Today’s Daily Bread ~ Next Chapter…

5 Jan

Psalm 16:11 – You will show me the path of life: in Your Presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures forever more.

If you know me by my day job, as a morning show co-host on 96.3 KSCS Dallas/Fort Worth, you will notice a change on the show.  I am no longer a part of the Dorsey Gang.

I gave my informal resignation on October 8th of 2010.  January 4th, 2011 was my last day.

Allow me to back up a bit.                  

I believe my faith in Jesus is a gift.  I’ve had almost a feisty faith my entire life, and there is little I love to do more than encourage others (read “argue in favor of”) in the Lord’s love for us.  Even in my darkest days, and some have been almost pitch black, I knew God was with me.  I have never doubted His love for me.

In 1998, when I was trying to find a job in radio, I had a fleeting thought.  “If this doesn’t work out,” I said to myself, “I’ll try to find a job in a church somewhere.  I could even go to seminary.”

Shortly after, I was hired on at 570 KLIF, then 99.5 KPLX.  Thoughts of furthering my education faded, but my love for the Lord never did.  I considered my job a blessing; a gift, and found myself crediting God on air without even really thinking about it.

About a year later, an endorsement deal came down the pipe, and I was able to have Lasik surgery for free.  I hadn’t been to church in a long, long time, but went with my parents so I could thank God properly for my sight.  I cried throughout the whole service.  I knew I’d been away too long.

Then a co-worker of mine invited me to her church.  I’d been raised in the Episcopalian denomination: sit down, stand up, sing this, read that.  When I walked into this building that looked more like a high school than a church, I hardly knew what to make of it.  Instead of hymns, a band took the stage.  People were raising their arms and clapping their hands.  The pastor came out next, dressed in jeans, an Ed Hardy shirt, sporting spikey, highlighted hair.  I was home.

Like a grain of sand in an oyster, a new idea started to roll around in my head.  “How awesome would it be to be a part of a creative worship team like that?  If I don’t make it long term in radio, that’s what I’ll try to do.”

A year or so later the Dorsey Gang called, and that’s where I spent the next decade of my life.

People ask me all the time how I put up with Terry and Hawkeye.  Fair question: the three of us love nothing better than to heave one another cheerfully under the bus.  But the truth of the matter is this: you would be hard pressed to find two better people in radio.

Terry has a heart the size of Texas.  He is so humble – sometimes I think he has no idea that he’s one of the most successful radio hosts in the US.  He’s been in DFW morning radio for 28 years and counting.  Most of that time has been spent in the top three spots in the ratings.  As funny as he is on the air – he’s even funnier off.  I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve laughed so hard I’ve cried.  And got paid to do it.

Not many people know Hawkeye’s off-air side.  This man is as loyal as the day is long.  He has donated countless hours to countless causes.  He’s quietly and anonymously given money to plant trees in Fort Worth.  He spent a night at a homeless shelter in Dallas to bring about awareness.  He signed up to run a 5K race with all proceeds going to the Bridge, and spent weeks training with a group of its tenants.  He keeps in touch with several of them today, and I recently had the pleasure of watching his excitement as he found out one of them had moved out of the Bridge, into his own apartment.  And that’s merely the tip of the iceberg.

They never stifled my faith; they encouraged me to be myself.  They patiently helped me grow into a seasoned broadcaster.  They saw me through breakups, shared my excitement through my engagement, and watched me get married.  They saw the birth of both my children (figuratively, not literally), and even congratulated and encouraged me again when I told them about the new direction I was taking. 

About three years ago I began to feel restless, like there was something I was supposed to be doing.  Slowly, the Lord unveiled a piece of His plan for my life.  “Go,” He whispered, “and don’t be afraid.  Don’t worry about the money.  I will provide for your every need.”

So here I am.  I’m not really sure where Jesus and I are headed.  But I know He’s holding me tightly by the hand.  I know that I can claim Psalm 139:1-6 as a promise:  Oh LORD, You have examined my heart, and know everything about me.  You know when I sit down and stand up.  You know my every thought when far away.  You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest.  Every moment You know where I am.  You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD.  You both precede me and follow me.  You place Your hand of blessing on my head.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know.

