Recent Reviews for Linda Settles
Redeeming Our Treasures Companion Workbook (Book) - 11/12/2009 5:56:25 AM|
Linda, congratulations. After reading the first book and after being so blessed by it I can assure your readers that this companion book will also be a source of inspiration and healing. God has blessed you richly and your readers will also be blessed. In Him, J'nia
Redeeming Our Treasures: Finding Joy in the Shadows of an Abusive Past (Book) - 8/25/2009 1:28:04 AM
My memory is not the same as it use to be, and I am still very young and young at heart too!I believe it has much to do with a sexual "PAST", THAT I have STopped from entering my own Childrens Life and "VERY PROUD" to say I hand a huge hand and Heart in it, to lift them from the "torture and demeaning avenues of ABUSE! THERE are many forms that - see you have brought up, that I found "ASTOUNDING" and I also found astounding! Your style and word usage as you explain your horrorendous "LIFE" story you once ( and at times visit) Story! I know I still do!
Thank "YOU" for "YOU" THE STYLE in which you write! Believe!Your Word Usage!Your examples! Your Workbook WOW! YOUR STYLE in hw you share your reflections! Healings And Hope and so much more! I am truly impressed on YOUR WRITING STYLE and how "YOU" Come across to your readers and searchers (which we become) I would hope "YOUR BOOKS and STYLES which you have a Special way of, "WILL" reach "everyone" it must reach and should reach! Thank You pouring "OUT" YOUR SOULS CONTENTS!!! To help "ME" and any Spirit That was mamed from a HARD MANIPULATED "PAST" and "must" Learn to be able to have a "MUCH BRIGHTER" FUTURE They are capable of having! I KNOW and can be proud "TODAY" to say "With the right Choices, Faith,Drive,Compassion,Knowledge and Knowing and so much more, WE can be HAPPY! And HEALED and even "stop" what should have never haPpened that can destroy a Life!Future and even a Soul! Continue upward with your HEALING CARING HEART and Soul!!! Touching Others (myself included) with your Positive Touch and True dedicated Knowledge and way to say what needs to be said, and shared!!! THANK YOU as you go further strenthening others resolves in your special uniQue way and style! Blessings,Love.Peace.Light and Hugs, Purple_Passions,SHEE (SHEILA) I plan (when I get back to work shortly, to get "many" of your books, as your STYLE of POETRY also has touched "ME" DEEPLY! THANK YOU! AGAIN for being "YOU" Isn't that an Oxymoron to know that! BE PROUD! YOU! Have Come a Long Way Linda! And still your Journey never seems to end...Be Safe!HAPPY! AND Always Positive!
Redeeming Our Treasures: Finding Joy in the Shadows of an Abusive Past (Book) - 5/20/2009 3:13:35 AM
Your Photo/Video Presentation of your book "Redeeming Our Treasures: Finding Joy in the Shadows of an Abusive Past" on your bio page is truly emotional & moving towards wanting to reach out to heal the human spirit...I am aware of the statistics involved around sexual abuse, and it is very true as you stated that sexual abuse occurs usually by a trusted family member or friend. There are also those numerous affiliates such as day care, house of worship, or even an entrusted teacher....Children all need empowered to thier voice & given the strength to know they matter, and they shall be safe.
Congratulations on your Publication, and may your words through your experience Reach, Educate, Heal, and Protect....
Much Love & Appreciation
Into The Unknown/The Third Book of Journeys (Book) - 3/1/2009 7:49:01 PM
Dear Linda, Congratulation for your third Book. Love Emile
Tried by Fire/The Second Book of Journeys (Book) - 3/1/2009 4:13:58 PM
It seems that "Tried by Fire/The Second Book of Journeys" will strike the inspirational point of the reader's heart.
I wish great sale's mark for this and all Your books.
May Your life keep diffusing the scent of inspiration.
In respect and admiration,
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Redeeming Our Treasures: Finding Joy in the Shadows of an Abusive Past (Book) - 12/6/2008 6:35:53 AM
I love your book linda and your story is touching. Please, i need your help to put me through. I am a young author and i've a book that i am yet to publish but don't know how to start.I really want the book to travel across to touch souls and also raise capital from it. I will really appreciate it, if you'll help me out. The name of my poem book is "Life Signpost" with about 100 articles, divided into five section:Prayer signpost,love signpost,attitude signpost,tribulation signpost and jubliation signpost. I'll appreciate all effort to assist me.Thank you.
Seeking/The First Book of Journeys (Book) - 12/1/2008 6:37:49 PM
My Tribute (Short Story) - 12/1/2009 5:26:12 PM
I wonder, Linda, if she also felt she could not bear her own abuse, that of being forced to see your humiliation and pain. I wouldn't doubt that she prayed for you from that day on.
My dear sister, God has indeed redeemed your past and given you a close walk with Him and the gift of touching countless lives.
If We Want to Possess It We Must Pass It Along (Short Story) - 9/28/2009 10:50:07 AM
A beautiful Allegory
If We Want to Possess It We Must Pass It Along (Short Story) - 9/27/2009 6:49:40 AM
What a fabulous story about the power of forgiveness. Grudges are to prisons as forgiveness is to freedom. Very well penned. Love it and you, in Christ, J'nia
Pity the Poor Guy!!! (Short Story) - 7/13/2009 11:20:45 PM
Stir them coals, gal! Great story, I hope the rest of the trip was worth the stay.
Pity the Poor Guy!!! (Short Story) - 7/13/2009 7:20:14 AM
This guy is creepy! You handled it very well. And you gave him something to tbhink about. As a fellow authorsden writer, Karen, always says - Be safe!
Pity the Poor Guy!!! (Short Story) - 7/12/2009 1:19:35 PM
Excellent story, Linda; nice to see you back here where you belong! Welcome back!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Pity the Poor Guy!!! (Short Story) - 7/12/2009 9:35:20 AM
Was he wearing a ring? I've met a few like this one and they make my skin crawl. Good for you in responding the way you did. He is a fool but might not remain so for too long, or not. Glad you are back. Hugs, J'nia
It's Still A Wonderful Life! (Short Story) - 6/27/2009 5:18:53 PM
Thank you for continuing to share your journey of healing with us.
It's Still A Wonderful Life! (Short Story) - 6/19/2009 6:09:28 AM
No matter the presence of resolve to any wound I feel I have healed & there are many as you yourself also know...I read the words paved from another’s life & my soul reaches from some depth of sorrows buried yet deeper are more...sharing within myself these same words unspoken inside & all the while totally understanding these insufferable scars...undeniably knowing exactly what your heart is saying...an Yes Dear Friend..."It’s Still A Wonderful Life…”
Much Love to YOU Linda!!
& The Divine Embrace of Joy Through Revelational Expressions of Truth
It's Still A Wonderful Life! (Short Story) - 6/18/2009 12:14:36 PM
What a story! You are so right about denial and making the seeing person blind. Like the story of the Good Samartian, it was easier to ignore the wounded and go on, than to get involved and show compassion. And I hear much compassion in your voice. Thanks for sharing. Susan
It's Still A Wonderful Life! (Short Story) - 6/18/2009 10:54:53 AM
This brings an ache of pain to any real father who spent a lifetime protecting, teaching and nurturing his children. Your pain is real and sadly this happens all too often even today.
It's Still A Wonderful Life! (Short Story) - 6/18/2009 9:15:59 AM
Amen! You are a very strong woman, Linda, and a survivor. The fact that you speak out about these terrible secrets that were kept for too many years, clearly illustrates your determination to help others that have come through, or may be going through, the same kind of experience. People often deny a loving God on the grounds that terrible things happen to people. What they don't see is that these things happen because of free will, not because of an uncaring God. He does grant the strength to endure, and the all-encompassing desire to be an 'angel of mercy' to others who may be experiencing the same kind of struggle. Out of that evil world comes a champion, against whom evil cannot stand.
I salute you!
It's Still A Wonderful Life! (Short Story) - 6/18/2009 7:40:47 AM
Great write, Linda; you are a survivor in the truest sense of the word. God bless you! Well done!
