What Name To Leave For Yourself

     – What Name To Leave For Yourself –

 

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What is your middle name? You may not have heard by now but I was not given a middle name. Don’t worry, it’s never bothered me. As a matter of fact, I’ve had fun making my own to fit with how I feel at the time. More often than not, I just relax and enjoy calling myself Marianne No-Middle-Name Petersen.

My name this time last year went from Marianne Me-and-My-Book Petersen to Marianne Only-Jesus Petersen. Let me explain.

A few months before this last January 1st showed up, there was a deeper need to make a deeper commitment in how I was going to publish my book.

“I have to decide. I have to decide if I need to find a publisher or self publish my book,” I kept telling myself. I needed to choose the best way to get the book, along with me, myself, and I out into the world. “I know. Instead of making a new-years resolution to decide, I’ll sort of twist a new-years resolution around, and make myself decide by the last day of 2017. Perfect!”

Now sure, I could share all the reading, studying, and website devouring I had done those last few months, but I won’t. Instead, I just want to share what my heart learned as those last few months of last year went by. But first, start the song below. The words can explain better than I can why I changed my name.

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As I was getting lost in the light of thinking how to make a mark, how to get my book out into the world, I felt too much it was my job. It was up to me  how to make me and my book something the world would remember. But something happened. I began realizing that I was focusing too much for my own legacy. I was getting a little lost in trying to get the world to remember my name. A few things popped inside my heart, having me see I was focusing a bit too much on Marianne Get-Known Petersen.

Slowly but surely I began to decide, by God opening my eyes even more, that not my name, but His name is who the reader is to remember. I soaked in more of the fact I don’t want to leave a legacy, I don’t care if they remember me, but rather Jesus. Those few months I began thanking God how He was having me see even more what the true reason for my story was for: to get others to see Him instead of me. I want my life to prove there is only one, and that one is not me.

Now sure, I still do have hope, followed by much prayer, that many do read my book and pass along a ‘thank you’, but my goal is for them to remember Jesus far more than myself. I want my efforts to point to Him.

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Back to why ‘Only-Jesus‘ became my new middle name? Because His name is the only name in my book to remember.

 

 

 

What’s your middle name? I promise, if you change it in your heart to Only-Jesus, you get the best trophy of all.

 

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 interested, Click here to read a past post sharing a bit what my book is about.  

Sing a Song – Song #31

                  – Sing a Song – Song #31 –

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Time for my last song in October’s Song-a-Day fun I’ve enjoyed putting together.

This last song I chose is Sing a Song. Perfect, don’t you think? I ran across it a few weeks back when looking for other ones to share. “Best choice for my last song,” I thought to myself. “Maybe I’ll find that old CD. Hmm, where did I put it?”

 

Here are a few quotes on music.

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ― Bob Marley

“Where words leave off, music begins.” ― Heinrich Heine

“Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”  ― Friedrich Nietzsche

I often have fun making my own middle name being I was not given one. If I was forced to write one down, I’d be tempted to write Marianne Sing-A-Song Petersen. Like I shared in my first few postings, songs can mean so much to me. If they have the perfect words that hit home, held by the perfect music, I’d then, like this song says, sing-a-long.

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If you ever find a fifty-Something year old woman in her car, or jogging down a street with an ear plug glued to her head, obviously showing she’s listening to a song, you’re most likely looking at yours truly.

 

I can’t help but assume that you all now know I love music. God knows that fact as well. I’m sure He knows I’m thankful He created music way back when, also sure He’s often right next to me just singing away as well.

I’ve enjoyed this project of sharing songs. I’ll end with one suggestion – Have fun singing to your perfect songs. Make your middle name Sing-a-Song, and, as the song says, don’t worry that it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear. Just sing, sing your song.

 

Click here if you can’t help but wonder what got me to do a song-a-day. 

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.

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.

 

Tell Your Heart To Beat Again – Song 11?

   – 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.

When To Let ‘YES’ Win – Song #1

         – When To Let ‘YES’ Win – Song #1

 

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Have you ever had something you’ve been thinking of doing?

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“Should I? I don’t really have time. I shouldn’t. But . . . but I want to. No, I shouldn’t. But maybe I should force myself. No. Don’t. Time just isn’t there. BUT I REALY WANT TO!”

 

Have you then had something pop up that encouraged you to finally do what you’ve thought of doing? However, you still don’t have that full 100% ‘YES’ swimming around in your mind.

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That is until something finally hit you. The word YES is highlighted, underlined, with an exclamation point attached.

 

 

That is exactly what It’s been like for me. Something has caused me to finally do that one thing I’ve been pondering on. A song is what encouraged me to go ahead and underline that ‘YES’. What’s funny is that a song has encouraged me to talk about, well . . . SONGS!

I can’t explain it all right now but I plan to share a bit more tomorrow. Notice I said ‘tomorrow’ which is a clue to what this is about. But for now, listen to this song, and see if you can tell why I’ve decided to let ‘YES’ win. After all, we’re stronger than we think we are. There’s a thunder rolling in our hearts. Pushing up against the dark. Yes, we’re stronger than we think.

 

 

 

Do you ever ask yourself if you should do something you keep telling yourself you want to do? If you lean towards doing it, Just don’t do it alone. You might be surprised. God might be wanting to do it right along with you.

 

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.