The Lost Will Be Found & Tune In Thursday # 12

The Lost Will Be Found & Tune In Thursday # 12

Tweet Thank you for joining me today  for the Tune In Thursday linkup … before we get to today’s post, I want to apologize for not getting around to commenting on everyone who linked up last week.  I do love reading all the posts you link here each week, and I look forward to connecting with you that way, however my travel, teaching, and book rewriting schedule has been rather full.   My goal with hosting this link up is three fold: 1. Build authentic community with those of you who link your posts. 2. Encourage and Inspire 3. Provide a fun place each week for you to share the message God has placed on your heart. I am working on a survey that I hope to have posted here in the next week or two and you can weigh in on the importance of me visiting/commenting on each post, or the possibility of highlighting a post each week. One final thing,  as  I continue to work on rewrites with my publisher, I am looking for individuals  who are interested in being a  featured guest writer over the summer months here on Tune In Thursday.  More details will be coming in the next few weeks regarding this as well, but feel free to message me if you are interested.   The Lost Will be Found Side Note: Today’s post originally debuted on our church blog (www.rclacey.com) back in April – Enjoy! Have you ever lost something that you valued or dearly treasured?   Maybe the item lost was a person or a relationship?   Maybe a piece of jewelry? Or money? An item of clothing?...
Wishing, Waiting and Pursuing ~ Perseverance Part 5

Wishing, Waiting and Pursuing ~ Perseverance Part 5

Tweet I am excited to introduce you to a series that began four weeks ago and continues with part two for the next four weeks.  This series on perseverance is one I have been doing with three of my incredible friends. Some weeks, I will share a “Lessons from the Lake” Video  on the topic as well.   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.                          Part 1 in the Perseverance series (Bravely Overcoming Fear) can be found HERE, Part 2 (Persevering in Recovery) can be found HERE,  Part 3 (When Prayers Remain Unanswered) can be found HERE   … Part 4 (The Sting of Rejection) can be found HERE ….   [Tweet “Come join @MyOldThingsNew, @HollySBarrett, @MaryGeisen and me for part 5 in our series on #perseverance. Persevering in #Purpose.”] As we continue our series on Perseverance for the next four weeks, we want to share our stories of overcoming and also ones of looking forward to remind ourselves how God walks alongside us through it all. My friends, Mary Geisen, Holly Barrett, Patricia Krank and I want to leave you with hope as you persevere in your everyday lives.   Today Mary will be sharing about persevering in purpose, but first let me ask you a few questions:   Have you ever asked yourself what does God have for me to do?   Have you ever found yourself dreaming and wishing for God’s plan to unfold in your life?   Have you ever found yourself...
Oh How He loves me …& Tune In Thursday #11

Oh How He loves me …& Tune In Thursday #11

Tweet “Ever so softly she whispered … “They love me, they love me not.  They love me …. They love me not….” “ Tuesday it was my turn to write for an 8 week collaborative series on Perseverance with 3 of my friends. As I wrote the piece on rejection, I felt more needed to be said.  I mean, when does a writer not have more to say? Hahaha … I felt prompted  to share tools that have helped me overcome rejection in my life, so that maybe others could overcome it too. If you missed my post on The Sting of Rejection you can read it HERE:     Overcoming the Sting of Rejection – Part 2   Rejection is a lie and trap from the enemy to keep us all from walking fully in our kingdom destiny.   #Rejection is no respecter of persons, it affects us all, just in different ways and to different extremes.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This It wasn’t until my mid 20’s when I realized that I was looking through lenses colored with a spirit of rejection.  It was then I began dealing with rejection and its affects in my own life. In Tuesday’s post, I compared rejection to dandelion weeds.  I said:    “The roots and seeds of encounters with rejection are very much like dandelions.  Dandelions have roots that twist and turn going very deep into the ground.  When you pluck them, and try to root them out, it seems over time they spring back up.”   #Rejection places seeds that grow roots that entangle areas of our life and heart.Powered By the...
The Sting of Rejection: Perseverance Series Part 4

