Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

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Pushing Forward

Writing Tip and ROW80 UpdateThere’s a pencil drawing that I love. It made the rounds years ago through emails, and today is sold through a private seller. I wish I could post the picture for you, but it is protected every which way. The best I can do is give the link and describe the piece.

The picture, by artist Jean Keaton, shows a toddler with arms outstretched. The picture of Jesus is standing behind the child, gripping both hands, and leaning over smiling at the baby. The joy on his face and on that of the child is exquisite. The sketch is entitled: Teach me to Walk. Here’s the link: http://picturesofjesus4you.com/172.html.

What a perfect picture for the Word of 2015 that the Lord gave me.

Over an over again, Paul urges Christians (us) through his letters to move forward. Run the race in such a way as to win the prize. Press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (My favorite scripture on this topic.) His words give a sense of urgency. The action requires effort. Pressing forward on the path in which God has directed.

Now a lot of things require effort. Business, careers, kid-raising, soccer-momming, volunteering, yard-tackling. But this is specific to our spiritual journey. Intentionally moving forward in the knowledge of God, in developing a relationship with our Creator/our Abba, in devotion to the truth in His Word.

This is the imperative walking that we must do, but it’s also, often, the exercise that we push to the back of the list. The last thing we do for the day. Our focus when the clutter of our desks/minds/computers can be cleared away.

I challenge you (and myself) to put your walk with the Father first. Tomorrow and everyday for one week. Taste and see that the Lord is good. Spend time with Him in prayer, devotion, and study of His Word, pressing toward His high calling in Jesus.

Your Turn: I can tell when my Bible study isn’t meaningful (or existent). I get anxious and self-focused, usually negative. How about you? Can you tell when you’re not pushing forward?

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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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