#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

The journey continues…

Well, ladies and gentlemen, there’s another week under our belts, so to speak.   The book is nearly finished, I’ve been riding my exercise bike faithfully (thank heaven for the cushy new bike seat that makes the process a lot more comfortable), and doing a very easy strengthening routine, as well as following my food plan.  The bio-identical hormones are definitely kicking in, too–I have more energy with every passing day–I’m sure that’s due in large part to the exercise and healthy meals, but the prevailing wisdom is that weight loss is virtually IMPOSSIBLE if a person’s hormones are out of balance.  Anyway, far be it from me to look a ‘gift hormone’ in the mouth.  :)

What has been the most difficult thing about reconditioning myself to eat in a better way?  Well, the plan calls for 12 eight-ounce glasses of water every single day, and that took some fortitude.  Like most people, I went around deydrated most of the time, making do with coffee, tea or diet cola.  It helps to remember that they hospitalize people for dehydration–it’s a dangerous condition.  Not only that, but it makes one tired and weak and, since the body basically runs on water, all kinds of important processes and systems are counting on an ample supply just to function at all.

I’ve gotten beyond the survival mentality–I prefer to THRIVE.  While I’m here on this lovely troubled planet, I want to be on stage, not in the wings or the dressing room or, worse yet, the alley out back of the theater.  :)

As for this week’s question, well, it probably won’t come as any surprise to most of you that the person I’d most want to meet, hands down, is Jesus.  I mean, technically, I HAVE met Him, but I’m talking in person, in the flesh.  I would love to sit on the mountain side with that crowd, overlooking the Sea of Galilee and just listening to Him, or join in the fun at the wedding in Cana, where He switched out the water for wine.  :)  Or be with Him in that house, when the men lowered their crippled friend through a hole in the roof to be healed…or when He walked on water…not so much because of the miracles He performed, but because of the miracle He WAS–and is.  That kind of charisma would be a fascinating thing to see and bask in.

That said, limiting myself to one name is difficult–there are other people I would definitely add to the list, of course–notably, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Winston Churchill, for their intelligence, courage, fortitude, and amazing stamina.  (Washington, unlike Lincoln and Churchill, was no great intellectual light, but he was one heck of a leader and he knew how to hang in there no matter how tough things got.  If he’d given up at any point in time, we’d still be a batch of colonies.)  All are men I deeply admire, obviously.  But there are others I’m simply curious about, like Marie Antoinette (poor baby, far from home and sadly misunderstood, since she didn’t know how to be anybody but herself), Abigail Adams (talk about smart), Laura Ingalls Wilder (just to shake her hand and thank her for those wonderful stories), Cleopatra (did she really wear all that slanty eyeliner, and what was the big attraction, anyhow?  History says she was no looker.)Of course as soon as I close this blog entry, I’ll think of about eighty-five more folks I’d like to meet.

Well, enough speculation, at least for now.  I’m off to Parable, where my “Big Sky Wedding” people are waiting none too patiently to tell another chapter of their story.  :)

My wish for you: have a nice weekend.  Get some rest, take a walk, just breathe.  Do something nice for yourself, and for someone else.

May God hold you and yours safely in the warm Grace of His Heart.


16 comments to “The journey continues…”

  1. Gloria
      · February 8th, 2013 at 12:55 pm · Link

    I pray you have a good weekend, too, Linda.

    Congratulations to the latest winner!

    I too, would have like to have met a whole lot of other people, but I tried to make it short and having been fortunate enough to have known my great grandfather, well…I’d like to take advantage of his knowledge “this” time around.

    I have an old black skirt that belonged to his wife and after all the children she had, the waist band is problay 20 some inches. (I guess she got lots of exercise. :-D ) It had a big hole in it, (mice, rats, squirrels?), when Mama gave it to me, but it is still precious to me.

    • Gloria
        · February 11th, 2013 at 7:00 pm · Link

      Lori, I should have said…Congratulations, Lori, but I have to admit that my mind went blank and I forgot.

  2. Sherry Wallace
      · February 8th, 2013 at 12:59 pm · Link

    Love your last lines about God holding you in the warm grace of His heart – beautiful – but then that’s why you are such a successful writer :-). Happy for you with your success in achieving an overall healthy body & mind!
    Blessings to you & yours,

  3. Kathleen O
      · February 8th, 2013 at 1:06 pm · Link

    Linda I am so glad that your continue to Thrive… Being ill is not easy… I go through so many different things with my own affliction and just get through each day when I am having a good day and doing what I can to allivaite my pain and discomfort on those bad days..
    We are having a hec of a storm here in the True North and so I am spending it doing some baking, it is my landlady’s 70th birthday and I am baking her a treat and doing some reading..
    Have a great weekend…

  4. Janice Hougland
      · February 8th, 2013 at 1:57 pm · Link

    My hubby and I spent 10 glorious days in the Holy Land (inc. Jordan and Egypt…all places where Jesus spent time) in 1986. We were on a boat on the Sea of Galilee, strolled through the Temple on the Mount, had a picnic on “that mountainside where the crowds gathered,” saw the Garden at Gethsamane and Golgotha, and walked around Cana. Yes, it would be wonderful to see Him in the flesh and hear Him speak “real time.” But it was great nevertheless to see where He walked and talked many years ago. I will never forget that trip…ever!

