Today’s Bread ~ NOT Rejected, Selected!

19 Sep

Nothing 720x336_rcarrell02wounds the heart like rejection.

Rejection attacks us at some of our most basic needs: the need for love, validation, and acceptance. All divinely designed needs, perfectly met in our Divine Designer, and yet we are fragile and frail. We don’t want to need acceptance, but we do. We don’t want to need validation, but we do. And when we give our best and our best is not enough, we feel rejected.

The problem with rejection is that, when left untreated, it leads to dejection. And when we live in dejection, we forget our selection.

Friend, no one knows rejection like Jesus.

Luke 4:24-30 – “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy[a] in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”

All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way. ~NIV

Jesus wants you to bring your rejection to Him. Why? Because you were not and are not rejected. The LORD of Lords and King of kings has chosen you for Kingdom things. He is the One who hardens and softens hearts. Rejection, when viewed through the lens of eternity, is your friend. It guides you and protects you, keeping you from areas the Lord would not have you go. The Lord has selected you for His glorious purposes, He will purpose good from the “rejection” you have faced, and He will purpose it when necessary.

Why?

Because you are His. He loves you. And His plan for you is so much better than your plan for you. So remember this today – you are not rejected, so stop living dejected, and start living selected!

Ephesians 1:4-6 – For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—  to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

List to Rebecca speak on rejection here:   Part 1    Part 2

Today’s Bread ~ Hands on Dad

17 Sep

Isaiah 44:2 – This is what the Lord says— He who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.

mike and his dadI have one regret in my marriage, and it’s a big one.

I deeply regret never having met my father-in-law.

James Lynn Carrell carried with him a bigger-than-life reputation. Known for his loud laugh and large heart, he was well-loved in his church, his community, and his home.

When I meet him in heaven, I will thank him, and tell him how much I appreciated the way he raised his son.

James Lynn Carrell was a hands-on dad.

I know this for certain for several reasons: First, the testimony of others. Everyone who knew him speaks fondly of the way he loved both his children and their friends. Second, by watching my husband with our children.

Michael James Carrell is a hands-on dad.

One might argue this is birthed out of necessity, and they would have a point. Since Mike and I met in 2001, I have worked on a radio morning-show. This means by the time my family is up, I have been awake and working for hours. Mike is the one who gets the kids ready, overseeing the dressing, teeth-brushing, breakfast-making, and school drop-off.photo (4)

My early wake-up call carries with it an early bedtime, too. That means at least two out of five school-nights a week Mike does the nighttime ritual of stories, snuggles, and smooches. So yes, he is, in part, hands on out of necessity. But I would argue that he wouldn’t have it any other way.

I came home from work one day heavy-hearted. My husband and I both felt as though God had opened the door for me to work at 90.9 KCBI, but I was tired, and feeling guilty over missing morning routines and night-time snuggles.

I opened my Bible and my journal and poured out my heart. “Heavenly Father,” I wrote, “am I robbing my children of a blessing by working, or is Mike gaining one through this extra time with the kids?”

The moment I put the dot underneath the question mark, my phone rang. It was my husband, calling to tell me what a blessing it was being with the children by himself every morning.

“I feel like I have a special relationship with them that not all dads have,” he explained. “That’s how my dad was with us.”

I could sing my husband’s praises for days, but if I had to list the things about him that I am thankful for, being a hands-on dad is number one.

You have a hands-on Dad too, you know.

The Creation story is one of the most well-known accounts in all of Scripture. Allow me to present it to you with a fresh perspective.

Authorship of the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) is attributed to Moses. Moses has a “zoom-in, zoom-out” method of story-telling. Genesis, chapter one gives us the 30- thousand foot overview of the creation. In this chapter, we read seven times that God speaks, and it is so. “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”*

Each time He creates, God speaks, and that which wasn’t, suddenly was.

Until the sixth day. (more…)

Radio Stuff: How to get booked on the radio (or TV)

22 Aug

cute little girl listenerIt was October of 1998. I was two years out of college, two weeks out of a destructive relationship, and bound and determined to change the course of my life.

I loaded up my car, turned south on I 35, and drove.

Destination: Dallas, TX

Objective: Job in radio

My plan of attack was simple – paper the town with my resume, get my tape (yes, it was a tape) in the hands of every program director I could find, and get my foot in the door.

