#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Back Among the Living….mostly

Wow.  Do whatever you can to avoid getting this bug, whatever it is.  I’m finally able to write again–after days (and nights) of ups and downs.  To the blog-reader who suggested putting Vicks on the soles of my feet and wearing socks, THANK YOU.  There was no instantaneous healing, but it did make me feel better–Mom always slathered us in Vicks when we got sick as kids, so it might be psychological, but who cares?  It works.  Other things that helped were chicken soup and hot tea.

Last week’s contest winners: Nadine Spradlin and Mary Clayton–congratulations.  From now on, at the suggestion of Super-Jen, I will be announcing winners on Mondays instead of Fridays, AND the new contest will always begin on Monday.  The new batch of prizes will be given as follows: one winner will receive a signed book and a copy of Sherry Muchira’s wonderfully inspiring CD, “All Things New”.  A second winner will receive the signed book and a little surprise.  :)  (I’ll be surprised, too, since I haven’t decided what this will be.  :) )

I continue to be deeply moved by Ms. Muchira’s music–so moved that I ordered another dozen of her CDs to give out as the Holy Spirit leads–this talented singer/songwriter is a true blessing–my thanks to Brian Hardin, of Daily Audio Bible fame (www.dailyaudiobible.com) for playing one of her songs, “I Used to Be a Child” at the end of a podcast, because I would never have heard of her otherwise.

Speaking of the D.A.B., we’re in the latter part of Exodus in the Old Testament portion–I call it the “lobe-of-the-liver” section, because it’s about the rules of the Law, how sacrifices should be made, etc. and it can be rough going.  My point in saying this is that if any of you are listening to the podcast, or one like it, you may need a little encouragement to stick with it right around now.  It gets better.  :)  In the old days, before I discovered the D.A.B., I made many, many attempts to read my way through various one-year Bibles, and I never got past Leviticus–now, on my third cycle through the Scriptures, the true value of God’s Word is finally sinking in.  Somehow, God supercedes all that lobe-of-the-liver stuff and His Word comes to life inside a person.  Hard to explain; definitely worth doing.  That said, I think my favorite version to read will always be the King James, since I was raised on that one (thanks again, Mom) and I love the sheer poetry of the KJV, the words and images play like music in my mind and heart.

A light snow is falling as I write this, and my office is a quiet refuge, with Bernice slumbering nearby. 

It’s the simple things that make life so rich and so precious, methinks–that first cup of hot coffee in the morning, the changing seasons, the comfort of a good book, a crackling fire, that little lift of the heart that comes with a discovery, or with the smile of a friend, or with the nearness of a small, furry person, snuggling close.  My standoffish cat, Cha Cha, actually came and sat on my chest for a minute or so during the night, and I know she was trying to make me feel better.  Now, her sister Jitterbug does this all the time–she’s a shameless hussy when it comes to affection–but Cha Cha is much more—shall we say, discerning?  :)  She’s also quite the little medicine cat, and she normally keeps her distance, though I know she loves me and she will sometimes condescend to let me pet her head, but whenever I’ve been under the weather for any reason, whether recovering from surgery or a bad cold, she comes and sits on me, and I can actually feel some kind of positive energy transfer, much like the effect of my beloved gemstones.

And, in the words of a favorite Louie Armstrong recording, I think to myself, what a wonderful world.


59 comments to “Back Among the Living….mostly”

  1. Pamela Black
      · February 10th, 2014 at 1:49 pm · Link

    So glad to hear you are feeling better.
    Welcome back you are truly an
    Angel among us!!!

  2. Janet Finlayson
      · February 10th, 2014 at 1:51 pm · Link

    Great post today, like always. So much support to all your readers, regarding “sticking with it” on the Bible reading to the healthy benefits of having furry friends to give love and comfort when they know it’s especially needed. So glad your feeling better, and hoping everyone has a wonderful day, week, and what the heck, month and year too. Choose to be happy, something I’m trying to do in my life. :lol:

  3. Teresa Fordice
      · February 10th, 2014 at 1:52 pm · Link

    animals have healing energy, and always seem to know when you need it – can’t imagine life without all my buds as well!

  4. Lori
      · February 10th, 2014 at 1:53 pm · Link

    So glad you are feeling better!!