  5. Joan
      · February 8th, 2013 at 2:10 pm · Link

    If you have not been on a trip to the Holy Land, I highly recommend it. I went with Educational Opportunities and it was wonderful. It is amazing to visit the places Jesus walked and many other places that we read about in the Bible. They have much experience and do not at any time put you in unsafe situtations. I went with my church the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, but you can go on any of the tours.

  6. Jann
      · February 8th, 2013 at 2:29 pm · Link

    Linda, I have a suggestion for the water thing – I don’t like plain water so I started buying pure pomegranate juice (at Costco in my area in Idaho) and mixing about 50 mL to 500 mL water. I add a little stevia because the juice is a little tart for my tastes. Much cheaper than buying in store and I can control what goes in it. I can drink the recommended intake per day easily. :-D

    Thanks so much for your stories – love them all!

  7. Lois Rotella
      · February 8th, 2013 at 4:33 pm · Link

    I would love to drink a lot of water but I would live in the bathroom. I try to drink enough water .
    Congrat to the newest winner.

  8. Paula Woods
      · February 8th, 2013 at 6:35 pm · Link

    My daughter introduced me to your books. I have a collection and will forever be a devoted fan. I can not pass a book store without checking to see if I can add to the collection. GOD bless

  9. Linda Bennett
      · February 9th, 2013 at 10:26 am · Link

    I discovered a love of water after a surgery last year. I was a confirmed Dieat Coke-aholic prior to the surgery and now I probably have one a month. Water just tastes more fresh to me. The colder the better for me.

    I love your writing. I am currently reading your vampire series and loving it. I actually lent my e-reader to my d-i-l so she could read it along with me and I am reading it on my laptop. If anyone hasn’t read it, try it!! Four really great books with a wonderful continuing storyline. Love that. I get so into the characters that I can’t put the books down once I start. Thanks Linda for being such a great writer.

  10. Lea Williams
      · February 9th, 2013 at 11:49 pm · Link

    I would like to have met my great grandmother on my fathers side. I have so many questions I would want to ask her about that side of the family and why some things were done that raises questions that will never be answered.

  11. sam
      · February 10th, 2013 at 10:52 am · Link

    Hi Linda.
    I have just read “The man from stone creek” and “A wanted man” from the stone creek series. WOW! I can honestly see how you fall in love with the characters from both books ;) I just don’t know how you do it. You have such a clear vision of each character, and they are all individual/unique. I remember a while back you read “The man from stone creek” in your book/reading circle, did you talk about how you came about Sam’s personality, and did other peoples perception of the book surprise you ? I would love to know :)
    On the subject of “who would you like to meet” I totally agree with you on Winston Churchill and Lincoln. But I would also like to talk and work alongside Clara Barton “The Angel of the Battlefield” in the civil war.What a courageous and selfless lady she was, a true inspiration to many.

  12. Lorena
      · February 10th, 2013 at 12:42 pm · Link

    Linda, Drinking water is very important. It was among the great instructions I got when going through chemo. In time it becomes a good habit.

    You mentioned you are planning a trip to FL for a book signing. Where in Florida? When? I live in south FL and would love to attend.

    By the way we have been having Chamber of Commerce weather. High temps in the 70’s to low 80’s. Low temps in the 60’s at night. Great beach weather!

    Just found and read one of your early books “Ragged Rainbows”. Loved it.

  13. Norma Stanforth
      · February 10th, 2013 at 8:49 pm · Link

    Hi Linda and all of our group, i have try to send these for two days and it has not went through, here is hoping this does. Linda i am so glad you are doing so much better with your heath problems and your weight. Also what you wrote at the bottom is so beautiful, ” My God hold you and yours safely in the warm Grace of His Heart.” God bless each and everyone.
    Norma Stanforth

  14. Cheryl Fox
      · February 10th, 2013 at 10:09 pm · Link

    First time to visit your blog and really enjoyed your message. I too would love to have a conversation in realtime with Jesus. I also watched your short video and saw all the horses. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LLOVVVE horses….just sayin’. I grew up with horses in my life until after my father died in 1971. Western saddle riding is all I’ve ever done. Would still like to ride if I could, but, I live in a city now, here in Illinois. :cry: Without ever having lived out west, I have always wanted to have the opportunity.
    Thank you for your wonderful reads. Looking forward to more!!!
    God Bless.

  15. Christine Gaskill
      · February 14th, 2013 at 8:47 am · Link

    Who would I most like to meet? I think of movies and movie characters but know it is just an actor. I think John Wayne having dinner with my dad and family would be awesome. I was raised on John Wayne movies and that is where I learned to love the west.

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