– Put Me In Coach – Song #14 –

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I like putting words to photos. Sort of looks like here I’m saying to my team, “Who wants a donut after the game?”

 

 

 

 

Today’s song has to do with baseball. Year after year after year … after year our boys played. From hitting the ball off the Batting-T, to years later hitting that ball way out past the outfield border. Come rain or shine, my husband and/or I were there cheering away. Still feels like yesterday, especially when hearing this song.

(note: this video has a second song. It’s also one of my favorites but right now my story goes with just the first.)

 

This song makes me think back to the many years we were hollering away, watching our kids hitting, catching, running and sliding. I was sure one proud Mom watching one of my sons being one of the pitchers.

Do some of you have your favorite sport tucked away in you memory box? I’d love to hear from other parents who, come rain or shine, are out there cheering away for what ever your kids are doing. How about your very own special sport or activity?  You’d be reading forever if I told you some crazy stuff I was part of growing up. Pass us all a note with your memories.

 

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.

Put Me In Coach- Song #14

                    – Just Another Birthday – Song #13 –

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A song really stands out when you remember exactly where you were when you heard it for the first time. Has that ever happened to you? This song I sure do, but I won’t tell you where as much as why.

Being in a Christian book store a few years back to grab a new CD on my ‘Must Get’ list, I saw an older CD from the same group.

Oh, why not. I’m sure I’ll love their older songs, too.

Out of curiosity, I popped that one in as soon as I got in the car  (Okay, you now know where I heard it.)

I like this song. This other one’s COOL, too!  And this one. Glad I got this CD.

Then the one you are about to hear came on. It sure hit me. As you listen, and if you know the story behind my book, you’ll know why.  (#1)

 

This song described my entire story almost to the ‘T’. Aside from two small details, it’s as if I wrote it. My eyes still get tears occasionally while I listen to this song. During my teen years, my relationship with my father was much like this song shares. Plus, the age was exact during my pregnancy, along with my stay in the hospital to deliver. I melted even more when it shared she had a daughter, being I too had a daughter. Another reason it’s perfect for me is that it centers around a birthday. My daughter was born a few weeks before my birthday. My best gift.

Yep, this song causes me to picture my soap opera all over again. It’s as if I’m that one singing. But the most important part about this song is how it perfectly describes how my heavenly Father carried me through my ordeal as well. And man, did He hold me tight.

Can you think of a song that describes something you’ve been through? There’s got to be at least something close. I’d love to hear what song you hold in your heart, making you feel you should be the one singing it.

1* – Read here when I discovered I was regnant

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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.

 

 

 

Just Another Birthday – Song 13

                     – Let It Be – Song #12 –

 

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Time to be honest. Who watched Sesame Street when they were young? Better yet, who watched it in the 70’s when I did? If so, then good chance you remember certain songs from back then about certain letters of the alphabet. If I heard any of them now I’d be able to sing them word for word. Occasionally, they had a well-known song altered just a hair to focus on a certain letter. You now get the chance to guess which letter this song was used for.

 

Did you guess? Now sure, more words in the Sesame Street version were altered to go with the main word change, but the main word is what I’m talking about.

Did you guess those words ‘Let It Be’ were turned into ‘Letter B’?

Sorry, but I bet from now on each time you hear this song you’ll be like me. You’ll think of the ‘Letter B’.

Okay, I give in. I want you to see what Sesame Street did with the original. Have fun!

 

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.

Let It Be – Song #12

   – Tell Your Heart To Beat Again -Song #11

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Do you ever feel like you can’t get back to normality after a tough day, or week, or month has gone by. I sure had to endure that years ago from a brain illness I experienced. (1*) Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, and now, years later, I still have to deal with memory problems. Even though I have not recovered 100%, God gets much credit for helping me, as the quote says, ‘grin and bear it‘.

When I look at my past, it doesn’t sting like it use to. Instead I look back thinking of all that the Lord has done, getting me to where I am. Now don’t get me wrong. I have to still remind myself not to give up when I feel like I easily could. Difficulties I’ve had to deal with for years I still must cope with, especially when I’m trying to reach a goal. But God keeps helping me remember each day that my story is far from over, helping me tell my own heart to beat again.

