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 eighteen 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.”

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Could I Go But to the Lord?

“Where Could I Go But to the Lord?”

Many of you may remember this old familiar hymn sung down through the years. But, its lyrics are timeless. “Living below in this old sinful world…” How true. And, it’s a world that is getting more sinful by the minute.

People today seem confused, unaware, and uneducated as to what is “right” from what is “wrong.” Our nation’s leaders have all but gone astray following after the lust of the flesh and the sinful desires of the world. We almost seem hopeless; lost in a world gone mad.

But, thanks be unto our GOD through the blood of our loving Savior, Jesus Christ, we have HOPE when all seems lost. There is NO other place to go but unto the Lord; our rock and fortress in the time of both personal and national need. Shootings, killings, hate crimes, and ungodly acts of sinful behavior bombard our world’s airways and media. We never know from day-to-day what is going to happen next. But, I know someone who does…And, HE is the same someone whom I place my Hope, Trust, and Faith…Jesus.

The Bible teaches us that in the “last days” (before the return of Jesus) perilous (dangerous, unsafe, terrifying) times shall come. It goes on to say, “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, unrestrained, fierce, despiser of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.” (II Timothy 3)

The Apostle Paul wrote this message nearly 2,000 years ago but it is as timely as our front page news being portrayed right in front of our eyes. Thanks be unto our Lord I do have a place to go; a place of refuge and shelter from the storms and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. “Where Could I Go But to the Lord?” The answer is simple, “there is NO better place to go.”

It is my prayer that you know this place to go…The place is called Calvary where Jesus died to protect and to deliver us from our sins and the works of a sinful world gone mad.

Do not fear; do not be dismayed for God will bring ALL things unto His glorious Power and Strength as the day quickly approaches when Jesus shall return to set up His earthly kingdom and God himself shall wipe away all our tears. Oh, what a Day that will be! Until then, my heart will go on singing and praising the LORD for there is no other place to go but unto the Lord. Amen.

Remember, God Love You,

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

Ask for the Old Paths

“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” (Jeremiah 6:16).

With the news media focusing its attention lately on gender identity do you feel as if the “old ways” of life are dissipating and disappearing?

Sadly, this past week I overheard a news anchor person state, “The gender of a person at birth does not dictate their gender identity.” Well, if that’s the case, then what does?

It appears to me that the WORLD has gone MAD! Each day the WORLD sinks farther and farther into wickedness, darkness, and sin…And, we, God’s people, draw closer and closer to the return of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The signs are all around us.

In Jeremiah’s day the people also rebelled against God and sought their “own paths” which means they rejected God’s ways and chose what was “right in their own eyes.”

God warned the rejecting people over and over to return to HIS ways, the old paths, but they refused by saying, “We will not walk therein.” That’s exactly what society are doing today; refusing to walk in God’s ways and openly persecuting those who do.

The world’s search for temporary peace-of-mind is always sensual, selfish, and sinful. Their peace comes from pleasure-seeking whether it comes in the form of a pill, bottle, or other self-destructive addictive means. But, choosing God’s ways (the old paths) bring about HIS PEACE that passes all understanding. And, as I recently heard someone say, “You can’t know God’s PEACE that passes ALL understanding until it passes ALL understanding!”

As a Believer and Follower of Jesus Christ, what a JOY it is to walk in the “old paths” leaning and trusting on God.

Today, you may be in need of a long-term Peace that passes all understanding. You may be disgusted with all the hype of the news media and the ever-increasing wickedness of the world. If so, let me encourage you to remain at the feet of Jesus and walk the precious “old path” that began at the foot of the Cross.

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Thank you, Sweet Jesus, for the Old Path that leads me directly to you. Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

A Purposed Life…

A purposed Life…“I will guard (take heed to) my ways lest I sin with my tongue.” (Psalm 39)

Nothing gives us more trouble in life than our own tongue. And, the Bible teaches that our words come from our thoughts that come from the heart which is deceptively wicked above all things (Jeremiah 17:9).

