#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

A Special Wednesday

I’ve been thinking a lot about Lent, as I mentioned yesterday, and I’ve come to this conclusion: instead of subtracting something from my life, I want to add something.  What would that be?  A deeper awareness and reverence for the sacrifice our Lord made for me, and for all of us, thus honoring Him.  It’s so easy to gloss over the solemn elements of the Greatest Story Ever Told–they certainly don’t make for pleasant reading or cheerful reflection–but it seems so wrong to minimize or overlook what amounts to the most heroic and amazing hostage-rescue operation in the history of humankind.  So that’s my offering for Lent: I will ponder what He did, and why, quietly and mindfully, and do my cowgirl-best not to flinch away from it.

Since I usually get some flack when I write about God, let me just say this: This is what I believe, and I make no apologies for that.  If you just can’t handle it, well, happy trails and Godspeed to you, and may you be genuinely blessed as you go on your way.

For this week’s contest, I’m not asking a question, but making an assignment of sorts.  Obviously, the choice to participate or not is yours alone, there will be no pop quiz, and you needn’t explain or describe anything, if you do decide to join in.  Next week, on Wednesday afternoon, a new winner will be chosen and announced on Thursday morning.  One blog reader, chosen at random, will receive an autographed book and one of my sister Pam’s beautiful jewelry pieces.  Simply make a comment of some kind–that’s all you need to do.

Now, here’s the assignment: Pray for someone you geuninely dislike.  Once is enough, although you may find the experiment so fulfilling that you want to continue, but offer this prayer from the heart. 

Hey, I didn’t say it would be easy.  :)  What it WILL be is very, very good for you, and for the person you choose to pray for.  Also, you don’t have to drum up a lot of sweetness and light–after all, God knows what you really think and feel.  What matters to Him, I think, is the obedience of the act.  Obedience is discipline, discipline is trust, and trust is Love.  The Boss, my friends, is ALL ABOUT love.

OK, I’ve said my piece, at least for today, so I’ll climb down from my soapbox/pulpit and go on to other things.  :)

Physically, I’m feeling better every day.  I’ve found that if I ride my bike first thing in the morning, instead of putting it off, I have a better and more productive day.  Ditto with the strength training routine (thank you AGAIN, Jean Barrington, for sending me the wonderful book, “A Morning Cup of Strengthening”), which I do three days a week.  (Five for the bike.)

Jeremy has been planting seeds for our future garden–so far, he’s started two varieties of tomatoes, artichokes and broccoli–under the grow-light out in the garage.  It’s still pretty cold out there, so he uses an old strand of Christmas tree lights to warm the base of the seed-starters.  Clever boy, our Jeremy, and capable, as far as I can tell, of just about anything.  He’s getting ready to set up my greenhouse soon, and will no doubt assemble my waist-high planters (they’re huge) very soon.  Of course it’s still too soon to start the actual container garden we’re planning, but it can’t hurt to be prepared.  :)  I’ve been composting like crazy–I love knowing the scraps and peels, egg shells and coffee grounds, to name just a few ingredients, will not be wasted, but will help good things to grow.

I’m finishing up the book today and tomorrow, and may actually overlap into Friday, then it’s clutter-clearing in earnest for me!  (Along with other favorite activities, like reading, playing with my art stuff, trying new recipes and maybe even playing a few slot machines.)

Look for the winner’s name in tomorrow’s blog, my friends.

In the meantime, be safe, be well, and be kind, remembering always that kindness sowed will return to you and yours, when you most need it, “pressed down, shaken together, and running over.”

God bless and keep you.




53 comments to “A Special Wednesday”

  1. CJ Vierow
      · February 13th, 2013 at 12:26 pm · Link

    It is SO refreshing to see you stand up for your belief in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!! So many don’t or won’t, which is sad. Enjoy your daily updates. CJ

  2. Joy Newcomer
      · February 13th, 2013 at 12:27 pm · Link

    Linda, I have been following your blog via email every day. Today, I just feel the need to tell you thank you for stating your beliefs. I admire the courage you exhibit by talking about your experiences with God and Jesus. You have a unique platform for which to proclaim Jesus’ work in your life. Please continue as you have been. I am on the same “trail”. Also, I absolutely love your books. I wait with bated breath for each publication. Yours, Joy

  3. Goldie Hale
      · February 13th, 2013 at 12:34 pm · Link

    I love reading your blogs. Please keep talking about your relationship to God. It is very uplifting for me. Thank you for the enjoyment I get from reading your books.

