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.  

Thankfulness In The Future

          – Thankfulness In The Future –

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Okay everyone, time to make that list. Time to make that list of a few things you’re thankful for. Just in case you are wondering the latest thing on my list, it would be how thankful I am this year to be daring. For the first time ever, I’m venturing to make this years Thanksgiving stuffing FROM SCRATCH !  But instead, I think I’ll share how thankful I am that my immediate and extended family truly enjoy getting together, with or without homemade stuffing.

I’ve talked recently here about thankfulness; past and present. But what about the future? Of course we all hope for peace and health, right along with prosperity. But what about that little rolled up pile of fear many carry in their back pocket.

We’re all aware of the craziness along the Mexico border. And how about that huge fire that’s been going on in California. I think I’m safe to say that not one person affected by that fire is flooding with thankfulness in what the future hold these next few days or weeks. But what about problems that could be directly hitting you? Not fun to ponder on.

One important thing I learned that helps me plan and accept my future came from my past. Difficult at the time, yes, but sometimes God puts us through larger than normal trials to strengthen us for our future.

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Twenty-Eight years ago I didn’t really plan to have an out-of-the-blue seizure which caused a major change in life to follow. (Click here to read a bit about that.)

Man, was that hard.  I’m sure it sounds crazy, but that ordeal in the past helps me know that, what ever trial will hit me in the future, God will know what He’s doing. That one fact wasn’t proven in the most relaxing, stress-free style way back then, but still proven. That one fact proven back then helps me think of my future with a bit more joy, peace, and comfort. His love cannot always be explained, but just remember . . . He knows what He’s doing.  (Click here to read my post to explain how He proved that to me.)

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I end now wishing you a great Thanksgiving, and to encourage you all to be giving thanks continually for your past, present, and future. Ponder on how much you’ve been given, do have, and will have. When we focus on blessings rather than wants, we are happier as days, weeks, months, and years go by.

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Well, off I go, making sure I have all the ingredients needed for my very first stuffing from scratch.

(Come on, Marianne. You can do 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.

 

Thankfulness From Your Past

           – Thankfulness From Your Past-

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With it being Thanksgiving season, no way could I not have thankfulness as my subject for a few weeks. Something I read recently caused me to think how whats taken place in the past can affect how thankful we are at life today. I totally agree.

Even though my upbringing in the past wasn’t picture perfect, and even though my past unplanned pregnancy wasn’t exactly what I dreamed of, (1*) and since I can easily say I would have preferred not to have gone through my past brain illness ordeal, (2*) a big part of me is still thankful for each trial. God covered me with the strongest umbrella of love, obviously keeping more difficult hardships from falling on me that could have occurred. Every little spot Christ proved He was there has me ready for what ever comes my way from now on. Yes, tears from sorrow still show. And yes, many times I do wish that certain things wouldn’t have happened. We all do. Yet looking at my past has sure helped keep me going through life, not worrying too much on what lies ahead.

Regarding past trials you’ve endured, can you see how God’s strong hands were carrying you? Give it some thought and I bet you can. And if so, then try to keep it floating in your mind a bit more than before. Don’t let those thoughts get pushed under the rug. Instead, allow your ‘past’ to encourage your ‘now’.

There are times in our lives when we have to realize our past is precisely what it is, and we cannot change it. But we can change the story we tell ourselves about it, and by doing that, we can change the future.  – Eleanor Brown

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1* – Click here to read a bit about my pregnancy.

2* – Click here to read ab it about my illness.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Someday – Song #30

                    – Someday -Song #30 –

 

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Do you ever think ‘Someday I’ll . . . ‘ or “Someday we should . . . ‘ or ‘Someday I might  . . . ‘ followed by a hope? Let this song I chose encourage you with your own ‘Someday’ you’re hoping.

Being this is the second to last song I’m sharing, it was harder to choose. There are still many others songs I wanted to pass along but decided to choose one with hope.

 

With all that’s going on all around us right now, I occasionally wish the world around us could just, as the song says, stop trying to find another mistake, and just start over again. But we can’t. Maybe, someday, we’ll figure all this out. Maybe, someday, people will agree to disagree yet still keep peace between one another, trying to find a way to make things better while carrying a ‘Love’ flag as this song shows.