By nothing short of a miracle, a program director gave me a shot, and sixteen years later, here I am, co-hosting mornings on 90.9 KCBI with Jeff Taylor.

While staying firmly planted in radio, I am embarking on something new. In the next few weeks my first book, Holy Jellybeans: Finding God in Everyday Things, will complete its metamorphosis. That which started as whisper, a grain of an idea that would not let me sleep, becomes something tangible I can share.

If you are an author or aspire to be one, you know exactly what I mean.

Suddenly, I find myself in an interesting position. I am on the other side of the fence. I am looking through the lens of an unknown author, and because of that, am seeing things in an entirely new way.

If you are an author or aspire to be one, you will nod your head in agreement when I say the publishing world has changed. Gone are the days (unless you are a proven bestseller) of huge advancement checks. Major marketing campaigns? Sorry. Familiarize yourself with concepts like platform, selling-strategy, and promotional push. And by the way, all of that is on you, the author.

Publishers are less interested in writers who can write and more interested in writers who can sell. Connections are everything. Networking is essential. If you have a message you believe in, you have to find a way to get it out there.

Radio stations provide a great platform.

Hi, my name is Rebecca. I work at a radio station, and I can help you.

For the last sixteen years I have sat behind both a microphone and a computer, striving daily to simultaneously encourage, entertain, and Bible nerdinform you. The microphone is how I interact with my extended friends and family – the listeners. The computer is how I schedule guests.

Many times I book through a publicist, but guess what? Most of the time I don’t.

So you have a book, a message, a product. You have something to say, but how do you get people to listen?

Can I offer you some insight? I have interviewed all kinds of people for all kinds of things. And there are things you can do that will help you get booked on radio and TV. Interested? Read on, but before you do, I want you to keep something in mind. I have worked at two different kinds of radio stations: news/talk and music. The tips I am offering are best suited to get noticed by a morning-show on a music-intensive station, but don’t discount them if your goal is Focus on the Family. I have also produced a three-hour-long talk show, and most of these tidbits apply.

Okay, are you ready to get going? Let’s do it! (more…)

Melissa’s Pen ~ Storm of the Century

30 Jul

meI am thrilled to announce the latest addition to the LSS Ministries team! Melissa Fairchild joins us (Rebecca Carrell, founder, and Anne Shannon, Director of Marketing and Outreach) as the Senior Editor. A proud grad of the University of North Texas, Melissa is a technical writer/copy editor with Texas Instruments who blogs in her spare time. She is also the proud mama of Gavin, Stephanie, and Katie Lynn.

Storm of the Century

I am neither a good Bible scholar nor an effective teacher. I am a mom, a writer, a coffee-enthusiast, an editor, and an encourager. Words are my tool of choice.

My journey probably looks much different than yours, but we have at least one thing in common—we have each weathered a storm. Several dreamstimefree_26288years ago I was hit with what felt like a hurricane. This was the kind that required more than a few house repairs. It called for a complete re-build.

This storm came in the form of a “Job” year—I lost my grandmother, my husband, my marriage, my home, my car, my freedom, my dignity, my ministry, and my job all in the space of twelve months. It was not my fault, at least not to begin with. (I injected my own faults along the way.) It was not fair. It really was NOT fair.

Really-not-fair turned into a few years of why-do-I-bother-always-doing-right? I pouted. I sinned. I stewed. I online-dated. I punched the air. I became depressed.

Sensible Rock Builders vs. Foolish Dirt Builders

Jesus tells a well-known parable in Matthew 7 about one devastating storm, two types of foundation, and two types of people: sensible rock builders and foolish dirt builders. The terms sensible and foolish refer to acts of obedience rather than intellect. Jesus says, “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.”[i]

When I came to the end of me, I found myself looking down at a pile of dirt. I had heard of God. I had been a “Christian” since I was eight. I knew Jesus Christ died to pay for my sins. I was still standing in a dirt pile.

What happened? Well for one thing, in the aftermath of the storm, everything was me-, my-, and mine-oriented. My dad, who has been a preacher for over 40 years, says: “You need to take yourself off the throne of your life and put God back in his rightful place.” I desperately needed to live from a different point-of-view. I needed to shift my focus off myself and on to God.

But wasn’t God supposed to save me when these kinds of storms hit? I had done everything right, yet I still had lost everything. (more…)

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