Wednesday, June 29, 2022

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace and presence be with you.  Today I want to share with you a quote that I shared with my GAL (God’s Amazing Ladies) group Tuesday morning. 

Take a moment to reflect on a pivotable moment of your life.  Why was that such a pivotable moment?  Now, think further back to those minor moments that guided you to that pivotable moment.  You needed them all to get to that one moment.  God is with you and working in every moment of your life.  Don’t discount a single one.  Rejoice in each.

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Shelly  :0)

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace and presence be with you.  This week there were three moments captured in pictures that I want to share with you.

The first is from last Friday when I was watering the flowers and tomato plants.  It wasn’t until the water hit the spider webs, that they became visible.  It made me think of the waters of Baptism.  Once that precious and blessed water is poured upon on us, what was previously unseen, suddenly becomes visible.  But the interesting thing is that it was there all along, we were just too distracted to notice. 

The second picture was from Sunday.  I’m not exactly sure how that was taken.  It’s a very blurry picture of the lock screen on my phone.  When I found the picture, it made me think of the many times in life when we can’t seem to focus.  Just beyond the haze and blur you know there is clarity and a sharp image, but in this moment, it just can’t be found.

The third picture was taken Monday evening at sunset.  We were driving along, so I have to stop to capture this moment.  The color is incredible and the clouds tell a story.  Turn the picture so that you experience from every side.  It’s incredible how different it looks each time you turn it 90 degrees.  There are moments in our life when we need to just pause, turn the situation 90 degrees, and take another look at the situation.  More than likely, you’ll experience a slightly different perspective that may open your mind to different possibilities and options. 

Keep your eyes open for the unseen.  Know that life will have its blurry moments.  And allow yourself the grace to make a 90 degree turn. 

Bless others and be blessed.

Shelly  :0)

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#Unspoken – Wasted Time

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace and presence be with you.  February 20-23, 2020, that was the last Greater Dayton Emmaus Walk weekend held.  I’m so excited to say that in one week, the Greater Dayton Emmaus Walk weekends will resume!  WOOT WOOT!!!! Can I get an AMEN and a Thank You Lord?????  I’m very excited for the 23 men that have committed to experiencing this weekend event.  In reality, they won’t be experiencing a weekend event, they will be experiencing the incredible love and movement of the Holy Spirit in their life.  They will emerge the other side of that weekend changed, lighter, freer, with a willingness and desire to move where they are led by the Lord. 

I’m also excited for the Emmaus Community members.  We are definitely a team that find great joy in serving and have very much so missed being able to serve the Lord on these Walk weekends.

Finally, I’m overjoyed and thankful for the Lord.  I know He has so much planned for those men on their Walk.  I also know that He will be overjoyed by their presence and willingness to come to Him.

Whether you’re near or far, you have an opportunity to share Christ’s love with the men (Pilgrims) on this upcoming Emmaus Walk.  Click on the Newsletter link below and scroll down to page 7 for the signup links for Kitchen and Housing.  We also have a 72 hour prayer vigil beginning 06/23/2022 at 6:00PM EST and running through 6:00PM EST 06/26/2022.  If you’re interested and willing to pray during this time, contact me or simply put a date and time in the comments on this post.  If you’re willing, you can also put your name and where you live.  At one point during the weekend, the prayer vigil board is shared with the men on this Walk.  It’s truly an awesome and humbling moment when you as a Pilgrim hear about all these people that don’t even know you, from around the world are praying for you and your journey with the Lord.

If you would like to serve in person in your local community, search for the Emmaus community near you and reach out to someone.

If you are interested in getting some information about attending an Emmaus Walk weekend, please reach out to me.  The Greater Dayton Emmuas will be having a women’s Walk Weekend July 14-17, 2022, so you still have time to register.

Bless others and be blessed.

Shelly  :0)

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Keep Moving Forward – Episode 38: How to Enhance Communication in Your Life and Relationships with Kacia Fitzgerald and Seena Ghetmiri and Episode 39: Some Things Live, But All Things Die

Christ’s peace and presence be with you.  This week Diana brings you two solid episodes of Keep Moving Forward.  The first is focused on communication, both verbal and nonverbal, and why it’s important.  The second is about seasons in our lives and the fact that they are seasons.  Diana shared this Ben Platt song lyric, “It’s okay to say goodbye, some things live but all things die.”  We all communicate and we all have life seasons, so these episodes are perfect for you.  Take a listen.

