About Lin T Rollins

I am a retired school teacher married for the past forty 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 four to eighteen years old. I have always possessed a passion for 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.”

April Showers Bring May Flowers

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. (Song of Solomon 2:12) 

Weeks before the beautiful flowers appear on earth there is always a time of refreshing rain. As the old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.”

The same can be said in the life of a Christian. Like a flower, we, too, need good soil, rain, and plenty of sunshine to grow and bloom into the person the Lord wants us to be. Where does a Christian find good soil, rain, and sunshine?  Our good soil is God’s Holy Word the Bible. We must be rooted and grounded in the Word of God to grow, mature, and blossom in our Christian life.  Rain is often used in the Bible as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Oh, how refreshing it is when the sweet Holy Spirit anoints us with His showers of blessings poured out upon our lives!  Then, we have the Lord himself divinely lighting our path. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except by me.”(John 14:6)  Jesus is our sunshine, our Heavenly sunshine that sustains our Christian lives each and every day.

My friend as you go about enjoying the spring season that is upon us with all of its beautiful flowers, singing birds, warm days and relaxing warm evenings, I encourage you to examine your inner man’s soil (your soul) to make sure you are getting all the nutrients that your Christian life needs to grow ever more and more lovely. I encourage you to dig deep in the soil of God’s Word removing any weeds that may choke out the beautiful seeds that may blossom in your life. I encourage you to seek the Holy Spirit’s showers of blessings through fervent prayer. And, I encourage you to walk in the sunshine of God’s Love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

By doing these things that are listed above your life can become a beautiful rose garden that everyone enjoys seeing and being around.  And, you will be a blessing to God as well. The Bible teaches us to, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and ALL these things will be added unto you.”  You may ask, “What things?”  Oh, my friend you will experience the beautiful blessings of God’s ever-blooming bouquet of fresh flowers sent directly to you from His beautiful eternal garden each and every day…We call these God’s Faithful Promises…As the old songs says, “There is Land of Beautiful Flowers.”  And, one day those of us who have been planted in God’s Salvation Garden will live forever in the midst of that beautiful land that some call Heaven, but I call it home.

Enjoy the beautiful Spring season that is upon us, and remember, God loves you.

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

Human Touch Vs. Social Media

The Human Touch…Vs…Social Media

Question:  Can social media, texting, and emails serve as an adequate or equal substitute for good old-fashioned human- to- human, face- to- face, interaction?  I don’t believe it can.  And, sadly, I believe today’s youth are beginning to demonstrate this truth in devastating ways.

Run-aways, suicides, and attempted suicides are on the rise among young people.  The Millennium generation that is now before us has the world at their fingertips through modern-day technology…But, technology cannot hold someone’s hand when they are crying, upset, fearful, or needing assurance.

The craze of “texting” has been simplified or reduced to acronyms and icons in place of coherent sentences.  Instead of communicating face- to- face how one is actually feeling he or she only needs to “click” the appropriate icon and hit “send.”  But, does that truly deal with a person’s inward feelings, emotions, struggles, or need for love and acceptance?

Most professional neo-natal care-givers and stats will tell you that a baby thrives and recovers greater when they are held, gently touched, and talked to.  Eye-to-eye contact is very powerful in healing as well.  The same holds true with any person (regardless of age), patient, illness, or sickness.  The amazing power of human touch and personal human interaction cannot be underestimated in any realm of life.

I have often wondered why so many of today’s teenagers and young people enjoy posing so closely with one another for “selfies” or group-related pictures. It seems that they are just yearning for human contact!  Yet; they spend countless hours of texting without so much as looking into the face or eyes of the one they are communicating with.

Walk into any restaurant and instead of people carrying on old-fashioned eye-to-eye conversation they are deeply engaged in texting or surfing through social media.  The SmartPhone, iPhone, Tablets, and other hand-held devices have taken over the art of social conversation.  Yet; it is leaving a generation feeling null and void.

Not too long ago, I had a close family member to tell me to just “text” them instead of calling them. But, one very strong component of communicating is the chance to hear the other person’s voice and tone of voice.  No amount of texting or writing can take the place of hearing the voice of someone you love.

