Friday, September 30, 2016

Trusting God During The Storms


When I started this blog, I was under a "storm".  I could not explain it because truth be told, I didn't understand it myself.  Now that I made it through several life changes, I can say without a doubt that God has been there for me through it all and that I am a stronger person because of these changes.  Most of us cannot grasp the concept that someone can experience abundance while living in decrease.  I guess it could be paralleled to the pruning process:  cut away the excess which results in better productivity.

As a Christian who is not particularly fond of religion, I know that my personal relationship with Jesus Christ has made all the difference in my journey to this point.  Once again, the difference is that my experience with Jesus is personal, from the heart, not just from my head. We talk, He hears me, I listen, I obey, He provides, and I give thanks even when He tells me no.  I wish I could explain how it feels to have a personal relationship with Jesus but I cannot, yet I can feel it.  For example, I could try to describe how good the South Carolina restaurant,  Magnolias, creamed corn tastes, but until you taste it for yourself, you cannot begin to understand how awesome that stuff tastes (and I don't even like creamed corn)!  Or better yet, how about your grandma's fried chicken?  To you, it may be the best chicken fried in West Virginia.  Try to describe how tender, juicy, and crispy it is and you can make it sound so good, but until I try it for myself, I'll really never believe that it is that good.

That is how a relationship with Jesus Christ feels - it is indescribable; many have tried and failed otherwise He would be the center of everyone's lives. Our youth group's former tag line read "Jesus is to be experienced not explained"...and some folks had a problem with that phrase.  I'm thinking they had more of a head than heart relationship when it comes to how experiencing His presence really feels.  But to those of us who enjoy a daily, personal relationship with Him, we know exactly how it feels...and it is indescribable.  But the great news is this:  whoever will can experience Jesus!

If you are wondering how you can enter into such an amazing relationship with Jesus, here is a little insight on how to get there:

  1. Ask Him to come into your heart (repent of sin, accept His forgiveness, acknowledge Him)
  2. Talk with Him daily (pray, read your Bible, take time to Listen for the Holy Spirit's direction)
  3. Ask Jesus to be your friend (it takes time, active listening, obedience to the Holy Spirit)
I am sure we could add many things to this simple, yet straightforward list, but honestly, I believe that we tend to make life a whole lot more complicated than we need to.  Look at some of the relationships Jesus had during His ministry.  He hung out with carpenters, fishermen, and housewives (plain, everyday, ordinary folks), they went to weddings, camped out, hung out in gardens, went to church together, and had an occasional disagreement...yet in the end, His friendship withstood the tests of their ordinary lives.  

My prayer for everyone reading this post is for you to desire and experience a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Trust me Neighbor, it is better than anything you have ever experienced.

In Christ with love and compassion, 

Coach Kelly

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Unleashed




As I sat down to write this morning, I thought about conversations I had with two of my four kids, namely Taryn and Anthony.   I was talking to them about how I've been feeling lately, questioning my support system, questioning why I'm doing this writing thing. Is it useful, is it helping anyone, is it God inspired or just me writing from my head? Taryn, always my voice of reason, told me that I was letting Satan into my head. And then I remembered  what Anthony had said to me when I told him my book was out and that I hoped it would sell well. He looked at me and said: "Mammy, if you only sell one book - maybe it was written just for that person." Is this kid really only 14? 

In my heart, I know that I need to apply self-control to my own soul, to unleash the Holy Spirit whenever I start to doubt myself, whenever I need encouraged. To on purpose use God's Word that I have hidden in my heart, brought to my mind by Him, to see beyond my assessment of the seen, and to focus on His will. But how?

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Unleashing self-control is an active decision. Over the years, to some small degree, I have figured out what I should do in order to control my physical self. My temper, eating habits, even taking control over how I clean my house are areas of self-control...I haven't mastered it yet but I'm better than I once was. 

But my soul? From time to time that powerful thing gets away from me. My mind races and recaps, my will either screams to let go or hold on, and there are days when my emotions are borderline manic...yet I know what God has told me - told us - in His Word. That we are more than conquerors, that we have authority to call His power down, that we are to take every thought captive. That we are His children, bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ. And that we have His fruit available to us.

