Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Mara’s Journal – Chapter 11


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In the mood for a turkey sandwich? You should check out today’s post on 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. 

I don’t want to imply that Mara is messy, but seriously. There is more food stuff in this book than on a Sunday Potluck plate. This time the pages have some greasy fingerprints. But then, this was Thanksgiving and she was surrounded by children. I guess I can understand.
From Mara, herself:

ADA turkey shoesGobbled

There’s nothing like the elegance and sophistication of a fine turkey dinner surrounded with fascinating people wearing beautiful clothes.

And then there was my November. Really? Was that completely necessary, Lord?

I’ll never look at a turkey leg the same way again. I can’t even think about them!

But I did have one outstanding moment this month. I got off work a little early one day and as I drove home, I spotted that lady who wore the big-flowered dress last Easter. The one with the two boys. They must be school-aged by now, because she was working as a crossing guard outside an elementary near my parents’ house.

She looked really good. As good as anyone can in dark pants and a neon striped vest, but she was sure trimmer than before. Probably from walking back and forth across the street. Anyway, I rolled down my window and waved at her. She recognized me and hollered, “Hi, Miss Mara. Been praying for you.”

That touched me. She had been praying for me. Wow. Just … wow!



PS from Marji Laine: A Dozen Apologies provides a special treat—though not as yummy as a turkey leg, but close—for the readers! You all get to help decide the ending of this book! Too much fun! And it starts WEDNESDAY!

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: What has happened in the past few months that has humbled 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.

8 thoughts on “Mara’s Journal – Chapter 11

  1. Wrong name. Sigh. I do it all the time. The worst was when a former Sunday School student told me I had contributed to his decision to commit his life to Christ. When I thanked him, I called him by his brother’s name. God has a way of keeping us humble.


  2. There’s always so much. Sigh. A couple days ago, I met someone in the hubby’s family and called her by her much older sister’s name. If looks could kill…