(((HUGS))), much love, and continued prayers~
As always, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Beloved Survivor (Short Story) - 6/11/2009 5:28:59 AM
Wonderful Linda! I really feel that Jesus went through ultimate pain and suffering for so many reasons. One is so when we have pain we can reason, "This is NOTHING compared to what my father hath done."
When the Smart Man Rebukes the Wise (Short Story) - 6/10/2009 5:57:55 AM
Great write, Linda; well penned!
(((HUGS))) And much ove, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
When the Smart Man Rebukes the Wise (Short Story) - 6/9/2009 10:32:47 AM
Your article made me laugh and smile... It never ceases to make me smile when I read something that reminds me how great the Lord's sense of humor is. My favorite (humorous) verse is in 2 Thessalonians Chapter 3... where it talks about busy bodies... hee, hee... I didn't know that word even existed way back then... but it is right there in black and white... It just makes me giggle... hee, hee...
P.S. I often am amazed at how much the Lord obviously knows me when I open up my scriptures and find answers to the very questions which had been plaguing me. My husband on the other hand doesn't believe in my form of finding answers... hee, hee... the last time he tried just opening the scriptures randomly he opened to the last page...the VERY LAST page... as in the cover page... it is of course completely blank... His comment... hee, hee... "I'm drawing a blank on this one..." hee, hee.... Sorry... I found it incredibly funny. :~)
When the Smart Man Rebukes the Wise (Short Story) - 6/9/2009 8:08:37 AM
Zophar was smart and said lots of things that were true. Unfortunately, he did not understand Job and he did not understand God. And he sure was one miserable comforter! We all know many of those.
Why Won't She Just Shut Up! (Short Story) - 6/9/2009 7:00:27 AM
my stomach turns in memories....
but my heart sings in freedom....
Your words further empower the truth
& destroy the power of a pedophiles secrets
A Tribute to Someone Who Cares (Short Story) - 6/9/2009 6:56:00 AM
Thank You for offering this wonderful womans site to all of us!
It's amazing! & Yes has everything!
& Your Web Page "Redeeming Our Treasures" is wonderful too!
Peace, Love & Inspirations
When the Smart Man Rebukes the Wise (Short Story) - 6/9/2009 6:47:16 AM
unfortunately the work of the enemy is everywhere at all times in ones life, a constant choice to contend; everbearing with an all eye watching to grab a moment of intrusion upon our spiritual goodness
always trying to breach the rock of our strengths
I enjoyed reading this story Linda & I also believe "his time is coming"
When the Smart Man Rebukes the Wise (Short Story) - 6/9/2009 5:31:00 AM
Uh... I know a few of them. lol. or maybe not. They seem to come out of the woodwork when you are down. Bless you, J'nia
A Tribute to Someone Who Cares (Short Story) - 5/13/2009 12:21:54 PM
Thanks for sharing this, this is so true.
A Tribute to Someone Who Cares (Short Story) - 5/4/2009 5:25:19 PM
Well said. In Him, J'nia <> <
A Tribute to Someone Who Cares (Short Story) - 5/4/2009 4:19:52 PM
Great write, Linda; well penned!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Why Won't She Just Shut Up! (Short Story) - 4/30/2009 11:14:26 PM
For the sake of other children who will also be probable victims, I am supporting your voice to speak out the truth - and fight for it. Victims of incest may recover but their scars remain and the family she hopes to receive comfort from eventually forsake her. "Corpuz" is a story of an abuser, and he has received just punishment for his crime (it is a crime) but his daughter and granddaughter will carry the stigma all their lives. We pray for your cause and through your book, which I hope becomes a movie, may God expose this hidden cancer in our society.
Child-Debilitation-Syndrome/Girl Among Thorns (Article) - 6/19/2010 6:09:39 AM
I had never heard of this before but you make an excellent point. Yes, we don't need shame along with the pain. I'll check out this site above. Thank you Linda. Hugs, J'nia
Three Destructive Parenting Styles to Avoid (Article) - 6/16/2009 3:04:05 PM
Negative role models. . .and yet somehow we are destined to believe they are "right." I love the way my niece, nephew, and son/daughter-in-law have changed the rules for their families. Joyous children with manners!
Three Destructive Parenting Styles to Avoid (Article) - 6/9/2009 10:37:05 AM
And then there are the three types of destructive teenager attitudes... hee, hee...
Just kidding... But I must say that parenting wouldn't be quite so difficult if all children thought rationally. ;)
Sharing is Caring (Article) - 6/9/2009 10:33:43 AM
We are glad to have you back... :~)
Sharing is Caring (Article) - 6/7/2009 6:52:51 PM
What an opportunity! Thanks for sharing. Susan
Three Destructive Parenting Styles to Avoid (Article) - 6/7/2009 7:21:09 AM
Excellent advice. Thanks Linda. Hugs, J'nia
Three Destructive Parenting Styles to Avoid (Article) - 6/7/2009 4:42:25 AM
...and the grandparent style...love em, spoil them and then send them home to Mom and Dad on a sugar high to get revenge on your kids...just kidding lol
Sharing is Caring (Article) - 6/2/2009 11:26:08 AM
It sounds like it was a profitable experience for all parties.
Sharing is Caring (Article) - 6/2/2009 6:36:37 AM
Good for you. I have been wondering how it all went for you. Glad it was an experience so worth while. Bless you, J'nia <> <
My Calling (Article) - 5/18/2009 4:08:54 PM
I love this, Linda! It reminds me of one of my old poems from years ago, The Called of God. I learned a long time ago, to lean on him, and he's never let me down. May your blessings always outshine the pain.
My Calling (Article) - 5/17/2009 3:26:54 PM
I'm glad my sister shared her heart with me here in the den--and with you as well. We are, after all, among friends. Those of you who share my vision to lift up the broken hearted and dignify the broken lives of adult survivors of childhood abuse, may need to grab a hankie (as I did) before you read Donna's comments (uh, letter).
It was worth it all Donna. If I could have found another way, I would have, but I couldn't and God gave me grace to endure. My life explodes with joy, with wonder, and love. What more could I ask? I am most wonderfully blessed.
My Calling (Article) - 5/17/2009 11:44:30 AM
This is a really sweet and hopefull writing. It also is one of much scrafice!!! I know as a younger sibling how thankful I am that you took me under your wings and today I feel like I can fufill a calling because of the safty I felt then and the protection you provided. I thank God that He put you in my family and that you loved and cared enough for all of us younger ones to protect us the best you could and not abondon us to the evil that wished to devore us. I believe that God is goig to use your life and your story to bring healing, health and protectionto to many, many,many more!! I know that God also used your life to bring much protction and health to 5 little kids that you loved and that needed you so much. You did the best you could to protect, encourage, guide and yes even show us who Christ was. At 14 I felt like giving up and you led me by your life and your love for me to Christ. I remember you and Rose praying for me kneeling at a bedside in your room. The World needs to know thise as they read your book. That even in the mist of great pain and hurt that you were enduring you brought hope for all those around you and always went beyound your pain to give us joy and to try and make life good for us and to show us most of all a path to God. Because of that if all your siblings reconize it or not we can live out our callings. What the emeny meant for bad and to devore us God will use to bring freedom and hope to a world of hurting people. I love you and appreciate and reconize all the many scarfices that you made all your life. Still you scarfice much to bring hope and healing to such a hurting world you continue to bless all of us in so many ways. This could have been private message but I feel your readers need to know how much I appreciate my big sister who has been a gift to me, my brothers and sisters and to all those near or far that have meet her weither in word of deed. Love ya, your little sister, Donna
My Calling (Article) - 5/17/2009 5:44:13 AM
Yes, He certainly will. Well penned and full of wisdom. In Him, J'nia
My Calling (Article) - 5/16/2009 11:15:28 AM
Well written sage advice with great images used for punctuation. Nicely done Linda.
Strengths of a Recovering Sexual Abuse Survivor (Article) - 5/14/2009 9:12:52 AM
Linda I think this article would be great for teens of Sexual Abuse.