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Recently I have been rethinking self-control. At one point in time, I considered it a spiritual fruit that set boundaries, one that kept me from doing stuff. Like its primary job was to preserve my outward appearance; my personal Holy Spirit monitored fence. But here lately, my Christian worldview is changing…giving me bigger arenas to consider. And with that change comes a lot of questions.

What if there is more to this fence than meets the eye? What if there are safe zones for expansion? What if we can push back those boundaries as we take fear and pride for a walk? And...for me...what if I toss my self-doubt on the other side of that fence and leave it there? What if, instead of allowing Satan to get inside my head leaving footprints of doubt, I unleash the Holy Spirit? To allow Him, on purpose, to sweep away that crap and not let it fertilize those doubts Satan tried to plant there?

I don't have all the answers, for myself or for anyone else...but I know that God does and that when I unleash Him and His Holy Spirit, when I unleash the fruit of self-control, the boundaries of my faith will expand. The fence is pushed back.  And Christ smiles down glad to see His power unleashed.

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Have a blessed weekend y'all,

In Christ with love and compassion,

Coach Kelly
#YourLifeCoachingWV #BeyondTheMirror #WVStrong

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Joy of Being...





I'm not saying He was too, but I can relate to Jesus right here: 
"Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth..."
(Matthew 5, ESV).

Just a little something to think about on this rainy Monday:


My Reflection:
"No, I am NOT shy and I sure as heck ain't no snob...I'm just...me." No....don't go there Dreama. You know better and for crying out loud you are a counselor, you know what makes people, especially yourself, tick. So just...no! 

And then, instead of following my emotions which were screaming for me to fight back, retaliate, say something, it was with a confidence I no longer felt that I finished the task at hand and as soon as was socially acceptable, walked to my Jeep and headed home.

Picture This:
We all get ourselves into a predicament from time to time by saying yes when we should have said no. Going out when we should have stayed home. Or by saying no when we should have said yes or staying home when we should have gone out. Y'all know what I talking about? Those times when 20-20 hindsight smirks at us for not heeding the warning signs of impending disaster? 

Recently, I had one of those days. So days later, when I received a text regarding what is commonly referred to as haters, I could completely relate. You know, because of the day I said yes when I should have said no. Or at least I should have asked a few questions about what I said yes to. I gave myself a mental pat on the back along with the an attagirl when reflected back to that day. Because I had successfully coached my anti-social-butterfly-introverted-self out of an anxiety attack (or worse) while smiling through my jitters. 

Fast Forward to 2016:
I hate drama. I want no part of it. I get really anxious when in a group of people. Unless I'm the one in charge -  setting things up - running the show - that way, I know what to expect - even though I don't like being the center of attention - I'm okay with that. But because I'm socially backward, one-on-one communication leaves me panicky and an inapt communicator. Sadly, I'm just now figuring this out: God built me as an introvert. So I cannot apologize for being me any more than I can change it.  But...for some reason, finally, I am okay with that. And I'm okay with you extroverts too.

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Maybe it is the aging process, but I've discovered great joy in being myself lately. Another new ah-ha moment: when we accept the fact that each of us have unique personalities, individual likes and dislikes, that each of us were hand crafted by God for a specific purpose...then we'll truly all be able to get along. For me personally, I'm content behind the scenes, taking it all in, but God has His own ideas on how to use us - nobody fits perfectly in a box! So please excuse me when I appear to be shy, overbearing, or an anti-social-butterfly fluttering around from group to group not really fitting in anywhere...I reckon that's the Joy of Being...me.  What about you? Have you discovered the Joy of Being...you?


Wishing each of y'all a blessed week - 

In Christ with love and compassion,

Coach Kelly
#WVStrong #YourLifeCoachingWV #BeyondTheMirror

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fear. Faith. The Bible. God. Life...



“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11, NKJV).

