#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


I love Fridays.  (I also love Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, of course.  :) )  Each one is a gift, as far as I’m concerned, one I’m grateful to receive.

Still, there’s something festive about Fridays–there are responsibilities to meet, naturally, but for me, at least, Fridays are sort of like Christmas Eve–all the magic and mystery of the weekend are ahead, waiting to be discovered.  Sure, Saturday will bring the usual errands, a mail run for Bernice the Yorkster and me, possibly a trip to the grocery store, laundry to do, a table to be painted.  Where’s the magic and mystery, you may ask?  Well, it’s there for sure–if I look for it.  Maybe it’s an insight or an idea, something that comes to me while I’m riding my exercise bike (50 minutes this morning, over 11 miles, and more than 400 calories burned, scale be damned), reading or listening to a book, playing music, walking the dog, journaling, meditating or any of a dozen other things. 

This morning, for instance, I “saw” into the characters and certain scenes of a new book I’m planning.  I was pedaling away on my trusty bike, thinking about the story, and the magic began to happen.  It was all internal, unfolding as vividly as a fresh memory in my imagination, but I might as well have been watching a movie.  Needless to say, this is an exciting experience–the imagination is an exciting (if sometimes scary) place.  :)  I’ve taken to keeping a pile of blank index cards and a pen within reach while I’m exercising–I might want to remember the title of a song, or the name of a book mentioned on a favorite podcast, or a Bible verse I want to look up or memorize.  I often copy quotes on index cards, too, and tape them to the front of the fridge or even a cupboard door.

Sundays are fairly predictable for most of us, I think–church for some, extra sleep for others, movies and golf games and good books.  Around here, Sunday is usually pretty laid back, composed mostly of quiet activities like reading, catching episodes of a current favorite TV show of mine, the Destination America channel’s A Haunting (I say ‘current’ because I’m fickle when it comes to TV), doing some kind of art work and almost always sharing a family dinner with Wendy and Jeremy.  Their smiley golden retriever, Margie, usually comes along and delights us all–except maybe Bernice and Jitterbug.)  We laugh, talk, learn from and love each other.  And wherever there is love, my friends, there is magic.

And so it goes.  Every day is precious.

Make good use of your weekend–expect joy.

43 comments to “Friday–again!”

  1. pat
      · October 10th, 2014 at 1:59 pm · Link

    Each day is a gift from God.

  2. Dennis
      · October 10th, 2014 at 2:06 pm · Link

    You have a fantastic weekend Linda!! Burn a few calories for me!! thanks

  3. Juanita Rice
      · October 10th, 2014 at 2:08 pm · Link

    Another of our grandsons is getting married tomorrow. Our Saturday will be full! :)

    Have a good weekend.

  4. Pam paterakis
      · October 10th, 2014 at 2:09 pm · Link

    Going to enjoy grandchild time. She is feeling unloved right now and have got to prove her wrong!

  5. Virginia Horton
      · October 10th, 2014 at 2:15 pm · Link

    Right now I am doing laundry and some cleaning. I just spent about 21 min. on my bike which is what the doctor said to do. Yes its raining here again today so that means the bike. My bike also works your arms to so it is a pretty good workout not sure I could do 50 mins on it. I will try to finish my cleaning and laundry tomorrow so to leave Sunday free to do what I want, but will still have to cook. I do that about everyday anyways.

    Have a wonderful magical weekend everyone! :lol:

  6. Leanna
      · October 10th, 2014 at 2:17 pm · Link

    Looking forward to a cooler weekend (I live in Austin, TX so not as cool as your weather) and rain that we really need.

    • linda
        · October 13th, 2014 at 3:27 pm · Link

      I LOVE Austin!

  7. Alison
      · October 10th, 2014 at 2:22 pm · Link

    Have a great weekend!!! It’s homecoming for the high school here.

  8. Diana E.
      · October 10th, 2014 at 2:23 pm · Link

    So good to hear from you again today, very uplifting blog. Have a wonderful weekend, Linda. Blessings to you and yours.

  9. Beth Almeida
      · October 10th, 2014 at 3:43 pm · Link

    What a wonderful way to look at the weekend! Weekends are my favorite time because I don’t have to cook, unless I’m feeling froggy;)
    Also, my husband is home on Sundays and we just hang out together, usual reading or playing on the computer or tablet in bed all day surrounded, of course by all the fur kids! We are especially passing attention to and taking advantage of our time together, just the 2 of us, since we are expecting our son in January! Have a wonderful weekend and I will remember to look for the magic in mine! :lol:

  10. Gloria
      · October 10th, 2014 at 4:07 pm · Link

    Hi Linda and all. I now have a computer. My son bought it for me on Wednesday, for an early December birthday, and Christmas present. But, I don’t know how to hook it up, so…I am still at the Library.

