Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Carpe diem - Today. week 31

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



REFLECTION
“But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.” (Psalm 131:2, ESV).

Question of the day: what little opportunities are we passing up that could have a big impact on our everyday lives?

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

This week’s verses remind us to consider the little blessings God has tucked in here and there.
IMAGINE THIS
The bloom caught my eye as it stood out beneath tall grass.
I stopped the mower and leaned forward. It was the deepest purple bloom I had seen all summer.
I considered taking a photo first but mowed on. And regret set in. Another missed opportunity.
I started searching for another just like it; but all I found was a yard full of weeds, waving to me in the breeze, mocking me for missing such a great shot.
As I searched for the next best thing, I decided to appreciate what was before me. On purpose, I decided to seize the day. And that made all the difference...

From time to time we take advantage of what we love. Not on purpose but in simple ways.
Simply because it’s not always easy to see value in what’s front of us. The cumbersome treasures of our everyday lives often get ignored.

Our homes, family, job…our relationship with God [John 4:24]? After I mowed over the clover, I hoped to find another one [Psalm 69:32]. It wasn’t an easy task.I could have saved myself a lot of time had I stopped. Stopped rushing through the day [Genesis 1].

Every day we are faced with hundreds, if not thousands, of opportunities. Opportunities that may very well have a life-altering impact [Psalm 37:4]. 
Chances are, mowing over a pretty clover is not one of these opportunities. But what about ignoring our life’s treasures?

Are the distractions, social media, a text, a television program, more valuable than our real life interactions? These are little things…but they soon add up. 

Eventually, I found a similar purple clover. Similar – but no match for the original.
Like my clover, in life we may get a do-over; but not always [Romans 8:24].

While we have time, let’s stop and seize the day.
MY THOUGHTS
Journal your thoughts here

This week, take time to be still – to be in that moment – to enter His peace – and to enjoy the little things God has put into your life [Romans 5:1-2]

Be blessed this week y'all - In Christ with love and compassion - Coach Kelly

Published:
[2018, July 31
2017, July 31]

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Why I'm Chill week 30

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

REFLECTION
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28, ESV).

Question of the week: How do we plan our days?

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


IMAGINE THIS
It was Saturday, March 8, 1997.
I glanced at the clock, 11:45 am.
So much yet to do: laundry to dry, lunch to make, and toys to pick up.
I didn’t have plans for the afternoon.
Still the panic set in.
It was almost noon.
Over the noise of the television I started barking orders:
Pick up your toys.
Turn off the TV.
What do you want for lunch?!
And just like every other Saturday for the past nine years…I swallowed tears and wished I were more like my mother.

As a young wife and mother, I needed a new perspective. God granted me one.
His revelation gave me power over an entryway full of shoes. They no longer send me into a full blown panic attack. But it took me years and a lot of prayer to realize that I needed a new life perspective.

When my kids were small, I dreaded the weekend – but I didn’t know why. By noon on Saturdays, I was literally a nervous wreck.  My family learned the signs of mom getting like that and took cover. Sunday through Friday, I was okay. But those darn Saturdays were my downfall.

After sincerely praying about my Saturday anxiety attacks, God gave me a revelation that changed my life. I was not only claiming them as my attacks but inadvertently scheduling them. Every glance at the clock took me closer to picking it up. I’m not going to blame my mother…but…

Because of her schedule and routines, she had programmed to believe that the work week ended at noon on Saturday. Every Saturday.

What I had failed to realize was that she was able to do so with help. Side-by-side, we worked to get things done. Then, the next 36-hours were free to do whatever we liked. It was great!

Then I had a family of my own...and shadow anxiety dared to develop. At that time, I was clueless about anxiety, panic attacks, or associated triggers. What I did know, and knew it well, was that I hated to see the weekend come. How sad for my family.

After the great revelation, things changed. Weekday evenings found our family performing some type of chore – things normally set aside for Saturdays. Before long Saturday afternoons once again became a time of pleasure and recreation…not one of anxiety.


Revelation + Change = Problem Solved. 


