Sunday, May 29, 2016

Extraordinary Ordinary Life

Yesterday morning I drove my son to pick strawberries for a local farm. Something he and a couple of his friends have been doing for the past couple weeks. Nothing uncommon for some country kids wanting to earn their own spending money. The farmers are grateful for the help too, so its a win-win situation. Nothing extraordinary, just ordinary life here in West Virginia. But on our way to the farm, I saw something extraordinary. It was the backdrop of an ordinary tree. On an ordinary gravel road. On an ordinary morning. Even at the risk of being a couple minutes later than he wanted to be for work, I stopped the Jeep and captured a couple pictures.

Then on the way home, behind me I noticed another version of the same sunrise, and it made me wonder if there was something more. Something I may not be seeing by looking behind. So I turned around, drove up to the "run-away" truck ramp to take a closer look for myself. And I found this:
I don't know about y'all, but my life is mostly ordinary. Nothing overly exciting just work, church, family, some play time...but then I stopped to think about this ordinary life...and suddenly, it becomes extraordinary. The beauty of love, life, and sunrises. The little things that come together to help us appreciate the bounty of God's love, And suddenly, we realize that it is the ordinary ways through which He says to us each day "I Am and I love you," that make our lives extraordinary. 

This morning I was spending time with Him, just the two of us...and the awesomeness of this extraordinary, ordinary life hit me in the gut; and I know that no matter what, He is. And nothing this world has to offer is as beautiful, as pure, as satisfying as the ordinary things He gave us to enjoy life.

Today, I encourage you to find Him in your own ordinary life. To find a way to acknowledge Him, feel Him. 

Have a blessed Sunday y'all.

Coach Kelly

"Oh God of countless wonders...His glory fills the sky."

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


"O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch." Psalm 5:3

My three year old grandson, Case, asks the same question after every nap and upon waking up every morning: "Is it morning time?"

I smile when he asks, not just because of how he words it, not just because of his obvious-to-me question, but because of his utter joy at the prospect of being able to get up and start his day.

After reading Priscilla Shirer's book Fervent, I designated my she-shed office as the place for a 15-minute prayer time with God. This morning I had just sat down to start and Case's question popped into my head "Is it morning time?"  It was as if the Holy Spirit was reminding me that this is the time I've set apart to meet with God, to pray, to seek His help for the day ahead. And it dawned on me that it was indeed morning time! The start of a brand new day. Old things from yesterday are behind, new things are just ahead. And it occurred to me that I had been anxious to get over here.  After just a week of this dedicated time, I was honestly and sincerely looking forward to coming over to get this short yet powerful prayer time in.

My mornings are sacred. Maybe it's because I am not a true morning person or maybe its because I just like to listen to the birds, or maybe, just maybe...its because that is when God is easiest to hear...
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Ladies, you don't need a she-shed office or an entire room to find your place to meet with God. It can be in your car on the drive into work, it can be...your shower! The only thing you really need is 1) a dedicated time 2) a sincere heart to make an impact on your community and 3) dedication to these two things! If you keep coming, petitioning God, crying out to Him earnestly...He will show up. And when he does, you too will anxiously and joyously ask "Is it morning time?!"

Have a blessed Wednesday

In Christ with love and compassion,

Coach Kelly

Saturday, May 21, 2016


"Sometimes I feel like I'm trying to bloom in the crooks and crannies of life. Other times I know that is exactly what I'm doing. Life ain't easy, some days its just doable."
Coach Kelly
Happy Saturday folks. I wanted to share something with y'all, something I am willing to bet most of you can relate to.

I woke up this morning, after yesterday's really good day along the river with my husband, feeling spiritually "blah."  After grumping at my husband, I came over to my office for a "spiritual time-out." So I asked God: "How can I awake this morning, following a good nights sleep, after a picture-perfect day yesterday, and feel like this? I just don't understand."  Now here is the part where I'd love to impute some Godly wisdom, share with y'all the revelation He gave me...but I can't. What I can share with you is that after talking to Him, after calling out the fruits of the spirit, and asking for a humble heart and bold spirit, after saying to God "Now would be a great time for the Holy Spirit to speak on my behalf, 'cause I am clueless as to what I need right now," I feel better equipped to go over to the house and apologize to my husband.

Earlier this week, I was listening to a preacher on TV who openly admitted that he is not perfect. That there are days he yells in traffic, loses his temper with his wife, and perhaps throws a little fit. These things he attributed to being human. So I think that is my answer. I am human. And as a woman, I have issues that are both emotional and chemical...nothing over the top, just regular woman stuff.

I will never be the perfect anything, but thank God because of Jesus' sacrifice, I don't even have to pretend to be. I just need to be able to call upon the Holy Spirit for direction and comfort and then be willing to repent, say I'm sorry, and try to not do that again. But I will, you know? Lose my temper, get grumpy because I was too lazy to put the clean dishes away, or add my finishing touches on the project my husband did "just for me, just because." But since there is no such thing as "The Perfect Christian" (and if you see one, run, run fast), I think I'll continue practicing Christianity instead...'cause according to my husband's favorite misquote: "Perfect practice makes perfect."

In Christ with love and compassion,

Coach Kelly

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Your Husband's Foundation

"Wives, place yourselves under your husbands' authority. This is appropriate behavior for the Lord's people."

John and I were watching Tony Evans' program this morning; a ministry that he listens to on his drive to work.

