#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Whoopee, it’s Monday! (No, I’m not kidding.)

I love me a Monday.  A whole lovely week ahead, like a blank sheet of paper, or a fresh canvas, or a book I know I’m going to love but haven’t started yet…or….

Well, you get the idea.  I do enjoy a beginning.  :)  (As long as it’s the beginning of something good, that is.  Or at least interesting!)  I totally buy into the Beginner’s Mind thing–it’s important, I believe, to be open to new ways of thinking, doing and being.  Once a person decides they’ve got it handled, well, they’re in trouble.  Besides, I love discoveries, and one must push the envelop a little to make them, however small they may be.

Before I give you an account of my fairly hectic weekend, here are last week’s prizewinners: Sue Norhausen and Gwenda Underwood.  Congratulations, ladies.  Your autographed books will be on their way to you tomorrow.  And, as usual, a new contests begins today, so if you haven’t won yet, well, here’s another chance.  Just comment.

Now, to tell you about my weekend.  :)  I got up very early on Saturday morning–around six–and, after attending to the pets and brewing myself a cup of coffee, I lit some candles and sat down to study another lesson in THE COURSE IN MIRACLES.  I gotta tell you, every day, as I turn those pages, highlighter in hand, I come across something that both surprises and delights me.  Not to belabor a point, but the Course is a constant amazement to me.  I’m so glad I’m finally ready for it.  I also went back to listening to the Daily Audio Bible, and I’m in the process of catching up on the two weeks or so I’ve missed.

OK, yes, the Old Testatment–or parts of it–still get to me.  I just don’t believe that a loving God (and I know He’s loving) really told those people to do awful things to the people in some country they feel led to invade.  Sounds like projection to me.  (I know some of you will disagree, and that’s perfectly all right with me; I respect your right to your opinion and can only hope you’ll show me the same courtesy.  :) )  Still, MOST of the Old Testament is well worth reading–I love the epic stories in Genesis and Exodus and, now that I understand it better, I love the Book of Job.  (Oh, that great God-moment when He says something along the lines of, “Where were YOU when I created the entire universe?”  He’s got us there, my friends.)  And then there are the Psalms–some of the most beautiful poetry ever written–and the Proverbs.  All that said, I’m giving myself permission to skip Leviticus next time it rolls around on the podcast.  I can’t stand those descriptions of sores and sacrifices even one more time.  And if you’re wondering why I don’t start a new paragraph, it’s because the site is doing something weird again.  :)  I have more to say about my doings this weekend, but I will save that for tomorrow, along with some recommended reading.  Maybe my computer will be behaving by then.  :)



43 comments to “Whoopee, it’s Monday! (No, I’m not kidding.)”

  1. Gloria
      · July 14th, 2014 at 3:33 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Sue Norhausen and Gwenda Underwood! Enjoy!

    Linda, I’m glad you had a good weekend.

  2. Leanna
      · July 14th, 2014 at 3:33 pm · Link

    Good job! I cannot believe you get up so early. Have a nice week!

  3. Dennis
      · July 14th, 2014 at 3:34 pm · Link

    I have to agree with some of the stories in the Bible. I guess thats what they mean by “blind Faith!” Thanks Linda for writing!

  4. Dawn Roberts
      · July 14th, 2014 at 3:39 pm · Link

    If the old testament entices you, try reading the Torah. It’s actually the first five books and I personally thing well written. If you can get a copy form a Rabsi (at any local temple) go for it. Ask questions, Rabbis love to talk

  5. Andrea Lammly
      · July 14th, 2014 at 3:41 pm · Link

    Maybe the “Super Moon” affected your computer this weekend like it affected our two cats. They were hyper all weekend!
    And I agree with you on The Old Testament. I have to skip some of those stories as well. Wishing health and happiness to all.

  6. Pam paterakis
      · July 14th, 2014 at 3:50 pm · Link

    I’m on day 269 of reading the bible in 365 days. So much I don’t understand! Plan to re do the whole thing as soon as I finish first go round. Still have unanswered questions.

  7. Dotty Weis
      · July 14th, 2014 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Linda: I love Esther I have a great niece named Esther and we call her Essie she is sweet and loving and so pretty

  8. Linda H
      · July 14th, 2014 at 3:54 pm · Link

    Wow! I envy you and anyone else that can up early on a Saturday.

    And speaking of computer problems, I had so many this morning I thought about going back to pen and paper.

  9. Lynn Hogan
      · July 14th, 2014 at 3:55 pm · Link

    The old testament I think is about “raising the child”… you sometimes have to give “time outs’ and “spankings” in order to get your point across… However, while it is needed, sometimes I may not agree,… but hey, I’m not arguing with God!
    Love your blog! Keep up the good work.. Have a great week!

