#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Today, of course, is the 12th day of Christmas, also know as Epiphany.  This morning, before sunrise, I read the last entry in my special Advent devotional and lit the four candles–almost time to put the holder and other accessories aside–for the next to the last time this season.  I plan to relight them tonight and let them burn down to stubs before bidding this particular tradition a fond farewell–for now.  I can admit it; I hate to let them go.  :)  Fortunately, I still have my New Years set-up, because I love the sacred and festive sense I get from the process.  It’s got me thinking about small personal ceremonies and how enriching they can be to my spirit. 

These little lights of mine, I’m gonna let them shine!

Back to work today, and it feels really good.  I’m doing revisions on THE MARRIAGE SEASON, the third and final book in the Brides of Bliss County trilogy, and then I’m going on to something brand new.  More on that later.

An interesting thing happened a few days ago–it was morning and I had been laying off the exercise, on the advice of my doctor, after that round of flu and the accompanying anti-biotics.  In the past, an interruption like that might well have thrown me straight back to Square One (a place I have visited many times in the course of my life, for many reasons).  Instead, I realized 1) that I felt a lot better and 2), my body actually craved exercise.  I got on my bike and pedalled happily along and then I felt even better than before.  I try for 40 minutes, but I’m no longer recording exact time, distance, calories burned, etc.  Nor do I wait until I have 5 sessions in a week to award myself a sticker.  Now, if I exercise, I get a sticker.  :)  Much simpler and far less obsessive, so I regard this as progress, since I tend to get a little carried away with these things. :)  Another change: I have retired my scale to a basement storeroom–I get weighed at Weight Watchers every Wednesday morning, and that’s enough, in my opinion.  I waste way too much energy being a perfectionist–sometimes to the point where I don’t get anything done at all!  I’m in my fourth year of listening to the Daily Audio Bible–must admit I missed a few months in 2014 because of Old Testament Burnout.  :)  (I might actually skip Leviticus this time around.  Call me reckless.)

26 comments to “Epiphanies”

  1. pat Dennis
      · January 6th, 2015 at 1:38 pm · Link

    Speaking of Epiphany we are watching the Dive for the Cross
    at Tarpon Springs, Fl. It is beautiful and spiritual

  2. Lorraine Pitts
      · January 6th, 2015 at 1:45 pm · Link

    Happy writing!! I love hearing about your daily doings (as I call them). Praying you have a great week!

  3. mary D. Wornick
      · January 6th, 2015 at 1:51 pm · Link

    Hi Linda it seems like you have been busy but really enjoying your self with riding your bike. I walk every morning with my pups Sassy and Boots and really enjoy my time with them plus the walk makes me feel great !!!. Now for tomorrow i will be fast cause it will be in the 20’s and that is cold but gets me going.
    Okay bye for now and have wonderful day all. God bless and keep safe.

    Mary D. :wink:

  4. Jeannette Garand
      · January 6th, 2015 at 2:04 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    I too follow the advent calendar. So tomorrow I begin the stowing of all Christmas decorations. This has been a family tradition since before my grandmother was born. It warms my heart when I start bringing them out and kind of saddens me to put it all away. However I always forget ( maybe on purpose?) to put one or two away, so they will remain with me until next year.
    I am very happy for you, that you’ve stashed away your scale. I used to be compulsive about weighing, but weight watchers cured me of that. Now I’ll weigh in whenever and am mostly surprised with a loss of a pound or two. 2014 was a good weight loss of 15 pounds without any strenuous exercise or dieting. I’m watching for your next book release. So many women in my part of Alberta love your stories that I have to get to Walmart on the day they put out the books or I have to wait until the following week.
    Have a wonderful fun 2015, and keep safe healthy and wise!
    A devoted fan, Jeannette.

  5. Melaine
      · January 6th, 2015 at 2:23 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the positive changes you’ve made for yourself; putting the scale away, exercising without being compulsive, and rewarding yourself because you deserve it.

    God bless, and have a great day!

  6. Margy Manear
      · January 6th, 2015 at 2:24 pm · Link

    Since I am pretty familiar with most versions of the Bible, I’ve been reading my morning readings in the Message. It really gives a new outlook to the Old Testament!!

  7. Ruby Norwood
      · January 6th, 2015 at 2:34 pm · Link

    Your rewards are well deserved Linda!! can’t wait to see what the new series is going to be. I just love your books!!
    Have a great afternoon everyone!!