MY REFLECTION:
I opened the door and they ran. 
White tails flying high as they leaped across the dirt road and into the woods. I watched them retreat and felt a pang of regret. Regret that I hadn’t sensed their presence before going for more coffee. Regret that I hadn’t been able to watch them from the window as they ate. Regret that my camera was charging instead of in my hand.
They had been standing near the fence line around Justin’s Hole, a family of four eating garden leftovers tossed there just for them. And they ran from the person feeding them. Their fear outweighed the enjoyment of an easy meal.
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I don’t know about y’all, but from time to time, fear cripples me. It makes me stop what I am doing and hold the sharp, noisy breath I jerked in. And then I have a choice to make: run or stand my ground; fight or flight; face or flee…can I tell you that God wants us to stand our ground? That He wants us to drop fear under our feet and stand on the promises of His word. Can I tell you that? Can I tell you that God lives within every believer and doesn’t want to share us? Not with fear. Not with anxiety. Not with Satan’s lies. He wants our faith in the Word to be stronger than these things. He wants our faith to push this junk out when it pops up. He wants us to know that He is the Great I Am. The God of life. The God of peace.
PICTURE THIS:
Sometimes I think that when it comes to God, we are a lot like those deer. We sense Him but don’t really trust Him. We believe He is good but when we are faced with fear we turn away.
Fear. That dirty four-lettered word. It has many faces. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the known. Fear of rejection. Fear of life…fear of death. Perhaps we run away from God because we don’t believe Jeremiah 29:11. But why is fear so easy to accept but faith in God such a scary concept?
I reckon, in all honesty, trusting a God we cannot see with our eyes is scary. Yet still we are told, time after time, to trust God, have faith…but what does that even mean? How can we trust a God we can’t see? Someone who is physically out of our reach? And what does putting faith in Him look like anyway? I don’t know about y’all, but for me, I constantly wonder if I’m doing this thing right. I want to have faith…but I plan. I want to trust God…but I worry. I want to turn my life over to Him…but I question His timing. I don’t want to give in to fear…but when anxiety overwhelms me I have to do something….
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…And then the Holy Spirit…
His still small voice whispers in my gut.
His peace washes over me.
Unexplained joy stirs my soul.
And I know it's Him. The Spirit of the Living God.
He surges forth with an unction, a determination, that helps me keep going…to overcome.
And then I know that I know I don’t have to see God with my eyes. To touch Him with my hand. To hear His voice with my ears. He isn’t that god. 
He is the God of manifestation.
Through His spirit, evidence of Him is everywhere. His presence can be felt, sensed, and seen only when we look for Him with our heart. Still, every once in a while, because He knows how we think, remembers how He built us, He will give us a moment in time where the beauty of this world is evidence of Him. A moment when the universe declares the I Am
FAST FORWARD TO 2016:
Jerry McGuire said in the movie: "We live in a cynical world" and I have to agree. People are looking for all kinds of ways to discredit the Christian faith. To denounce the existence of God. So it is time for us to be the light we are called to be. To live the life. To walk the talk. And to use the Bible for its intended purpose: To guide, educate, instruct, correct…to equip, empower, enlighten, and encourage. Use it to stop ungodly fear. I want to share a few verses with y’all on how to use the Bible against fear and doubt:
As a shield against fear: Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (NKJV).
As a sword to cut Satan’s fearful attack into shreds: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV). 
As headgear by living Psalm 56:3: “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You” (NKJV).
I love this one in particular because David didn’t say if I am afraid…he said whenever. It will happen. It will. But when it does...the Word of God will go one better and trump it.
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Have a blessed weekend y'all
In Christ with love and compassion,

Coach Kelly
#YourLifeCoachingWV #BeyondTheMirror #WVStrong


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sensory Overload? Walk and talk with Jesus. Plop, plank and pray. Sip and stare. Unplug to reconnect.


My Reflection:
"OMGosh! Stop. Just. Go. Away." 

This was me yelling at my gadgets on Monday.  Smart phone. iPad. Computer. Landline. You name it, it was going off with a ding here and a beep there.  My ADD kicked in and I was on sensory overload; it was about to get ugly up in my head...and why not? My gut had been screaming for everything to just stop for a while now so my head was bound to follow.

And then I saw my husband's morning e-mail come through - and by that time, I was ready to jump out of my skin. I replied and explained my anxiety level to one of the folks who understand how I tick. Finally, through his solid advice the light bulb came on.  "Just turn everything off and work on the presentation."  Maybe he listens to my coaching tips after all and I heeded his advice to take a time out.

So for the next two days I broke out the old slider phone for emergencies and fasted. I fasted from smart phones and social media, from anxiety and undue stress. And I wrote. And I talked to myself. And I got the workshop settled. And eventually...I felt normal again. 

