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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Linda Crow

Linda remembers watching the clock tick toward recess in the 2nd grade, when she would make a beeline for the paper her teacher kept on the windowsill in the back of the room. “Let them play kickball,” Linda would say to herself, “I will write stories!” Yes, Linda has been a bit of an English major nerd her entire life. She revels in it.

She thought she might teach high school English, but she married her college sweetheart and began a family that has grown into: a 20 year-old college student daughter (an English major, Linda proudly wants you to know) an 18 year-old son who draws the line at snacking on anything nonporous and excels at lifting heavy weights such as dumbbells and his mother but not heavy clothes hampers or trash cans, and a 14 year-old, quiet, unassuming girl who likes to surprise her family by bursting into Ethel Merman Broadway tunes for no apparent reason. Her husband, the smartest man in the world, speaks a different language called “math,” which has made for some zany communication “moments” between them. Thus, there are five people in Linda’s family, plus one dog and one entity who moved in in 1986 and never left: Laundry Pile.

Linda works in a large youth ministry because one cannot have too many teenagers in one’s life, and she writes a small column for the local newspaper.

Reared in a Christian home, Linda completely surrendered her life to Jesus in college and then lived a fulfilling life mothering her kids full time. In her early thirties, she encountered the most difficult period in her life, the onset of clinical depression. She testifies to Psalm 34:17-19: "Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said, 'My foot is slipping,' your love, O LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” It was a long, arduous struggle, but God was faithful.

Linda agrees with William Davis who said, “The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and then think for ten minutes,” and she aspires to write similarly. Her goal is to encourage readers, point them to Jesus without preaching, and to live long enough to see her children have teenagers of their own.

She invites you to visit her blog at 2nd cup of coffee.

What others are saying about Linda:

"Linda is a hoot. She makes me LOL. She keeps me going and I appreciate her humor."

"Her humor shines through each post and she just seems so joyful and excitedall the time! It's very encouraging."

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Blogger Darlene said...

Linda, I love these words, "completely surrendered" It says so much more than merely reciting a sinners prayer half-heartedly. I did the same 10 years ago, and I'll never turn back.

February 28, 2007 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

"...point them to Jesus without preaching..."

I'm looking forward to a lot of finger-pointing from you!

February 28, 2007 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger Laurel Wreath said...

Anybody that has a blog called 2nd cup of coffee is MY KIND of lady! I am so excited to be part of this adventure with you and I am excited to see how God leads each one of us.


March 1, 2007 at 10:19 PM  

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