Influence – Five Minute Friday

          – Influence – Five Minute Friday –

 

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Quick, think of that person who has influenced you. I sure can. I’ll never forget this one certain camp counselor at a Christian youth camp I went to some 37 or so years ago. He payed attention to what you had to say. He came up to you to share his thoughts, noticing at the right time, the right thing to share. I don’t remember what we talked about, what questions I had asked, or those perfect words he had said. I do remember though how much he stood out to me those few day. He knew just what this here 14 year old at the time needed.

I like to say he was the tool God used to open my eyes to how important it is to make others feel welcomed. He influenced me greatly, molding my thoughts to have the ears others might need, along with giving a few encouraging words.

How about you? Can you think of someone that stood out? Can you think of that one who influenced you, who made that mark in your heart? Think of a tool God used years ago that helped make you who you are today.

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Better yet, think of a way God might be using you to influence others.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

With – Five Minute Friday

              – With – Five Minute Friday –

A perfect word to think about: With.

The first thing that popped to mind when I thought of that word this morning was how to start each new day with, hopefully, a bit more peace. How? Before getting up, have time with God.

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Why? Along with your pillow, He’s the very first one with you and your thoughts each and every morning. He already knows those first thoughts you are having about the day ahead. Many times we wake up with worries or joys, fears, stress, and concerns for others and/or yourself. Often we may wake up with a list of things to do that seem to have no end in sight. Let Him know your concerns, even if it’s just a few of these, before facing your day. Or maybe  just a simple time thanking Him for the new day ahead.

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Now sure, it’s not like every morning before your foot hits the floor you have all the time and energy in the world. Maybe you are one who’s mornings find it hard to even find your brain until that coffee cup is in your hand.

 

 

But think about it,  what better way to begin the day than to spend at least a little bit of your time with God before your feet touches that floor, and before you face the word.

I just know that sometimes thanking God for this cozy bed I’m on, the worm house I’m in, before asking Him, “Lord, please help me know what I’m doing today,” can sure make that very first step start as a bit more noticeable peace-filled day. And we all can use that more often than not.

So let’s all remember that, even before that sun comes up, that God’s right there, along with your pillow, and knows all your thoughts. Have time with Him.

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.

 

 

 

 

Deep – Five Minute Friday

             – Deep – Five Minute Friday –

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On interesting word indeed. It’s a, how shall I say it, ‘deep’ word.

Many times we wish we were more able to get deep into something more enjoyable in life. Many times, however, we find ourselves deep into worry, and deep in despair.

Chances are you’ve felt deep in despair and hopelessness at some time or another. In such situations, when it seems there are no justifiable answers to be given, our view of life becomes more dark and gloomy. There’s a feeling like there is no end in sight.

Paul himself suffered from some physical ailment, but look what he said in 2 Corinthians 2:8-9  Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

I know I sure need that reminder. God had reasons for what He had Paul endure. He has reasons for you and I as well. If He feels He can use me going through two trials He had me endure, then AMEN!  It’s not always easy, that’s for sure, but knowing God’s plans are perfect encourages me to keep going.

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Have you gone through some deep ordeal in your past that has affected your now ?

 

 

Be like Paul, and remember that God plans may be too deep for us to understand, but thankfully He knows what He’s doing.

 

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.

 

 

 

Burden – Five Minute Friday

               – Burden – Five Minute Friday –

It’s  been a while since I’ve taken part of the Five Minute Friday. Incase you don’t know, it’s a fun challenge I take, being part of a group of writers where we are given one word each Friday morning. However, we have to try our darnedest not to spend more than five minutes, writing what ever we want to with that word somehow included.

So, on your mark . . . get set . . . GO !

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First question – Have you ever had  to give a helping hand that took tons of your time, effort, thoughts, and muscle? Admit it. It can be one bit of a burden. I bet tons of examples pop up of burdens that have come your way, right?

Next question – Have you ever had to deal with one extra large burden that also made you smile?

A few years back I did a few cleaning jobs at a retirement center. One was helping an older man’s apartment stay clean. I kept busy putting extra this-and-that’s in it’s right spot here-and-there, along with keeping those counters and carpet spotless. One dear, older man I was glad to help.

After a few years, he had to move to another retirement place close-by. One problem: I was the only one he had locally who could help him move. No way can I share all that needed to be done, especially on moving day. From 8am to 11:00pm, I gave it my all. It’s impossible to explain how tired I was when my head finally hit my pillow.

All day, as I was working – almost literally, my tail off  – I was wondering if I just might be in that man’s situation when I get older. That caused one of my favorite verses come to mind off and on all day.  — Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

I could have title it all a burden, especially that one sure tiring day. But that ‘burden’ caused me to smile more than frown, making it feel far less less of a burden than I could have.  Through it all, I knew I wasn’t alone. God rolled up His sleeves right along with me as I rolled up mine, being I felt He was working right next to me. He sure gave that boost I needed. The best timing of a few things occurred, the perfect person showed up at the perfect time, and that last item I had to load in my car barely fit, but it did ! More encouraging things that occurred would take forever to write.

