#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

And the sunshine returns….

It’s still pretty cold outside, but the sun is shining and that’s good enough for this ole cowgirl, any day of the week.  Makes me want to kick up my heels and shout, “Hallelujah!”

It sure was crazy, the way it snowed so hard yesterday.  I mean, you would have thought it was December, not April.  :) 

I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal again–got away from it for a while there–and it sure helps a person shift their focus.  I was reminded of the process by something I read–or listened to–hard to tell which.  The author/speaker suggested writing down 3 things in the morning and 3 in the evening, just before bed, as a way of book-ending (my term) the day between two brackets of gratitude.  I grabbed a journal and started right in, except I go for 5 and 5, probably because that was the method I learned from the classic book, “Simple Abundance”.  In any case, it really is effective; keeps me on the look out for good stuff all day long, for one thing.  :)  My entries tend to be short thank-you notes to God.

Another book suggested another type of journal, and I’m doing that, too.  (Bought a small book at Wal-mart for $3.99 and it’s perfect for the job.)  This one is an “Evidence” journal.  Here’s how it works.  You write something you want (in my case, it’s a mindset rather than anything tangible), on the top of the first page.  Then you start looking for “evidence”, like a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, that whatever you asked for is on its way.  Sound silly?  Try it.  It’s a simple process, it doesn’t take much time, and it’s fun.

I’m listening to another Barbara Taylor book, “An Altar in the World”.  Where has this author been all my life?  She has such a wonderful approach to worshipping God, simple, down to earth, and sensible.  A few others in my virtual stack: “The Go-Giver”, “The Wild Oats Project”, “The Principles of Everyday Grace”, “Learning to Walk in the Dark” (another B.T. book), “Gratitude and Trust”, “The Gift of Being Yourself”, and a memoir called “Bettysville”. 

Hey, if I want words to come out of my head, I have to put some IN first.  :)

25 comments to “And the sunshine returns….”

  1. joan
      · April 7th, 2015 at 2:13 pm · Link

    Enjoy Barbara Taylor! She is a North Georgia resident and a delightful person. She gives great talks, so if you get a chance go hear her.

  2. Lynn
      · April 7th, 2015 at 2:22 pm · Link

    There ya go!!! Lol. Have a great week!

  3. Laura Ann
      · April 7th, 2015 at 2:23 pm · Link

    I love the idea of a gratitude journal Linda. I may have to try that got myself and recommend to family members. Enjoy the snow!

  4. Pam paterakis
      · April 7th, 2015 at 2:49 pm · Link

    In addition to my graditude journal I have a list of 10 things I want to do daily;such as pray and read my Bible. I put a smily face sticker by each achievment and graditude just flows.

    • linda
        · April 8th, 2015 at 11:42 am · Link

      I like it! I’m a sticker girl myself.

  5. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · April 7th, 2015 at 3:34 pm · Link

    Snow ❄ Oh my!

    I know you love Audible.com. You might want to try All the Light We Cannot See. It’s wonderfully written and narrated.

    • linda
        · April 8th, 2015 at 11:42 am · Link

      I’m going to order that book pronto. I keep seeing it and wondering if I’d like it. One way to find out!

  6. Virginia H
      · April 7th, 2015 at 3:49 pm · Link

    No sunshine here today but it is about 70 cloudy and rainy. I am loving these warmer tempts because I have been able to get out and take walks.

  7. Evelyn Baldwin
      · April 7th, 2015 at 3:53 pm · Link

    Thank you for the input! I am grateful to get out of bed each day! So many people in my condition would not. Life can hurt, but it is good! Thanking the GOOD LORD!

  8. Leanna
      · April 7th, 2015 at 4:39 pm · Link

    I have thought about doing something that I am thankful for everyday. I hope you get some warm weather soon. I left Minnesota because I hate the cold, I live in Texas now and it will be 85 degrees today.

  9. Rita Crofoot
      · April 7th, 2015 at 4:59 pm · Link

    Wow,Linda LOVE your reason for reading, words in words out, too funny

  10. Melaine
      · April 7th, 2015 at 5:21 pm · Link

    Linda, I so enjoy reading your blogs, and I’m impressed with the diverse group of books/authors you read and listen to. For the last year or more I’ve been stuck reading one author….you! I keep searching for your older books and just finished reading the Primrose Creek series, and have just one book to go on the Springwater series. I’m not sure how many of your books I have now collected, but with the exception of the most recent books I have purchased, I have read every one of your books at least twice and some series more often.

  11. Lois Rotella
      · April 7th, 2015 at 5:32 pm · Link

    Sounds like a good idea about the journal. It has been raining here. The temperature varies from the 40’s to the 60’s. That is spring for you. As they say April showers bring May flowers.

  12. Donna Lohrer
      · April 7th, 2015 at 5:37 pm · Link

    So glad the weather is getting better. It was a brutal winter. I was in Florida for two weeks, I could become a snowbird. Now I am off to Ireland and then in July I am going to Seattle! Love to travel. Have a wonderful day!

  13. Ruby Norwood
      · April 7th, 2015 at 5:53 pm · Link

    Well hello Linda!! It is Tuesday not Monday!! Enjoyed the blog no matter what day it is. Love the idea of a evidence journal and a gratitude journal also. Sounds like fun!!

  14. Gloria
      · April 7th, 2015 at 5:55 pm · Link

    Hi Linda! Glad you’re feeling better.

    I think when the weather warms up and “suns” up, we’ll all feel better.

    I pray you have a great week ahead.

    • Gloria
        · April 7th, 2015 at 5:59 pm · Link

      I forgot to congratulate yesterday’s winners, so…congratulations to Charlotte Litton and Meaux Hathaway.

      Enjoy your gift.

  15. Dixie Hadley
      · April 7th, 2015 at 7:11 pm · Link

    Truly inspiring !!! I love your messages and so look forward to “hear” what you are doing. I love the journal ideas. You go girl:-)

  16. Roberta Giordano
      · April 7th, 2015 at 8:25 pm · Link

    Love the Journal ideas. Hope you are having a great week

  17. Terri Shortell
      · April 7th, 2015 at 8:34 pm · Link

    It’s been hot and steamy here. Two days ago we had a hard frost. Now they’re calling for severe storms. Why can’t we have a cool, sunny day? I guess I’m never satisfied. Lol. Have a great week everyone.

  18. Donna
      · April 7th, 2015 at 9:59 pm · Link

    Loved Simple Abbundance. Still read it over and over. Have given it as a gift to many people

  19. Carol Luciano
      · April 7th, 2015 at 10:19 pm · Link

    I hope the snow stops and Spring rrives in full bloom. I love the idea of a gratitude journal. Puts a more positive outlook in our lives. Thanks for your blog posts.
    Carol L

  20. bn100
      · April 8th, 2015 at 12:30 am · Link

    was cold today

      · April 8th, 2015 at 7:46 am · Link

    Linda i just want to said i love your books i never had a journal i might just give it a try! :wink:

  22. mary D. Wornick
      · April 9th, 2015 at 1:21 pm · Link

    Nice day today. Hope all are enjoying it .

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