Songs

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.

Songs

Another One Bites the Dust – Song #8

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Everyone, raise your hand if you love to laugh. Is there a certain song that makes you giggle or at least grin each time you hear it? Right now I want to give you two reasons this song does that to me. First is this silly video I chose. But the main reason is because of when and where I am at the time I usually hear it.

As years have gone by I’ve added different songs to my iPod that I listen to when I run. Me to run without music is like a car driving without gas. Impossible. It’s needed to help me keep on keeping on. I found this song on my computer the day I was adding a few new songs to my iPod.

“Hay, this one would be perfect!”

Before I knew it, this song went with me on my next run.

So there I was running, acting like I knew what I was doing when this song began. I know you will be distracted by the dancing but listen to the words, seeing if you can guess what got me giggling. And it’s not so much the first few sentences, even though those are perfect being I am doing exactly what those say, but it’s something else.(ignore the add that might show before the song.)

If you can’t figure what got me giggling, here, I’ll help. When ever you hear the word ‘one’ change it to ‘block’ as you picture someone on their own two feet running down the street . . . block by block.

People must have been wondering why in the word I was grinning big time as I was running as block after block went by. Energy to keep running sure was present being those words are said over and over again. To this day I still smile whenever this song comes on, feeling like I’m accomplishing more than normal as each block I run bite’s that dust.

We all likely have a song or two where at least one word is replaced with OUR word. Can you think of yours, or is it one that has to be playing first before you automatically put that perfect word in the perfect place?  Let’s all have fun, sharing what it is.

Marianne Petersen’s book God and Your Pillow is now available. (Amazon) – You can follow Marianne on Twitter at @mariannesmemoirs and read more on her blog, mariannesmemoirs.com.

Songs

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 @mariannesmemoirs and read more on her blog, mariannesmemoirs.com.

Book

My Book, a Song, God’s Timing & You

                 – My Book, a Song, God’s Timing & You –

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Have you ever had one huge thought rolling in your mind while driving, and right then and there a perfect song starts to play? That happened to me a few years back. My thought? I was close to being done with my book’s first draft, and being I love music, I wanted to put a song at the end that would somehow help describe my story.

“What song should I put in? This won’t be easy to choose.”

There I was, driving with a Christian radio station playing as those thoughts were rolling right along. All of a sudden – “Oh, I’ve never heard this song before.” After the first verse I was glued.
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“This song’s a must! It fits perfectly with my story,” I thought as more verses went by and a few tears began. Tears didn’t form because I felt I found a song, but how each word described me to the ‘T’ in how I felt during my pregnancy. (I sure was glad no one else was in the car.) God’s timing was perfect for that song to play. To this day I, more often than not, think of that song when ever I’m on that street.

As soon as I got home I went to my computer and downloaded that song.

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While hearing it at least ten times, deciding that song tied for first place on my favorite song list, I found the lyrics and began typing those words in my book.

I’ve mentioned my book, a song, and God’s timing. It’s time now to bring up the last: You.

As you listen to this song, think about you. If you feel at all like giving up on some tough ordeal you’re going through, if you see no end in sight, and have done all that you can, then think about what this song is saying. If you find yourself on your knees and feel far away from God, you best remember He’s right there. You’re not along. Stop holding on, and, like the song says, just be held.

 

 

As my last post shared, my book is available now to share my tougher than normal trial of an unplanned pregnancy. If you, or you know anyone going through one themselves, then pass word along to them of my book, God and Your Pillow. It’s to encourage, letting them know that they are not along.

Note – I realized later that I did not have the legal okay to show the words from that song in my book. If I was determined to wait forever and a day, then maybe. But for now, I just described a bit about the song and how it fits in with my story.

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.