Beyond the Mirror







REFLECTION
Over a 52-week period, we are going to reflect on self-empowerment through the Holy Spirit. We will be discussing our emotions as well as how to set aside some 'me time'. We'll uncover ways to see our personal worth and figure out how to tap into our core power source.


EACH WEEKLY TITLE IS LINKED TO POST FOR EASE OF NAVIGATION!


IMAGINE THIS
We are going to reveal ways to talk to and about the Holy Spirit visualizing the impact He has in our lives.

A DEEPER LOOK
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Scripture readings will be suggested from both the Old and New Testaments. You pick your favorite translation and the rest is up to you.

MY THOUGHTS
Journal your thoughts here
We will be journaling our thoughts on the weekly topics as we find value in our own life's journey. The weekly journaling entries are designed to help us to face our own internal nemeses; share ideas on how we invited God to intervene on our behalf; and jot down how we can utilize the Holy Spirit's power.

So there you have it ladies, a glimpse into Beyond the Mirror: Facing Your Life's Nemesis weekly journaling devotional!

Ready?

Great!

Let’s get started!

A WINTER OF
EMPOWERMENT

Photo credit D. Hagg @ Garrett Co., MD

Winter is a time of stark reality. A few months where life is somewhat put on hold. It is also the season when we have a lot of time to ponder. West Virginians accept winter as the most unpredictable of all seasons. We half-jokingly say if you don't like our Appalachian weather, don't worry, it’s about to change. 
For those of us engaging in the Beyond the Mirror devotional, winter means that we have an entire season to reflect on life and the things that bug us. Or we can take this season to do something about that stuff. To call out anything that causes anxiety, stress, depression, or even lost hope. We can learn to manage these things through the empowerment of God’s Holy Spirit. 

Empowerment is the opportunity, responsibility, and personal right to have authority over our life’s story. We become Holy Ghost empowered by learning how, and when, to turn our thoughts and feelings over to the Holy Spirit. When we do, He will enable us to face this stuff head on. He’ll teach us how to call it out. He will then help us reclaim personal authorship over our own lives. No wonder I am excited for us to start this journey together!   As we work to develop our strengths and manage our weaknesses, our God given potential will emerge. Potential that will reflect back to us from the mirror. Now that's true empowerment.

And ladies, through this journey, we are going to see exactly what it looks like to be a daughter of God! Y'all, we've got this! ~Coach Kelly


Week
Title
Daily Reading
1
Psalm 37:3-5
Isaiah 26:3
James 1:17
Matthew 6:25-34
2
Psalm 34:18
Proverbs 3:5-6
Isaiah 57:15
2 Corinthians 1:8-10
Romans 8:37-39
2 Timothy 2:12-13
1 Peter 2:9-19
3
Judges 16:19-20
Exodus 2:12
Genesis 39:12
Matthew 26:41
Romans 8:26
2 Timothy 2:22
4
Proverbs 3:5-6
Jeremiah 29:11
Acts 14:22
James 2:17
1 Timothy 1:19
5
Deuteronomy 30:15-16
Deuteronomy 29:9
Psalm 19:14
Matthew 7:21
Romans 8:28
Luke 6:46
6
Psalm 51
Psalm 67;1
Nehemiah 8:10
Revelation 21:4
7
Proverbs 10:12
Ecclesiastes 3:8
Deuteronomy 6:5
1 Corinthians 13
John 3:16
1 Peter 1:8
Revelation 2:4
8
Genesis 1:31
Isaiah 52:7
1 Chronicles 16:29
Philippians 4:8
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Matthew 5:1-12
9
Proverbs 10:2
Isaiah 28:16
Matthew 5:16
1 Corinthians 13:1
Ephesians 2:20
10
Jeremiah 15:16
Deuteronomy 30:17-18
1 Samuel 3:4
John 10:27
Matthew 4:4
Romans 10:17
John 8:47
11
Psalm 139:7
Genesis 28:15
1 Kings 8:10-11
Romans 8:9-11
Ephesians 2:21-22
Revelation 21:3

A SPRINGTIME of ENCOURAGEMENT

Photo Credit D. Kelly @ Grant Co., WV

“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land”
(Song of Solomon 2:11-12, ESV).

Welcome Spring!

A time for new beginnings.  A time when the dormant bursts forth with a strength only nature fully understands. Tulips, wild onions, crocus, lettuce…people…all face the life season of spring. For vegetation, spring is the time when God given potential surges forth from hidden depths. Tentatively at first but then drawn upward by a force stronger than themselves. And suddenly, ready to face real life elements, stands a strong, viable plant.
Thankfully, unlike vegetation, we have several spring-like opportunities spread out across our lifetime.  For the most part, our spring seasons look a lot alike. We each have decisions to make, opportunities to embrace, goals to accomplish.

