Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Mara’s Journal – Chapter 8

Read today's chapter from A Dozen Apologies at Write Integrity PressHave you been keeping up with Mara’s Journey to forgiveness? She’s been broken, humiliated, retaliated against, and covered in chocolate. If you missed any of Mara’s story, you’re going to want to read up on her at Write Integrity Press.

The story premise: After coming to know the Lord, Mara Adkins feels compelled to try to right the wrongs she committed during her more manipulative days. And she’s got a LOT of victims to encounter. Yet God just might intend that one of them hold her heart. 

This section was a few pages away from the last one, following several pages of numbers. I’m surmising, based on this entry, that those numbers represented distances and times, but if that’s true, Mara is a serious runner. Wow!
From Mara herself:

Mara insists on running a marathonHandy

Everything I said about how gross the last job was pales in comparison to being covered in soggy chicken droppings. Just saying.

Dear Jared, Wish it had been you!

Oh, bad Mara! I really have to get over those evil thoughts toward Jared. I talked with Jenny about it. She suggested that when I think about the good/bad stuff I’d like to see happen to him, I stop and pray for him instead. Things like success, health, and other blessings.

First, I’m gonna have to pray that God makes me WANT to pray blessings on him. I can’t bring myself to do it yet. But at least I’m letting the right sort of thought drift across my mind. After the other thoughts sprint past.

Speaking of sprinting, I’ve entered a marathon this weekend. Not really a sprint, I know, but a jog is in the same family. The church is raising money for an orphanage somewhere in Africa. The children there are being regularly snatched up from the streets and sold into slavery.

My stomach twists when I think about those poor kids. My issues are so unimportant in comparison. My life shouldn’t just be about me, but about what I can do for God’s kingdom. Like training for this race and raising money.

And offering these apologies.



PS from Marji Laine: A Dozen Apologies provides a special treat—though not as enterprising as raising money for orphans, but close—for the readers! You all get to help decide the ending of this book! Too much fun!

The way it works is: A new chapter will post each weekday at Write Integrity Press. Read the 13 chapters (from 12 different authors) and then choose the hero you like the best. The guy who gets the most votes gets the girl! Whoop!  And as a bonus, the book itself, which will offer the only chance to see the final chapter, will be free over Valentine weekend! Win-Win!

Your Turn: I want to ask you what the grossest thing you’ve ever had to do was, but I cringe when I think of what I might get. So instead, I’ll ask, what job would you wish on someone who was your enemy?

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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