    I pray you all have a good weekend.

    Congratulations on your tests.

  11. Lisa Rumsey
      · October 10th, 2014 at 4:27 pm · Link

    I love your books Linda I really love all your books like your mail order bride one I country was wondering if you had any more mail order bride books I really enjoyed the ones that you did right thank you I love your books

  12. judy
      · October 10th, 2014 at 4:34 pm · Link

    Very nice comments today. It is raining here today. It rained all night, and we are trying to move. Have a great weekend.

  13. Lois Rotella
      · October 10th, 2014 at 4:55 pm · Link

    Enjoy your weekend. Every day I can get up and move around is a joy. I will be doing fall cleaning. Putting summer things away and bring in the plants maybe. Reading and crafting is on my list also.

  14. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · October 10th, 2014 at 6:00 pm · Link

    Happy, happy Friday and weekend. You bring joy, contentment and inspiration with your musings. Lucky us! :wink:

  15. Dixie Hadley
      · October 10th, 2014 at 6:34 pm · Link

    Since we retired in 2003 everyday is the week end for us. We make the most of every day .On the actual week ends we normally do something special. This week end is the Apple Festival/ Classic Car Show. So off we go to the beautiful Georgia mountains in our 1968 Mustang. Hope everyone has a memorable and fun filled week end too. I will be doing lots of walking so at last I will be “exercising”, somewhat anyway. Linda have a wonderful week end too and I look forward to hearing all about it in the next blog.
    Blessings to all

  16. Therese Lopez
      · October 10th, 2014 at 6:37 pm · Link

    Your very right, every day is a gift from God. You have a great weekend. :-| :-|

  17. Lea Williams
      · October 10th, 2014 at 7:33 pm · Link

    This weekend Bob and I will be celebrating 57 years married. We were just kids when this journey began and now we are older kids. Every day, week, month, year has been a gift. Some really bad times -losing our parents, burying 2 children, me having a little stroke some 9 years ago, Bob’s own catastrophess but life has gone on and I love him more this year than the first one. That is how we will spend our weekend. Hope yours is as joyeous. Blessings.

    • linda
        · October 13th, 2014 at 3:29 pm · Link

      God bless you, and congratulations on 57 years! That’s amazing, and it’s wonderful.

  18. Joan Marchand
      · October 10th, 2014 at 7:43 pm · Link

    Well its Thanksgiving here in the north so am wishing everyone Happy Thanksgiving hope you all have a great weekend with family and friends!!!!

    • linda
        · October 13th, 2014 at 3:29 pm · Link

      Happy Thanksgiving! I think it’s so much smarter the way you Canadians do it–ours is MUCH too close to Christmas.

  19. Susan Lee
      · October 10th, 2014 at 8:07 pm · Link

    ITS thanksgiving here in Canada on Monday. As you do at your holiday time we reflect on all we have to be thankful for. I teach children. It is fun to get them to reflect in their simple fresh way on the good things in their lives.

  20. Roberta Giordano
      · October 10th, 2014 at 8:19 pm · Link

    Had a great weekend Linda !

  21. Rita Crofoot
      · October 10th, 2014 at 8:50 pm · Link

    Good insights,Linda,THANKS. RITA

  22. midge watkins
      · October 10th, 2014 at 10:15 pm · Link

    I enjoy every day, too, now that I’m retired! People think I’m nuts, but I love pulling weeds, mowing, limbing and cutting
    down small trees (I live on 9+ acres and need to thin them
    due to fire hazard)with my little battery-powered chain saw,
    cleaning the barn, etc. My two horses, cat and I are very happy, thanks to the grace of God. Have an inspiring weekend!

  23. mary D. Wornick
      · October 10th, 2014 at 10:27 pm · Link

    Yes, i love the weekends too. My grandchildren and children usually come by to see grandma and all the kittens and pups. We all stay busy on the weekends and them Mondays that is a rest day after a busy weekends with the family. Which i love all of the hustle and bustle with the family and Sassy and Boots it keeps me going.
    Okay, talk with you later take care, god bless keep safe.

    Mary Wornick

  24. Valdi McCoy
      · October 10th, 2014 at 10:51 pm · Link

    Here in southern Idaho the weather has been exceptionally nice. No rain or wind and plenty of sunshine. It is wonderful to just breath in the fall air and enjoy the warm rays. I don’t even mind all the trucks on the road because it means harvest is almost over and the farmer’s had mostly an ok year. Each day is truly a Blessing. Thank God.

  25. carole
      · October 10th, 2014 at 11:23 pm · Link

    II work most of the weekend so I don’t get to see a lot of my family or friends, its ok but at the same time is a bummer. I’m glad you have a wonderful weekend writing and having fun with your friends. I attend church before I go off to work so I’m glad that I’m able to do that for it makes my job a lot easier! Have a good one!