Growing Beyond Abuse Will Take All You've Got: (Article) - 4/30/2009 11:55:43 PM
Linda, the fact that you are able to write about it is a great step toward your healing. A child so traumatized by abuse may grow into an adult but the pain and the fears are still there, and only the Power of God can remove all those hurts. "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34:18) He Who formed you in your mother's womb guards your life like the apple of His eye, for you are His treasured possession, and He holds you right now in the palm of His Hands. As you share your testimony, His Power moves in your life for you will bring healing to many, and your light will shine forth like new day! Fear not for no weapon formed against you will prosper and you will refute every tongue that rises to accuse you, that is your legacy as a child of God, a warrior for His Truth! You bless us with your writings!!!
Response to Hate Comments (Article) - 4/30/2009 11:31:34 PM
Your article shows the dilution of what the majority today view as "right" and "wrong". The proliferation of nude and semi-nude music videos, video games, and movies have remarkably anesthetized the public and child molestation no longer shocks, pedophilia, child porno, incest, they are all "addictions" and social irritants, not CRIMES. A child sexual offender is always prone to repeat the offense and there's no way of monitoring his recovery progress, if there is one. Some who send comments of "compassion" and forgiveness should measure the sincerity and resolve of these offenders before they are even allowed back into society. I've seen hate mail and it can character assassinate a writer out of context, it gets personal in the end, vile, vicious, and full of malice.
Growing Beyond Abuse Will Take All You've Got: (Article) - 4/27/2009 1:20:49 PM
Greetings. I am led of our Lord to encourage the hurting people of this world in Blogging and videos. I did a YouTube Video, "Help For A Hurting World". I thank you for sharing your article here. In my video, I recommend three books. Go to the site, view my video with the above title, and do pray for me.
I am a former pastor's wife, and I am used in the giftings of the Holy Spirit.
Do you believe in the giftings of the Holy Spirit being used in our world today? If so, I will encourage you, as "He" leads. Do let me know.
I shall recommend your article, also. Thanks for your prayers.
God will help you in your difficult situation, which you are experiencing at this time. Put your hand in the hand of our Savior. I am encouraging people via the internet and Blogs, as the Lord leads me. I have one article at this site and one Blog.
Read them and pray over them for me, as I will do for your works.
Strengths of a Recovering Sexual Abuse Survivor (Article) - 4/26/2009 7:46:14 AM
Yes, very clear and compelling statements here as always. To face the truth is life affirming and to run from it is a daily death, death to all the beautiful potential God has in mind for us. Bless you, J'nia <> <
Growing Beyond Abuse Will Take All You've Got: (Article) - 4/26/2009 7:38:35 AM
Why? a question some never ask because they know that the answer is more than they can bear. But to tackle it in a safe environment is to loose at least one of their fetters. And it is this initial sample of freedom which often spurs them on to want to taste some more. At least that's the way it was for me. It still is I guess as I asked another "why" question a few weeks ago and more truth was revealed to me.
Your message is so true Linda. Bless you, J'nia <> <
Resentment Leads to Addictions: (Article) - 4/23/2009 1:45:32 PM
Lots here to think about and reflect on, so many people are so easy to find someone else to blame or look down on people with addictions.
Resentment Leads to Addictions: (Article) - 4/23/2009 12:26:25 PM
I recall St. Paul, in I Corinithians 13 wrote - Love ... does not keep a record of wrongs. As you said, the same with resentments.
Growing Beyond Abuse Will Take All You've Got: (Article) - 4/23/2009 12:24:49 PM
So true. The body remembers when the mind doesn't. For me, the sense of smell can evoke strong memories - some good.
You have quite a ministry of helping others.
Hope For Harmony (Article) - 4/21/2009 7:12:59 AM
Thank you for sharing this prayer concern for this loving family and especially for this little girl. God will have his way, whatever that may be. Blessings and prayers, J'nia
Hope For Harmony (Article) - 4/21/2009 6:15:25 AM
May this beautiful child enjoy a refuah shleyma, a complete recovery!
Alan D. Busch
In The Final Hour... (Poetry) - 2/7/2012 9:56:57 AM
My hope continues to be that helps those hard hearts to be soft now...
It's Never Too Late (Poetry) - 1/28/2012 6:42:12 PM
A FINE WORK...FULL OF TRUTH AND HOPE. INDEED, WITH JESUS...AS LONG AS THERE IS LIFE, IT IS NEVER TOO LATE. A STRONG INSPIRATIONAL SHARING. THANK YOU. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...
JOYCE + HIS INSPIRATIONS
In The Final Hour... (Poetry) - 1/1/2012 6:52:45 PM
A very timely poem for all of us - because life is like a mist that is here today and gone tomorrow. Each one can be sure of his final destiny in Christ Jesus (John 3:16) because the Son of God promised "they will never perish but have eternal life". The God of the Universe is Faithful and True, His Word stands eternal and that Word assures us of heaven.
In The Final Hour... (Poetry) - 12/17/2011 9:57:20 AM
A beautiful poem and a reminder, that the Lord forgives us, a comforting thought when we are going to our Maker.
In The Final Hour... (Poetry) - 12/17/2011 5:13:47 AM
A wonderful poem, Linda! God can do a miracle, even in the final hour.
Before the Winter's Thaw (Poetry) - 11/22/2011 3:39:56 PM
Wow. The pain of abandonment so sharply written.
Before the Winter's Thaw (Poetry) - 11/16/2011 3:48:58 PM
Heart felt writing, Linda; so good to read you again! Well done!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :)
Before the Winter's Thaw (Poetry) - 11/16/2011 7:48:12 AM
Such heart felt emotion shared with the human family.
Before the Winter's Thaw (Poetry) - 11/15/2011 4:16:19 PM
beautiful expression of a tender love and of the journey of one's heart in grief.
Hugs to you,
A Soul Set Free (Poetry) - 11/15/2011 4:10:34 PM
I am so sorry to hear this! I don't know where I was that I didn't see this posted long ago. :( Your poem contains the brightness and hope of what awaits each of us. Thanks for sharing.
Before the Winter's Thaw (Poetry) - 11/15/2011 4:25:44 AM
Tender moving expression, Linda;
finely wrought work.
A Soul Set Free (Poetry) - 1/31/2011 5:50:42 PM
My condolences for your loss, Suzie. It is a wonderful, intense, and loving tribute for your husband, and there is so much truth in it. Thank you for sharing.
I Know You'll Meet Me There (Poetry) - 1/30/2011 8:29:06 AM
I wrote this poem just after my precious husband of 25 years experienced acute liver failure. He hadn't been diagnosed--but I knew... I knew he may not live long on this earth. He was diagnosed three weeks later and went to be with the Lord almost 10 months later. If Mike had been a writer...this is what he would have said to our two beautiful girls.
A Soul Set Free (Poetry) - 1/29/2011 8:00:24 AM
I love this poem Linda. Mike is a soul set free with no more pain no more suffering. We all miss him greatly and we know that it has been hard on you to say good-bye to the man that you loved so much. Mike's life will always live on in you and us and in all the people that his life touched. Thanks for sharing this amazing poem and reminding us that life is just a journey and our destination is not on this earth but to be a "Soul Set Free". Love ya, Donna
A Soul Set Free (Poetry) - 1/29/2011 5:31:09 AM
A beautiful and inspiring tribute...I understand your feelings..My wonderful husband died two years ago..and he was my soul mate too, and an integral part of who I am...One day we will be reunited...but in the meantime we have our precious lives to live, for qfter losing a loved one we realise just how precious our time is..Time has softened the pain a little now, but the love and devotion will remain deeply locked in my heart always...I wish you healing of your wounded heart, and if you ever want to share your thoughts...please message me...
Love and Hugs, Diana...
A Soul Set Free (Poetry) - 1/27/2011 5:28:49 PM
Beautiful tribute from a mournful heart and loving spirit...