  4. Elizabeth
      · February 13th, 2013 at 12:38 pm · Link

    Thank you so much for talking of your faith. We should be as proud of our relationship with God as we are with others in our lives. He is our best Friend and ever with us! Blessings!

  5. Teresa
      · February 13th, 2013 at 12:41 pm · Link

    Amen to what you are saying – love your books and your positive attitude helps me with mine!! Many thanks for that!!

  6. Hilda
      · February 13th, 2013 at 12:46 pm · Link

    Linda, Jesus said, he who acknowledges Me will be blessed (paraphrasing here), It’s just like your books: the writer is blessed (and a blessing!) and the reader is blessed (enjoying the fruits of your talent). You are spurring me on to get on my exercise bike – and it does feel good! I can’t wait to start cleaning up the flower beds and putting new plants in. Here on the “Coast” (Seattle area – haha) it’s been a mild winter. Thank you so much for this awesome blog! Continued blessings to you and your family and critters.

  7. Susan Rose
      · February 13th, 2013 at 12:48 pm · Link

    I have tried for a long time to make a daily commitment reading the Bible and have a conversation with our Lord and Savior. Thanks to your recommendation of the Daily Audio Bible, I have finally made a commitment. It is making a huge difference in my life. Thank you Linda. God bless you.

  8. Debra
      · February 13th, 2013 at 12:48 pm · Link

    I love people who share their faith, thank you for doing it. I find when people talk about their faith, even if you both believe in the same thing, the conversation you have opens the other persons eyes to a different perspective. I believe in doing something to add to my life than take away during lent also. And I will accept your challange to pray for someone I dislike and it is inspiring me to take it one step further. I’m planning on praying for the car that cuts me off, the person who pushes in line, the rude cashier or salesperson, you get the picture. Thanks again for sharing your faith!

  9. Kathleen O
      · February 13th, 2013 at 12:58 pm · Link

    I take my own moments with God each day. I find him in many ways during the day. For instance, I was in the library yesterday and as I walked through the door there were two little girls holding hands and the one told me that this was her friends and they were best friends. Now if that is not god talking through his “little children” then I don’t know what is. It made me feel good and put a smile on my face.

    I will pray for someone I dislike, I will pray that she become a stonger person and stop doing the things to my family. I hope that god wil listen to my prayers.

  10. Sue Hodge
      · February 13th, 2013 at 1:01 pm · Link

    Thank you for sharing your faith. In our world today it is a blessing just to know there are alot of people who with faith and prayer can share with me. God bless you Linda.

  11. Darleen Rolnicki
      · February 13th, 2013 at 1:02 pm · Link

    What a wonderful idea…to do instead of giving up for Lent. Truly enjoyed your whole message. Always enjoy hearing from you. God bless you & your family

  12. Janet
      · February 13th, 2013 at 1:03 pm · Link

    Linda, I to want to say “thank you”, for your books, love them, for your blog, I look for it each day and am disappointed when you aren’t able to write. Also am inspired by your ‘love for our God, and saviour Jesus Christ’. Don’t let they naysayers get to you, if they don’t like what they see, they don’t have to read it. It’s a choice, not a requirement, to read your blog and I’m sure you words here inspire much more than you are aware. God Bless you Linda. I’m praying for someone so many people dislike or are hating right now, per your encouragement in your blog today. He has caused so very much pain and suffering here in Southern California in the last two weeks, I trust God to do with him, his soul, as God sees fit. I pray that we have seen a end to his rampage. May God Bless the families and love ones of those he took away simply by being who they were.

  13. Tammy Dodson
      · February 13th, 2013 at 1:06 pm · Link

    I enjoy following your posts and always enjoy your books. God Bless during this special season.

  14. Kristie Wilson
      · February 13th, 2013 at 1:14 pm · Link

    Thank you for sharing your faith (and mine as well!) on your blog. It is refresing to see someone with a large “platform/soapbox/pulpit” being open about their beliefs and unapologetic to boot. Matthew 10:33 comes to mind…

    Thanks also for the challenge. I will take the time to pray for that very “unlikeable” person this week (and hopefully longer!). I try to do that anyway, but I’ll make an extra effort in the coming days. I can’t help but wonder what a better place our world might be if everyone participated!

    God bless, Kristie

  15. Annette
      · February 13th, 2013 at 1:52 pm · Link

    Thanks for speaking up for what you believe. I love it and I love your books.

  16. Cindy Schell
      · February 13th, 2013 at 2:00 pm · Link

    Thank you for sharing your beliefs and issuing the challenge. I enjoy your blog and your books. God Bless!