  26. Jo-Ann Baker
      · October 11th, 2014 at 7:56 am · Link

    Morning, The joy of life is getting up in the morning, seeing the sun an knowing you are alive. I just put my sheets in the washer to hang outside. I do it all year long even in the snow when it gets above 35. They smell so wonderful and bring in the fresh air in the winter. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy live its a gift! :) 8)

  27. Ruby Norwood
      · October 11th, 2014 at 8:47 am · Link

    Good insights Linda!! and I think we all look forward to the weekend knowing that we are going to be just as busy as we have been all week. I know I went to a Luke Bryan concert yesterday, got a wedding today and family coming in from out of town. Hope you have a great weekend!!

    • linda
        · October 13th, 2014 at 3:30 pm · Link

      I was on a show with Luke when he was just starting out. He’s a real cutie.

  28. Amanda Rauffer
      · October 11th, 2014 at 9:04 am · Link

    I love hearing about your inspiration for your writing! I often wonder where those ideas come from. As a struggling writer, I often have a hard time visualizing scenes, how wonderful that you are able to see yours as if in a movie! Thank you for sharing,
    Your devoted fan,

  29. Gwenda Underwood
      · October 11th, 2014 at 9:45 am · Link

    Thank you so much for your cheer in your post!!

  30. Joyce M.
      · October 11th, 2014 at 10:20 am · Link

    Enjoy your weekend!

  31. Becky in Hauser, Idaho
      · October 11th, 2014 at 12:30 pm · Link

    Love hearing your thoughts Linda! I plan to get outside and enjoy God’s creations, raking pine needles, cleaning out the chicken coop and the duck pond, with our 2 yellow labs following me around. You are such a positive inspiration Linda, I just love you! :)

  32. Jeannette Garand
      · October 11th, 2014 at 7:12 pm · Link

    Linda, you are so RIGHT. Everyday is a gift and I am truly grateful for it. I have 7 children with 21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren to love and admire and cherish. How can I not wake up each day and not accept this gift.

  33. Lorraine Pitts
      · October 11th, 2014 at 7:55 pm · Link

    Enjoy your weekend!!! Can’t wait for a new book!!!

  34. Cathy Yonkers
      · October 11th, 2014 at 11:02 pm · Link

    An email buddy reminded me to ALWAYS find the joy each day of my life. Susan Spenser-Wendell wrote of her year of living with joy, and she let us all in on the secret–find the magic, the love, the joy and our lives will be enriched beyond our expectations. A sunrise, a grandchild’s need for our attention, a family dog who somehow knows what we need, a flower we grew, a healthy day, a friend’s unexpected phone call, a kiss just for nothing from a loved one, reading a new book from our favorite author, and a star to wish on–these all bring joy to me!! Thanks for the joy, Linda.

    • linda
        · October 13th, 2014 at 3:31 pm · Link

      All true. Thank you for sharing beautiful insights.

  35. joanne noland
      · October 12th, 2014 at 2:27 am · Link

    What you just said and those characters ..all sound like abroad book! Or you could write about mojo sheepshanks again..I’d sure love that! It was fun and funny ..action packed ..good characters and a great storyline..how she sees dead people and pets ..her relationship with the detective..maybe he could join her in the agency and she could drive him nuts getting into much trouble while he is trying to break her in and solve cases while keeping her safe. Please write a third book on.mojo its really entertaining!

  36. Lizzy Gaasenbeek
      · October 12th, 2014 at 12:38 pm · Link

    A grateful heart spills out into our lives and those around us and the soil sown with seeds of gratitude produce bumper crops of joy. It’s Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada. We are blessed and all can find things to give thanks for, no matter our circumstances. It’s my 12th Wedding Anniversary as well tomorrow. We’ll eat and talk turkey and give thanks. God bless you Linda and all who see this message. Just, Lizzy

  37. stephanie lazrins
      · October 12th, 2014 at 2:02 pm · Link

    I just love reading your blogs . I was originally checking for scholarship information and everytime i would read your blogs. Have since become addicted to them and you bring a smile to my face. You are a spitting image of how my grandmother talks/write. I just love it. You are a JOY.

  38. Kay Moore
      · October 12th, 2014 at 9:17 pm · Link

    JFK jr named his dog Friday because it was his favorite day of the week. I agree it is full of hope, excitement, adventure and anticipation of what’s to come. Love Fridays!

    I was wondering if you had ever considered writing a a third sequel to Beyond the Threshold/There and Now, Here and Then? I loved the stories of the old house with the back in time threshold. Maybe the school parking lot gets excavated and someone finds the necklace?

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