  5. Janie
      · February 10th, 2014 at 1:55 pm · Link

    Glad you’re feeling better. My Mother always used Vicks on us as well. I get bogged down in the Bible reading the law. My Bible Study is studying David right now and we refer to the law frequently. Here in Kansas we’ve been snowed in–approx 14″ in 8 days and so cold that it’s not melting. But–a little peek of sunshine today! I read the 3 Texas McKettricks, Tate, Garrett and Austin in 5 days. Great stories–oh those McKettrick men! Sigh.

  6. CathyShouse
      · February 10th, 2014 at 1:56 pm · Link

    Lovely message! Thanks for connecting and hope you continue to get better! Are you still naming people who won the Facebook romance contest and will receive 5 books? I have only seen one winner announced? Maybe I missed the postings…

    • linda
        · February 12th, 2014 at 3:50 pm · Link

      I’m not sure, since I’m not personally handling that contest, but I’ll try to find out.

  7. Andrea Lammly
      · February 10th, 2014 at 1:57 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are feeling better Linda. Our furry friends always know when we need comforting; glad they were there for you.
    If only more people would listen to or read the bible, as you said Louie Armstrong would say, “What a wonderful world” it could be.

    Well it is snowing again here in Vermont as I look out my window at work. I’m reading for spring and maple sugaring time, but it’s going to be awhile before that happens.

    Be safe and be happy everyone.

  8. Billiesue Sanders
      · February 10th, 2014 at 2:01 pm · Link

    I am so glad that you are better, Linda. I had this terrible stomach virus just before Thanksgiving. It was as sick as I have been in a long time.
    Snowing in the Smoky Mountains National Park ; I plan to go for a walk there later today. It is so peaceful.
    Blessings to all.


  9. Pam B
      · February 10th, 2014 at 2:04 pm · Link

    Glad you are feeling better. Not sure about the Vicks to the feet trick but I will definitely vouch for the healing powers of a ‘furry person’ lying next to you, or in your case ON you! They do wonders for the tired soul.

  10. Mary Goodman
      · February 10th, 2014 at 2:05 pm · Link

    Glad that you are feeling so much better.Have not had the bug going around but my 13 year old did and knocked her down for sometime So stay blessed.

  11. LynneW
      · February 10th, 2014 at 2:08 pm · Link

    So glad to see you are feeling better!

  12. Dennis
      · February 10th, 2014 at 2:12 pm · Link

    glad ur feeling better! hang in there!

  13. DONNA
      · February 10th, 2014 at 2:16 pm · Link

    Glad you are feeling better. Here in NJ it seems like its one snow storm after another. Too much snow & ice everywhere. Can’t wait until spring!!

  14. Patricia Taylor
      · February 10th, 2014 at 2:25 pm · Link

    The only sure remedy for colds unfortunately is time. Can do other things to make yourself feel better though. Lavender is suppose to be calming. Chicken broth really does seem to help.

  15. Gloria
      · February 10th, 2014 at 2:31 pm · Link

    CONGRATULATIONS TO Nadine Spradlin and Mary Clayton!!!!!!

    Linda, I’m glad you’re feeling better. I’ve tried the Vicks on the soles of my feet and wore socks, overnight, and it really does help. Somehow, the soles of your feet soaks up the healing “vapors” or something.

    Take care and don’t try to do too much at once, to play catch-up.

  16. Beverly
      · February 10th, 2014 at 2:32 pm · Link

    Your blogs are always so uplifting so glad your feeling better.

  17. Shirley W.
      · February 10th, 2014 at 2:34 pm · Link

    Soooo glad to hear you are feeling better…Keep up the good work and please stay away from those who are sick (if only it was that simple). I have the same feeling about using Vicks as you. My Mom always put it all over our chest at the first sign of the snuffles. Ah, what fond memories. I would love to see your snow, but I would have to be there to so I think I will pass for now. Grew up in Northern Illinois ( 60 Miles south of Chicago) so I know about snow!! Spring is coming so don’t dis-pear. God Bless and I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  18. Diana E.
      · February 10th, 2014 at 2:44 pm · Link

    Congrats to this weeks winners, and I’m so glad to hear your feeling better, Linda. I agree, our furry friends always seem to know don’t they, very perceptive. You take care and get fully recovered. Blessings.