All of this texting, messaging, and email is causing our youth to suffer through feelings of actual human separation and isolation.  They may have the world at their fingertips but nothing is more comforting than a parent’s, grandparent’s, or loved one’s touch, voice, and focused physical presence.  I believe the same feelings of isolation and separation are also being felt among our elderly and aging population. Nothing can take the place of a parent hearing their child or grandchild’s sweet voice…It’s like music and sunshine to the heart.

Without human contact and personal interactions, many pre-mature neo-natal babies simply give up and die from various complications.  I feel the same is happening with today’s youth. They, too, are simply giving up and seeking a way out of life’s ills the only way they know how…through unfortunate acts that bring forth danger or even untimely death.

Today, I encourage you to take a child’s cell phone away and spend time in eye-to-eye, one-on-one conversation. Hug your child.  Hug them tightly and hug them close to your heart.  Let them know that nothing can take the place of the art of conversation and personal touch.  Let your child know that they can talk with you about anything…And, if they feel uncomfortable talking face- to- face with a parent about a particular subject or matter tell them to seek out time to be face- to- face with a trusted loved-one or trusted friend without the usage of cell phones, emails, or texting.

Also, let me add that if you have a parent or aging grandparent reach out to call them. Let them hear your voice; not just a cold, technical text or voice-mail…Feelings and emotions are to be shared one-on-one; face-to-face; and ear- to- ear…

Today, will you please reach out to listen to the voice of one who may be crying in the wilderness? It could save their life.

Remember, God Loves You…And HE is always available to listen….without using technology!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

Be Ye Separate…

Wherefore come out from among the world, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. (2 Corinthians 6:17).

I want to thank the wise, faithful, and dedicated Christians who have lived their lives separated from the things of this world.  So many have been such a personal blessing to me and to my family down through the years. Several of these faithful Christians have already made the crossing and are enjoying the majestic splendors of Heaven.  And, many are still living today and boldly serving Christ even as I type this blog.

Nevertheless, sadly, there is a lethal and powerfully seductive spirit that has overcome so many believers who once lived consecrated lives for Christ. In these last days it is very difficult at times to distinguish between Believers (followers) of Christ from the lost and dying world.

Unfortunately, many of today’s preachers, pastors, and Bible teachers possess very little, if any, Biblical standards that hold them to a life of separation. And, what makes it even sadder is that these same non-standard ministers laugh at, mock, and make fun of those Men-of-God who do.

I can plainly recall when my husband entered into the ministry back in 1980 that he made it a point to separate his life for the calling and sake of the ministry.  Many of our friends and family abandoned us as we abandoned the things of this world. It wasn’t that my husband thought he was “better” than others, he just didn’t want “others” to question his call to serve our Lord.  Like the old saying goes, “If he’s a preacher the woods are full of them.” My husband wanted people to see God’s difference upon his life.  And, God did make a difference in my husband’s life.

It breaks my heart into that so many professing Christians are being deceived and being blinded to the things of the world. It takes continued pursuit and the indwelling of self-control and forbearance (Fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22) to come out among, separate, and to overcome the world.  Self-control is something that we, as Christians, must pursue daily. I know that I have to pursue this in my own life.

The Bible teaches that no man can serve two masters (Matthew 6:24).  A person will either love one and hate the other or despise one and cling to the other.  Within context, this scripture is referring to the love of money. But, how true can this same principle be applied to our daily living. We will either love the things of the world, or we will love the things of God.

Mind you; I am not perfect. And, I must confess my sins each and every day. I don’t always think the pure thoughts that I should think. And, I don’t always react to situations the way that I should in order to honor Christ. But, when I know that I have sinned, I quickly turn to Christ and ask for His forgiveness that I may not “dwell” in my sin or sinful conduct.  This is not an excuse to “sin.” As Paul states, “God forbid.” But, I’m just saying that when we do sin we can confess that sin and ask God to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9). As Christians, our goal should always be to “keep the faith,” and “finish the course.”

