Monday, February 24, 2020

Carpe Diem: Trusted to Seize Today - week 8

Photo Credits C. Lovelady of Winchester, VA 
@ Loveland Pass, CO

"Imagine, if you can, the smile we put on God's face when we take a little time to appreciate this life and the beauty of nature He has given us." - Coach Kelly


“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
(Genesis 1:31, ESV).



Photo Credit:
D. Kelly
@ Arthur, WV
Gravels poked through the light dusting of snow, mocking its inability to cover them completely; but not the leaf. Instead of mocking or rejecting the white flakes, the leaf welcomed their stark contrast to its own dullness. 

Cautiously, I focused my camera, careful not to disturb the beauty captured by the lens. 

Click. Click. Click.

Immediately scrolling through the shots, I smiled. I had captured more than a snow-laden leaf; I had captured a moment in time that made me smile...


Everyday, God entrusts us with such moments…Little moments just waiting to be seized. When I looked at this week's cover photo, (Charlie’s Picture), it literally took my breath away. 

The clarity of the view magnificent made me want to be there – on that mountaintop – camera ready, capturing shot after shot. But since I'm not inclined to travel, a trip to Colorado is highly unlikely. 

So if I am to enjoy such spectacular scenes, I have to do so vicariously through photos captured by my friends. But what if I choose to only find beauty in the spectacular? Would I be missing out on God’s best?

In the beginning of time, God entrusted us with His very breath. He filled our lungs and set us on our feet. He gave us this life…a beautiful life. But somehow we forgot about His goodness – we started taking Him (and life) for granted. So, then He entrusted us with His Son. A picture perfect reflection of what we were created to be…and eventually, we started taking Jesus for granted, too. His life-on-earth’s story ran from the cradle to the cross. Then from the cross to the grave, and ultimately, from the grave to ascension. Then God, out of His love for mankind, entrusted us – yet again – with a precious gift: The Holy Spirit. 

His Spirit of Truth to help us seize today. This day. To guide us in seeking out what is good. To encourage us to embrace what is true. To give us the ability to love unconditionally. To remind us to look around our community, our family, our workplace, our home…and see, on purpose, the good around us.

As you read this week's scriptures, remember to journal how you can 'see' The Holy Spirit. Don't forget to take a few moments each day to enjoy your life – right there where you live. And thank Him for entrusting us with such a great responsibility…the responsibility to enjoy the life He gave us.

Be Blessed y'all,
In Christ with love and compassion - 
Coach Kelly

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

What's Love Got to Do With It? week 7

Photo credit: J (Taylor) Tenney @ Hardy Co., WV


“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13: 34-35, ESV).

“He whom love touches not walks in darkness” (Plato).




There are several types of love: eros, philia, storge, pragma, ludus, philautia, and agape.

This morning, I stopped to consider what I love. A whole slew of words came to mind. Words such as: people, pets, books, my job, coffee, a good scone, my front porch, family, and God.

Seriously, I love a lot of people and things. Maybe overuse of this word has me a little confused and I need to find a new word to describe my morning coffee!

From Biblical times to Generation Z – various depths, definitions, and emotional attachments have been associated with the word love. But what if we started loving with our head, not just our heart?  As a covenant with wisdom and compassion? It could still cause hurt and tears, no getting around that, but perhaps we'd better understand ourselves and others, maybe even God if love was more...intentional. 

How different would that look if it was more than an emotional roller coaster? If love was done on purpose instead of just emotionally? 

Let’s take a look at agape love:  
As women of faith, it is important for us to understand that the love God has for us goes beyond anything we can ever imagine. Romans 5:8 says that even though we were still sinners, Christ died for us out of unconditional love. But...can we show unconditional love for our flawed, not-so-nice, imperfect fellow humans?  Only  if we think of love as a choice – a matter of the head – that requires putting emotions aside.  

Agape love is evidenced by how we respond and interact with others.  It is a committed love. This is the type of love God wants us to  have for others. To love them intentionally. Choosing to look past imperfections. Agape love requires us to see beyond the obvious. It is a head issue and helps us love as He loves us.


Journal your thoughts here

How can I, on purpose, show agape love to someone this week?

How can I be a better, more loving, neighbor?

Have I truly asked the Holy Spirit to help me share God’s love in the past?

Do I want the Holy Spirit to teach me to love others, see others, as God seen them when He sent Jesus to die on the cross?

In Christ with LOVE and compassion

Coach Kelly

#BeyondTheMirror #YourLifeCoachingWV


Thursday, February 13, 2020


Hey Y'all!

Your Life Coaching has a  lot going on and I thought I'd share some exciting news with you!

First off, I am still available for workshops and Beyond the Bully training as well as individual and/or family coaching. For a list of services, see my website  at

Additionally, I continue serving WorkForce WV as a Youth Case Manager/Life Skills Coach  ( It's interesting to me that my first work experience was with a similar program in the 1980's and now - almost four decades later - I get to reap the benefits and enjoy the other side of the program!

More recently, I've picked up a contact as a Recovery Coach for the Governor's "Jobs & Hope" initiative. If you've not heard about that one, here's the link: Basically, we will be assisting individuals and families impacted by the opioid crisis to find work (and other state-funded services). 

Finally, in my free time, I continue writing stories for The Life on the Allegheny Front series under the pen name Jordan J. Patterson (five stories down and plenty more to tell!).

Let me know if you're interested in hearing more about Your Life Coaching WV or WorkForce WV, I'd love to hear from you!

Have a blessed day,

Life Skills/Recovery Coach

"Where HOPE + FAITH = SIGHT because YOU matter"

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