I was priviledged to have lunch with a dear friend, Melba, today. As she held my book and scanned quickly, she noted the first sentence which is about my parents, who protected me and taught me how to approach life and handle its problems. Father’s Day has come and gone and we laughed recounting what she calls my ‘uniqueness’. I am a Texan, a Southern Baptist and have a way of doing life. We talked of the love she and I have for the elderly and where the journey brought us. I am so grateful for my dad who made sure we understood the importance of pulic worship, fellowship with other believers and trusting God to be in charge. Then she laughed and commented that now I was relaxed enough with life that I might could consider laying in the snow and making a snow angel, something I could not do with her ten years ago, way to stiff for that! Now I think I could enjoy the experience with her rather than being a spectator. My parents taught me to be tough, and it is the strength they displayed to me as they lost my brother in 1985 and then my sister in 1995. The photo is their wedding picture and is reflective of the dark haired woman my dad told me about when Melba interviewed him for a college assignment and what he was most proud of, his service to our nation in WWII. Thanks for giving me a story, dad and mom, and thanks to Melba for the walk down memory lane. Enjoy the book my dear friend.
Asking ‘What’: No More ‘Whys’ Soaring on Eagles’ Wings Defeating Life’s Labels, Anger and Cancer is released for purchasing. Those of you who need to order I am providing the information. Those of you near me, I will be glad, priviledged to sell you one and autograph it, as I did get a price break. The link to order it from my publisher or you can purchase from me, and of course I will sign it if you know I will be around soon. I should have my order by 6 – 10 days. The wait is over and the work to sell my story has begun. I will be taking some to Houston for my childhood church home reunion and again in September at my High School Reunion. Thanks to everyone for making this journey with me.
The story of my journey of faith is here. The link to my publisher, Westbow Press is: http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Wilma Marler or you can search their bookstore using the title.
This is an exciting day for so many reasons. First, it is the day God has made, then it is the 19th birthday of my oldest granddaughter, who was born while I was with my sister who is part of my story (chapter 6). Also it marks how God uses all those people He places in your life, even if you think the connection has reached its ending. Kathy Brandon was one of the stepchildren in my life, and she is now the mother of twins, which really renews the connection we had so many years ago. Her vibrancy was present even in her youth and she has proven to be a moving force in her professional life as well. The lesson, never stop asking ‘What’ because God is ever present and ever working out your future. The years I once thought were wasted years have been a blessing given in God’s perfect timing. http://readyforhappiness.com/2014/06/10/ready-for-happiness-live-presents-wilma-marler-author-business-woman-cancer-survivor-and-mom-of-twins/
This came across on Facebook today from my cousin and it speaks to why I chose to write a book whose subject looked at labels, the labels that can, if we allow, stop us from reaching our potential. Divorcee was probably the toughest label I had to deal with, but I did. I will be a Baptist, a Southern Baptist, but that was my identity more than I was my own identity for years until I started exploring the scripture in a totally different way. I was more of a “Southern Baptist Covenant” person, and there is a difference. I am a Christian, that is my directing force. Then as I moved through the step-parent label I really came to understand why we can freeze in time, stuck in a label. Then cancer came, I learned then that I had to determine my path – either a victim or a survivor. I was afraid when faced with danger, so I was a victim then until I allowed God to carry me through that experience. I am a daughter, an obedient daughter, and that proved to be a tougher role as I matured, because many times I had to be okay with my parents, even as they completed their journeys on this earth and I became the care giver and the roles were somewhat switched. I am a wife, and that can be confusing if living by the “submissive” rule, because I am independent and, at times, stubborn. But I have learned to compromise and remain “cool, calm and corrected” as Robert H Schuller suggests in his book, The Be (Happy) Attitudes. These and more lessons learned are in Asking ‘What’, No More ‘Whys’. I lived by the “can nots” for so very long, victory came through the lessons of life and allowing God to place me on Eagle’s Wings and Soar.
On Friday I had the privilege of participating in my first interview about my book, Asking ‘What’: No More ‘Whys’. Kathy Brandon Happinesschick (her facebook page) did a phenominal job and I thank her for that. The link to the recording of my interview is: http://www.readyforhappiness.com. There is a link on my Wilma Dorman Marler, which is my fun Facebook page, but I also set up a Facebook page devoted to my book and those thoughts that many of us ponder at: http://www.Facebook.com/askingtherightquestion.