Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

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Day #8 – 30 Day Challenge

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c08Today’s is the final entry in this season. We’re talking about a spiritual bog today. I know we’ve been talking about waiting the last couple of days, but simple waiting can become inactivity, leading to faith-questioning, depression, and despair.

Or in this case, a foreboding.

When I start to doubt God’s hand on my life, I start believing all the lies I’ve put down in the past. (Tweet this!)

Remember when I said I’m a Pollyanna? Let me tell you, there is nothing uglier than a Pollyanna turning to the dark side.

The worst possible scenario becomes the most likely. I’m not joking. I become Eyore, only I complain about everything, particularly things that haven’t even happened.

Poor hubby has to shake his head. I’m like the mom whining that her son won’t be able to get his law degree at Harvard, and hubby reminding her that the boy is only five. No, I was never that bad … not exactly that same conversation anyway.

But when I let down my defenses and start believing the devil’s lies about me and about my God, then I open up myself to question everything. And believe the worst.

These times seem to happen the most when I’m the least active. But waiting on the Lord doesn’t mean I have to be inactive. I can still wait on His leading and be ready to jump into where He needs me. Even if, in the meantime, I’m doing other things with my time and talent – for His glory.

And joining Him where He’s working, even getting temporarily involved in a new ministry, is exactly the thing to do to climb out of the foreboding bog that can settle in otherwise. Who knows? Maybe the very ministry you’ve become involved in has been the next step on the path all along.

Your turn: Have you been sitting and watching ministering going on around you? Maybe your neighbors helping with a project or your church work with an outreach or food pantry. What’s stopping you from joining them, even for a temporary assignment?

Tomorrow, we’re beginning on a new section of the book Thirty Days of Devotion. It’s a perfect time to join us. Just share some of your thoughts in the comments. But even if you don’t share, make sure you take the Lord up on His invitation and spend some time with Him daily!

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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.

2 thoughts on “Day #8 – 30 Day Challenge

  1. Sorry I missed a couple days–we drove a couple hours north for something and were going to stop at our friend’s house for supper. But just a few miles from her house, our van broke down. Turned into a 24 hour “supper”! 🙂 Such a gracious friend. But I didn’t even have my laptop! Anyway, car fixed, “home” again…. While I’m on the subject, we probably ? won’t have access to internet Thurs & Fri, but maybe I can catch up on Sat. SO, spiritual bog. Those mostly come when I am so tired that I listen more to the lies of the enemy. Also, I fight legalism (more lies of the enemy of course): “to be a good mother, you have to ________” The bog is lifted when I run to the Holy Spirit, and He guides me into truth. He gently helps me see what God wants me to do and what God wants me to discard as someone else’s agenda (not God’s).

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