Testimony of Thanksgiving & Tune in Thursday #38

Testimony of Thanksgiving & Tune in Thursday #38

Tweet IMPORTANT: NEXT WEEK Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, there will be NO linkup, but plan to join me again the following Thursday, November 30th for my posts: Mommy vs. Santa This week is a continuation of sorts from last week’s post “Enter His courts with Thanksgiving“.  If you missed it, click on the picture below.     As I have been meditating on Psalm 100 the past few weeks, I felt like the Lord challenged my thinking about those areas in my life that seem challenging or difficult. You know, those areas where we don’t immediately think to give thanks.  Or those areas where thankfulness is definitely NOT what would come to mind.  Especially, those “life gives you lemons,” moments. God’s challenge to me was simple:  Do you want to be thankful for these tougher moments in your life?  Are you expecting to have a testimony of thanksgiving one day for these challenges? Immediately the chorus of the song by Casting Crowns: “Praise you I This Storm” came to mind… I thought about it for a moment, and decided YES. Yes, even though I have stuff that is hard to be thankful for, like insomnia, health challenges, loved ones facing difficulties, people being offended, or even being misunderstood…. Yes, I want to be able to look back and have a testimony of God’s faithfulness in any one of these or other difficult areas in my life. Don’t you? Don’t we all? Yes, I believe we all do.  Our testimony of thanksgiving may not be what we want it to be, or think it should be, but God is always...
Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving & Tune in Thursday #37

Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving & Tune in Thursday #37

Tweet Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100:1-5 NIV)   The month of November is a time when we traditionally turn our focus and hearts toward being grateful and sharing we what are thankful for. Thanksgiving is a lifestyle we are called to live.  In fact, every time we come to the Lord, we are told to: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.”   Can I be real with you for a minute? Sometimes, thanksgiving and praise is the farthest from our lips and our mind when we want to come before the Lord. Sometimes, we come in worshipping and praising. Sometimes, we come in crying and complaining. Sometimes, we come running to the Lord for comfort, answers, protection, or in dire need. Sometimes, we also come in with thanksgiving and praise, but not all the time. I wonder how things would change, in our circumstances, our heart, and our attitude if every time we approached God’s gates and His court, we did so first with thanksgiving and praise? Many years ago, I joined the staff of a church and worked in the Worship Arts Department.  The staff prayed over me, when I first started and one of the things the senior pastor said has stuck with...
New Mercies Everyday & Tune In Thursday #36

New Mercies Everyday & Tune In Thursday #36

Tweet This week, I am shaking things up a bit and I am going to do a cross over of sorts. You know what a crossover is … right? You know, it’s what happens when two things that are similar merge to meet in one location. You know, like when the Six Million Dollar Man would appear on an episode of the Bionic Woman. Or when Batman meets Superman?  Or when Iron Man meets…Spiderman, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, and … well, I  think you get the picture. So welcome to my crossover episode of #TuneInThursday meets #LessonsFromTheLake Instead of my weekly written blog for Tune In Thursday I am sharing with you my Lessons from the Lake Vlog (video blog) which usually posts on Tuesdays.  I record these videos from my deck with the lake behind me.  I promise, it may look like a still image sometimes, but it’s not and the while the scene is the same the look varies each time.  Enjoy! Lamentations 3:21-24 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:  The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Thank you #God for new mercies everyday!Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   Great is Your Faithfulness, Oh #God !Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This The Steadfast love of God does indeed endure.  We need to remember and call to mind of the times when God has been faithful and when He has come through for us.  We all have times when we face...
Does Anyone Understand? & Tune In Thursday #35 Guest: Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Does Anyone Understand? & Tune In Thursday #35 Guest: Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Tweet (This post contains Amazon affiliate links.) Today’s guest is Dr. Michelle Bengtson.  I first met Dr Michelle in 2015 in the hotel lobby at a bloggers conference in Greenville South Carolina.  We stayed in touch ever since and I had the privilege to be on the launch team  for her very first book: Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression which came out in August 2016.  Dr Michelle’s message is a powerful one and depression affects us all in some way. In March of this year, I had the honor of previewing her newest project: Hope Prevails Bible Study: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression which released yesterday – Wednesday October 25, 2017!    I was honored to be asked to write an endorsement for her Bible Study which you will see below, and when you purchase your very own copy of the book! My endorsement for: Hope Prevails Bible Study: Dr. Michelle Bengtson has done it again. The “Hope Prevails Bible Study” delivers the same great authentic connection, raw insights, and powerful truths that we received from her book “Hope Prevails.”  Being in church ministry for many years, and now a lead pastor, not only is this study a great resource for individuals, but it would be highly beneficial to both church and counseling groups. Dr. Michelle Bengtson is not just a neuropsychologist; she is a person who has also experienced the journey from depression to health.  Her experiences allow her to uniquely sympathize with people in the midst of depression.  The “Hope Prevails Bible Study” combines her experiences and knowledge to infuse strength and hope into anyone...
Hope Prevails Bible Study Vlog #49

