Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Midnight is Coming Week 21

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


REFLECTION 
"But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed." (Acts 16:25-26, KJV)

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Monday 
Tuesday 
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
Saturday 
Sunday 

IMAGINE THIS

If it can go wrong, it is going wrong.
Can't sleep.
Can't get caught up.
Nothing is the way I want it to be.
I need a break, a reprieve.
Surely enough is enough.
And it isn't just me, but my whole family - biological, work, church.
You name it, we’ve faced it.
Folks everywhere are going through something and wanting out.
But as Christians – followers of Christ – we should expect this stuff right?
Jesus went through a lot of dark hours, yet He persevered. Held on. Kept going.
He even sent us the Holy Spirit so we could too…
Nevertheless, the time is now.

Quite frankly: I need a break.

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Have you ever considered the power of midnight? At this hour, under the disguise of darkness, as one day ends, a brand new one begins. A. Brand. New. Day. I was reading Acts 16 when I suddenly experienced an ah-ha moment. I realized that midnight was right around the corner. If I trust God and humble myself to accept the things I cannot change, He’ll get me through. Through – not over – in order to get where He is leading me. And I’m going to need a few things for the excursion: perseverance, praise, even these chains.

So I can either kick off my shoes, prop up my feet and wait it out; or I can roll up my sleeves and work through it with Him. In other words, I can either stop or keep going...either way, the journey is mine to take. 

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Paul and Silas found themselves beaten, bound, and locked up behind bars. They were surrounded by others in similar situations but instead of midnight being the end of a bad day, it became a new day of possibilities. In prison chains they realized the power of midnight praise. The others listened and waited, Paul and Silas sang out to God. They were seizing the opportunity to praise Him. And God heard their plea. It was through the power of midnight praise that chains were broken, the ground literally shook beneath their feet and prison doors burst open. When those doors flew open, so did doors of opportunity. They were all free. Free to flee, free to make new friends, free to encourage broken souls, and free to share the story of Christ. Interestingly enough, they all remained. Right there in the middle of their darkest hour, everyone under the sound of praise knew that something spectacular had happened… all because Paul and Silas had chosen midnight as the perfect time to vocalize their faith. 

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Unlike most of our darkest hours, theirs was a literal prison. But ours? Well ours probably looks more like negative dollar signs, a clock winding down, family problems, or deteriorating health. There are so many things we recognize as our darkest hour. Horrible things. However, these things always morph into midnight...a new beginning. A new day. Sadly, what we need to accept, is that we have to experience hard times, for ourselves, in order to get through them. Easy? Nope, not at all. Do they it hurt? Yes, definitely. My advice?Hang on to our faith and the promises of God. Then just keep going. Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our midnight is on its way. Through the power of Emmanuel - God with us – we have hope. Hope that morphs into faith and faith that transforms into sight. Hope strengthened though praising God in our darkest hours…and we can be thankful that midnight is coming. 



MY THOUGHTS
Journal your thoughts here

Each to us have to determine how we are willing to spend our time in those midnight hours. Consider yours this week - and create a prayerful plan of action. 

In Christ with love and compassion,

Coach Kelly

#BeyondTheMirror #YourLifeCoachingWV

[Published:
2018-05-23
2017-05-16]

Ordinary Blessings

"And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace."
 (John 1:17,KJV).
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Day One: technology 
Day Two: yestetday's rain
Day Three: work
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This week I'm making it a personal goal to celebrate ordinary blessings. 
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Just take a moment each 
morning to see the good in real life. Nothing huge that screams "Girl, you are blessed!" I just want to 
reflect on things I often take for granted.
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Will this make my problems go away? Certainty not! But when I refocus, I can see that life has a lot of 
good, little things, that make the not so little, not so good, things more bearable.
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"When we take time to focus on God at work in our everyday life, we can see that we're truly blessed."
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Be blessed today y'all,
In Christ with love and compassion, 
Coach Kelly, 

#CelebrateOrdinaryBlessings
#YourLifeCoachingWV 


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Just a Mom week 20

Spring Week 20
“Just a Mom”



Photography has always been one of my favorite pastimes.
Over the years, I'd put it on the back burner.
Now, I'm pulling it back out - and I'm doing that for me!
Photo Credit: D. Kelly @ Dolly Sods, Grant Co., WV

REFLECTION


“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love; love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:13; 4 & 5, NIV).


Question of the day: What would you do for the love of a child?

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This week’s verses remind us that love doesn’t always look the same. Sometimes its messy, sometimes its cute, and sometimes…it’s right down painful. But God’s love – it looks a lot like Jesus.


Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

IMAGINE THIS

As time marches on, my pathway, as just a mom, seems less clear. Do I watch in silence or voice my opinion? Do I listen or speak? I honestly don’t know. Not anymore…

So I’ll do what any mom should. I will pray and cry. I will laugh and I doubt. I will smile through my uncertainty. Other than this, I’m just a mom…what do I know?

Only this, dear children of mine, that I will love you through it all.

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Adults. My girls and their little brother not far behind, so I worry. I worry about their finances, relationships, family, home, and their cars! For the life of me…I can’t quit being just their mom. I see them succeed and I beam. I see them stumble and I cringe. I hear them laugh and I rejoice. There is no ending to being just their mom. I wonder why I was so excited for them to grow up? Instead of embracing the tangled mess that was Jillian’s hair, the constant skinned knees that were Jerrica’s, or the many dental emergencies that were Taryn’s…I rushed them into growing up. And Anthony? That boy is growing up way too fast and although still at home – he’s not our little man anymore; he’s a young man. 


And I’m still just their mom.

Recently I was contemplating the pros and cons of being just a mom. The list of cons kept growing as if that list is perpetual. My list of cons looks like a lost-and-found box! Its contents only a mom understands.

Taste in music, food preferences, entertainment, personal identity, sleep, even our figure is lost!

See what I mean? That list could go on and on. Then, I tried to come up with a similar, weightier, also perpetual list of positives - a list of major scores for motherhood. And for the life of me, I could only come up with one. Just. One. Word. Love.

That’s it. That’s the positive of being just a mom, a grandmother, a wife. Simply love. And ya know what? In its truest form, love is enough. It covers all the rest of this stuff. It makes a solid foundation for the chaos of being just a mom. It makes all those cons worth it, or maybe truer to point, love makes the perpetual list of cons obsolete. Because in the end, memories of little hand prints make moms smile. Trust me here: one day, those chicken nugget Happy Meals will make you long for days gone by. Why? Because love is patient, love is kind, love binds everything together, love is…well love. It restores harmony. It covers this list of cons – all of them. Love is the heartbeat behind one three letter word: Mom.

Ladies, during this Mother’s Day season, at the end of the day, I pray that you’ll embrace being Just a Mom. It’s an awesome, hectic, amazing, stressful, fun, busy, life-altering journey. And you are not on it alone. God is also a three letter word. He is right there with you – with your kids – and just like you…He is never too tired for a late night chat with one of His kids. You see, love is His heartbeat too.


MY THOUGHTS
Journal your thoughts here
At the end of this day, consider the many ways you felt love and jot them down. Then, next time you’re feeling down, pull this journal entry out and remind yourself how loved you truly are – I’ve jotted the first one down for you!
Today is___________________ and I am feeling:                                                                

My thoughts:   I am so loved by God, that He gave His Son for me! Then,  empowered me with His Holy Spirit!          

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Have a blessed new week y'all

In Christ with love and compassion,

Coach Kelly
#YourLifeCoachingWV 
#BeyondTheMirror

Published:
[ 2018-05-16;
2017-05-14.]

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