The “Lifter of My Head”

“But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.” (Psalm 3:3)

How many times in your life have you needed “someone” to “lift up your head?” Perhaps, your head was heavy and bowed low with sorrows or disappointments. Or, perhaps you had received bad news about a friend or loved one; or even about yourself.

Troubles and sorrows can overtake us in any given moment or situation. But, there is ONE who is the “lifter up” of our heads…Our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. As any believer of the Word (Bible) will tell you God doesn’t always deliver us from the many storms and trials in Life, but HE will always be with us to see us through to the other side.

King David said, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD sees us through.” (Psalm 34:19). Today, you may be facing an unprecedented time of trouble in your life. Let me encourage you NOT to despair. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who guided the Children of Israel to the Promised Land is the same God, through Jesus Christ, who is leading and guiding His children (those who Believe) today.

God is the same Yesterday, Today, and Forever…I encourage you to let God be your Shield of Faith, your Glory of Hope, and the “Lifter Up” of you head. Then, you, too can say as the Psalmist, “I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me…Yes; the LORD sustained me…Salvation belongeth unto the LORD; thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah” (Psalm 3:8).

How sweet to face each day knowing that the LORD is my shield, my glory, and the lifter of my head. Amen

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

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Earth’s Losses…Heaven’s Gain

Earth’s losses…Heaven’s Gains

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us-ward. (Romans 8:18 KJV)

I love when the Lord puts a thought into my heart to ponder. As I was driving home today from visiting my mother-in-law in the nursing home, God seemed to say to my heart, “Earth’s losses are only temporary but Heaven’s gains are permanent.” This set my mind into action. Wow! All of our losses here on Earth are only temporary…The loss of loved ones, family members, relationships, friendships, careers, positions, titles and roles in life, financial means, materialistic items, health, and even life itself are all temporary losses to the Christian Believer…

But, everything that we will one day “gain” in Heaven will be permanent! No more dying, no more tears, no more grief, no more sadness, no more loneliness, no more disappointments, no more overwhelming challenges, no more issues to resolve, no more doctor appointments, no more physical therapies, no more sicknesses, pain or diseases, and no more death! What we suffer down here on earth is temporary compared to the Heavenly JOYS we will one day receive that will never, never go away.

Pondering this fact is helping me to process and deal with a loss in fellowship that I have with someone who means very much to me. In many ways, I have grieved over this loss for some time now. But, God reminded me today that my loss is only “temporary,” and that one day I will not only have restored fellowship in the grandest style possible, but it will be for all eternity. We may not have peace and fellowship between us right now, but one day we will stroll beside the River of Life hand in hand.

Sometimes, we need to remind ourselves that sixty or seventy years cannot be compared to infinity…Time here on earth, with all of its ups and downs, will one day cease while infinity or eternity is just that; eternal! So, today, you may be dealing with a loss or losses in your own life. And, it goes without saying that such things are challenging, hurtful, and painful at times. But, let your hearts and mind ponder on the glorious news God has in store for his children when HE shall descend from Heaven with a shout and call His children home to everlasting Bliss, Contentment, Joy, and Happiness!

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

Hold to the Rock of Ages…

Hold to the Rock of Ages…

Storms of life and trials that endure for years, some even for decades, can rob us at times of our inward strength, abilities, and energies. The enemy, God’s enemy, begins to believe that he is winning over our “will,” and even God’s will for our life, and that we will eventually become a “quitter” on God. But, God’s children are not “quitters.”

Perhaps, at one point you were strong in the Lord, obedient, determined, dedicated, and totally dependent upon His leading in your life…For years and years you faithfully served God and others in His loving protection, promises, and provisions…But, suddenly, the unseen protective Hands of God seemed to vanish from you life and the enemies’ thunder, lightnings, and clouds were all you could see. At first, you thought the violent storm would eventually pass over; but it didn’t. Instead of passing by, it stopped right over you and stayed much longer than you ever anticipated or prepared yourself for. In the midst of the ongoing storm you tried to find your wits and sense of it all, but they seemed lost in the swelling tides of the storm. After a while, your senses began to dull and you didn’t know how to behave or handle the plethora of emotions that were bombarding your heart and mind practically daily; minute by minute. Somedays you were able to find solace in Prayer and Scripture readings, but then the next day everything is filled with added turmoil and uncertainities…To say the least, the enemy has you on the run…And, it appears to be a “run for your life,” except for one thing…The more you run the more you run into obstacles that hurt and harm you…You know that you need to stand still but standing still in such a strong storm goes against every grain in your mind and body.

