Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

. . . Authentic and Intense

I Think I Can, I Think I Can …

Oh boy am I fooling myself!

Remember the Little Engine that Could? I swear my Pollyanna mentality came from that favorite bedtime story. “All you need is just a little enthusiasm. You can do anything.”train tracks

Enthusiasm is a great thing, but if you’re a Christian, I hope you’ve tapped into more than just that.

I get to attend the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference in North Carolina this year. In fact, I’m coming home today from that.

Last week as I prepared for this conference I had at least 4 lists going at once. Details to take care of for my kids and my regular life, clothing and packing needs, writing and business items to set up. And then there was a list of people I’ve met online who were attending, complete with pictures, so I could ACTUALLY meet them and sound halfway coherent. (Have I mentioned my lousy memory and NON-talent with faces?)

Between readying for my conference, getting my redhead packed up and off to her summer job, and entertaining family when my boy graduated, I was one busy lady. Way too busy to indulge in things like reading, watching television (even NASCAR!), and for almost a week, I didn’t even do my Bible Study.

Yep! Busy busy busy …

And totally missing the blessings that the Lord had for me.

The truth is, I can’t do anything left to myself. The Lord is the One who worked out my attendance at the conference. He’s facilitated meeting with some amazing people, learning new insights into my craft, and making excellent connections. Yet none of these things are nearly the blessing that He offers when He wants to spend time with me.

Me! The King of kings wants to spend time with ME! Now that’s truly awesome.

When life gets busy, when priorities start spinning and the juggling act is ON, may I never take my Lord’s love for granted. Because I don’t have a prayer of keeping it all together without His help!

Your Turn: What did the Lord show you this week?

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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.

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