Thursday, May 31, 2012

You're Wrong!

As Christians, it becomes easy for us to correct. After all the Bible tells us we are to correct and rebuke, providing careful instruction. It's too easy, however, to become the the instructor of the world! Suddenly we are correcting each other's every word. Well, wouldn't it be wrong to let some one's error go unchecked?

I don't think so. There is a place for grace, and a time to "be wrong with someone."  And that's what I'm blogging about Friday, as a guest on the blog of Michael Hyatt, Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishing.

This is my 2nd opportunity to guest post, the first was in January entitled Leadership Starts at Home. I am thankful to Mr. Hyatt for sharing his platform of about 400,000 readers with me, a housewife with a devotional blog. 

Is there a benefit to being wrong with someone, and letting their error go uncorrected?  I hope you will visit my post at on Friday, and see what I think. And please, come over and leave me a comment, and let me know what you think.  I'll meet you there. 
Kelly Combs is a Christian wife, mom, writer and speaker. You can learn about Kelly by visiting her website at

Chatty Kelly

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Life Lesson from Salsa

Some like it hot, but I must admit I am rather a mild girl.  I am, of course, speaking about salsa! I love the salsa we get from a local Mexican restaurant with just a mild kick to it. I was recently searching in the deli case at the grocery story for something similar. I studied all the types of salsa they had; classic, home-style, and southwestern. I settled on the classic, and then continued looking...medium, medium, medium, mild! There is was. I picked up the mild salsa and put it in my cart, to finish my shopping and check out.

Imagine my surprise when I got home to discover I had gotten medium salsa! How could that have happened? I knew what I wanted, I searched for it, I found it, and I reached for it.But some where between the reaching and the picking up, I must have taken my "eyes off the prize." I was distracted, or thinking about the next item on my list, and the glance away was enough to make me pick up the wrong item, and my tongue burned as a result of the error.

This happens in my life too often. I know what I want to do, and I have every intention of doing the right thing, but then at the last moment I look away and end up doing the wrong thing. My distraction, or thinking about the next thing in my life makes me do the wrong thing, sin, and I could get burned (in hell!) as a result of that sin.

I'm so thankful that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for my sins. When I mess up (and I do more than I'd like!) I know that I only need repent (turn away from) and confess my sins to God and he will forgive them.

At the same time, I need to be more vigilant. I need to follow through with the appropriate actions. I know what I need to do, but I must keep focused and alert to do them. The Apostle Paul summed up our mistakes and sins this way, "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do." (Romans 7:15). But he reassures us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. (Romans 8:39)

1 Peter reminds us to be self controlled and alert. The devil is waiting to devour us, but the Spirit of God in us can help us resist and stand firm in our faith.

Knowing the right thing to do is not enough, we must follow through and do it. I resolve to be more intentional with my follow through, and stop allowing the world to distract me. How about you?   

Kelly Combs is a Christian wife, mom, writer and speaker. You can learn about Kelly by visiting her website at

Chatty Kelly