MY THOUGHTS

Journal your thoughts here

When I accepted the fact that I could not do everything on my own, I turned to God for direction and He gave me peace, wisdom, and a new perspective. And inadvertently…my children learned valuable work skills.
If you find yourself out of control in a certain area of your life, try setting safeguards in place. You will need to tweak them in a way that works for your lifestyle.

Ask God for a divine revelation in an area of your life that tends to control you and establish a plan to bring it under His authority.

Today is:                     and I’m feeling:                                                                


In Christ with love and compassion - Coach Kelly

#YourLifeCoachingWV #BeyondTheMirror

[Published:
2018-07-24;
2017-07-18]

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Struck Down - Not Destroyed week 29





REFLECTION:
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed;
perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
(2nd Corinthians 4:8-9).


Question of the week: What faith-crushing issue are we facing (have we faced) that trumps God’s strength?


A DEEPER LOOK
read


Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday


This week’s verses remind us that there is One source of strength…and we have to empty our hands in order to reach up to Him.

IMAGINE THIS
🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻


Avery and her Pappy planted sunflowers this spring. Just as the stocks were starting to grow, our dogs managed to roll into the garden and bend several of them over. We considered propping them up but decided to let the sun do its magic and hope it would draw them upright.  Earlier today, I was checking the garden and noticed one of their flowers in particular. It was still on the ground with the start of a flower...just like the ones standing erect. Immediately, 2 Corinthians 4:9 came to mind: "we’re persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed."
Many biblical heroes were struck down. Hit with life issues that could have broken them completely. Cost them their position, made them a sorry example of what not to do but nothing more. Noah. David. Saul. Solomon. Rehab. Naomi. Each with a story that could have left them lost and heartbroken...but then God.

In the midst of their sorrow, they reached out to the Creator God, and He drew them back up.  Maybe not as tall as they were before but maybe stronger, taller. They came through the other side strong enough to let their light shine for Him...again…and strong enough to learn from their mistakes.

But what about those of us who get knocked down not from our own mistakes? What about those of us, who just like Avery and Pappy's sunflowers, were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time - it happens ya know, becoming a victim of circumstance - what about those? Can God still draw us upward and strengthen us again?

Only if we are willing to do our part and use the situation to strengthen us spiritually.  🌻


I am anxious to see if this sunflower continues to bloom in that spot where it landed. I am anxious to see if a great life lesson can come from a broken flower. Personally, I want to see a plate sized flower laying on the ground, shining upward as if to say "It takes more than a broken stem to keep me down." But ya know what? If that stock rots off at the ground and the flower never gets a fighting chance, I'm sure there is still a life lesson to learn.

Maybe when someone or something we care about gets struck down, we should give them a little support and less advice. Maybe just be there for them. Maybe we give them to God and let Him pull them back upward.

Of course, maybe a broken sunflower is just a broken sunflower...or maybe not...



In Christ with love and compassion - Coach Kelly
#YourLifeCoachingWV #BeyondTheMirror

[Published:
2017-07-19;
2017-07-10]

Under the Shadow of God's Wing week 28





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

REFLECTION
“For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45, ESV).

Question of the day where do we turn when we’re weary and  tired?

A DEEPER LOOK

Read

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

IMAGINE THIS

While driving down the highway, off to a distance, I noticed an old apple tree; its odd shape casting a spotty shadow.
Beneath the sparse branches, standing shoulder-to-shoulder, were a few head of cattle.  I couldn’t tell if they were vying for shade or a snack. Given the outside temperature, I had to wonder if either were worth the body heat they generated by standing so close together…instinct had them seeking comfort from what they knew. In the extreme heat, I’d say they were in a valley season…
Valley seasons are those times when life has us feeling lost, hopeless, or weak. We can learn a lot during the valley seasons.
I remember one time when our family was walking through the valley of death. In the ER, I felt strong enough to handle what was coming through the door…But then I had to walk out… and every ounce of strength left my body. As I headed into the lobby, I couldn’t even push the door open. I was on the verge of collapse and hoping nobody was watching. I buried my face in a corner and tried to breathe. Then I questioned God: Why am I feeling like this now? Why was I about to make a fool of myself by hyperventilating or worse yet, to pass out? Just a few minutes before that, I was the tower of strength for my family. The one they expect to hold them up. Now, I am having trouble holding myself up.
Then I heard “This is you without Me.” That is when I knew that I never-ever want to be without God’s strength or presence in my life. That feeling of total exhaustion was more than I could comprehend.