  19. Jayne J.
      · February 10th, 2014 at 2:56 pm · Link

    I am happy to hear that you’re feeling better. You made me smile so much today. I just received my CD of Sherry Muchira in the mail Saturday. I too heard her sing the first time on Brian Hardin’s DAB sermon. I was so touched by this song I posted it on Facebook for my friend. I have enjoyed this CD so much. My favorite songs are I USE TO BE A CHILD and WERE YOU THERE. I read that Sherry was pregnant when she was sing this album. Her voice is so amazing!.

    It is because of your blog I have learned about Brian Hardin/DAB and Sherry Muchira’s music. You have touch my life in so many ways. I don’t have the words to express my gratitude for leading me in the right direction towards God. Thank you! That is all I can say. Thank you and may God bless you and your loved ones!

  20. Lois Rotella
      · February 10th, 2014 at 3:03 pm · Link

    congrats Ladies !!!! Glad to hear you are feeling better Linda. Our bodies tell when we over do it and need rest. My Mom also used to put vicks on our chest and under our nose. I did not like the smell but it made me feel better. Our furry friends do comfort us when we are not feeling well. They sense when we are not feeling good. Take care and continue to feel better.

  21. Hilda
      · February 10th, 2014 at 3:22 pm · Link

    Linda, wait until you get to Leviticus! Your head will spin! Like our pastor said last week, if we believe the Bible is the Inspired Word of God, then every word in the Bible is important. This is when commentaries and sermons by truly enlightened preachers (past and present) are valuable, even critical to our understanding. The New Testament constantly refers back to the Old Testament. But Leviticus is a toughie. P.S. While I have used the KJV over the years too, I have a “parallel” Bible which runs the KJV on the left side of each page and the New International on the right side, so I can go back and forth when I run into words/phrases in the KJV that no longer have the same meaning now than they did in the 1500s, or whenever the KJV was written. My parallel Bible is my go-to Bible.

    • Gloria
        · February 11th, 2014 at 7:07 pm · Link

      Hilda, I have a Bible that has 4 versions…The KJV, the New International version, the Living Bible, and the Revised Standard.

      The same scriptures are all on the same 2 facing pages, and I can go from the KJV to the others and get a beter understanding, but one of them, and I can’t remember which right this minute, doesn’t sound anything like the Holy Bible about some things.

      I bought 4 of them years ago from The Guideposts. I bought both my sons and my mama and myself one. I don’t know what happened to my mama’s, nor do I know where my son’s, that died, is.

      I don’t know if it is still in print, but it is a very good Bible to have.

      • Gloria
          · February 11th, 2014 at 7:09 pm · Link

        That should be a BETTER, not a beter, as that would be a gambler, wouldn’t it? :lol:

  22. Patrice
      · February 10th, 2014 at 3:34 pm · Link

    It is a wonderful world! Simple pleasures are ours in abundance if we are open to appreciate them. :) Your Cha Cha sounds familiar! Frankie, my oldest boy cat (17!), is the one who comes and sits on my chest. It is usually when I am sleeping, not always but definitely when I have a cold. He is not one to be picked up (ever) nor is he the most affectionate. But he rumbles a purr and sits on my chest fairly often at night. lol

    Glad you are feeling better. I had the cold, sore throat then a sinus infection and bronchitis in Dec. and hot tea with honey and chicken soup seemed to help as much as, or more than, any over the counter medicines. The physicians asst even recommended to have as much of them as I wanted, unlike cold medicines. Continue on the road to recovery! :) and Thanks for the great stories!

  23. marilyn
      · February 10th, 2014 at 3:40 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are felling better and that you have furry friends that oversee your health. Have a great day!

  24. Carol s
      · February 10th, 2014 at 4:04 pm · Link

    I am glad you are feeling better. You are so positive I don’t know howyou could feel bad. My family say that I have a Happy Stick but I think yours has more Happy than mine.

    • Gloria
        · February 11th, 2014 at 6:56 pm · Link

      I am familiar with that “Happy Stick” of yours and I don’t know how anyone can ALWAYS be that happy and positive. But, I KNOW it is true and I am glad it is so.

