Purposeful Faith

Meet Kelly

A Cheerleader of Faith & A Fighter of Fear


Who are you, Kelly?

Who I am? I don’t fully know. As I figure it, I am still learning, still inching towards God to let his light shine on all he made me to be.  But, one thing I have uncovered in this dim world is – I am a “Cheerleader of Faith.” Meaning, I cheerlead my own heart in truth, so it can walk by truth. Meaning, I get myself up, bruises and all, to figure out God’s leading. I listen. This process? Somehow I figure, it will bless you too. We are all in this thing together. We are all just trying to make it through. If God wraps his arms around me through scripture, truth and love – perhaps you will see how he wants to do the same in your life. That’s how I figure it, anyway.

What’s your hope for your readers?

I have a dream for you. It’s a small seed I hope to water and watch God grow. I believe in it.
I hope in it. I pray over it. This dream is  you and me, that together, as united in love, we can walk right up to freedom, right up to the very likes of God. Here, we can put our arms around Him and say, “Nice to meet you. I am not letting you go anywhere.” That is what I want above all things. I want you to know Jesus, unencumbered by everything that has always dragged you down. I want us both to let go and let God be the instrument of our peace. That’s what I want. That’s what I plead for.

I want us undone by his miraculous ways. May it be so, God, may it be so.

What fear holds you back?

I had this friend, she looked at me and said, “Wow, Kelly, you’re really an intense person.”  This stumbled me. No one likes intense. That kind of person is “Too much,” “annoying,” “not entertaining, “scary”. Well friends, here I am, this is me. What you can expect from my words is intensity. Today, as I write this, I am not going to battle with trying to be anyone bemeet kellysides who God made me to be. Why bother with all that? God uniquely formed me. He set me in this time-period. He assigned me to this ministry. He called me to be a speaker. He delights in my being. Forget all that!?

I don’t have to worry about who you want me to be, but just be faithful to who God created me to be. That’s it.  I am going to shine as he created me to be. Because at this time, in this place, he wants to shine out of me. You will find heart-felt intensity on my blog, coupled with the power of God’s Word and the igniting flame of the Holy Spirit.

I am going to shine his light. You will find heart-felt intensity on my blog, coupled with the power of God’s Word and the igniting flame of the Holy Spirit.

Today, I accept – I am intense. Admitting this, makes me realize: What held me back, will be unleashed to help you move forward. Powerful!

What makes you come alive?

Writing is fine and dandy. I enjoy it. God meets me there; he works. But, what makes my blood run wild, what makes my endorphins start popping is speaking. There is nothing as joyful, as freeing and as empowering as lighting up the world through speaking and proclaiming truth.  This is my real passion. This is what made me start writing in the first place. I am wild about transformation. I am eager to see God work. I am dependent on him as he shows up. Watch me on Periscope if you want. I love to pray. Ask me to speak at your church; it will make my day. I LOVE speaking.

Who do you love?

I love you all. The readers of my blog, the sinner-types who have broken legs and need a good God healer to come rescue them. I love those who are honest, real and forthright with the struggle. I love those types. The ones who are sure that the only way they can get through is with a fresh touch from God. Oh, I want to hug them; they are like me. I am learning to love the other types too, the closed-off variety. God’s calling me to deeper, fuller and wider love – with no disqualifications allowed. It’s a process. I am trying. My heart is after it, because love is the greatest. It offers you back the fullest. It hopes and endures all things. It’s the basis of everything. Help me here, God.kelly

Even more, I love my husband.  He was my push into writing, he is the breath when I feel I am hyperventilating and he is the quick dose of reality when I feel my world is crumbling. He knows how to inject Jesus into all things. God knew what he was doing when he put us together. My ministry without this man would like a country without a government. You all, you readers, are blessed by him and you don’t even know it.

Beyond him, my two rascals are the target of my love. They boomerang back on me. They keep me wondering about all the little things in life – like why ice cream isn’t made with ice, or why the highway isn’t high – these two make my mind spin with the goodness of God. If God loves me just a millimeter as much as I love those munchkins, I figure I am a whole heck of a lot of loved. They have wonder figured out, I am trying to bow low to see wonder too. I want to grab it and then share it with you. That’s what I want.


Finally, I love the other Cheerleaders that I write on this blog. They are like an anti-Anxiety pill to my heart on the daily basis. They are life-givers. Christy Mobley, Katie Reid, Angela Parlin, Jami Amerine, Karina Allen, Abby McDonald and Angela Nazworth – these women are the real deal with a dollop of sweet encouragement on top. I love them.

What is your Passion?

You probably remember this, I am a Cheerleader of Faith, but what you may not realize about me is that I am also a Fighter of Fear. I am a get-on-the-gloves, an I-am-going-to-win by the grace of God – fighter of fear. I am wild about winning. I am passionate about the victory Jesus has won on our behalf. I will stop at no lengths to tackle it. I want it and I want it bad. I want it for you and I want it for me. I will stop at no lengths to battle this blockage to faith.