  17. Renae Kinsey
      · February 13th, 2013 at 2:08 pm · Link

    I love your blog!!! And I’m a new reader…going to try to think of someone I dislike!! I look forward to finishing your book Big Sky River. I too, find that exercising in the morning works best for me.

  18. Juanita Rice
      · February 13th, 2013 at 2:16 pm · Link

    Linda, you just talk about God all you want! He’s here…whether anyone thinks He is or not. :)

    Okay…I’ll pray for that person and only God will know if the prayer rose through my intense dislike. Or can I pray that the situation that brought on that dislike never be visited on anyone else? (Although I know it is happening to others as I type this.)

    Anxiously awaiting the next book release!! Hurry, hurry!! :)

      · February 13th, 2013 at 2:32 pm · Link

    Linda, I also want to Thank you for your blog. You keep on talking about your beliefs & God all you want to. The world would be a better place if everyone had GOD in their hearts. I agree with you also about your riding your bike first thing in the morning. I walk 3 miles in the morning & I feel so much better & more energy when I do. I love to watch the sun rise on this walk & thank the Good LORD for being able to see it. Even when it is 25 degrees or higher. Can’t wait for the next book. Take care

  20. kathy copeland
      · February 13th, 2013 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Linda, Thank you for your blog.Your ideas are always heart flelt and gives us something to think about.Your love of God is something that makes us love you.We are all in this together!!!
    Sending hugs and love.

  21. penny Wilson
      · February 13th, 2013 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Preach it, Sistah!!!!

  22. Sara Hult
      · February 13th, 2013 at 2:42 pm · Link

    I did the assignment and yes I do feel better. I do believe is the same things as you. Have a great day Linda. :-P from Montana- The Big Sky Country

  23. Linda Sullivan
      · February 13th, 2013 at 2:52 pm · Link

    Linda Bless you. I Believe we all should thank God ever day, and you can shout his wonderful name, I will shout it with you.

    The person I do not like, I pray ever night that the good Lord helps him see how is dragging our wonderful country down and trying to take his wonderful name out of everything.

    Thank you for all you do, you are one of my favorite writers, I most all your books so far. God Bless you.

  24. Janice Hougland
      · February 13th, 2013 at 3:09 pm · Link

    A loving, relaxing, heartwarming Valentine’s Day to you, Linda. Pamper yourself a little!

  25. Tanya Bushman
      · February 13th, 2013 at 3:11 pm · Link

    You are an inspiration to everyone with your writings. I am glad that you are not afraid to let people know of your beliefs in our father. Thank you for being you. I cannot wait till your next book comes out.

  26. Linda Scarchuk
      · February 13th, 2013 at 3:48 pm · Link

    Thank you for the inspiration to do this. I once had a problem with a neighbor who was very gosspy(word?), and I was hurt by things I heard from other people that she said about me. One day I decided to rise above her and not stoop to her level and decided I would kill her with kindness and complimented her about her daughters. I thought she was going to fall over and I felt better because I broke the ice. I also was then always careful about what I said in front of her or told her. Thank you for all the hours of wonderful reading you have given me…

  27. Leanna H
      · February 13th, 2013 at 3:50 pm · Link

    I love your Big Sky series! I cannot wait for the next book to come out. Exercise in the morning definately is best when recoverying from an injury. I’m 35 years old and about a month ago I had a full hip replacement. My day goes so much better if I do my exercises in the morning.

  28. Shirley Wetmore
      · February 13th, 2013 at 4:25 pm · Link

    God Bless you for telling it like it is. If anyone doesn’t like it , they don’t have to read your blog. I have not entered your weekly contest before, but I believe this weeks is worth a try. I shall try to do my best to pray for a certain someone whom I do not have very good feeling for. Then it will be in God’s hands as to the out come. Keep up the good writing . I love your books. You are my favorite author. God Speed. Please let me know if I need to be entering your contest somewhere else. Thanks. :)

  29. Robin Hudson
      · February 13th, 2013 at 4:37 pm · Link

    Thanks for the encouraging words both physically and mentally. Just finished reading Big Sky River, xoxo. Looking forward to your next one.

  30. Crystal
      · February 13th, 2013 at 5:35 pm · Link

    I love the fact that you speak freely as we all should! And Happy Trails to all who dont believe as well! Have a wonderful day!!

