#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Sunny Skies in January

This is the Eastern Washington weather I remember from my childhood–it’s very cold out, but the sun is shining and the sky is sugar-bowl blue.  As Bernicie and I walked around the pasture this morning, I felt my heart just swell with gratitude.  That’s my prayer time, while I’m walking, and it’s just such a gift to me to spend that time with God and my all-time favorite Yorkie.  :)

I mentioned losing my cell phone–odd how disconnected I felt, even though I’m not actually a phone person anyway.  I missed my Daily Audio Bible app most of all–listening regularly to the Word is so healing, even when the stories themselves are confusing.  By that I mean some of the stuff in the Old Testament–burnt offerings, for instance, or Lot, willing to toss his two virgin daughters to the angry crowd outside his house.  Yikes.  For a long time, things like that kept me at a distance from the Bible, even though I was raised on the King James Version and will forever be grateful to my mom for taking us to the Northport Presbyterian Church from infancy.  Still, as I’m rediscovering now, there is much more to the scriptures than the superficial meaning of the words themselves.  It definitely has a singular power, all it’s own.  

For me, the key was to stop trying to understand, and let up on wanting to argue every point.  Now, I don’t worry about believing or disbelieving, I just listen.  And there is some kind of shift going on within.

Snow predicted for the end of the week.

Oh, well.  :) It IS January, after all.

4 comments to “Sunny Skies in January”

  1. Hilda
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      · January 12th, 2012 at 8:53 pm · Link

    Hi, Linda. I suggest switching to something like the New International Version, which has words that we use today and not ones whose meanings have changed since 1400. Burnt offerings were acts of obedience and faith. Jesus' sacrifice on the cross negated the need for burnt offerings, thank goodness. :O) We don't need to understand it all, just love and trust God. Let's face it, we'll never understand the reason for lots of things that go on in this crazy world. (We're only human.) That's why I immerse myself in your stories. 'nuff said!



  2. Lea and her Mustangs
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      · January 13th, 2012 at 2:50 am · Link

    Listening is a good thing. I am starting in the Message Bible. I was raised with the KJV and have memorized from there some but really like reading from the Message Bible. This weather has been wonderful but guess the snow did not forget us if Kris (channel 4) is right.



  3. Hilda
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      · January 13th, 2012 at 3:54 pm · Link

    Hey, Linda, just thought I'd mention, there's a funky sentence in the message on your home page. Check down by your signature. Have a good weekend! Snow, snow, stay away, come back some other day, like in 2050!



  4. Linda Lael Miller
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      · January 13th, 2012 at 5:36 pm · Link

    On it, concerning the weird sentence on the web page. Thanks for the heads up!



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