Guest: Teresa Pollard - Standing Against the Crowd

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

My mom was an alcoholic.
She wasn’t very good at everyday life. The odd thing was that in a crisis situation, she was the one person you most wanted to have around. She almost seemed to have been born for those moments, because when others around her seemed to be losing their heads, that’s when she seemed to find hers. I can remember several instances in my childhood when this was true, but one incident will always stand out in my mind.
I was about seven years old, and my older brother, younger sister and I were swimming at a local lake. Mom sat on the shore with our next-door neighbor watching us. Suddenly my mom jumped up and ran out into the water. This was unusual in itself because my mom didn’t swim. Moments later, we realized she had a small bloody child in her arms. In coming down the slide, his pinkie had been caught in a razor sharp edge where the metal slide didn’t quite attach to the side. The finger had been completely severed and had fallen into the water. The child’s mother was hysterical, and the lake owners wanted the whole incident hushed up as quickly as possible. But Mom took control. She quickly organized several of us kids to look for the missing finger, while she took the woman and child to the hospital The lake owners were irate. Other adults at the lake seemed indifferent as long as their own children didn’t get back on the slide. They didn’t understand why Mom would want all those kids looking for a severed finger, but she had seen a newscast the night before saying that doctors were having great success reattaching limbs. Unfortunately, we never did find the finger, but I did learn a lesson that day. Doing what’s right is never a wasted effort. That little boy and his mother both knew that someone cared enough to try. And this daughter never forgot her mom’s courage in standing against the crowd.
Crowds are fickle. One day they were shouting “Hosanna, blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord” (John 12:13) and a few days later, “Crucify him!” (Matthew 27:22). Truth and Right never change, no matter how much the world would like to believe they do, because God is Truth and Right, and He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever!

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The winner receives a copy of her book, Tokens of Promise. Would you like a Kindle copy? What about a paperback? It's winner's choice. Leave a comment about the blog with your email address. In a week, I'll draw for the lucky winner.

The winner: Diane Dean White 


About the Book:

“Tokens of Promise”, June 2013.

Inspired by The Bible, Genesis 38, “Tokens of Promise” is an imagination of the love story of Judah and Tamar.
Judah is sure he was bewitched by the beautiful Tamar. She is all he can think about. But no, it must not be. He will not break his vow to Yah. He already has a wife, and he will have only one. Tamar must marry Er.
Rescued from disgrace by the handsome Judah, Tamar is already in love with the kind stranger. She eagerly followed Emi’s advice on how to win him. It almost worked. He’d promised. If only his servant hadn’t come at that moment, she’d be his wife now instead of going home with him to be his daughter-in-law. Why had her father agreed to this? Surely he could see her destiny was with Judah?

About the Author:

Teresa Pollard is from Richmond, Virginia, and was saved at a young age. She has a Masters degree in English and Creative Writing from Hollins College, and has served as a Sunday School teacher and children’s worker for most of the last forty years. Married for forty years, she was devastated by divorce and the death of her youngest daughter, but God has blessed her with a new home and another grandson, and she now resides in Dacula, Georgia. Her website is
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  1. An interesting post from a woman who has lived a challenged life, but knows victory. Bless you Teresa for holding on to Jesus! I'd love to refresh my mind on the story of Judah.

    1. Dear Ada, I wrote you the other day, but it's not showing up on my computer, so I don't know whether it went through or not. Thank you for your kind words. Bless you too. Jesus is all we have. I'd never have made it without Him.

  2. Teresa, it sounds like God used your mother to help that little boy...and I'm sure although she suffered with an addiction, she was a loving Mother. That was such quick thinking on her part. My hubby's brother had four fingers sliced off in a lawn mower old push mower...My M-I-L placed them under her arm pit and raced to the ER. They had a good surgeon who sewed them back on and you can't tell a thing. Your book sounds wonderful and I know it took a lot to pour our those memories and share them. Blessings!

    1. Congratulation, Diane! You're the winner of Tokens of Promise.

  3. Hi Teresa, Thank you for opening up and being honest about your childhood. Yes, God can use anyone to do his bidding. We just need to keep our ears and eyes open, and have a willing heart to obey. What an inspiring story.

  4. Thanks for all the comments. Teresa is a great inspiration. :)

  5. Thanks Teresa, for sharing your heart. May you be blessed!

  6. And the winner is.....Diane Dean White! Congratulations. :)


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