#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Top o’ the mornin’

Fresh from my morning quiet time–meditation, prayer, an episode of the Daily Audio Bible, and I’m good to go.

I’m ready to dive right into the book, but I decided to say howdy to all of you first.  :)  That way, I won’t obsess about neglecting you all day, and you won’t think I’m dead, sick or in jail.  :)

We’ve had some rain in old Spokaloo lately, but today looks as though it will be at least partially sunny.  Like Lonesome George Gobel (How many of you remember him?), I believe that any day when I wake up and don’t feel the sides of a coffin when I reach out, well, now, that’s a good day.

Obviously, I am feeling much, much better–I suppose it’s a combination of prayer, my medications, the bio-identical hormones, which have finally kicked in (it takes six months), and all the many and varied vitamins I take.  But prayer is the number one element–change begins with, “Show me the way, Lord”–backed up by the belief that He will.  In my experience, God seldom answers WHY questions, but He’s pretty quick to hit the reply button on HOW questions.  Examples?  How can I feel better–be a better person and a better writer (or secretary, or airline pilot, or ditch digger–you get the idea)–how can I honor You in my life today?

 My peonies are about gone–they were glorious this year, although still too few in number to suit me–so yesterday, our trail boss, Cousin Mary Ann, went out and bought me an armload of them, on sale at Rosaur’s–it’s a regular peony festival around here!  The potted lilies I received last Easter (in 2012) are now thriving in one of the flowerbeds, thanks to Jeremy–brilliant splashes of yellow and orange.  The container garden has been planted, and I’ve even got one tomato–green, of course–but a TOMATO.  Yeehaw!!  Like peonies, a person can’t have too many tomatoes.  :)

It’s time for another contest, so here goes.  2 winners will receive a nifty pair of earrings from last year’s Cowboy Christmas in Las Vegas, along with a signed book.

Here’s the subject for comment: Tell us about a kindness someone showed to you, recently or way back, and how it changed you.

Now, back to the book.  Landry and Ria are waiting, none too patiently, I expect!

24 comments to “Top o’ the mornin’”

  1. Leanna
      · June 26th, 2013 at 9:36 am · Link

    I use forearm crutches to walk because of a spinal injury. I moved to Texas last summer from Minnesota. The people in Texas are so nice walking from the parking lot into my doctors office I will have five people ask me if they can help me. I would never have people offer to help me like that in Minnesota. My mail carrier knows it takes me longer to get to the door and will wait for me.

  2. Betty Hamilton
      · June 26th, 2013 at 9:56 am · Link

    Years ago my mother drove to my place of employment to pick me up for lunch. She had left one of my sisters looking after our youngest brother so she was in a hurry to get back home. We were about half way home when we had a flat tire. She pulled off to the side of the road to get out of traffic and to think about solving this problem. We had a spare tire, but no jack. We flagged down a police officer (among others) to see if we could borrow a jack. No luck. It seemed like we were stuck. Then a heavy set woman in a very…VERY old truck with 4 little children inside stopped. She went to the back of her truck and pulled out a jack and went right to work…. “Ya’ll don’t know HOW to change a tire… do ya?” LOL It took her no time at all and we were on our way. My mother and I both thanked her repeatedly and offered to pay her, but she wouldn’t take anything. She just told us….. “Do something nice for someone else”. And that was many years before the movie, Pay It Forward. Needless to say, I have….many times paid her back by ‘doing something nice for someone else’!

  3. Becky Strobaugh
      · June 26th, 2013 at 11:04 am · Link

    I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma on Dec. 23, 1997, a single mother of two boys, 5 and 10 years old, whose family has always stood by me and held me up when necessary. I found I had more friends than I’d ever guessed in the weeks following that diagnosis. One friend, in particular, stocked my home with groceries and necessities that lasted 8-12 months. My brother and his FIL built a ramp for my front door. The men of my church used donations from our community church foundation to repair my front porch and replace my back steps. So many blessing have come my way!

    The change this diagnosis and following outpouring of love and support brought was the taking away of anger, frustration, depression and feelings of futility after the failure of my marriage, five years before.

    I have always had my every need met. God has always been gracious and shown to me, throughout my life, in good and bad times, that I am loved. I hope I show His love every day, to others who pass in and out of my life. I try to help even if it’s only listening. (I’m very outspoken so I fail when it comes to politics :-? )

  4. judy
      · June 26th, 2013 at 11:18 am · Link

    Coeboy Christmas in Las Vegas, When do it come out. I thought I was up on your books. I had a friend how would take me on vacation with her every year but she is gone now with cancer. When we went I would have to take a c-pap, O2and my breathing machine, but she did not seem to mind all of that. She was good friend and I still miss her. Hope you have a good day.

