#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Thursday? There was a Thursday?

Obviously, I have a little catching up to do!

First, I hope you all had a lovely and, if appropriate, romantic Valentine’s Day.  :)  I received flowers from Cousin Mary Ann and a box of candy from her husband Larry, aka, the Canadian Wrangler.  (I don’t intend to actually EAT this chocolate, but I have plans for the box.)   Sister Sally sent me a Valentine, too, along with a couple of losing lottery tickets.  I told her to pick up winners next time.  :)

Valentine’s Day is quite special to me, above and beyond hearts and flowers.  30 years ago (I know, that really dates me) Kate Duffy, then editor in chief at Pocket’s new (then) Tapestry line, called and made an offer on my very first book, “Fletcher’s Woman”.  WOW.  What a Valentine.  And I’ve been gainfully employed ever since.

Our winner this week was Emily, and Jenni tells me an email has been sent to her.  So, if your name is Emily but you DIDN”T receive an email from my assistant/cousin/honorary niece, sorry, but you didn’t win.

Reading over your comments, I was struck by how many of you are already praying for people you don’t like.  It’s a fairly new concept for me, even though I’ve been a Christian since I was ten years old.  I’m intelligent enough, but I can be a really slow learner!

Today, during my meditation, I used the phrase, “Peace, be still” to get quiet and stay in the flow, etc.  Probably because those words come, among other places, from a favorite story of mine about Jesus.  A comical version came to mind–don’t let anybody tell you God doesn’t have a sense of humor–I saw Jesus sleeping in that boat on the Sea of Galilee, and the disciples panicking as a storm arose and steadily got worse.  As most of you know, He awoke when the others called to Him, and He was a little grumpy about being disturbed, and little wonder, with all that walking and teaching and temple-clearing, not to mention performing constant miracles.  He must have been pooped.  Anyway, in my little mind-scene, He stood up, raised His hands in irritated authority, and yelled, “Yo!  Water!  Wind!  Knock it off!!!”

I love it.

Have a great weekend and be a blessing to someone.

23 comments to “Thursday? There was a Thursday?”

  1. Sherry Wallace
      · February 15th, 2013 at 11:52 am · Link

    Haha, love that boat in the storm senario! Didn’t know Fletcher’s Woman was your very first novel, & what a memorable Valentines Day that was for you! My V-Day was not romantic (still waiting for my cowboy), but great because I spent it with my son & family :)
    Have a blessed day & weekend

  2. Gloria
      · February 15th, 2013 at 11:53 am · Link

    Linda, your imangination knows no limits…that is funny. It reminded me of a travel show I was sort of watching on ETV this morning. They were in Israel and following Jesus’s journeys. As I wasn’t really paying attention, I missed a lot, but they were talking about Tel Aviv for some reason and the man said they kept telling him something about Tel Aviv, and he thought they wanted him to “tell Aviv” something, and he didn’t know who Aviv was. Then, it dawned on him it was a place, not a person.

    I don’t know why your story reminded me of that, but it did. :-D

    “Peace, be still” I like that. I sometimes say…”Be still and know”, over and over. Back in the day, when I had a job, and I’d get angry about something, instead of fuming, I’d repeat the 23rd Psalms, or The Lord’s Prayer, over and over till I calmed down. It worked, but I’ve forgotten to do that lately, maybe because I don’t get angry so much anymore, except when some son of satan steals my stuff at my old house.

    You give all of us so much to think about and I appreciate it. Thank you!!!!

    • Gloria
        · February 15th, 2013 at 11:56 am · Link

      I do know how to spell Imagination, but I goofed.

  3. Kathleen O
      · February 15th, 2013 at 12:24 pm · Link

    I am trying to remain calm myself. I went to my skin specialist and he did a biopsy on my arm yesterday. We are not sure why the medication I have for my psoriasis is not healing one certain spot.. So now I have to wait about 8 weeks for the results… So just when I think things are going good…BOOM something else happens. So I just go on and try to get through each day.. A good book helps a lot. :)

  4. Debra
      · February 15th, 2013 at 1:20 pm · Link

    That is one of my favorite stories from the Bible, but now I will always have your version playing in my head. lol Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Norma Stanforth
      · February 15th, 2013 at 3:10 pm · Link

    Linda, now that you, bring it to my mind i can picture Jesus, rebuke the wind and water and looking at the men like why did you wake me up!!
    If you folks don’t mind would you pray for me i have bags of fluids underneath my knees it been like that for over four weeks and all so difficult breathing, the doctor has me on four water pills. Thank you i appreciate anyone who would want to pray for me. God bless each and everyone.
    Norma Stanforth

    • Gloria
        · February 15th, 2013 at 9:14 pm · Link

      Norma, I will be glad to say some prayers for you. And, I pray you get better. There are some natural things that act as a Diuretic, but other than lemon, I can’t remember what they are.

      And, I’d appreciate prayers from everyone, also. My D-I-L got a good report from the doctor a few weeks back, but to make sure, they ran more tests and her report is still good. He said he didn’t understand it, (we who pray do), but she doesn’t have to go back for 6 months. I’m thanking God for it, but while talking to my son who was telling me this good news, he was going to the mail box while talking to me and he gets a letter saying his disability from work is going to be canceled if he can’t pass some kind of test.

      I don’t know what kind of test, but he hasn’t been able to get his SS disability started and is either going to sell his house at a loss, (and has it on the market), or the bank will take it, and he doesn’t want to lose it and his credit rating.