  10. judy
      · July 14th, 2014 at 4:17 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Sounds like you had a good weekend.

  11. Virginia Horton
      · July 14th, 2014 at 4:19 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I am so glad you had a great weekend and I agree with you on Psalms, it is such a beautiful part of the bible.

  12. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · July 14th, 2014 at 4:24 pm · Link

    I appreciate your enthusiasm for new beginnings each day :wink:

  13. Violette Ruffley
      · July 14th, 2014 at 4:39 pm · Link

    If you forgive me Linda ~ ACIM is the the foundation of my spirituality and is so meaningful that I frequently quote from the course or comments by others who facilitate the course.

    I feel for those who do not understand what the course is about, should they choose, reading these comments might help to clarify it.

    I must add the course saved my life, I would have taken my life had I not had the great fortune to be introduced to it.

    Miracles are not about parting the Red Sea ~ the greatest miracle is a change in perception. ~ our perceptions are the result of our bundle of beliefs formed over our lifetime ~ learned at the knee of parents, caregivers, friends and teachers.


    Reprinted from Healing the Cause – A Path of Forgiveness by Michael Dawson.

    Much of the material in Healing the Cause is based upon my understanding of some of the principles of the_A Course in Miracles®. I have included below some introductory material about what ACIM says.

    It is a book about how to heal our minds, for this is where the source of all our physical and psychological suffering lies. The aim of the Course is for us to achieve a state of inner peace, a quiet joy, no matter what we are doing, who we are with, or where we may be. It does this by teaching us a new way of looking at the world. This change of perception is the miracle – hence the title of the book.

    The Course teaches that everything in this world can be used as a mirror to what we believe. Our relationships are the most powerful of all our mirrors. By relationships I mean all forms: lovers, parent and child, therapist and client, employer and employee, friends, etc. A relationship is an extremely powerful way of bringing into our awareness what needs to be healed within our mind. The Course teaches that through forgiveness and turning within for help, we can undo all the guilt we carry. This guilt originates from the false belief in our unconscious mind that we have willed to separate ourself from God, and have succeeded in this attempt. Guilt is the term the Course uses to describe our self-hate, feelings of inferiority, lack of self-worth and all the negative beliefs we have about ourself. As we learn to undo our guilt, the memory of God’s love for us will return to our mind. When we re-experience the unconditional love of God, everything in this world will lose its appeal, including our identification with our body.

    The Course is a unique blend of modern psychology, radical metaphysics and deep spiritual truths. Much of the psychology is derived from Sigmund Freud’s teachings on our ego defence mechanisms of denial. The three volumes comprising the Course are a lifetime study requiring much re-reading to benefit from the depths of its teachings. The metaphysics of the Course have many parallels with some Eastern philosophies and religions. There are over 700 references to the Bible, and Jesus often reinterprets these biblical sayings. Many Christian terms are used in the Course but with entirely different meanings. Jesus stresses that we are not guilty, sinful creatures who need to atone through sacrifice and suffering. Instead, he gives us the inspiring message that we are guiltless, sinless creations of God who have fallen asleep in Heaven. In our collective dream, we have forgotten the abstract eternal beauty of our real nature and believe we are bodies in a world of form.

    The Course is not trying to convince us that it is the only spiritual path. It states that it is but one of many thousands of spiritual paths and that other teachers with different symbols are also needed. (M3; M-1.4:1-2) Jesus often says that the message of his Course is simple. However, when we first start to study it, it does not appear that way to most of us. This is because the Course’s thought system is completely opposite to our ego’s way of looking at the world. The Course uses the term ‘ego’- as is also the practice in the East – to describe our ‘little self’ which we have made to try and take the place of our real Self which God created. Our ego identifies with our body whilst our Self (or Christ nature) knows only the truth of our formless, spiritual magnificence.

    Jesus stresses that all God’s children, referred to in the Course as the Son, Sonship or Christ, were created equal. Thus Jesus is not especially favoured in God’s eyes but is equal to all of us. He simply awoke to his true reality before us and seeks to help us regain what we have forgotten.

    The Text in particular seems hard to grasp and the practice of forgiveness equally as difficult. Because of this some people tend only to read the Workbook. However, there is much material in the Text, especially with regard to relationships, which is not found in the Workbook. The Text forms the theoretical foundation of the Workbook. It becomes very easy to misunderstand the Workbook and read its message out of context without a knowledge of the theoretical framework of the Course which is found in the Text. On the other hand, to study the Text but not apply it through the Workbook lessons is to end up with an ungrounded and abstract view of the Course. Yet, with time, the message of the Course does become simple, although never easy to apply. Victim consciousness is ingrained in our psyches and the desire to blame others for our unhappiness is universal. To read in the Course that no one can take away our peace, only ourselves, is a difficult message to accept, but one which will eventually lead us to happiness.

