Saturday, January 5, 2019

When God Writes Your New Year's Resolutions

Weary of my list of New Year's resolutions broken year after year, I decided there must be a better way. Why not ask God to write my New Year's resolutions. And so, each January I pray and ask God for one word and one Bible verse He wants me to concentrate on throughout my year. A list seems impossible, but one word and one verse, you and I can do. Plus, we don't have to do it. God prepares us through the power of the Holy Spirit to grasp and conquer that one word and one verse.

My word for 2019 is (drum roll, please):

My verse: 
" . . . set your hearts on things above . . . . 
Set your minds on things above, 
not on earthly things."
Colossians 3: 1-3 (NIV)

When cancer surprised me, my life changed in miraculous ways. 

I started to really live!

Every moment a precious gift. 

Each breath a thank offering. 

Never wishing for a day to pass quickly or the weekend to get here fast.

Refusing to be dragged down in the earthly dregs,

 Politics became unimportant, television stopped entertaining me. 

Feeling the wind in my hair and grass under my feet brought refreshing.

I loved deeper, lived fuller, laughed louder, sang sweeter and shined brighter!

The things of this world (the earthly things) seemed to blur 
as the heavenlies became clear.

We are commanded in Colossians 3 to set our hearts and minds on things above. In Hebrews 12, we are reminded to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Wow! This is where our peace and joy reside. Not on this earth, but above. Seems this was God's intention when He promised believers an abundant and victorious life on earth and eternal life in Heaven.

This year I will focus on eternity. The eternal things are what matters. The earthly, well, those troubles just drag us down and keep our eyes from looking up. I'm not going there this year. My eyes and heart and mind are looking only to my Lord Jesus. I expect my best year ever living an abundant life on earth and anticipating one day (far in the future my doctors tell me) a glorious home in Heaven! 

Life and death is a win/win when your eyes, mind, and heart are fixed on things above!

What's your word and verse for 2019? Ask God. I'm sure he'll bring that word to mind.

Have a Splashes of Serenity 2019!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Elaine W. Miller Gives Hope to Cancer Warriors on Family Life Network

Tune in to 

Family Life Network Noon Report

Friday, January 4, 2019

as Elaine gives hope to cancer warriors and their families

 Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo
A Hopeful Response to 
a Hard Reality

May God give splashes of serenity to all who hear my words of praise!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Merry Miller Christmas 2018

 "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." John 1:5

This Christmas we celebrate the Light of the world—Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, the Messiah—and thank Him for life abundantly on earth and eternally in Heaven.     
Indeed, the Lord is shining! Three Christmases ago darkness hovered over us as we expected that Christmas would be my last. Yet, here I am thanking The Light every day my leukemia is controlled, my life is full, healthy, and active. What purpose did God have in my cancer? God's plan was for me  to write a book of Light encouraging those suffering. Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo: A Hopeful Response to a Hard Reality was released in September. I rejoice as the book shines Light and hope to those who hurt.

Other highlights of our year saw our oldest grandson, Connor, join the Marine Corp. 
We are proud of his heart to serve. 

Elizabeth and Joe said goodbye to their eldest, but the nest is not empty. 

Their ninth child is due in February 2019. 
I think their lights are never out in the busyness and fun at the Sliwa home. 

Sam and Katie, Lily and Jack continue in the Air Force, 
waking to the Light at their new home in Alabama. 

Joanna and Bob entered the world of raising teenagers 
and realized their life is speeding by at the speed of light. 

Dan and I enjoy his retirement spending time with grandkids and summers in the ADK.

 Dan fills the pulpit when asked and plays his trumpet in the community orchestra. 
I continue to write and speak to a variety of groups. 
Our life and our family is filled with the Light of Jesus. 
We pray yours is too on this bright Christmas day! 

Merry Christmas with love from all the Miller family! 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Elaine W. Miller Encourages the Cancer Warrior on Face to Face Mentoring Podcast

Elaine W. Miller refuses to let a leukemia diagnosis steal her joy. This Interview is a shout-out to the Lord she loves. All of us can learn lessons for life from Elaine's God stories.

Episode 33: Encouragement For The Cancer Warrior with
Elaine W. Miller author of Praise the Lord and Pass The Chemo
on Face To Face Mentoring Podcast Grab your Free Download

Listen on iTunes or
#podcast #encouragement #cancer #joy
 — withElaine W. Miller.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Elaine W. Miller Tells Her Cancer Story on Jayme Lee Hull's Podcast Face-to-Face Mentoring

What a blessing to be interviewed today on Jayme Hull's podcast, Face-to-Face Mentoring. Hear my God story and my cancer story at:
#podcast #encouragement  

Thank you, Jayme, for the opportunity to encourage cancer patients and others!

Splashes of Serenity on your day!!!


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Elaine Shares Her Life, Her Marriage, Her Cancer, Her Books, and Her God

What a treat sharing my heart and God story with Patricia Durgin, on Marketers on a Mission. Enjoy some laughs and some tears! Be blessed. Be encouraged.

Splashes of Serenity,