Sunday, March 10, 2019

Life on the Allegheny Front - the series




Hey y'all!

Just wanted to take a moment to share a little more about the Life on the Allegheny Front series. 

Featuring the Evans family farms, located in a clannish rural community, the series deals with a variety of hard life lessons and painful choices.

While the characters and storylines are fictional, I choose to 'recycle' a few family names as a tribute to my late parents, grandparents, and great-grandfather. But, once again, the storyline and characters are fictional. The situations they face, however, are sadly enough true to real life...

So far, plans for the series include the kickoff novella, Molly's Cabin (released 2/26/19) to be followed by book 2, After Storms (scheduled release - March, 2019). 

For Summer, I'm torn between the exact sequence of release...originally, I had planned on releasing book 3 - Sacred Vows, (featuring Nate's battle with PTSD and his best friend, Emily's, family demise) and then this fall, book 4 - Redeemed by Faith (featuring Nick's rite of passage into adulthood with a twist even I didn't see coming!). But creative flow may dictate that the sequence of release change when summer rolls around :-)

Although I released a sneak preview of After Storms in the novella, I wanted to share this scene with y'all - as a mother to adult children, it really spoke to me:

Rhee’s words still struck a chord with Harrison.  Glancing over at Bo's truck, Harrison recollected how Rhee had moved in front of  Bo, forcing the boy to look at her. There was a look on his face of sheer panic, and his tightly clinched jaw quivered. When Bo finally met Rhee's eyes, Harrison watched on – taking in every perfectly enunciated word. “Benjamin Ora, I’m tired. I’m tired of the drinking. I’m tired of the fighting. And I’m tired of trying to be your conscience. That’s God’s role in your life – not mine – I’m just your mother. Son, you have a choice to make.” After giving Bo time to absorb her words, Rhee had asked him one simple question. “What are you going to do to set your life in order?”  [excerpt from After Storms - scheduled release March, 2019]

Wow! I don't know about anyone else, but these words resonated with me. That Rhee, she must be pretty smart...

Happy Reading ~Jordan

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

New Novel Series by Jordan J. Patterson

I'm pleased to announce that the kickoff novella for the series

"Life on the Allegheny Front"

Molly's Cabin

has been published as an e-book and on sale at Amazon.com!


If you're looking for a novel series that isn't afraid to address the issues we're currently facing right here in the Mountain State - this series is for you!


The short of it:
Following the fire that killed spinster Molly Sivits’ parents, neighbor Pete Evans organizes their community to rally around Molly, offering her hope, healing, a home, and love that defies all odds.


Just a little more than that:
"When her family home is destroyed by fire, Spinster Molly Sivits is left orphaned and homeless. Once she is physically on the mend, her neighbors clean up the ruins, building her a cabin nearby. But fear of being alone holds Molly captive, and she only visits the cabin, never moving in. 

Not wanting Molly to continue on the slippery slope of depression, while she is recuperating in his family's home, Pete Evans, the very man who found her during the fire, helps her overcome a potential opioid addiction and reintroduces her to life. A decade younger than Molly, Pete is determined to literally give her beauty for ashes. 

Years later, although it takes some convincing on Pete's part, the two marry and Spinster Sivits becomes not only a wife and mother, but a matriarch of the Evans family. As the years pass, Molly's cabin becomes a safe haven on what she deems Serenity Farm."

And the rest of the story:
Molly's Cabin is the novella that will kick off the novel series Life on the Allegheny Front.

**The series by author Jordan J. Patterson is available as an e-book Amazon. com with softcover books being developed for release soon!

~ Happy reading y'all - Coach Kelly writing as Jordan J. Patterson ~


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Time-Out


Hey, y'all!

I hope 2019 started out well for ya. 

I decided early on that this was going to be a great year...and then I got out of bed.

Seriously though, twenty-three days in, and I'm already wanting to ask God for a time-out - a reprieve - a break. Can we do that? I sure hope so.

Be blessed, 
Coach Kelly

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Touching Jesus week 41


“Touching Jesus”


REFLECTION

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."
(Luke 9:23, KJV)

IMAGINE THIS
A Friday-spur-of-the-moment picnic with my husband was exactly what I needed. I figured I’d write while he fished.
But...it was hot. The insects were plentiful and loud.
My trusty car blanket, now covered in dust and twigs, was hardly a cushion against the hard October ground.
Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea after all, and my writer’s notebook lay untouched.


Suddenly, my husband’s voice carried to me from across the lake. I looked up and took in the scene before me. He was grinning like a little boy, holding up a big bass as his ‘yak rocked on the water.
I laughed as two swans squawked at guys trolling past their ‘ugly ducking’.
I noticed a flock of mallards flying high overhead. I even saw a butterfly dipping dangerously close to the water’s surface as the wake from a jumping fish reached the shore.
Then, as a pleasant warm breeze cooled my brow, I knew the answer to my question of the week. When we enjoy the first gift He ever gave us, life, we touch Jesus.
Uncapping my pen, I answered the question that had been plaguing me: how can I touch Jesus? Answer: by enjoying the gift of life.
When we enjoy life (nature and people), then acknowledge the presence of God, we touch Jesus. 
When we acknowledge God in our real lives, we'll commune with Him. When we commune with Him, we build relationship. As we build our relationship, we get to know Him. When we get to know Him, Jesus becomes a friend. When He becomes our friend, we seek Him out. When we seek Him out, we find Him. When we find Him.




A DEEPER LOOK

Daily Focus Scripture
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MY THOUGHTS
Journal your thoughts here


The ability to touch Jesus is a gift that we have to open and use. This week, consider ways in which you can touch Jesus through quality time with Him, listening expectantly, and allowing God Himself to break the silence.

We can touch Jesus when:
1) our heart and head are in agreement within His will as revealed in scriptures
(Lamentations 3:25)
2) when we have a sincere heart
(1 John 1:9)
3) when we push through our crowded soul (mind-will-emotions) and let the Holy Spirit have His way
(Psalm 23:3)
4) when we look to Him for guidance in our real lives
(Proverbs 3:5-6)
5) when we keep going through and persevere in faith regardless of life’s circumstances
(Psalm 9:10)
6) when we are honest with ourselves, God, and others
(Psalm 139:4)

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

Published:
[2018-10-10;
2017-10-7]

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

We've Only Just Begun week 38


REFLECTION
" 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).

A DEEPER LOOK

Sun.
Mon.
Tues.
Wed
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Fri.
Sat.















IMAGINE THIS
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. 
Strong. 
Resourceful. 
Flexible. 
Resilient. 
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. 

MY THOUGHTS
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
#BeyondTheMirror
Your Life Coaching WV, llc

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


Published:
2018-09-18
2017-09-18

Friday, September 7, 2018

Peace By Pieces week 36


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




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


A DEEPER LOOKRead






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

IMAGINE THIS

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



Published:




[2018-09-07; 



2017-09-04]

Life on the Allegheny Front - the series

Hey y'all! Just wanted to take a moment to share a little more about the Life on the Allegheny Front series.  Featuring t...