  5. Sherry Wallace
      · June 26th, 2013 at 11:38 am · Link

    Good morning to you, too

  6. Sherry Wallace
      · June 26th, 2013 at 11:41 am · Link

    Looks as if my responses to your blog aren’t getting through. What am I doing wrong?

  7. Janet
      · June 26th, 2013 at 11:43 am · Link

    So glad to see your on your blog again, didn’t realize how much I missed hearing from you!!!! I was just about ready to click off and thinking about the new contest, and I funny thought occurred to me. One of the best “act of kindness” someone showed me was someone I don’t know but I had ordered some books from her on Ebay. When I received my order there were two “freebie” books included, nice surprise.
    The books were from the same author, someone I hadn’t read before, or even hear of before but a free book is a free book, and I enjoyed those two books so much I started looking for all the books I could find by this author, so needless to say those two free books were written by LINDA LAEL MILLER, my “new”
    favorite author. True story, and Linda, thank you so much for being a writer. You make me a part of your stories and give me a break from everyday trials and stress. Your the greatest.

  8. Linda Cholewa
      · June 26th, 2013 at 12:00 pm · Link

    Back in 1983, I was in the middle of a divorce after 11 years of marriage, and had 2 young children, ages 7 and 18 months. I married right out of high school and though I wanted to go to college, it just never happened. I moved back home with my parents and my brother talked me into taking a cople of classes with him. I had a very low self esteem back then and was surprised how well I did, so I considered going back full time and getting my degree. I went to the college for information and met with the head of the accounting department. I told him my fears about the classes and he looked at me and said..”Honey, you are 28 years old and not getting any younger, if you don’t do it now, you never will. Do you want your ex to be right in all he critized you about?”..It may sound mean to some, but to me..It was just what I needed. My parents helped and I got my Bachelor degree in 3 years. I am now a tax accountant…and my ex has to ask me for advice.

  9. Debra
      · June 26th, 2013 at 1:53 pm · Link

    It was about 12 years ago when a random act of kindness made a difference in my life. My husband worked two jobs so I can stay home and raise our kids, which meant I did the rest. Shuttling 4 kids all under the age of 9 to 3 schools and one at home meant I was always on the go. The crossing guard at the one school saw my beautiful family and the way I was raising them and said she felt called by God to give me a gift. She gave me a scrapbook, some of her extra supplies and used cutters and an invitation to her church to meet and scrapbook. I was so moved by this act that I cried. It was wonderful to meet with like minded people and to create such beautiful books to have of my family. I don’t scrapbook as often as I like and the group has long since disbanded but I will never forget how that simple act made huge difference in my life. I now knit prayer shawls and hope that they touch someone as deeply as I was touched.

  10. marie
      · June 26th, 2013 at 2:02 pm · Link

    I am the older sister, always taking care of my family. last month I got pneumonia, and my after some time in hosp. they told me I needed to go to a nursing home with 24/7 02. the hosp would not send me home because my husband had the shingles. My brother and wife came to the rescue and had me stay at their house for 2 weeks, so I could recouperate. so much better than a nursing home. I will be forever grateful even tho I still feel I should be taking care of him. :)

  11. Jeanne Corrigan
      · June 26th, 2013 at 3:02 pm · Link

    A kindness shown to me:
    I got a phone call at work yesterday, my husband called to let me know that one of my precious cats died. She was almost 17, so it was expected, but still made me very sad. As I left my desk I passed one of the girls in the next cubicle and she asked what happened. I told her then proceeded to the bathroom. She waited a few minutes then came into the bathroom to stand by me and give me comfort. She has only been here for 6 months, but brings a smile every day. She asked me about my cat, and actually made me smile through a very difficult time. Most people would only say “oh I am so sorry”. But she stood by me while I grieved.

  12. Tammy R. Dodson
      · June 26th, 2013 at 3:19 pm · Link

    I usually get extra coupons for different stores, so whenever I happen to go shopping and I have extra coupons, I go to the checkout line and hand out extras to people. The smiles on their faces make my day!

    • Maureen
        · June 27th, 2013 at 7:07 am · Link

      I do that too. I gave a $10 off to a woman in Kohls last week who was buying a vacuum. She was very happy!

  13. Norma Stanforth
      · June 26th, 2013 at 4:02 pm · Link

    Linda a kindness that was showed to me is that my cousin had sent me some money right at the time i needed it the most, she didn’t know i was having a hard time, God is the one that worked that out! I give God all the credit, i give her credit also, but if God was not in control and laid it on her heart that i needed help it would not of happened. God is still in control of everything. God bless each and everyone of you.
    As always your friend,
    Norma S.