  31. Ida C
      · February 13th, 2013 at 5:37 pm · Link

    Since joining your group, this is a highlight of my day. I’ve started riding my bike hopefully daily, and watching what I eat as well. I really enjoy your messages and this week’s challenge/idea is great. Keep up the good work, I’m sure we all appreciate your effort and let the praying begin (if we each desire!). Thanks again for your inspiration. :roll:

  32. Sherry Wallace
      · February 13th, 2013 at 6:23 pm · Link

    Love that scripture of our good deeds returning to us many fold!! Thank you, Linda, for standing strong in your faith for others to see! Don’t know of anyone that wishes me illwill, but they may be out there & I will pray about that. Also want to pray for a few that I know for certain do not know of God’s love & saving Grace. To consider the fate of the lost is motivation enough!!
    Blessing attend the :)

  33. Sherry Wallace
      · February 13th, 2013 at 6:24 pm · Link

    Guess that last the should read thee :)

  34. jaimeb
      · February 13th, 2013 at 6:36 pm · Link


    I enjoy reading your blog every day! I pray that God blesses you for all the people you make happy with your stories

  35. Sue Mccormick
      · February 13th, 2013 at 6:47 pm · Link

    I have been very nearly housebound for the past two years, which has cut off my human contacts. I don’t know if there is anyone whom I actually dislike.
    However, I have tried to practice the spirit of your idea. One or two people with whom I have frequent contact make my uneasy. I do keep these people in my prayers, praying for a way to bridge the uneasyness.
    And some people may dislike this, but on September 11, 2001 I remembered “pray for your enemies” and tried adding radical Islam to my prayers. I may have been somewhat self-serving in this, but I did try to follow that rule.

  36. Norma Stanforth
      · February 13th, 2013 at 7:15 pm · Link

    I all way like it that you speak from you heart and if people don’t like it they can move on with Gods blessing. I have physical problems and i was told i could just sneeze and fracture a bone, wouldn’t you or anyone in our group happen to know any exercise that i could do? I would greatly appreciate! I have a niece that i have a problem with, I try to talk to her and she will just walk away I have tried everything i can think of to talk to her!So i will pray for her, i pray for all my family, but i will pray for her a very special prayer!
    God bless each and everyone and i will say a pray for my friends on here!
    Norma Stanforth

  37. Vickie B.
      · February 13th, 2013 at 7:23 pm · Link

    I really enjoy your blog. It’s great that we live in a country where we can worship our Lord and Savior. As it seems this freedom is being narrowed, I pray for those who are trying to quiet our voices. Thank you for standing firm in your belief and witnessing to others. Vickie

  38. Jeanne Corrigan
      · February 13th, 2013 at 7:39 pm · Link

    Linda I loved today’s blog. I am not Catholic, my husband is, so I usually don’t give up anything for lent. But I love your thinking. I have been seeking a closer walk with my Lord. And during this season before Easter, which in my opinion defines what our Lord did for us and Christianity as a whole, I want to reflect on what He did for me, for my family for the whole world. We need His love more than ever. My church started a project a few years ago, to pay His love forward. Do something nice for someone, don’t take credit for it. You don’t have to shout hey I was nice to someone. But I am going to take time to pray for one of the ladies I work with. She and I have problems. We are not friends, and sometimes she tries to cause trouble. I need to show her God’s love. That is going to be very hard. Have a wonderful Valentine’s day. God Bless you and your helpers.

  39. Dianne Rich
      · February 13th, 2013 at 8:27 pm · Link

    I will pray for one of my coworkers. He is one of the most intolerant people I know, so it will take a lot of patience to pray.

  40. Barbara Martin
      · February 13th, 2013 at 8:37 pm · Link

    My mother used to pray “God let me love them with your love, because I can’t with mine”.

    • Debra
        · February 13th, 2013 at 9:21 pm · Link

      What a lovely prayer!

    • Norma Stanforth
        · February 14th, 2013 at 5:14 pm · Link

      Barbara, that was a really nice prayer that your mom said a very deep meaning there.

  41. Theresia Wheetley
      · February 13th, 2013 at 8:38 pm · Link

    I look forward every day to receiving your blog. Today was really special to me. God bless.

  42. Billiesue Sanders
      · February 13th, 2013 at 9:51 pm · Link

    Tonight at Ash Wednesday services, our priest suggested, as you did, Linda, that one do something for Lent, instead of giving up something. The specific suggestion was to read one of the Gospels during Lent, one chapter per day which would get you through any one of the Gospels before Holy Week.
    I like your idea of praying for someone whom you dislike. This person is very gossipy and has told a lot of untruths. I pray for her; maybe she prays too!

