‘IF’ – Small Yet Strong – Five Minute Friday

                 – ‘If’ – Small Yet Strong –

I have found two ways to get you surprised at how a tiny or huge project you are working on can turn out. There is, however, one word that starts each of them: the word If

The first way is . . . IF you first-off ask God for His help.

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As years go by you learn you can not do much without Him right there. He’ll either push you, pull you, be right there by your side, and yes, sometimes even carry you during that project

 

The second way is . . . IF we, along with asking God for His help, WORK OUR TAIL OFF! 

As we truly feel that it’s fine what we are pursuing, we can’t just say prayer will do it. Work, work, and more work is often the M. U. S. T. 

Giving it your all is what’s needed to have your end result make you smile.

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So, IF you ask for God’s hand and guidance, and IF you work your tail off, God will be right next to you as you both pull up your sleeves, look at each other, then look at the task ahead, saying . . . ‘Let’s go for it!’

 

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.

My Pregnancy Story Continues

      – My Pregnancy Story Continues –

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My last post showed a small portion of that extra special journal writing I did  thirty-three years ago. Click here to read because what’s below is what directly came next. I did share both parts together months ago but I felt it best I share them again. This one shows a bit more than last time. Plus, my book, God and Your Pillow, is available now that covers my entire story behind this writing. 

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Journal Time. Yep, it’s time to share more of my journal and what was going from my heart to the paper at this time in my pregnancy. I wish I hadn’t allowed there to be a huge gap between writings. You need to know that . . . oh, my journal will tell you. See if you can notice a few things I leave out.

                                                                                                January 2, 1987

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Okay, let’s see. A lot has gone on since I last wrote over a year ago. April of ‘86 I drove down to Santa Maria, CA and lived with Debbie for three months, worked at the Hilton Hotel in room service. On my return home I was faced with my niece’s tumor and seeing her die. She died in September. So sad.

In the mean time God showed me the direction my life was to take. He gave me a baby. As of this writing, I am seven-and-a-half months along in my pregnancy. Things are fine as long as Jesus is close by. If it wasn’t for His will for my life, I’d go crazy! I’m making it through use fine. Praise God.

I’m sort of surprised I didn’t write for almost two years. What? Quick update: I started my journal when I was twelve. Every day for a while, then every other day, then every other week, then every other month, then maybe half a year and, at this point, a few years’ break. You mean I didn’t write at all during this entire time?  . . . Oh, and the space shuttle blew up since I last wrote. It’s been a very tough year.

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I’m still surprised I didn’t write in my journal once during that entire ordeal. One reason must be because all the pens in my room, heck, in the entire house for that matter, would not have had enough ink to put my overflowing thoughts down on paper.

But finally, as more peace was growing inside my heart, along with this baby growing inside my tummy, the more I was sensing that strong arm of God carrying us both. I could have been storing up all the negative this-and-thats that were here-and-there, but I didn’t. God helped keep the thoughts flowing to do what I felt was right as I kept prayer wrapped around it all as best I could. I knew whatever circumstances I faced didn’t have the power to dictate my attitude unless I let them. Now sure, towards the beginning I did allow negative thoughts to dictate my attitude. I’m ever-so thankful to this day that God saw fit to use my family, friends, my church, my bible, and yes, even my doctor (1*) to allow positive thoughts to dictate my attitude.

When life gets hard, it’s difficult to avoid letting a bad attitude rule our life and take over our mind. It’s true, life can sure stink sometimes when people hurt us, the past haunts us, those we work with mistreat us, family or friends don’t love us, spouses don’t honor us, children don’t appreciate or respect us, finances don’t support us, and our health doesn’t sustain us.

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Yep, enduring problems never really seen to be absent.  They make pure joy in our hearts difficult. But trying to hold at least a little smile not only helps us become stronger believers, it opens the door for an attitude transformation. Those of you reading, just keep in mind that when our heart, soul, and mind focus on the good that seems to be hiding, our attitudes will get better. The good is then easier to find, our attitudes improve even more, causing good things to seem to be showing up all over the place.

