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Kelly Johnson is an author, speaker, retreat leader and life coach who is passionate about helping people live their biggest, boldest, bravest lives. Her devotional book “Being Brave: A 40-Day Journey to the Life God Dreams For You” will be released by Abingdon Press on December 19, 2017.

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  1. Kelly,
    As I read your post, I could just see you opening an eye during the prayer as if to ask “Did I just hear that correctly?” Revolution – I love the idea. Usually a revolution starts with just one person who has a vision and then others catch on. Jesus had that vision – one where grace and love rule and His vision caught on and look where it is today. But, He calls us to be like Shana (the keeper of the flame) and be leaders of our own revolutions right where we are in our tiny corners of the world. What if Christians all truly acted like Christ in all of our everyday encounters…..would a revolution develop? Lots of good and thought provoking concepts to ponder. May Shana’s slip of the tongue (or purposeful word change) be a call to action in all of us.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. Whether it was intentional or not, I love the way my heart is moved to pray for the glorious upheaval that will come if “the eyes of our understanding [are] enlightened, if we “know the hope of His calling” and “the riches of the glory of His inheritance.”
    Sometimes we pray better than we know!

    • I LOVE the idea that “sometimes we pray better than we know.” If our hearts are open to hear Him, He will indeed be heard. Praying with you for that glorious upheaval in all of us!

  3. Good morning, Kelly Johnson. Thank you for sharing this message with me today. I’m deeply inspired by Shana’s interpretation. As I was reading, I remembered that my church is having Revival Night next Sunday evening. All 5 campuses are joining together at a symphony hall to celebrate Jesus and to welcome a refreshing of the Holy Spirit within us personally and as a united whole people in Him. I’m praying for that revival to bring revolution within the lives of our church members and within the surrounding communities that we all live and serve. Praise be to God for His Wisdom, revelation knowledge, and the revolution that is rising up within His people; for all the lives that will be touched and saved by the sharing of the Gospel and the flowing waters of the Wisdom of the Holy Spirit being poured into our communities! Glory to God, I am excited to see the wonders He will do! Blessings and Grace to you.

    • Thank you for sharing your your beautiful words of inspiration, Shelley. I am praying now for Revival Night at your church.

      Father, we ask for you to pour out your Spirit on Shelley’s church next Sunday evening and light a fire of love, compassion, courage and connection in their community as only You can do! I too am excited to see the wonders You will do!

      Blessings and grace to you as well, Shelley!

      • Thank you for your prayer, Kelly! I’m going to share your message and your prayer with my Sisterhood Bible study group (All Things New: A Study on 2 Corinthians, by Kelly Minter) this Friday.

  4. I listen to sermons from all over the United States, and pastors are preaching about revival. Revival that begins with the individual and spreads throughout the communities and nations. Revival? Revolution? I believe God is speaking to us all through those whom we can hear. May we all pray for personal revolutions/revivals.

  5. Jesus was the ultimate Revolutionary, wasn’t He? The ultimate change-maker. The ultimate counter to culture’s ideals. What an example of revolution He left. — Don’t you love how God uses everything to speak? Love how your spirit responded to His with a simple, unnatural word. Thanks for sharing, Kelly. 🙂

    • Thank you, Brenda! And yes, I am crazy about the way God uses everything to speak to us. It happens repeatedly to me at The Lamb Center. I meet Jesus at that table every single week. <3

    • Thanks, Brenda. I love the way you recognize the many ways God speaks to us. For me it is usually visual: I see the beauty in this world He created for us and find gratitude in my heart whenever this happens.

  6. I ecountered a woman in my lifetime who started and left a “revolution” of praise and worship. We said our farewells to her this week. She battled cancer for 6 years. Never once in those years did she lose or give up on her praise and worship to our Lord. What a revolution she started in us!

    • Renee, I am so very, very sorry for your loss. What a legacy your friend left behind! Praying for comfort as you treasure those memories and use them as a catalyst to live as your friend lived. <3

  7. Isn’t it awesome how God can work in our hearts – just the way WE need Him to – even from a potential “slip of the tongue”? I’ve found this to be true in my own life – and even sometimes in the simplest of things, a commercial that sparks something I know I need to work on, a friend reaching out at just the right time to be the hands and feet of God, or even a compliment or criticism at work. God is always there – ready to speak if we’re willing to listen. Such a great reminder. Thanks, Kelly!

    • Thank you, Cortney! And YES, I am crazy about the intimate and personal ways God reaches down into our lives and speaks to us in exactly the way we need to hear His voice. It makes me think of the name Hagar gave to God in Genesis 16- the God who sees me! Aren’t we so lucky to be seen my our Abba Father? <3

  8. Dear Kelly

    Today I read your blog post “Keeper of the Flame” with interest.

    It was such a beautiful read to read about your friend Shana. People like Shana do a fantastic job keeping our churches prepared. The problem is that we do not always acknowledge them for the job they’re doing.

    She sounds like an excellent resource for The Lamb Center.

    Your blog posts got me thinking about one aspect of life:

    We can serve right now, right where we are. We do not have to wait until the circumstances are right until we have solved all our problems because that will never happen.

    Sure, we can see similarities between the words revelation and revolution.

    I understand you were in doubt which word she used 🙂

    I can only speak for myself, but I’ve often found that I tend to seek the comfort-zone instead of accepting and seeking changes in life.

    Your blog post was a good reminder.

    I’ll share on Social Media Saturday, November 18.
    Blessings!
    Edna Davidsen

  9. A revolution came about in me through struggle. So many times we escape to our comfort zones instead of pushing forth into the calling the Lord has for us. But once I surrendered to the Lord the revolution is surrounded by peace. The revolution in me is bringing about revolution in the circles of influence around me. It really is small actions taken daily that make a huge difference.

    • YES, Jen!! Revolution by its very nature is contagious! Being brave, stepping out of our comfort zones, gives others permission to do the same. And sometimes the smallest shift is the beginning of the bravest journey! <3

  10. Kelly, this is so inspiring! I love how God speaks to us in these small quiet ways that end up lighting a fire inside! Your friend Shana is such an example to follow. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Thanks for your words of encouragement, Leslie. Yes, Shana is an inspiration to me every week and, by the way, she still says REVOLUTION every week in her prayers. And it does light a fire in me every time I hear it!

  11. I love this story and the impact it had on you and now us. The idea of revolution feels so refreshing right now! Let’s fan the flame, sister! Thank you for sharing.

  12. Kelly,
    Beautiful blog post, love it. Just one word broaden my horizon so to speak to get even closer to God. I just said I am so grateful to Him placing such beautiful people in my life this year, and look, just a simple word in your life, to impact my life…how I just the simple things that lead to God’s impactful words.
    revolution. yes indeed!

  13. I don’t think most people understand a spirit of revelation ( which can be revolutionary ), we need to focus on Jesus and the Holy Spirit guide the spiritual gifts.

    • Yes, definitely! God is the giver of ALL good gifts, including the ways He has uniquely equipped each of us to serve in His Kingdom. As I see more of Him, as I experience more of Him, God transforms my meager gifts into powerful tools for the Kingdom. Love that about our Abba Father!

  14. Kelly,

    Praise God for people like Shana. We need more of those people in the Christian world today. To often we seek the comfort zone/easy way out. We want revival/revolutions but aren’t willing to pray or do much about it. I think we all need to get into our “war room” (prayer chapel) and ask God to reveal where He would use us & guide us. Maybe we can start a revolution in our own towns!

    Blessings 🙂