So, how do we overcome these negative aspects of our life? First, by placing our life in the Hands and under control of the Holy Spirit by Grace through Faith in Christ Jesus. (Romans 10). Next, by taking notice of what we think, what we say, and how we react or respond to those things around us. Taking self-inventory of what we think, what we say, and what we do produces self-control which is a Fruit of the Spirit.

There are nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering (Patience), Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance (self-control). To obtain “fruit” of any kind it takes purposeful work. For a Christian to fully develop the Fruits of the Spirit takes purposeful work as well. Purposeful thinking. Purposeful speaking. Purposeful actions.

As Christians, we cannot simply live by emotions and emotional thinking to produce healthy, self-controlled lives. Many people live by the “if it feels good do it” philosophy which is a very dangerous and problematic way of life. Living purposefully produces self-control and living with self-control produces purposefully living. The two go hand-in-hand.

So, today I encourage you to begin living a “purposed life” by taking inventory of those things we think, the things we say, and the responses we show or demonstrate. Remember, if our ways do not line up with or reflect one of the Fruits of the Spirit we are giving into a deceptive hearts…And, we ALL must guard our lives and tongues against deception of any source.

May our lives be “purposed” and filled with the precious Fruit of the Spirit… Amen.

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

A Day in February …

A Day in February

February launches a wonderful time and opportunity of reflection as well as a time of anticipation.  Long, cold winter days give way to hours of reading and meditating on those things that bring warm joy into our hearts and lives; rightfully being since February is also known as “heart” month.  So, as you read my blog today perhaps you’d like to have a good cup of coffee in hand with your own personal devotional book to reference as the Spirit leads you.

Let me ask you this question, “How is your heart doing today?  Is it a healthy, happy heart both physically and emotionally?”  Sometimes, our heart can hurt us from a physical perspective. We hear that our heart is beating too fast or perhaps too slow. In either regard there is reason for concern. Sometimes, we may even hear that our heart is struggling to do its job effectively.  Doctors may introduce us to new or different medicines and exercise as a way to help our physically hurting heart to be stronger.  Then, there is the emotional side of our heart…Let me ask you this question. ”Is your heart breaking into right now from circumstances and situations beyond your control?”  Oh, my friend, the precious heart of man…

At my age (age 59), I hear a lot about the heart of matters both physically and emotionally.  Women tend to hurt more than men from an emotional perspective.  Men don’t always understand the “heart of a woman.”  Yet, a woman may not always understand the “heart of a man.”  Men need to feel strong, vibrate, alert, in-charge, respected, and active both physically and mentally.  Even though a woman may need these things as well, she is never more of a vibrate, healthy woman than when she is giving and receiving love from those she loves; no matter her physical shape or condition.  It’s all about love in a woman’s eyes.

There’s nothing stronger on the planet than God’s love and a mother’s heart.  The two make quite a combination of strength and courage.  The two together can conquer most anything thrown towards it…But, when a woman’s heart is broken emotionally so is her spirit.  It’s as if she exists without being seen or heard…It’s like she simply disappears into a background of despair, apathy, and desolation.

Have you ever gone into a nursing home to see a woman sitting alone in her wheelchair rocking a baby doll back and forth?  Her arms long to hold life because she is the giver of life.  People need people and without people there is no reason to exist. And, no one knows this truth more than a mother.

But, where do we turn and what do we do when the world we once knew no longer exists?  Where do we go in times of trials when those we love have all gone on their own path of life forgetting and even forsaking the love we once nurtured, cherished, gave and received?

It’s difficult to hear a loved one tell you that you are not enjoyable to be around because your “joy” is gone when they are your “joy.”  At this point, life seems to become a catch-22; or better yet, like a dog chasing its own tail…nothing works, nothing matters, nothing changes as the circle of dilemma goes round and round…round and round…heading nowhere.

But, by Faith, we must remember that just like winter gives way to spring…and spring gives way to winter…life does change…Live will change; for in a blink of an eye it can actually cease to exist.  So, we must be grateful for the moment; no matter the status of the moment; good or bad.

