About Lin T Rollins

I am a retired school teacher married for the past forty two years to my high school sweetheart, Richard, who retired after thirty years in the ministry as a Baptist pastor. Together, we have three adult daughters including twins. We are the proud grandparents to seven grandchildren ranging in ages from five to nineteen years old. I have always possessed a passion for teaching and writing. My first faith-based romance novel, “Break Away,” was published in December 2010 by WestBowPress.com. I hope that my blogs will become a source of strength, encouragement, and inspiration to all my readers. Just remember to always take the time to, "Break Away to Find God in All Things.”

Family…It’s a God Thing!

 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (II Tim 3)

I am in the midst of doing an interesting and deep Bible study on II Timothy chapter 3. I became especially interested in the statement, “In the last days men will be without natural affection.”

A close study of the words, “natural affection” lead me to the original Greek word, “stergeo” which is defined as a form of natural love specifically between family members.   Yes; it is talking about familial love; family love.

The biological family unit was created by God and still remains one of God’s greatest and most valued creations.  Is it not any wonder that Satan has spent thousands of years doing his best to destroy the natural love that should exist between immediate family members such as parents and children, adult children and parents, siblings with siblings, and even grandparents, aunts, and uncles etc.?

Sadly, we all know that some of the worse hurt and abuse encountered occurs within the DNA family structure.  Another diabolical plan derived at the hands of God’s enemy, Satan. God, have mercy and help us! But, just as sadly, modern-day culture has redefined the meaning of the family unit by encouraging everyone to simply, “love the one you’re with,” or love those whom you have much in common or shared interests.

These days, people love their neighbors (as we should!), their friends (as we should!) their peers (as we should), their teammates, and even their church family (as we should!) but show very little effort, time (if any!)  regard, love and /or respect for natural or immediate family members.

People in this modern-day and time have energies and  willful, blissful time to “hang” with friends and peers six or seven days a week but can’t find time enough  to visit aging parents or grandparents  much less family time with siblings and cousins, even during the holidays.  In this modern-day, holidays, birthdays, and special occasions are just “red” days on the calendar to be ignored at all cost!

But, God designed and chose our DNA family for HIS plan, purpose, and will.  I know that’s hard for some people to swallow!  But, it’s through the ups and downs of natural “family” love, acceptance, and mercy that we learn to give and receive natural love to ourselves and to others as intended by God.

It’s not too hard to love those that love you back and think the same way that you do.  But, it can be rather hard and challenging to accept “uncle” Joe for who he is or “aunt” sally for who she is.  It’s also a challenge at times to accept our parents for who they are and for parents to accept adult children for who they are. But, growing and maturing in God’s Grace, Mercy, and Word is never, never easy.  We must be willing , ready, and “fit” for the challenge. And, there’s no better place to start through this school of obedience than within our own immeidate family!

So, let me ask you a question.  What appears to be the modern-day family’s pathway in these last days that God refers to as being, “without natural affection?”  Here’s my answer:  Separation at all cost; no matter who it hurts or who it bothers.  Simply don’t call.  Don’t text.  Don’t email.  Don’t answer the phone. Block the numbers of family members. Block social media.  Don’t visit.  Just stay away , stay away and stay away.  Let day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year go by… After all, it’s acceptable in society that people are just living out their own lives the best way they know how doing what they enjoy doing…And, it’s accetable that none of us “owe” anyone in life anything; especially our family!  Good grief that type of “thinking” is simply old-fashioned non-sense!  After all, people simply have way too much on their plate to be concerned with family!

The modern-day answer for dealing with DNA family matters is this:  Just don’t think about it…and never concern yourself with it.  Lie about it. Make stuff up.  Cover it up.  Pretend you don’t know what your “family” is doing or what they might be going through.  Keep a pretend smile on your face for the crowd and a cheerful tone in your voice for your “friends”…And, definietly blame the poor family member(s) who “tries” to reconcile any family differences you may have.  Its even acceptable to tell your children that their “grandparents” are a bunch trouble-makers sowing seeds of discord because they try to intrude upon your busy lives.  The best thing is to just leave them alone and out of your lives.  How truly sad for both the grandparents and the grandchildren!

