Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Devotion by Sharon Srock


I’m so blessed to have Sharon Srock sharing from her heart today about friendships, how they’ve played a key role in her life and in the creation of her novel, Callie.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 (KJV)

12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

This became one of my favorite verses as I wrote Callie’s story.

The Women of Valley View series focuses on a group of women friends. They love each other, support each other, and stand with each other. But, like any group of women you encounter, there are individual hurts, secrets, and trials, all made easier by the support of those friends.

I’ve experienced this in my own life. There was a time when I thought it was necessary to separate myself from my church family. During that same time circumstances also separated me from the person who had been my best friend and sounding board. I found myself alone, facing the worst trial of my life.

It took a tragedy in my church family to bring me back, to find out that the reasons I left in the first place were all my own. I came to offer support of my own to a circle of friends that I missed more than I could have imagined. They welcomed me back with open arms, and they have supported me through life and death in the years since.

(Marji here. Couldn’t resist adding this music video to Sharon’s devotion. It seemed to go perfectly! Circle of Friends by Point of Grace.)

Once I began to write, I found unmined depths in those forty year old friendships. I don’t think I’d be published today if it weren’t for the encouragement of friends who believed in me, when I didn’t believe in myself.

Your turn: How have your friendships kept you going?

Marji again. I’m so glad that Sharon Srock came back by this week! Her debut women’s fiction novel, Callie, released on the 26th of October and is available from Barnes and NobleAmazon, or the Penguin Website.

And don’t forget to leave a comment here along with your email address so you can be entered in the drawing for her gift basket. You have until November 8, 2012 to enter! The prize is listed below:

A copy of Callie’s story

A certificate for Terri’s story when it releases in April
A 6 piece Cherry blossom bath set
A cosmetic bag
A Bath Wrap
A Cozy pink eye mask
A Pair of aloe infused booties
A Hair Turban
A Tennis Bracelet
A 25.00 Amazon gift card
A winner will be drawn Monday November 19th.

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. 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.

24 thoughts on “Devotion by Sharon Srock

  1. I have enjoyed reading this and, I’m here because “Callie Told Me to Come.” I’m glad I did. I’m also hoping to win one of Sharon’s books. I have also subscribed to your site, Maxie Anderson


  2. I love the verse from Ecclesiastes. Friends do help us through the rough spots in life. Callie told me to come by. I enjoyed the devotion.


  3. Good morning. i’m here because Callie told me to come. i do find your blog a little difficult to navigate, but i’m glad you are part of this. Thank you.


  4. Callie told me to come! And I am glad I found this blog…love it. Enjoyed the interview and learning so much. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Jackie Smith


  5. I have been blessed with a lot of friends. A few have gone home at what I consider to be a young age and I miss them, but know I will see them again some day. Friends are a gift from God. Thanks for sharing!


  6. Thanks for this inspiring devotion. What a friend we have in Jesus! And Marji, my sister and I LOVE Circle of Friends. We were blessed to sing it with my daughter as well as three other sisters in our church family. Nice addition!


  7. I would love to win this gift basket to give to my friend who is having a birthday and knee surgery all in the same week. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest.


  8. Thanks for stopping by, gals. And thanks even more for sharing your thoughts! Hope you have a blessed weekend!


  9. I’ve been blessed with great friends, but God really blessed me with my best friend, my husband.
    Thanks for sharing.


  10. I’ve been blessed with amazing friends. This gave me pause to be thankful again.