The Sting of Rejection: Perseverance Series Part 4

Tweet I am excited to introduce you to a series that continues for 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 for the week and my thoughts on it. Please note: The videos are not the same as the written content below it. 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.                   Part 1 in the Perseverance series (Bravely Overcoming Fear) can be found HERE, Part 2 (Persevering in Recovery) can be found HERE,  Part 3 (When Prayers Remain Unanswered) can be found HERE   … Now, it’s my turn!  Today is week 4 in a 8 week series on Perseverance.  Read below as I share how we can persevere through the sting of rejection.   [Tweet “Come join @MyOldThingsNew, @HollySBarrett, @MaryGeisen and me for week 4 in a series on #perseverance.”]   Perseverance through Rejection The little girl wandered the yard looking for pretty white daisies, but she began collecting dandelions instead. Finally, when she had as many she could find without venturing too far, she walked to the very edge of the grass toward the rock retaining wall that overlooked the property.   Making her way past the grass and through the bushes she plopped her little bottom...
Never Unfriended: Book Review

Never Unfriended: Book Review

Tweet As I scrolled through the emails my heart skipped a beat. “Oh no,” I thought to myself, “It’s the dreaded MailChimp stats email” …. I hesitated for a minute wondering if I should even dare open it up and look, or if I should just let it pass me by. All the while I had a twinge of pain in my stomach, yet I was just too curious and wondered who unsubscribed this time? Never in a million years was I prepared for the email and name that was associated with it to be on my unsubscribe list. I stared blankly at my phone and felt as if I had just been punched in the gut! Wowza, what in the world had happened? How did this come to be? I thought they were my friend. I guess now I know why I haven’t heard anything from them in a long while. Now it makes more sense when I did reach out there was always a reason for postponement or cancellation, but never in a million years would I have expected this. Has this scenario ever happened to you? Maybe not an unsubscribe from an email list, but maybe instead an unfriend or unfollow from someone on social media who you thought was your friend? Oh how I wish I didn’t know what this scenario was all about, however, truthfully it happened less than a month ago. I was shocked and at a loss for words and had no idea how to respond, I just reacted feeling hurt, rejected, betrayed… about the same time I got unsubscribed to by...
All I am is Yours & Tune In Thursday #10

All I am is Yours & Tune In Thursday #10

Tweet Has someone ever said to you, “Don’t just stand there do something.”?   Or maybe you have said it to someone?  Your kids maybe?   I can without a doubt answer YES to all those questions.   I heard it as a kid, and I know I have said it to my husband and kids as well.  I have also heard it in ministry and service settings.   Those very words reverberate in my soul.  The way they were spoken to me, and maybe to you as well, indicate that it is wrong to be idle.  To gain approval or not call into question our actions, we must always be doing something.   I don’t know about you, but I always feel like I must be doing something.  I often feel guilty if I take time to sit, and I am not working on the computer, or reading my Bible or a spiritual based book. I tend to push myself and work all times of the day and night.   My value doesn’t come in what I do, but in who I am in Christ.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   If I do take time for myself to meet a friend, go to the movie, or read a book that is just for fun, then I feel as if I must make up the time I “wasted” in doing something for me.   Confession: It is hard for me to sit and just be.  It is hard for me to not just get out my list and start checking off the items 1, 2, 3… and...
Perseverance Series #3 When Prayers Remain Unanswered

Perseverance Series #3 When Prayers Remain Unanswered

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. 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 Patti Krank 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.                   Part 1 in the Perseverance series (Bravely Overcoming Fear) can be found HERE, AND Part 2 (Persevering in Recovery) can be found HERE.  Today it’s my friend Patti’s turn to share – read her post below!  Then Come back next Tuesday to read my post on Persevering through Rejection.   [Tweet “Come join @MyOldThingsNew, @HollySBarrett, @MaryGeisen and me for part 3 in our series on perseverance.”]   PERSEVERANCE PART 3 – WHEN PRAYERS REMAIN UNANSWERED By Patti Krank “Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.  Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief.” Psalm 22:2 NLT Have you ever found yourself in the same place as the Psalmist, feeling abandoned and hurt over prayers that have gone unanswered? I firmly believe that God delights in answering our prayers and yet . . . when the answers are long in coming, and the situations more painful than I feel I can bear, I’ve...
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...