Well, I don’t know about you, but doesn’t this sound a whole lot like the description of the “last days” when men will lose their “natural affection?”

Here’s the thing.   A close, loving, forgiving, accepting biological “family” is the greatest revelation, gift, and application of “agape” love there is on planet earth.  God made it that way.  I believe what God is trying to show mankind  is that when we learn to love, accept, and forgive those whom God has ordained (set aside) and naturally placed within our lives that we will mature and grow to accept ourselves and others for who they are. Thus, the stronger the family unit the stronger the church and the stronger our society.

When a child grows up loving, nurturing, and respecting their parents, siblings, and grandparents and continue along this path throughout their adult life they develop more of a loving “god-like” heart that shows a greater love and respect for authority and for society.  Things that are taught in God’s Word, the Bible.

The Bible clearly teaches that God is no respecter of persons. We reap what we sow. Teaching our children to respect and value everyone, anyone, and everything else above immediate and extended family love is neither healthy nor Biblical.

No one’s family is perfect. Family can be the first ones to let you down and the first ones to pick you back up when you’ve fallen. But, since Family was one of God’s original creations, I think we should take careful stock in making sure that our DNA “family” is a vital priority in our lives.

Be assured, God keeps very good records.  He is the original logistics Creator.  There is a “family tree” in Heaven and one glorious day God will reveal to us our family line as far back as the day of Creation when we will see face to face our original parents, Adam and Eve.  That my friend will be our “earthly” lineage.

But, there is second lineage that God has chosen for those who Believe.   The linage of those “born-again” through the Name and Power of Jesus Christ; the son of God.  For those of us who are born-again into that eternal family where the circle will never be broken we will spend all of eternity with our spiritual heavenly family; our spiritual brothers and sisters.  This shows to me just how important “family” really is to God.

Today, we should all give thanks for our earthly family whom God has hand-picked for us according to His purpose and plan.  As the Bible clearly teaches us to do, Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long.  Thank you, Lord, for my precious family. Amen.

Remember, God Loves You,

Linda R Rollins, M.Ed.

 

 

 

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What Injustice?

What injustice? ….I say Boycott the NFL!

On yesterday, Americans all over the world watched as #NFL teams and players sadly took a knee in protest of our nation’s flag and national anthem to boycott “injustice.”

What injustice? Every day these rich #NFL players drink clean water, eat fine foods, drive expensive vehicles, and sleep in luxury, comfort, safety and protection while millions of people, including innocent children living both in the USA and around the world, starve to death and would love to taste a drop of fresh, clean water and have a safe place to sleep…

These spoiled-rotten, ungrateful, high-minded sport entertainers need to be reminded just how unnecessary they truly are on an actual scale of real-life. They are the ones being paid millions of dollars for running up and down a playing field entertaining their fans while our nation’s military personnel and first responders put their lives on the line daily for the very minimum.

The Bible clearly teaches that in the “last days” men shall become lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…having no love for what is good (II Timothy 3:3-4). This is exactly what we witnessed and saw played out on football fields all over America; ungrateful, unthankful self-seeking, self-centered, childish men trying to make an ill-mannered statement.

I say, #Boycott the NFL and every actor, actress, and entertainer who thinks they are “too good” to show respect for the country we are blessed to live. I say ban them all together and ship them to the streets of Afghanistan with nothing more than their shoulder pads for protection! Then tell me about justice and injustice!

I am thankful and grateful for men and women such as my grandson who is currently serving in the USA Army protecting our nation’s liberties while these ungrateful football teams and players show how ignorant they are and what poor role-models they actually are. How truly sad these creatures are…

Yes; I will stand for the USA flag and ALL that it represents…liberty, justice, and freedom for all. God bless the USA.

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed

Fret Not Yourself…

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers.” (Psalm 37:1).

Welcome to springtime 2017…And just in case someone in your life is causing you a lot of pain and grief right now, just remember God loves you and HE sees and hears all.

