Arlene Pellicane – Christian Speaker and Author

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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?

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!

Don’t you love the words NEW and IMPROVED?

I’m happy to say that my website and blog will be NEW and IMPROVED…I’ll be unveiling its amazingness next month!

I can brag about the website because the website designer Ted Slater is a creative force who is doing an awesome job.

The new website will have a Happy Husband University section where you can take enter my video classroom, meet the profs through podcasts, and even get some homework to turn your marriage from drab to dynamite!  Access to all this will be FREE so it’s going to be a lot of fun!

I’m really excited about this new chapter for the website.  I’ve been working feverishly the last few weeks developing fresh content.  So it’s a good reminder to all of us that the things in life that excite us (like a new website) are usually preceeded by something that looks a lot like hard work.

But the work makes the rewards sweeter!

What’s “NEW and IMPROVED” in your life right now?   Are you working hard towards having something new – whether it’s a new attitude, new job, new discipline, or new eating habits?  Don’t give up, the NEW and IMPROVED is on its way!

As for my website, it will be NEW and IMPROVED sometime in June!

Last week, I heard a timely message on Turning Point radio with Dr. David Jeremiah.  His message was titled “The Open Door” and he talked about how in his earlier years, his type A personality would want to push open doors.  Now he looks back and sees that it was prayer that opened and closed the important doors in his life.

If he would have gotten his early wish for a big church building, he may have never launched a radio program called Turning Point which now is heard on more than 1800 stations around the world!

This principle of praying and believing that God will open and close doors has been a great encouragement to me.  As a speaker and author, I’m never quite sure when the next speaking engagement invitation or book contract will come.

But I have not been disappointed!  I’m always so touched at how God divinely orchestrates each speaking event and book in my life.  This past weekend, I spoke to the most wonderful group of military wives at Shadow Mountain Community Church, and then at an outreach tea with WROTE Ministries at the beautiful Grand Tradition in Fallbrook.

Both events were meaningful and impactful to me.  Both events reminded me that it is God who opens the doors to do the work.  It’s so exciting to follow God through the doors.  And it brings so much peace not to force them open.

Want some family vacation tips for Hawaii?

For spring break, our family headed to Honolulu on Hawaii’s beautiful island of Oahu.  It was the kid’s first Honolulu family vacation so we had lots of ground to cover and treats to eat.  Here’s a list of our top ten family friendly things to do on the island of Oahu:

1.  Turtle Bay in North Shore.  Turtle Bay is a beautiful resort that has public beach access.  So you can park near the resort, use the outside bathrooms, and enjoy miles of trails on either side of the hotel.  As you walk on the trail, you have ocean on one side and trees on the other.  Parts of the trail are sand, other parts lead you down a wide dirt path between trees.  It’s so beautiful and great for families.  We saw a seal sun bathing and the kids enjoyed collecting coral from the sand.

2.  Morimoto’s Shaved Ice in North Shore.  While you are in gorgeous North Shore, you must brave the long line and have shaved ice at Morimoto’s.  We went 3 times during our vacation – just look at how many flavors we still left untried!

3. Pearl Harbor.  Walking through the museums at Pearl Harbor (they are free) is a sobering experience.  Amazing how different the world was just 70 years ago.  The tickets to ride the ferry to the USS Arizona are free but to avoid staying in long lines for the tickets, you can pre-order them online for a nominal fee.

4.  Visit to Chinatown.  For an authentic experience, walk through the market to see rows of fish, shrimp, crabs, frogs, and more.  Get an iced coffee with gelatin pearls.

5.  Dole Plantation Maze.  Yes this is a tourist trap (a perfect description!) but it was fun for the family.  It’s a huge maze at the Dole Plantation.  Your mission?  To find 8 stations throughout the maze and stamp your card accordingly.  The record is 5-7 minutes; we took 1 1/2 hours!

6.  Kailua Beach.  Wow.  Talk about a perfect aquamarine, sandy, amazing beach.  Great waves for kids.  No rocks under your feet.  Soft sand and absolutely gorgeous.  Kailua is a darling beach town. 

7.  Manoa Falls Trail.  A tropical paradise.  James found a vine to swing on.  It’s a bit muddy after some rain, but a great hike.  Took us about 2 hours. 

8.  Get malasadas at Leonard’s.  Okay, so this isn’t the health section of the blog.  But the splurge is well worth it for these famous hot Portuguese donuts. 

9.  Head to Costco.  We bought food for picnic lunches and enjoyed samples unrivaled in the Mainland.  And Lucy got to meet a giant teddy bear.  No, we didn’t bring it back with us!

10.  Eat at Macky’s Shrimp Truck.  The best food on the islands isn’t found in a fancy restaurant.  We had a $35 plate of 4 overcooked shrimp at a fancy restaurant and a $13 plate of a dozen perfectly delicious shrimp at Macky’s.  Macky’s was so much better.  Brake for shrimp trucks!  We tried the Shrimp Shack, Macky’s and Giovanni’s.  All were good, but Macky’s was our favorite.

 

As we enter 2012 together, let’s keep in mind that…

Dreams really do come true.

The best way to look younger and make friends is to wear a smile. 

Choose the right glasses to view life.  

 

What are your 3D glasses going to be?

Maybe:

DETERMINATION

DESTINY

DEVOTION

You can make up your own!  How you view life makes all the difference in the world.

It’s your year to soar! 

Love and Happy New Year!


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