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Happy Valentine’s Day

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You make our hearts glad because we trust You, the only God.  Psalm 33:21

How many of us love, love? I love, love:  holding hands, that special look, a warm embrace, romantic dinners—it makes you feel good, does it not, to spend time with Someone who reciprocates and demonstrates their love to us?

Do you know God loves, love? The object of His affection is you. He continuously demonstrates His love for us. I’m sure each of us could list a myriad of ways He has demonstrated His love for you when you least expected it—from that parking space that opened up just when you needed it, to kind words and encouragement that came at the perfect time, to healings.

God has His hand on us every day. He is in the background of our lives like antivirus software, always protecting us and working on our behalf to provide a safe environment. And, every so often God sends us personalized reminders of His great love for us. Today was one of those days.

My desk faces the window so that when I sit down to write I can, from time to time, look out to see my little corner of the world.

As I glanced up at the sky, I saw a formation of a sky-blue heart outlined in white puffy clouds. It was God’s love reminder to me. God knows I like hearts, and I especially like the hearts He gives me to remind me that even when I haven’t taken time to be with Him, He still loves me and is thinking of me. How sweet and thoughtful is He?

Thank you, Lord, for the hearts you place in the sky and for heart-shaped stones and so many other ways you display Your affection and love for us. You meet us where we are and find ways to remind us how much You love us. Thank you for all the little ways every day that You show us Your love. Help us not take You for granted. Help us look for and recognize Your hearts of love.

Excerpt from 50 Shades of His Love by Linda Irene available on Amazon

New Release

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50 Shades of Love is a collection of mini meditations to help you know the depth, breadth and heighth of God’s love for you. You are the apple of His eye!


Linda Irene is the author of:

*Abused No More – A book of positive affirmations and Bible promises especially for the abused.   Also an Audiobook

*Has God Said Thou Shalt Stay Abused? A Memoir and Roadmap to Healing

*Love Letters from the Heart of God – A collection of letters as written from God to us.


My Secret Place At Jesus’ Feet

Jesus_Christ_Image               My Secret Place At Jesus’ Feet

By Linda Irene


What does it mean to rest at Jesus’ feet?

I discovered it accidentally one morning. I had been feeling vulnerable and lonely and wanted to curl up with Jesus for comfort. I didn’t know how to do that, but I got back into bed, pulled the covers up over my eyes to block the daylight, placed pillows around myself to give the feeling of someone beside me, closed my eyes, cleared my mind of all ‘should do’ stuff and drifted to a place somewhere between nearly asleep, yet awake.

In that space I felt connected, warm, and peaceful. In that place I prayed, not with my intellect, but with my spirit. It was a wonderful experience.  I don’t know how long I stayed there, but when I came away, I knew I wanted to do it again and again—to meet Jesus there, in that secret place where love and healing resides.

I realized God already knows what I want from Him. I’ve prayed about them so many times. But in this place, I get to be quiet, remove myself from my needs and wants and listen for His voice and allow Him to pray His prayers for me, through me. It took away the stress of asking and put me in a position of receiving.

I that place I understood what Jesus said to Martha when she complained that she was doing all the work while her sister sat at His feet, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”  (Luke 10:38-42 NLT)

All the busyness of life distracts us from the one thing that matters most.

I hope you find my secret place at Jesus’ feet where the cares of life melt away and you come away renewed; filled with His love and peace.


Do You Have Hamster Love?



Did you know that hamster love is Biblical?

When my children were small, we had hamsters. What we did not know until it was too late, was that we had male and female hamsters. Hamsters are nocturnal and since I tend to be a night person, I had the opportunity to observe them while everyone else slept.

What amused and fascinated me was how the males and females interacted with each other—he pursued, she allowed him to.  The process went something like this: He showed interest by sniffing her tail. She’d put her tail down, make one lap around the cage to flee and then after she got six inches past him going into the second lap, she’d stop and put her tail up to allow him to catch up and approach her. As soon as he thought he was home free, she’d take off again. The process repeated several times until she was ready, only then did consummation happen.

God designed men to pursue—it’s in their DNA—their primal nature to hunt.  Today’s women very often do the pursuing. While it strokes the male ego, it partially robs him of his identity and the satisfaction of a successful chase, and it robs her of feeling special, sought after, and desired.

While I do not advocate tail sniffing, I do think we need to get back to nature and do things the way God intended. What do you think?

Anger: friend or foe?








Most people express anger in one of five ways.

