#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Good Heavens, It’s Friday Again

Again, heartfelt thanks for all your sweet words of condolence.  As a friend said, when I sent her a picture of Bernice, “If soul had weight, that pup would be the size of Mongolia.”  So true.  She was a spiritual giant, packed into an 11 pound body.  :) 

A number of you wrote to say that you, too, had lost a beloved pet, in some cases very recently, in others, a while ago.  If I could hug each and every one of you, I would.  I’m deeply sorry for your loss, and I certainly know how you feel.

Fortunately, I’ve begun to make the shift from sadness to smiling at the multitude of sweet, funny memories of my time with Bernicie.  I don’t feel her around me, as I often do with some other loved ones, but that’s probably because I told her it was okay to go on, and promised we’d see each other again one day.  Knowing what I do about the loyalty of animals, I didn’t want to hold her back by not letting her go.  She’s earned the right to run tirelessly with Sadie, the way she did when they were both puppies.  :)

On quite another subject, I went to Weight Watchers on Wednesday, and I was down 1.2 pounds.  That was good news, as I’ve been stuck for a while.  I’ve really gotten into moving my body recently–I don’t use the E-word–and I love racking up those Activity Points on my Activelink bracelet.  I’ve just signed up for another challenge, which means the points I need to make 100% will rise, but that’s okay.  I can DO this.  :)  Weight loss, like so many other things in this life, seems to be more about letting go.

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned, I’m so impressed with Dr. David Hawkins’s book by the same title–“Letting Go.” 

All my life, that’s been a struggle for me.  I’m a cowgirl, which means I tend to go after things I want, wrestle them to the ground, and try to hog-tie them before the buzzer goes off.  :)  Learning to trust that God invariably has a better approach in mind has not been easy, but that’s the upside of being bull-headed, I guess.  I’ll keep on trying until I get it.  :)

See you Monday, when I’ll be announcing 2 new winners’ names and telling you about my weekend.

Count your blessings.

37 comments to “Good Heavens, It’s Friday Again”

  1. Terri
      · July 31st, 2015 at 1:45 pm · Link

    Hope everyone has a stress free and relaxing weekend.

  2. Ruby Norwood
      · July 31st, 2015 at 1:49 pm · Link

    Linda you sound a little more like yourself today. Congrats on the W.W weight loss, as far as counting my blessings. I do that every day. Hope you have a good and safe weekend.

  3. Diane Blaser
      · July 31st, 2015 at 1:49 pm · Link

    I count my blessings everyday Linda and writing my gratitude journal helps me start the day off with only wonderful thoughts. Have a blessed weekend!

  4. Melaine
      · July 31st, 2015 at 2:08 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weigh loss. You are headed in the right direction. And, adding a challenge is always good for you. Have a great weekend!

  5. Dotty Weis
      · July 31st, 2015 at 2:29 pm · Link

    You have such an amazing attitude about everything I guess that is why all your books are so great

  6. Pam paterakis
      · July 31st, 2015 at 2:32 pm · Link

    Hope you have a blessed weekend and week to come!

  7. theresa
      · July 31st, 2015 at 2:33 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful and Blessed weekend!

  8. colleen
      · July 31st, 2015 at 2:37 pm · Link

    When I thinķ of the many blessings in my life, the four legged furry pals that have made me laugh, comforted me in the most difficult times and just loved me are at the top of my list. Are we not lucky to have our memories?

  9. Evelyn Baldwin
      · July 31st, 2015 at 2:38 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your weight loss! Enjoy your post so much! You are an inspiration to me. I am in constant pain physically. So grateful God is keeping me on my feet at least 5 to 6 hours a day. The spine can really take you down. Especially with so many injuries! Praise My Lord and Savior, JESUS CHIRST! I am truly blessed to be able to get up and take care of my resuced dogs! Memories are such grace filled blessing of are beloved pets. Have a Blessed weekend. As always God Bless you! Evelyn

  10. pat Dennis
      · July 31st, 2015 at 2:40 pm · Link

    I love how you mentioned feeling people who have passed on around you. I feel my grandson around when I am sitting on our back porch. It feels like he could pop up around the corner any moment

  11. Roberta Giordano
      · July 31st, 2015 at 2:44 pm · Link

    Congratulations Linda on the weight loss. Hope you have a great weekend.

  12. Jo-Ann Baker
      · July 31st, 2015 at 2:47 pm · Link

    Hi , You will remember with tear’s in your eyes an love an laughter in your heart. I do an still can get tear’s but the stories can make you laugh.
    Have a great weekend.

  13. Patricia Taylor
      · July 31st, 2015 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Good to hear that you’ve found peace with Bernice’s passing. Letting go is the hardest thing to do. Thinking of all the sunshine she brought into your life is bound to put a smile on your face.

  14. Gloria
      · July 31st, 2015 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m glad you’re feeling a little better in yourself, and pray you continue to “let go”.

    Congratulations on your weight loss. But, you need to lose it a lot better, as I seem to keep finding it too easily. :)

    You’re doing great on your WW!!!

    Life is like traveling a long dirt road…sometimes it’s smooth, sometimes it’s bumpy, and sometimes, you just get stuck, especially after a bad storm, and even when you have to dodge a rock slide, you just drive around , or get out and move them, and keep on going.

    You, Linda, and a lot of your readers, just keep on going.

    Have a good and Godly weekend, Linda, and EVERYONE.