The Bible provides us with instructions on how to handle the daily stresses and uncomfortable, challenging situations in our life; especially when dealing with unreasonable people who want to hurt us emotionally. The Psalmist David wrote, “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.” That little word, “fret” simply means, worry, trouble, bother, or upset. In other words, do NOT allow evildoers to worry, trouble, bother, or upset you. The Psalmist also tells us not to be envious of their wrong doings.

Many times it seems that those who commit evil acts and wrong deeds against us go unpunished and some even seem to be celebrated in their wickedness. But, as followers of Christ, we can “Trust in the Lord, and do good…Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him…And, cease from any and all anger; for yet a little while and the wicked shall not be nor the works of their wickedness prevail.” (Psalm 37).

As a Christian, I can take great comfort in knowing that my GOD knows the intentions and motives of every man’s heart. The wicked may plot against those they dislike, envy, or wish to hurt. But, this is not so with the upright in heart. A righteous man wants the “best” for all and even prays for his enemies. The Bible says that the Lord knows the way of the upright and he shall not be ashamed. But, the ways of the wicked shall perish.

Just as winter has given way to summer the workers of iniquity will have end to their season as well. But, for those who place their Trust in Christ they shall not be ashamed nor perish. Their trust and works of righteousness in Christ shall live on forever and forever. For the Christian, a forthcoming glorious, eternal springtime in Christ, absent of all evil and wickedness, awaits. Oh, What a Glorious Day that will Be…Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author.

Jesus Came to Save that Which Was Lost…

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10 KJV).

Have you ever lost something of great value? I know I have.

A few years ago I was sitting in my recliner twisting my wedding ring around on my finger when it slipped off and fell between the metal bar and the inside of the chair. The space was way too small to reach my hand down to retrieve it. I turned the chair over on its side and eventually upside down trying to get to my wedged in ring. A full hour went by with my trying unsuccessfully to get my ring.

My husband decided the only way to get the ring was to rip the side of the chair apart thus destroying the chair that matched the rest of the furniture. It was an option, but my last option! My husband went on to bed while I continued reaching from every angle imaginable trying to get my ring. I even took a wire hangar to reach it, but not even that helped. The ring was definitely stuck in a very secure spot. But, it was my wedding ring and I was not about to let it stay in that spot forever.

I began to pray and ask Jesus to please help me get to the ring. Hour upon hour went by without success. It was around 2:00 AM in the morning, and I had been trying to retrieve the ring for four hours, when all of a sudden the ring just turned loose and fell out underneath the chair. It was a miracle because nothing that I had done for the past four hours had helped. I gave ALL the credit to Jesus and thanked Him for retrieving my ring for me.

To be honest, Jesus understands losing something of value then doing what only HE can do to get it back. Man’s fellowship with God was lost in the Garden of Eden. Without the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the Cross and His amazing Resurrection that most valued fellowship of all would still be lost. But, Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost; the souls of man from eternal separation from our Heavenly Father and Creator; God.

Just like the miracle I experienced that night with my ring, Jesus can find the loneliest sinner wedged in the most remote place and return him or her back to the Heavenly Father as pure as snow. My friend, if you or you know someone today that is “lost” and without Jesus as their personal Savior, He is only a prayer away. Won’t you call upon Him today? Remember, He came to seek and to save that which was lost. Amen

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed Author

Words of Wisdom to End the Year…

After my morning devotion, I was reflecting upon the advice and wisdom of our elders. When I was around 13 years old I asked my grandmother if she thought I was pretty. She very quickly responded, “Pretty is as pretty does.” She then added, “The Lord sees the heart. You must first be pretty within to be pretty without.” She was absolutely right. A beautiful person can truly mess up their lives with wrong choices and bad behavior.

Another saying of wisdom is, “Waste not and want not.” You don’t see very many people “saving” things these days. Abundance seems to be the norm, so people tend to use what they want and throw the rest away. It wasn’t always like that. My generation was raised by those who had lived through the depression. We were taught to use only what we needed and to take good care of the things we did have.

