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 2017 Daily Meditation Moments now available:



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The Donut Theory
Meditations and Inspiration

for the Church Office

Linda has combined “Incidents I, II, and III” for this new book (published by Westbow, a division of Thomas Nelson). She’s added facts about donuts and how they relate to the stories in this inspirational and informative book of meditations for those who work in the church office…and for those who are curious about what goes on in the church office.

Soft cover: $13.95, plus postage (Multi-purchase price available for non-profit groups.)
Hardback: $30.95 (A great gift; includes postage)
E-book: $3.99 (For quick, easy meditation reading)

The Donut Theory in hardcover and e-book available at
Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Westbow.

A reader says about “The Donut Theory” …

What can I say? As soon as I got home and finished my chores…I started Linda’s book…I just finished! I love it! Funny, heartwarming, insightful, inspirational, professional, helpful, timely, spiritual, thought provoking and just darn well written.

Linda’s, insights into the working day of a church secretary are positively scary at times. Anyone from our profession who reads your book will be saying “I hear dat!” From one softhearted, controlling, sensitive, obsessive compulsive, overachiever to another, Brava!  God bless you. —DM, Sun City West, AZ

 A “bite” or two of The Donut Theory

God in Every Direction

   The signposts of God are clear
and point out the right road. Psalm 19:8

“Look back and thank God.
Look forward and trust God.
Look around and serve God.
Look within and find God!”

As a farm girl from Iowa I learned the global directions as part of daily living—“I’ll be in the north field until noon” or “Go half a mile south and turn right and you’ll find the schoolhouse.” However, since I moved into Sun City, the sun has come up in the north. I’m 90 degrees off most of the time when I try to figure out where I am. Perhaps it is because the first time I came to Sun City, I flew in to visit my parents and the airplane must have made a 90-degree around the airport before landing.

I’m grateful for my G.P.S., but a bit embarrassed that I have to use it to find my way around my own neighborhood.

In our work and in our relationships we need to figure out where we are and then how we can make things right. We can look back and see how we’ve created challenging situations. We can look forward to better days, opportunities to change. We can look around and see where we can make a difference in someone else’s day, and we can look within for satisfaction.

In my relationship with God, I don’t have to worry about which direction to seek him, and better yet, I’m never lost!

Dear God, thank you for your global positioning at all times. Amen.

Stormy Days

He made the storm stop and the sea be quiet. Psalm 107:29

I grew up on a farm in Iowa. During tornado season, Mom watched the southwest skies for dark clouds churning up a storm. “I don’t like the looks of those clouds,” she’d announce and march my brothers and me down to the damp cellar to wait out the storm. I’d hover on the step above the dirt floor, with my arms wrapped tightly around my knees, and listen to branches of the elm tree slap against the tin roof of the coal shed outside the cellar door. Mother, holding the kerosene lantern, watched for a streak of sunlight to appear under the cellar door, and when she’d declare, “Storm’s over!” I’d bolt out of the cellar like a chicken fleeing the coop. The cellar was far scarier than any storm.

I’ve created a few internal storms during my workdays. One time I was in such a hurry to get to an appointment, I ran 500 copies upside down on the backside of a bulletin. I mentally kicked myself around the office the rest of the day for wasting paper, copier ink, and my time.

The all-time worst punishment I inflicted on myself happened when I failed to review the agreement on a copy machine before the lease expired. I missed the ninety-day notice needed to opt-out of the lease, and no matter how much I argued with the leaseholder, the office was stuck with another year of payments on the worthless machine. That storm seemed like a week-long low-pressure system stalled out in my head.

Just like Mom who took me to the cellar to wait out a storm, God guided me through a stormy day in the office with an extra dose of grace and an understanding, forgiving boss who said,  “Linda, stop beating yourself up! Everyone makes mistakes.”

Dear Lord, help me remember that human error and
self-worth are not related to one another. Amen

Newest devotional from the
Humble Beginning books:

Even More Humble Beginnings
— Daily Meditation Moments

A daily devotional offering readers a quick start to a daily meditation routine.

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Sample Devotion:

So chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline …. Regardless of whatever you put on, wear love. It is your basic, all-purpose garment. Colossians 3:12,14

Happy New Year! Happy New You!

For many years, I looked for boots to wear with long skirts and dresses. Because of my hard-to-find shoe size, this winter I spent hours visiting different websites to find the perfect pair. Well, let me tell you, when you wear a size 12, nothing is perfect … the specifications of the boot circumference doesn’t measure to fit my calves … the heels are too high for me … the color is too dark, too brown. Then I found a pair and placed the order.

My new boots arrived the day before my birthday (December 30), and I proudly wore them with a long denim skirt to my volunteer job at the hospital and felt so stylish—until I looked in a full-length mirror. Then I realized they were just plain, tall leather-looking rider’s boots that did little for my skirt. But my feet loved them.

Today is a good day to check out your spiritual wardrobe. Dress in your finest compassionate, kind, humility-laden, quiet strength garments and graciously move into the new year.

Lord, may our lives be blessed by the love we show for others. Amen.


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 Other Picture1Humble Beginnings Daily Meditation books available

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I’ve never gotten into daily meditations, but with Daily Meditation Moments, I can get quick way to start my day and I am enjoying getting to know you through your stories. Judi


Other book available:

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Single Editions of Incidents from the Church Office—52 Meditations for Support Staff and Volunteers is available and are a great gift for church staff and volunteers. $8.00 per copy (includes postage).

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Bulk orders for churches – $4.00 per copy, plus postage. Contact me for shipping rates for multiple copies.


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 Books compiled and typeset by Linda Gillis:

 An Advent Journey to the Manger Through Daily Meditation, Written by the People of
Peace Lutheran Church, Peoria, AZ. Published by Gilmark Creations, 2015

A Lenten Journey to the Cross through Daily Meditations, Written by the People of
Peace   Lutheran Church, Peoria, AZ. Published by Gilmark Creations, 2016

Copies available through Bookstore.



Published in national magazines and anthologies:

Linda Gillis Guideposts  Linda Gillis Angelsanthologies


Guideposts and Angels on Earth Magazine Articles:

“A Souper Idea” (Guideposts 12/2015)
“The Collector” (Angels – 11/12 2012)
“Sweetheart Roses, Sweetheart Memory” (Angels – 03/04 2010)
“Garden Variety” (Angels – 07/08 2009)
“Little Camper on the Prairie” (GP – 08/2009)
“7 Great Walks in Our Favorite Cities” (Web: 12/2008)
“Lost and Found” (Angels – 11/12 2008)
“Surprised by Love” (GP – 08/2007)

Other published work:

“Silly Little Green Frog” in Couples Who Pray by Squire Rushnell and Louise (Duart, Rushnell Duart 2007)
“Struggling with the Season” in Celebrating Christmas with Memories, Poetry, and Good Food Hidden (Brook Press 2011)
“Grandma and Me in the Kitchen” in Grandmother, Mother and Me: Stories, Poems, and Recipes (Brook Press 2012)
“Surprised by Love” in A Cool Drink of Water (Guideposts 2010)


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