Footloose – Song #24

                     – Footloose – Song #24 –

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Sorry, but I have to share this song. My reason is a bit silly but I’m sure everyone has silly reasons for doing something now and then. I picked this song to show you how the beat can easily cause one to make it one of your favorites, thus passing the ‘Must Share’ test.

I’m sure you all can understand what it’s like when you have to choose a song. Sometimes, any song would be fine. No skipping to another song is needed. Almost anything fits your fancy. But then there are times when you’re a bit more picky. That’s how I was on my run yesterday. My iPod refused to meet my need for that perfect song.

A song come on after I started running. Fine. It did the job. After that . . .

Too boring. Click – Next.

I heard it last time. Click – Next.

That voice isn’t really ‘IT’ for right now. Click – Next

Wait… this one might be . . . Naaaa. Click – Next.

Too slow. . . . . . .   

And then finally, after one more click, up pops Footloose.

YES! No ifs, ands, or buts. WOOO HOOO !

I’m sure that once you turn it on, you’ll understand why. (sorry if an add shows before)

 

As soon as it started, I sure cut loose, foot loose, wearing my Tuesday running shoes!

If you are hearing this in the morning, I hope it helps get that energy many of us beg for. If you are hearing this in the afternoon, I hope it gives that boost to keep you keeping on. If you are hearing this right before going to bed, well . . . sorry.

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.

 

 

If Today Was Your Last Day – Song #23

  – If Today Was Your Last Day – Song #23 –

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Ready for a few questions? What if today was your last day? What would you do? What wouldn’t you do? How would you think? How would you feel? Think about it. My answers to all of these would be going on and on and on, so I’ll spare you hours of reading and just share a few.

First, I’d request hours in a hot tube. No, I take that back. I keep picturing me in heaven with my very own hot tub.  That leaves me then to think of what’s next of my list.

This song describes what I’d do a lot better than I can, so listen while reading more.

Note- The best part of this song is the second half.

 

If today was my last day it’d be pondering on what really counts. Not what hours I need to doing this or that task here or there. Nope. Because life, especially your last day, isn’t meant to be a rat-race or a marathon that gets you nowhere. I’d use that day to reflect on those adventures I went on and the discoveries I found. Those little blessing that stood out in life would be flowing in my thoughts. At the same time I’d be cherishing each second with family and friends, savoring every word they’d be saying. I’m certain God would hear my thanks for them a lot more than normal on that day.

Being that one of my favorite verses is Luke 6:31 – ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you’, this song shows one thing I’d love to do my last day. It’s, as the song says, leave a few fears behind me and do what I’ve always wanted to do: surprise those in much need with money. Being I, of course, won’t really be needing money any more after my last day, I’d love to see a person’s mouth drop due to shock, just like the man in this story surprises others.

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Of course I’d use my perfect bag to help carry any other things I’d be passing along.

 

 

 

Have you given any thought what you’d want to do, if you could, on your last day? Please share at least one of the many things you’d do. I can’t wait to read 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.

Praise You In The Storm – Song #22

   – Praise You In The Storm – Song #22 –

 

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I’d like you to look back. Look at all the things you didn’t think you would be able to get through. But then look at how you did make it through, coming out stronger than you were at the beginning of the trial.

It took me a while to truly see He didn’t give me the extra tough times I’ve gone through to just have me give up and quit. I know now He had reasons for giving me each and every trial. Sure, I knew He was going to help me through it even though I didn’t really see how. I just know I, as we all do during tough times, wanted Him to just step in and save the day.

 

Three important words – I’m with you. 

Remember those three words when no other words seem to be heard. But more so, remember who’s telling you those three words. Remember that even when it feels as though our Lord has abandoned you, if you’re one of His, He’s right there. Use the trials in your life to grow in faith. And you know what? He’ll show you He’s actually there, thus you’ll grow closer to Him which causes your faith to grow even more. One of those great snow ball effects.

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God has already lined up ways to eventually let you know He’s been there the entire time, as my story has shown that to me. So let’s make sure we keep raising our hands, praising our God who gives. . . and takes away.

 

 

One reason I hold strongly to this truth is that He proved it to me, as my memoir shows.

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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.

Shining Star – Song #21

                 – Shining Star – Song #21 –

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Do you have a song that when it unexpectedly comes on the radio you just crank it? If I’m the only one in the car, then that’s for sure what I do. No real reason this one has stood out to me like many other songs have. It hasn’t caused any deep-down thinking, getting me to ponder on anything much like most other favorite songs do. I guess it’s just the beat that glued it’s place in my heart way-back-when. This song, along with quite a few of their other songs, don’t let you hands be still for very long on that steering wheel, or your feet not to dance on your kitchen floor.

I guess I could say the wording can fit a bit into all of us. After all, we should try to be a shining star no matter who we are, right?