And one huge question to answer: "What am I waiting for before I truly start living?"

Ladies, let's bloom where we're planted! ~ Coach Kelly


Week
Title
Daily Readings
12
By Jerrica Fout
Esther 5:2 & 3
Romans 8:26 & 27
13
Proverbs 27:19-20
Psalm 51:1-19
Luke 9:23-24
Romans 6:19
Romans 8:5-6
14
Psalm 37:7
Job 6:24;
Lamentations 3:24-26
Philippians 4:6
1 Peter 3:4
Matthew 7:7-8
James 5:7-8
15
Psalm 63:6-8; Psalm 119:147
Lamentations 3:22-26
John 15:4-7
1 Peter 5:8
Luke 12:34; Luke 10:38-42
1 Corinthians 7:35
16
Ezekiel 36:26-27; Nehemiah 9:20
Isaiah 30:21; Acts 4:33
Ephesians 3:16
John 14
17
Psalm 34:4; Psalm 37
Colossians 3
18
Proverbs 29:7
Isaiah 40:31
Psalm 103:1-22; Psalm 51
2 Corinthians 12:9
Ephesians 2:8-9
Romans 3:21-31; Romans 6:14
19
Psalm 119:11;  Psalm 119:18
Job 23:12; James 4:8
1 Peter 2:2; Colossians 1:28-29
James 1:22-25
20
Genesis 29:20
Zephaniah 3:17; Song of Solomon 8:6-7
1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 1:22
21
Joshua 1:9
Proverbs 3:5-6
Psalm 23:4; Psalm 34:17-18
1 Peter 5:10; James 1:12
Hebrews 10:35; Philippians 4:7
Acts 16:25-26
22
Isaiah 54:17; 2 Kings 6:15-19; 
Psalm 37:12-16
Revelations 3:15-16; 2 Timothy 3:5; 
Matthew 7:21; Ephesians 6:12
23
Ecclesiastes 7:8
Isaiah 40:31
Psalm 23; Galatians 6:9
2 Corinthians 8:11
2 Timothy 4:7; Hebrews 12:1
Colossians 1:11
24
Isaiah 45:8;
Joel 2:23
Matthew 5:45;
Acts 14:17; James 5:18
25
Micah 6:8;  Proverbs 15:13
Matthew 5:7; Matthew 7:12
Colossians 3:17
John 15:12; 1 Peter 4:9


A SUMMER of ENLIGHTENMENT



Photo Credit: C. Lovelady @ Cayucoc, CA

Do you remember summer break as a school kid? I remember being so excited for June 21, you’d have thought it was another Christmas!  Now, instead of dirt bike riding and week long visits with friends, and those silly nighttime walks to "The Store" for a vending machine Pepsi, it means mowing the yard, repainting decks, and trying to find time for a family vacation - not an easy task with adult children. But still, there is one happy and joyful remnant of summers past: everything seems to lighten up.

It seems as if the summer sun melts a little of the bottled-up winter stress. Yep, I believe that sweet-sweet-summa-time has a way of revealing easy smiles, lifting us out of the winter funk. I really like that about summer. There is a freedom that comes with it. That is why I've chosen "Summer of Enlightenment" as the theme for this devotional journey. A time to be joyfully enlightened. When we can finally take a load off; see things a little clearer. 

Over the next 13 weeks, we will be focusing on the books of James, Titus,  Acts, and Luke - not just because I like them - but because these books have a lot to say about how the Holy Spirit can lighten our load. They also have a lot to say about how we can live our real lives - your life - my life - with peace and joy. Our summer stories will be a tad lighter, less reading and more absorbing.

So grab yourself a glass of iced tea, your favorite Bible, and let’s take a walk (through the Word) this summer! ~ Coach Kelly