Years later, I question how any human being can operate without the comfort, strength, and vitality that God gives to His kids. I love how Isaiah 40:29 reads: “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength” (ESV). 

MY THOUGHTS


Journal your thoughts here
This week, as you wander along, revisit times when God strengthened you. Consider ways in which you can share these valley season experiences with others who may be struggling through a valley of despair.
We triumph through Jesus and by the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11). Share that God has done for you with someone this week.

We triumph through Jesus and by the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11). Share that God has done for you with someone this week


[Published:
2018-07-12;
2017-07-06]




In Christ with love and compassion - Coach Kelly
#YourLifeCoachingWV #BeyondTheMirror

Monday, July 2, 2018

Her Wishing Flower week 27

Photo Credit D. Kelly @ Grant Co., WV
REFLECTION
“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting,” (Job 8:21, ESV.)

A DEEPER LOOK
Read:


Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday


This week’s verses remind us that there is joy in the presence of our Lord.

IMAGINE THIS

She sat on my knee, helping me drive the lawn mower, and singing to herself.
Suddenly, above the roar of the tractor, I heard her yell, “Look Mammy! It’s a wishing flower!”
I rounded the tree and stopped, when she jumped off the tractor, I followed.
Together we inspected her treasure.
Bending closer, she gently reached out then carefully snapped the stem.
Lifting it toward her face, she closed her bright blue eyes.
Then she blew.
With a big smile, she climbed back onto the tractor…

She wouldn’t tell me what she wished for but I’ll share mine:
I wished for her innocence to spread all around her.
I wished for her to always find contentment in the simple things.
And I wished for her to smile at memories of singing on a lawn mower.
When she blew on her wishing flower, I smiled and simply thanked God for weeds.
Someone, someday, will tell her the truth:
That there is no real magic in a dead dandelion bloom.
But until then, it is a wishing flower. 

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Jesus said that the kingdom of God is about being like a child. Not childish – but like a child.  I tried to remember some of my favorite childhood memories, the best times with my children, and then of course, recent moments captured by spending as much time as I can with the grandchildren.

And I discovered a few common threads: time spent outdoors, playing in the rain, dancing around the living room, and learning new things. I realized that it is the simple pleasures in life that I’ve held on to over the years.

Like when my girls learned to fish – one uncle lost a new pole when my daughter saw what was on the hook.
My son learning to walk in grass – he was stepping high and not loving it.
Meeting the sons-in-law for the first time – each with his own hilarious story of first impressions.
And now, life with grandkids: chasing zombies, homemade play dough creatures, and the joy they created for themselves by turning a gravel pile into their own private mountain.

It isn’t memories of material things that makes me smile. But rather the simple, fun things that money can’t buy and time can’t erase.

Ya see, God wants us to be happy. To find pleasure in what He has given us.


This summer, let’s lighten up by seeking simple pleasures. We’ll have to do it on purpose but when we appreciate real life and what we have it in…we bring a smile to God’s face too.

MY THOUGHTS
Journal your thoughts here

This week, seek out some simple pleasures and indulge in them. Then journal about the experience. A few suggestions include:

Blow some bubbles (or dandelion seeds, a.k.a.: Avery’s wishing flower)
This releases stress as you are really just taking in and expelling deep breaths!

Play Dough Therapy
An excellent way to use some energy while being creative!

Take a walk and look up
Our family loves to cloud watch – it is fun to ‘find characters’  
This also slows us down a bit.

Read for pleasure
There are a lot of good Christian books out there! 
Take a few minutes to read one just for the fun of it!

Sit by a body of water
Find yourself a river, creek, pool or ocean – 
Remember the purpose is to use what God has already given us!



Have a blessed week y’all!

In Christ with love and Compassion,
Coach Kelly

Published:
[2018-07-02;
2017-06-28]

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