A Soul Set Free (Poetry) - 1/27/2011 3:19:06 PM
This is a tender and loving memorial card
to honour your soulmate. He is at peace.
Take good care of yourself.
Survivors Prayer (Poetry) - 1/27/2011 10:10:50 AM
"Survivors Prayer" It is a nice prayer, Linda. You'll be blessed by the Lord. Thanks!
A Soul Set Free (Poetry) - 1/27/2011 6:38:52 AM
I wrote this poem (and published it) in 2009, before I knew my husband was severely ill. I walked with my beloved through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Then we came to a parting of the ways--he went to be with the Lord and I remained to live out my days on earth. My husband's last text message to me ended with the words, "I'll see you soon." And indeed, he will--when my race is run I know I'll be with him in Heaven.
Walk Not in Valleys Deep Alone (Poetry) - 10/19/2010 9:30:43 AM
Thank you Linda,many have heeded and found the words of your poem to be true. We are never beyond His reach.
Her Heart is in His Hands (Poetry) - 8/29/2010 5:35:43 PM
Linda, this is excellent! It touches me deeply, having survived worrisome times with some of my children. I relied heavily on knowing that God loved them even more than I did.
God bless you and your child.
Survivors Prayer (Poetry) - 8/29/2010 10:17:00 AM
Beautiful! I will send a copy to my daughter Cindy and one to her step-daughter Kim, who is at a halfway house.
How can I find out more about Redeeming Treasures meetings?
Live Beyond the Suffering (Poetry) - 8/29/2010 9:55:12 AM
Tremendous writing, Linda! You are filling a need with your offerings and your compassionate heart.
Live Beyond the Suffering (Poetry) - 7/12/2010 4:17:38 PM
Strong, serious subject matter, Linda, handled with great maturity and understanding...so worthwhile.
Live Beyond the Suffering (Poetry) - 7/11/2010 6:02:39 AM
A powerful piece of writing, Linda
Live Beyond the Suffering (Poetry) - 7/10/2010 6:03:47 AM
And this about says it all and so very, very well too. Thank you Linda. God bless, my friend, J'nia
Live Beyond the Suffering (Poetry) - 7/9/2010 5:07:36 PM
Please give yourself the joy
Of freedom from the burden of a secret kept too long
This is powerful and important counsel, Linda. Thank you for sharing. Love and best wishes,
Live Beyond the Suffering (Poetry) - 7/9/2010 4:24:17 PM
Dear Linda, Unfortunately many are suffering from the abuse of others. But your last four lines bring the best solution to what cannot be undone. Love Emile
Live Beyond the Suffering (Poetry) - 7/9/2010 1:40:58 PM
Very powerful. What a shame people's lives are changed because of another's doing. How sad that he didn't realize he didn't have to carry the abuse with him through life. This was so well written and an eye opener.
Survivors Prayer (Poetry) - 6/9/2010 11:15:23 AM
Very lovely! May it bless all those sruvivors.
Survivors Prayer (Poetry) - 6/6/2010 6:30:49 AM
Yes, I would gladly pray this prayer every day. So appropriate and wise.
Survivors Prayer (Poetry) - 6/5/2010 1:39:32 PM
AMEN! Wonderful write, Linda; nice to see you here again! I've missed you!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Survivors Prayer (Poetry) - 6/5/2010 4:11:15 AM
Her Heart is in His Hands (Poetry) - 2/7/2010 5:24:06 PM
I agree their hearts are in His hand and He holds them very dear!! As much as we love them our love can't compare to His amazing love for us and our children. Love ya, Donna
Her Heart is in His Hands (Poetry) - 2/7/2010 4:49:32 AM
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!! HEAVENLY BEAUTIFUL POEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Her Heart is in His Hands (Poetry) - 2/6/2010 9:14:53 AM
This is a keeper. Reminding me too that my children's heart is in His hands. Beautiful and encouraging. Love In Him, J'nia
I Know You'll Meet Me There (Poetry) - 2/4/2010 3:31:32 AM
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HEAVENLY BEAUTIFUL POEM!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
I Know You'll Meet Me There (Poetry) - 2/1/2010 5:52:36 PM
The love a parent has for a child is everlasting...and your words prove this to be true...
I Know You'll Meet Me There (Poetry) - 2/1/2010 9:00:18 AM
So well penned and so loving a desire for your daughters and your true home. I love the way you demonstrate the transcendent power of the Heavenly kingdom upon our own earthly experience. Well done. Thank you for sharing. Love J'nia
I Know You'll Meet Me There (Poetry) - 1/31/2010 7:21:58 PM
Truly a wonderful and loving gift for your daughters, Linda; surely a blessing for them. Thanks for sharing. Love and best wishes,
I Know You'll Meet Me There (Poetry) - 1/31/2010 5:00:35 PM
Dear Linda, this poem is dedicated to your children. It is recomforting for them to know your strong faith. May God Bless you and Bless your children, they will never be alone. Love Emile
I Know You'll Meet Me There (Poetry) - 1/31/2010 3:57:08 PM
what more wonderful gift to your daughters could you ever give than these beautiful words of honest preparedness...they will read this over and over and be comforted...thank you for sharing... pmedlin
Walk Not in Valleys Deep Alone (Poetry) - 12/25/2009 5:48:04 PM
I really love this piece - but I know it is truth. You never walk alone!! I am so thankful we have one so mighty and strong to walk with us and to carry us when we can't walk. Also, I am thankful for those He puts in our lives to walk with us as well. You never walk alone. Love ya, Donna
Walk Not in Valleys Deep Alone (Poetry) - 12/25/2009 11:21:19 AM
Your picture goes very well with your poem. I would love to hear this set to music. Thanks for sharing. And Merry Christmas.
Walk Not in Valleys Deep Alone (Poetry) - 12/25/2009 8:11:23 AM
Very well said. I am so pleased He brought you out of the dark valley and has set you on a high place beside Him. Love and best wishes ever, J'nia
Walk Not in Valleys Deep Alone (Poetry) - 12/24/2009 1:57:48 PM
Dear Linda, First of all, it is so nice to see you in author's den again. Now that you found joy and love, keep them deep in your heart. God is Love. I know what you mean. I passed through that valley too.
Now, that you found His Love, you have nothing to fear. Love, Emile
Walk Not in Valleys Deep Alone (Poetry) - 12/24/2009 1:02:42 PM
Beautiful poem and piccy, Linda; very nice! Well done; brava!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in SNOWY Texas, Karen Lynn. :D
I Am Ready (Poetry) - 12/16/2009 4:45:27 PM
Very moving piece. One line gave me a suggestion that there was some child abuse involved. If so, how horrible, as this is what I explored in my first novel FILL MY EYES. Abuse comes in many forms, including neglect.
Stepping Now! (Poetry) - 11/19/2009 5:21:36 PM
Very positive, revealing your heart. You are stepping lively with your Lord! A real uplifter!
Stepping Now! (Poetry) - 11/4/2009 8:00:13 AM
One small step for man, one giant step for mankind. Armstrong? The first man to walk on the moon. A step in to joy is so much more rewarding and just as difficult to accomplish as a step on to the moon's surface. Love it. Hugs, J'nia
The Aqua Bowl (Poetry) - 10/31/2009 7:36:05 AM
Ouch. This one hit home. It knocked my front door down. Much said with few words. Pain is universal and this is nicely expressed.
Stepping Now! (Poetry) - 10/31/2009 7:34:25 AM
Beautifully inspired. This is how a person feels when they are walking with the Lord God. Excellent, Linda.
Absent Minded Friends (Poetry) - 10/8/2009 5:51:07 AM
Absent Minded Friends (Poetry) - 10/5/2009 2:59:30 PM
hee, hee... SO true!
Absent Minded Friends (Poetry) - 10/3/2009 11:20:51 AM
I don't care who wrote it, I love it...all too true.
Absent Minded Friends (Poetry) - 10/3/2009 6:25:23 AM
LOL Very clever. I love it. May I paste it on our bathroom mirror to remind ourselves that we too have too many oughts in our days? Hugs, J'nia
I Am Ready (Poetry) - 9/30/2009 6:23:38 PM
It reminds me of II Timothy - St. Paul's swan song in poetry.