This morning, as Dr. Evans was teaching on wives being subject to their husbands. This is a message I believe we women have either embraced or rejected - I don't know that we can truly bounce back and forth on this one! But this was a great message for all Christian wives.

Dr. Evans explained how Jesus is equal with God but served a different function. He went on to state that wives are equal to their husbands but also served a different function and that function was to willingly submit under their husband's leadership. He emphasized the point by placing one hand over the other and it occurred to me that he is absolutely right. And this time, instead of this message seeming restrictive, I understood the importance of the role wives are supposed to hold in marriage

The role was played out in the War Room movie. It was played out in the Love Dare. What we have, ladies, is the base role in our relationship, the foundational one!

When we willing become submissive, supportive, understanding to a husband who is himself submissive, supportive, understanding to Christ, just as Christ is to God, we become the foundation! It will be our prayers, support, understanding, and love that shores up rest of our relationship.  Establishing a solid foundation for our husband to build upon. And as he becomes more established, it will be because of his foundation - you. Ladies, God has given us such a great role to play. Never let pride or stubbornness take the role of a submissive wife from you. Give your husband a solid foundation on which to build. Show him God's love and be unwavering in your commitment, not only to God, but to your husband and marriage. Keep God first in your relationship and never stop growing spiritually. Our role is not an easy one; but with God in the picture, the home you are building will be a loving one.

In Christ with love and compassion,

Coach Kelly

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Leave Jesus Behind

Happy Mother's day ladies.

This past week I have been thinking a lot about my mom. The brightness of her smile, the twinkle in her eyes when she was being ornery, the warmth of her laugh, and the kindness in her touch. But today, I am thinking about moms who are feeling the hurt of loss. Those who are grieving over a child, a spouse or a parent or two. My prayers go out to you on this emotional day.

As I was praying, it dawned on me that I need to make sure that I leave something good behind for my family to hold on to when God calls me home. Something that will help them through the heartache of loss. I thought of all the pictures I take that make my family groan. Pictures of us laughing - not just the ones my children deem Facebook worthy, but the real ones. I want to leave behind memories that will make them literally LOL. I want to share thoughts with them that run deeper than the surface. Giving them hope for a bright future. And love that will extend well beyond the grave. And Jesus,  most definitely I want too leave Jesus behind like my great-grandfather "Buggy" John did. He left thoughts of Jesus behind on his monument. It reads something like: "Something-something-Jesus-something-something." Great granddaddy left Jesus behind. So did his sons and their sons and now it's my turn. Our family believes in leaving Jesus behind wherever we go. Now please understand that most of us aren't "religious" and none of us claim perfection!  We are openly human; which means we mess up but instead of trying to hide our shortcomings - we admit them, ask forgiveness, and try again. But what I am getting at the importance of leaving Jesus behind. To show Him to others in our daily, messy, busy, sometimes stressful life; showing those we care about how to live and love like He did. You know, on those days when work stinks (like when Peter and the boys went fishing all night and caught NOTHING), on days when healing don't come right away (Jesus had to touch a guys TWICE), and on days when death comes (Jesus WEPT over His friend). Leaving Jesus behind is the greatest legacy we can possibly leave. Today, as we celebrate Mother's Day with or without our mothers (miss you so much mom), leave Jesus behind and bless others with the HOPE that is in you.

Wishing y'all a blessed Sunday full of hope-peace-love-joy-and JESUS,

Coach Kelly

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Because He lives...

Isaiah 40:29
"He gives strength to those who grow tired and increases the strength of those who are weak."
I am sitting here listening to David Crowder and praying for two of my "kids." Two special guys who are experiencing devastation, hurt, and fear beyond what I can imagine right now. And as I'm praying for them, the Holy Spirit is literally jumping within my gut. And so a friend told me to 'preach' so here I go.

I've blogged about healing I've personally witnessed. I've blogged about being revived, praying against fear and doubt, about believing for a miracle; I blog about everyday life stuff that proves to me that Jesus is real...and y'all right now I am blogging about Jesus. About our need to share Him everywhere we go, in everything that we do. AND, contrary to what some may believe: I want to see revival- a true renewal of Christianity- break out in Grant, Hardy, and Mineral Counties of West Virginia! What that means for me personally, is that I want people to feel Him when they drive by my house! I want people to feel His love like I feel it.  I want people to see Him in me- and in you- and in our communities! And I want Him to always be wherever I am.

This song is on and the words are truly blessing my hurting heart right now: "God sent His son, they called Him Jesus. He came to love, heal, and forgive. He lived and died, to buy my pardon, an empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.  Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future. And life is worth the living, just because He lives. And then one day, I'll cross that river, I'll fight life's final war in pain. And then as death gives way to victory, I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives."

I know that there are only a few people who actually read blogs, long Facebook posts, or twitter feeds...yet it only takes a few to spread the Word.  If you believe the words of this song, share them with everyone you know. It will be pretty awesome to make it to heaven, but seriously, I don't wanna go alone. I want to see my 'adopted kids', my children and their families, my friends, mom and daddy's crew, and some stranger who just happened to read these words somewhere, somehow and prayed believing for a better way. I want the world to know that because He lives, we can too, here and for eternity. In peace. In love. With joy. With victory. Folks, share Him with everyone you know. Life is short. Life is unpredictable. Life is just a vapor.

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If you want to know more about Jesus and what Christianity means to me, send me an e-mail, I'll be glad to give you an answer for the hope that is within me.

In Christ with love and compassion,

Coach Kelly

He knows the Stars by Name

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