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.

 

Stronger Than We Think We Are – Song #28

           – Stronger Than We Think We Are – Song #28 –

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I don’t need to say anything about today’s song. The words say it all, especially when you feel like giving up.

I chose this version knowing how helpful reading all the words help grasp it’s meaning.

 

Have you gone through some time in life, perhaps even now, when, day-in & day-out, life felt much darker than it did before, as if most everything was against you? Not really one of those ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ frame of mind? Once that happens, it’s common to begin drowning in your weaknesses, feeling like nothing is holding you in that cloud you feel you’re in. You begin saying to yourself, “I’m just not strong enough,”

 

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Just remember one fact. There is a war inside and outside our heart that we are fighting. It sometimes feels like fire.  When you feel that fire, admit you need God to help take over. You just might then realize you are stronger than you think you are because of that thunder He’s able to put back in our heart to burn out that fire.

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.

The Comeback – Song #18

            – The Comeback – Song #18 –

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If you ever feel like giving up, or wish you didn’t have to work so hard at accomplishing something, then listen to this song. It falls on my list of most encouraging songs. I’ve stated many times how God has used songs to encourage me. This one easily fits in that category.

Early this year I was asked to be the opening speaker at a conference for those dealing in the past with the same brain illness, Encephalitis, that I had endured years ago. Nervous I was because, aside from it being my first speech I’ve ever done, I wasn’t fully at peace with the way I had it planned to end.  Ideally, I wanted it to end with encouraging words. Constant thinking as I was driving to the conference, this song came on.

Oh good, one of my favorites.  – Wait. These words!  THESE WORDS ARE PERFECT ! 

As you hear this song, try to picture what my face must have looked like realizing ‘THIS IS IT!’

 

 

Carefully I pulled over, got paper and pen out, and grabbed my phone to find the lyrics of that song on the internet. (How did we survive without cell phones?) Being immensely relieved, I now had an ending I was at peace with!  Not only that, but my nervousness decided to stay on my chair when it was time to walk up to speak for fifteen or so minutes in front of  50 or so people.

This song was the tool God used to not just give me peace on what to end that speech with, but to open the thoughts of speaking to groups, with hopes of encouraging others dealing with the same trials I’ve endured. After all, there is no mountain I can’t face, or any giant I can’t take, as long as I know I can’t do it on my own. I need Christ right next to me, pulling me along.

How about you? Is there a mountain you feel you can’t face?  Be like me. Listen to this song mid afternoon when you start having that ‘I can’t do it’ thought floating. I still do. Know that, as the song says, you’ve come this far so keep it going. You never know, You might be just one step away.

(I must throw in – I’m going to this mans concert in a few day. You have to when your favorite singer, who sings many of your favorite songs, is in town.)

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.

Granted – Song #16

 

                     – Granted – Song #16 – 

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Do you have a dream, a hope, or a wish you desire to see on that road ahead? Have things happened in the past that have kept you from that dream, hope, or wish. Well . . . Don’t let it.

It’s a bit harder for me to accomplish many things being my illness from years past is still there to blame today. If you only knew how it has held me back from things I still wish I could do. The words in this song have reminded me to keep chasing after my dreams, hopes and wishes. May it help do the same for you.

 

 

I’ve had a dream for years, and that dream came true which encourages me to go after my next dream.

Every word should be molded on everyones heart. There are a few words, however, I would include.

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The story’s yours, go write it . . . with God as your pen.

 

 

So what’s your dream? You share yours and I’ll share mine.

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.

Loved – Five Minute Friday

 – Loved – Five Minute Friday

 

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– Loved

Note the word ‘Loved’ is past tense.  I’ll now think of the many times in my past that I sure have loved.

I have loved the time God opened my heart. I felt He directly said to me ‘I love you’. The most important day of my most important memory lane that began many years ago.

I have loved the time I saw my husband for the first time. That second had me believe that ‘Love at first sight’ can actually be true.

I have loved the outcome of even that, hall shall I say it, uncomforted feeling I felt giving birth to each of my four children. So worth it, indeed.

I have loved how God decided what was the best time for me to have that life changing seizure. It was so obvious God knew the best time and place for it to take place, for it truly showed, even though it was tough, His Fatherly love was right there.  (Click here to read more about that day.)

I have loved the entire route I’ve taken at getting my first memoir/book out. It sure hasn’t’ been easy. God showed me it was Him pushing me forward from start to finish.

Why don’t you look back at those times from your past you’ve loved. We should never run out of time to continue thanking God for that love He knew we’d never forget.

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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.

Blessings of My Unplanned Pregnancy Unwrapped (Part 6)

 

             Blessings of My Unplanned Pregnancy Unwrapped (Part 6)

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“I love all the weight I’m gaining in this unplanned pregnancy I’m somehow enduring as a nineteen year old,” said no one ever. Or at least I for sure was not thinking that thirty years ago during the pregnancy I endured at that tender age. So why am I bringing that up now? To share one more way God showed He was helping me though that pregnancy.

After sharing why I was thankful for my doctor, (1*) I’ll say here how all my visits to her were going fine as my tummy was noticeability growing. As months had gone by, all had been going a heck of a lot better than I had expected.  But the visit during my seventh month with her caused my mouth to drop as she told me some unexpected news. Let my soon published book – God and Your Pillow – explain.

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A bit overweight, big sweatshirts were my normal attire. And, of course, we all know the weight gained during pregnancy isn’t such an enjoyable fact to accept. But out of the blue, after I got my routine weight checked, she said, “No real worry, but I must say you are not the weight you should be by now.”
“Oh, great. I need to watch my weight? I’m gaining too much?” I asked.
“No. Actually, you haven’t gained the amount of weight that is normal. You need to eat a bit more for that baby. Are you dieting at all?” she asked.
“No. I’m not eating tons of junk, but not dieting.”
“Well, just eat more good food. More than you have been,” she instructed. “From now on, each time you come in, I want to see a few more pounds than the normal gain you should be showing. Understand?”
Understand? With the biggest grin, I understood.

Subway-Turkey-Italiano-Melt-620x345On the way to each doctor’s visit from then on, I stopped and grabbed a good old foot-long Subway sandwich across the street from the doctor’s office. After all, I had to make sure I would show the most weight gain possible, right? Since I currently live in the same area, I still giggle inside every time I drive past that Subway.


 

I’ll never forget that talk. Now sure, many may not instantly feel like giving God credit for being told they need to eat more, but I couldn’t help it. I felt He wanted to take that extra weight off my back (pun intended) of feeling fat during those last few months. I was already a bit over weight when I first got pregnant, so that visit was one of many other ways I felt God used to keep me hanging onto Him during the entire pregnancy.

I encourage you to ask yourself if it’s hard to find any joy in anything. Try to think of, as soon as you can, anything that brings a smile to your face. Thank God for it! Let me encourage you not to delay thanking God when you find any simple unexpected joy-filled news. Or how about those little things you unexpectedly come in contact with – even if it’s just that simple Subway sandwich.

Ephesians 5:20 – giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

Can’t help but share one simple thing that would sure cause one huge  🙂  to show on my face today, as it did with what my doctor told me that day. To get new followers ! Follow me now to read more stories of how God carried me though this ordeal along with another savior trial I’ve gone through.  (3*) Thanks.

 

1* – Click here and read my last post about a perfect doctor.

2* – Click here for my first post about a another trial God carried me through
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.