Arlene Pellicane – Christian Speaker and Author

Archive for June 2012

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Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't EnoughIf you could use a little more joy in your life (and who doesn’t?), you will enjoy Kay Warren’s latest book Choose Joy:  Because Happiness Isn’t Enough.  Kay divides the book into four parts:

Part 1  Joy Is My Inheritance:  Embracing the Permission to Be Joyful

Part 2  Joy Is a Conviction of My Mind:  Discovering a New Way of Thinking

Part 3  Joy Is a Condition of My Heart:  Cultivating a Soul-Response That Allows Joy to Deepen

Part 4  Joy Is a Choice of My Behavior:  Ways to Choose Joy Daily

I could not agree more with these Biblical viewpoints of joy.  Throughout the book, Kay gives Scriptural evidence for joy in Jesus’ life and joy in the believers life.  She is an Eeyore personality, so this writing is all the more meaningful as she can relate to anyone who has ever struggled with trading discouragement for joy.

I appreciated her honest stories of hard times in their family, particularly when her daughter-in-law had a brain tumor.  Here is a family that has been through the hardest types of circumstances and can come through, making a decision to rejoice always.

I really like what she says on page 27:

I used to think that life came in waves:  There was a wave of good and pleasant circumstances followed by a wave of bad and unpleasant circumstances, with a lot of ebb and flow in between.  Or life was a series of hills and valleys; sometimes we’re up, then we’re down.  But I’ve come to realize that life is much more like a set of parallel train tracks, with joy and sorrow running inseparably throughout our days.

We must learn how to live in the tension between good days and bad days – and rejoice in them both.

Thank you Revell for giving me a copy of Choose Joy to read and review.  It is a beautiful book that I can joyfully recommend!

Fresh off my high of a fun interview on FamilyLife Today, I sat in seat 17D, awaiting takeoff.  I opened my book by Og Mandino, A Better Way to Live.  Here’s what I read:

Be forever on guard against the terrible traps of false pride and conceit that can halt your progress.  The next time you are tempted to boast, just place your fist in a full pail of water, and when you remove it, the hole remaining will give you a correct measure of your importance.

Isn’t that the perfect thing to read after finishing taping a national radio interview?  I love how God sends me clear messages!

Then, more humble circumstances…I was flying into Dallas but DFW was stopping all flights because of hail.  We sat in the plane for 2 hours in Little Rock, then de-planed for 1 hour, and then got on again.  I was hungry, thirsty, and tired.

Landing in Dallas 3 hours late, I thought it would be no problem to get my connecting flight to San Diego since the whole airport was experiencing delays.  It was about 10:45 pm.

I said to the airline attendent giving connecting flight info at the gate, “San Diego.”

He said, “A-35.  RUN!”

We were at Terminal C, gate 11.  I took off frantically running in my sandals, dragging my suitcase, towards the sky train.  I waited (what can you do to make a sky train go faster?).  I boarded the sky train, got off at the second stop and started running towards A – 35.

As I got closer, my heart sank.

There was no one waiting at the gate.

“Am I too late?”  I sputtered to the gate agent.

He said, “You made it.”  I look at the departure time.  It said 10:50 pm.  It was now 10:53 pm.

He had to give me a new boarding pass because my seat had been given away.  And then he said that word again.

RUN!

Run?  Here we go again – I ran down the walkway which was about 4 times as long as the walkways in San Diego.  It went to the left, then to the right, then to the left, finally I stepped on that plane.

I thought first class should break into applause – I had made it!  I was going home and not spending the night at DFW!

Instead, I think everyone was irritated that they had to wait for me to find my seat after a long, arduous day of traveling for everyone at DFW.

When I plunked down in my seat, my heart was full of joy.  I had prayed, “God, let me go home tonight.  Get me on that airplane” and He did.

Chances are, you’ve had inconveniences and close calls this week too.  What have they been or have you ever had a close call at the airport?

