And the sunshine returns….

Tuesday, Apr 07

It’s still pretty cold outside, but the sun is shining and that’s good enough for this ole cowgirl, any day of the week.  Makes me want to kick up my heels and shout, “Hallelujah!”
It sure was crazy, the way it snowed so hard yesterday.  I mean, you would have thought it was December, not April.  🙂 
I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal again–got away from it for a while there–and it sure helps a person shift their focus.  I was reminded of the process by something I read–or listened to–hard to tell which.  The author/speaker suggested writing down 3 things in the morning and 3 in the evening, just before bed, as a way of book-ending (my term) the day between two brackets of gratitude.  I grabbed a journal and started right in, except I go for 5 and 5, probably because that was the method I learned from the classic book, “Simple Abundance”.  In any case, it really is effective; keeps me on the look out for good stuff all day long, for one thing.  🙂  My entries tend to be short thank-you notes to God.
Another book suggested another type of journal, and I’m doing that, too.  (Bought a small book at Wal-mart for $3.99 and it’s perfect for the job.)  This one is an “Evidence” journal.  Here’s how it works.  You write something you want (in my case, it’s a mindset rather than anything tangible), on the top of the first page.  Then you start looking for “evidence”, like a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, that whatever you asked for is on its way.  Sound silly?  Try it.  It’s a simple process, it doesn’t take much time, and it’s fun.
I’m listening to another Barbara Taylor book, “An Altar in the World”.  Where has this author been all my life?  She has such a wonderful approach to worshipping God, simple, down to earth, and sensible.  A few others in my virtual stack: “The Go-Giver”, “The Wild Oats Project”, “The Principles of Everyday Grace”, “Learning to Walk in the Dark” (another B.T. book), “Gratitude and Trust”, “The Gift of Being Yourself”, and a memoir called “Bettysville”. 
Hey, if I want words to come out of my head, I have to put some IN first.  🙂

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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