Thursday, February 9, 2017

Just a mouse?

"Catch for us the little foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom" (Song of Solomon 2:15, NIV).

Good morning y'all. I just wanted to share a funny story.  Earlier this week my husband came into our bedroom and informed me that he may or may not have heard a mouse in the kitchen. He apologized for having to leave and not being able to deal with the critter.

I think I am pretty self sufficient around the house...except when it comes to mice. With them, well...I'm a big chicken...a scardy cat...a whimp. But someone had to get this critter out of the house. So I found and set a trap. Then woke my 15-year-old open the drawer where the mouse may or may not be hiding. I waited, not so patiently, for AJ to stop grinning and open the drawer. I know he was secretly hoping the darn thing would run out of hiding and scurry up my leg or something equally humorous to him and mortifying to me.  So I stood there with trap in hand - no I can't lie - it was balanced on the edge of a yard stick. With thoughts of what would  follow going through my mind - if you've ever had a mouse in the house you know the drill - I slid the trap into the drawer, praying it wouldn't trip, and again saw my kid grinning as he pushed the drawer shut.

I was considering my course of action when that mouse scurried out of hiding!  And I screamed like a little girl - did a full body shake - and left the house. As I started the Jeep - I saw four deer standing on the lower part of our property. I promise you I said out loud that I would rather have all four of them in the house instead of one tiny mouse...but I've never had a deer in my house so that may be an exaggeration. Yet for some reason, deer scare me a lot less than a mouse...

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I reckon we know that God uses all sorts of things to speak to us. As I was driving down the road,  it occurred to me that the mouse represented tiny sins in our life - the ones we can almost hide. But  eventually they creep out of hiding and create messes we   have to clean up. 

I know that using a mouse as inspiration for a blog post may be one of my oddest posts yet but here it is.  

Today, my prayer for you is to laugh with me as this mouse is still alive and well just waiting to scare a scream out of me...but it has made me think about any little sins I may be harboring in my spiritual house.

Have a blessed day y'all
 In Christ with love and compassion,
Coach Kelly


Friday, February 3, 2017

Part of the problem or part of the solution

I don’t know how to say this gently – and in the past I've been accused of being too blunt so I've made a few tweaks here and there. But not today. Today I have to be brutally honest. Some of my FB family and friends will get all bent out of shape. Some will scream “It's about time they admit it” and then really get ticked off when they read the post.
Either way, I'm okay with it. I have to be. So before I even get started, let me just say – the best line of defense I can come up with is we’ll have to agree to disagree. But I'm just doing my job.
My thought this morning is this: Christians are what's wrong with this country. Yes, you read that right. Christians are the problem. And here's why:
1) We've become too politically correct.
2) We've allowed the word “from” to be used when the word “of” is recorded in history regarding religious rights. Stop sending cute little pictures asking “Should children be allowed to pray in school?” Instead teach your own children, grandchildren, and church youths that they can pray anytime, anywhere, anyway they please. But first read Matthew 6:1 and ask why it's such a big deal if they aren't ‘allowed’ to pray standing in front of their peers…
3) We've given sports figures and actresses/actors the impression that they are more important than the average Joe – yes, we've given them the voice they now use to discredit our beliefs and call us names.
4) We've demanded that educators take our place in teaching our children basic values, morals, the value of life, and how to respectfully disagree. We've not taught our young people how to suck-up not getting their way…so they demand it;  while we look on in shocked silence.
AND finally, to make matters worse, we have the nerve to get upset when teachers can't turn out  morally responsible individuals that meet our satisfaction. NEWS FLASH:  It's not their job. It's ours.
5) We've lost our spark for God. It's okay for us to claim salvation but don’t do anything to “light up” our communities…and then…because we won't, others are literally doing it for us – and we get our nose out of joint! Seriously, if the extremists are out doing what they feel is “right” and we criticize them behind a screen-shield we should be ashamed.

Luckily we have a simple fix to this problem: Calling all Christians: Get off your butts.

Stop saying “Bless their hearts” when a smarter statement would be “Just shut up already.”

We have a voice; it is past time to use it. Sitting back and watching the shenanigans all around won't make one bit of difference. So as long as we’re here, we might as well roll up our sleeves and get to work. I could put links to scriptures right here for you all…but I’m not. If you want to know the Biblical solution to this mess  – do the research for yourself. Get into the Word, put God first for a change. Read, study, pray, and light up your community with the light of love. NOT complacency, NOT retaliation, NOT near-sighted Christianize. Folks it's time to get to work so we can become part of the solution and not continue being part of the problem.

In Christ - literally - with love and compassion - and a voice to share - Coach Kelly


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