Hope Prevails Bible Study Vlog #49

Tweet contains amazon affiliate links It is my privilege to announce that my good friend Dr. Michelle Bengtson’s newly released Bible Study: Hope Prevails. I invite you to click on the links below and get more information or to purchase her book. The Bible Study was written in such a way that it can stand alone and readers can work their way through it with out having read her book, or it is a wonderful companion to her book Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression that release in August 2016. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12 NIV) We need to release the message to others that with #God #HopePrevails.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   Let’s be a catalyst for helping other people’s hearts to not be sick, but to release hope into them and see them set free from the bondages of depression! Order your Copy of #HopePrevailsBibleStudy October 25.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This (click the picture to order the Bible Study once it’s released on October 25th ) Here is what I had to say after reading the Hope Prevails Bible Study book: Dr. Michelle Bengtson has done it again. The “Hope Prevails Bible Study” delivers the same great authentic connection, raw insights, and powerful truths that we received from her book “Hope Prevails.”  Being in church ministry for many years, and now a lead pastor, not only is this study a great resource for individuals, but it would be highly beneficial to both church and counseling groups. Dr. Michelle Bengtson is not...
Seasons of Change & Tune In Thursday #34

Seasons of Change & Tune In Thursday #34

Tweet This post first appeared on my Church’s Website (rclacey.com) Before jumping right into the post, I have a few exiting things to share with you: Next Week Dr. Michelle Bengtson will be my special guest, and has written a post just for Tune In Thursday.  Her New Bible Study: Hope Prevails releases next week as well! This week at our District Pastors Conference my husband was ordained!  Yay!  So in celebration, I have special pricing for  each level of access at my membership site: d2htraining.com (details below the linkup)   Seasons of Change The morning air was crisp and cold as Daisy stepped out for her morning walk.  The seasons were changing and the temperatures were dropping.  Soon it would be the holidays when family and friends would gather, but things also would become a blur of activity.  For now, she would enjoy the fall and the changing of seasons always brings a new and fresh perspective. As Daisy began to walk, she started to pray and thank God for His beautiful creation.  With autumn being her favorite time of year, there seemed much on her lips to be grateful for this morning.  The leaves, as they changed their colors, seemed so vibrant and alive.  The air was cold, yet refreshing.  It definitely woke you up faster than a cup of coffee. Mornings had never been a favorite of hers, and yet, she knew getting her day started with a prayer walk around the neighborhood would be a good thing for everyone.  It helped her start her day in the right direction and helped to set her heart...
Yes, You Can! &Tune In Thursday #33

Yes, You Can! &Tune In Thursday #33

Tweet When my daughter was a toddler, she had a favorite phrase. It wasn’t the typical, “Why? …  “Mine,” “How come?” Or even the shouts of “No!”  I mean, those were said on occasion, but rather her favorite phrase to say about anything was … “I can’t.” She would say it about everything: Brandi it’s time for a nap. “I can’t.” Brandi put your shoes on. “I can’t.” Brandi brush your teeth, eat your lunch, drink your milk, let’s go outside and play.  “I can’t!” … “I can’t!” … “I can’t!” … “I can’t!” It didn’t matter what it was, she had somehow heard the words “I can’t” and taken them on as her mantra and answer for everything.  When she was two-and-a-half, it was kinda cute, but as she turned three, four, and even five it was not.  It was a terrible mindset, a pattern, a way of thinking that needed to be eradicated from her vocabulary and her life. I recall having a conversation with her when she was four years old, telling her she could do anything she set her mind to and she could be anything she wanted to be.  But can you really rationalize with a four-year-old.  She persisted in saying and proclaiming, “I can’t” about everything she didn’t want to do, and everything that took a little effort. We read the book and watched the movie about the little engine that could.  I thought, this will help her believe in herself and change her thinking.  But it did not. I desperately cried out to God one day asking for wisdom about how to...
Fall Decor & Tune In Thursday #32

