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“Read it!”

When my now 18-year-old son was about 2 years old, he loved it when my husband and I read to him. He was relentless then and he is a voracious reader now. Sometimes I would be reading to him and then get distracted and stop. He would say very sternly, “Read it!” And if I remained distracted, he would hit me with a chubby hand and say more slowly – reeaad it! (This was during the time of Jerry Seinfeld’s popular TV show, and thus we occasionally called our son, the book Nazi.)

As I think about the arrival of 2015, I want to do more reading this year. I have a number of books already identified (and started). Some of the books on my plan are items that I am reading again. I think this is a mark of a great book. You can read it over and over and get something out of it every time.

My daily Bible is one such book. I came across the “One Year” version in 1999 at a Women of Faith conference. Author and speaker Becky Tirabassi introduced the audience to this product, which allows readers to go through the entire Bible in a year.

One Year Bible

There is a set of readings for each day that has a portion of Scripture from the Old Testament, New Testament, a Psalm and verses from Proverbs. This simple layout has been so beneficial to me, allowing me to see connections that I never saw before and giving me a simple process to read. I just brew my coffee and read while enjoying that time with God. My life is immeasurably better.

Another book I am planning to re-read, is called “The Hidden Art of Home Making” by Edith Schaeffer. It is a book that teaches readers the value of running a home and how we can use our homes to serve God and extend His kingdom.

Hidden Art Cover

A few weekends ago, I attended an open house CHRISTmas party. While there, I ran into a woman who had read the book that I wrote. She was very kind and said, “I loved the book and have reread portions of it often.” I was surprised… but totally delighted and honored to receive such a gracious compliment.


It is giving me the boldness to throw my book into the ring for your reading consideration this year. Should you take this challenge, I believe you will be inspired to try a number of the tips and most importantly you will have a framework for managing your life. You will be positioned to have an even better life than you have right now.

May you do phenomenal things in 2015!  Hugs- Kelly

You can purchase copies of “A Better Day, A Better Life: How to Thrive, One Day at a Time” at Copies of the “One Year Bible” and “The Art of Homemaking” can be secured at and other booksellers.


In 2004 my husband bought me a puppy as a surprise. He thought she would be a helpful distraction to ease my sorrow during the first Mothers Day that followed the death of our infant daughter, Kennedy. We named our puppy “Kondilisa” in honor of then Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. Our version starts with the letter K because all of the names of the members of my nuclear family start with the letter K. Only my sister-in-law, Kathy, calls our dog by her full name; the rest of us called her “Kondi.”

Kondi has always been a smart, determined and optimistic doggie. When we moved into the house we live in now, we would put Kondi into the basement when we’d leave the house and when we returned she was always out. Hmm… “Kenny, you didn’t close that door tightly because Kondi keeps getting out.”

Kondi, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, 2011

One day, I put her down in the basement and waited quietly. From the bottom of the stairs, I saw Kondi stand on her hind legs and then use her paws to push down the universal door knob, to escape 1-2-3. (For those who haven’t seen them, a universal doorknob often has a handle rather than a round ball. It is designed to be easier for all human beings to use, especially those who might have physical challenges.) Clearly, these knobs work well, especially for smart doggies.

One of the best things about Kondi is that she has great expectations. She is always looking for something good to happen. This morning when I was getting ready to leave the house, I opened the pantry where I keep my soy bars and her doggie treats. She ran over looking like – “I sure hope I get a treat!” So I gave her one. The morning before, I was slicing an apple into pieces for my daughter to eat on the way to school. Kondi smells the aroma and sees me at the counter and she gives a quick happy wag of her tail. To me, it was like she was thinking, “wow, I might get a piece of apple.” And so I give her one.

Later it dawns on me – that I – am rarely like Kondi in this regard. And this is extra sad, because my “Master” is my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and He is waaay more generous that I could ever hope to be. I wonder how much stuff I miss out on, because I am not expecting anything “good” to happen. I am often not expecting anything or if I am brutally honest I am worried that something bad is about to happen.

I am praying for God’s help to enable me to have a more expectant heart for His goodness.  Psalm 27:13 says “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.” (NASB)


When my daughter, Kennedy, died in 2003, I didn’t think I would ever “thrive” again. Like many people who have lived through a great loss, a part of us, dies with the hurt. But God was faithful to me, and in time He shared a model for living that enabled me to go from ashes to a new life where there is hope and joy again.

Occasionally, I host workshops to share the model and how it has worked, not only for me, but for many others. Some of these people were in tough situations like me and others were just going from one good place to another.

I will be hosting the next Thriving… One Day at a Time (half-day) Workshop for Women in greater Cincinnati on April 26, 2014.


Details: Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9am to 12:30pm, At Boost… for Meetings Sake, 5939 Deerfield Blvd. Suite 201B, Mason, OH 45040. Cost: $25

There will be dynamic presenters who will focus on creating a vision (Kim Floyd), how to write to get published (Mary Busha), tips on managing personal finances (S. Yvon Harper) and I will be sharing the Better Day-Better Life model and how to use it to thrive in your life.

We will also feature a few women-owned businesses who will offer trinkets including: Park Lane Jewelry, Thirty-One and hand-made housewares.

If you are in the area, please plan to join us. Tickets are being sold via Eventbrite. Click the link below for details.

Come get refreshed and rejuvenated… “But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. Psalm 52:8”

Thrive Logo Photoshop






I just finished reading my Bible and I am surprised that the Beatles song,  “Hello, Goodbye” came to mind. Maybe it came because this is the last day of 2013, a time of exit and entrance. It is goodbye and hello.

I am leaving 2013 with many conflicting feelings. I have experienced two or three big good things, but they are tempered by the deaths of many things. I have seen the death of dreams, relationships and people. It has been a tough year!

As I say goodbye, and partially, good riddance, God is reminding me that even in death there are many things to be thankful for.  Sometimes a hello could be hidden in a goodbye. Some of these “hellos” will grow into wonderful things.

After finishing the passages at the end of Malachi, Psalms, Proverbs and the Revelation, I read the One Year Bible format, God encouraged me to list things I am thankful for. In a few moments I had a list of 19 blessings that were people, places, things, events, situations, ideas, that He is the source of. If I had spent more time, there would have been more things.

This small exercise is helping me have a desire to begin 2014 with a heart of hope and with less of a focus of loss. Instead of starting this year with your list of resolutions, maybe a list f things to be thankful for will give you a greater vantage point to set future goals. It will be for me.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus, be with you in 2014 and beyond.

KellyCrucifix at dusk Greece Pa

Christian radio has been a great blessing in my life. Today, Pastor David Jeremiah had a great message on the people who missed Christmas.

Today’s Radio Broadcast

Why Some People Missed Christmas | December 16, 2013

Bible Strong

Discover the kind of people who miss Christmas and the ones who don’t in Dr. David Jeremiah’s message, “Why Some People Missed Christmas.”

Take a moment to listen at