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...
Distracted Much? & Tune In Thursday #6

Distracted Much? & Tune In Thursday #6

Tweet Do you ever find yourself overloaded with responsibility? Do you often get distracted by meaningless tasks instead of focusing on the necessary more important issues at hand? Do you tend to find your day filled to overfull? Do you have a hard time finding space to breathe and rest? Yes, yes I do. I must confess, depending on the moment you asks me any of these questions, I would have to say yes.  Yes, I do have difficulty taking time to just breathe and rest.  I have a hard time not feeling the burden of responsibility. Yes, I often find my plate so full, I have no time for anyone or anything else.  I somehow feel guilty if I am not doing something every minute of the day. Luke 10:38-42 tells us about two sisters, Mary and Martha.  One sat at Jesus’ feet just “Be-ing” in His presence and soaking up all He said and did.  The other sister was busy “Do-ing.”  In fact, the scriptures say, “Martha was distracted by all the preparations…”(Luke 10:40). As I read these verses today, I was struck with this thought:  Martha was so distracted by everything and the way things needed to “look” that she missed out on the main attraction! The message translations says it this away… “Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen.”  And when she asked Jesus to make Mary help her, Jesus replied, “you are fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing.” Ouch… Can you image how Martha must have felt?  She was trying to honor Jesus. ...
Mission Possible & Tune In Thursday #5

Mission Possible & Tune In Thursday #5

Tweet Mission: Possible… Your mission should you choose to accept it….. is participating in Intentional acts of kindness. What? Don’t you mean random acts of kindness? Nope, I mean intentional.  Let me explain ….A random act of kindness according to Wikipedia is: a nonpremeditated, inconsistent action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world. The phrase “practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” was written by Anne Herbert on a placemat in Sausalito, California in 1982. I love the idea of random acts of kindness, but shouldn’t we go about being consistent and purposeful in our actions. I believe, that God had more in mind for His people than us randomly going about being kind.  I mean, doesn’t He call us to be kind all the time? (Col 3: 12-17)  Shouldn’t we want to be an extension of Jesus’ love every day? I believe He wants us to intentionally be loving, kind, patient, and … intentional about operating in all the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22.  In fact, if you missed my video blog on Thursday, where I talk about putting on kindness, you can check it out by clicking on the picture below. As I was praying over what to share with you today, I felt God remind me of a time when I had the honor of running a project I  called “Mission: Possible” on behalf of a ministry I worked for many years ago. The idea behind “Mission: Possible” was simple: intentionally target someone For good.  The ‘someone’ could be a business, a person, a ministry, etc.  The intentional target was usually...
Overcome Discouragement In 4 Steps & Tune In Thursday Linkup #4

Overcome Discouragement In 4 Steps & Tune In Thursday Linkup #4

Tweet I watched the screen, excited for the young girl headed out into the open waters of the ocean, on the adventure of her life.  She was full of dreams, and passion.  Nothing could hold her back now, or so she thought.  She had almost made it passed the barrier reef that the waves crashed upon, when she was suddenly blindsided and overtaken by a wave.   The wave pushed her down toward the ocean floor and she was all turned around. Which way was up toward the surface?  With every second, my heart beat faster as she struggled to get to the surface to gasp for air.   Only to then be tossed and turned and pummeled by wave after wave.  Nothing she did seemed to help, until all of sudden she broke free and seemed to be able to gain her bearing and swim to shallower water where she gained her footing and breathed.  Deep, gasping, cleansing breathes, just happy to be able to breathe without being pushed around, forced under, or wondering which direction was up.   I sat there on the edge of the couch, feeling what this character on the TV screen was feeling.  It was as if I was right there in the water with her.  Gasping for air.     Have you ever felt like you were drowning in the activities of life?   As I sat staring ahead in quiet contemplation, at the scene I had just watched. I tried to calm my racing heart, no words to say, just BIG …. Deep …. breaths.   Lately life has been tossing,...