Picture This:
My children hate the fact that I never seem to sit down - that I am always piddling around the house.  Always doing something. Even to sit still long enough to listen for God to speak through the Holy Spirit is not easy for me.  It takes two special fruits of the spirit: self-control and patience...and I'm working on developing both...but y'all...I ain't there yet. But I should be.

The Bible records many times over how Jesus went off alone to seek God and to pray...but I wonder if He would have been able to do this if He lived in 2016. Maybe Jesus would also be on His smart phone. Maybe He'd have an ap beeping in our prayer requests?  Or e-mails going back and forth instead of utilizing the Holy Spirit? I dunno...

Fast Forward to 2016:
Today, sensory overload comes into our lives through technology. Its everywhere. Information overload vamping up the cortisol production. Not leaving us enough time to exercise to burn it off or to release those sweet-sweet endorphins. Even in a world where the fitness craze continues we still can't find the time to be physically active or reverently silent. I'm guilty - how about you?

My husbands advice to unplug from my gadgets allowed me to reconnect with my right-brainedness (yes I know that isn't a word but it feels right) and get creative for the upcoming presentation. And it felt great.

Today I'm bound by work to have my technology open and be at someone - maybe everyone's - beck and call...but sometime today, I plan on finding time to take a few minutes to just stop and multitask. Walk and talk with Jesus. Plop, plank and pray. Sip and stare. Unplug to reconnect. 

Hey y'all, have a blessed Wednesday and do something that does not require electricity today - you'll be glad you did!

In Christ with love and compassion,

Coach Kelly
#YourLifeCoachingWV #BeyondTheMirror #WVStrong

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Dawn of a New Day




"He who made the Pleiades and Orion And changes deep darkness into morning, Who also darkens day into night, Who calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the surface of the earth, The LORD is His name" (Amos 5:8, CEB).
Photo Credits: D. Kelly, Petersburg WV

My Reflection:
Life in the Mountain State has a lot of simple pleasures. One of my favorites is how we can build and sit around a campfire in our own backyards under those same stars Amos speaks about. And then, many-many times over, Mountain hospitality kicks in and we'll add a little food, neighbors show up, and before long we have ourselves a full fledged unplanned get together. From my experience, these are often the best kind of neighborhood gatherings! Evenings like these can't easily be topped. Maybe this is why one of my all time favorite Bible stories comes from John 21. Woven into the fabric of this chapter, is a story about the resurrected Christ fixing breakfast for the boys after a long and non-productive night at work. I can only imagine how it would feel to have Jesus, in all His glory, fix me breakfast over an open fire and then sat down to talk and give some final instruction before He left for Home. And then...

Picture This:
Imagine how the boys must have felt when they talked about it later. When they realized the magnitude of what they had just experienced. Talk about a hand-me down story for the grandchildren:

"Yeah, your uncle Peter and a bunch of us guys were fishing one night, I'm not joking, we didn't catch anything! About daylight, out of no where, someone yelled out 'Hey y'all, throw that net over the other side!' So we did and ended up filling the boat up with fish! We started sinking, water started pouring in and we were rowing for our lives! Turned out it was Jesus! Man, ole Pete nearly drowned trying to get to shore! We finally got the haul in, and here Jesus had fixed breakfast! Now that was a good time! We laughed and talked for hours! I can still see ole Pete's face! But seriously, that Jesus...He was such a great Friend..."

I love these stories about Jesus' life on earth. They make Him so real and teach us how we are supposed to live out our Christian faith-walk. The Bible gives us recorded history of a Savior who knows exactly how we feel (Hebrews 4:15), One who has experienced being financially broke (Matthew 17:27), One who knows how it feels to be hungry (Matthew 4:2), lonely (Matthew 27:46), and tempted (Hebrews 2:18). It was because of His full understanding of how the boys felt that morning that had Him come to their rescue. He knew that after being out on the sea all night with nothing to cash in they'd be discouraged...so He not only helped His friends with their payday but He gave them a few bonuses. That morning, Jesus met their physical needs for warmth and food, their emotional needs of friendship and  emotional healing. Then, right before He ascended to build us a place to live (can I get an AMEN!), right before He went away so He could send us the Holy Spirit...He took time to create some simple Appalachia-like memories...memories for the boys to share. Memories that still bring a smile to our faces and a spring to our step when we consider how much He loved them and us!


