The Father’s Heart & Tune in Thursday #16

The Father’s Heart & Tune in Thursday #16

Tweet I was all prepared to NOT have a post to share for today’s linkup due to my travel schedule. You see, I didn’t get a chance to write a post this week.  However,  as I headed out the door to teach tonight, my daughter asked if I needed any graphics for the link up and I said, no, I didn’t have a chance to write anything so there is no need.  My plan was to post a Father’s Day blessing and the linkup survey.  Well, as you  can see below, that isn’t the case.   My daughter Brandi is brilliantly creative.  God has gifted here in so many areas of creativity.  She sings, she paints, she writes music.  She is our churches entire media department; creating everything from promotional materials and videos to weekly announcements and blog post graphics. But I have always loved it when she would write.  Maybe because that is something we share.  Although, she hasn’t written anything in a very long time.  (Actually, I think the last time she wrote something was about four years when she was a senior in High School).  So it’s no wonder that as I was heading out the door her words stopped me short. As a side note, she replied in passing, that maybe she would write a guest post for me. Oh no, I wasn’t going to let this moment pass by. “Of course you can, I would love that!”  (oops, ok maybe my response a little too exited for her… deep breath – calm down)  “Oh, ok, well, If not for tomorrow’s linkup then maybe you...
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?...
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...
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,...
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...
Strengthen Yourself in the Lord Vlog #33 Lessons from the Lake

Strengthen Yourself in the Lord Vlog #33 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet Do you have a favorite Scripture? I do, lots of them actually.  Depending on what is going on in my life will depend on what my favorite Scripture is for that particular day, or moment.  In fact, this question “What’s your favorite Scripture?” was asked recently by another blogger.  At that moment in time, I was hit hard by discouragement and loss, and felt like I needed some extra strength. Do you ever feel like you need a little extra strength to just face the day ? Watch today’s Lessons from the Lake video to see how I responded to the question about what my favorite Scripture is and why. 1 Samuel 30:6  And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul,[b] each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. – David strengthened himself in the Lord – our strength comes from God.    During times of trials and tribulation, David cried out to God and God ministered to him right where he was at.   Let’s be people who seek after God’s heart.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   We can get encouragement from the Word of God, but also encouragement can come from other people as well.   Find you strength in God.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   What is the verse that you cling to when you need encouraged or strength? What lesson is there for you personally in hearing that David strengthened himself in the Lord? Tweet Special Announcements: New Link up Party...