My upcoming book releasing January 3, 2017 is all about that. Join me in the fight! Stay tuned.

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75 CommentsLeave a comment

    • Not to be critical but in your 20 ways to imitate Christ article you left out one uv the most important and traditional ways: fasting. And after the Lord had received the Holy Spirit he went fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. Humans shall not live by bread alone but by every word that precedes from God. “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
      Fasting on Wednesday and Friday is tradition in the Orthodox Church. I read the standard is no food until 3 PM.

  • Very cool blog Kelly with such an important message! I have just started blogging myself and I have been searching to locate more blogs that are faith based. Continued success and God bless!

  • I’m so glad we met at 2015 Mt. Hermon’s Christian Writers’ Conference. You are real and genuine. Keep “pressing forward” like Phil 3:14. Yours in Christ, JS

    • Thank you JS. I am so glad we met too. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I hope you press on to the goal Christ has set before you too! Thanks for saying hi.

  • […] Kelly Ballarie writes in  When Excuses Rule , “Motherhood takes will power to be good. Many times, I just don’t have it. But, I pretend I do. So, I load myself up with a lot of excuses to make my insides not feel like my outsides.”  Oh, boy! That sounds familiar; I’ve heard myself make excuses so many times, too!  But, Kelly doesn’t just leave us there feeling like a bag of excuses.  She leads us to Jesus; where He gave no excuses on the cross.  And because of His goodness, we can be released from all our imperfections and receive His grace. […]

  • Hi Kelly,
    I found your site through Twitter. It sounds like we have some things in common and I love the message you’re spreading here – so encouraging and relatable in just the little bit that I have read! Looking forward to reading more! ~Hannah

  • That picture portrays a beautiful family. I am so excited to be following you and being inspired and continue inspiring other women. Would love for you to link up your posts as desired on our Tuesday Talk (still going on) beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesdays. My belief is we should spread the encouragement to other women who may not know the Lord.

  • I am so thankful I found your web site on christian books .com. I reall like all the things avaliable to me here. Especialy about spirtutal war fare. I wanted to know how I could get these sent to me because I don’t always get the chance to go on line. I am disabled, I have been taking care of my 84yr old disabled father for the past year since my step-mom passed away, and my husband of 26yrs went to prison 3 months ago for 9 months. I am thankful for these trails God has allowed to happen, because it has brought my husband and me closer to the Lord. He has growen so much stronger in his walk with our heavenly father since he went to prison. He is learning again to put God first and formost in his life. He is also through God learning about faith and trust in Jesus. I have gotton closer to God in the past year than I was before, and in the past 2yrs I have put my faith and everything in Gods hands and learned how to leave it there and not keep trying to pick it back up. Is there a way for my husband and myself to get some of your things on warfare, trails and for my father surrender?? I don’t have a lot of money because they took my husbands disabilty money when he went in and my father does not help me much at all. I would be happy to pay something for them. Could you please let me know? Thank you and God bless you and your web page miniestries. God bless you Lorraine

    • Hello, Mrs.Balarie you have help to make my faith in my father Jehovah stronger ..I always knew my faith is what connected me with my father in my spirit is so happy to hear these words. Thank Jesus for You. ..

    • Lorraine your faith is inspiring and what will keep you strong. Please know that God did not allow any of this to happen to you, Jesus said “Behold, I give to you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” Nothing shall hurt you when you live in faith! Keep reading God’s word and you shall have great strength!
      God bless in Jesus Name!!

  • Thank you for the follow on Twitter. Your blog is very encouraging for men as well as women. It is great to see a Biblical example of courageous faith through this world of tests and trials of our faith. May God increase your voice to strengthen His daughters and inspire His sons to love and lead their wives after your Proverbs 31 example. God bless you and the family.

  • I don’t think of intense as being negative. A person can be intensely happy, intensely funny, intensely loving, and so on. Being intense and being passionate are like two peas in a pod. And what would a cheerleader be like who was not intense or passionate about her cheerleading? God has created you amazing! He has created you in His image!
    I believe Jesus was intense in His love for us that sent Him to earth to die for us. And God is conforming us to the image of His Son. So, you are well on your way in this particular area to being more like Jesus! Keep on being encouraged in our Lord who loves you intensely!

  • Thank you for reminding me we are in a battle. It is so easy to give up, and give in to what society pushes for, and we are so much in need to hear the words that say “hello”, Jesus is here, right here. This is what you just reminded me of; it gets buried in the busy life I live, but I
    need to remember – we are fighting for goodness. God Bless you for your inspiration.

  • Hi Kelly I am enjoying reading your blog and trying to learn more about blogs. God has led me to start a blog about childhood abuse and the purpose is to point them to Jesus and He can then help the out of the darkness. The blog is just my personal testimonies of how God led me out. If you have the time and would mind giving me some pointers, I sure would appreciate it. Thank you!