Sadly, there are so many who “claim” to know Jesus or “claim” to be saved while living lives that are either completely contrary to the teachings of the Word of God or live just enough to keep a “toenail” in God’s ways. For example, the Bible plainly states, “Not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together.” (Hebrews 10:25). YET;  these so-called “Toenail Christians” will put every activity under the sun above attending the House of God, attending a Sunday school class, or a Bible study.  Since they “feel” that they live a “good” life why do they need church in it?  It’s just hard for me to accept someone as being a “follower of Christ” who never seems to be following Him!

The Scripture states, “Come OUT among them and be ye separated.”  But, so often people who claim to be Christians are not only NOT coming out from among them and being separated from the things of this world, but they preferring, supporting, enjoying, and maintaining a close relationship with the things of the world!  As Paul stated, “God forbid.”

Let me ask you this question: How are you living today? Can the world see Jesus in you? Can they see you living a consecrated life unto the Lord even when you do fall, mess up, sin, or make a mistake?  Do they see you quickly repent, ask forgiveness, seek reconciliation, and continue pressing onward? Oh, I pray so.  For in doing so, you are coming “out from among them (the world)!

My friend if you say that you are a Christian, I hope that you will “come out from among the world and be ye separate (not fashioned to) the things of this world… May the God of Peace be with you today.  Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

Break Away!

Break Away!  I was recently asked why I named my first book, blog site, and weekly newspaper column “Break Away?”  Truthfully, I did not know the answer to that question for many years.

I first began to write the plot to my book, “Break Away,”  in the early 80’s. For decades, I kept the story-line tucked away in my memory. As time allowed, I would pull out the pages, reread what had been written, and add more details, events, and happenings. The dialogue was something that just seemed to flow between the characters as the story developed over time.

It wasn’t until 2010 that the final text was completed and published.  Even though various details changed over the years before the final print, one thing never changed; the book’s title. After the book was published through West Bow Press I set up a blog site with the same title. It was around this time when I felt the Lord speak to my heart that we must all “BREAK AWAY” from our own man-made ideas, plans, philosophies, schedules, and other hindrances that keep us from finding and serving God in all things.

God wants a personal, intimate relationship with His children. He wants to be our number one friend in all things (Proverbs 18:24).  As Believers, God wants us to reach out to Trust Him in all circumstances, matters, and situations within our lives.  The Old Testament book of Isaiah (55:9) teaches us, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways (God’s ways) higher than your ways and my thoughts (God’s thoughts) than your thoughts.”

Until we learn to Break Away  from our own ideologies, thoughts, and ways, we won’t know the full Joy of finding God in every circumstance in our lives; both good or bad.  God is our Supreme authority in all matters of life; things seen and unseen.

Like the Prophet Nehemiah, we, too, can say, “The Joy of the Lord is my strength”(Nehemiah 8:10) when we learn to rely and trust Him in ALL things. Today, if you are struggling to find Joy and Peace in a non-peaceful circumstance or surrounding I encourage you to “Break Away” to Find God in all things…I encourage you to place your whole heart’s trust and assurance in Him…For with God Nothing shall be impossible.  (Luke 1:37). Amen.

Remember, God Loves You

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed Author

Only God Can Prevent Forest Fires…

Only God Can Prevent Forest Fires

Remember the public service message that started back in the 1940’s and still continues today, “Smokey the Bear says, Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.” Well, in so many ways that’s true in both our world of nature and physical life. But, what about another type of “fire” that ignites from the emotions of the heart? I’m talking about the “fires-of- life” that can often start with or without our input, interference, assistance, or help. Just like forest fires, the emotional “fires of life,” and those of society, can bring about severe damage and destruction; sometimes even fatal. How can we, as Believers, prevent this type of fire from becoming severely destructive and out of control within our own hearts and lives?

The Truth is that “ONLY God Can Prevent Forest Fires” that originate and ignite from the heart of mankind. Most often the “fires of life” begin with a small spark the same way as natural forest fires do. It can be a “spark” from a negative word, a negative look, or a negative attitude. It can be a “spark” from a wrongful or misplaced desire. It can be a “spark” from anger, resentment, or bitterness. It can be from a spark of jealousy or misunderstanding. Nevertheless, before you know it the spark has taken flight and becomes a roaring out-of-control burning issue that renders everything within its path destroyed. Too often the best of families suffer from these types of fires. Businesses suffer from these types of fires. Neighbors and friends suffer from these types of fires. And, churches (local assemblies) even suffer greatly from these types of destructive fires.

