With – Five Minute Friday

              – With – Five Minute Friday –

A perfect word to think about: With.

The first thing that popped to mind when I thought of that word this morning was how to start each new day with, hopefully, a bit more peace. How? Before getting up, have time with God.

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Why? Along with your pillow, He’s the very first one with you and your thoughts each and every morning. He already knows those first thoughts you are having about the day ahead. Many times we wake up with worries or joys, fears, stress, and concerns for others and/or yourself. Often we may wake up with a list of things to do that seem to have no end in sight. Let Him know your concerns, even if it’s just a few of these, before facing your day. Or maybe  just a simple time thanking Him for the new day ahead.

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Now sure, it’s not like every morning before your foot hits the floor you have all the time and energy in the world. Maybe you are one who’s mornings find it hard to even find your brain until that coffee cup is in your hand.

 

 

But think about it,  what better way to begin the day than to spend at least a little bit of your time with God before your feet touches that floor, and before you face the word.

I just know that sometimes thanking God for this cozy bed I’m on, the worm house I’m in, before asking Him, “Lord, please help me know what I’m doing today,” can sure make that very first step start as a bit more noticeable peace-filled day. And we all can use that more often than not.

So let’s all remember that, even before that sun comes up, that God’s right there, along with your pillow, and knows all your thoughts. Have time with Him.

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.

 

 

 

 

Even If – Song #17

                      – Even If – Song #17 –

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Do you ever have times you want to give up? Do you ever have times when the question “Why, God?” forms inside your heart, soul, and mind? We’ve all had hours, days, weeks, months, perhaps even years we’d love to shove under the rug. My life holds two times that stand out for me, along with other issues as more years have gone by. (1*) (2*)

This song is about those times, showing us how God feels it’s best for all involved in any trials we go through. This song is a bit different than others I’ve shown being I want you to hear what he says before he begins singing. As you hear his story, replace it with one of yours. Then, as you hear the song, let’s see if a bit more peace can be found inside your heart.

 

 

Life, as he said, can suck. What I have to deal with, I too can say can suck. But you know what? If God has decided to have my memory problem continue on for another twenty eight years, that’s okay. He has reasons. Still, songs like this I crave for that needed reminder that my Father still cares.

Even though God decided to have me go through what I have, and you go through what you have, let us both keep our hope in Him more than anyone or anything else. God may decide to make our mountain of trials feel unmovable, but our days can go by with more peace if we keep Him by our side. And if it’s needed, He’ll even hold us.

1* – My first posting of my first trial (unplanned pregnancy) 

2* – My first posting of my second trial (how/when brain illness decided to show up) 

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.