Who To Look To Today

                  – Who To Look To Today –

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Today I’d like to pass along my hope to all. May you have that extra peace, joy, and thankfulness in your heart, mind, and soul. May the love of family, friends, and our Lord Jesus Christ be that wonderful umbrella over you as we celebrate this precious day, and every day after. May we keep Him in our heart every day of every year.

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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

Two Special Sayings

                   – Two Special Sayings – 

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Do you have a few words or a saying you like to use? Maybe they are ones that either you created yourself or got else where. I know I do. For many years, these two have been my favorites: God knows what He’s doing and God’s Timing is Perfect.

I use these off and on, to fit into this and that, here and there, day in and day out. I’m bringing this up now because this time each year a tear forms as I remember God’s timing was perfect when He showed me He knew what He was doing.

Most are reading this on December 19th, 2018. This certain event, however, occurred on December 20th, 1990, and that’s why it’s on my heart now. Here is a past blog that explains what took place back then. If you haven’t read it before, then please do, for it will explain to you how God plans when and where things take place. After all . . . God knows what He’s doing,

      Click here to read story that proves how God’s Timing is Perfect.             

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How about you? Does something specific come to mind where God showed to you His hands were right there? Was there a time it was obvious He knew the right time and right place for you to be? Think about it, and I bet something will come to mind. Ponder on it. Keep it in your heart. Believe me, it will give you a bit more peace when the next big thing unexpectedly pops up. After all . . . His plans are perfect.

Why don’t you now briefly share how God let you know His hands where carrying you. I love hearing other’s stories.

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.

 

 

My Mouth Dropped

                      – My Mouth Dropped – 

wow.jpg We all know that saying ‘My mouth dropped!’  Has your mouth dropped after seeing something unexpectedly pop up? I bet you have.

I like to think that God had fun planning this one particular way of surprising me.

A few weeks ago, I got email from a book writers competition organization called American Book Fest stating my book was chosen to be one of the Award Finalists. Did I read right? My book was chosen? I felt like I had – time for that quote – died and gone to Heaven. But before I went there, I had to see how my book showed on the list. Those two words ‘Click here’ whispered to me to click.

“This should be interesting,” I thought.  – CLICK

The website showed up. As I scrolled down, the ‘Award Winners’ showed up first. Of course I would have loved to have seen my book next to that title, but I was still floating high having been chosen as an Award Finalist. One by one I scrolled down, with the pictures of each ‘Award Winner’ showing along with its information.

When will the Award Finalist list begin? How many are there? When will mine show?   

After checking that first Award Winner, I scrolled down.

Second one down… Award Winnerscroll to the next.

Third one down… Award Winner keep going. 

Forth one down… Award Winneroh, come on. Stop this list of winners.

Fifth one down… Award Finalist.

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The look on my face began to change.

 

 

 

Ten thousand questions began floating around in my head at eighty miles a second as I just stared at my screen. My eyes began crawling to the left of ‘Award Finalist’.

Where will mine show? How far down the list is my book? If it’s far down, then no one will really see it. Watch it be after oodles of others. Oh, please don’t be too far down.

All I was hoping to see in some near future was the picture of my book, along with its title, God and Your Pillow. 

If you want to know why I almost fainted in the middle of my next thought, check out this photo.

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I’m sure God couldn’t wait to see what my face would look like when I saw my book was at the very top of that Award Finalist list.  You read that right: TOP ! There’s one thing He still hears me say to this day: Thank you Lord.

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You have my full permission to share this posting with whom ever you please, and let others know God is full of surprises.

 

 

 

 – Click here to see the full website I ever-so happily found my book.  

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

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.