The natural voices within tell you to run…It’s the old, “fight or flight” sydrome…By running I mean, “fix it,” “do something,” or, “make it go away.” Even though you know the verse, “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord,” all too well you still feel the need to “do something,” because if you don’t the storm will overtake your life and “all” will be lost. So, you are in a quandary and nothing in life makes sense to you anymore. And, believe me I know, that when you are experiencing such a long, long lasting storm many of your friends and family will tend to depart…After all, it’s your storm; not their’s…Thankfully, you do experience short, brief periods of “sunshine” when the thunder and lightnings cease momentarily, but when they return they return with a vengence…One minute you are up and the next second you are down being tossed under the raging waters’ currents…No one, and I mean NO ONE, seems willing to throw you a “life- line” of rescue. Most of the people you know are just standing on the sidelines of life shaking their heads in disbelief as they watch you try to balance the strong and ever stronger waves pounding upon the seashore of your battled-life…They don’t want to “see it.” They don’t want to “hear it.” So, they look the other way…To them, it’s just too taxing to watch you endure…

Sadly, those once closest to you start to lose faith in “your faith” and start believing that you are all “washed up.” To them, you are a wreck; a train wreck; a crash; a plane crash…They may even accuse you of being a “nut case.” It appears that All the works and efforts of your past have been destroyed layer by layer…You feel spiritually exhausted, naked, ravished, and ashamed.

Why me, Lord? Why me? You ask yourself over and over…But, wait…Why NOT me? Who am I not to endure such heartaches and trials? Why should I be any different than any other human being on planet Earth who also endures personal trials and defeats at various times within their lives? What team player wins 100% of the time? Who hasn’t thrown a few foul balls in their time or struck out? Who among us is Perfect, let him cast the first stone? Even my own Savior was persecuted, stripped of his garments, and nailed to a Cross…What world do I think I live? Do I wish to live where “all” is happy, happy, happy 24/7? That world does not exist; well, not YET anyway. But, it will one day for those of us who are alive in Christ Jesus! For we will be where He is and we will ALL be happy, happy, happy 24/7…But, until then….we must learn to endure…to carry our own Cross…to know that we know that we know that God is on our side…

With God on our side, and in our hearts, we are more than a conqueror through Him… We can say with full assurance, “I will survive…I will endure…I will see the SONSHINE again upon my life…I will learn to know both defeat and victory as it is appointed unto man to know…Until then, Glory, Glory, and More Glory unto the God who gives and takes away…Praise be unto His Holy Name!”

After the storm passes, and, yes, my friend, it will one day pass…we will rebuild upon the Blessed Rock of Ages…we will cut our losses and we will rebuild…We will survive the many hurricanes, the tsunami, the tornadoes, the floods, and the raging seas with all of its fury to one day stand stronger and taller upon our Foundation of Faith (God’s Faith) not built upon sand, but upon the everlasting, Blessed Rock of Ages! Until then, my heart will go on singing…until then I will Praise His Name…until then I will HOLD TO THE Blessed ROCK OF AGES…Until Then I Will Go to the Rock of Ages! Amen…

Remember, Even in the Storm, God Still Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

Joseph’s Prison…

Joseph’s Prison…

In the book of Genesis, chapter thirty-nine, we learn that Joseph was taken “DOWN” to Egypt where he was sold as a slave to Potiphar, a captain in Pharoah’s mighty army.

Joseph was Jacob’s 11th son; the first son born unto Jacob by his beloved wife Rachel.  Because Jacob loved Rachel better than he loved his other wife and concubines, he loved and favored his son, Joseph, more than his other ten sons.  Scripture also teaches us that Rachel birthed a younger son unto Jacob as well; Benjamin (Genesis 46:19).  Thus, the Twelve Tribes of Jacob (Israel) were established.