I Am Ready (Poetry) - 9/29/2009 4:37:00 AM
I Am Ready (Poetry) - 9/28/2009 10:46:27 AM
There are days I am ready to just go away to the place where peace reigns... but I know that I have work to accomplish here first, a work that He has asked me to do.
I Am Ready (Poetry) - 9/27/2009 1:33:18 PM
Such a beautiful prayer of deep passion and devotion, you are truly blessed this day and always...
Be always safe,
I Am Ready (Poetry) - 9/27/2009 6:54:32 AM
I hear you. A prayer of the contrite heart whom God loves. In Him, J'nia
One More Time (Poetry) - 9/26/2009 5:26:10 PM
Powerfully moving, Linda; you reached deep into my soul with your verses. The photo very effectively complements what you express via your verses. Love and best wishes,
I Am Ready (Poetry) - 9/26/2009 5:24:01 PM
Prayerful, this reads like a psalm and stands as a testimonial of your faith. Thank you, Linda. Love and blessings to you,
I Am Ready (Poetry) - 9/26/2009 4:49:20 PM
Excellent written piece Linda,I enjoy reading it,take care
I Am Ready (Poetry) - 9/26/2009 4:13:48 PM
Linda your majestic affirmations of God's goodness,and all you feel for Him,is inspired and uplifting for all. So many of us feel this way in this present time of distrust and unease with our leaders. Splendid poem!
I Am Ready (Poetry) - 9/26/2009 3:58:15 PM
He hears your cries, Linda; a most beautiful prayer! Very nice; brava! Well done!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
It's Never Too Late (Poetry) - 9/16/2009 7:44:41 AM
An absolute gem, Linda! Loved the lyrical flow of your powerful words.
One More Time (Poetry) - 9/11/2009 7:33:46 PM
Very passionate expression of a mother's heart.
One More Time (Poetry) - 9/10/2009 11:58:27 AM
Amen! One day that unconditional love will pay off in big dividends.
One More Time (Poetry) - 9/10/2009 5:10:41 AM
Ypur beautiful words...a Mother's unconditional vow wraped within the tender lovingness of completions to know all forgiveness....yes we do love our children forever....Beautiful Opening of Your Heart Linda....
Much Love, Peace & Inspirations
One More Time (Poetry) - 9/10/2009 4:47:15 AM
Very well written
One More Time (Poetry) - 9/9/2009 8:47:57 PM
The passion, the depth of feeling, the bond of parent and child strike me in the face...the writing is so strong and immediate and ever so real. Excellent work!
One More Time (Poetry) - 9/9/2009 2:19:40 PM
Understanding sentiments and praise God she did return home, perhaps this time for keeps...
Be always safe,
These Last Two Years (Poetry) - 9/9/2009 12:24:02 PM
This is totally gut-wrenching and I am sure that many of us have been feeling the sting here, knowing that there but for the Grace of God go me and mine... Yet God's Grace is overflowing to all, so why is it that, in many lives, that Grace is not easy to find evidence of? We have no answers to questions such as these. The only answers we can possibly have are in God Himself. The old "let go and let God" adage is dependable... often when we are at the end of our own rope, then a miraculous one appears when we least expect it to haul the storm-washed victims to safety. I pray this is so in these recounted circumstances. Enduring pain is harrowing, but the miracle of deliverance almost makes it also a little worthwhile to be able to taste of God's provision firsthand. Thank you for this, Linda. May things become well in the lives of all so affected. xx
One More Time (Poetry) - 9/9/2009 12:15:38 PM
This cracks me up, Linda. I am in awe of your ability to pen such tragic beauty whilst yet going through (I assume) the circumstances in question. I admire your direct approach, which probably is cathartic, telling it like it is. But the hope that wells up, notwithstanding the "One More Time" is astounding. This is where the rubber hits the road in issues of faith... I tend to find that I can endure anything for myself... but if anything touches my little ones, then I'm a tigress!!! Love the way you throw such faith and trust on The One who is to be trusted... even when the answers and results are slow in coming... You truly know what it is to stand alongside... and take us with you here. Bless you and your precious daughter - one day you will both look back on these words and be grateful for the (painful) reminder of how far you have travelled... Much love and many prayers, Kate xx
One More Time (Poetry) - 9/9/2009 5:59:51 AM
An answer to a mother's prayer and pleadings... May you find joy and peace and delight in one another's company again.
One More Time (Poetry) - 9/9/2009 5:02:51 AM
Beautiful and as parents the answer can only be...as often as it takes.
One More Time (Poetry) - 9/9/2009 4:12:59 AM
O, Linda, this is so beautiful! Very well penned; brava!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
These Last Two Years (Poetry) - 9/6/2009 6:42:27 AM
I am not this author but I could be her as I can relate to this misery so well. It has taken me 35 years to learn to just keep out of God's way as He works in my children's lives. A brave write here. Thank you for sharing it with us. Hugs, J'nia
These Last Two Years (Poetry) - 9/4/2009 11:59:24 AM
Thank you, Linda, for always sharing His light...Love and prayers for you and your family...
These Last Two Years (Poetry) - 9/3/2009 6:19:59 PM
your friends emotional strength is expressed with such beauty & also the very vein of her life forces through her beliefs & convictions...addictions do destroy lives...my heart goes out to everyone...and the blessings to withstand & continue within faith
Much Love To You & "These Last Two Years"
These Last Two Years (Poetry) - 9/2/2009 8:05:22 AM
The writer is a modern day Jeremiah. Thanks for posting it and glimpsing into a soul of deep love for her troubled children.
These Last Two Years (Poetry) - 9/1/2009 7:36:04 PM
Such force and honesty in this writing, I'm full of admiration for you
and how you fight on.
These Last Two Years (Poetry) - 9/1/2009 3:51:24 PM
Dear Linda, yes, how many are suffering from lack of light. We should all pray for those who struggle, that Light may brighten their lives.
Great write, Love Emile
These Last Two Years (Poetry) - 9/1/2009 5:47:00 AM
Wow! That is powerful. But then, there is tremendous power in prayer. Especially if we pray through the Word. Very nicely done.
These Last Two Years (Poetry) - 9/1/2009 12:31:54 AM
As parents when our children reach adulthood, no matter what mistakes they make or how far they fall, often all we can do n o matter how much it hurts is standby, be ready when they do need us, and pray. Sounds like this is what you have been doing and as a parent and grandparent my heart goes out to you..
These Last Two Years (Poetry) - 8/31/2009 7:22:06 PM
O, soo good to read you, Linda; powerful write! Well done; brava!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Unmasked (Poetry) - 8/31/2009 6:09:30 AM
Simply beautiful, Linda. I have missed your poetry...
We Are Not God (Poetry) - 8/19/2009 6:16:15 AM
Refreshing and bold. Well done!
Unmasked (Poetry) - 8/19/2009 6:14:38 AM
A natural masterpiece!
Unmasked (Poetry) - 8/12/2009 11:09:09 AM
A fabulous poem in quite a classical style, as befits the mood and deep emotions that swirl throughout, driving towards that great summation. Time is an arrow connecting past, present and future that gives us shape and identity - an awareness of self. Damage can occur at any point along this projectory's line and awareness of it will recur without warning if it is undealt with at the time. Love this unmasking, Linda - and especially the safe place you have found in another to shift the heavy load. Gorgeous writing, thank you. xx
Unmasked (Poetry) - 8/12/2009 8:21:10 AM
A most meaningful metaphorical write, Linda. Very well-expressed! Love and best wishes to you,
Unmasked (Poetry) - 8/1/2009 6:20:05 PM
heart opening moments expressed quite well ...
Unmasked (Poetry) - 8/1/2009 9:29:49 AM
Great poem Linda,
It speaks to all parts of us.Thank you for sharing such a great work.
