Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Power of a Period.

Revelation 22:13: "I am the...Beginning and the End."
When my children were little, they taught me a valuable lesson...the power of a period. 

Like most children, they quickly learned how to manipulate mom to get their way. With that said, I can proudly exclaim that my children were above average at figuring me out! One of my favorites memories is of them making a "pout face" at me after I had proclaimed "No!" They knew that their adorable faces would make mom feel bad for being so 'mean' and I'd give in. Then there as the word "No..."  This word immediately brought on a whoop of joy because they knew that they were going to get that ice cream after all...I was young, I was clueless, I was a typical mom... until that glorious day when my children unwittingly revealed to me the power of a period.

It was that day I finally figured out that I could have the upper hand; it was the same day that our entire household realized that "No." meant it ain't gonna happen, not today, probably not tomorrow either. "No." simply meant move on and don't ask again.  The power of a period works with children, adults, and believe it or not,  in the spiritual realm as well.


Let's be honest, most Christians can recite James 4:7, but the part we like best is "...and he will flee from you."  I know that I have yelled at Satan to leave me alone, get out of my house, I even went as far as opening the door to evict him!  I have passionately prayed for God to make him stop. And I have found that what works best resides in the power of a period.

I gave this advice to my son-in-law earlier this week. That when we make a declaration, nine times out of ten, emotionalism is involved...and emotions are fickle, wavering, and not always reliable (James 1:6-8); Satan won't necessarily listen to us when we emotionally yell at him. Nor does he flee when told to do so in an ellipsis moment...this just gives time for us to forget and for him to regroup. Honestly, when dealing with the forces of evil, we can't afford to give a foothold (Ephesians 4:25-27)!  But when we use that period, oh folks, Satan has no choice but to flee. Why? Well, that is the point in time when we admit that our strength, our wisdom, our expertise is exhausted; and the exact point in time when we allow the Holy Spirit to take over; and within Him is where our power is. Period.


As you let the Holy Spirit work on your behalf, use these tips to utilize the power of a period: When faced with a difficult situation, speak clearly, concisely, confidently, and on purpose, keeping emotionalism and indecisiveness out of your tone...never be afraid to use "The Power of a Period."

In Christ with love and compassion,

Coach Kelly 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Maybe it is time to stop praying for revival...

Visualize what happens after this picture was taken. The excitement, the smell, the warmth.
Now think about what Pastor Johnny did beforehand:
FIRST: he cleaned up the fire pit by raking out the old ashes - not all of them, just the big "chunks" that didn't burn up completely and would only get in the way of the new wood.
THEN: he asks the bigger kids to bring down some new firewood.
NEXT: working together, Pastor and the big kids stack the wood neatly around the center poles.
EVENTUALLY: Pastor pours oil onto the new wood (okay he squirts lighter fluid but pouring oil sounds more biblical)...and he waits a little while allowing the oil to be absorbed by the wood.
FINALLY!: He strikes a match, making sure he gets a good flame...and then tosses it onto the wood.
WOOFFFF: Flames shoot up into the dark of night; flames that can be seen from all over the camp. Flames that give comfort, warmth, and light while holding the potential to completely consume (some marshmallows ever knew what hit them)..and we sit there mesmerized by the flames, contemplating life (and who will win camper of the week)...but as I watch the fire flicker, dim, and catch new life...I have to wonder why some wood is burnt up completely while other pieces withstand the heat...

This process reminds me of today's church:  We pray and we pray and we pray for the flames of revival...but other than asking God to send it to us, what are we doing to get prepared?

Are we taking out the old ashes (junk in our hearts) so that what remains resembles Jesus?
Do we have the strong interior posts in place (values and morals that align with biblical truths) to support any new wood (new Believers) that come our way?
Are we sending some of the "Big Kids" (God-fearing, people-loving individuals) out into the world to bring in some fresh, new wood?
Do we have the anointing oil and match (faith with works) ready for when the time is right to light up our communities?
Is our fire strong enough to burn up the impurities (that junk we may have left behind...just in case...) leaving only what is good and right and true?
Maybe...just maybe, it isn't that God isn't sending revival...maybe...just maybe...we are not ready to handle it...
Oh Church...maybe...just...
Maybe it is time to stop praying for revival and start being revived!
Maybe it is time to stop playing church and honestly be The Church!
Maybe it is time to ignite that junk and see if what's left behind resembles love, joy, peace, goodness, meekness, patience, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control!

Maybe it is time to stop praying for revival...and live like we are revived.

- In Christ with love and compassion - Coach Kelly

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Your Life Coaching WV: Today, I choose to be still

Your Life Coaching WV: Today, I choose to be still: Isaiah 45:8 "You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation...

Your Life Coaching WV: Today, I choose to be still

Your Life Coaching WV: Today, I choose to be still: Isaiah 45:8 "You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation...

Today, I choose to be still

Isaiah 45:8

"You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the LORD, have created it."

I never could relate to the song lyric "Rainy days and Mondays always bring me down." In fact, for me, the only thing better than a rainy Monday is a rainy Sunday.  I love sitting by a window watching it rain on any day of the week, but I especially love doing this on a Sunday morning.

To be honest, I will miss going church to "be still" before God and reflect, pray and listen. And today is one of those days.  Now I know a lot of religious people would disagree with me for choosing private over corporate worship on a Sunday, and with no disrespect intended, this is my relationship with God.  He and I know what I some rainy Sundays, like today, I can be found with The Good Book or a good book, a cup of something hot, and a window seat...just uh...soaking Him in.

I often think about how each of us relate to God, or better yet, how He built us to respond to Him, I know that I was built for rainy days. Some are built to connect with Him fishing. Some at the beach. Some in the mountains. And others only at church. But for me, there is just something about rain that resonates with my spirit.   So this morning, I am doing me and God, taking Him in through a cool January rain, praying, listening, and doing church by a window, with a cup of coffee, and His word.  This is our special time...if you have a special place or time to be still with Him, won't you comment it below?  You may help someone discover Him there as well!

Have a blessed Sunday everyone,

In Christ with love and compassion,

Coach Kelly

Saturday, January 2, 2016

When People Let You Down

It is not always easy, but some things work out for the best when they are simply laid beneath of the shadow of the cross - and since a picture worth a 1000 words here is my 1000 words worth:

Have a blessed Saturday everyone 

He knows the Stars by Name

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