Joseph was known as a “Dreamer.” And, he loved sharing his dreams with his older half-brothers.  Although, they did not receive his dreams nor his “favored” life so well. In one dream, he told how his brothers would one day bow down to him.  This, of course, angered his older half-brothers. So, they decided to get “even” with their “dreaming” younger brother!

As opportunity presented itself one day, as the brothers were out hunting, the older boys took hold of Joseph and lowered him into a nearby “pit.”  While discussing what to do next, something went terribly wrong…A group of traveling merchants on their way to Egypt saw Joseph in the pit.  So, they pulled Joseph up from the pit and took him with them.  When they arrived at the market place in Egypt, they sold Joseph into slavery…His buyer was none other than Potiphar.

As the story unfolds, we find that during Joseph’s enslaved years of service to Potiphar, that Potiphar’s wife became attracted to Joseph and tempted him to commit an affair with her.  However, Joseph, being filled with godly, moral character and goodness, refused. As a result, the now “rejected,” scorned wife immediately accused Joseph of trying to seduce her.  So, she screamed out for prison guards.  Joseph was immediately arrested and thrown into prison where he remained for many, many years for a crime he did not commit.

Figuratively speaking, have you ever felt as if you were thrown into “prison” for a crime you did not commit?  Have you ever felt you were being unfairly mistreated?  Wrongly judged?  Misunderstood?  Falsely accused?  Falsely represented?  Rejected? Betrayed?  Or,  Wronged? ….  I know I certainly have!  Even though our circumstances may be quite different from Joseph’s, at one time or another we have all been cast into our own custom-made, “Joseph’s Prison.”

Even with today’s modern-day jail systems, no one wishes to be in “prison.”  The first thing a prisoner learns about prison life is that their individual RIGHTS have been revoked and their lives are now dictated by guards and prison officials.  Prisoners are stripped of their freedoms until released and pardoned.  At times, that’s exactly how it feels when a Christian is suffering through one of life’s many trials.  It’s seem that Satan and his group of demons have stripped us of our RIGHTS and freedoms!  We feel helpless and even somewhat hopeless at times as the “trial” washes day-after-day across our lives much like pounding waves upon the sea-shore.

However, the one thing that simply amazes me about Joseph’s situation and circumstances, as well as the character of Joseph, is his persistent FAITH in God.  He knew that no matter his circumstances, NOTHING could separate him from the LOVE of his natural father, Jacob, nor the LOVE of his Heavenly Father, God.  Almost like Job, Joseph stood the test.

Possibly, in Joseph’s upbringing, Jacob had read the story of Job to his sons helping to empower their FAITH and to build a stronger more sustaining HOPE in God.  As a result, Joseph APPLIED the teachings of God’s unfailing LOVE into his own personal circumstances that eventually brought forth amazing results!!  Amen…Do I hear a PRAISE in the house!! Oh, yea!

Nonetheless, possessing such an amazing “sustaining” Faith is not always an easy thing to do; especially for people like myself who struggle with the ideologies of “unconditional” love.  When you were “raised” or “brought up” on receiving “love” or supportive “acclamations” based upon performance, or “performance-based,” it takes a life time to fully accept and understand God’s amazing, unconditional Love.  The very first song I ever wrote, at the age of twelve, is called, “God’s Love.”  “God’s Love has found a new home. God’s Love has found a new home. I opened up my heart and let God come in. God’s Love has found a new home.”    Even at the young, tender age of twelve, I knew first-hand that there was something completely new and different about God’s love than any other type of love I had ever experienced thus far in life.

