Kelly Balarie
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Kelly Balarie, a Cheerleader of Faith, loves to link hands with those who often get stuck in the land mines of life.

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  1. Thank you thank you. Praying the light floods the recesses of my heart. It has been so rainy and dreary where I live for a week now and it’s taking it’s toll but as my 4 year old reminded me, the sun is still up there shining. Thanks again for your words of grace.

    • Tyra, that is so right. I just read this verse this morning, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5) Sometimes, we have to really search for the light, but to your point – it is there. Keep searching, keep following, keep on, keeping on.

  2. Hi Kelly, I am visiting from COMPEL and thank you for this push to not get acclimated to darkness. Thank you for your encouragement to walk in the light and I love how you explained how to do it. Great word!

  3. These are beautiful words from a beautiful woman. Thank you, Kelly, for sharing your gift with the world. To God be all the glory! Keep lifting Him high.

    Much love,

  4. Kelly, I love how you use Red Riding Hood in your post. You are very relatable and right on point. The analogy of the wolf makes the light go on for me. 🙂 Really well done.

    • Anne, thank you so much for your words. I am glad the wolf sparked a light for you. I love your encouraging words. I am so appreciative. May you walk down God’s paths as you pursue the glory of our Lord.

  5. Thank you for reminding me that the light is always there and we have to put forth an effort sometimes to feel the light. Thanks for the warmth of your words which I know are a grace given to you from Truth to share. Thanks for the courageous words and for following the path given to you. You are a gift

  6. Thank you Kelly for reminding me to walk away from temptation and to reach for god when darkness seems to be all around. I needed a message like this to remind myself to keep my head held high and feel protected everyday.

  7. Thanks so much, Kelly, for sharing your heart on this. It’s so easy to forget that one step toward the darkness can lead us into the depths of sin. Been there. Lord, help us to always be on guard for where Satan would like to take us. Praise God that He is stronger!

  8. This is such an inspirational reading. You truly have a gift at using analogies to make truths easier to understand. I had never put more thought into the fable of Little Red Riding Hood other than the storyline. This reading was so touching that I doubt I will ever read it again without thinking of the deeper morale behind the actual words. Thank you.

    • Well, what amazingly sweet words these are. Thank you. To think that now you will be reminded of God’s light and our potential for disobedience whenever you read LRR is awesome. Thank you so much for reading this!

  9. Such an new and wonderful way to see a story so well know and told to us as children! So thankful that Jesus didn’t choose to abandon us on the cross and He won’t abandon us today. We are called into safe pastures. We are called into truth. We are called to see light! As always Kelly’s words and heart have the ability to draw us near to the cross and thus the heart of God!!

  10. love the visual of little red riding hood illustrating how no matter how much we think we are doing “good” we are not completely safe and we still need to follow our one and only light and saviour.

  11. Kelly, what an insightful post! I am relived with your ending that we can step out of the darkness into Gods arms whenever we decide to do so. We are not alone, but loved and cared for.
    Thank you for sharing this with us!

  12. What a beautiful post, Kelly. And so PROUD of you to see you here! 🙂 I love this thought, “when you stay in the dark for long enough, it makes it really hard to see the light.” I have proved that over and over (unfortunately….), but also so thankful that, “God doesn’t desert us though. He loves us too much. He is with us. He sees us hiding. He always has.” You said it perfect! Thank you friend. So glad to know you. <3

  13. Kelly,

    Thank you for the reminder that no matter what we need to go to the “light” of God and follow His instructions. This year has been rough for me dealing with an aging father and his medical issues. It is so easy to get discouraged with that going on and work being busy and stressful. Through it all I tried to follow the light of God and do as He instructs.

    The analogy of Red Riding Hood is uniquely interspersed through this and makes a great point!

    Love your writing!

    • Beth, kudos to you for following the light in a hard time. I know that is not easy. I too, have had medical issues and it is so easy to let your mind drift to that dark place. Keep following the Lord and he will keep you strong!