For the time being, I’ve accepted a part time position at my church as the worship coordinator, where I will be directing the services, and conceptualizing sermon series ideas.  I’ve received a direct Word to continue with “Love. Serve. Shine.”  I have a passion to speak and minister to women’s groups, and hope that God’s plan for me includes more of that.  I’ve been accepted to Dallas Theological Seminary, and, God willing will start classes in the summer.  But most importantly, I’ll get to be the wife my husband deserves, and the mom my children need.  I’ll get to be a part of the morning routine for the first time in my kids’ lives.  I’ll take them to school and pick them up.  I’ll get to know the mothers of their classmates.  I’ll host play-dates and be a room mom.  I’ll join the PTA, and I’ll be the loudest fan at whatever activities my children choose to participate in.  I’ll stay up late(r) with my husband, and keep a clean(er) house.  I will chase Jesus with all my heart and soul, and follow where the Spirit leads.  I will sacrifice what He tells me to.  I will work ruthlessly to bring the Good News to the lost, and shine His light wherever I go.  I will pray every day that God would touch my heart that I may love as He loves, touch my eyes that I might see Him everywhere I look, and touch my hands that I would joyfully serve.

Dear Heavenly Father, how we love You!  As we go through this day, please let us feel Your Presence with us.  Please give us ears to hear your whispers.  Please give us courage to follow where You lead.  Please break our ties to the world and material things that hold no value in Your eyes.  Instead, help us to store up treasures in Heaven.  God, please give us wisdom, discernment, grace, mercy, patience and self-control.  Give us strength, courage, and a spirit of boldness to proclaim Your Word.  Give us hearts to love like You love, eyes to see like You see, and hands to serve.  We ask these things with a thankful heart and victorious attitude, as we ask them in the blessed, beautiful name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  Amen.

39 Responses to “Today’s Daily Bread ~ Next Chapter…”

  1. Brenda Kirk January 5, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Rebecca – I read this morning’s blog and cried during it. I think out hearts are connected!! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for you. For about 6 months now I have been asking God “is this it or am I supposed to do more”. I’m actually only 6 years away from being able to retire. I have not had a definitive word from Him yet. I keep praying and listening. I’m glad you listened to Him and I know He will richly bless you and you in turn will bless others!

  2. Teresa Peterson January 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Rebecca! Congratulations!!!!! I know how much you’ve struggled with this decision, and I can’t believe the weekend of the walk you’d already given your informal resignation! My prayers are with you, and God will bless you, I just know it!

    Love you,
    Teresa (Second Leg of the Stool!)

  3. Jeremy January 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    In tears reading this. I love you dearly, and your love and devotion to our God. It is VERY inspiring!! I am so proud of you!!!

    • big Saul.. January 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

      I’m reading this now and I too cant stop crying.. Jeremy said what I was feeling..Rebecca to me you were like a little sister and I can’t be more happy for you right now. I so proud that i got to know here at 96.3..

  4. Julia King January 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    I am going to miss you on the Dorsey Gang, I have been blessed by your remarks of faith, May God Bless Your Life and your family. Julia (Julie) King

  5. Jim January 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    Rebecca,
    Congratulations on taking a step of faith! I am looking forward to the worship services that you will be coordinating. I have been very blessed by your Daily Bread devotionals, so I know the worship services will bless many if your heart is helping plan them. May God bless you and your family as you take this new journey.
    Jim

    • Jo Dee January 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

      Dear Rebecca,
      God Bless you in all of your endeavors. I/we will miss you terribly. I am so proud for you and what God has in store for you. You will be a success in whatever you do because you have such a heart for God and He will be beside you all the way. I will keep you in my prayers and never forget the wonderful mornings I spent with the three of you at KSCS. God Bless you and your family for all times. Take great care and I am sure we will be hearing from you from time to time. Blessings…Jo Dee

  6. Fran January 5, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    Rebecca,

    It is so amazing and wonderful that the Lord has led on you on this new part of your Journey. You were a light to so many every morning and it was so refreshing to hear a true woman of God on the radio (secular radio at that!). Even though you will not be with Terry and Hawkeye every morning I know the Light you showed them will never leave them.

    I look forward to hearing more about your Journey and praying for His amazing blessings in your family’s lives!

    Saludos,

    Francesca

  7. Diann January 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Rebecca, I cried as I read your Daily Bread today. I have listened to you every morning since you started with the Dorsey Gang. We listeners come to grow with the radio personalities every day. I have enjoyed and laughed and cried over the years and won alot of contests. I wish you well and no doubt you will succeed in the next step. You will continue to encourage and spread the word of God for a long time. BUT, I will truly miss the conraderie that was THE DORSEY GANG. Good Luck and God Bless.

  8. Dale January 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    I see people alot that I guess you could say are on fire for god.. I guess there is something to it. I dont understand because I was never taught anything about god. But. I feel he does exist & I pray about something Daily.. I guess you could say im pretty un educated about god. I cant help but admire you for giving up a pretty nice job to follow your calling.. Wow..

  9. Sarah Barksdale January 5, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    Congratulations on following your heart. I will miss hearing you in the morning, but will pray for your new journey!