  8. Sue McCormick
      · January 6th, 2015 at 2:45 pm · Link

    You made a comment about daily weighing. I know where you are coming from, and you’re following the advice of many health advocates. I do not disagree with you.

    But I would like to bring up with you and your readers a fact that doesn’t appear to be much talked about. I suffer from food and air-bourne sensitive (NOT full-grown allegies, but if too many occur at one time my body is in trouble!). One of the side effects is water retention. When my body is holding water, I monitor that by weighing daily. I can monitor how well I’m getting rid of the base causes by the way the weight varies. When water retention is licked, I revert to occasional monitoring.

    This isn’t a weight problem as such, but daily weighing is a great help in this particular situation. I just want people to become aware of this situation, but many of the folk I meet don’t know about it.

    • linda
        · January 6th, 2015 at 5:29 pm · Link

      You make a very good point! Thanks.

  9. Leanna
      · January 6th, 2015 at 3:25 pm · Link

    Looking forward to the Marriage Charm in a couple of weeks!

  10. Ann Bartholomew
      · January 6th, 2015 at 3:46 pm · Link

    For several years I did the children’s message in our church. One year Epiphany was on a Sunday, and I used that as the theme even though “Baptists don’t celebrate Epiphany”. In my research I found several quotes and will always remember this one in particular. It is the day to give our best to THE best.

  11. Virginia H
      · January 6th, 2015 at 4:08 pm · Link

    I have been slacking on my excercise lately also. I have been sick since the new year, not sure if its the flu or what. Going to the doctor tomorrow. I feel like I have caughed up my lungs already. Husband started out with this at Christmas and still not over it so he is going to the doctor also. Hope I can knock this thing and get back into the swing of things. :cry:

  12. Carol Luciano
      · January 6th, 2015 at 4:39 pm · Link

    Good for you putting that scale out of sight. No need for it when you have WW
    I’m excited to heaar what the brand new is you’ll be starting. :)
    Have a great day. :-D
    Carol L

  13. Rhonda Dickinson
      · January 6th, 2015 at 5:03 pm · Link

    So looking forward to the Marriage Charm and can’t wait for your new series. I really get lost in your books. I love them!
    Hope you have a safe and healthy new year!
    Rhonda Dickinson

  14. Lois Rotella
      · January 6th, 2015 at 5:40 pm · Link

    Looking forward to the Marriage Charm coming out this month.

  15. judy
      · January 6th, 2015 at 5:45 pm · Link

    You are doing so great. That is good. :-P

  16. Diana E.
      · January 6th, 2015 at 6:33 pm · Link

    Good idea about the scale, daily readings can be a bummer. I now take my blood pressure daily, (to make sure I’m still alive, lol). Have a great day. Blessings.

  17. Judi Schultz
      · January 6th, 2015 at 6:48 pm · Link

    Hope you are having a great day!

  18. Donna Colton
      · January 6th, 2015 at 6:50 pm · Link

    Much easier to put the scale away! Once a week is enough, says the gal who needs to get back on the treadmill! I quit smoking so at least I have one accomplishment in 2014!

  19. Roberta Giordano
      · January 6th, 2015 at 7:33 pm · Link

    I hope to get back to my walking. Can’t wait for the new book

  20. Billie Sanders
      · January 6th, 2015 at 8:26 pm · Link

    Festival of Lights at church tonight.
    Very cold in East Tennessee–coldest this winter.
    Happy New Year!

  21. Kathryn Albright
      · January 6th, 2015 at 8:52 pm · Link

    Oh you rebel you…skipping Leviticus! I love reading your newsletters, Linda! (along with your books.) Your struggles, of which many are similar to my own, encourage me to tackle my own. God Bless!

  22. Crystal Carney
      · January 6th, 2015 at 10:00 pm · Link

    Your body will tell you what to do so keep doing what you are doing !!

  23. Terri Shortell
      · January 7th, 2015 at 12:48 am · Link

    Thanks for sharing your walk through life Linda. I’m sure we can all identify with your experiences in some way. Hope your year is easier then your last one.

  24. mary D. Wornick
      · January 7th, 2015 at 11:18 am · Link

    Good Morning all. It looks like today will be another cold day.
    I love it when there is a nip in the air it just makes you want to get going and do things in house and yard.

    Bye for now have a nice one.God bless keep safe. :roll:

  25. mary D. Wornick
      · January 7th, 2015 at 11:19 am · Link

    Good Morning all. It looks like today will be another cold day.
    I love it when there is a nip in the air it just makes you want to get going and do things in house and yard.

    Bye for now have a nice one.God bless keep safe.

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