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When my bed hit that pillow I sure was fried, but I knew all the work was worth it. Better yet, I knew God was right there with me thinking ‘Mission accomplished.’

 

 

 

 

Okay, so maybe the rough draft took a bit more than five minutes, but well worth all the remembering. (I wont’ say how long fixing that rough draft took.)

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.

 

Complete – five Minute Friday

         – Complete – Five Minute Friday –

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Complete – the feeling authors never really experience. 

As an author, I know one fact: you never feel fully complete each time you push the ‘send’ button of your next group of chapters to your editor. Let me explain.

Every time I was done touching up the next group of chapters before sending them to my editor, 101% of the time I’d think,  ‘I best read it just one last time before I press ‘send’.  

One last time? Yea right. Dream on, Marianne. After that one time, you fix something. Then one more time. Fix something else. Then, yep, one more. On and on and on. I have come to believe that authors never feel fully complete with their writing. ‘It’s as good at it can be’ sounds more like what I thought before pressing ‘send’.

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It’s perfect ! once in a blue moon would come to mind. Whenever I felt that, I’d say to myself, ‘I better not read it again. Just send it. Juuuuuuust send it.’ 

 

 

Thankfully, complete can still fit in because of one fact: God knows what He’s doing with my writing. His plans for me and my book are, yes, already complete. I find a bit more peace knowing that fact, even though the thought still floats as I read my finished, printed book,  ‘oh… I should have put that word there.’   

 

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.

Crowd – Five Minute Friday

          – Crowd – Five Minute Friday –

 

brainpuzzleillo-workedSometimes I don’t make sense to myself. I take that back. Quite often I don’t make sense to myself. For instance, one day I can’t wait to be with a crowd of people from church, some party, and the like. But other times, sorry but I’d rather be by myself.

What is it about crowds and me that sometimes don’t click? My memory problem is what I blame. Let me explain. God saw fit to have me endure a brain damaging illness years ago called Encephalitis  (‘E’ for short) Thankfully I am, I like to say, 90% recovered from it all but that 10% can sure be a pill: remembering names of people, places and things. I like to call it my ‘noun ailment’

Being around others, hearing most all popping up names, places and even sometimes things, I have to do a lot of extra thinking. Including myself in these talks is sure not easy. I give my ‘oh, really?’, my ‘Ya.. I know’, or just give that nodding-head look making it seem like I know all that’s being said. But deep inside I’m often thinking ‘I wish I could remember which person it is they keep talking about.’ or ‘I think that’s the same movie I saw last week. Not sure. I’ll just be quiet.’ 

What makes dealing with all of this bearable after all these years (notice I said bearable, not tearless-able) is knowing God saw it best I went though this back then as He still holds my hand though it now.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses,  (and even in a big crowd) for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 

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I’ve shared bit’s and pieces of my story on my website but here is a different way to explain it. Click here to read. 

 

 

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.

I Love the Rain – Five Minute Friday

     – I Love the Rain – Five Minute Friday

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At first I thought I’d talk about rain, sharing that as long as I don’t have to go anywhere, it doesn’t bug me that much. I then grinned ear to ear, realizing that it’s best to explain when and why I actually love rain.

We all knew the little saying                                                                                                       Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day.                                                                           

I’d like to add onto that 

…. but as long as you keep me from watering the grass, I love you.

Yep. Being summer means more sun. (which I love) It can also mean less rain, which then means I have to give thought to watering the grass. I know, no real mind-boggling issue, but still – Ug. Needing to water the grass means there is just more I have to think about. It’s really no problem, but I guess I have other things I’d rather be doing than go out, set the sprayer in one of two places, making sure, once on, the water is going where it needs to go. Then the need to come in, take my shoes off,  set a timer to make sure I don’t let it water too long, then get back to what I was doing.

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Once the buzzer goes off, hoping I don’t miss that sound, slip those shoes back on, go move the sprayer to another area, (I’m a pro. I can just leave the water on.) making sure, again, it sprays only where it needs to. Then, yep, repeat shoe-take-off and timer part of the plan. Once timer goes off, shoes back on, then – YAY ! – TURN OFF THE WATER !

I repeat- UG. 

I should be doing that every other day but, when that day comes, ‘Oh.. I’ll go do it tomorrow instead. It’ll be fine.’ usually wins. 

I know, I know. Nothing really to complain about. I guess it just explains why, after weeks and weeks of beautiful sunny days, when I see those deep, dark clouds forming all around, one thought instantly pops up.  I LOVE THE RAIN !

 

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.