 

We all endure some type trial. Some people seem to get hit with more than others. Sometimes difficulties come head on, and as the song says, having us feel shattered like we’ve never been before.  During one now, or the next one to come, just remember, keep telling your heart to beat again.

Why don’t you share a tribulation God has pulled you through. We all need stories for encouragement, knowing there’s others who can relate to what we’ve endured. I know I sure do.

1* – click here to read story of brain injury – 

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.

Tell Your Heart To Beat Again – Song 11?

                   – Don’t Blink – Song #10

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Are you one who listens to country music? I occasionally do, and this song has been one that stood out quite a bit more than most. I bet the older you are the more you’ll know why.

 

Are you like me, and, as you’re listening, can picture pieces of your life from your past. I sure did. I still do. Each time I listen I realize I’ve blinked too many times through life.

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From when I was, as the song says, 6 yrs old …

 

 

 

 

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to when my love-at-first-sight became my husband, and was blessed with a family of six.

 

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Now they are all grown up.

 

 

 

 

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My life as a Gramma is also going by too fast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many unforgettable memories have been made after all these years, with many saved on paper being I’ve kept a journal since I was twelve. This song reminds me to slow down as it has me lift a ‘Thank you’ up to God, knowing He’s held me through all the ups and downs during life.

Is your life going faster than you think? Try to go back to when you were six. How about when you were 25? Are you one close to my age? (clue. I’m exactly half the age of the man telling his story.) Or, perhaps you’ve been married 50 yrs by now. No matter your age, I’m sure we all agree we need to slow down, wishing we took the advice from the song . . . don’t blink.

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.

Don’t Blink – Song #10

               – This is My Story – Song #9 –

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What is your story? If you had to write your story what made you who you are, what would people learn? A tough question, don’t you think?

Sure, we could get into all those little details of the who, what, where, when, and hows that made us who we are. Me? If I wrote you my story, you wouldn’t so much read all I held onto growing up, but who held on to me. If you ever asked me to write, you would read about life, but not my life. This song explains it all much better than I ever could.

 

 

As long ago as I can remember, I always believed in God. I considered myself a “good person,” and I tried to do the “right thing” all through my first eighteen years in life. But if I really wanted to tell you my story, I’d tell you how my real life began the summer I graduated from High school. From the first day God opened my heart, to now, 33 years later, I could round it all down to what’s most important. I’d tell about the grace that is greater than all my sin, about what justice was served, and where mercy wins.  I wouldn’t so much tell of myself, but tell of Christ, for it’s His life that has made mine.

If you only had a few sentences to share your story, what would it be? Do you have a song that tells yours?

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For what actually did take place on one unforgettable summer day, click here to read,  with a few more that follow.

 

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.

This is My Story – Song #9

                 – Another One Bites the Dust – Songs 8 –

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Everyone, raise your hand if you love to laugh. Is there a certain song that makes you giggle or at least grin each time you hear it? Right now I want to give you two reasons this song does that to me. First is this silly video I chose. But the main reason is because of when and where I am at the time I usually hear it.

As years have gone by I’ve added different songs to my iPod that I listen to when I run. Me to run without music is like a car driving without gas. Impossible. It’s needed to help me keep on keeping on. I found this song on my computer the day I was adding a few new songs to my iPod.

“Hay, this one would be perfect!”

Before I knew it, this song went with me on my next run.

So there I was running, acting like I knew what I was doing when this song began. I know you will be distracted by the dancing but listen to the words, seeing if you can guess what got me giggling. And it’s not so much the first few sentences, even though those are perfect being I am doing exactly what those say, but it’s something else.(ignore the add that might show before the song.)

 

If you can’t figure what got me giggling, here, I’ll help. When ever you hear the word ‘one’ change it to ‘block’ as you picture someone on their own two feet running down the street . . . block by block.

People must have been wondering why in the word I was grinning big time as I was running as block after block went by. Energy to keep running sure was present being those words are said over and over again. To this day I still smile whenever this song comes on, feeling like I’m accomplishing more than normal as each block I run bite’s that dust.

We all likely have a song or two where at least one word is replaced with OUR word. Can you think of yours, or is it one that has to be playing first before you automatically put that perfect word in the perfect place?  Let’s all have fun, sharing what it is.

 

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.

 

Another One Bites the Dust – Song #8