Saturday, January 15, 2022

Moments in Time

"I've come to realize that life is more like Ole Yeller than any Hallmark or Lifetime movie."

LIFE: A Series of Moments in Time.

Moments held together by mundane, everyday life. 

Once in a while, we experience a life changing moment. That one will shape those that follow. 

Like a predictable Hallmark movie, some moments are in the shape of happiness. Those are the ones we want to hold onto forever, if only time would stand still.

Other moments reflect Lifetime movies. We just want them to pass so we can get on with our lives or turn back the clock.

Then, there's Ole Yeller...

I'm pretty sure that movie was wasted on me as a youngster.  But as an adult, I realize it was a foreshadowing of how life really works. 

Everyone has sad moments tossed in with some happy ones. 

Everyone has decisions to make that can't be undone. 

And each of us have bittersweet moments only we can define.

As I write this, our ten-year old dog Brutus is snoring at my feet. He's getting old and sometimes, he's a real pain. One day, he'll be gone...shucks, one day I'll be gone...and all that will remain are memories made in a moment in time.

How will that next moment be spent?

Saturday, January 1, 2022

2022 - the year of less


AS we welcome another new year, I am in awe of how quickly this life is passing by. Where have the days gone? Have I accomplished anything in 2021? Was I alive or just living? What can I do better going forward?

NEVER one to make new years resolutions, after being cooped up for the past two years, this may be the year I make a few. This should be the year I navigate daily life with more purpose. 

I'M not sure how it will pan out, but this new year, I feel the need to purge some unnecessary clutter. Not just the tangible stuff that collects dust, but the damaging stuff that can't be seen.

FOR this new year, I want to worry less, be less anxious, hand distress up to God, and let go of needing to be right.

THESE are lofty goals for the way I'm built, but this introvert is praying for a year of less.

Be blessed y'all ~ Dreama
Isaiah  26:3

Friday, August 6, 2021

Pruning a Rose

Earlier this spring, our pink rose bush went wild! It had runners and buds shooting out in every direction. Those tiny, wispy branches barely held up the buds, let alone a full bloom rose!

But I was hopeful...until the buds opened, revealing dozens of wild red roses, with a couple pinkish ones in the mix.

While the red and pink display was wasn't what I expected. So, armed with a pair of clippers, I took the flowering mess in hand. Covered in scratches, thorns, pricks, and sweat, I prayed that the bush wouldn't die. 

It didn't.

This morning, on my way to the garden, I stopped to admire the pretty pink roses and noticed that my pruning efforts not only saved the pink rose, but had encouraged the coral and red bushes to pick up their game as well!

LIFE LESSON: Pruning is a necessity. 

When God prunes us, He does so not only for our benefit - but for the benefit of those around us, too. On the surface, we look a little worse for wear, but if our soul has gotten stronger, more resilient, more dependent on Him...that's what really matters.

Have a blessed Friday Y'all -

Early Spring


Late Summer


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.

Moments in Time

"I've come to realize that life is more like  Ole Yeller  than any Hallmark or Lifetime movie." LIFE: A Series of Moments in T...