Other words of wisdom included, “cleanliness is next to godliness,” “a stitch in time saves nine,” “to have friends one must be friendly,” and “he’s (or she’s) so lazy he wouldn’t work in a pie factory tasting pies!” These simple lines of wisdom were once used to guide, shape, and mold a person’s life; and, they worked! I still find myself not taking more paper towels than I need, making sure my house stays clean, fixing something before it gets worse, and Lord knows hearing my mother’s voice inside of my head asking me if I don’t have something to do whenever I’m just doing nothing!

However, these days we’re not suppose to make anyone feel guilty or bad about themselves…Well, how is that working?? We now have a generation that feels entitled and believes anyone interfering with their life choices is mean and holding them back! Sure; we’re trying to hold them back alright…Hold them back from a future of unemployment and poverty, immoral living and self-destruction. Shame, shame on us!

So, fifty years ago should my grandmother had responded, “Oh, yes, Linda, you are beautiful no matter what you do.” No, I’m glad she told me the truth…“The Lord sees the heart. You must first be pretty within to be pretty without.” Thank you, Grandma! You were certainly right!

Remember, God Loves You,

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

Why I Stand with GOP Candidate Donald Trump

As many Americans watched the third and final presidential debate last night, it became quite clear of the major differences between the two candidates.  Yes; one is much more polished and perceived as being more politically correct.  The other is new to politics and has the charm at times of a bull in a china shop.  But, don’t let that fact turn you away from the issues at hand.  America’s foundation and future is at stake and we just may need a “bull” to get the job done!

But, even if the GOP candidate was NOT Donald J. Trump, I would still vote Republican just as I have voted Republican for the last several elections. And, here are some reasons why:  The GOP is the only political party in American that still, in spite of all its faults and failures, recognizes GOD as our Creator and Supreme ruler and leader.  We the people may elect a president, but GOD is still our Heavenly Father and Jesus our reigning King.  I fully understand this reason will be greatly challenged and ignored by those who do NOT believe in GOD in the first place.  For those who are either atheist or agnostic I’m sure you disagree; that is your political freedom to do so.

My second reason for remaining a Republican; despite our numerous challenges is, “Right to Life.” Being a Christian, I believe that life begins at conception. God told Jeremiah that he “knew him before he was formed.” (Jeremiah 1).  Last night, I sat in total dismay hearing the Democratic candidate, Hillary R. Clinton confirm her stand on last-minute abortion as being the “government” not interfering with a woman’s choice.  Oh, but how she is misleading her constituents. When “government” allows its citizens to “weed out” (even at the last minutes before birth) the “unwanted,” sick and/or weak that is in fact total governmental take-over at the highest level!  It is also a government that has chosen to disregard God’s law to do what is right in its own eyes.  As hard as this may be for some to read, Abortion is murder in the first degree of innocent life; a sin that can be forgiven but nevertheless a sin against God’s laws.

Thirdly, Mrs. Clinton promises to uphold non-traditional marriages of gays and lesbians.  It is very difficult for a conservative Christian like myself to explain to a gay or lesbian that we do NOT “hate” them, but we cannot endorse, recognize, or stand up for their alternative sexual choices as it goes directly against God’s plan for the family; one man and one woman.  As I have heard it stated down through the years, “God made Adam and Eve; not Adam and Steve.”  God does not make such mistakes…Such actions are the result of the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden…But, through God’s redemption plan HE can provide a way out of such mindsets through the Saving and Biblical knowledge of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  I know that there are certain religions and churches that recognize, accept, and even honor those who find love within their own gender, but this is not what the Bible plainly teaches in the New Testament book of Romans chapter one as well as God’s judgment on Old Testament cities that practiced such ways of life.

Lastly, Mrs. Clinton called Donald Trump supporters, “deplorables.”  A deplorable person is someone without moral values, disgusting, intolerable, and unintelligent.  The majority of Donald Trump’s supporters are Republicans as he was chosen as our party’s candidate.  Who was Mrs. Clinton referring when she called Mr. Trump’s followers “deplorables?” Those of us who believe in “right to life,” “the sanctity of the family unit,” “right to bear arms,” “higher education,” and a conservative supreme court system that will uphold the U.S. Constitution in the matter in which it was intended?  I do not believe such people should be labeled as “deplorables.” Yet; she reaches out to an audience who aborts the unborn; even innocent babies only minutes before birth, and those who mock and laugh in the face of God that they can live and love whomever they please.  She also supports a welfare system that encourages “hand-outs” instead of job placement.  These issues to me are deplorable.