Monday, June 6, 2022

Keep Moving Forward – Diana Marie Keller

Episode 38: How to Enhance Communication in Your Life and Relationships with Kacia Fitzgerald and Seena Ghetmiri

Check out the episode here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1889846/10688828

Friday, June 10, 2022

Keep Moving Forward – Diana Marie Keller

Episode 39: Some Things Live, But All Things Die

Check out the episode here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1889846/10762407

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Shelly :0)

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace and presence be with you.  First, in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 5, Jesus is quoted as saying “You are the salt of the earth.” and “You are the light of the world.”  Before you ask, yes, the “you” that is being referenced is indeed you.  Second, Archbishop Fulton Sheen is quoted as saying “No man discovers anything big unless he makes himself small.”  So, you bring flavor and a glow to life, in small ways that make a big difference.

As humans, we desire to see results for our efforts, but a good portion of the time we aren’t even aware of the results we produce.  Yesterday the road in front of our home and some others, but not all, in our neighborhood were repaved.  Those workers spent one day stripping and preparing the road and the other day paving.  It may seem like they were “just doing their job”, but that job has made a small difference in many lives.  You may think “it’s just a road”, but it’s not.  One example of making a difference that they will never realize is that we will be selling our home in the near future.  This nice, smooth, new road brings our home better curb appeal which could possibly be the difference between the buyer choosing our home over another one.  Second, we call our street Fire Engine Alley because it’s the main cut through for the police and fire fighters to surrounding neighborhoods.  Could better roads allow for quicker response times?  Yes.  Could quicker response times bring better results?  Yes, which could lead to lives saved.  These are just two examples for one action that we probably don’t put much effort into thinking about, but nonetheless their presence brings flavor and a glow and their “small” actions brought a big difference. 

Being at work on purpose, not just for a paycheck, but for the purpose of being God’s presence in the workplace is a small attitude difference that can have a huge impact, no matter what your job.  Even if you work alone from home every day, with an attitude of bringing God to work with you, you will make a difference in your life.  People can see His presence you bring in your eyes.  People can hear His presence you bring in your voice.  People can experience His presence in the commitment and effort you put into your tasks.  You may think people aren’t watching or noticing, but they are, and isn’t it better for them to hear, see, and experience Him instead of you?  As you head to work today, choose to bring the Lord with you.

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Keep Moving Forward – Episode 35: Navigating Feelings of Guilt and Shame, Episode 36: Listening to Your Gut with Kelly Bluth, and Episode 37: How Your Environment Affects Your Mental Health

Christ’s peace and presence be with you.  I have some catching up to do with you.  Since I last shared Keep Moving Forward, Diana has added three episodes about guilt and shame, listening to your gut, and how environments affect your mental health.  I imagine all three episodes will touch on a part of your life, so take a listen.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Keep Moving Forward – Diana Marie Keller

Episode 35: Navigating Feelings of Guilt and Shame

Check out the episode here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1889846/10687461

Monday, May 30, 2022

Keep Moving Forward – Diana Marie Keller

Episode 36: Listening to Your Gut with Kelly Bluth

Check out the episode here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1889846/10701304

Friday, June 3, 2022

Keep Moving Forward – Diana Marie Keller

Episode 37: How Your Environment Affects Your Mental Health

Check out the episode here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1889846/10725132

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Bless others and be blessed.

Shelly :0)

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace and presence be with you and Happy Easter.  Yes, we are still in the Easter season.  I’m sure the Easter baskets were put away weeks ago.  Those colored eggs were probably eaten within a few days.  The candy probably gone as quickly as the eggs.  Except for those that like those hard, stale Peeps.  Have you given up and stopped talking about Easter and the blessings our resurrected Lord bestowed upon us, as quickly as you put away the decorations and ate the eggs and candy? 

Next Sunday is Pentecost.  Pentecost, I would say is my second favorite holy day.  Jesus promised that He would send His Advocate, the Holy Spirit.  That makes me smile and gets me excited.  It’s like a BIG YELLOW Happy Face smiling at you.  You can’t help but smile back.  A relationship with the Holy Spirit is like…WOW!  I’m really at a loss for words.  There is an incredible amount of peace that the Holy Spirit offers.  His patience isn’t endless, because He wants us to be all that we were created to be, but He does allow us multiple chances to get back up when we fall on our own accord.  Spoiler alert…if we listen and act upon His guidance, we don’t have to fall so much.  Feel free to share that with others. 