  43. Brenda
      · February 14th, 2013 at 10:18 am · Link

    Funny how your question for this week hits home. Right now I am fighting for the custody of my granddaughter. Her Mother is a drug dealer and druggy with no reguard for anyone but her self and sometimes not even herself. I think she is fighting mental illness as well but wont go there ont this topic. I have been praying for my granddaughter to be safe and the judge will use a clear head next week with his ruling. I know I should be praying for the mother too….and I shall start, but it is up to God to what he sees fit. This is a tough one….I pray for my granddaughter on a daily basis, however praying for her mother is tough……but I know it is right. I just cannot be specific at this time. It is up to God.
    Thanks for the reminder we need to pray for our enemies as well as friends & family……
    May God Bless You!!
    Brenda Mitchell

    • Norma Stanforth
        · February 14th, 2013 at 5:28 pm · Link

      I will say a prayer for your granddaughter safety and that God will see to it that the judge will rule in the way that protect the child.
      God bless.

  44. ruth
      · February 14th, 2013 at 11:13 am · Link

    good challenge, I’ve been trying to do this for some time. it’s really not as difficult as I first thought… I think age does bring wisdom – we are all in this together

  45. Carole Sklenar
      · February 14th, 2013 at 1:09 pm · Link

    Dear Linda: Thank you so much for giving me the idea of praying for someone I dislike or have bad feelings for. We had a parish priest that caused so much hard feelings amongst sll the parishioners here and I had some very (I’ll use the word SAD) sad experiences with him that it left a VERY bad taste to say the least and from what I’ve been told, he’s doing the same thing where he is now, so I am going to pray for him to be given an attitude adjustment and become the minister he needs to be. That is my goal this Lent season and not grump when I have to eat my hubby’s favorite – catfish for supper. I like fish, it’s just that catfish isn’t exactly my favorite….. :-|

  46. Norma Stanforth
      · February 14th, 2013 at 5:19 pm · Link


  47. Shawn
      · February 14th, 2013 at 5:20 pm · Link

    Hi Linda! I loved reading about what you’re doing for Lent! I have been doing that for years and always have to justify the rationale to my friends and family. I don’t judge them when they choose to give up things like: sweets; soda; red meat or cursing, but for me, that’s not making enough of an impact or improving the lives of others…for me. I push myself to give, do and volunteer in a way (daily) that I wouldn’t ordinarily. I’ve been doing this for about 10 years now and it feels good!

    I love your blog and I’m obsessed with your books. To me, glimpses into your spirtuality permeate through the pages of your books and I love it! Now, I’ll get back to Big Sky River. :)

    Homework: Ironically, it’s someone from my church that I’ll be praying for.
    I don’t dislike her necessarily, but she’s so bitter and disgruntled that it’s almost funny…almost. :) She never misses an opportunity to tell me how my children don’t greet her (yeah, fear) or a negative observation she’s made in between eyerolls from the pews or choir loft. Yeah, I think I’ll start praying now. :)

  48. Lori Ivey
      · February 14th, 2013 at 9:33 pm · Link

    Debbie, I love that you are a God fearing woman and stand up for your beliefs! I too am God fearing and God blessed. I love your idea of praying for someone you dislike. I have said my prayer and YES it felt good. I think I will continue to add a little prayer for someone or something I dislike.

    Love your books! :wink:

  49. Joyce L. Roddy
      · February 15th, 2013 at 1:39 am · Link

    Linda loved your message for us and expressing your stand on our Lord and Savior. I don’t know how anyone could go through lift and not have the Lord as part of their everyday living. I have lost my husband, parents and a brother and I could not have made it without the strength from the Lord. During the Lenten season, our community has a service at different churches each week. We have a short devotion, good music and a luncheion is served. It last about an hour in time for those that work to get back to work. It is so wonderful the fellowship we have with our sister churches. Yesterday it started with the Catholic Church since it was Ash Wednesday. Next week at my church, the Baptist and so on until the end of the season. My prayer for someone will be in my own family for a cousin. Thanks for suggesting the prayer.

  50. Gloria
      · February 15th, 2013 at 10:07 am · Link

    Linda, I’ve been praying for several people I don’t like, for a long time. And, every time I pray, I pray for my family, friends, and enemies. And, I pray for myself, becasue I don’t like ME when I don’t like someone else.

    Sometimes, I get a message that my prayers are working, and sometimes, I never know, but God does.

    When I asked for Blessings over my food, I asked God to Bless it to the good of my body, and to please Bless everyone who had anything to do with the food from Him to me.

    I’m so afraid I’m going to leave someone/anyone out that my food is usually cold when I eat it. :-o

    Thanks for your Blog.

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