Saturday, October 18, 2008

Blog Contest Finalist

The blog contest is over and the finalists have been announced over at Edie's Design Blog, Rich Gifts & Graphics, click HERE to head over.

The winner picked from the finalists will be announced tomorrow.

Thanks for all who played! We had a very hard time narrowing it down!

Chatty Kelly

Friday, October 17, 2008


"Thank God it's Friday!" According to Wikipedia this is a common U.S. expression of relief at the end of the work week and anticipation of relaxing or partying over the weekend. It has come to have little meaning other than "I'm glad it's Friday!" or "It's the weekend, let's party."

Take a closer look. It says THANK GOD it's Friday. I don't know if I've ever actually thanked God it was Friday. I may have thanked him that a rough week was over, I'm not sure. But why not pray to God right now praising him for today...and then if someone says to you "Thank God it's Friday" you can say "I already did!"

Isn't it ironic how we take sayings such as this for granted? Our money is printed with the phrase "In God We Trust." Do we? Economic times are hard right now, when you are paying your bills are you saying "God I trust you" or just "Oh my god."

I heard the Battle Hymn of the Republic today for the first time in ages, and actually listened to the words. "His truth is marching on." That line is referring to God. It says HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON. Is it? Are we marching in the truth, passing it on? This military anthem is truly an anthem to God. One of the verses says:

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

It is suggested that if you are not military you change the lyrics from "let us die to make men free" to "let us LIVE to make men free." I hope someone sees Jesus in me today. I hope I am living to make men and women free. Free to live a life for Jesus to praise him and thank him in all things.

Thank you God, it's Friday!

To see a moving video of the Battle Hymn Republic with lyrics & inspirational photos, you can click here.

Chatty Kelly

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

False Idols

**Don't Forget To Enter my BLOG MAKEOVER contest HERE**


I'll bet most of us, at first glance would say we don't have false idols. I know I don't have any golden images around my house that I worship. At the same time, I know that anything I put before God can be an idol, so I try to be careful to make God the most important thing in my life. I don't "idolize" my kids. I try not to be the mom that thinks the sun rises and sets on my kids' heads.

However, in a recent bible study we learned that anything that can rob your joy (the joy of the Lord) can be an idol. Do my kids have the ability to rob my joy when they bicker, argue, beg, nag or misbehave. I'm sorry to say yes. I don't have the ability to let things roll off of my back and just smile and say "behave darlings." No, my head spins and my eyes glaze over. If you choose to ask me that moment if I was joyful, I'd probably slug you in the arm. Thankfully, I do have the willpower to just send my children to their rooms, while I recover from my irritation, but why can't I remain joyful when they're not?

My kids have become an idol. I can't believe it, because I tried so hard not to let them become one. Yet, they absolutely control my mood. I'd like to add here that I have the formula to stop it. However, if I did, I wouldn't write it here, I'd write it in a book, which would become a #1 best seller, and you all could say "I knew her when she was just a newbie blogger." The fact is, there isn't a "fix" for my kids behavior. They're kids. They're pretty good actually. The problem is me.

Oh, how I hate to type that last statement! The problem is me. Ouch! I need to continue putting my focus on God. I thought I was, yet here I am confessing otherwise. I must daily rededicate myself to God. Then perhaps I will have a better ability not to let my mood be controlled by my children. Or the rude check out clerk. Or the driver who cut me off in traffic. get the idea.

So today, I try again to focus on God. I challenge you to do the same. And if you have the formula to make it happen, can you give the rest of us a hint in the chatty comments section?

Thank you.

Ephesians 5:5 -- For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Habakkuk 3:17, 18 -- Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Chatty Kelly

Monday, October 13, 2008


First the formal stuff..."Many will enter, one will win."

This contest is open for blogspot bloggers only.



Contestants must write a fun and goofy poem to express why they want a makeover and what they want in it.
Submit your poem entry in the comment section of this post each day.
Leave a comment at Rich Gifts & Graphics. Tell her what you like!!
(Feel free to pick up a Free Scripture Tag while you're here.)
Contestants may enter once a day every day while the contest is running, but must submit a different poem for each entry.
Contest begins Monday, 10/13/08 and ends Friday, 10/17/08.
The judges will each choose the poem they believe is best. A very tough job. The three finalists chosen by the judges will then be put in drawing to select which one is the winner. Winner will be announced on Sunday, 10/19/08.

And to show you I'm in the spirit of things - here is MY poem:

Here at Chatty Kelly's
we have a contest
The prize by Rich Gifts & Design
It's one of the best.

Is your blog looking dusty
is your blog looking old?
Do you want something different
Do you want something bold?

Or maybe more subtle
is more of your speed
You can get what you like
it's just what you need.

Just enter this contest
and write a cute lyric
now don't take too long
just write something quick.

Put it here in my comments
write something to win!
Then head over to Rich Gifts & Design
and comment again.

At her post please enter
what blog makeover suits you
What color do you want,
Red, pink, purple, or blue?

Edie made my blog over.
Isn't it so pretty?
Now you can win one!
Just write a little ditty.

You can enter daily
but only once a day.
So come on - get started.
We want you to play!

The contest begins Monday
and on Friday it will end.
so write a poem daily,
A new blog you might win.

Three judges will each pick their favorite.
Then we'll will randomly draw from a hat
Then the winner will receive a new blog layout
and that will be the end of that!

Win a Blog Makeover at Rich Gifts Graphics & Blog Design

Contest Dates: 10/13/08 to 10/17/08
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