  15. Eriko
      · July 31st, 2015 at 3:00 pm · Link

    I always love reading your posts/blog! Happy Friday!

  16. Elizabeth Shuler
      · July 31st, 2015 at 3:05 pm · Link

    I am glad you are feeling better and finding peace after our loss. Also congratulations on you weight loss. It comes hard some times but every ounce is a victory. It is good to have a healthy relationship with our Lord too. He is always there for his “children”.

  17. Leanna
      · July 31st, 2015 at 3:12 pm · Link

    Glad you are starting to feel better. When I lost my dog to cancer I enjoyed thinking about the good times and the times he misbehaved (he loved to eat my Chapstick and could get the cap off in one piece).

  18. Joy N
      · July 31st, 2015 at 3:19 pm · Link

    I absolutely love your use of and choice of words…like: hog-tie, and wrestle to the ground, going after what I want. That sounds like me, too. I am learning to trust God more and more with ALL of my life…including weight loss, currently diminished eye-sight, doing something alone that’s out of my comfort zone. Life is a journey, never finished, but active and quite the experience along the way if I allow it.

  19. Virginia H
      · July 31st, 2015 at 3:23 pm · Link

    I love your way of thinking and yes I am a lot like that myself. I don’t give up easy and I love the way you hog-tie and wrestle it to the ground. Yep that is the way its done. Hang in there Linda.

  20. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · July 31st, 2015 at 3:41 pm · Link

    Healing and smiles your way.

  21. Darlene Tomel
      · July 31st, 2015 at 4:24 pm · Link

    Have a great weekend Linda and everyone else. Loss is a part of life I have been though enough of it. Like you Linda I am a cowgirl.

  22. Rita Crofoot
      · July 31st, 2015 at 4:27 pm · Link

    Good job,Linda, sounds like you are healing beautifully.

  23. Diane Sallans
      · July 31st, 2015 at 4:54 pm · Link

    it’s too bad that most animals live such a short time compared to humans

  24. Diana E.
      · July 31st, 2015 at 5:38 pm · Link

    So glad to hear from you today, Linda. Glad to hear things are going a bit easier without Bernice. Time is the great healer.

  25. judy
      · July 31st, 2015 at 5:46 pm · Link

    So glad you are doing god on weight watchers. Just think about the happy times you had with your Bernice. Have a great weekend and this month is gone. Don’t knw were it went to.

  26. Nancy Hunsaker
      · July 31st, 2015 at 8:22 pm · Link

    Sorry to see that you had lost your sweet companion, Bernice. It is always sad to have a dear companion pass away. Several years ago I lost my black Lab Max. He was in such pain that could not be helped. But he has joined my son again and they can rest in peace together. Glad you are starting to feel a bit better.

  27. Charlotte Litton
      · July 31st, 2015 at 8:27 pm · Link

    Linda, congratulations on losing 1.2 pounds. Good luck with your new challenge.
    I’m sending thoughts and prayers, I know what it’s like to lose pets, they are our family.
    Hope you have a great weekend,

  28. Ann Bartholomew
      · July 31st, 2015 at 9:22 pm · Link

    It’s good to have you back! I think God has a special place for our family pets. They certainly seem to understand us and know how to show compassion. Our old cocker spaniel slept right beside the bed when I was having chemo. I always thought she was telling me that she was there if I needed her during the night.

    On a humorous note, my 35 yr. old bachelor son says he guesses he’ll get married when his dog dies. I hope Rascal lives a long time!!

  29. Lois Rotella
      · July 31st, 2015 at 9:47 pm · Link

    Have a blessed weekend

  30. midge watkins
      · July 31st, 2015 at 10:15 pm · Link

    What wonderful words regarding Bernice beating the rest of us
    to the place we want to end up. Glad you’re doing better.
    I’m independent, like you, and giving up the reins to God was
    the hardest part. I’m not quite done yet, little finger is still
    hanging on sometimes, but I’m getting better. Have a nice
    weekend and stay cool!!

  31. Jeannine Klimt
      · August 1st, 2015 at 7:23 am · Link

    Linda, great job on the weightloss. I am so sorry about the loss of Bernice and the belated condolences. We have both dogs and cats, loving each species equally but they are very different and our bond with them is very different as well. I hope that soon another doggie soul will find its way to you.. When you are ready. Many cyber hugs.

  32. Lorraine Pitts
      · August 1st, 2015 at 7:37 am · Link

    I’m praying you have a great weekend!!! Congrats on the weight loss. I started being a vegan six weeks ago and the weight is coming off. I have a long way to go, but I am determined to do it. God bless you!!!

  33. Vicki Doman
      · August 1st, 2015 at 12:27 pm · Link

    I love the saying, There’s Always, Always, Always something to be thankful for, so in the middle of wrestling things down, (like sadness weightloss), counting our blessings is a great plan.

  34. Peggy Casey
      · August 1st, 2015 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Try to stay cool in this new heat wave we are having. I, for one, really enjoyed the brief reprieve we had with a few cooler days here in Spokane!

  35. Valdi M
      · August 1st, 2015 at 4:45 pm · Link

    Headed out to the Oregon coast for a short vacation. Nothing like listening to the breaking surf to restore your soul.

  36. Donamae Kutska
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 1:34 am · Link

    Happy you feel better and you lost weight too! Yay!

  37. Donamae Kutska
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 1:34 am · Link

    Happy you feel better and you lost weight too! Yay! :)

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