Fall Decor & Tune In Thursday #32

Tweet This past  weekend I took a little time decorating around my home and my front porch for autumn.  I have been so busy writing for the final deadline of my manuscript, that now it’s time to get a post  ready for Tune In Thursday, and my brain doesn’t want to write anymore. Have you ever been there?  Needing to write, and with no desire or inspiration?  I sure hope I am not alone in this. So instead, I decided to share my pictures of how I spent my downtime this weekend as I was refreshing and recharging. Being creative in other ways besides writing is how I fill my tank and refresh my mind. However, I am not sure it saved any time or was any faster than writing a blog post.  In fact, I think I spent more time taking pictures and editing them for you to view today. LOL I hope you enjoy my fall decor, and maybe you will get a little inspiration for some decorating of your own. Not everything is purchased at the same place or the same time.  I am always on the look out when I go to thrift stores, or second hand stores for items I might add to my decorations. Fall is one of my favorite season because of all the beautiful color changes that occur.  This little pillow below was my newest find from Home Goods. Here is my Table-Scape (minus my fall dishes). I love lanterns, and the one I use for fall on the table was brought home from one of my trips to South Carolina. Meet...
The Wheel of Life & Tune In Thursday #31

The Wheel of Life & Tune In Thursday #31

Tweet I want to take a minute and shout out a special THANK YOU! Thank you to all the individuals who joined me here over the summer with a Guest Post.  Thank you all for sharing your heart, your writing, and yourselves with those who join us here each week. I enjoyed having each one of you contribute this summer as it helped me to focus on my writing deadlines for Chosen Books.My final deadline is in fast approaching (12 days) but whose counting. LOL But more importantly, I loved sharing my space with you and your writing. The topics you tackled and the authenticity with which you shared touch many people! I hope that you each gained new weekly readers from the process as well. Today I am officially back, but please keep me in your prayers and I push through to finish the manuscript.  Now onto this weeks post.  ENJOY!     Laughter erupted from the other end of the couch as my husband sat watching a video on his phone. After he was done laughing with tears in his eyes, he said to me, “You’ve got to watch this!”  I thought to myself, it’s probably another video of baby goats bouncing around aimlessly or the ones that faint when they get scared.   He turned his phone towards me and instead I was staring at hamsters!  Hamsters running on a wheel, what could be so funny about that?  But as I watched the video, I suppose I could see why he thought it was funny, but I did not. Two hamsters trying to run on the...
Be the Change & Tune In Thursday #30 Guest: Roseann Hampton

Be the Change & Tune In Thursday #30 Guest: Roseann Hampton

Tweet Guess What? It’s Officially Fall Y’ALL!  YAY… My husband will now allow me to decorate for fall, since both Siri and Alexa have indeed confirmed it is fall in the northern hemisphere as of today! LOL Fall is one of my favorite seasons, because of all the beautiful colors of changing leaves and it bring me one step closer to the holidays! Our Summer Guest Blogs, have carried over into September and Fall, with today’s Tune In Thursday Guest Blog from Roseann being the last official one!  I plan to be back next week with a post to share. Now, let me introduce you to today’s guest, Roseann Hampton.  I met Roseann online as we often used to link up near each other at link parties.  One thing I know about Roseann is she is a woman who seeks to find Joy in the everyday.  She is also a woman who doesn’t back down from a fight. (She is a determined fighter).  As you can read from her Bio she has lived with autoimmune  diseases, but she doesn’t let them stop her from living life and making a difference in the lives of those she meets. Thank you Roseann, for sharing your heart and journey with us today at Tune In Thursday. I encourage you to leave comments below for Ruth, and don’t forget to link up your posts below. Enjoy and Blessings, Debbie      ROSEANN is a wife, mother to 4 grown children, a Christian, she teaches middle school by day and blogs by night. For over 30 years, Roseann has had multiple autoimmune issues and...