Too often when these types of “fires-of-life” erupt, we immediately seek out the help and support of others that may not be qualified in such fire protection or damage control. ONLY God, our Creator, can put out the fires of erroneous passion, hate, malice, injustice, bitterness, unforgiving spirits, and indifference. ONLY God possesses the tools, experience, knowledge, and wisdom necessary to quench such tumultuous fires.

The overlying problem lies within the heart of man. Sadly, man would rather seek the help and assistance of others to put out life’s fires than to seek out the eternal and experienced Owner of the Forest! Calling upon God is not like calling upon another human being or dialing 911. In order to call upon God to put out the fires of life, one must first humble himself or herself in such a way as to ask God’s forgiveness for any and all involvement they may have had in the situation or matter; whether they believe they may be at fault or not. Humbleness is the first requirement and requisite to call upon God to quench the fires of life. Second, man must be willing to suffer the losses that the fires of life may have caused; whether temporary or long-term. Man (or woman) learns from their mistakes…the bigger the mistake the harder the lesson. We must be willing to “submit” ourselves to God’s school-of-life and be willing to “graduate” ONLY AFTER we have met God’s minimal requirements that include Love of God and Love for one another. Third, we must pray for all stakeholders involved in the matter or situation not as we would have them to react or respond, but as God would have them to respond. This requires our utmost patience, time, and waiting; and often the waiting period can be rather lengthy. Have you ever seen a destroyed forest reproduce and replenish itself over night? No; of course not. Once a beautiful forest has been destroyed by the winds of fire it can take a life-time to recover. But, if you will look closely after you have sought the help of God you can often see the signs of tiny sprigs of new growth lying just below the charred surface. Only God can bring forth “beauty from ashes.”

You may be facing or going through a particular “fire-of-life” right now that has you running for help or even for your life, protection, and shelter. You may be greatly grieving over your losses as you watch the flames of life consume and destroy the things that you love and hold dear to your heart. But, let’s examine the advice of our trained Fire Protectors and Firemen. As the fire safety technique teaches, “Stop, drop, and roll.” Stop running and panicking. Panic only adds wind to the situation and spreads the flames farther and farther. At this very moment just Stop! Next, take in a deep breath and “Drop” on your knees before God. Make God your Fire Chief in all matters of life. Seek out HIS help before you call upon anyone else to deliver you. Lastly, “Roll” on with your life each and every day leaving God in charge of rebuilding your life and everything that you have lost during the fire. Remember, ONLY God can grow a tree. Only God can bring forth new life and new growth. Learn to lean on Him as your forest replenish and rebuilds. Also, learn to lean on Him as your Forest Ranger who looks out for you and shows you how to avoid forest fires through His own Words, The B.I.B.L.E. (Amen!)

No matter what we do to prevent life’s personal forest fires they can occur and come our way with or without warning. We must be ready at all points in life to know the rules of “life’s forest fires.” Remember, before you call 911 to sound an alarm for others to come running, “Stop and Drop,” by humbly going to Jesus first in prayer. Sound out the alarms of Heaven through diligent, fervent prayer. Give Jesus all the facts and details that you know of. Then, trust in Him to bring the right equipment (God’s Word) to put out the “fires of life.” Lastly, “Roll” on with your life while being patient, positive, and productive as God restores, renews, and replenish your losses. With GOD, our Great Fire Chief and Forest Protector, in time your new forest may even be bigger, better, and more beautiful than the forest you lost; or you ever imagined. Remember, Only God Can Prevent Forest Fires…Only God Can Rebuild, Replenish, and Restore…Amen!

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

In 2015 “Study to Show Thyself Approved…”

Study to show thyself (your own self) approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15 KJV).

If you have one New Year’s resolution that you stick with, I would encourage you to make it daily Bible reading and study.
Notice that the scripture says, “study to show thyself (your own self) approved unto God….” Without Bible study you will never understand nor comprehend how much God really and truly loves you and how much HE wants to be the guide and leader in your life.