  • Love the message & this is my desire too. I’ve struggled with sickness the past several years & am trying to get my strength back. I stay at home & so it’s very hard to find friends that I can connect with spirituality. If you have any advice on how to find friends please let me know. Another thing I would like to know more about are strongholds. Also Im not sure how to follow a blog…or how to know if I get any replies to my comment.
    Thank you so much

  • Your post are so relatable as are the guest post. I am blessed, encouraged and pushed to do thing even though I am fearful because Jesus is here with me, He knows my pain but so do you and your guest writers. To know I am not alone gives me hope even though I know Jesus is my hope. Keep writing and I will keep reading (& crying & laughing!) Your message is powerful and God is using you. I would enjoy meeting or talking with you one day, I will wait till heaven but sure wish it is sooner.

  • I am a peaceful and powerful soul. This world is not real , real world is ocean of peace and love. Our supreme God almighty see as like father. Physical father teach me how to live like body as he himself, while supreme father who is flawless and want to teach me how to live soul conscious. His virtues are mine. My character must present all. Even if a single one is missing that mean I am still body conscious. By feeling his presence I am powerful lovable helping always happy, giving and forgiving. Flying like an angel ( light and child like at mind,)
    God bless !!

  • Thank you for sharing this message !!! I really appreciate all that you are doing. May God bless you abundantly !!! I want to encourage you to keep up the good work. 💘 love and prayers, Diana Osborne

  • This blog is indeed inspirational, I have struggled with lack of faith and not seeing the real purpose for our lives. My children are super important and the reason I want better. I live for them and I want them to live a good life. My past don’t matter Life is what I make of it today. I am thankful for the people in my life that have shown me who I have been and who I should be. God is almighty and no one should have to remind me of that. Thanks to everyone who participated in this journey and I sincerely apologize to anyone I have hurt, or affected in a bad way. Thank you.

  • Ms Kelly do you read, study, search scriptures in the bible guidance, start with 1 Corinthians 7:1-40kjv..Gen 1″2’3″4kjv…God gave us a will power to choose, but to be bound we do not from sin, inquiry, wickedness in this present world, of sin after the casting out of Eden…start praying for guidance and from reading the words of God that’s you repent and be not found there know more in Jesus name?

  • Very Interesting and Strongly Word!
    Be Courageous my Sister,God will Reward you,for all you are doing.
    Be Blessed More.

  • Hi Kelly
    I have read your story (well some of it) and I am enthused with what I read. After hearing about your book on fear today, this is confirmation for me. I was that person who gave up on goals or challenges with no problem, (easy way out) but after doing so was not at all pleased with the outcome. I would love to purchase your book on Fear. I love you and your story… GOD BLESS!!!!!

  • Thanks Kelly for who you are, for sharing your heart . please keep shining in this dark world.Even a little light can save thousands.
    My prayer is God’s protection for You , His Joy overflow your heart with a complete Peace and heavenly Fathers Love as you experienced it.

    I would be honored if You come and little blog , definitely will be inspired.

  • hello Kelly, be blessed in Jesus name, you real perform a wonderful work for our Lord Jesus, you inspired people a lot, much blesses

  • Hi Kelly,

    Hope you get to read this and respond . I found you today ,what a blessing that is . May God continue to make you the salt of the earth and the light to the world in Jesus name .

  • Dear ,
    God love letter 4 u
    The only seat I offer u is the one front row to everything I have.
    My love is the termination of avoidance and the conception of acceptance.
    Avoidance is the easy way out to work earlier, or solved the problems with loves ones first.
    Work is more important than your problems.

  • […] Kelly, a fun-loving, active and spunky mom of two rambunctious toddlers, spends her days pushing swings, changing diapers and pursuing the Lord with all her heart. Called a “Cheerleader of Faith”, Kelly’s greatest desire is to help women live passionately, purposefully and unencumbered for the Lord.  Read more about Kelly […]

  • Thank you for sharing! I am also cheering you on Kelly. I just read the blog about Getting Fresh Eyes and it was really good. Thank you for being open enough to allow God to speak to your heart with this message. It is blessing so many people I’m sure.

  • Thank You Kelly…all us ‘sisters in Christ’ need to support each other in this battle. its a battle! everyday: spiritually, physically and mentally. Your message encourages me.

    I pray God sends sound Christian women into my life. I gave my life to Jesus this July after 30 years of “doin it on my own”. I realized after my husband filed I needed God more than ever.

    Thank You so much for your inspiring words. God Bless.

  • Hi I need your help praying for me.. First my consecration to the Lord, second my faith and commitment to Him, 3rd for my parents to be save, 4the all the brothers and sister to be preserve in the body and lasly all the difficulties i am facing right now with my fiancee and our financial crisis.

    Sister in Christ

  • Jan. 25 2020 and I’m praising God for your blogs. They are a blessing to me. More than I can express. Thanking God for the wisdom and guidance he is giving you in your writing.

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