Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Passions Discovered


Truly, this post was inspired by some credit card commercial. “What’s in your wallet.” LOL! I couldn’t help but think of that silly question when I started contemplating passions. I would say, though, that a better question is what’s on your calendar.

CalendarThere are some things I really enjoy:

  • Writing
  • Directing my children’s choir
  • Social Media
  • Digital Scrapbooking

These are also the things on which I spend the majority of my undesignated time. Beyond my faith and family, and besides the tasks I have to do, I relish opportunity to participate in any of these things and find myself thinking about them when I can’t actually “play.”

Wanna know how I know these are my passions? Here are a few observations. The Sprint Cup race schedule is actually posted on my fridge and I schedule the races on my recorder (along with three or four shows that follow just in case they bleed over) every week. I daydream new ideas for my kids’ choir and new layouts for my girls’ scrapbooks. I’m always jotting down notes for a new blog article.

And as for writing, lemme tell ya. The other day I waited in a drive-through, for a milk shake for my new brace-wearing teenager, and a truck drove by. Iron Mountain Secure Document Disposal. By the time I picked up my girls and their friend, I could tell them the whole story I’d made up about mistaken identity and a crazy heist. My daughter’s friend chimed in, “You got all that from a truck?” Ha! Needless to say, writing fiction totally jazzes me!

I know I’ve heard ministers say that you can see people’s hearts by what is on their calendar and in their checkbook. In the past I’ve heard it in a negative tone that tended to judge if there weren’t enough church activities. I’m not one to judge, though. I’m actually truly curious.

And there is a point to this coming up next week! Check out Passions USED!

Your Turn: What’s your passion? What jazzes you and gets most of your off-time?

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.

10 thoughts on “Passions Discovered

  1. Pingback: God Uses Our Passions | Marji Laine: Author

  2. NASCAR? How come that surprises me about you, Marji. LOL
    My main passion is seeing people walk in freedom. No joke. Brings a tear to my eye every time I read about someone or witness a person freed up to really live.
    Hope that’s not hokey.


  3. Fun!! I LOVE the truck thing–that’s hilarious! 🙂 (Can I hear the story? 🙂 ) I am a story-aholic–the funnier and/or more mysterious the better! (Love Psych on TV….)
    Other than writing/reading, my passions have changed vastly from B. L. T. I. (Before Long Term Illness). But God has given me plenty to be passionate about anyway! 🙂 I love photography, the Black Hills where we live, encouraging people/being encouraged/laughing (social media), and hearing my children laugh at my funny stories. Also organizing (if nothing else, barking orders from my bed to re-organize a bit of the house. 🙂 )
    Oh, I keep forgetting to have my older kids finish that story-starter you posted; maybe I’ll remember at the right time one day!


  4. What a great question! Thanks for setting me to thinking. I guess I will go look at my checkbook….lol.
    I would love to catch your blog posts – do you use Networked blogs in Facebook?


    • I do use Networked blogs, but I’m not sure it’s posting correctly right now. However if you want to catch my posts, click the “Follow by email” button on the right column and you’ll get an email with each posting. Thanks so much for visiting! Have a super-blessed week!


  5. My “spare” time (ha, ha!) is all about my dogs, training them, trialing them, going to clinics and trials where I spend the weekend with a great group of like minded friends and some very special women I consider my “sistas”. Writing, of course. Painting and photography when I get the chance.


  6. Marji, with 2 jobs and the writing, I don’t have a lot of off time, but the thing that often gets me moving when I don’t want to, and the thing that gets a nice chunk of my discretionary money is vacation. First the planning stage. I surf web sites, look at excursions, do price outlines and activity spreadsheets, then the booking phase, and last (and where I am now) is the countdown. I am 56 days from my next vacation. When I get home, I’ll start the early planning stage for 2014. (Alaskan cruise)