Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Passions Blessed

Last year, I got to be a director of America’s largest home school prom. The Texas Christian Homeschool Prom had over a thousand students last year, was held in one of the largest venues in downtown Dallas, and incorporated a lavish formal meal with games, popular music, and lots of dancing. I got to be a prom queen. What an amazing time, right?

Sweet Hubby and me at “The Kingdom” 2012 Texas Christian Homeschool Prom

Uh … well.

It would have been, except I had trouble smiling. And I had trouble smiling because I feared making bad mistakes. I feared making the mistakes because I’d already made several. I’d made several because the work I did wasn’t really my forte, or what I even enjoyed doing.

It all boiled down to the fact that I wasn’t the right gal for the job.

I loved the other directors – still do! They are some of the most amazing of women and I want to be just like them when I grow up. If I ever do!


Precious Redhead and some of her buds at one of the many photo ops at “The Quest: A Prom Experience”

But when our first meeting for the 2013 prom rolled around last June, my stress level hit a nine on the Richter scale and I knew … I could tell … my role in this place was not blessed. Wouldn’t be blessed because I wasn’t the one God had chosen for this job. So when I stepped down by the first of July, huge pressure leaped off of me! The other directors understood and even still love me! (So blessed by these ladies!)

AND, stepping down opened the door for me to accept the position where God DID want me, as the children’s music director for my church. What a HUGE blessing those precious kids and the great workers have been on my life this year! It just doesn’t get any better!

So I got to take on the photography role at prom this weekend. This year we had over 1200 students. Never have I seen one run so smoothly.

  • The kids had fun.
  • The chaperons and other adult workers had fun.
  • And I smiled all night long.

My cheeks even hurt, but I couldn’t help it. I was right where I was supposed to be and I knew it! God be praised for the blessings that He gives when he causes our passions to stir. And God by praised all the more when He causes those same passions to ebb as He is ready for us to move. May we be so in-tuned to His leading that we can see the change in our paths coming.

Your turn: When have you seen your passions truly blessed. Or the flip side: when have you found something you wanted to do not be where God wanted you?

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.

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