Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Love = Obedience


walkingMy focus for the year is WALK.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve already heard that word come up in messages. Just last Sunday, my pastor spoke about walking closely with God and giving effort to the relationship I have with Him.

And last night, my children’s choir learned a new song: Everyday. The chorus declares that I will follow after God and walk with Him.

Yes, Lord, I’m getting the confirmation on this word. But, of course, confirming my focus for the year just lays out the work in front of me. I have to daily decide to follow. Just like I get up in the morning and make a conscious decision about whether I will go for a physical walk, I need to make the same about my spiritual walk.

“And this is love, that we walk in obedience to His commands.” 2 John 1:6

  • Decision 1: Spend time in prayer and the reading of God’s Word.
  • Decision 2: Meditate on my to-do list and allow the Lord to prioritize the items in my heart.
  • Decision 3: Remain close to Him by my actions toward others and acknowledgement of His presence.

My daily decisions show how much I love my God. Or they show the depth of my selfishness and distraction. No sugar-coating. I’m still failing at this resolve. I jump into my day way too fast, then pray His blessings on what I’ve decided to do.

But I am a step ahead from where I was before the word Walk was given to me. Now, at least, I have a plan. And I’m more and more intentional about what I’m doing and when I’m doing it. Still working on starting my day earlier.

Your Turn: So how is your year going so far? Did you make resolutions, or simply set a focus? How are your intentions working out? 

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.

3 thoughts on “Love = Obedience

  1. I alluded to goals and ‘resolutions’ too this week, Marji. I also like the idea of committing to my spiritual walk as much as my physical walk. I try to keep it quiet when I do, as one often accompanies the other. My (almost) daily walk outdoors is when I try to focus on prayer, especially gratitude.

    I think I’m working on the ‘focus’ part. So far, my response to “how’s it going” is my typical one: not where I want to be but definitely further from where I was, in the direction I set out to go.

    Nice post! Good luck to you, and may God lead us on HIS journey for us.

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