  25. Virginia Horton
      · February 10th, 2014 at 4:22 pm · Link

    I am so glad you are feeling a little better, it must have been a really bad bug. Everything is going around now. So glad your kitties are taking care of you. We have has so much snow and cold this year that I am ready for a change in the season. We got up to another snow again today and the kids aren’t making it to school half the time because of the bad roads. So ready for spring.

  26. Juanita Rice
      · February 10th, 2014 at 4:26 pm · Link

    A wonderful world it is, indeed! And thank you for letting us be part of yours. :)


  27. Emma
      · February 10th, 2014 at 4:46 pm · Link

    Glad you’re feeling better.I enjoy reading your books.Have a wonderful week.

  28. Sherry Wallace
      · February 10th, 2014 at 5:18 pm · Link

    So glad you’re feelg more like yourself today

  29. Emily
      · February 10th, 2014 at 5:46 pm · Link

    So glad you are feeling better. Don’t go too fast, as it might cause a relapse! We would not want that!

    Finally some one beside me likes the King James Version best. I grew up on that version and still read it daily.

    Get healthy and stay well. Lots of prayers your way!

  30. Patti
      · February 10th, 2014 at 5:49 pm · Link

    I am so glad you are feeling better.

  31. Ruby Norwood
      · February 10th, 2014 at 6:26 pm · Link

    Congrats to Nadine and Mary! So glad you are feeling better and I so enjoyed your blog today Linda. I even had my laugh for today when you said you would be surprise too because you didn’t know what you would give. LOL

  32. Connie Johnson
      · February 10th, 2014 at 6:34 pm · Link

    So glad you are feeling better, I have also had this awful infection, glad it is going away. I miss your blog when you cannot write. Very uplifting. I also enjoy the King James version the most. God bless.

  33. Sharon S.
      · February 10th, 2014 at 6:51 pm · Link

    You poor dear…I had the nasty cold/flu-thing. It was awful, missed 2.5 days of work without pay. Was on 2 different antibiotics. I could feel it coming on. I hope you are much better very soon!

  34. Rita
      · February 10th, 2014 at 8:19 pm · Link

    Welcome back,Linda,glad you are doing better.

  35. Ida C
      · February 10th, 2014 at 8:30 pm · Link

    So glad to hear you’re feeling better and rejoining us in the world of the mostly well! It will be so nice when the weather starts to improve and warm up and we all feel that spring is truly on the way. Take care everyone and love to you and yours Linda. From snowy Ontario, Canada :)

  36. Norma Stanforth
      · February 10th, 2014 at 8:52 pm · Link

    Glad that you are feeling better.
    Congratulation to the winners.Norma

  37. Eileen Tallach
      · February 10th, 2014 at 9:03 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,

    So it’s the cat to the rescue in your house. Here, it’s the dog, he’s a pug but sometimes he’s a protector, a clown, a smarty pants but mostly he’s a nurse. You’re never without his constent attention when you’re under the weather. Day n night, night n day he stays near. He doesn’t bring chicken soup, hot tea, warm blankets. No, he gives of his vital energy. And when you’re better he moves on to be that crazy little football with legs chasing the cat and barking at the neighbour. But, he will put on his nurses cap in the blink of and eye. He’s ready day n night, night n day.

  38. Terri Shortell
      · February 10th, 2014 at 9:13 pm · Link

    Glad you’re feeling better. Wish I had that info regarding Vics on the feet when I was sick. Will try it next time. My pets try to make me feel better too. Unfortunately they love to hog the bed. Lol

  39. Lea Williams
      · February 10th, 2014 at 9:21 pm · Link

    So glad you are better. I took a header and face plant at yoga last week and am recovering from a concussion. Can get dumped off a horse at 75 and not get hurt but yoga gets me. LOL. Glad your bible on CD is going well. I have a hard time reading through Leviticus too. My reading and study is mostly in th New King James. By far my favorite. Blessings.

  40. judy
      · February 10th, 2014 at 10:37 pm · Link

    Glad you are felling better. Your comments were great today.