  10. lesley January 5, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    Rebecca I’m so excited for you…. Good luck to you and your family…. I’m going thru some tough times and wish I could find someone with your kind of spirit and drive to talk to…..

  11. Traci Henegar January 5, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Congratulations and best of luck in your new job as Worship Coordinator! I didn’t know…so apologies if my good wishes are a bit tardy :)

  12. Debbie Tyson January 6, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    Dearest Rebecca, It is with great emotion that I tell you that I am so happy for you and I know you made the right decision. While you will be missed by so many (especially, me!) who have heard and enjoyed you starting their day for so many years, that is not what is most important. I know your days and evenings will be so treasured with your husband and kids on a more “normal” schedule, but your following The Lord’s will, will truly bring blessings beyond imagination, to both you and to those you so willingly and obediently serve. Many God Bless You and Yours in this new chapter, my dear, precious, friend!! Love to you always, Debbie

  13. Dianne January 6, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    Dearest Rebecca, I am so very happy for you, but also very sad for us, your fans and dedicated Dorsey Gang listeners. I’ve listened to Terry and Hawkeye for 20+ years and have loved every second and when you joined then a decade ago things just got better. It’s with great sadness that we see you leave, but I know you will be so successful because you have such a passion to reach out in The Lord’s name. What a blessing you will be to everyone you come in contact with. I know your precious husband, Mike, and your adorable children are going to be thrilled to have a more hands-on wife and mother, although I know you have done a wonderful job. May God bless you in all of your endeavors and lead you the way you want to go. You are so blessed to have the opportunity to do what you want and love. Much love, Dianne

  14. Listener/Mom January 6, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Well, congratulations on taking such a big step. So often, people are too afraid of change, too afraid of what others will think, too afraid of earning less money…and so they don’t go where or do what they are “called” to do, be it ministry or something else.
    Now that your kids are a bit older, your consistent presence will mean so much! I heard in a movie once that, if given a choice between having a mother in the next room having a nervous breakdown and a mother happy and healthy on vacation in Hawaii, children would choose next room and miserable–silly, but honest. Kids want you there. Sometimes that’s not always possible, obviously, but when it is, make it happen. You will NEVER regret time spent with your children while they are young.
    The Dorsey Gang will be very different without you…and not for the better, I think. Terry and Hawkeye benefitted greatly from your sort of wide-eyed enthusiasm (Rebecca Brady anyone?) and they will need to try to find someone who brings that joy to their team…I notice they are not on the air this week. I suppose they appreciate the loss more than any listener.
    Good luck and much happiness!

  15. Malia King January 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Congratulations Rebecca! I have followed you via Facebook for a while, and enjoy reading your blog. I wish you the best in your next endeavor, and will continue to keep up with your journey. If your ever in the NY/CT area shoot me a message, you have a place to stay!

  16. Brad J. January 8, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    Hi Rebecca

    Wow…….what an inspiring blog. I have to say I have been listening to you for 3 years now and have loved every moment of the Dorsey Gang. All 3 of you have chemistry like no other morning show I have heard or been on.(I used to be in radio myself)Rebecca you are going to be greatly missed! Of course I don’t know you however I wish you nothing but the very best! What you are doing with your life (I think) is extremely noble and inspiring! I want to thank you for all of the laughs, tears, and smiles! In life we write new chapters and never forget the old chapters we have written. KSCS and the Dorsey Gang I am sure will always be a delightful old chapter of what now will be your past. Best wishes to your new chapter and thanks again for a stellar, superior unforgettable morning show!

  17. Kim January 10, 2011 at 2:51 am #

    Tomorrow morning will not be the same without your sweet smile and beautiful words to greet me as I fly in the door. You are the most amazing woman with a heart as BIG as Texas. I’ll never forget the hug you gave me when I first came back to the station and how welcome you always make everyone feel.

    You are such a powerful speaker who knows how to share the spirit of the Lord in a unique way. I cannot wait to see what moving things you accomplish because it’s just begining sister. ;) Be a champion for the Lord and show so many others his amazing grace. If ANYONE can encourage others to see his ways, it’s YOU. Love and miss you already. Sigh.-Kim

  18. Darindars January 10, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    Rebecca,
    I have been blessed to listen to you every morning for the past 10 years. I have enjoyed your sweet humor, laughter, your honest perspective on topics, and most importantly your faith in the Lord. I always found myself agreeing 100% with you! You have been an amazing inspiration! Thank you for being you! Also, thank you to KSCS for allowing you to express your faith and allowing you to witness to listeners on the air! WOW!!!
    Congratulations to you and your family for your new decision. I am thrilled for you, your husband, your chiildren, as well as all the people you will come in contact with. You have an amazing gift to influence other’s, and encourage other’s, and lead them in the right direction!
    I will deeply miss you every morning on KSCS, but I am so excited to follow you and your ministry!
    God Bless!
    Darinda

  19. B Ruth Bossier January 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Good for you! I have listened to you everyday that you have been with Dorsey and Hawkeye.