So, let me ask you this question:  Is it possible, even today, for a Christian to be imprisoned within a spiritual battle and still maintain, sense, trust, and have faith and hope in God’s unconditional Love no matter the circumstances; as both Job and Joseph?  You decide…

This morning, as I pondered the above question, I began to think about how some people place their sense of “value” and “self-worth” upon external conditions. If they are surrounded by people whom they love and trust as well as love and trust them back, they feel “valued” and their self-worth soars.  Happy. Happy. Happy.  However, when the opposite presents itself and they are surrounded by people who are not so “in love” with them or their ways, they plummet down the mountainside into a pattern of low self-esteem and no-worth-value; whatsoever….It just shouldn’t be this way; especially for the Believer!!

Of course, some people, no matter their outward circumstances or situations seem to be able to maintain a well-balanced sense of “value” and “self-worth” no matter what… They find their “self-worth” from an internal component, hopefully based upon the Love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  For these people they do NOT value themselves based upon “eyes,” “ears,” “actions,” and “reactions” of others. They do not allow their self-value to become distorted based upon the feelings or accolades orf others…A well-balanced life of moderation!

Sadly and unfortunately, the first group of “responders” tend to bounce back and forth much like a bowie between feeling good about themselves and feelings of inadequacies; like being on a continuous see-saw…One day “up” and the next day “down.”  Their self-worth “freedoms” have been taken away much like being in a “prison.” Inner feelings of self-worth are based upon external conditions… Sad and tragic.

Joseph is a good example for ALL of us to follow…His self-worth and self-value were not based upon his external circumstances but his relationship with his FATHER; God.  It mattered not that he had been thrown into the pit by his brothers, kidnapped by traveling salesmen, and eventually sent away to ROT within the prison walls of life for a crime he did not commit….His heart remained secured…He was his Father’s son and that’s all that mattered to him…And, when time and opportunity finally came into Joseph’s life to prove that point; he did just that…He fully demonstrated his LOVE back to both his Heavenly Father and his earthly father…As through Joseph, Israel and all of their families were saved during a very dark and barren time in the history of Jacob and his twelve sons.  Oh, thanks be unto God for Joseph’s faith, hope, strength, and unconditional Love for the Father!

Today, you may be pacing back and forth inside your own mental prison.  Please don’t fret; take courage and keep the Faith, For God So love you that he gave his only begotten Son to die for you (John 3:16).  He also promises that He will never leave nor forsake you though the waters rage and the tempest roar.  He, GOD, is the Great Comforter who will be with you and me until the end.  He is Alpha and Omega the Almighty God and HIS LOVE is higher and far, far exceeds our every thought and imagination….So, Christian, Lift Up Thy Head, our promised Redemption draweth nigh….Amen.

Remember, God DOES LOVE YOU!

Lin T Rollins, Author

@copyright by Lin T Rollins 2012

Be of Good Courage…

Be of Good Courage…

Be of Good courage, and He (GOD) shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord…Psalm 31:24 KJV)

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of “courage,” is:

mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty

In Psalm 31:24, King David adds a descriptive modifier before the noun, “courage;” GOOD courage.  As we all know, there are lots of different “types” of courage; some not so good!

We typically first learn about “courage” in elementary school during recess.  “I double-dog dare you to jump off the top of the sliding board!”  Or, “I triple-dog dare you to hang upside down from the monkey-bars.”  Oh, how many of us have learned courage by experiencing a broken wrist or arm!  Actually, we learn “wisdom” from those types of courageous acts…The next time someone “dares” us to a dangerous feat, we are not so inclined to accept the challenge!  Amen…

Nevertheless, King David is not talking about that type of “courage.”  Actually, King David was one of the most bravest and courageous men of the Bible…So, why is he saying, “Be of Good Courage?”  Because King David learned the hard way that it takes as much courage to trust in God at times as it does to face and defeat a seven-foot giant!

It takes “GOOD courage” to face the many giants (TRIALS) in our lives as well.  We all face giants at times in our lives…We all face “darker” times when our Faith is challenged and we must stand Strong in the Lord, filled with Spiritual Courage…Good Courage!