Just keep in mind that the only thing we have to lose, by choosing a positive attitude, is a negative one. And one of the many good things you just might gain by choosing a positive attitude is . . .

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. . . realizing you just might feel like sharing what’s been going on in your life in your journal.

 

 

 

1* – Click here to read how God spoiled me with my doctor. 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Favorite View – 5 Minute Friday

     –  My Favorite View – 5 Minute Friday –

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Do you ever ask yourself what, if you could choose, would be one of the last things you would see before heading up to your new home in Heaven. If you knew it was time God told you He couldn’t wait any longer to have His own child finally come home, where would you choose to be the last place you spend before going.

Mine would be to go sit down along the ocean when the sun is close to going down.

Family around me of course after I’d have a bit of time praying, thanking God for the life He had given me here on earth. Seeing the rays of beauty it shows on the water, in the sky, and all around as it slowly goes down behind that amazing ball called the Earth.

A few decorate clouds would be welcomed but only if they show even more beauty to that sun.

That’s my dream. It always has . . .  and always will be. 

3 Things Taken From 30-Yr High School Reunion

     – 3 Things Taken From 30-Yr High School Reunion –

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Graduation Memories

Being there’s been lots of graduations as of late, I thought I’d share what took place three years ago. Yep. The big 3-0 high school reunion for my class of 1985. (Stop right now. I’ll save you trouble and do the math for you. I’m 51.) It was sure a great time recognizing most of the faces anyway.

Before going, I looked at my older journal that holds all of my high school thoughts, reading my last writing I had written that school year.
May 14, 1985
cropped-2diary.jpg“A quick update. I graduate from Highline High school in twenty-nine days. I’m Eighteen years old and no, life is not easier at eighteen. I have my own car, a Capri. Attend O.S.C. (Occupational Skills Center) for the Visual Communication class. Work for Doug Fox Travel driving people to and from the airport while also being a ball girl for the Seattle Mariners. I will be going next year to Highline Community College and…..”

Here. Let me stop. All sounds pretty great don’t ya think? Well… the next sentences alters that sound just a hair.

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“…But I am more confused about the love life. …….I have spent the last week-end visiting my best friend and her dorm life at college. Now listen, love is confusing. As the song goes ‘I’m Hooked on a Feeling’ after meeting that one guy there. But I do come to see that I’m to the point where who ever shows any liking for me will win. UG! …I’m on my journey to understanding Christianity and what Jesus can do for me. With my two best friends being religious now, it’s all just kinda weird but I’m learning…… Is living with love important? Do I depend on finding love too much. God will reward me but when? I guess love does not come with a $145 prom dress or dreaming with a slow song. What’s the Answer? I shall write again. Maybe when my questions are answered.”

My next writing was 1 1/2 years later. You’ll get to see how my questions wereanswered.

January 2, 1987
cropped-diary-one.jpg“How to even begin explaining the past year and a half. The best way to explain is that I got the answer to my last journal-writing’s many questions – I am a new creature and will be rocking for Jesus for all eternity! My two best friends aren’t so ‘religious’. We are all Sisters-In-Christ now! Being Nineteen years old, I now can grab a hold of God and leave the world and my hunt for love behind.”

Yep – My hunt for love had ended because God showed me that the most important love I could ever find would be from Him. And even then, I didn’t have to hunt for that. He gave it to me. He chose me. He had me first feel what sin truly was. Man, did it feel heavy all of a sudden. I pleaded for forgiveness. He then had me feel that, hard to describe, that feeling of forgiveness. It felt like weight was lifted off. Man, did that feel good.  #1

I wrote a lot more in that day’s writing, and I’m actually going to share the next paragraph of that journal next week. (Aren’t YOU curious.) This part was by far the most important life changing writing in any of my journals.

Having looked back, I realized three things.
1– Thirty-three years go by SO fast. – 2– God gave me the best answers I ever could have gotten to those questions I had at the end of my senior year, and… 3– How thankful I am to have those precious memories on paper.

What’s in your journal? I encourage all to keep one so you can look back onto those historical times that surpasses all understanding.

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.

– #1 – Read here for more detail what took place.

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.