Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Relationship Between Integrity and Stability

by Danetta Kellar

Trust in the Lord and do what is right! Settle in the land and maintain your integrity! Then you will take delight in the Lord, and he will answer your prayers. Commit your future to the Lord! Trust in Him and He will act on your behalf. He will vindicate you in broad daylight, and publicly defend your just cause. -Psalm 37:3-6 (NET)

In the worn pages of my Bible, this passage has scribbles and notes filling the margin and tumbling off the edge. Dates are written down, scattered like stepping stones through the passages of my life, reminding me of the tumultuous world we live in and the many trials we face over time. 

Psalm 37 contains rich instruction for navigating the unsecure world in which we live.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

You Be You and I’ll Be Me

by Danetta Kellar
Together, our gifts became what they never could have been alone.
 I wish I had learned early in my life the beauty of allowing others to be themselves, and me to be me. 

It took me a long time, and years of painful comparison, to realize the profound need we have for one another’s differences.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

My Child's Trial, God's Story

by Danetta Kellar

My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything. -James 1:2-4

His lips were blue and he told me it felt like a truck was sitting on his chest. Whatever I had been doing before that moment was instantly forgotten as I leapt to my feet and called the doctor. Get him here now, the nurse told me. We tumbled into the car and raced to the emergency room. 

As my first-born son lay there on the hospital cot with electrodes and wires attached all over his body, my mother heart wanted to faint with fear. He looked so frail, this child of mine, the one who first made me a mother. 

This trial felt anything but joyful.

It was happening to my son, and it was beyond my control. I searched for an anchor to calm my anxious thoughts and the fear that was rising like a threatening tidal wave on the shores of my soul.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Tell Me the Truth

by Danetta Kellar

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:24-27

I was struggling with a sin I just could not shake, and I was feeling extremely sorry for myself. I actually felt victimized by this pattern I could not seem to break. I cried to my mentor and she said words I will never forget. 

“Until you hate this sin as much as God does, you will never let it go. You love it.”

The truth of her statement made me hot under the collar. I wanted to scream in defense of myself, my poor, pitiful self stuck in a habit I just couldn’t seem to stay away from. But the words she had spoken struck a chord deep within me and left me shaking. She was exactly right.

There is simply no force more powerful than truth. And there is no greater power to change lives.