Week
Title
Scripture
26
Proverbs 28:13;  Ecclesiastes 3:6
Luke 9:62; John 15
27
Proverbs 13:12; Proverbs 20:11; Psalm 16:19
Romans 15:13; Mark 10:13-16
Luke 1:47; Acts 2:28
28
Psalm 91
Psalm 1:1-6; Isaiah 40:29-31
Psalm 23; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Matthew 11:28; 1 Peter 5:10
29
Micah 7:8; Isaiah 33:6; Isaiah 41:10
2nd Corinthians 4:8; Ephesians 6:10
John 16:33; Hebrews 12:1-3
30
Psalm 23; Proverbs 3:6; Proverbs 12:25
Ephesians 5:16; Philippians 4:13; Galatians 5:22
Luke 21:34; Matthew 11:28
31
Psalm 46:10; Psalm 37:4; Genesis 1
Psalm 69:32; John 4:2; Romans 5:1-2
Romans 8:24
32
Romans 12:12; Isaiah 26:3; Psalm 16:11;
Ecclesiastes 3:12; Psalm 34:8; 1 Timothy 6:6-8;
Matthew 6:33; 2 Corinthians 12:10; 1 Corinthians 7:17
33
Psalm 46:10; Psalm 28:7; Psalm 112:7,
Psalm 91:1-16; Isaiah 26:3; Hebrews 11:6
John 14:26; John10:10
34
Micah 7:8; Psalm 55:22; Psalm 118:24
Isaiah 55:12; Psalm 4:7; 1.Thessalonians 2:20
Acts 2:28; John 15:11; Jude 1:24-25
35
Psalm ​9:10; Acts 17:26-28
Jeremiah 33:2-3; Matthew 7:7; Hosea 10:12
Matthew 6:33-34; Isaiah ​55:6
36
Psalm 4:8; 1 Corinthians 14:33
Romans 14:19; Philippians 4:7; Isaiah 32:17
Luke 2:14; Proverbs 3:21-24
37
James 1:2-4; 2 Corinthians 2:8-10; Psalm 37
Romans ​5:3-5; Psalm 51; 1 Peter ​1:6-7
Psalm 9:9-10
38
John 11:25-26; 1 Peter 1: 24-25; Philippians 1:6
Galatians 2:20; John 14:2-3
2 Corinthians 5:6-8; ;2 Corinthians 5:17;
Revelation 3:8


EQUIPPED by FALL
Photo Credit: D. Kelly @ Grant Co., WV

A Time for Everything
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.  (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, ESV).

Fall...Autumn...the season of being equipped after seedtime and harvest. Fall in the country is a whirlwind of activity. Festivals, leaf-peeping, raking, and preparing the soil for the upcoming spring. My childhood memories of fall include helping my parents gather fire wood, rake leaves, and learn how to bake pies. Because of these memories, fall always stokes happy memories of years gone by.  Some memories that will last my lifetime occurred in fall.  And I hope this Bible study, Beyond the Mirror: Facing Your Life's Nemesis, will one of yours.

Those of us engaged in the study thus far have studied scriptures that encourage, enlighten, and empower. With these behind, and inside us, we are now better equipped for fall.  So what are we gonna do with this abundance of knowledge? Why, we're going to harvest what we've planted and spread the joy!  Over these next twelve weeks, we are going to put the components together, and share ways to witness to our neighbors about the love of Christ. Ladies - be blessed! ~Coach Kelly

39
Luke 10:38:42; Psalm 119:105;\
1 Peter 3:15; Psalm 37:4; Romans 8:1-39
James 1:22; John 17:17; Psalm 32:6
40
2 Timothy 2:15; Galatians 6:7-8
Romans 12:2; Proverbs 11:3
James 1:22-27; Isaiah 29:13-15;
Luke 16:10-12
41
1 Samuel 13:14; Lamentations 3:25
1 John 1:9; Psalm 23:3; Proverbs 3:5-6
Psalm 9:10; Psalm 139:4;
Lamentations 3:25
1 John 1:9; Psalm 23:3; Proverbs 3:5-6
Psalm 9:10; Psalm 139:4
42
John 10:24; Matthew 4:4
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Timothy 2:7
Ephesians 4:15-16; Colossians 1:10
1 Thessalonians 5:11
43
Psalm 121; Isaiah 26:3
Romans 8:7; Philippians 4:8
Psalm 139: 2b, 3b
James 4:7; Psalm 139
44
Psalm 46:10; Mark 1:35; Psalm 62:5
Matthew 14:13; Psalm 141:3; Luke 9:18
Job 29:21; Luke 9:36; Matthew 6:5-6
Luke 22:39; James 1:19
Ecclesiastes 3:7; Mark 4:39
45
Proverbs 31:10-29;
46
47
John 15:16; 1 Corinthians 14:10
Colossians 3:11; Genesis 22:18
Colossians 3:15-17; Jeremiah 29:11
Proverbs 16:3;
48
Romans 6:2; Matthew 11:28
Joel 2:25; Matthew 6:34
Galatians 2:20; Psalm 34:18
49
Luke 10:38-42; James 4:8
Psalm 63:6-8; Isaiah 43:5-10
Mark 1:35; Proverbs 3:1-31
Matthew 13:24-30
50
Psalm 90: 1-17
Psalm 37:3
Colossians 3:12
51
Proverbs 2:1-5; Joshua 1:9
Galatians 5:22-13; Romans 12:2
Hebrews 10:23
52
Joshua 24:15
Matthew 10:25-37


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