  1. The avoider.
  2. The passive-agressive.
  3. The exploder.
  4. The retaliator.
  5. The high-seeker.

The avoider buries anger. They insist that it takes a lot for them to get angry and that it is better not to get mad, but eventually they explode at the smallest infraction because anger builds.

Passive-aggressives don’t get mad–they get even without ever showing that they are or were angry. They may withhold whatever the other person wants, use the silent treatment or become stubborn and difficult.

The exploder blows his top, rages at everyone in sight then forgets about it and wonders why people are upset with him.

The retaliator deliberately plans when they will become anger. The use anger as a weapon to get what they want. They use it to control, manipulate, threaten and overpower others.

The high-seeker is addicted to the strong feelings that come with anger. They pick fights to get a high–it gives them a rush and a sense of power.

What is anger?

  • Anger is an emotional response to personal violations–when we don’t get what we want, or when our expectations are not met, etc.
  • Not all anger is bad.
  • We should be stirred to anger when we see injustices.
  • Unresolved anger raises blood pressure and other health issues.

God’s Way to deal with anger:

  • Don’t let the sun go down on your anger
  • Pray about your anger. Ask God for clarity as to the root cause to deal with that issue.
  • Communicate. Talk things through when everyone’s emotions have calmed down.
  • Ask God for healing of unresolved, stored anger from past wounds to experience love, joy and peace.

Happy Valentine’s Day


Happy Valentine’s Day

Today is the day when everyone thinks about love. Even though love doesn’t always turn out as planned, it is still a good day to think loving thoughts or to do acts of kindness for others.

I remember my first love. We were in kindergarten. It was nap time and I positioned myself to have my blanket next to Joe. However, he did not have interest in me and made that abundantly clear when he bit himself in the web between his thumb and index finger. Crying out in pain, he showed the teacher the teeth imprints on his little hand and said, “Linda did it.”

There were a couple lessons learned:

  • love isn’t always reciprocated
  • sometimes you are blamed for what you didn’t do
  • rejection hurts

But, we cannot let hurts of the past keep us from blossoming into our full potential. Sometimes it takes courage and baby steps to get us there. We forgive. We grow. And we trust that not everyone is going to bite their own hand to avoid love.

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Do we use Anger or Love to get what want?


This is what anger does to the child in each of us.

Most people handle anger in one of five ways.

  1. Some try to  bury their anger. They may avoid they person they are angry with to avoid confrontation.
  2. Some are passive-aggressive. They don’t get mad, they get even. They may use the silent treatment, stubbornness or withhold what the other person wants or needs to get even. They never directly face their anger or let others know why they are angry.
  3. Some use anger to get what they want by threatening or overpowering others.
  4. Some are explosive. When they are upset, everyone knows it. They fly off the handle, blow off steam, then it’s over–for them. Everyone else around them becomes upset as a result.
  5. Some purposely pick fights because they are addicted to the power surge and anger high they get from being angry and throwing a tantrum.

Isn’t it better to act in positive, loving ways rather than react?

We can deal with anger in healthy ways by:

  • speaking our truth with love
  • treating each other with respect
  • not stuffing anger
  • taking time to understand why we became angry in the first place
  • don’t try to resolve issues while still angry

Watch for the things that trigger our anger

  • being offended
  • not getting what we want
  • someone did not meet our expectations

We have options.

We can:

  1. demand your rights
  2. seek first to understand the situation completely from both sides
  3. take time to discuss the issues before jumping to conclusions

Which will you choose?

We all need a laugh–here’s my contribution today…

Here are actual entries for a competition that asked for a two-line poem- with the most romantic first line, and the least romantic second line:

1. My darling, my lover, my beautiful wife:
Marrying you has screwed up my life.

2. I see your face when I’m dreaming.
That’s why I always wake up screaming.

3. Kind, intelligent, loving and hot;
This describes everything you’re not.

4. Love may be beautiful, love may be bliss;
But I only slept with you ’cause I was pissed.

5. I thought that I could love no other,
—that is until I met your brother.

6. Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet & so are you.
But the roses are wilting, the violets are dead, the sugar bowl’s
empty…and so is your head.

7. I want to feel your sweet embrace:
But don’t take the paper bag off of your face.

8. I love your smile, your face, and your eyes.
Damn, I’m good at telling lies.

9. My feelings for you no words can tell,
Except for maybe, “Go to hell”.

10.What inspired this amorous rhyme?
Two parts vodka, one part lime.