Today, you may be facing a “giant” in your life….If so, “BE OF GOOD COURAGE!”  Even though you may not be able to march out on a battlefield to use your sling-shot to defeat your giant, God is still just as much with you as He was with King David that day. On that day, the Bible teaches us that King David had five stones in his pouch…The number “five” means Grace.  King David had GOD’S Grace with him when he slew his giant. And, today, as believers, we, too, have God’s Grace in our hearts and lives to slew all the giants that come our way…

So, until all of your giants are defeated and gone, BE OF GOOD COURAGEAble to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or the many difficulties of life in the strength, power, and Name of the Lord of Hosts…And God shall strengthen your heart; all ye that HOPE in the Lord…Amen!

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, Author

@copyright by Lin T Rollins 2012

Storm? Or, Trial?

Storm? Or, Trial?

Knowing this, that the trying (trial) of your faith worketh patience…Let patience have her perfect (maturing) work, that ye may be perfect (matured) and entire; wanting nothing (fully trusting in God)…(James 1:4 KJV)

There are over two-thousand, two-hundred active storms circling our planet each day.  Storms also blow into and out of our lives: physical, emotional, and spiritual storms.  Storms, no matter their size or destructive forces, have a way of ending; ceasing…calming…They eventually “move” on…Praise the Lord!

But, what about a TRIAL?  Think about it…Some judicial trials end within a few hours while others can take weeks and weeks…Storms tend to leave a path of destruction, but typically in time the destroyed properties can be fixed or restored…If the storms are not too massive in size and nature…But, what about a trial?  In a TRIAL, a person’s life usually changes for the good or bad depending upon the outcome of a particular long-standing trail…

I have come to the conclusion that we, as Christians, sometime refer to ongoing, lengthy, hard-pressing, “unexpected” happenings and events as storms when in fact they are better described as TRIALS…Why?  Because trials last longer, go deeper, and their outcomes often change the heart, soul, mindset, and direction of our lives…

There have been many storms hit my life, as with many of you.  But, I have endured a rather long, ongoing, TRIAL in my life for many years now…It’s constant, daily, steady, continuous, oppressing, depressing, and weighty…Some days I can press onward with more strength than others…(The Joy of the Lord is my strength!)….However,  on some days the long, enduring, steady, and hurtful trial seems as if it is breathing down my neck and pressing me to the ground as if to say, “I’ve won…You’re defeated!”  …On those days, I MUST exercise a greater faith to keep my thoughts and mind from wanting to “do” something to bring about relief; even if the relief isn’t good for me or any other stake-holder involved!!..Those days are tough…On those days, you learn to simply press forward one micro-second at a time…

With “STORMS” there are usually encouraging signs of its ending or disipation…However, there are NO signs when a trial will ever end…You just keep enduring “it” until the day finally comes and the trial is past and over…A moment that we like to refer to as, “Breakthrough!”

I believe trials can be anything from long-term sicknesses, on-going relational problems that seem to never get better no matter what you do, areas in our lives that haunt us day in and day out no matter how many times we have prayed over them, claimed the blood of Christ over them, or rebuked Satan and all of his demons over them to leave us in the name of Jesus!  No matter what we do the next hour, the next day, the next week, the next month, the next year…the “trial” still haunts us…haunting trials…Lord, for YOUR strength we pray to endure haunting trials!

But, I am LEARNING something in my very own, personal, on-going trial…IT IS WORKING  INWARDLY and OUTWARDLY THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT in my life!!!  I am learning that LOVE,JOY, PEACE and PATIENCE (LONGSUFFERING) are fruits I can harvest and enjoy in the midst of my trial…I have learning that GENTLENESS (a calmed-spirit) and GOODNESS (choosing to do good in the face of adversity) are Fruits I can reap even when in distress…I am learning that FAITH (what I cannot see), MEEKNESS (the willingness to be a grateful, life-long, obedient learner),  and TEMPERANCE (maintaining self-control) are Fruits that Honor and exalt my Heavenly Father that I would otherwise not know anything about without “my” trial…

Oh, the far-reaching results of Trials within our lives…They can actually do a body good!  (If we let them produce the Fruit of the Spirit within our lives that God is trying to produce!)