The Holy Spirit bestows gifts upon us that we don’t even realize until all of the sudden we see them in action.  One of the immediate responses to the Holy Spirit’s presence with the Apostles was the gift of tongues, so that all could hear the grace, peace, sacrifice and salvation of Jesus Christ in a language they understood.  You’ve been given the same gift.  You may not be speaking a foreign language, but the way you speak and the words you use, they allow others to hear what the Holy Spirit has to say to them, in a way that they can receive it.  If you’re like me, there are times when you hear yourself and know that those words were not of you, but of God.  Those truly are some awesome moments.  After all, that’s what He’s called us to and why He sent His Advocate to be with us. 

You are on not just one, but multiple journeys being woven together at the same time.  One of those journeys you are on at this very moment is your relationship with the Holy Spirit, Christ’s Advocate.  Please take this journey and commission very seriously.  That doesn’t mean the journey is all serious though.  God in all three persons, Father, Son, and Spirit wants to share joy, laughter, and peace with you.  Yes, together you have work to do, but that doesn’t mean it has to feel like work.  Work that is enjoyable and peaceful hardly feels like work and it’s amazing how much you can accomplish when you are enjoying what you are doing.  Yes, you will have challenges, there is no doubt in my mind.  But when you focus on the Spirit, the challenges will fall in line.  When you focus on the Spirit, the challenges aren’t as major an issue.  When you focus on the Spirit, you will have a peace beyond words and understanding.  When you focus on the Spirit, you will be filled with the Spirit.

Pentecost.  Now that’s something to celebrate!

#Kool&TheGang – Celebration

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace and presence be with you.  In the Book of Acts chapter 16 Luke shares with us some conversion stories that make me think…”Really?  They got it that fast?”  He mentioned speaking with a group of women at a river and how Lydia, a worshiper of God, listened and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying.  Then in the next sentence we hear that Lydia and her entire household were baptized.  About 10 verses later we are enlightened by the Holy Spirit once again working through Paul.  But this time he wasn’t near a river.  He and Silas were prisoners in a jail, praying and singing hymns.  As the guard slept, the Holy Spirit shook the very foundation of the jail, opening all the doors and pulling loose their chains.  As the guard slept, they could have walked out and continued on their journey, but they chose to stay.  If for nothing else to save the guard’s life, not just once, but twice.  When the guard finally woke and saw the gates open, he drew his sword to take his own life for allowing all the prisoners to escape.  Paul called out, ensuring him that they were still there and stopped him from taking his life.  Immediately after his life being physically saved, the guard fell down before Paul and Silas asking what he must do to be saved.  “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved.”  After hearing the word of the Lord and tending to Paul and Silas’ wounds, the guard and all his family were baptized. 

Reading about experiences like these makes we wonder what in the world took me so long.  I’m sure people were speaking God’s truth into my life, but in those moments my heart, mind, and spirit weren’t completely open to His invitation and longing to be together.  Like Lydia, I too was a worshiper of God.  Like the guard, I too had an experience of slumbering, waking up frightened for the life I thought I would lose, but in reality, being awoken to a life with the Lord.  Which was what I was unknowingly longing for.   

Do I wish I would have understood sooner…YES!  But that doesn’t change the fact that I did finally truly understand and get what God, Father, Son, and Spirit are all about.  If you’re still sucking wind, it’s not too late.  Listen for and hear the Holy Spirit.  Move in tandem.  Let your life be a reflection of Him.

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Keep Moving Forward – Episode 34: Stop SHOULD-ING On Yourself!

Christ’s peace and presence be with you.  In this episode Diana addresses how to handle situations where the concept of “SHOULD” makes you feel guilt, shame, anger, and/or fear about who you are and where you are in life. 

Friday, May 20, 2022

Keep Moving Forward – Diana Marie Keller

Episode 34: Stop SHOULD-ING On Yourself!

Check out the episode here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1889846/10652059

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace and presence be with you.  This week I would like to share with you Psalm 145.  As I read this, I could feel joy and excitement building in me.  Choosing to share the gifts and promises the Lord offers you and me is an incredible opportunity and blessing, not only for you, but also for those you share Him with.  Be bold in your faith.  And if need be, get a little uncomfortable and allow yourself the courage to speak when you normally wouldn’t. 

Psalm 145

A psalm of praise. Of David.

I will exalt you, my God the King;
    I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
    and extol your name for ever and ever.

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
    they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
    and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works—
    and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They celebrate your abundant goodness
    and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love.

The Lord is good to all;
    he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, Lord;
    your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures through all generations.

    The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
    and faithful in all he does.
14 The Lord upholds all who fall
    and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
    and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
    and faithful in all he does.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
    he hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
    Let every creature praise his holy name
    for ever and ever.

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