of the storm, Satan loses influence over us…let us find that peace…and all hell comes against us. But...greater is God in us!

When we decide, on purpose, to coach ourselves happy, we win. It doesn’t mean the storm has passed or even lessening in intensity. It merely means that we refuse to let someone or something steal our sunshine.

Journal your thoughts here
This week, journal about a few sunshiny days of yesteryear.
Today is:                     and I’m feeling:                                  

Be blessed this week y'all
In Christ with love and compassion ~ Coach Kelly
#YourLifeCoachingWV #BeyondTheMirror


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

I'll Trust in You week 33

Photo Credit: D. Kelly @ Grant Co., WV
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” 
(Isaiah 26:3, ESV).

Question of the week: How can life situations cause us to distance ourselves from God?


This week’s verses remind us that through it all…God is God and His peace is available to us…no matter what we are facing.

My trust in God is being tested. Lately, each new day seems to bring yet another new obstacle, a new hurt to deal with.

“Is this ever going to stop?” I asked my husband. “How can we make Satan leave us alone?” I cried to a friend.

Nothing is as it should be. My thoughts are jumbled, my mind in a whirlwind, and heavenly answers seem evasive. Yet I know that through all the messiness of life God is here. But His peace is available to me only when I fix my mind upon Him.

Soon, just as in the past, answers will come. Soon…I will smile heavenward with a lighter heart and say “I still trust in You.

If we’re honest, most of us have times when we question God’s motive or methods. Lately, my husband and I have been doing a lot of questioning and created a new family: “I dunno.”
Earlier this week, I questioned God about something and His response was immediate and humbling: Because you know Me.

I had to take a moment and post that on Facebook – no joke. Then I contemplated what exactly that meant. No degree of education, personal experience, or knowledge of the Bible contained the answer. It was only available  because I know Him. I’ve experienced the Holy Spirit. I know the voice of Jesus. And His is a voice I trust.

Right now, our household is more stressful than we’d ever have imagined possible. Our personal integrity and ability to love unconditionally are being put to the test. It’s not easy but it’ll be okay. With God’s guidance, grace, mercy, peace, and love for us, we’ll come through this life storm still trusting in the God we know.

As time goes on, we will draw upon this life season to help others through. Right now, what we are doing, all we can do, is remind ourselves – and God – that our trust is in Him.

Journal your thoughts here

As a counselor, I believe in holistic healing from the inside out. Healing that must touch all areas of our lives: body, soul, spirit. As a Christian, I know that the Holy Spirit residing within is the source of that healing.
This week, take time to seek God’s healing in your life.  Look for ways to see Him at work.

When has your trust in God wavered?
·         When I’m not convinced
·         When I worry
·         When I see pain
·         When I don’t see timely results
·         When He tells me no
Today is:                     and I’m feeling:

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


We've Only Just Begun week 38

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