Fast Forward to 2016:
Just like everyone else, I get frustrated from time to time and wonder why God isn't doing something to help us out of the mess we've made of Christianity and the world in general (and I believe that it is a legitimate frustration) but when I consider what Jesus went through for us, I reckon His love is still enough. Through the peace and guidance of the Holy Spirit, at the end of the day, He gave us the authority to call down His power. He left us with more than enough to start each new day with hope and possibility. So today I encourage you to look for Him...He is waiting for you on The Dawn of a New Day.

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Hey y'all, have a blessed weekend.

In Christ with Love and Compassion,

Coach Kelly
#YourLifeCoachingWV; #BeyondTheMirror; #WVStrong



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Offended and Stressed to the Max

47 Whoever comes to Me and hears My words and does them, I will show whom he is like: 48 He is like a man who built a house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation on rock. When the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, but could not shake it, for it was founded on rock.”
Photo Credits: D. Kelly, Petersburg, WV

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My Reflection
It happens to everyone. Nobody is exempt from being offended. The why, how, and when list is as diverse as the offended individuals themselves. But the primary  source of all offense is pretty much Satan. He is very observant; and in his quest to create schisms, he can be disguised as anything or anyone. He is merely biding his time and when it is right, he strikes. The Kelly residence, a home where Christ is an honored guest, a home full of love, joy, peace, and people, is no exception. Satan shows up here from time to time but we don't let him take up residence, we literally open the door and shoo him out like we would any other unwanted/unwelcome pest..but before we can do that, we have to recognize him – to see his dirty hand a work.

During one of his most recent visits, although he was eventually  noticed and promptly kicked out, he slid in through an off-hand comment I made. In all sincerity, I did not mean anything by it. I was busy hosting a holiday get-together and caught the tail-end of a conversation. But instead of continuing on my way, I asked a five word question. As for me: I was busy, entertaining 30 people will cause that;  - my daughter was anxious:  running a household, raising little ones, and working a job will cause that. Now factor in her fall semester coursework  and you have a perfect formula for stress and anxiety.

This particular day the combination of my busyness and her anxiety created the ultimate breeding ground for Satan to rear his ugly head. She was embarrassed, I was confused, and we were both hurt and overly sensitive. And then the knee-jerk reactions started. Sound Familiar?

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Picture This
I am a firm believer that everyday life events should be used to empower, encourage, enlighten, and equip – to teach us valuable lessons; that is one reason why sharing my life's ups and downs doesn't bother me too much. I figure most of us have issues of some sort, right? We all have good and bad days, ups and down, stress and anxiety, family struggles, church problems, you know, that real life stuff we have to deal with at some point in time.  

Slowly but surely I am learning to use hectic real life happenings to give Satan a black eye; by using what he intended for evil and using them for good. So let me use this most recent event, just a  few hours in time from start to finish, to talk to you about anxiety, stress, and busyness.
  • Anxiety, in small doses, is a natural part of life
  • Busyness, also in small doses, is okay too
  • When these things are a part of everyday life but out of proportion doses, they allow offenses to easier to come by
  • Unaddressed offenses breed stress, discontentment, bitterness, strife, and a whole lot more anxiety

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Fast Forward to 2016
In today's society, offense, anxiety, busyness, and stress are words used to describe normal life. Every family, organization, and individual face these things. Worry and inadequate coping skills have us medicalizing everything from homelessness to anxiety. I am not saying the use of medication is a bad thing but I don’t think medication alone is enough. I believe that before medicine is accepted as the best solution, basic coping skills should be taught and put into practice. Below are a few very-very basic coping skills that I use when I identify anxiety or stress entering into my head or gut (notice I said when identified):
  • Deep and purposeful breathing - inhale through nostrils; exhale through pursed lips – repeat as needed
  • Muscle clenching and relaxing – start with lower limbs for a five count; release over a five count slow and purposeful – repeat as needed
  • Speak positive counter-thoughts aloud – ask yourself: Is this real?
  • Journal about your anxieties and list corrective measures
  • Pray. Talk to God using scripture to affirm a positive outcome

