Way – Five Minute Friday

             – Way – Five Minute Friday –

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We often hear the same word placed in a few different sentences.

She does things her way. — He does things his way. — I’m going to do all this my way.

Can you see what word is in all three sentences?  Way – This word has stood out to me for years, sort of the theme of my very own book I wrote to help others think the right way. It’s a book about how I once thought, years ago,  I could walk on the road in life my way. Man, was I wrong. 

God had me see through a tougher than normal trial that God’s way is what we should be following. But knowing we still mess up, and still have certain sins tucked deep inside, we may need to take a rough road to discover we can’t follow His way if we put ourselves first. My story shows that God does forgive, and if He sees us working our tail off getting back on that right road, HIS road, He’ll then get up back on the right way – HIS way. 

 

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.

 

Vacation – Five Minute Friday

                                – Vacation –


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“Be patient. Be patient, Marianne. You and the man I gave you may have to wait until all your kids I blessed you with are all out before you two can really go out on one cool and relaxing vacation. Remember. Patience is a virtue.”

 

Now sure, God didn’t say those exact words to me years ago, but it sure feels like it now. Having four kids, homeschooling many of those years, being pretty much a one-income family, we just couldn’t do much vacationing aside from camping off and on in life. (Which were all awesome, by the way.) Or, if we did stay in a hotel, it wasn’t the most relaxing atmosphere. No real planned, day after day hotel stays of just him and I. No real ’Heck, since it’s only you and I here, we’ll do this and, heck, get this thing as well.”

 

None of that until – drum roll please – when my husband and I got our first taste of that a few years ago.

What? Just my husband and I? Really?  Yep. And those hotels even come with a hot tub ! We’ve even been able to do a few more afterwards. 

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I thank God, and take being able to do this now as His way of saying – “Marianne, you and your hubby have worked your tails off raising your kids. You deserve a vacation. Maybe you did have to wait until all the kids I gave you were moved out, but as you can see . . .it was well worth the wait. 

 

 

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’ – 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 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. 

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.