About Linda Wood Rondeau

Award-winning author Linda Wood Rondeau writes blended contemporary fiction that demonstrates, once surrendered to God, our worst past often becomes our best future. Retired from her long career in human services, she enjoys being able to play golf year around. Readers may visit her website and blog, called Snark and Sensibility.

The Body Beautiful

The Body Beautiful

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well (Psalm 139:14 KJV).   Body image is an American fanaticism that has spawned billions dollar industries to address human fears of imperfection. We pay top dollar to put curl into hair that is […]

Second Hand Spirituality

Second Hand Spirituality

Which do you think is more rewarding? To see a movie for yourself or to experience the cinema from a friend’s viewpoint? Most of us would opt for the first-hand experience. Can we truly know a person without a personal encounter? Without real-time, “getting-to-know” that person, we will make assumptions based on what someone else […]

Created to Be Salt

Created to Be Salt

When we think of salt, we immediately are drawn to the concept of table salt or sodium chloride. Often, we hear preachers compare THE PROPERTIES OF SALT to the CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE. Of course Our lives should make others thirst for the things of God. Our conduct, tempered with love, ought to make others wonder what […]

Who Put the Vinegar in the Salt?

Who Put the Vinegar in the Salt?

    “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot (Matthew 5:13 NIV).     I dropped my salt shaker into a bowl of water and vinegar.  If it had only been water on the top […]

A Tantrum Averted

A Tantrum Averted

Normally, shopping invigorates me. Not this day. Not when I started from a point of exhaustion. With looming deadlines and a conference to prepare for, this might be my only opportunity to purchase needed items. Hubs graciously went with me. Disinterested in women’s clothes, he wandered. Only, I’d forgotten my phone. After making a couple […]

Where Love Began

Where Love Began

Luke 22:19 – And he took bread, gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” I laughed out loud as I watched the video of my grandson’s first attempt to walk. He struck out a few feet. Kaboom. He […]

To Thine Own Self Be True

To Thine Own Self Be True

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10) I couldn’t understand it. I had mimicked her stance to perfection. Yet, when I swung at the golf ball, it sailed far to the right or far to the left. Rarely […]

And Not to Yield

And Not to Yield

Old age hath yet his honor and his toil: Death closes all: but something ere the end, Some work of noble note may yet be done… Though much is taken, much abides; and though We are not no that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are. One […]

From Here to There and In-between

From Here to There and In-between

A few months ago, my husband and I decided we were simply too far away from our children and grandchildren. We put the house on the market, and it sold within twenty-four hours. And so, a whirlwind of activity has transpired to get ready for our big move in a few days’ time. We liked […]

Putting All Else Aside

Putting All Else Aside

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ (Philippians 3:8 NIV). Five years ago, we downsized to move to Florida. A few months ago, we realized, at […]

It’s a Good Thing I Love You

It’s a Good Thing I Love You

As we approach Thanksgiving, I examine so many blessings in my life. Besides the gift of faith, I am most thankful for those whom God has allowed me to love while here on this earth, including my husband of almost thirty-nine years, our marriage characterized as “an adventure around every corner.” Change is something that […]

Convoluted But God Orchestrated

Convoluted But God Orchestrated

October is breast cancer awareness month. Thanks to a series of odd circumstances, I’m alive today to tell my story.    On February 8, 2011, I loaded up my car with as much as I could, to start a new life in Florida. Because my lungs were getting bad, hubby and I decided I should […]

Sometimes They Only Want You to Listen

Sometimes They Only Want You to Listen

“I’m cold,” I told my husband. A “fixer,” he immediately rose from his comfortable recliner and turned up the heat. “I could have done that,” I said. “I just wanted you to know how I felt.”  Too often, we approach our suffering Christian friends in much the same manner. We seek the quick fix. Instead […]

One-hundred and One Times

One-hundred and One Times

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen (Jude 1:24-25 NIV).   Whew, lots of theology in that verse. First, he […]

A Sure Footing

A Sure Footing

  “You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing” (2 Peter 3:17 NLT).             While on a short hike behind my daughter’s house, she needed to go back to the house for […]

The Secret to a Positive Attitude

The Secret to a Positive Attitude

Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, my tongue rejoices, my body will rest secure. Psalm 16:8-9   David’s life is filled with conflict, tragedy, and disappointment. Yet, His hope remained steadfast in God. Within these verses we find the Psalmist’s secret behind his positive […]

Failure Begets Opportunity

Failure Begets Opportunity

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails (Proverbs 19:21). The golfer sets up his tee on the challenging par five green. After analyzing the situation and visualizing his play, he readies for his drive. Keeping his eye on the ball, he swings. However, he mistakenly speeds […]

What’s Behind the Closed Door

What’s Behind the Closed Door

For we wanted to come to you — certainly I, Paul, did, again and again — but Satan stopped us (1 Thessalonians 2:18 NIV).   Paul desperately wanted to see this Thessalonian church. He apparently was distressed over their welfare.  For whatever reason he felt compelled to return to Thessalonica, circumstances prevented his going, circumstances […]