    • linda
        · July 15th, 2014 at 1:06 pm · Link

      Thank you. I totally agree.

  14. Ruby Norwood
      · July 14th, 2014 at 4:50 pm · Link

    Congrats ladies on your win!! Enjoyed your blog today Linda as usual. I agree with you on Psalms in the Bible it is one of my favorite. Good job!!!

  15. marilyn hurst
      · July 14th, 2014 at 5:10 pm · Link

    Happy Happy Monday! I skip that part of the old testament too! Hope your computer starts working and that you have a wonderful day!

  16. Roberta Giordano
      · July 14th, 2014 at 5:27 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners. So glad you had a nice weekend. I spent the weekend in bed. Had surgery last Monday,severed a tendon in my foot. I am in a huge black boot for next six weeks not allowed to move big toe or ankle. Going to be a fun summer. Hope you have a great week Linda !

    • linda
        · July 15th, 2014 at 1:07 pm · Link

      Bless your heart; feel better soon!

  17. Lois Rotella
      · July 14th, 2014 at 5:49 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    I agree with you about the bible. I enjoy reading it but some things do not make sense to me. I am sure I will understand it the more I read it. I enjoy reading the proverbs.

    Congrats to the ladies who won. Enjoy your books.

    I have wonderful week.

  18. Jessica W
      · July 14th, 2014 at 5:52 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners!! I’ll just keep trucking along and try to win that autographed book. It would be awesome with my collection. I have every book except one thats autographed :) I hope you continue to read and enjoy the bible. We have so much to learn!

  19. Juanita Rice
      · July 14th, 2014 at 5:52 pm · Link

    Discoveries! Yes! Just today I did some research and discovered again how refreshing it is to learn something new. :)

  20. Hilda
      · July 14th, 2014 at 6:12 pm · Link

    I agree about a lot of things in the Old Testament being inhumane or bewildering. However, God had a perfect plan (still does) and he wanted His chosen people to succeed. They didn’t always listen to Him, and the consequences are pretty well described. I figure the Old Testament was so horrible because of sin being in the world. Our lives are much harder because of that. Jesus’ coming to earth and dying/rising from the dead and ascending into heaven changed EVERYTHING for us! That is such a comfort.

    There are plenty of resources for help in understanding some of the things that aren’t easily understood, and some people may not agree, but attending church and listening to learned people preach is one resource. (Kind of like attending medical school if you want to be a doctor.) Yes, it takes time. I don’t know where I’d be without my pastors – past and present. But, even as I type this, I remember that we aren’t necessarily SUPPOSED to understand everything. Faith is the key, even though it’s hard to come by. And that’s it from my soapbox! Thank you.

  21. cheryl Morgan
      · July 14th, 2014 at 6:29 pm · Link

    i agree about the old testement which I am trying to get through. There are some things that are inspiration to the Talibann then they go back to why gossip and nasty thoughts are truly evil. I think that is why we are supposed to have common sense. Happy week!

  22. Emily
      · July 14th, 2014 at 6:50 pm · Link

    Congratulations ladies.

    I think your week-end must have bee fabulous. How cool is that?

    Gotta run and fix dinner.

    Have a great week.

  23. Nadine Spradlin
      · July 14th, 2014 at 7:14 pm · Link

    Congratulations to last weeks winners . Linda ,so glad that your week stared off so good. I think Some of the best Gospel songs have been taken from the Book of Psalms,& the Book of Ruth is my favorite. some of the names in the Old Testiment I can’t pronounce . hope every one has a great week .

  24. Patti
      · July 14th, 2014 at 7:33 pm · Link

    You are such a hoot. Be blessed.