Yes; these are thoughts that one might ponder on a cold, dreary February day.  But, then somewhere in the crevices of the spirit the thoughts of springtime and a new life emerging etch their way into the mind… and a smile comes on our face as we look forward to warmer days,  warmer nights, lots of sunshine and even planting new flowers just to watch them grow…Springtime…when life returns…And, all is at peace again.

The world is a good place and whatever it is that may have you down and dreary on this February day will soon dissipate and you will once again feel a bounce back in your step and a “joy” in your heart.

Sometimes, we have to get off the beaten path to find our way.  That is one reason I feel that God lead me to create my blog and to title my first book, Break Away.  We must “Break Away” to find God in all things…And, that “breaking away” may include breaking away from old habits, old paths, old ways of thinking…It’s OK to be “all over the radar screen,” as they say, for a short time until you get your sense of direction back.  Long, cold, and even lonely February nights can provide “off the radar” opportunities.  Sometimes, it’s alright to not fly safely under the radar but right into the face of the radar and shouting, “I’m alive. I’m alive. I’m alive.  Can you see me?” We all need to be seen at times as a way of feeling valued, appreciated, and loved.

When our youngest daughter was a little girl she would stand still and place one (just one!) finger up to her eye and say, “Can you see me?”  I thought that was the cutest thing ever that she could imagine that one tiny finger could hide her entire little body.  But, you know some people feel the same way about their life and existence…They feel as if something or someone has blinded and blocked the view of their existence.  No one sees them.  It can even be something very small but suddenly the small obstacle has completely erased a feeling of self-worth and value.  They need someone to say, as I would say to my daughter, “Yes, I can see you. And, I love you.”

What we all need to be reminded is that just as my little daughter could still be seen while holding up her one little finger….our lives can still be seen when clouded with doubt, confusion, trials, and all kinds of intrusive, negative, and destructive feelings.  We can still be seen by those who love us.

We must be reminded that LOVE, even though it may be temporarily unseen, much like a seeding underground still exists waiting until it blossoms into full, splendor of sight…And that no matter what comes into our path to rob us of joy, LOVE  can never truly and actually die…For God is LOVE and as long as GOD is alive…There is LOVE.

May you feel God’s warm Love flowing through your spirit each and every day; no matter the season.

In God’s Care,

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

Break Away by WestBow Press

“It Came to Pass…”

It Came to Pass…

The phrase, “It came to pass” occurs over and over again in the Old Testament Scriptures. Example: “It came to pass after four hundred and thirty years that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt” (II Chronicles 20). Many times the above phrase is used in association with a long, extended amount of time between happenings and events. However, neither you nor I will ever know the end results of many matters here on earth that last or continue way past our life time. So, how do we learn to deal with such truth?

One way is found in God’s sufficient Grace. God has given His children a very special measurement of faith, strength, and ability to endure such matters in life through His special gift called GRACE. The Apostle Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians that he had found God’s “Grace sufficient in all things.” As a matter of fact, it was actually the LORD himself who told Paul that His Grace is sufficient and we shall find power in our weaknesses (times of enduring and adversities.)

Today, you may be enduring a long-standing matter or situation that has you at your wit’s end. Day after day, month after month, the situation remains the same. Oh, my friend let me encourage you to HOLD ON TO HOPE in Christ Jesus who can give you His sufficient strength in times of adversities. Remember, you are never alone in God’s arms.

Each day, through prayer and supplication, give your troubles, worries, concerns, weaknesses, and long-standing adversities over to Jesus for in doing so you will truly find God’s Grace is sufficient in all areas and matters of your life.

When our three daughters were babies I wrote a song I titled, “Lord, Give Me the Strength I Need.” Today, those same little girls are now wives and mothers of their own depending upon that same strength to get them through each passing day. Whether it be a heavy burden or just a normal day at home you can always find God’s Grace is sufficient for each need.

Also, let me encourage you that whether a situation comes to pass or comes to stay in your life God’s Grace is always sufficient for your every need. Let His strength become your daily strength in all situations and matters. For in doing so you will find Peace that passes all understanding. Amen and Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed Author