    Can I have your contact info, I know a couple of groups at my Church that would love to hear your testimony and anything else you have to say.

    Thanks for your service to our Lord and for sharing your life with your radio listeners for the past 10 years!

  20. Jane January 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    Rebecca,

    I will miss you so much on the Morning Show but am truly happy with your decision. You were always my favorite member of the Dorsey Gang. Though I really like Terry and Hawkeye, I somehow felt connected to you. I could tell you were a Christian and not afraid to say what was in your heart. I wish you the best and know God will lead you down paths you would never imagine. Jane

  21. Dawn M. Abbott January 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Rebecca,

    My former co-host & compadre were wondering about the changes at KSCS and why the personality tab was gone for a bit (you know the country music world in Texas). I’ve just now read this blog. As a woman of faith, former on-air personality and in women’s ministry, I’m going to start praying for you. The vehicle God has had you in, preparing you, will open doors….but more importantly open the hearts of women you’re going to reach and help. There is something about when a person “known” to many, puts down the mask and allows others to see in…they realize they are not alone. Enjoy this time with your kids too!!!! In the grand scheme of things, it’s those memories that are cherished above all.

  22. Kim Saunders January 11, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Hi Rebecca,

    I was sad not to hear your cheery voice on KSCS lately, but fully understand why you are headed in the direction that you are. Praise God!

    However, I think your blog sort of attacked liturgical churches — it is quite possible to find meaning and to find God in the beauty of the liturgy. I agree that liturgical churches aren’t for everyone, but you sort of condemned them as just stand up, sit down, and sing some hymns. It was somewhat offensive to those of us that love liturgy.

  23. Jim Pack January 12, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Rebecca,

    I will miss not having you ride along with me on my way to work each morning. The Dorsey gang is just not the same with you not there. May God bless you in all that you do, I know that you will be happy because you have him in your heart.

  24. John Schuller January 24, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Rebecca
    Congratulations!! You will be missed. You were a great part of the Dorsey Gang. Your church sound like where my wife and I attend. Ed Young Fellowship Church,Grapevine?
    Good luck in seminary. God will bless you!

  25. Betsy January 25, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    Rebecca,

    You know how much Tracey and I have always adored you! I’ve been a Terry and Mark fan from the beginning. But we’ve missed you so much already!I’m sure they are lost without you. I know they’ll be fine. It’s just that right now it isn’t the same. God bless your courage, hopes and dreams!!! You have inspired your fans with your proud and loyal declaration of faith over the past 10 years. What a testament to the Lord’s great and amazing power! Thank you for your devotion, your strength, your humor and beautiful grace. Your gift of laughter and joy has been cherished. We’ll keep up with you and your precious kids and hubby on your blog and will always wish you the very best life has to offer! Love and Hugs . . .Morgan Mill Betsy!

  26. DHF February 17, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Rebecca, this is absolutely awesome. I work at my church as an administrative assistant and will tell you that it is the most humbling, encouraging, blessed position that I have ever held.

    Congrats – and Good Luck!

  27. Amanda February 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    Rebecca, I am so glad to finally learn where you have been. I have to say I miss your voice and your Christian view points on KSCS. I was thankful every time you spoke your mind and more thankful that you were not quieted by your employer. We need more vocalization around the “Right Thing to do” in this world. I wish you all the best in your new endeavor and I know Christ is with you in your walk and journey.

  28. Larry Hurd February 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Rebecca,
    I wish you the best but i have to say I will miss you and your unflinching spiritual responses in situations that many of us would bend. Your “my girl” and I hope you continue to be put in secular and religious challenges to let your light shine. You took alot of kidding for your conviction for right and descency and handled it with class and strength. All I have left to say “lookout here she comes riding on Jesus’ wind with a prayer” I’ll be praying for you and your family. I thank you from deep down for being an example with humility. Yours truly Larry

  29. Kathy Hinshaw March 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    I’ve been listening to you for a few years but started missing you recently because during the winter we miss listening to the radio. When the weather warms, we have our coffee outside and listen to the radio. Just read your blog, and learned where you are. I really miss you, but wish you all the best!!

  30. Beverly Hearn December 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Rebecca, what a joy to hear what is going on in your life! I have listened to you when you were on the radio with Terry and Hawkeye for many years. I had not known that you had left since I have been focused more on my Christian station every morning. To find out today that you will be speaking at our luncheon soon really excites me and can’t wait to see how God will use you. God Bless You!

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