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We aught to shine as bright to see what we can truly be, making it our goal to do our best as we carry on.

 

 

 

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.

What Faith Can Do – Song #20

          – What Faith Can Do – Song #20 –

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Faith : noun 

1 – Confidence or trust in a person or thing.
2 – Belief that is not based on proof.
3 – Belief in God or in the doctrines of teachings of religion.
4 – What Marianne has learned is a necessity in life.

Time to make your own definition of Faith. How would you define it?

Let me explain how I made that 4th definition. My sky seemed to be falling a few times in past years. The one that especially stood out was when I was only nineteen, going through an unplanned pregnancy. (#1*) Whenever I hear this song, I think of the little faith I had when that whole soap opera started, but then how it grew as God kept showing me He was right there, showing me He cared, doing what was best for me.  This song helps describe what I learned.

 

Sure, I felt my heart aching, starving for faith, with the amount of worrying far more than I could take. But I didn’t give up. Even though that little speck of faith was hiding, it was still there.  Slowly, God was showing more of His presence thus causing my faith to slowly grow.

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Even though I felt the cloud was falling, and falling hard, God let me know there was still that sun behind it.

 

 

Week by week, month by month, little things were showing God, my heavenly Father, was holding me. I began to see silent prayers get answered. He revealed blessings I wasn’t expecting. A few I have shared in past posts. (Here’s one of them.)   I’m not saying I was smiling ear to ear 24/7, but it sure was getting close.

So if you feel your sky is falling, thinking that it’s all more than you can take, have faith. Cling instead to the one that can help fill you with unexpected peace. If you feel like you can’t over come the odds, faith will tell you that you can because, as the song says, that’s what faith can do.

1* – Click to read how I felt after finding out I was pregnant.

Here’s a bit more about my book If you have any interest in my story.book cover

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.

 

Jump Shout Boogie – Song #19

          – Jump Shout Boogie – Song #19 –

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I know what you’re asking. Why in the world am I choosing this old song – Jump Shout Boogie – from Barry Manilow?  Let me first ask you a question. Did any of you ever get together with a few friends when you were in your early teens, creating a dance to go with a certain song ? A few girlfriends and I sure did, and with Barry Manilow being extremely  popular in the 80’s, creating a dance to one of his popular songs was a must.

 

 

My friends and I were serious about this dance, and even performed it in front of family. I can picture us four walking into the house, nervous, ready to give it our all. Whenever this song comes on I can’t help but grin, instantly picturing us dancing more than thirty-five years ago.

It’s a must this song is on my iPod as I run. “She must love that song she’s hearing being she’s mouthing the words,” people driving by probably think. “But how come her arms are moving kinda weird?” If I gave into temptation, they would also be thinking, “Why in the world is she punching the side of her head. Looks like she’s pretending to knock herself out.” Okay, maybe I do tilt my head just a hair when those words pop up, but that’s all, I promise.

Do you recall dancing with certain friends to certain songs? Oh, come on, I bet you do. Let’s have fun and share what songs they were.

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.

The Comeback – Song #18

            – The Comeback – Song #18 –

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If you ever feel like giving up, or wish you didn’t have to work so hard at accomplishing something, then listen to this song. It falls on my list of most encouraging songs. I’ve stated many times how God has used songs to encourage me. This one easily fits in that category.

Early this year I was asked to be the opening speaker at a conference for those dealing in the past with the same brain illness, Encephalitis, that I had endured years ago. Nervous I was because, aside from it being my first speech I’ve ever done, I wasn’t fully at peace with the way I had it planned to end.  Ideally, I wanted it to end with encouraging words. Constant thinking as I was driving to the conference, this song came on.

Oh good, one of my favorites.  – Wait. These words!  THESE WORDS ARE PERFECT ! 

As you hear this song, try to picture what my face must have looked like realizing ‘THIS IS IT!’

 

 

Carefully I pulled over, got paper and pen out, and grabbed my phone to find the lyrics of that song on the internet. (How did we survive without cell phones?) Being immensely relieved, I now had an ending I was at peace with!  Not only that, but my nervousness decided to stay on my chair when it was time to walk up to speak for fifteen or so minutes in front of  50 or so people.

This song was the tool God used to not just give me peace on what to end that speech with, but to open the thoughts of speaking to groups, with hopes of encouraging others dealing with the same trials I’ve endured. After all, there is no mountain I can’t face, or any giant I can’t take, as long as I know I can’t do it on my own. I need Christ right next to me, pulling me along.

How about you? Is there a mountain you feel you can’t face?  Be like me. Listen to this song mid afternoon when you start having that ‘I can’t do it’ thought floating. I still do. Know that, as the song says, you’ve come this far so keep it going. You never know, You might be just one step away.

(I must throw in – I’m going to this mans concert in a few day. You have to when your favorite singer, who sings many of your favorite songs, is in town.)

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.