  41. Marlene Kubick
      · February 10th, 2014 at 11:11 pm · Link

    So happy to hear that you are feeling better. I’m keeping my fingers crossed to stay healthy. I had to laugh at your description of your cats. My three are totally different. The stray, Molly, that picked to live with us is the one that needs to be near me….but it has to be her decision.

  42. Kelley Morrow
      · February 11th, 2014 at 12:25 am · Link

    So glad you are feeling better, take care of yourself!

  43. Terrie Fulk
      · February 11th, 2014 at 9:07 am · Link

    I know about the comfort of a furry friend. When my husband past 8 months ago I had family around to help me through my sorrow and pain. I know to this day they mean well with the concern and love they bestow on me. But there times it can get over whelming. To get to the point of this…when my husband passed we were the proud parents of a poodle and a Maltese. The poodle was and still to this day was and is a “daddy’s” girl. I know when she is having a rough day and they both can tell when I am going through a rough time. The comfort that we share with each other is special and maybe more comforting than any family member can give me.

  44. Joyce M.
      · February 11th, 2014 at 10:42 am · Link

    Glad you are feeling better.

  45. Dotty Weis
      · February 11th, 2014 at 10:47 am · Link

    Hi Linda
    Regarding your pod cast, a friend told me about a book I should read before or after you get to Hosea and Gomer, it’s by Francine Rivers called Redeeming Love. It takes place in the 1850 around the California gold rush era and it’s about a man who marries a prostitute and tries to keep her from returning to her old life. You may life this book

  46. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · February 11th, 2014 at 11:14 am · Link

    Glad you’re feeling better :wink:

  47. Brenda Irvin
      · February 11th, 2014 at 12:36 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    I’m glad to hear that you’re on the mend.

    Take care and continue to feel better.

  48. sue Leech
      · February 11th, 2014 at 12:44 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are feeling much better. I had the bug too but not sure what I had. I was spending all my time in the bathroom and holding a bucket at the same time. So dizzy and was always in a sweat. Glad when that passed by. sue Leech

  49. Pam Brewer
      · February 11th, 2014 at 3:33 pm · Link

    I swear by the Vick’s-on-the-feet remedy. I recommend it to anyone who has a terrible cough, the kind that keeps you up at night. I’m glad you are feeling better. My cat Tinkerbelle also knows when to be affectionate, and when to keep her distance. Pets are amazing friends.

  50. Donna Lohrer
      · February 11th, 2014 at 5:03 pm · Link

    Hi, I’m glad your feeling better. I think a lot of this sickness is the weather. He in PA it is bitter cold. Next week I’m off to Austin, TX, I hope the weather is better. Take care! Donna

  51. midge watkins
      · February 11th, 2014 at 6:59 pm · Link

    Happy days are here! Please know that recovery is slow
    but, well worth the boring time. At least the Olympics are on
    if you like that. I get sore muscles just watching them. I’m
    more of a summer Olympics person (horses, you know) but I
    really am proud of those athletes. I think God made animals
    the little(or big) medicinal angels of the world. Whether it’s
    physical, emotional or mental, they’re there for us. I have been
    known to paddle out to the barn at night in my bathrobe and
    slippers to hug my horse’s neck. Please, none of you tell any-
    one or they will haul me away! I just bought one of your books
    today, “Wild About Harry”. Nothing more uplifting for your day
    than finding a new LLM book on the racks! Take care, Linda

  52. Marilyn Fish
      · February 12th, 2014 at 9:31 am · Link

    I too have fond memories of Vicks Vaporub. I used it on our children and use it on myself today. I find your posts warm and relaxing.

  53. Rosemary
      · February 12th, 2014 at 1:24 pm · Link

    Glad you’re better!

  54. Carol s
      · February 12th, 2014 at 7:59 pm · Link

    I have lived in sc all my life and we have had more snow than I have seen in my life altogether in the last two weeks. It is sleeting right now. It is fun seeing the snow. I made snow ice cream today.

  55. Valdi M
      · February 12th, 2014 at 8:52 pm · Link

    I have been thinking a lot about illness and death and all the stuff that goes alone with it and I have decided that I am never to going to get sick and I will never die either. All the people I see every day are alive and well and I hear that you should hang out with the kind of person you want to be so I am going to hang out with live and well people from now on. That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it (until someone I love gets the flu and needs me)

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