Articles by Kelly Smith

Share Four Somethings: February

My February was full of new adventures, faithful friends, great movies, and challenging books. Heather Gerwing’s monthly link-up, “Share Four Somethings,” is a great way to recap the best of life! Something Loved Have you seen The Greatest Showman? If you’ve seen it, you know why it landed in my “Something Loved” category. The movie is beautifully done. It is [Read more...]

Love is Worth the Work

“But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.” (1 John 2:5 NLT) I fell in love with my husband right before I left for my Freshman year of college. With four hours of drive-time separating us, we spent the next two years learning about one other over the phone and through letters and email. This pre-dated cell [Read more...]

The Power of Encouraging Words

One encouraging comment holds the power to change our perspective. An aptly spoken word can lift our head and lighten our load. I recently experienced that power of encouragement, involving shoes. But the truth penetrates much deeper than thoughts on footwear. With my size-eleven feet, shoe shopping is not my favorite thing to do, but I needed a new pair of black flats for work. I hit the stores [Read more...]

Share Four Somethings: January

I have a confession. January is almost over, and I’m still struggling to start new. I generally hit January 1 with big goals mapped out in a new planner. I end the month with boxes checked, well on my way toward the best year ever. Even after declaring it’s ok to start late, I haven’t really gotten started. My fitness goal includes exercises three times a week. Instead, my [Read more...]

How to Rest Better This Year

My son never fails to enjoy the walk from the car to our front door. He starts with the little anthill in the crack of the driveway, watching the worker ants carry fine grains of dirt to their home. He runs after our cat with his arm outstretched and curious, seeking the softness of her fur. As he climbs the steps of our walkway, he finds interesting leaves, spiky sweet gum balls, and an acorn [Read more...]

It’s Not Too Late for a New Beginning

The start of a new year begs for a new beginning. By now you may be in week two of your new workout routine or half-way through Genesis in your One Year Bible. Your closets are clean, and you get eight solid hours of sleep each night. I love it! Three cheers for fresh starts and makeovers! Or you may be like me—January 1 came and went without a single goal written in the brand new planer. [Read more...]

Can You See God at Work in Your Life?

“On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.” ~Psalm 138:3 ESV Lord, I’m desperate for direction. Should I return to work or stay home a little longer? Closing my prayer journal, I picked up my phone and tapped the email icon in hopes of finding the answer to my prayer in the form of a job offer. I had sent my resume out to prospective employers and submitted [Read more...]

Most Popular Posts of 2017

We like to usher out every year with “year in review” lists. This year’s review holds some heart-breakers: the Las Vegas shooting, multiple hurricanes, and rising racial tension. We witnessed bravery as women stepped forward, naming names and sharing their #metoo stories. It wasn’t all bad news. We enjoyed a solar eclipse, a royal engagement, and a video of real mom-life [Read more...]

Remembering the Holiness of Christ

The first time I held my babies, their innocence overwhelmed me. They were helpless and perfect, not even a hint of malice in their searching eyes. But after thirteen years of parenting, I am under no illusion that my children are perfect. As a matter of fact, their flaws often mirror my own. We lose our tempers quickly. Hunger and fatigue highlight our tendencies toward sin. Unwelcome sarcasm is [Read more...]

Being Brave Together

My three-year-old son, Barrett, squealed with delight as the waves of the Gulf Coast waters washed over his feet. A full year passed since his last jaunt in the ocean. Even though he grew bigger between visits, the swell of the water a few yards in still intimidated him. He wanted to go deeper, but the fear of what his eyes saw kept him on the shore. My husband scooped him up and headed toward [Read more...]