But, being a Christian, I know that GOD is Love and we must not “hate” those whom do not yet know the LIGHT of the GOSPEL of the True Living God; we must pray for them.  And, I do pray for my nation as a whole. I pray for this country daily as I see it slip farther and father into abyss; a darkness that only GOD himself will be able to overcome.  The Bible says for GOD’s people to pray, repent, and turn from “our” evil ways. God doesn’t address the lost, unsaved, dying world to turn away from their evil ways, but HE instructs HIS children to return faithfully unto Him; not possessing a “form” of godliness but relying on the Power of God to overcome sin through the precious blood of Jesus.

If this election does anything, I pray that it will open the eyes of those apatheic to our nation’s at-risk condition and seek to return the will of the people over to the Will of God.  And, God’s will often includes “judgment” upon those whom turn their backs on Him and deny His right to rule within the hearts and minds of the people.  Scriptures often illustrates a time of judgment before a time of revival.  We must be prepared mentally, emotionally, physically, and most importantly spiritually for the days of ahead should our nation continue to falter in the  erroneous path towards the “rights of the people” (doing that which is right in their own eyes) over that of the teachings of Scripture.

As an American voter, I have two main choices to choose from; The Republican platform and its candidate or the Democratic platform and it’s candidate.  Today, I choose the Republican party and our candidate Donald J. Trump; for better or for worse simply because the Republican party reflects my personal values regarding right-to- life, the traditional family unit, state-rights, 2nd amendment, and God as being Supreme.

May God Bless American and ever be with us as a nation that places it trust in HIM.

IN GOD WE TRUST.

Linda T. Rollins, M.Ed. Author.

America…My Home Sweet Home

What has happened to, “America, My Home Sweet Home?”  Disrespect, division, destruction, devastation, danger, and death now parade the streets of our land that were once safe, secure, and serene.  All over our nation from coast to coast no one is immune from homeland violence or even attacks of terror.  We seem to be losing our firm foundation of Peace, Prosperity, and Promise.

I don’t know about you but this is not the America I once lived in nor want to leave behind to my grandchildren and future generations. I want future generations to know the same “Sweet Apple Pie” America made up of Faith in our Judaeo-Christian God, love, family and friends, dedication, determination, and hard work that actually formed the core of our society.

So many things disturb me about our nation all the way from the pulpits to the airways of social media. We have gone astray.  God has never called us to be a perfect nation or a perfect people, but HE has called us to obedience, faithfulness, and steadfastness.  No where has HE offered a society to be watered-down to a cesspool of “anything goes.” There are strong, uncompromising, life-binding Biblical standards that rule the hearts and lives of God’s people; both Jews and Christians and we must return to them.

First, Jesus is LORD!  There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we can be, shall be, or must be saved (Acts 4:12).

Second, Sin is still and always will be Sin!  For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  No man or woman is excluded…We have ALL failed our Creator God. And, in HIS loving-kindness and Mercy HE gave us HIS Son, Jesus for our salvation. “For God so loved the world that HE gave HIS only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Third, lack of faith in God, immorality, and idolatry are man’s greatest sins against God.  We are living in a global society that honors disbelief, sexual pleasures, and man as being his own god.

Any good Bible student of both the Old and New Testaments know that GOD himself will not sit in silence on these issues forever.  There is coming a pay-day and it may be a whole lot sooner than most people think.

Today, if you are struggling with societal issues as well as personal issues, I encourage you to seek first the kingdom of our LORD through Jesus Christ.  Second, I encourage to examine your beliefs to see if they align with God’s Holy Word, the Bible.  Third, confess your faults (sins) to Jesus and ask Him to bring about His presence, peace, and promises into your life.

Lastly, let us pray together for our nation that through its citizens we will return to the GOD of our heritage where Faith in Christ abounds and Love surrounds.  Amen.

Remember, God Loves You,

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed