#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Day 12

Day 12 of WHAT, you ask, as you well might.  :)  The answer is, I’ve discovered a devotional series called, “45 Days With”, and I’m well into “45 Days With Abraham Lincoln”.  There are numerous other books in the series, and I have a stack of them waiting for their turn in the rotation.  (Being an ADD type, my instinct is to read about six of them at once, but I am determined to concentrate on one at a time and give it my full attention.)  Anyway, each day offers an inspirational quote, and the facing page is for journaling.  The quote had to do with the importance understanding the history of a particular place, and the assignment was to sit somewhere outside for 15 minutes and try to sense what might have gone on in that spot.  Since I am blessed to live in the country, I chose my back yard, pulled up a lawn chair, and planted my bare feet in the grass.  Images began to roll through my mind (heck, I’m a writer.  This happens all the time)–I saw woods and grass, field mice and robins and deer, and centuries of pristine rain and snowy winters.  I saw the occasional forest fire; part of the cycle of death and rebirth.  All in all, it was a wonderful experience.  I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for Mother Earth and all her life-giving gifts—sunshine, air, food and water, and the magnificent creatures with whom we are privileged to share this miraculous planet.

How will I squeeze all that into my gratitude journal?  I’ll do my best, but there’s another place to record these blessings, too–in my heart.

Tomorrow is Weight Watchers. 



25 comments to “Day 12”

  1. Lois Rotella
      · April 28th, 2015 at 1:36 pm · Link

    Wish I could do that. I live in a high rise in the city. No place to put my in the grass and sit and relax.

  2. Dorothy Hilton
      · April 28th, 2015 at 1:41 pm · Link

    I live in town but still see lots of animals. I see herds of deer almost every night, an occasional fox, lots of squirrels, and some turkeys. I love the springtime when everything is fresh and new. Can’t wait for the next Brides of Bliss County book.

  3. Diana E.
      · April 28th, 2015 at 1:52 pm · Link

    Enjoyed your blog today, Linda. Very interesting. Have a wonderful day. Blessings.

  4. Ruby Norwood
      · April 28th, 2015 at 1:52 pm · Link

    You are so right about you can record your blessings in your heart. I sit outside in my backyard myself, also go for a ride on the farm in the golf cart and see all kinds of wild animals. Sometimes I cut through the woods and see how bad the wild hogs are rooting up the ground.

  5. Gloria
      · April 28th, 2015 at 2:01 pm · Link

    I live in the country, too, but try sitting with your feet in the grass, and if a fire ant doesn’t get you, a mosquito will. It’s never too early for the mosquitos, it seems. So, I can’t concentrate while being bitten.

    Even sitting there wearing shoes doesn’t deter the ants. Unlike some people, they don’t care what obstacles they have to climb over, as long as they get to the juicy parts. I should take lessons from them. :wink:

    But, I can walk around, or even push a mower, and think of what was and what is. It was hard and it was good, and it is now hard, and good, and always beautiful…if you take the time to see what you’re looking at.

    Many Blessings for tomorrow and the weight you’ve lost.

    Thanks for the Blog, Linda!

  6. Pam paterakis
      · April 28th, 2015 at 2:03 pm · Link

    What a wonderful idea! Would love to do it.

  7. Barb
      · April 28th, 2015 at 2:06 pm · Link

    If you do the “sit and feel” exercise while you are in Gettysburg, it may be truly amazing. We attended an evening event of ghost stories that were so masterfully presented…..it made you forget you were an adult !!!

  8. Helen Gaines
      · April 28th, 2015 at 2:59 pm · Link

    Linda, I so enjoy your blogs! It is just as if we are sitting having a conversation. Thanks for the inspiration you give to your readers.

  9. Marjorie Hawkins
      · April 28th, 2015 at 3:21 pm · Link

    I hope tomorrow at Weight Watchers goes well!!

  10. Dotty Weis
      · April 28th, 2015 at 3:58 pm · Link

    Good Luck at Weight Watchers

  11. Patricia Taylor
      · April 28th, 2015 at 4:02 pm · Link

    People need to take time and enjoy the wonder of mother nature. I love to go walking in the woods. It is so peaceful and there is something new to see every time I go.

  12. Melaine
      · April 28th, 2015 at 4:05 pm · Link

    I’m not good at journaling, it seems to take up too much of my time. But, I love the idea of putting yourself into one spot, closing your eyes, and then just thinking about what may have happened there over the years/centuries.

    Best of luck at your WW meeting tomorrow.

  13. Virginia H
      · April 28th, 2015 at 4:08 pm · Link

    I use to love living in the country, I live in town now but I don’t really care for town living. I perfer the country, maybe because I was raised in the country and you can’t take the country out of the girl.

  14. Donna Brant
      · April 28th, 2015 at 4:33 pm · Link

    Ahh, to be able to put feelings into words as you do. How wonderful!

  15. Nadine Spradlin
      · April 28th, 2015 at 5:17 pm · Link

    we already have ticks in the grass & trees so I like to sit on my back porch , either have a cup of coffee or tea depending on the time of day, & watch the birds feed.
    Hope all goes well tomorrow at WW. for you, Linda

  16. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · April 28th, 2015 at 5:23 pm · Link

    A wonderful experience for you.

    I love to go out into the quiet morning. I live out in the country in New Mexico. I’m very still, taking in the morning sounds and aromas. Reminding myself that…….. It is ALL alive. Wow!

  17. Pamela Devereux
      · April 28th, 2015 at 6:04 pm · Link

    After reading your post today, I wished you wrote it earlier. But this afternoon it rained with a cool 56 degrees. Tomorrow it is suppose to be partly cloudy. As long as no rain, I will sit out on my patio tomorrow. I like the peace and quiet in the morning yet I never thought about what might have been.

    Have a good day at Weight Watchers.

  18. Leanna
      · April 28th, 2015 at 7:12 pm · Link

    Sounds like a great idea. I would have trouble sitting still for 15 minutes. Good luck at Weight Watchers tomorrow!

  19. Roberta Giordano
      · April 28th, 2015 at 8:31 pm · Link

    Don’t think I could sit still for 15 minutes at one time ! Good luck at weight watchers

  20. kathy parsons
      · April 28th, 2015 at 9:33 pm · Link

    very well said Linda, I just thank God for what I have and know that if I never get anything else I am so Blessed to have 5 beautiful healthy children and be able to live with them and love them and let them know they r loved every day is my greatest gift, xoxox

  21. Ida C.
      · April 28th, 2015 at 9:34 pm · Link

    So nice you can sit outside with your bare feet in the grass thinking about Mother Nature. In our part of the country and down east, we are thinking that dear Mother Nature is off her meds and needs to return to them, and let spring come our way. My Dear DIL had snow again this am. It’s almost May Mother Nature, nice weather would be appreciated. Good luck with Weight Watchers Linda. (my little rant is over) :oops:

  22. Lorraine Pitts
      · April 28th, 2015 at 11:22 pm · Link

    Love reading your posts. Good luck a WW. God bless you!

  23. kelley Morrow
      · April 28th, 2015 at 11:37 pm · Link

    Good luck with WW. Happy hump day!

  24. Joyce M.
      · April 29th, 2015 at 11:20 am · Link

    Good luck at WW.

  25. Vicki
      · April 29th, 2015 at 3:41 pm · Link

    Yes, I love to sit on the back deck with a coffee (in the morning) or ice tea (if it’s warm) and soak in the peace, watch the birds and visualize all my blessings.

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