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]

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Simply Blessed



Happy Sunday y’all.
This morning, while getting ready for outdoor church, I looked out my bedroom window. Instead of moaning about the too tall grass, I saw a yard full of diamonds.
Many times, I don’t.
I imagine most folks are just as guilty but can you even begin to imagine what our lives would look like if we choose to see the good - see God - in our lives as opposed to seeing the not so good things?
This morning, I could have ignored the dew and used legitimate excuses (I’m dressed for church, I’ll get my shoes wet, the camera isn’t ready...) and stayed inside to finish watching Steven Furtick. (Sorry Steven...but I can catch you on rewind - the dew...not so much.)
So, kicking off the dress shoes, grabbing the 20# camera bag, I suited up and headed out. I am so glad that I did! I got to watch a few unidentified birds eating breakfast and hear their happy tunes. I was able to see the sun peak through the pines, I captured dew that in a few minutes, evaporated into nothingness...I don’t want that to be my life. To disappear into nothingness - I want to leave a mark here - a happy one. Maybe my mark will be through the thousands of pictures my kids and grandkids will inherit. Maybe it’ll be countless written words in journals, blogs, and notebooks. But I want to make sure that I take time to capture life as God gives it. Maybe it’ll only be in my memories - but by God’s grace - prayerfully, it’ll be somewhere instead of being a regrettable lost opportunity.
Hope you enjoy viewing these shots and allow God to use them to reveal to your heart the many good things He has in store for His kids.
Be blessed today y’all - In Christ with His love and compassion - Coach Kelly

#YourLifeCoachingWV

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