Monday, August 7, 2017

Women of the Word - Tyra Lane-Kingsland

This series has birthed some God ordained divine connections. Tyra is one such connection. As a blogger, I spend significant time online not just writing but reading other blogs. I'm always looking for like minded Christian bloggers online and when I read Inspired To Live fully I knew I was reading a kindred spirit. I reached out and I was blessed with this interview. Even in initially chatting with her, she encouraged me to continue with this series, to do the hard things, especially if God has placed it on my heart. I'm so grateful for her and I know you will be too. Meet this month's Woman of the Word - Tyra Lane-Kingsland.

Tyra Lane-Kingsland

1. As someone who studies the Bible, what are your favorite tools and resources?
TLK: Armed with my journal, pen, iPhone, Blue Letter Bible App and Scofield Study Bible, I am eager and excited to jump into the Word. I do a lot of note taking on my iPhone but at heart, I’m a writer so old fashioned pen and paper work well for me. The Blue Letter Bible App is great because it has built in commentary, concordance, and dictionary.

2. Old Testament, New Testament or both?
TLK: For me both are vital. The Old Testament illustrates so much of God’s character. We see Him as Judge and Creator and we see His unfailing love for mankind. At the same time, the New Testament gives us a very clear picture of how we ought to live our lives today as modeled directly through the life of Jesus.

3. Why do you study the Bible? What was your initial motivation?
TLK: My reasons for studying the Bible are many but two primary reasons are to hear from God and to get guidance for daily living. Just as I enjoy hearing from relatives and friends, I like to hear what God is saying and I can hear directly from Him through His Word. Additionally, life’s many demands and the tug of culture can pull us away from living out the faith we profess. So in order to keep my mind and behavior in alignment with my values, I have to STAY in that Word!

My initial motivation to begin studying the Word started before I was saved. I was reading the Left Behind book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. In those books, they would mention scriptures so I opened the Bible just to see it in context and I was so intrigued it made me curious to find out more.

4. How does inspiration work for you? How do you know that what you're writing or understanding is as if God is moving the pen and you're just the vehicle? 
TLK: Because I spend so much time listening to the Father, I find that He’s always speaking to me. Often He speaks to me through nature or when reading the Word a single word or phrase will stand out. When He illuminates an image or word I’ll do a word study on it. And I know it's Him because He’ll confirm the word again and again through out the week.

5. How do you handle complex topics that may not align with popular views? (Can you give an example?) 
TLK: God has called me to deliver some tough truths so I often find myself having to share that which may be unpopular or uncomfortable. But God reminded me that I’m not here to just make friends or to have people like me but to declare His truth. So I present the truth in love and share my personal stories related to the issue. An example of this would be the charge to honor God by honoring the physical temple. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 we are reminded that this body is not our own and we are to honor it yet most of us make decisions daily to defile the temple by what we eat. And we see a preponderance of this occurring in the church. It is an uncomfortable issue to tackle but I am committed to sharing the truth in ways that can be easily implemented so people can begin to honor Him with their food choices.

6. When confronted by the truth of scripture, even for difficult topics, how does it re-orient you? 
TLK: The truth keeps me headed True North. And for me, that is continuing to walk in paths of righteousness for His namesake.  I’m not just doing this for myself but I recognize that I’ve got my children and the women I serve observing my walk.

7. Tell us a little bit about yourself, current projects you are working on and where you can be found.
TLK: At my core, I am an encourager so any day I can be found inspiring hearts; from my children to women on the playground, I’m usually sharing some nugget the Holy Spirit sends through my lips. I am an author, blogger, speaker and Women’s Group Leader. I am currently promoting my newly released book, Purposeful Parenting. It is not just for parents but is a story on how adults can transform their hearts so that they can give children the love they need and deserve. You can find the book here http://amzn.to/2unhvRi
I can be found inspiring hearts to live fully mind, body and spirit @ www.inspiredtolivefully.com
And on these Social Media platforms:
www.twitter.com/inspiredfully
www.instagram.com/inspiredfully
www.facebook.com/inspiredfully


8. How do you deal with discouragement and doubt? (Bonus question)
TLK: When doubtful or discouraged I saturate myself in truth. I listen to music that exhorts the truth, I take my eye off whatever the issue is, I take my eye off myself and I place it back on what God said about it. I may even blog about it as a means of ministering to others and to myself. I also have a few women in my circle that provide wise counsel and remind me of things the Lord has previously told me.

--Nylse

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16 comments:

  1. Thanks, Ladies for encouraging us with the truth, comfort, and guidance God has included in His love letter to you.

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    1. Alice,
      Thank you for joining us along the journey and may God continue to give you a fervent thirst and hunger for His word!

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  2. The truth keeps me headed True North." yes, so true!

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    1. Yes friend, True North because there is a different between North and True North. My natural fleshly inclination would be North but the Word is a compass leading me TRUE NORTH. I pray staying in His word keeps you oriented.

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  3. The last comment about how to deal with discouragement and doubt - some great tips on what to do :)

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    1. Andrea,
      Doubt, discouragement, disappointment, dissolution, and more will come up in our lives. But the key lies in how we respond. And being rooted in the Word helps us respond from a place of surety and truth. Blessings to you as you continue to arm yourself with Truth!

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  4. Having fellow women in your circle to provide good, Godly feedback and wisdom has been so helpful for me. Even if it is just one woman, a mentor of sorts to take and talk your day to day issues out with, it makes a difference! I also really like worship in the form of music, very inspiring! Loved this post, and thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Sammi,
      It's likek getting wrapped in a TRUTH burrito when we are covered on all sides with God's word; from friends, music, even visually in our homes. May you be strengthened as you gird yourself in His Word.

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  5. Your words share your heart for God and living out His word. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Robin. As His word flows into my heart, it is my intent to be a conduit (not a cup-de-sac) of His boundless love. Even today my 13 year old asked me, "Mommy why do you know the name of everyone that works in this grocery store?" And I told her, "God sees people. And He wants me to see them too, to acknowledge them and to let them know they are loved." Blessing to you as you are a conduit of His love.

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  6. I love your advice of taking your eyes off the disturbing issue and focusing on what God has said about the issue. Even blogging about it to minister to others and yourself is a great way for dealing with disturbing issues. May God continue blessing you.

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  7. Hi there, ladies! I love reading these ideas about Bible study. It's an issue close to my heart, and I want to be a woman of the Word myself, so I appreciate the importance you're giving it here.

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  8. A great conversation! Thank you for sharing this today. Blessings to you!

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  9. Love this interview, Nylse. And Tyra, you sound like a woman after my own heart--loving and diving into God's word daily. These are great and inspiring thoughts. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. This was a great interview, Nyse. Tyra, thank you for sharing today as well! I loved your mention of word studies. There’s so much treasure to be found in them!

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  11. Hi, Nylse! I am so grateful for you sharing your beautiful posts every week on my Linkup. I share the same primary reasons for studying the Bible as yours: "My reasons for studying the Bible are many but two primary reasons are to hear from God and to get guidance for daily living." Thanks again! See you next Wednesday :)

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