Wednesday, March 25, 2020

These Unprecedented Times

"Not even Solomon..."
Psalm 121 ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14 ~ Matthew 6:25-34

My she-shed office is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of nature. As I watched a couple cardinals flutter around the yard, living in harmony with two lively squirrels, I thanked God for this beautiful state and for our beautiful people. 

After I snapped these low-quality shots, I complained to my daughter that I needed my camera; her automatic reply: go get it.

Go get it...

Easier said than done now that we're living in what the media is calling unprecedented times... 

And I believe that statement to be the truth, not just because of this world-wide virus that's spreading like wildfire...not just because most states are shut down; and believe it or not...not even because of the great 2020 toilet paper rush.

I believe these are unprecedented times because we've been seeing the church being The Church...and it ain't even Sunday.

Today, all across our beautiful state, families sat around the radio, listening as church and political leaders, although mocked and ridiculed, followed the unction of The Holy Spirit and, ignoring the scoffers, led us in prayer to the most high God. 

It wasn't without technical glitches, but it was unprecedented...and it was amazing.

We can't let the naysayers get under our skin. Their opinion of our God-fearing people doesn't really matter, does it? They'll still come here to hike The Sods, to fish the Potomac. Shucks, they'll even come here to jump off our bridges!  It's their problem, not ours, if they choose to taunt us for letting the God of the universe be our buckler and shield. We know He's got this in His hands - (but yes, He still expects us to wash ours and use common sense!) - and He expects us to be kind to the offended - or at least ignore them.

Stay blessed, stay healthy, and stay strong West Virginia.

Be blessed through this y'all,

In Christ with love and compassion,

Coach Kelly


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Not Just a Pretty Face week 12

Not Just a Pretty Face - by Jerrica Fout

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

"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." 
(Proverbs 31:30, ESV)


“Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favor in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition and my people at my request” (Esther 7:3, KJV).

Question of the day: How courageous is my faith?




This week, our verses remind us that courageous faith cannot be judged by outward appearance. Courage faith can only be measured by our heart; and only God truly knows our heart’s intent.


She was uninvited…yet there she stood. Waiting in the doorway somewhere between obedience and fear.  Waiting, she was just waiting…and…He was probably asking himself how to handle this woman.
Send her away in shame to possible death or hear what she has to say?
He was lost in thought…And holding her breath…she waited still. It probably felt more like hours than seconds. Then ever so slowly, he stretched out his arm…In welcome.
Although pampered and beautiful, her legs felt weak, maybe because she just coming off a three day fast…Maybe it was because she was uncertain of her fate…Still holding her breath, slowly, no longer awaiting his decision, she entered the room.  She was equipped only with what God had given her:
Beauty, Grace, Opportunity, And the wisdom of His Holy Spirit…


Most of us have heard Esther’s story. Mostly emphasizing Uncle Mordecai’s “For such a time as this” (Esther 5:13). But we stop there. Failing to consider the outcome had Esther’s heart not been enhanced by her outward beauty. More to the point, what if her outward beauty was of no value to her? What if she failed to embrace all that God had created her to be?

We’ve heard it said time and time again, “beauty is only skin deep”. While this statement is true, let’s not downplay the confidence we can find in our physical beauty.  From the passage above we know that Esther was not only a Godly woman but she was BEAUTIFUL.  She captured the attention of everyone by simply walking into the room.  We need to understand that this was an important part of who she was.  She was made by God to be a beautiful woman.

Not true for me…or so I thought. And I spent years just feeling ugly. I had no self-confidence, a horrible self-image and as silly as this may sound, I used to go to bed praying I would wake up with a different face. Satan used this against me daily.  Utilizing my inner nemesis to hold me back. To keep me from being the best version of myself that I could be.  Basically, this meant that there was no way I would ever do anything that meant I had to be physically seen.  And this hindered my calling, my passions and the young woman God created me to be.

My light could not shine because it was hidden beneath layers of insecurity.
It wasn’t until I had my own daughter that I began to realize that I would be a reflection to her. She would mirror my behavior. And the last thing I ever wanted was for this beautiful little girl to feel ugly or let insecurities hold her back from being a strong daughter for God.

That is when I started changing. When I began praying for confidence within myself.
That is when I started taking pride in myself, not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  My change did not happen overnight, it took work, it took effort and it took many talks with God. But I can proudly say, I like every part of me. My light is able to shine bright and I no longer feel the need to hide who I am.


Today I urge you to look at your own self-image. Do something for yourself that physically reflects your inner beauty. Maybe that means you paint your nails, put on some lipstick, or do your hair…whatever it means for you…take time for yourself and find the confident woman God created you to be…BUT more importantly, take time to seek the Holy Spirit for wisdom on how you can embrace the woman you were created to be, to sincerely pray the serenity prayer…and mean it.

Journal your thoughts here on where your inner beauty and courage comes from

Today is___________________ and I am feeling:                                                                           
My thoughts:                                                                                                                                       

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Hope you've enjoyed reading "Not Just a Pretty Face" by my eldest daughter 

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Be blessed this week y'all, 
In Christ with love and compassion

Coach Kelly

#BeyondTheMirror  #YourLifeCoachingWV #SpringtimeOfEncouragement

He knows the Stars by Name

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