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]

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]

Monday, August 20, 2018

Can't Steal My Sunshine week 34

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


REFLECTION
“Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.” (Psalm 16:9, ESV).
Question of the week: Can life’s circumstances steal our joy?

A DEEPER LOOK
Read
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

This week’s verses remind us of the source of our joy.

IMAGINE THIS
Driving home , after a storm, an amazing sight caught my attention. Mesmerized, I pulled over to take in the view. Sliding out of the Jeep, I wanted nothing more than to simply be in the moment. With a smile heavenward, I absorbed the sunshine and took in the view. Life was trying to steal my joy…but it cannot steal my sunshine. 

This cover picture is a good depiction of life after rain.

Sometimes, as the sun burns its way through rain clouds, we see a rainbow. Other times, an incredible brightness that we can’t look at directly. Other times, as the picture shows, we get an incredibly clear view.

If I summed up August 2017, I would simply say we had a lot of rainy days. As I sat watching the rain fall, I was reminded of Augusts past. Mud races, county fairs, burned up grass – nothing like this one. But memories are funny things – they become tainted over the years.

Our lives are only ours to live. We can either hold onto the promises of God and let Him restore, renew, refresh, and refine our life or we can let life steal our joy.

One morning, I was reminded by my physical and spiritual self that I needed to reclaim my joy. Trust me when I say this revelation brought on more tests and trials; more hurts and disappointments. Why? Because when Christians seek God’s peace in the midst of the storm, Satan loses influence over us…let us find that peace…and all hell comes against us. But...greater is God in us!

When we decide, on purpose, to coach ourselves happy, we win. It doesn’t mean the storm has passed or even lessening in intensity. It merely means that we refuse to let someone or something steal our sunshine.

MY THOUGHTS
Journal your thoughts here
This week, journal about a few sunshiny days of yesteryear.
Today is:                     and I’m feeling:                                  

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





[Published
2018-08-20;
2017-08-19]

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

I'll Trust in You week 33

Photo Credit: D. Kelly @ Grant Co., WV
REFLECTION
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” 
(Isaiah 26:3, ESV).

Question of the week: How can life situations cause us to distance ourselves from God?

A DEEPER LOOK 
Read:
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

This week’s verses remind us that through it all…God is God and His peace is available to us…no matter what we are facing.

IMAGINE THIS
My trust in God is being tested. Lately, each new day seems to bring yet another new obstacle, a new hurt to deal with.

“Is this ever going to stop?” I asked my husband. “How can we make Satan leave us alone?” I cried to a friend.

Nothing is as it should be. My thoughts are jumbled, my mind in a whirlwind, and heavenly answers seem evasive. Yet I know that through all the messiness of life God is here. But His peace is available to me only when I fix my mind upon Him.

Soon, just as in the past, answers will come. Soon…I will smile heavenward with a lighter heart and say “I still trust in You.

~Selah~
If we’re honest, most of us have times when we question God’s motive or methods. Lately, my husband and I have been doing a lot of questioning and created a new family: “I dunno.”
Earlier this week, I questioned God about something and His response was immediate and humbling: Because you know Me.

I had to take a moment and post that on Facebook – no joke. Then I contemplated what exactly that meant. No degree of education, personal experience, or knowledge of the Bible contained the answer. It was only available  because I know Him. I’ve experienced the Holy Spirit. I know the voice of Jesus. And His is a voice I trust.

Right now, our household is more stressful than we’d ever have imagined possible. Our personal integrity and ability to love unconditionally are being put to the test. It’s not easy but it’ll be okay. With God’s guidance, grace, mercy, peace, and love for us, we’ll come through this life storm still trusting in the God we know.

As time goes on, we will draw upon this life season to help others through. Right now, what we are doing, all we can do, is remind ourselves – and God – that our trust is in Him.

MY THOUGHTS
Journal your thoughts here

As a counselor, I believe in holistic healing from the inside out. Healing that must touch all areas of our lives: body, soul, spirit. As a Christian, I know that the Holy Spirit residing within is the source of that healing.
This week, take time to seek God’s healing in your life.  Look for ways to see Him at work.

When has your trust in God wavered?
·         When I’m not convinced
·         When I worry
·         When I see pain
·         When I don’t see timely results
·         When He tells me no
Today is:                     and I’m feeling:

Be Blessed y'all - In Christ with love and compassion - Coach Kelly #YourLifeCoachingWV#BeyondTheMirror

[Published:
2018-08-14
2017-08-13]

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Not Always Blue week 32




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

REFLECTION
"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”  (Romans 12:12, ESV).

Question(s) of the week: Do dark days truly diminish the hope of Christ within? Is our Christian walk, the peace of God in our lives, contingent upon blue skies and sunshine? Can we trust Him during the storms of life?

A DEEPER LOOK
Read:

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday


This week's verses remind us that there is hope in Christ Jesus.

IMAGINE THIS
Creeping through knee-high grass, I positioned my camera for a spectacular shot.
The sky, practically the same color as the chicory, was whirling and overcast.
Leaning in, I steadied my phone and said cheese, the camera’s telltale click made me grin – got it! 
With a satisfied smile and wink heavenward, rain now splattering my lens and face, I stood up and took in the view. 
It was 47 degrees in early August, the wind was energetic, and my fingers were numb.
Traipsing across the Sods to the warmth of my Jeep, and a tepid mug of coffee, I smiled again.
Despite the weather, I was happy. I was happy with today’s shoot, I was simply happy to be outdoors…even on a day when the sky wasn’t blue.

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August and our Facebook is bombarded with pictures of sunny skies and green grass. It is, after all, summer! We love blue skies coupled with lush green grass or a sandy beach. These combinations make us want to take a deep breath and chill. Then there are days when storm clouds roll in and we duck for cover
These rules of nature also holds true for our lives. We all have days when the sky is not blue. Days of trouble, stress, and sorrow. Seasons when we are bombarded with one trial after another. Storms that pass through making us realize good ole Murphy had a point. Some storms grow in intensity.
We have some tough choices to make. Are we going to trust God to walk through with us or are we going to take it on by ourselves?
It seems like a simple enough question, right? With only one Christian-like response: Go with Him.
But then…we lay it down, pick it up, pack it around, put it somewhere else, remind God of His promises, and on and on we go.
Our head knowledge of Christ’s love and the power of the Holy Spirit is one thing…but to put that knowledge to the test of becoming faith? Well, that’s easier said than done.


MY THOUGHTS
Journal your thoughts here
This week, consider how you maintain a sense of balance in your life and how you can put faith into action.


 
In Christ with love and compassion - Coach Kelly

#YourLifeCoachingWV #BeyondTheMirror

[Published
2018-08-09;
2017-08-12]

He knows the Stars by Name

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