Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Day #9 – 30 Day Challenge


Texas Flag Gate with Bluebonnet Background by Marji LaineYesterday, we completed the first section of the book Thirty Days of Devotion. But if you’re just learning about this, no worries. Jump in! We’re cementing a habit of devotion with daily quiet time with the Lord. And sharing what we think or learn right here!

Today begins discussion on the spiritual season of preparation.

This is a tough season to me. I mean, I know I have Butterfly over Bluebonnets by Marji Lainetrouble settling down my mind to be still during a season of rest, but the Spring has a special challenge.

Think about it. A farmer does his hardest work during the spring. He has to break up the hard ground that’s laid under the ice or snow for the last four or five months. That soil has to be churned up and the seeds sown in it. Weeds have to be eliminated.

And he has nothing to show for his work at all.

Writers can feel this way through years of querying agents or submitting to editors. (I can only speak from my own experience here.) Mom’s can get frustrated with their constant support and encouragement through years with little appreciation. (Okay, not speaking from my own experience this time!)

This is a season where the return on the investment is practically nil. (Tweet this!)

That can be so defeating. But it’s why indulging in the season of rest is so important. That’s the time when we store up the word, tighten our grip on the Father’s robe, and anticipate the movement that will come.

As the season of preparation begins, the work is intense, attitudes have to stay high, and we must keep our eyes off of our immediate surroundings and on the results that lie in the distant future.

You’re turn: Have you had experience with a low ROI (return on investment)? Was there future benefit to your situation?

Don’t miss out on this invitation to spend some regular time with the Lord, and with us! Pick up Thirty Days of Devotion and jump into the discussion today. And tomorrow, our discussion will be over the section “Holy Terror.”

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.

2 thoughts on “Day #9 – 30 Day Challenge

  1. Yes, definitely sometimes low ROI. Sometimes I feel like I’m fighting my Multiple Chemical Sensitivity with a flimsy child’s sword!!! And MCS keeps stomping on it. However, I have learned so many spiritual things through our experiences, have met wonderful people, and have been privileged to minister to neighborhood children in two places we have lived (due to MCS). So if you look at it that way, the last 5 years have not had low ROI after all! 🙂 But I do feel that these times of preparation can sure seem long and not very productive.