To your success/
Unmasked (Poetry) - 8/1/2009 5:51:07 AM
Well penned. I agree that we are all of that, past, present and future. God's view of us is even broader and stretches from the beginning of time to its closing. Excellent writing Linda. Bless you, in Him, J'nia
Unmasked (Poetry) - 7/31/2009 6:26:15 PM
This one is a treasure! It's going to my library. Great work!
Unmasked (Poetry) - 7/31/2009 4:07:18 PM
The subtle power and beauty in your words i just amazing...
Be always safe,
We Are Not God (Poetry) - 7/31/2009 9:23:49 AM
Have you ever seen the movie Bruce Almighty? Though it has its flaws, its main theme is your theme. Bruce did not like the way his life was going. But when Bruce got his chance to play God, he messed everything up. Then he realized God really knew what He was doing.
Unmasked (Poetry) - 7/30/2009 9:26:45 PM
A beautifully written poem Linda,I love it,take care
Unmasked (Poetry) - 7/30/2009 6:20:37 PM
Linda...this is so utterly beautiful
embracing within all the fragility & vulnerable openess
Much Love & Inspirations
Unmasked (Poetry) - 7/30/2009 4:29:56 PM
"Though tossed and torn I am
in truth, both who I was and who I am and who I’m
meant to be."
Greetings dear Linda. I am deeply moved by your sincerity and flowing sense of truth......I have read many of your poems and this one is your best yet in my humble opinion....We share a common bond....a kindred soul.....both survivors who lived to tell about God's grace and mercy.....to give hope to those who have none.....Beautiful work from your beautiful soul my friend.
Unmasked (Poetry) - 7/30/2009 11:52:26 AM
This is absolutely brilliant, Linda! Very powerful close. I think it's my favorite of yours.
Unmasked (Poetry) - 7/30/2009 11:24:12 AM
WHAT YOU SEE...IS WHAT YOU GET...IT IS ALWAYS BEST THIS WAY FOR...IF ONE CAN'T LOVE WHO WE REALLY ARE, THEN.....
ALL POETICAL ELMENTS COMBINE WELL - GREAT JOB. THANKS FOR SHARING AND BLESSINGS. JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Unmasked (Poetry) - 7/30/2009 10:35:37 AM
Very nicely done, this has so much truth and reality in it and the metahphor of a tree bared of leafs and greenage but still strong and true is wonderful.
Unmasked (Poetry) - 7/30/2009 9:45:49 AM
Arresting image and verse; perfection! BRAVA, Linda!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
We Are Not God (Poetry) - 7/29/2009 10:32:23 PM
Very well said,I enjoy reading this wiseful poem,take care.Its always good to read your poems
We Are Not God (Poetry) - 7/29/2009 9:43:19 PM
A wonderful lesson, indeed.
We Are Not God (Poetry) - 7/29/2009 8:18:22 PM
Amen, Linda. Amen!
We Are Not God (Poetry) - 7/29/2009 6:29:42 PM
Very well done indeed sweet lady..Hugss
We Are Not God (Poetry) - 7/29/2009 6:11:55 PM
Aren't we glad that we are not God but that we are His children. And I really like this poem and the truth in it.
We Are Not God (Poetry) - 7/29/2009 5:51:19 PM
we are the essence of God's goodness
the halo of his promise...I love this reading Linda!
"Laid out in black and white, but exists in gray and
Splattered scars." ....WOW!!
Peace & Inspirations
We Are Not God (Poetry) - 7/29/2009 5:01:17 PM
A lesson for the proud and conceited, the virtue of humility is much too neglected, forgotten even, in today's circus. I like your point of view here and your expression.
We Are Not God (Poetry) - 7/29/2009 4:47:22 PM
yet god is everything ...
We Are Not God (Poetry) - 7/29/2009 4:08:11 PM
So true, Linda; a wisdom-packed powerhouse of a poem; well done!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
We Are Not God (Poetry) - 7/29/2009 4:04:09 PM
How right you are Linda! A wise message in this excellent poem!
Child Abuse (Poetry) - 7/23/2009 7:38:36 AM
Very sad write, but you've nailed the devastation of an abused child. Well done.
Dancing Daffodils (Poetry) - 7/23/2009 7:37:19 AM
An absolute gem! I loved it!
It's Never Too Late (Poetry) - 7/18/2009 5:44:04 AM
Absolutely BRILLIANT, Linda. Bravo indeed. I like the way you have been able to present your arguments so lucidly and with great insight and wisdom - yet keep the tone light and the metre tight and spare while delving deeply. I applaud you indeed. Yes, so often we come down in favour of one side of the other, missing the blessing of the balance of compromise, taking the "right stuff" from both sides. I have just watched a BBC documentary on sleep and dreaming, and one scientist postulates that, without nightmares, the human race would almost cease to function. He argues that nightmares are the blessing of enabling us to work through and problem solve, and to prepare us for the "battles" ahead. They are therefore empowering, helping us to overcome our fears. Interesting stuff! :)) xx
It's Never Too Late (Poetry) - 7/9/2009 2:00:13 PM
Such tremendous truths in this well written piece. Love it, love your bio, and share your beliefs, Holly
It's Never Too Late (Poetry) - 6/27/2009 5:09:40 PM
Your poetry always lifts and teaches, Linda. That is why I love it so much. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that Christ remembers the sting...I believe He must in order to know how we feel as we try to struggle through the adversity in our lives. He felt the sting and pain of all of our sins and trials when He suffered and died for us. The beautiful part about it all though...is that I believe He has forgiven and forgotten those who committed the pain, for the scriptures say that He will remember them no more. I guess He is the greatest teacher of how we should then also respond.
Thanks for reviewing that lesson for me.
It's Never Too Late (Poetry) - 6/19/2009 2:11:33 AM
I hear you Linda but then again we should not just forgive some injustices no matter what, when people thread outside of the law as child molesters and wife abusers etc they are also flaunting and laughing at God's laws and should be punished not only when they stand before him but here on earth as well. It may not bring comfort to the victims but it may prevent others from having to cry on God's shoulders in pain, unnecessary shame and feelings of hopefullness.
It's Never Too Late (Poetry) - 6/18/2009 10:17:35 AM
Loved both the sentiment of your poem and the music of the words you chose.
It's Never Too Late (Poetry) - 6/18/2009 4:56:50 AM
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
It's Never Too Late (Poetry) - 6/17/2009 7:06:39 PM
Linda this is splendid a poem you can be proud of,knowing the Savior will be honored! Glorious work!
It's Never Too Late (Poetry) - 6/17/2009 4:34:47 PM
Magnificent work, Linda! Love the ending!
It's Never Too Late (Poetry) - 6/17/2009 4:04:38 PM
Past, present and yes even the future all are mixed in a pot and stirred well. It is always in what comes of it all, well said...
Be always safe,
It's Never Too Late (Poetry) - 6/17/2009 2:22:57 PM
Linda, Your poem is wonderful & expresses hope, love is such a virtuous expression of selflessness, but for some carrying a harness of vengeance they just cannot see past the reality of love vs lust or possessions of control or whatever it is that deems them into a dark place of pain. Love Embraces & Heals... I so enjoyed this perceptual poem of wisdom & faith for Love.
It's Never Too Late (Poetry) - 6/17/2009 1:35:30 PM
Fine exploration and evaluation, sure and uplifting and very strong.
It's Never Too Late (Poetry) - 6/17/2009 9:03:44 AM
You can say that again, every day, and mean it. So true. Love it, J'nia <> <
It's Never Too Late (Poetry) - 6/17/2009 7:58:13 AM
So true, Linda; well penned message in this 'un!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
To Spoil the Fertile Sod (Poetry) - 6/16/2009 3:02:12 PM
This is so very true, and I know a lot of kids raised in the fifties who can relate.
To Spoil the Fertile Sod (Poetry) - 6/13/2009 7:59:39 AM
You make some very powerful points in your verses, Linda. I can relate to much of what you express. Thank you. Love and best wishes to you,
To Spoil the Fertile Sod (Poetry) - 6/9/2009 10:39:25 AM
So much truth within these lines...
