What’s Your Number? & Tune In Thursday #9

What’s Your Number? & Tune In Thursday #9

Tweet I came in to church hurried and scattered.   My mind raced with all the things I needed to do, I should be doing, and I had forgotten to do. I was running late again!  It always seems to be the case for me on Sunday mornings.  No matter what I do.  I try, I really do. “At least I am here before the service official starts, and they begin singing the first song.” I thought to myself. Pastor Jerry was in the back of the Sanctuary that Sunday morning as I came rushing through the door, and he just looked at me, that telling smile on his face and a knowing in his eyes. He stopped me and said: “What’s your number?” ….. “…. uhhhhh ….   I don’t know,” I respond. “Sure you do,” he replied, “What’s your number!?” …. If you didn’t know Pastor Jerry Tyler, then you may not know that he was famous for always asking people, “How are you doing?   Most would reply with the pat “Fine.”  But Pastor Jerry wouldn’t stop there, He went on to ask for a number.  On a scale of 1-10, if he asked, you were to give him a number.  Once you gave him a number, he would simply ask, “What would it take to move it one more number higher?”   That morning like so many before and after, Jerry knew things weren’t a 10.  I don’t have a poker face.  Guess it’s a good thing I don’t play poker then isn’t it.  Hahaha..   Most of the time, Jerry didn’t even ask me how I was doing,...
Perseverance in Recovery – Lessons from the Lake

Perseverance in Recovery – Lessons from the Lake

Tweet I am excited to have you join me for week #2 in the series on perseverance, which continues for the next seven weeks with three of my incredible friends. If you missed my friend Mary Geisen’s post last week on Perseverance Through Fear, you can check it out by clicking here. As of now, I plan to share a “Lessons from the Lake” Video  that goes with the topic as well. Please check out today’s video, it is my introduction to the series, and not part of the text below. I am sorry.  This week, I was not able to record a video to go  with what my friend Holly Barrett wrote about today. (I am totally blaming jury duty, nasty windy, rainy weather which prohibited recording outside last week, and preparations for a women’s retreat I am speaking out this coming weekend). Together we will share insight, challenges, and our faith through our journeys of perseverance. Please join myself, Mary Geisen, Holly Barrett, and Patricia Krank as we learn from each other and share encouragement with our own stories of perseverance. Come join @MyOldThingsNew, @HollySBarrett, @MaryGeisen and me for week#2 in the series on perseverance.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This To Persevere in Recovery   …..  By Holly Barrett I saw a meme online the other day that basically said a beautiful smile hides an injured soul so that no one can really tell how broken you are. I’m not sure if that’s a sadder commentary on our need to hide…or on others’ need not to know. Either way it reminded me of some days within my own recovery journey – days that were long and hard and often felt like...
Who Defines You? & Tune In Thursday #8

Who Defines You? & Tune In Thursday #8

Tweet I have a love hate relationship with social media! Can I get an amen? But seriously, when it comes to social media – I love it and I hate it. Can you relate? I know I don’t even have to mention the reasons why I hate it, but let me tell you about why I love it. I love it, is because I can connect with people from places I have met during ministry times from all around the world. I can also stay connected with family and friends who don’t live near me. I especially love the Facebook memories.  I love it because, it reminds me of events and memories that I may have forgotten. Memories like attending my kids high school events, fun spontaneous adventures, or past ministry locations and people who made an impact on me.  Even memories of quotable quotes or encouragement thoughts I captured from others.  Like this gold nugget: “God is the ONLY one who defines who I am – not my friends, my family, ministry, activities, etc. …”   #God is the ONLY one who defines who I am.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This This power packed nugget came up as a memory I posted on Facebook several years ago.  I wrote it after a conversation with one of my ministry board members.  At the time, I was struggling to write the message God had put on my heart.  Not because I didn’t want to write it, but because I was afraid.  I was afraid the book wouldn’t be any good and I was afraid of what people might think about...

Publishing Deal – Special Edition of Lessons from the Lake

Tweet Have you ever had a dream in your heart that you thought would never come to fruition?  Yeah, me too.  Join me for this special edition of lessons from the lake, to find out more…..   Got the contract one day – signed and reviewed another.  I am so excited for this next step in my writing journey, I hope you will join me in celebrating my good news.  My journey is a testimony of God’s faithfulness and dreams coming true!     Today is just the start of the journey, the book is scheduled to release in August of 2018 … I know it seems a long time from now, but I promise, it does take that long to go through the process. I have a huge ask, would you please consider praying for me and this new adventure? Thank you in advance for your prayers. Blessings,...
New Perseverance Series & Perseverance Through Fear Vlog #34 Lesson from the Lake

New Perseverance Series & Perseverance Through Fear Vlog #34 Lesson from the Lake

Tweet I am excited to introduce you to a series that begins today and continues for the next eight weeks with three of my incredible friends. As of now, I plan to share a “Lessons from the Lake” Video  on the topic as well.  Check out both videos, the first is the introduction to the series, and the second is a little  bit about the topic my friend Mary Geisen wrote about today.   Together we will share insight, challenges, and our faith through our journeys of perseverance. Please join myself, Mary Geisen, Holly Barrett, and Patricia Krank as we learn from each other and share encouragement with our own stories of perseverance. [Tweet “Come join @MyOldThingsNew, @HollySBarrett, @MaryGeisen and me for a series on perseverance.”] Perseverance – Bravely Overcoming Fear By Mary Geisen I stood at the bottom looking up, shading my eyes to see the top. “You got this”, I said to myself. The rest of the group congregated nearby to hear the directions from the leaders. I look again to where my destination lies and vaguely hear, “it’s about a mile and a half to the top.” A thought crosses my mind. “I walk farther than that daily. No problem”! Confidence and smiles grace the faces of those around me. I plaster a smile on my face and begin the trek up the side of the volcano. After a few minutes my courage and confidence turns to fear. Will I make it to the top? Do I want to climb to the top and will I make it before the sun sets? The perseverance I embraced minutes ago now looks impossible and what seemed easy became challenging. … Click...