About Linda Sammaritan

For years, Linda Sammaritan tried to be perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect teacher and crammed so many activities into her days that twenty-four hours couldn’t possibly hold them all – perfectly. She now lives by the motto, “relentlessly eliminate hurry.” Newly retired, Linda keeps the freezer packed with homemade take-out meals for her full- time working husband when she travels to visit children, grandchildren, siblings, and Mom. Read more of her blogs at The Scriblerians.

Ahh, Massage

Ahh, Massage

My husband and I lounge on the sofa, watching television, enjoying together time. He massages my feet. Do I jerk away and say, “Don’t do that?” Not on your life! After supper at the end of a long work day, I offer my husband a back rub. Does he turn me down? No way! My […]

Evil Can’t Touch Me

Evil Can’t Touch Me

In an era of global terrorism, and with our neighborhoods overrun with drugs and crime, the title for this post appears naïve, foolish, even idiotic. But remember Job? He said the same thing. Job, the man who lost everything except his wife and his life, agreed with his friends that evil couldn’t touch him. Evil […]

When Have You Gone Too Far?

When Have You Gone Too Far?

Love, trust, betrayal. There’s an ongoing argument in my family. I’m going deep here, and I very much desire reader input. Here’s the question up for debate: if a person fits the parameters of Luke 9:62 and/or Hebrews 10:26, are they consigned to hell with no hope of reconciliation with God? Have they gone too […]

Straw Into Gold

Straw Into Gold

  Remember the fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin by the Brothers Grimm? Rumpelstiltskin was an evil little man who had the distinct talent of spinning straw into gold. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone had the ability to turn cheap, common straw into gold? We’d all be rich. No one would have to work. We could […]

Aren’t All Religions the Same?

Aren’t All Religions the Same?

A while back, a member of my secular writers’ group asked me the question in the above title. He followed it up with a second question. “Don’t all religions teach the same thing—don’t kill, cheat, steal; be nice?” I answered his second question first. “Yes. Every religion I’ve learned about basically follows the Ten Commandments. […]

After Salvation: How Optimists and Pessimists Handle Sin

After Salvation: How Optimists and Pessimists Handle Sin

Christians recognize their need for a Savior because everyone sins. They embrace the gift of salvation Jesus offers, amazed that Christ loved us so much He died in our place for the sins we’ve committed. But how do Christians react to sinful acts committed after their salvation? Optimists and pessimists. Each reacts to her own […]

Man Overboard!

Man Overboard!

Think of life as a voyage on a luxury ocean liner. Let’s say the captain of the ship and the crew manning the engines are a type for Jesus and His angels, but the people of Earth are the guests on the ship. A few of us have all the benefits of a first class […]

Avenues of God’s Love

Avenues of God’s Love

I grew up in a family who went to church. Mom, Dad, and four kids. My parents made sure I learned Christian doctrines. I earned pins for Sunday School attendance. I believed in Jesus as the Savior of the world. And yet. Something was missing. An indefinable empty space.   The rebellious streak in me […]

Can Our Loved Ones See Us from Heaven?

Can Our Loved Ones See Us from Heaven?

A lot of my friends—at home, on Facebook, on this website—have lost family and close friends recently. A lady at my church has mourned the death of her son for ten years. I’m sure the idea of her child in heaven watching over her would bring great comfort. Which is why we want to know […]

How’s Your Cross This Year? Otherwise Known as Your Annual Spiritual Check-Up

How’s Your Cross This Year? Otherwise Known as Your Annual Spiritual Check-Up

  I “enjoyed” my annual physical check-up this week. My doctor is one of the sweetest personalities I’ve ever met, close in age to my sons. She’s like the daughter I never had, so I’ll admit it: I love going to the doctor. With a gentle smile, she asks her professional questions (FYI : I […]

Untethered

Untethered

This time, I will let go of my fears. I will explore new places, I will meet new people. I will float wherever the wind of the Spirit takes me. If you’re an introvert like me, you have engaged in similar conversations with yourself. I would love to own a bold, adventurous spirit, ready to […]

And Then There Were Eight

And Then There Were Eight

It’s been less than a year since I began contributing to Putting on the New. I’ve enjoyed getting to meet my new family, so far only online. Most of all, I enjoy sharing my thoughts about God and the Christian life, with the public at large and with my sisters who also contribute to the […]

MYOB: Otherwise known as 1 Thessalonians 4:11

MYOB: Otherwise known as 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Mind your own business! At some point in your life, you’ve probably told someone off with those words, or else an irritated person slung them at you. It’s not a phrase associated with kindness or grace. Yet God uses those words, through Paul, to instruct us. 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 says, “Make it your ambition to […]

What’s On YOUR Bucket List?

What’s On YOUR Bucket List?

People have desires. They want what they can’t have, or there’s been no opportunity to follow their dreams. Daily life interferes. According to Irish myth, if you catch a leprechaun, he’ll regain his freedom by granting you three wishes. This universal yearning to make wishes come true is what made The Bucket List, a 2007 […]

As You Wish

As You Wish

“That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying, ‘As you wish,’ what he meant was, ‘I love you.’” So goes the narration early in the movie Princess Bride. It’s been almost thirty years since Princess Bride was released. My sons loved the swashbuckling tale of evil versus good, ugly versus beautiful, […]

Winter of Our Content

Winter of Our Content

  The Winter of our Discontent. Those five words have been tossed about in various contexts within the English language for centuries. John Steinbeck enshrined the phrase in the title of his final novel, and he borrowed the line from Shakespeare. For those who suffer from light deprivation in the season when the earth tilts […]

A Smoking Wick or a Burning Flame?

A Smoking Wick or a Burning Flame?

I love the Advent season with all of its symbols. Garlands. Wreaths. Calendars. Creches. And lights. Lights. Jesus the Light of the world. Candles for the season grace every room in our house. Old-fashioned, multi-colored bulbs encircle the tree standing sentinel at our front windows. Since no lights adorn our property outside, I like to […]

Heart Rivers

Heart Rivers

During our college years, my friend had chosen to serve Christ while I remained deaf to the wooing of the Spirit. Ten years later, she had drifted away from her Savior, and I was learning to love Jesus. We lived a good distance away from one another but were able to connect for one afternoon […]