I believe that often times it is not what the parents intend to be like, but it is their own defense mechanism at what seems to be a battle of losing control...
To Spoil the Fertile Sod (Poetry) - 6/9/2009 6:37:15 AM
this grieves my heart, it is all so very true
I can relate to this as I myself have experienced life as this boy
but by the grace of God I was spared hatred & made my own footprints
Your words reach deep into the soul with profound expressions of love's imporatnce, the closing line just hits my soul hard....
Much Love & Continued Inspirations
Tribute to A Friend (Poetry) - 6/9/2009 3:18:25 AM
This is a very beautiful tribute.I enjoy reading it,take care
A Soul Set Free! (Poetry) - 6/9/2009 3:04:53 AM
Beautiful poem,there isn't a better feeling in the world than to have a soul set free.A wonderful feeling to have,take care
To Spoil the Fertile Sod (Poetry) - 6/8/2009 5:42:46 AM
Hi Linda, this sums it all up! This speaks for the many who fertile soil was damaged because of the authoritarian! Thank you for sharing this...
To Spoil the Fertile Sod (Poetry) - 6/8/2009 1:46:38 AM
A powerful and excellent written poem.I can honestly say that I see my father in that type of way that you portrayed in the poem.Take care
To Spoil the Fertile Sod (Poetry) - 6/7/2009 8:58:03 PM
This is all of the things other reviewers have said so far: strong, interesting, heartbreaking and challenging and of course it calls into question the acts and skills of parenting and asks if there is a best way, a true way to resolve such a complex task. I really enjoyed this piece. Well done!
To Spoil the Fertile Sod (Poetry) - 6/7/2009 7:15:30 PM
Wow! How very true, and so powerfully presented. Very well done, Linda!
To Spoil the Fertile Sod (Poetry) - 6/7/2009 9:34:57 AM
Strong write with so much emotionaal pull.
To Spoil the Fertile Sod (Poetry) - 6/7/2009 7:27:04 AM
Yep, that about says it all. Had one of these, then after the divorce had the "permissive, I don't care what you do" type of parent. There was no hope for us, so we thought. But some of us discovered that our Heavenly Father was our real parent and that if we listened to him, life would be a whole lot different for us. And it is. Bless you, J'nia
To Spoil the Fertile Sod (Poetry) - 6/7/2009 7:14:40 AM
This is very interesting, Linda. It makes me happy to see I could be right by not imposing strict punishment. I want my children to love mom and dad. After all, it is I who must find solutions to anger - not the children. The way of parenting is to nurture.
To Spoil the Fertile Sod (Poetry) - 6/7/2009 4:54:15 AM
Heartbreaking, indeed, the damage done to children in the name of love - well penned. Powerful lesson in these lines, Linda, effectively written. As Karen alluded to in her review, the words linger and affect our lives, to this day. Well done.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
To Spoil the Fertile Sod (Poetry) - 6/7/2009 4:43:25 AM
I can remember my own parents saying this to me; I remember the frustration and disappointments I felt (and still feel, years later). Yes, Linda, words do hurt, and if one is not careful, they can do an awful lot of damage that will take years to undo. I know; I've been there; I was that child. Heartbreaking write; well penned!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <
To Spoil the Fertile Sod (Poetry) - 6/7/2009 4:37:58 AM
Makes one stop and think...as a parent, grandparent and teacher I also think that one of the most damaging comments that a parent can say is..."Because I said so!" I am often ask by children why their parents say this with no explanation...a thought provoking write indeed!
Blessings from Ky.
The Climb (Poetry) - 6/1/2009 12:38:27 PM
oh! sigh...."in the company of stars" How Absolutely Lovely!
I can only imagine how this would really visual be!
& It's breathless....
Much Love & Inspirations
A Birthday Wish (Poetry) - 5/22/2009 2:45:45 AM
Inspriing thoughts, happy birthday.
A Birthday Wish (Poetry) - 5/21/2009 11:44:29 PM
I want to wish you a Happy B lated birthday.This is very well written.Brilliant work.take care
The Climb (Poetry) - 5/21/2009 5:19:31 AM
This vignette pretty much sums up what life is suppose to look like. We struggle and reach our goal whatever that is. Well, some of us do anyway. Reminds me of an old book called Hinds Feet on High Places. Well done. Blessings and love in Christ, J'nia
A Birthday Wish (Poetry) - 5/20/2009 4:49:53 AM
Happy Belated Birthday!
(sorry to miss but I was away from the den)
There is alot of insightful wisdom & wonderful lines in your poem
A Birthday Wish (Poetry) - 5/19/2009 12:23:17 PM
Great poem, very inspiring!
A Birthday Wish (Poetry) - 5/19/2009 4:13:53 AM
A Birthday Wish (Poetry) - 5/18/2009 6:13:50 PM
This is beautiful, deep, tender and inspirational... '"A lowly moth/Is worthy of such fine detail, precise imagining." So then am I.'
Indeed you are, and I am much warmer in spirit this morning reading this fine work.
A Birthday Wish (Poetry) - 5/18/2009 5:26:32 PM
The body--what consequence is that when
It will perish while yet the soul lives on?
Wise words, Linda. I appreciate your perspective. Love and blessings,
A Birthday Wish (Poetry) - 5/18/2009 4:17:52 PM
Great write, Linda; well done! Don't know if it's your b/d today, but in case it is...*HAPPY BIRTHDAY; make it a good one!!!!*
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
A Birthday Wish (Poetry) - 5/18/2009 4:11:54 PM
What a great and novel idea and lets me have the chance to say hope you have the happiest of birthdays and many many more.
A Birthday Wish (Poetry) - 5/18/2009 3:58:08 PM
This is magnificent! Blessings on your birthday!
The Climb (Poetry) - 5/17/2009 4:09:13 PM
Strong and sustained metaphor works very well indeed, and the well chosen language gives the poem the energy it needs. Fine work.
The Climb (Poetry) - 5/17/2009 1:04:26 PM
Linda this is marvellous.It covers so much of life's trials and tribulations with a sincere metaphor that is clear and intense.
The Climb (Poetry) - 5/17/2009 11:53:40 AM
We will keep climbing for the prize!! Nice writing!! God has gifted you so much to write. I enjoy being able to read what you write. Thanks for sharing it with myself and others.Love, Donna
Song of the Broken Vessel (Poetry) - 5/17/2009 4:53:30 AM
We are all broken vessels, but usable. Very nice!
A Soul Set Free! (Poetry) - 5/17/2009 4:51:50 AM
The Climb (Poetry) - 5/17/2009 4:51:46 AM
Beautiful, Linda, simply glorious! Very well penned; brava!
((((HUGS)))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
The Aqua Bowl (Poetry) - 5/17/2009 4:50:40 AM
This is poignant and powerful. Well done!
The Climb (Poetry) - 5/17/2009 4:47:30 AM
This is magnificent, Linda! Very nicely done. That foolish bird....
The Climb (Poetry) - 5/17/2009 4:24:47 AM
Wow, Linda! I feel humbled that I will be the first to comment on this powerful writing. I sense the straining, the inner pinnacles to conquer as her pick is steadfastly thrust into the cliff, one hold at a time. Your writing is awesome. How great and faithful is our God, to bring "beauty from ashes and a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness."
Love ya, Connie
A Soul Set Free! (Poetry) - 5/16/2009 6:56:52 PM
Thoroughly uplifting; thank you for sharing this gift, Linda. Love and blessings,
The Aqua Bowl (Poetry) - 5/16/2009 5:45:35 PM
Wow Linda.....this is a deep one my friend.......lost innocence.....corruption......exploitation......painful memories from a childhood robbed of trust and simplicity.......The symbolism of "grasp the hand" is quite powerful and well designed.......a haunting, lovely poem......