  25. Peggy Casey
      · July 14th, 2014 at 7:55 pm · Link

    Happy Monday Linda! I always get so inspired by your blogs! I love reading but have found my life is so busy and chotic in recent years that I don’t get to sit down and open a book without dozens of interruptions! Through reading your blogs I have been inspired by two key topics… 1) I need to start utilizing audio books so I can multi-task, and 2) more importantly, I don’t have to limit myself to reading only one item at a time! There are always so many things that I want to read, but I limit myself to one thing at a time. I need to go back to my college days when I would read for growth (text books) and read for relaxation… everything entertaining! I really need to invest some time and energy on growth so I am thinking I will start looking at some audio books that will open areas of self-improvement… and if others in my household happen to hear some of what I am feeding my soul with and benefit, all the better! I will continue to set time aside to read the books written by you and other wonderful authors I am discovering, just for my entertainment and relaxation. I have learned something new about myself as well, although I swore I would not get into utilizing e-readers and be faithful to good ol’ fashioned books of paper and ink… I have discovered that I am actually reading more because of the convenience of my Kindle. I don’t have to go to a store to read through the backs of dozens of books to select which I want to purchase and read, and then carry them with me EVERYWHERE, getting tattered, sticky from grandkids spills, and torn… with my Kindle I have thousands of books at my fingertips, and they are safely tucked inside the protective cover, self-lit so I can read in the dark without waking anyone in the room and best of all… don’t smell musty as sometimes happens if the book has been stored in a cardboard box or bought from a used bookstore.
    I guess to wrap up… by allowing myself to open my mind to new technology and processess I am now filling my mind more with literature and less with tv, social networking, etc.
    Thank you for continuing to inspire by sharing your updates… it goes to show that you influence others in various ways through sharing what you are reading/writing/working on. I do hope to get back to doing something creative eventually as well so keep sharing your artwork and experiments with us as well… one of these days I will be brave enough to give some of my talents a test drive…
    Thanks again for sharing!!!

    • linda
        · July 15th, 2014 at 1:10 pm · Link

      You might want to check out Audible.com–they have everything and new members get a free audiobook.

  26. Paula L Rollins
      · July 14th, 2014 at 8:44 pm · Link

    Glad life is going good for you. Each day Is a blessing from God…Have a great week. :roll:

  27. Terri Shortell
      · July 14th, 2014 at 9:07 pm · Link

    Glad you enjoyed your weekend. I bet you have a busy week planned. Glad you’re enjoying your audio books and bible lessons. Hope everyone has a great week. Congrats to the winners and good luck to everyone on this weeks contest.

  28. midge watkins
      · July 14th, 2014 at 10:07 pm · Link

    I love Mondays and beginnings, too. I think that’s why I am so
    glad we have four distinct seasons here in Spokane. At the end
    of each one, I’ve had my fill and am ready to start new projects, wardrobe, cleaning out, decorating, etc. I remember
    how each semester started out so exciting in school. I think
    I would have done better on the quarter system, tho.
    It’s been very interesting to read some of the other people’s
    ideas on your course and the Bible. I know the most rewarding
    part of being reborn and having a real relationship with God is
    receiving his peace. It’s not like the other ideas of peace that
    so many people have. It’s something you can actually feel.
    And I won’t give up that for anything! I’m sure glad Joyce
    Meyer has so many audio books and sessions. So much to
    learn sometimes I want to hit myself up side the head for
    not allowing myself to wait so long. But, quoting Joyce, “It’s
    not how you start, it’s how you finish.” Keep this good week
    going and thanks for your blogs.

  29. Rita Crofoot
      · July 14th, 2014 at 11:14 pm · Link

    Good blog,Linda, will watch f next . Installment

    • Rita Crofoot
        · July 14th, 2014 at 11:15 pm · Link

      My computer is unruly too.

  30. Diane Vought
      · July 15th, 2014 at 12:50 am · Link

    Just read this last night & might help. We are
    blessed to have the Bible which enables us to
    know God in the “entirety” of scripture & that
    gives us extra knowledge.

  31. Lindy Park
      · July 15th, 2014 at 1:08 am · Link

    You have given me the push to get the Bible audio from my library. I can’t wait to get started. :-)

  32. Diana E.
      · July 15th, 2014 at 1:31 am · Link

    Congrats to last weeks winners.
    So sorry your computer is doing that again. Must drive you crazy sometimes. Glad to hear you had a nice weekend.

  33. Brenda I.
      · July 15th, 2014 at 9:44 am · Link

    I love Psalms as well. It is reassuring and peaceful.

  34. Valdi McCoy
      · July 15th, 2014 at 10:16 am · Link

    Good morning, On my way to work. Just letting you know I enjoy your blogs. When I go to the ocean I am reminded of the verse that say God told the ocean it could go this far and no farther. what awesome power to control the waves and the tides. And He still has time to talk to me.

    • linda
        · July 15th, 2014 at 1:12 pm · Link

      What a beautiful thought! Thank you

  35. Joyce M.
      · July 15th, 2014 at 10:19 am · Link

    If only I didn’t stay up late reading last night.

    • linda
        · July 15th, 2014 at 1:12 pm · Link

      Yeah, I have that problem, too.

  36. ,carole
      · July 15th, 2014 at 5:12 pm · Link

    Have fun book signing with Nora Roberts and other authors..just finished reading Dark Witch and Shadow Spelling spent 2 nights until early morning for I couldn’t put them down! Glad your book is coming along! Pretty soon classes are going to start so I won’t have time for pleasure reading..have a good one!

  37. Ann Bartholomew
      · July 16th, 2014 at 10:16 am · Link

    Reading all those Old Testament laws does get cumbersome!

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