Arlene Pellicane – Christian Speaker and Author

Archive for July 2010

So my dear husband surprised me today.  He said, “We should have a new rule.  After the kids go to bed, we should turn off our computers.  We can have a few minutes to finish things up, but then we should set a limit.  Otherwise we’re doing too much work, work, work!”

My first reaction was stress.  My mind raced.  If I didn’t answer emails, blog, write, and plan after the kids were in bed, when would I?

As if reading my mind, James said, “Work expands to the time allotted.  You find stuff to do but maybe it’s not that important to do.  We need to end our days in a more relaxing, therapeutic way.”

Hmmm…I thought about this today and realized my husband is right!  I should take my own advice about rejuvenation from my book!  We’re going to try it for one week and I’ll let you know if I get enough work done, and if I feel so refreshed that I’m more productive in the daytime.

Last Thursday was a very special day for me.  A few months ago, I was brainstorming with my husband and we came up with an idea.  Wouldn’t it be neat to throw a party for pastors’ wives and women’s ministry leaders?  Many times these women plan and give, but no one takes time to say a meaningful thank you.

Thus the idea for an appreciation dessert!  Well, if you’ve ever planned an event, you know that was just the beginning.  But months later, it really happened!  My home church San Diego First Assembly served as host.  A wonderful team of ladies came alongside me to make it happen.

We had a great time of meeting new friends, making meaningful connections, laughing, praying and eating together.  The environment was warm and I believe community was born.  It was exactly what I had envisioned in the first place!

After the event, many ladies told me how encouraged they felt.  Validated.  Loved.  Energized to do the task at hand.  That’s the power of community and growing closer to one another.

When God puts something on your heart, go for it.  He will provide everything needed for the task!

P.S.  Some of the desserts were even healthy – check out the beautiful fruit basket!


Here’s my son Ethan at his first soccer camp.  Does he look young?  Does he look happy?  Of course – because he is those things – but guess what?  You can be too!

His soccer camp program was called “Fun in the Sun” for 4-6 year-olds.  The description:  Fun, exciting games to build confidence and teach fundamentals.

Ethan loves kicking a ball around, he loved watching the World Cup, so this camp was a perfect fit for him.  Despite the heat, he came out smiling each day.

What would be a good fit for you?  My guess it’s not pee-wee athletics, but maybe it’s a swim class at the YMCA, a quilting group, a gardening club, or a pottery class.  What’s something you can do this summer to get smarter, learn a new skill, or enjoy a favorite pastime?

Fun in the sun is for everyone – not just for kids!

We just returned from a week in Virginia with my husband’s family.  We had a great time.  Of course the flight from the West coast to the East Coast is brutal with a baby, 3 year old and 5 year old.  But my kids, amazingly enough, travel so well.  It’s my hubby and I that get exhausted – ha!

Here’s a picture of Lucy, happy as can be on that airplane.  She sat on my lap for about 8 hours.  There were times when she would stare and smile at other passengers, and I just had to laugh because they would be working on the computer, entirely missing her four-tooth grin.

What I learned from Lucy was to enjoy the ride.  No matter where life takes you (maybe you feel stuck in an airplane just waiting to go someplace), make the most of the journey.  Life is an adventure and if you can learn how to smile even through the tedious parts, you will feel younger.  And look it too!  Just look at Lucy!


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