What a blast I had at Family Life Today!  Here I am with hosts Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine.  These men are down to earth, full of wisdom, and very funny!  If you’ve ever listened to Car Talk, these guys can go back and forth with each other like Click and Clack!

 

See, they like what I am saying about the book 31 Days to a Happy Husband

We talked about what the letters DREAM stand for in my book:

Domestic Tranquility

Respect

Eros

Attraction

Mutual Activities

Dennis asked me many questions like, “What does James think about that?”  so you’ll be hearing a lot about my own marriage during the radio program.  James and I were in the hot seat today! 

My interview is scheduled to air in September.  I will be sure to keep you posted.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to partner with FamilyLife Today to strengthen families – what an honor to be here today!

And then I got some icing on the cake.  The Lord encouraged me to keep at it in writing when I passed by the Little Rock Airport bookstore and saw my title 31 Days to a Younger You on the shelf!   What a sweet last image as I prepare to fly out.

I’m on my way to Little Rock AR to tape interviews with FamilyLife tomorrow.   I sat next to a woman who was terrified of flying and I was able to talk with her and hopefully make her flight more pleasant.  All was going very smoothly. 

Then it was time to change planes in Dallas.  The DFW airport is special to me because when James and I were engaged, he lived in Dallas and I lived in Virginia, so the airport was the place to meet my beloved.

I sat down to wait for my flight and wanted to move my prescription sunglasses from my carry on suitcase into my purse.  That made my purse super bulky so I took out my Bible from my purse to finish up my reading.  Then I put the Bible in my suitcase.

I boarded the plane.  Then the nervous thought, where are my glasses?

I looked in my purse.  Not there.

Oh no.

Did I leave them on the seat in the waiting area?  Oh please God, may they be in my suitcase.  They are expensive and I just got them a few months ago.

When I landed in Little Rock, I opened my suitcase and searched for them to no avail.  They were gone.  I had left them in Dallas.

My heart sunk.  Last time I traveled to my publishers, I left a digital recorder in my hotel room.  Now I’ve left my prescription glasses.  James is going to stop letting me travel with anything valuable! 

I stopped at the American Airlines ticket counter to call the Dallas gate to see if anyone had turned the glasses in.  Before I left, the attendant asked me a very good question.

“You’re the 50th person to come today who has lost something.  Most lose their iPads, notebooks, phones, so you are doing pretty good.  Tell me something.  Why do you travelers leave behind such valuable items?”

I said, “We’re distracted.  We’re holding our water, purse, suitcase, looking around, and we forget things.”

He replied with emotion, “Forget everything else.  Just FOCUS on what’s important: your wallet, your purse, and forget everything else.”

It made me realize that in life, we get distracted and we forget what’s most important and only holding on to that.

Our God.  Our husbands.  Our kids.

What a great lesson to understand before talking about marriage tomorrow.  I hope now that I’ve gained this insight, lost and found will call me about my glasses!

Here’s Lucy at a recent BBQ.  She found a watering can and it became a quick favorite.

Who needs toys when you have a watering can?

Last night, I had trouble sleeping.  I wasn’t particularly stressed or upset, but as I laid on my bed, my mind was spinning.

I forgot to call that lady back. 

What day should I take the kids to Legoland?

I have a lot of work to do on my website. 

I wonder what night my book party should be. 

I know you’ve been there.  Swirling thoughts.  Stress that you didn’t even know you had suddenly weighs down on you.

I did what I told my friend to do that exact same day.

I thought about Philippians 4:6-7:

Do not be anxious about anything.  But in everything, through prayer and petition, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Earlier in the day, I gave this verse to my friend who was asking about what to do with worry.  Just hours later, I needed this verse myself.

It brought me comfort and calmed my mind while I just laid there in bed.  Before long, I was asleep.

Back to Lucy’s watering can.  Whenever we need to be filled up again, we can turn to the Bible.  In it, is everything we need for life.

Let the Bible be a favorite go-to item in your life.  Just like how Lucy loved playing with that watering can!


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