As a Christian life coach, I believe in using the everyday tools God gave us to battle anxiety and stress as a preemptive strike. I also believe that in order to thrive and grow, to overcome and excel, we need to arm ourselves with the sword of the spirit, aka the Bible, to fight back against Satan. As you use these tools, with or without medication, if you believe they will help, you are right - they most certainly will…if you believe they won't, once again, you're right. The mind is a powerful tool but still, we are only built to handle so much stress or anxiety (Matthew 11:28-30).  The next time you are Offended and Stressed to the Max" lean on God and ask Him to help you overcome the trials that so easily get us off track. 

Hey y'all, have a blessed week

In Christ with love and compassion,

Coach Kelly

#YourLifeCoachingWV
#BeyondTheMirror
#WVStrong
  

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Road Less Traveled


"You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
Photo Credits: Jillian Taylor, Winchester, VA


My Reflection:
"Mom! Your other right!" My family, and recently my friend Pam, can attest to the fact that I don't immediately know my left from my right. I often wonder if I was absent from Kindergarten the day this elementary lesson was taught or if it is indicative of a bigger deficit. Either way, it makes riding with me interesting. Most of the time I can use a little trick I learned as a reminder to keep me on track, but sometimes when I'm talking with or listening to my passengers, I go into auto-pilot and all turns are right...even when our friendly GPS navigator specifically says "In 100 feet turn left."  I swear she sighs when she says "Recalculating...."  

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Picture This:
I don't know about y'all, but when I ask and listen, I can sense the Holy Spirit nudging me in a specific direction. And most of the time I try to follow His direction; but sometimes I don't. I may be going along fine for a while and start feeling all self-assured and confident in my own abilities but then BAM! A huge pothole, a closed road, another dead end, or a road-rage-like-condition slams me in the face and I  have to recalculate. Make a u-turn to compensate for my unwise choice. You know, anything I can think of for a quick get-away to escape the results of my deliberate disobedience. Have you ever done this?

It's true that all roads lead somewhere and we can certainly continue on the left fork of the road. Even when all signs and indications tell us we are on the wrong path. But because life is full of choices (that free will God gave us is fun ain't it?) and with these choices come consequences.  

But what about those other times? When we're certain we are on the right path but encounter obstacle after obstacle. Running into things that are just too much for us to manage?  How can we tell the difference between these paths? How can we tell if we are on a rocky road that God has designed for us or traveling one that we've chosen for ourselves? It's difficult at best. Frustrating. Hard. What about these times? 

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Fast Forward to 2016:
The Bible tells us that some things we encounter are of our own choosing (Proverbs 16:9) - but this verse also says that God won't say "Hey, you made your choice - you're on your own kid!" God doesn't work like that. He will always offer us a way out. Provide a good way to get back on the right road (1 Corinthians 10:13). His way of strengthening us, conditioning us for the bumpy road ahead.  Through Jesus Christ, God established a means for us to reach our ultimate destination (John 14:6). 

Here are some verses to help when on an uncertain path:  Proverbs 3:5-6; John 16:13; and again, the beloved ah-ha verse of  Proverbs 16:9; And finally Isaiah 58:8 "Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your healing (restoration, new life) will quickly spring forth; Your righteousness will go before you [leading you to peace and prosperity], The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard" (AMP).

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Sometimes it is easy to differentiate between the paths - other times, not so much. If you feel that you have done everything right, that your path is the one He set you on...ask Him for direction, courage, and strength to keep going or be brave and ask if you missed it somehow. But if you know that it was some poor decisions that have set the pace, ask God to forgive you, turn away from willful sin, and ask Him for guidance.  

I know firsthand how hard and rocky both of these paths can become. But you know what? Both paths lead somewhere. Both become an intricate part of who we are and who we are becoming.  Regret will not change our past and it doesn't always get to dictate our future...after all...even after you hung a wrong left, when God's got your back, all roads lead right somewhere - so I have to ask, have you considered The Road Less Traveled?

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Hey y'all, have a blessed Sunday,

In Christ with love and compassion 

~ Coach Kelly

#YourLifeCoachingWV; #BeyondTheMirror; #WVStrong


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