      So, please, will all of you remember him in your prayers?


      • Emily
          · February 15th, 2013 at 9:27 pm · Link

        I will keep all of them in my prayers!

      • Norma Stanforth
          · February 16th, 2013 at 2:40 pm · Link

        Gloria, i will keep you son and D-I-L in my prayers that he pass the test for SSD and that they don’t lose their home, that would really be a shame if they lost their home. God bless you and your family, you will all be in my prayers.

        • Gloria
            · February 16th, 2013 at 11:00 pm · Link

          Thank you Emily and Norma. I really appreciate your prayers.

          Norma, I am praying that your fluid retension is getting better by now, and you have a lot less water build-up in your body. God can work miracles.

          The man who lives across the road from me was sitting on his tractor, for a few minutes, yesterday. They had called Hospice in for him a few months back. He got out from under them, went back to a VA hospital, got a little better and came home.

          He can now drive for short distances and gets around by a motorized wheel chair, or something, but can’t walk much because he gives out, but…he is ALIVE because of prayers answered from our Heavenly Father.

  6. Lois Rotella
      · February 15th, 2013 at 4:29 pm · Link

    I know praying for someone whom you don’t agree with is a wonderful thought. I started that I think it working so far. It eases my thoughts for the day and I don’t let that person bother me.
    I am so looking forward to your next installment of the Big Sky Series.

    Have a good weekend Linda !!!

  7. Emily
      · February 15th, 2013 at 9:24 pm · Link

    Hi y’all, I have been saying a prayer for a woman in our church who is just mean! I have been doing this for awhile, and no results! God has a plan, so will keep praying! :wink:

    Speakinging of God’s plan, our Valentine’s Day was a success because our daughter got good new from her MS Doctor in Denver that she can stay on her infusions! YEAH! :) I also received news that I was picked by LLM as the winner! I feel so blessed by God and his plans for us.

    Can’t wait for your new books…just waiting. They have brought so much love, fun and happiness to me. Love, love, love them. Thanks for the great books!

    Have a great week-end and next week too.

    • Emily
        · February 15th, 2013 at 9:25 pm · Link

      I do know how to spell speaking. Sorry about that!

    • Gloria
        · February 16th, 2013 at 9:26 am · Link

      Congratulations Emily!!!!!!

      Thank you for praying!!!!!!!

      That is great about your daughter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Norma Stanforth
        · February 16th, 2013 at 2:19 pm · Link

      congratulation Emily on being the winner, that is great. God bless you.

    • Norma Stanforth
        · February 16th, 2013 at 2:25 pm · Link

      Emily, my mind is not where it should be, it is running in all different direction also i am so glad that your daughter can stay on her infusions medicine, Praise the Lord.

      • Emily
          · February 16th, 2013 at 9:47 pm · Link

        Thank you Gloria and Norma for you kind remarks. As I have always said, “God Has A Plan” and I live by that as y’all do. There really is no other way as far as I am concerned!

        Lots of prayers……………….Emily

  8. Jessie Williams
      · February 15th, 2013 at 10:31 pm · Link

    I’m glad you’re having a good week. You’re an inspiration!
    I just wanted to say I love your books of course and I subscribe to your blog, but here lately I’ve been slipping when it comes to reading my Bible. And now I believe God is working through you to remind me everyday just how important He is and how important reading His word is. So thank you.
    Also I’ve never really disliked anyone so much that it stays with me for more than a day, but there is one person. And as soon as I read your blog he immediately came to mind. The person is my dad who basically abandoned myself and his family when I was twelve. I haven’t really seen him much since, didn’t want to. I’m 21 now and after he surprised showed up at my wedding, I definitely still held my grudge. But now I’m praying for him. Which I haven’t done in years. So again thank you for the reminder. It’s up to us to be the example.

  9. Connie Collins
      · February 16th, 2013 at 9:39 am · Link

    I too know God has a wonderful sense of humor, after all, he loves me and I am kind of funny looking. :oops:

    • Hilda
        · February 16th, 2013 at 4:09 pm · Link

      Oh, Connie, I haven’t seen you, but being funny looking might be better than being scary looking (me!). The wonderful thing is, God doesn’t look at the outside; He cares about our insides. Plus, He made us and we know He doesn’t make mistakes. Bless your heart! And Linda, I hope your weekend is going fabulously! It’s sunny in Seattle but cold. Are Buck and company getting to play outside? Cheers to all, and have a good presidents day holiday!

  10. Shelley Ray
      · February 17th, 2013 at 5:29 pm · Link

    Thank you for you inspirations and making us better people

  11. Teri Iezek
      · February 17th, 2013 at 8:15 pm · Link

    I cannot get enough of your books. I started reading them a couple years ago and now I am looking for the ones to read from before that. Keep up the GOOD work :)

  12. Robin Schroeder
      · February 18th, 2013 at 3:11 pm · Link

    wink: Linda, loved your quote. My favorite is “Be still and know Loved your quote. My favorite is, “Be still and know that I am God” In my very worst times and days, if I repeat this over and over, a stillness and peace comes into my heart and my life does a big switch-a-roo. Wonderful feeling to feel the peace of God.
    I have just finished re-reading all of your books I own.
    And its a lot nearly all of them…Really enjoy and get lost in your stories. Living in Idaho this winter with so much cold and ice, its been a wonderful way to spend the worst January in many years. Thank you so much for so much enjoyment…..

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