There are an innumerable number of things in life all bidding for your time and attention. Nevertheless, only the Bible guides your heart, mind, and life to follow the things of God. Without regular, disciplined study of the Word of God you will never find God’s will for your life nor His Peace that passes all understanding.

There are no hidden secrets, tricks, societies, plans, magic, personal agendas, or “wishes” that can lead you to God. God chose HIS Word to reveal himself…And, God’s Word became flesh through the person Jesus Christ and dwelled among us. (John 1:14). We can only find out about God and His Son Jesus Christ (God manifested in the flesh) through intensive reading and study of His Word, the Holy Bible.

Many a non-believer and skeptic have come away “believing” after reading and studying the Bible. It is still the number one best-selling book of all time and will continue being so until Christ returns.

Ask yourself this question. Why fill your mind and life with manmade philosophies that are unproven rather than filling your mind and life with God’s Word, the Bible? Only the Word of God contains The Truth, The Way, and The Life which pleases God and settles a man’s or woman’s own heart.

My friend, I encourage and beg you to “Break Away” to find God in all things by reading and studying God’s Word for yourself. Make reading and studying God’s Word the number one priority in your life. Read and study for yourself to find out who God really is and discover your purpose for life. Amen.

Remember, God Loves You.
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author.

Are You Ready? Choose Wisely…

Are You Ready? Choose Wisely…

In one week (today’s date December 26, 2014) we will enter into the New Year 2015. Are you ready? Well; ready or not it’s coming.

If you are like most people you are already deciding what things you want to do differently this coming New Year. You may want to start a new exercise program, a new diet, a new routine, or a complete do-over either on yourself or in your home. Whatever the case may be in six days you can begin!

One of my goals for 2015 is to graciously “let go” of many different things in my life that I cannot change. Change is always good, but when certain things seem to hang around for years and years it is better to practice acceptance with lots of Grace rather than to try unsuccessfully to change them. The Apostle Paul taught in the book of II Corinthians, “And he (Jesus Christ) hath said unto me (the Apostle Paul), My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I (the Apostle Paul) rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Amen.

Not every circumstance in life renders us weak, but when certain things, situations, and/or circumstances are out of our control we most often do not possess the power to change them. But, God does…And, if HE chooses to change them for His glory He will. But, if He chooses to allow them to remain the same He will, by Faith, provide us with HIS Grace in order to sustain and continue. Either way, God’s Grace is sufficient!

Most things in our life come down to a particular prayer known as the Serenity Prayer, “God, Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change those things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.” The key component of that prayer is Wisdom to know the difference!

There are things that we can change within our lives, but most of it has to do with our own actions, attitudes, and perspectives. It’s nearly impossible to change the actions, attitudes, and perspectives of others. I know firsthand; so save yourself a whole lot of stress, agony, and energies…Believe me just stop trying! It won’t get you anywhere and the harder you try the worse things can become!

Being a retired school teacher, I know firsthand the blessed opportunity to instill knowledge into the minds and lives of my students. But, how my students chose to live out that knowledge or how they applied that knowledge within their lives was rightfully within their own power. All of life boils now to personal choices. For example, in this life we can choose to forgive those who have trespassed against us, or we can choose to hold grudges until the day they die. It’s our choice. It’s that simple.

God, being the Master Teacher, instills knowledge into the hearts and lives of His children through His precious Word the Bible. Like my students, those who receive God’s Word can choose to accept and practice God’s teachings, or they can choose to ignore His teachings and press onward in life as they choose. Not even God “makes” His children obey…It’s their own choice….It’s your choice….It’s my choice.

So, as the New Year 2015 begins you might want to recall a popular line from the movie, Indian Jones, “Choose wisely.” No matter our choices; all choices have consequences; good or bad. We must all learn to choose more wisely. Our lives and the lives of all those around us depend upon it.

So, today I encourage you to surrender to God’s sufficient Grace in order to accept the things you cannot change and courage to change those things you can. In doing so you are choosing wisely and shall reap rich bountiful Peace.

It is my prayer for 2015 to reap as much Love, Joy, Acceptance, and Peace as I can. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Remember, God Loves You.

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author