The Aqua Bowl (Poetry) - 5/15/2009 7:46:39 AM
Your words and your format express well the turbulent emotions and memories of an innocent child who can only glimpse at the reality of her experience until she is mature and ready to deep sea dive through her murky past. Excellent penning here my friend. Hugs, J'nia
The Aqua Bowl (Poetry) - 5/13/2009 6:04:41 PM
the language and cauldron of motions are so rich here. i like the relative absence of punctuation; it made me read it several times over but a quick pace as if someone were chasing me. i'm out of breath by poem's end. please forgive this question if i've gotten it wrong but are you saying that though he committed horrendous crimes against you ... that you took hold of his hand in any case, that you loved him and hated him simultaneously ... that you can forgive him but never forget what he did?
The Aqua Bowl (Poetry) - 5/12/2009 6:46:26 PM
Thoroughly compelling; I am left at a loss for words, Linda. Love and peace to you,
The Aqua Bowl (Poetry) - 5/12/2009 5:46:25 PM
You exposed the awful tragedy of a childs sweet love and innocence being stolen, and yet...there is trace of understanding it seems or perhaps a desire to remember what the father was like before he turned into the monster.
The Aqua Bowl (Poetry) - 5/12/2009 6:37:45 AM
Heart-wrenching... The conflicting emotions of love/hurt/pain...all are expressed well within this write.
Song of the Broken Vessel (Poetry) - 5/7/2009 2:04:09 PM
I read this lovely prayer three times.......very slowly to feel the depth and gratitude......the pain.......the hope........How beautiful it is when God takes our shortcomings and pain........transforms them into blessings.......and then allows us to share them with others so that they too may feel His loving grace........Well said my friend......
Dancing Daffodils (Poetry) - 5/4/2009 9:43:24 AM
A fine personification of the lovely golden harbinger of spring, Linda. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and best wishes,
Dancing Daffodils (Poetry) - 5/1/2009 2:40:25 AM
I love daffodils and this poem! In grade school we used to make crepe paper daffodils, I wish they'd grow in our weather here. Thanks for the poem and the photo too.
Three Cautions... (Poetry) - 4/26/2009 7:52:45 AM
Wisdom is the antidote to addiction and you make all your points well.
Broken Bread (Poetry) - 4/24/2009 7:15:29 PM
Fantastic! Such simplistic metaphors that paint such a broad poem of peace.......Bravo Linda!
A Soul Set Free! (Poetry) - 4/24/2009 7:12:43 PM
Lovely, flowing prose my new friend......I love the photo also.....it compliments the words quite nicely.....well done indeed.
The Raw and Painful Process of Surviving (Poetry) - 4/24/2009 3:17:51 AM
For many its hard to get away from the cycle of being hurt and abused. They often feel they are somehow at fault. Its a sad and hurrendous way to live. It must take a lot of courage to get away from it.......M
A Soul Set Free! (Poetry) - 4/24/2009 3:13:38 AM
I can feel the emotions emitted in this lovely poem.....M
Dancing Daffodils (Poetry) - 4/24/2009 3:11:46 AM
Beautiful Linda. The rhyme and images are great.It reminded me of spring time in Vermont.....M
The Raw and Painful Process of Surviving (Poetry) - 4/23/2009 11:30:57 PM
The poem "The Raw and Painful Process of Surviving" IS the raw, painful and heartfelt truth! Regardless of our pains, trials or tribulations if we can hold, grasp and clasp our hearts along with the hem of His garments. Keeping the faith knowing that one has to pull up out of the pit become the victor we were created to be.
"...And cherish the healing that has poured into it
From the heart of a Father who knew all along
That she’d rise from the death of abuse with a song,..."
Then as you have stated sing out song loud and clear.
Blessings to you and your family,
A Soul Set Free! (Poetry) - 4/23/2009 10:53:49 AM
Loved reading "A Soul Set Free"
I definately enjoy the feeling of freedom in all I do and of course delight in reading about it as well.
All the best to you and take care.
Thank you for your visits to my den space, it is appreciated.
Dancing Daffodils (Poetry) - 4/23/2009 10:51:46 AM
Linda I certainly enjoyed reading "Dancing Daffodils" wonderful imageries and a breath of fresh air at that.
Wishing you great success in your writing,
A Soul Set Free! (Poetry) - 4/22/2009 6:11:40 PM
Did you know that Joy is a perfect amalgam of Life and Love?
Dancing Daffodils (Poetry) - 4/22/2009 1:04:48 PM
Very lovely image of the cycle of life.
A Soul Set Free! (Poetry) - 4/22/2009 1:03:34 PM
You captured the verseL If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
- John 8:36 KJV
Dancing Daffodils (Poetry) - 4/21/2009 11:05:57 AM
Dancing Daffodils (Poetry) - 4/21/2009 9:10:15 AM
Great write, carefree and lighthearted. Enjoyed reading this!!
Take care, Joy
A Soul Set Free! (Poetry) - 4/21/2009 7:55:08 AM
Concise and emotive in one fine fell swoop. I like it. hugs, J'nia
Dancing Daffodils (Poetry) - 4/21/2009 7:53:32 AM
What a sweet little ode to a tenacious little flower. Blessings, J'nia
A Soul Set Free! (Poetry) - 4/21/2009 7:41:11 AM
Dear Linda, very nice and short to the point. Merci Emile
Dancing Daffodils (Poetry) - 4/21/2009 7:37:51 AM
Dear Linda, I like this poem especially as it descrbes my best loved early spring flower, the daffodil. Every morning I used to pick a beautiful bouquet from the hill next to our school and bring it to my teacher. This brings back a lovely memory. Thank you for sharing. Love Emile
A Soul Set Free! (Poetry) - 4/21/2009 6:46:25 AM
Beautiful...nothing more to say...
Dancing Daffodils (Poetry) - 4/21/2009 6:45:45 AM
I LIKE it!! I like the way the words create their own rhythm...dancing across the page, it seems
The Raw and Painful Process of Surviving (Poetry) - 4/20/2009 7:03:15 AM
Another word about this poetry, my friends is this: Heaven stands in awe at the glory of God revealed in and through mortal beings who put their trust, ever so falteringly, in their Creator. We blindly grasp His coat-tails and let him take us out of the darkness and despair of our wounding! To survive (abuse, abandonment, neglect) physically is an amazing feat of endurance and courage, to survive spiritually, is a testimony to the One who will never abandon his children. --
YES! Through FAith and Trust in HIM, who brings us through it ALL! All the distaste, bile and raw images that stand with us, as we continue out of our crawl, to STAND TALL!
I enjoyed reading Linda your caring knowing heart!
I so agree with much you wrote and feel!
He will never abandon us, and I believe, that is WHY I made it! as far as I did, knowing it all was happening TO ME daily, I felt my fathers Wife and not his daughter! That is my terror story, with his Physical abuse, Sexual and Emotional, JESUS strengthened my Soul! NOW! I can help another...
YOU make "MANY" wonderful and important points in this/ many verses!
His Spirit becoming MINE! NOW!
Warmest Blessings of LOVE, LIGHT, PEACE and Inspirations, Warrior Purple Lady SHEExooo
God Bless YOU and YOURS LINDA! WE Have Risen with him, stronger than EVER! Thanks! To HIM!
The Raw and Painful Process of Surviving (Poetry) - 4/19/2009 10:23:20 AM
Dear Linda, Very nice and deep. I liked especially:
"How far she has come to present what we see
We’d rejoice in her strength and her glad victory!" and "From the heart of a Father who knew all along
That she’d rise from the death of abuse with a song,
And live every moment in search of the truth
Every breath a prayer of sincere gratitude"
"Halleluya" Any abuse or suffering will dissipate with the distant approach of His light.
Love and God bless You, Emile
The Raw and Painful Process of Surviving (Poetry) - 4/19/2009 8:51:59 AM
Another word about this poetry, my friends is this: Heaven stands in awe at the glory of God revealed in and through mortal beings who put their trust, ever so falteringly, in their Creator. We blindly grasp His coat-tails and let him take us out of the darkness and despair of our wounding! To survive (abuse, abandonment, neglect) physically is an amazing feat of endurance and courage, to survive spiritually, is a testimony to the One who will never abandon his children.