Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Pushing Through


All in Time (stock photo by cozgrl05 at the’s that time of year again. I don’t want to wish this busy time away because I know once it’s over for good I’ll miss it so much! And yet, I find myself constantly shutting my eyes and rubbing my forehead to ease tension.

And yet, with the added hours of requirements for my kids, my job, and my ministries which are all kicking into high gear right now, I made a tragic choice.

Yesterday, I skipped my Bible Study.

It wasn’t quite like a “I don’t need to do this.” It was more of a “I can’t concentrate on this right now. I’ll do it a little later.”

Ever done that?

I was royally convicted this morning that the activity I procrastinated over until I pushed it off entirely was the very thing I needed to do most.

The Lord invited me into His presence and I said, “No thank-you.” My attitude, full of determination (and hidden pride) insisted that I accomplish my tasks and demands on my own. I had problems to solve and fires to put out!

If only I’d paused with Him for a while. Maybe I wouldn’t have wasted hours of effort on a plan that someone else had already set up. Maybe I wouldn’t have exhausted my brain over creating a solution to another problem when the issue was already fixed. Maybe I wouldn’t have wound up frustrated over a slight that proved not to be a slight at all.

I don’t know. What I do know is that all of those things happened yesterday, leaving me anxious and irritated instead of content and enthusiastic.

You better believe I didn’t miss my quiet time this morning. The Lord invited me into His presence and I said, “Here I come!”

Your Turn: Have you had a similar experience?

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 “Pushing Through

  1. I once read that an individual should take at least 30 minutes daily to pray, meditate, center oneself.

    Except for really busy days.

    On those busy days, an hour is necessary.

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