Restore — Five Minute Friday

 – Restore – – Five Minute Friday –

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Restore – verb

  • 1- to bring back to or put back into a former or original state
  • 2- to put or bring back into existence or use
  • 3- to put again in possession of something

As I’ve shared many stories about my brain illness I endured years ago – which I do plan to continue in some near future – there is one fact. I’ve accepted that the #1 definition of ‘Restore’ will never take place. My brain can not go back to it’s original state.

But you know what, I don’t mind. Why? Because God restores me daily with that second definition. God restores me daily, reminding me He knew what was best for me.

Yes, I can still feel a bit ‘in the dumps’, but God always restores me with a little spark, having me remember how much back to normal I am compared to those first few months. The main spark is that God carried me from day one which truly keeps me at peace because He proved He was obviously there.

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Romans 15:13  –  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Two of The Best Words Ever Said

 – Two of The Best words Ever Said –

 

hearts_311771Being I post my stories
In the middle of each week
I have to say today’s is extra special
Why? Here, I’ll let you take a peek

Ever since Chris and I met
I knew he was for me
I don’t even want to imagine
How living without him would be

Thirty years ago today I said
Two words still solid and true
What are those two words, you wonder
Those two simple words, ‘I Do’

 

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June 12, 1988

 

(This poem will now continue with one of our favorite wedding gifts that’s still on our wall.)

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Yes, thirty years does stand out just a hair, but that’s not the reason I’m sharing this. My main purpose is to show others that if Christ is your guidepost in your marriage, through thick and thin, good chance your anniversary number will get bigger.  Just remember . . . Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;  does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;  does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. – 1 Cor: 13:4-7 (NKJV) –

I’m sure not saying it’s easy, but as Jesus said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ~ Matthew 19:26

 

Hard to imagine, yes
that Marianne is now a poet
It’s not just you that thinks that way
It’s even been hard for her to realize it

(Okay, so maybe I’m not that great of a poet.)

 

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Marianne Petersen’s book God and Your Pillow is now available. (Amazon) – You can follow Marianne on Twitter at @marimemoirs and read more on her blog, marimemoirs.com.

Attitude of Gratitude

                  – Attitude of Gratitude – 

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There is a sentences I often find myself thinking. It is that spark I need to lift me up.

Keep that attitude of gratitude.  

Attitude of gratitude: making it a habit to express thankfulness and appreciation, on a regular basis, for both the big and small things in life.

Sometimes it may seem like being grateful is almost impossible. Yet the truth is, no matter your situation, you do have something to be grateful for. How in the world can I find gratitude in the two stories I’ve been sharing that I’ve had to endure? (1* 2*) One is that I’m grateful my two ordeals went by much more positive than others who have had to go through trials similar to mine.  The main reason, however, is what I have glued to my heart: God knows what He’s doing.

As our heaimagesrt and mind go through health or relationship trials, we have to believe that God knows what He’s doing. He’s never failed us before. His ways are higher than our ways. His love and goodness will endure. The timing of it all is perfect. Keeping these thoughts can sure help us going through those ups and downs in life.

 

So why don’t you right now reflect on how much you have. It may not be all that you want, but remember someone somewhere is dreaming to have what you have. Just role these thoughts. 1- Accept the fact tough times do show up. 2- Know you are not alone. 3- Realize that not every thing is the worst it ever could be.

If you concentrate on what you do have, knowing God knows just what you need, you’ll start to believe you really do have it made.

John 14:1 – Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

1* – Opening up the trial of my unplanned pregnancy.

2* – Opening up the trial of my brain illness I endured. 

 

Marianne Petersen’s book God and Your Pillow is now available. (Amazon) – You can follow Marianne on Twitter at @marimemoirs and read more on her blog, marimemoirs.com.