  14. Lois Rotella
      · June 26th, 2013 at 7:05 pm · Link

    The one that comes to my mind is when a few years ago I had some health issue. My friend from work came with me to the doctor and then to get xray. She took me home and went to the grocery store for me and made sure I was ok. She also called to see if I needed anything. When she took me to the doctor it was on her day off which she did not have to do but enjoy the day. I then try to help anyone who might need it even if they don’t ask for the help but be there when they need any assistance.

  15. carole
      · June 26th, 2013 at 10:36 pm · Link

    I’m going to tell you an act of kindness I did the other day for a friend of mine who feeds the homeless. I helped her make a few desserts and helped her serve for she needed some workers. It was so awesome for its been awhile since I helped out and I sure got into a better attitude and mood…it made my day! God Bless!

  16. Connie Johnson
      · June 26th, 2013 at 11:05 pm · Link

    6 years ago my husband had lung cancer, a lady from church started calling me almost every week asking if she could help me in any way. I did not know this lady, she was new to our area. I did not need her help, I have a big family, but Judy and I became best friends. Her phone calls were wonderful support. My husband pasted, it was very hard, but I did gain a great friend.

  17. Maureen R.
      · June 27th, 2013 at 4:20 am · Link

    It is important that I give a little back history for this to make since. I am a young teacher and I love my job. I try very hard to make a connection with each of my students. This past school year I was blessed to have a kind hearted boy in my class, whom I was very close to. He struggled with not fitting in socially and decided to take his life. I had just left town for a friend’s wedding, when my colleagues informed me of his passing. I was horribly distraught, knowing that I could not be there for my students and his parents during this hard time.

    The kindness I received came from this boy’s mother. When I returned from the wedding she agreed to meet with me. She allowed me the chance to give my condolences, a chance to let me tell her how much her son meant to me and a chance to cry. The warmth she showed me and the true belief that her son was in heaven helped me heal. We have met several times since and have become friends. This boy touched my heart and changed it for the better, but it is his strong mother that through her kindness has helped me heal. For both of them to have been in my life, I am forever grateful.

  18. Maureen
      · June 27th, 2013 at 7:06 am · Link

    So glad to hear you are feeling better. Have a great day!

  19. Billiesue Sanders
      · June 27th, 2013 at 9:45 am · Link

    Years ago a dear friend and neighbor taught me how toile a circle-tail skirt when I was a freshman in high school.
    I will always remember her kindness.

  20. mary klemp
      · June 27th, 2013 at 11:18 am · Link

    I feel my k-2 teacher Mrs.Coon, she made me enjoy coming to school and to play with the kids. I enjoyed the fun she made me feel learning.

  21. Carole Sklenar
      · June 27th, 2013 at 5:26 pm · Link

    I had the honor to visit the Pentagon when Fr Kapaun receive the Medal of Honor in April and the ceremony at the Pentagon was to induct him into the Hall of Heroes. Well I have some problems with getting up stairs and walking and this wonderful young man (an officer) came up to me and insisted on getting a wheel chair for me (there is 17 miles of hallways in the Pentagon) and stayed with me where ever we went the whole time I was there and even escorted me to the bus. He didn’t have to do this and he definitely didn’t have to stick with me, but he did. He’d served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and his wife was currently in Afgh. What a truly wonderful example of the kind of young officers we do have in our military.

  22. Tia
      · June 27th, 2013 at 7:14 pm · Link

    I can remember one of my teachers encouraging me to do a complicated project that I thought was too advanced. He put it in terms that I could understand and told me it was something within reach. That helped me to look at things more closely and see that they were indeed within my reach.

  23. Crystal
      · June 28th, 2013 at 10:54 am · Link

    Hello All!!! My week has been crazy!!! So Linda you can be the missing blogger and I will be the missing commenting fan!!! LOL So a kindness that has been showed to me that has changed my life…. There has been many but one imparticular I am forever grateful. When i was a child my family was poor, my mother worked 2-3 jobs just for us to barely make it and there was a couple in our church who would always sponser me to go to youth camp every summer. To some this may not seem like much but I LOVED camp. Now as an adult with 3 children of my own I always try to sponser a child in the church that is less fortunate like i was. It makes me feel good to know someone will reap the blessing that was sewn in my life. Hope everyone has a wonderful Day!!! And Thank you Sister Ruby & Brother LB!!!! Oh and she also came and done the flowers for my wedding 10 years ago!!! So im very close to them…

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