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Q is for …

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Questions?If I had the opportunity to ask questions of someone I admired – an icon, a celebrity, an athlete – who would it be and what would I ask?

Who is a toughie. There are many folks I admire and would love to chat with – living and dead, men and women. Aside from the Lord, Himself, there isn’t one person that intrigues me enough to be singled out.

What I’d ask, though, is a little easier because there are some questions I’d love to have answered by folks I want to get to know. When I’m face to face I’m not brave enough to toss them out there. But this is what I’d want to know:

  • What lesson would you want to pass along to your kids so they don’t have to learn it the hard way?
  • What was the turning point, the fork in the road, of your life? What would have happened if you had taken the other path?
  • What is a secret wish – something you wanted to do or be? Do you have any regrets?

Your a folk I’d like to get to know! Pick a question and answer it in the comments and read what others post, too. Let folks know about you!

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

21 thoughts on “Q is for …

  1. All good questions. My turning point was probably choosing to go to community college so I could stay connected with my then-boyfriend. I married him a year and a half later, and we’re still married. If I’d gone away to a big school, which I could have done, I know we wouldn’t have been able to maintain a relationship.

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    • It’s amazing how you can look back a such a small detail and see the enormity of the effects from it! I love how our God is the God of details!

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  2. great questions…I would want my kids to learn about emotional maturity and to keep focusing on spiritual growth as they grow up

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  3. Hi Marji, I also wrote on Questions, but from a very different angle. If there was one thing I could pass on, I would say never give up on yourself or your dreams. Be brave enough to trust yourself and the Lord, and take a leap of faith. It may be frightening, but also exhilerating.
    A cross roads in my life, 1998, my breakdown. It ultimately saved my life, it forced me to get help and I am a very different person today with the Lord’s healing.
    Secret wish – Ever since I was a child I had 2 dreams to be an artist and to be a writer. I regret not going on to Art school, but have worked to learn to paint sceneries. I am also currently working and trusting that my dream of being a writer is coming true.
    Thanks for the questions.

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  4. Good questions! 🙂 An unintentional turning point came when my college boyfriend broke things off a few weeks into my senior year. If he hadn’t done that, I’m sure we would’ve married and had a very different life than what I have now. The biggest difference would be kids. He didn’t want children, so I convinced myself I didn’t either. Now I can’t imagine what life would be like without my kids. They’re 10 and 13, and the lights of my world — other than my husband, who I just celebrated our 22nd anniversary with! 🙂

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    • Isn’t it funny how things like that can happen? Unintentional. I had NOT intended to have kids! Now I’ve got 4 and they are my best friends besides Sweet Hubby! Who woulda thunk?

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  5. No regrets. I am exactly the man I always wished to be: a good teacher and a devoted writer. Now I can stop thinking of what to change and focus instead on trying to be better every day. I’m glad reading this reminded me of it.

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  6. Question One: Learn what you can and can’t control. Take time to think and decide what is truly important and what might not require my meddling or action on my part. If my kids learn this secret early, that’s a major plus.

    Turning point: sticking through my first job, through some major stresses, until I overcame them. Made me a terribly strong person who has gotten stronger since. Also, breaking the first generation American, only-daughter tradition by moving out before I married.

    Done differently: I would have trained my voice and used it more. Not necessarily a regret but I feel there is too much going on in my life now to address it. Never too late, though, so that remains in the wings.

    Great post. Thank you!

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    • Oh I love your third answer especially! Case in point on it’s never too late. My mom earned her doctorate at the age of 70! Try a continuing ed program for a vocal instructor! Great stuff and so enjoying getting to know you Joanna!

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  7. I should be willing to answer one of my own questions if I’m asking you about them, right? I’ll pick the second. In college I was a singer and a music major. I had the invitation to be part of a large choir singing for the 1984 Olympics. Cool, good on a bio. Not to mention that I was a air-head 20-year-old poised to spend almost the entire summer in LA. But I’d just gotten engaged. I didn’t worry about my beau. He was rock-steady. I worried about flighty me getting my head turned. I didn’t go. I didn’t pursue music, although I still lead worship and do musicals from time to time. And my beau is still my steady – Sweet Hubby. So blessed to have him! Wouldn’t change a thing!

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    • Wow, Marji, for someone who considered herself flighty you certainly made a strong decision. Your life still seems steeped in music, but in a different way. I’m such a believer in puzzle pieces falling together but us not necessarily understanding the picture of our lives until we get some perspective behind us.

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      • Yes and I can look back and see why some of the things happened the way they did. And I have used my musical background, but you’re right in different ways. Just as well. I don’t have the type of ambition to cut it in that world.

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  8. I have always wanted to be used by God to reach people for the kingdom. July, 2008 He spoke to me to write a book. Some thoughts had been gathering in my brain about what I wish somebody had told me as a teenager. I didn’t know how to get those thoughts out until that still small voice said, “It’s a book.” I’ve had to set that novel aside to concentrate on two other books and a blog and some magazine articles…
    You see once you say yes to God your life will never be the same.

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    • It’s amazing what He’ll do when we take a step in faith! Thanks so much for sharing. You inspire me. I need to answer one of these questions for myself!

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