Sunday, April 29, 2018

" Who Are You?" The day I fell - Week 18


Photo Credit J. (Taylor) Tenney 

REFLECTION
“The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them” (Proverbs 20:7).

Question of the day: Without God’s grace, what are we reflecting?

A DEEPER LOOK


Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

This week’s verses remind us that we are nothing more than imperfect dust, handcrafted by God Himself, and redeemable only through Jesus Christ.

IMAGINE THIS
The attack took me by surprise.
We had been trapped indoors for two whole days. The deluge continued as our five-year-old grandson and his 5-foot, inflatable bear,  made their way through the family room. Dragging everything from a box fan to pictures off the wall with them. Did I mention he had a tag-along little sister hard on his trail? Their momma was sick on the couch. My youngest daughter was trying to maintain order while working on center pieces for her upcoming wedding. And then the phone rang. It was our middle daughter looking for a babysitter.
No better time for me to drop an entire can of cat food. Not once…but twice. The anxiety attack hit hard and fast. And a profane word shot out of my mouth…time stood still as the house suddenly became quiet. Mom. Cussed. 
Our soon-to-be son-in-law corralled the grandkids, I shut off the television, one daughter woke up, one hurriedly got off the phone, and one cleaned up mom’s mess…when ushered me out of the house to regroup. Looking back, it was a pretty hard fall...but then God...
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As I headed out the door, tears streaming down my face, my gut in a knot, I asked myself "Who are you?!” But I already knew the answer:
“A daughter of the Most High God. His kid that falls then gets back up. A woman with bouts of shadow anxiety. A practicing, practical, Christian with faults covered by the blood of Christ.”
That’s who I am. I am not proud of my falls. They hurt. They are humiliating. They show me what I'm made of and how much I need to grow. But praise God for the ability to get back up!
After this mini-meltdown, in quiet solitude I asked Him for forgiveness. When I felt His peace come upon me, I went back inside and apologized to my family. Once again, they witnessed mom fall then get back up. Humbled. Embarrassed. Repentant. Sorry. And everyone in that house knew it was only by God’s grace, strength, and mercy that I can. It takes muscle to pull yourself up - and a lot of forgiveness - so I'm stronger than before. More equipped to handle a little chaos - just not on my own.
Some folks may question my salvation or relationship with Christ. Maybe they’ll wonder if the Holy Spirit within me was napping too. But…I don’t know…for some strange reason…my kids and family…although surprised, were not shocked. They'd seen me fall before. And they'd seen me get back up. They'd experienced my moodiness, hormonal temper, and humanity. The little exceptions to mom’s norm. My norm. Their norm. And I knew it would be okay. My kids know mom is human and they know my many, many faults. They also know that perfectionism is a myth – an unattainable goal. 
You see, any righteousness we claim only comes through Jesus Christ. Because of my falls and His grace, our family knows God as a loving Father who strengthens His kids. Forgives them. Sets them up for success before, and after, a fall. I love my family and they love me, even when we disagree. And so does God. He wants to see His kids succeed and grow stronger in Christ-like character and integrity. So, occasionally, He allows tests – to see how we've progressed. He is teaching us that when we fall, and get back up, we've not utterly failed. And He dusts us off, gives us a hug, reminds us that in His presence there is power, and He lovingly encourages us to continue in the Way.
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MY THOUGHTS
Journal your thoughts here
Sometimes, falls are realizations. Other times they are revelations. But always they serve to remind us to get up and keep going in God’s strength. Through His restoring mercy.
-Am I willing to admit, to myself, my family, God, that I am not perfect?
-How hard is it for me to admit my falls and seek God’s grace?
-Am I willing to submit to His correction and allow Him to be my strength?
Today is___________________ and I am feeling:
My thoughts:


In Christ With Love & Compassion
Coach Kelly

#BeyondTheMirror #YourLifeCoachingWV

Published
[04-29-2018;
[04-30-2017]



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

"The Problem with Working for God" - Week 17

Spring Week 17 

“The Problem with Working for God”

 
Photo credit D. Kelly @ Grant Co., WV


REFLECTION
“And I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4, KJV).


Question of the day: How can we read the Word with God?

A DEEPER LOOK
Read:
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
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This week’s verses remind us that we can’t compartmentalize our life. Colossians 3 will bring this into focus – very clear focus.

IMAGINE THIS
It was spring break and I was simply enjoying life on the porch. The breeze, birds, warmth of the sun. I wanted to do something just for me. So I grabbed my reader and scanned for something mindless to read. When my finger slid too far to the right my Bible opened. And it irritated me. I slid the reader down with a sigh. I didn’t want to read the Bible, not now anyway. My work requires me to dig into the Word. But today? Today I just wanted to be ‘me’.

When I felt convicted, I knew I had a problem. Was I becoming gospel hardened? Was there something wrong with my desire to be just be human for a while?

I sat down at the computer, Bible on my lap, pen and notebook beside me and considered my dilemma. My ministry, my job, requires a lot of reading, study, research.  Yet somehow, reading remained my favorite pastime. In my downtime, I like to read mindless novels with happy endings. So for me, reading is both work and pleasure.

This particular day, as I started to work, I had a thought that I should write from my heart. A risky consideration as revealing my heart makes me vulnerable. Vulnerable to criticism and some super-spiritual-side-ways-glances. Opening my heart exposes me for public ridicule, not an easy thing to set yourself up for…so here goes nothing…or maybe something…

Over the past few decades, my life’s journey has revealed a problem with working for God.
Although I am not in the public eye, working for God – in any capacity – comes with a huge problem. Sometimes the work preparation takes the place of developing a personal relationship with Him. There, I said it. The Coach who insists that the most important thing a Christian can do is enter into, and develop, a personal relationship with God, questions her ability to do so.

Don’t get me wrong, I feel Him. I trust Him. I love Him. But I wonder if the hours I spend reading, studying, and writing is to increase the hits on my blog or to truly share Jesus with the world. I stress that our salvation is not all about us – something clearly supported by The Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20 – but there is a special need to work on – to develop – our own relationship too. To work it out on purpose (Philippians 2:12).

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I remember being content serving the Church and discontent working in church. The difference has always been the why behind my do. Habit vs. relationship. Filled with God vs. being full of myself. If you are a servant of Christ or a worker in church, you are familiar with my dilemma. There is an innate God-shaped hole within our soul that no amount of church work can fill…serving Christ with a personal relationship, however, not only fills that void but eventually overflows into real life. Making us susceptible to a lot of stuff: peace, joy, contentment, love. Things we’ll never get merely by working in a church.

MY THOUGHTS
Journal your thoughts here
Here are a few things the Spirit revealed to me today regarding “Working for God”:

*Sometimes, it becomes just that: work.
*The lines between building a relationship with God and creating a habit become blurred.
*It becomes easy to take Him for granted.
*It is easy to become super-spiritual  err...religious without much substance.
*Leaves us little in the way of downtime.

*Journal your thoughts on developing a personal relationship with JESUS here

Today is___________________ and I am feeling                 


My thoughts:

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Have a blessed weekend y'all,

In Christ with love and compassion,

Coach Kelly

#YourLifeCoachingWV  #BeyondTheMirror



Published
[4/24/2018]
[4/20/2017]

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