No one likes to be on “trial.”  When we are on “trial,” we are usually examined and questioned about our motives and actions…That’s exactly what God is working out in our lives when we are in “trials.”  GOD is questioning our motives and actions…GOD is stirring up our heart’s plotted soil-of-life to bring forth HIS Fruit…So, that HE will be glorified and honored…Oh, the trials of life…

As the Apostle Paul teaches, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit…” What Spirit?  The Fruit of the Spirit as it is being worked inwardly and outwardly in our lives…Ah, but let “patience” have her perfect works…AMEN!!

Press on weary pilgrim; press on…For in doing so ye shall reap Fruit unto your souls…”That the TRIAL of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ!” (IPeter 1:7 KJV)…

Remember, God Does Love You!  (Even in the midst of the Trial….)

Lin T Rollins, Author

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“And the Winds Came…”

And the Winds Came…”

“And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew…”

I typically do not blog on Saturdays, but reflecting upon the many storms and tornadoes that ripped through our region, my heart is heavy and when my heart is heavy I often write.

For those of us who live in the South we are accustomed to hearing about the devastating tornadic storms that hit our neighbors in the mid-western and Ohio Valley regions. Sadly, and often stunned, we watch videos and images of mass destruction and loss of lives. The same is true for our adjacent neighbors in Alabama.  They just seem to get “hit” harder than those of us living in northwest Georgia.  But, last night the vast “tornadic storm” had a mind of its own and a very different plan…It wanted to go down in history as being the longest standing storm on record in the month of March traveling from Indiana to Georgia. And, before it was all over,  it brought its “calling card” into my county and into the lives of my family; my parents.

Thankfully, the main part of my parents’ home was not hurt, but on the east side shingles and roofing were torn from the rafters along with their garage and storage buildings destroyed spreading debris across their three-acre property.  Both of my parents are in their mid-seventies, so the storm really had a huge impact for them.  Several of my dad’s Bradford Pear trees were twisted and crushed to the ground along with other trees and branches and limbs from adjacent properties tossed up and down the roads.

But, they were more fortunate than many of their neighbors whose property losses were much greater including some totally leveled homes.  In the wake of the storm was also one of our counties newest elementary schools. Metal roofing ripped from the structure exposing classrooms, block walls fallen to the ground, and portable classrooms picked up and tossed around like they were play cars.  Our counties’ airport also received severe damages as well.  All in all it was a very eventful night.  But, one wonderful bit of news stands out as a reminder of God’s saving power…no one in the path of the storms that hit in Georgia was fatally injured.

Yet, in several states, lives were loss and properties damaged beyond recognition and repair.  “Lord, please be with those who suffered loss of life in yesterday’s storms.”

I have often said that you can truly know someone by the way they respond to various storms and trials that hit their lives.  There are those who feel if you just don’t “talk” about it, it doesn’t exist. There are others who believe if they just say, “It’ll be alright” enough times that everything will be alright!  But, my friend life is not like that.  Life hurts and when it comes at you fast and furious like a storm of nature…it leaves its mark behind.

Physical storms of nature such as tornadoes and hurricanes leave visible signs of damage…buildings destroyed, power-lines down, trees and debris spread throughout the area…But, when a person is “hit” and “hurt” from a storm of a different nature such as health-related issues, a divorce, loss of a loved one, loss of job or finances, family turmoil, rejection, betrayal and abuse of various types the injuries and damages sustained are not so visible and often overlooked.  The devastations, pain, and hurt are often felt on the “inside” and many times not even exposed to those living closest around them.

For those who are hit by the physical storms of nature we know that debris can be picked-up, buildings can be replaced, shingles can be repaired, and new trees can be planted.  It is for those who suffer loss of life during physical storms of nature that we mourn and grieve…everything else is replaceable.

But, what about those who suffer from life’s many trials, dissapointments, and hurts?  For those who are hurt and wounded from these types of storms there is only One who can repair the damages…The Master carpenter from Bethlehem of Judea, Jesus Christ.  “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell NOT; for it was built upon a rock (Jesus Christ).” (Matthew 7:25).

Today, whether you are recovering from a physical storm of nature or a storm of life, I pray that you will find the necessary hope, strength, Faith, and courage you need to face tomorrow.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T. Rollins, Author