Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Day #15 – 30 Day Challenge


c14I love the lesson that I learned from my daughter’s science presentation! You can find it in today’s  article, “Beauty from Ashes,” in Thirty Days of Devotion which is available at Amazon for on 99¢.

I experienced an example of this last year when we redid our bathroom. Okay, that sounds like wild claim, but it’s true. And I bet you’ve experienced something of the same thing.

Gutting the room took some effort. Completing the repairs took more time. Supposedly at the halfway point, I could barely walk through my bedroom. Not only did the floor hold all of the bathroom contents in neat little stacks, but tools and replacement parts, along with various towels, gloves, and strange things (that I still have no idea about) started appearing in locations convenient to the bathroom entrance. The unfortunate part was that these things showed up as dear hubby’s free time ended. He only needed another day or two to totally finish the job, but had to wait to find those days. First one week and then a second.

By the time we’d gotten to that second week, I was a basket case. Clutter always stresses me. And this was beyond clutter. But once the job had ended, things went back inside in no time. And into a beautiful new room.

The point is, here, that things tend to hurt the most/look the worst just before the restoration. It’s that way with solar flares, room renovations, music rehearsals (don’t get me started!), relationships.

God’s will is for us to be like Him. Beautiful, perfect, holy. As the Master-Craftsman, anything less is unacceptable. And so He will continue to mold us and work with us, especially through the worst moments of our lives to bring us out again as beautiful.

Your Turn: I’m sure you have examples of beautiful things that have come from your hardship – whether they are from your everyday life like my bathroom repairs or from difficulties in your personal life. Will you share them?

And come back tomorrow for some discussion on the section named, “God of the Impossible.” You know I love that section! If you’ve only just come by, please consider taking my challenge to set up a daily habit of quiet time. We’re going through the book Thirty Days of Devotion and sharing our thoughts on each entry here. Feel free to share yours!

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 “Day #15 – 30 Day Challenge

  1. Before I got MCS, our marriage was what I’d call strong. After getting MCS, it is even stronger. We have “been through the fire” together, and God has worked good things in our relationship so that we are even more able to “help each other up” as when “two walk together.” Two years ago, we had to sell our wedding rings because we didn’t know any other way to get money for a U-haul (and had to move again). But it made me ponder–the REAL gold is in our relationship, not in our rings!

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