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Are You in the Top 1%?

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Sisterhood AwardMy critique partner and writing buddy, Jennifer Slattery, drew me in with a blog title much like this one. Did it intrigue you? About 89% of you who chose to read this did so because of the title.

What’s in a name? A lot, it seems.

Anyway, Jennifer nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I’m flattered. I particularly like this award because the giver constructs her own set of questions. That means, the folks that I’m nominating for this award will have questions that my inquiring mind wants to know.

And 5% of those who chose to read this article stopped somewhere in the middle of the last paragraph. Congratulations to those of you who have pressed on. I have a special gift for one of you. Since I don’t have any books of my own available for giveaway, I’ll give one of you my copy of Elizabeth Goddard’s Love In the Wind. You can see how much I enjoyed this book on my review at the link.LoveIntheWind

Leave your email address as a comment and answer one of the questions below. Your choice. (Warning: some are toughies.) Deadline for entry is this post’s date plus 7 days. One week.

And now for my answers to Jennifer’s questions:

1. What is the best thing that happened to you in 2014? That’s easy. My son came home from Africa. What an eyeopening experience that mission was for him. But this momma’s heart grieved at the difficulty he had to endure and how alone he felt at some moments.
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2. What is one thing you’d like to do differently in 2015? My social media. I’m drastically limiting my time online so I can make sure I get to all of my other responsibilities. So my social interaction will be more intentional and less logo twitterrandom leisure lurking. 
3. What is one thing you learned in 2014? I can’t afford to eat fast food – not financially or physically. That sounds weird, I know, but during volleyball season, logo google+I’m on the road for 15-20 hours per week, traveling all points in North Texas or waiting outside of practice gyms. Constantly returning home late, I’d punt and stop at a chicken or burger or taco place. Yikes. While I ballooned, dear wallet logo goodreadsstarved. 
4. In what ways do you grow your most important relationships? Tough question. Especially for a head-in-the-clouds snowflake like me. Most of my life, I’ve just focused on logo pinterestenjoying where I am. I didn’t think to much about working on relationships. Until Dear Son when to Africa. He needed to talk to people. Especially during a two-month period when he lived in a village that used a different language than the French he’d learned. I had to be conscious of the clock all year long and call him often, if not daily, because he couldn’t afford to call me. Since then I’ve been working on my poor habit of “out of sight, out of mind.” Relationships take effort and energy.
5. What one verse has stood out to you most in the past year? Oh, I’ve got that one. Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” This is the verse for a seven-year plan that our church has. And it instigated my word for 2014, Anticipation. Wanna see my word for 2015?
6. In what ways did you see Christ this past year? It’s trite to say, “so many ways,” but the Lord moved me to tears again and again with the way He moved. My son is engaged to a young lady he barely knew before he left for Africa. But she continued correspondence with him throughout the year. I wonder if the relationship would be as sweet without her support during his difficulty. Precious Redhead is poised to begin college at a seminary next fall. Though excepted to a larger, more fun school and even receiving large scholarships, the Lord made it clear that He wants her elsewhere. He’s always protected her heart and I’m so grateful. But I think the way I saw Christ the most this year was watching my children deal with issues and seeing them council their friends and each other with the words the Lord had taught me. His legacy of love continues.
7. In what ways did you try to reveal Christ this past year? I started to answer this, but felt I was doing a lot of horn tooting. Suffice it to say that I think if we are serious about our relationship with Christ, He reveals Himself in the things we do and say. We have to be willing to let the Spirit lead and obey His direction, but He is faithful and will show Himself to those who seek Him.
8. Has God given you a word to focus on for 2015? Yep. You can find out all about that HERE.
9. How has your view of grace changed this past year and why? No. The Lord’s grace has become overwhelming to me over the past several years. I love the song “When I Thing About the Lord” and how it lists all that He has done for me. I can sing the chorus with a full heart! Wanna hear the song?
10. If you could be known for one thing, what would that be? You know how Jesus introduced Nathaniel in John 1:47? He basically said, “Here is someone in whom there is no deceit.” I want to be that person. No personal agendas or manipulations. Just pure motives, so I won’t be ashamed that the Lord knows my heart and mind.


Now, it’s my turn for a little challenging. I’m going to nominate Joanna Aislinn, Jennifer Hallmark, Christa Upton, Sheri de Grom, and my Suspense Sisters fellow reviewers: Brittany McEuen, Sandra Ardoin, Sybil Bates McCormack, Wanda Barefoot, and Iola Goulton.

The requirements are easy.

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to this post.
  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the 10 questions given to you in a blog article of your own.
  • Create 10 new questions for your nominees.
  • Nominate up to 10 new ladies. (This is a Sisterhood, after all, LOL.)

Here are your questions:

  1. What do you most look forward to this year?
  2. What is your greatest hope for this year?
  3. What was your favorite moment last year?
  4. What was your favorite Christian fiction novel last year?
  5. If you had plenty of time and money, what would you be doing?
  6. What event of 2014 do you see as a potential life-changer?
  7. What verse of the Bible speaks to you the most right now and why?
  8. How has your faith deepened over the last year?
  9. What one activity or habit do you need to stop doing?
  10. What will be your legacy?

That’s it. I sure hope you gals all have the chance to play. This can be insightful!

Your Turn: Congratulations! You made it to the 1% of people who see a blog title and actually read the entire article! Celebrate! You’re special! Whoop Whoop!

Answer one of the questions (either Jennifer’s or mine) for yourself and make sure you include your email address in your comment to enter for a chance to win Beth Goddard’s Love in the Wind.

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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.

7 thoughts on “Are You in the Top 1%?

  1. I really enjoyed your post — and reading beyond the first couple paragraphs. 😉

    My favorite moment last year was getting to see my sister’s face when she held her first child. And… well… all the times I’ve gotten to hold him, see him smile, hear him laugh, etc. rank pretty high up on my list of favorite moments too. 😉 He’s such a blessing in our lives! 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    crazybooklover7 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    • Woohoo! Congrats, Auntie! What a special time! And yea for being in the top 1%! You rock!

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      • Thank you, and thank you! 🙂 Being an aunt isn’t exactly a new thing for me (my brother has 4 kids & the oldest is 14), but knowing how long my sister had waited for that moment made the arrival of my nephew that much more special. 🙂

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  2. I did read all the way to the end, but am answering Jennifer’s first question. Im grateful that my husband survived dengue fever while we were in india. His sister didnt two years ago. When i saw him dying, multi organ failure, I thought it was the end. Prayers and God’s mercy brought him back. Thank you Jesus.

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    • Oh my gosh! What an amazing blessing. Oh Holly, you made me cry. I’m so sorry you had to go through that, but I know your relationship must be all the sweeter by God’s grace and mercy! Thank you for sharing your best 2014 thing! Blessings on you and hubby.

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