Lots of confusion, yes. Lots of uncertainty, yes. There is, however, nothing on this earth more certain than knowing God will never leave us, nor will He ever forsake those who cling to Him. Maybe, someday, more people will believe in God, and allow Him to put an end to all our doubts with what’s going on around us. I wish someday, somehow, all would put Him first, follow Him, and basically start everything around us all over again.

What do you wish would be better? What is your wish for your ‘Someday’?

Note – Being I have been doing one song each day this month, tomorrow will be my last. Look forward to seeing you then.

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.

Happy – Song #27

                      – Happy – Song #27 –

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Happy  – One simple word, yet one word that can mean so much. Quick, think of a few things that bring a smile to your face. You should be able to think of at least a few.

This should have been one of the first songs I shared. Why? The smiling face and I go hand-in-hand.

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I don’t dare tell you how many things I’ve collected that prove how I’ve turned THE smiling face into my own personal logo.

These are just a fraction of all I have.

 

 

Time to play the perfect song that perfectly fits what I’m covering. Click below.

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say, but trials may cause you to be happy. Of course the main reason for my happiness is that God chose me to be one of His. That’s far above all other reasons. But the second reason I give to being happy might make me sound crazy but . . . my brain illness I had almost twenty-eight years ago has made me happy.    click here and read a bit more what I was going through.  

I believe the specific brain injury challenge I’ve endured has caused me to truly treasure the simple parts in life. I appreciate more the basic things that I come across. I look at those extra special people, places or thing an eye distance away a bit longer. I hold the value of life a bit deeper, my desire to help people in need has grown, and I look at the bright side of things when ever possible. Along with this, there is another reason.

My illness encouraged me to agree that avoiding unneeded anger is a must. Life is too precious to wast with barking back and forth. Sad that, while growing up, I witness my parents relationship showing a bit too much anger and not enough happiness. I witnessed how things can get worse when the complaining spirit begins to grow, and getting mad shows no real worthwhile benefit for anyone. Witnessing that, plus my illness, had me glue to Bible verses such as…  Proverbs 15:1  A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

A few lines in this song perfectly share another reason.  ‘Come, bad-news, talking this and that . . .Give me all you’ve got, holding nothing back . . .I should probably warn ya I’ll be just fine . . . No offence to you, don’t waste your time.   God’s carried me through so much, and I know that, even though tears may still show up, He’ll be carrying me from the start.

True, life can be at times incredibly challenging. You may be confronted with difficulties that squash all the happiness out of you as setbacks and failures tag along everywhere you go. In short, being happy simply doesn’t seem possible. I get that. I still have my ups & downs, and my grinding of teeth from frustration every now and then.

Ask yourself if there is something you should do. Or better yet, NOT do. Don’t put the key to happiness in someone else’s pocket. Instead, do as the song says, and …clap along if you know what happiness is to you. 

One more picture: my house key.

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After all, I am one who’s always happy to be home.

 

 

 

 

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.

L.O.V.E. – Song #25

                       – L.O.V.E. – Song #25 –

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Sorry I keep pulling up old songs but I can’t help it. I mean, when you L.O.V.E a song, you have to share it. Frank Sinatra’s voice deserves attention, but the originality of spelling that word wins the ‘M.U.S.T. Share’ award.

The pictures showing in the middle is what led me to share this one. Enjoy.

 

If you look him up on Youtube, you’ll notice song after song after song of his has to do with love being that word is in the title. This song, I’m sure you all agree, is the one most listeners L.O.V.E.

I can’t help but share a few other meanings of L.O.V.E. It’s right in saying, as the song says, that love is more than just a game for two. It’s a bit deeper than that.

I could say so much about love, but I think I’ll just cover it with a list, and a picture.

The list comes from  1 Corinthians 12:4-8     4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Now for the picture that shows us that best symbol of love that anyone can find. It isn’t a heart, or a diamond. The best symbol of love is what shows the best proof of love.

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Maybe it’s time many of us, with all that’s going on around our country as I type, need to ponder a bit on our definition of L.O.V.E.

 

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.