Marji Laine

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Day #8 – 30 Day Challenge

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 Continue reading


Day #7 – 30 Day Challenge

c07Doldrums is the section of Thirty Days of Devotion that we’re going through today. The word was used as a description of windless seas. And there is such an area in the Atlantic that sailors and explorers marked on maps to avoid.

This is where the waiting place in the last section becomes stagnation. Where lack of Continue reading


Day #6 – 30 Day Challenge

c06Have you been following along with this devotion challenge? Jump in. There’s no requirements. We’re going through Thirty Days of Devotion and sharing thoughts, prayers, and experiences in the comments section. You are invited to join us.

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Day #5 – 30-Day Challenge

c05This entry from Thirty Days of Devotion is called “Using Other Glasses.” I’m a rose-colored-glasses type of gal. I stop just short of sticking my head in a hole, but I prefer to focus on positives as much as possible and will play Pollyanna’s “Glad Game” on a whim.

But sometimes, positives simply can’t Continue reading


Day #4 – 30 Days Challenge


Today’s entry from Thirty Days of Devotion is still within the season of rest, and it’s probably the most important activity during this season – or any season for that matter.

When do you pray?

I’ve shared a section of an old sitcom that dealt with this question. While I love the little blurb, and even today it moves me to tears to see the character submissive and broken before God, his action isn’t the answer. Continue reading


Day #3 – 30 Day Challenge

c03Today’s entry from Thirty Days of Devotion, within the season of rest, is about the Fallacy of Productivity.

Fallacy? What? Getting things done is a good thing. Accomplishments. Little check marks on my todo list. That’s the ultimate in success to me! How can there be anything false about it? I’m sure that’s what Martha thought as well.

Today’s devotion hit me square in the face. My quiet time needs Continue reading


Priority: Patricia Bradley

work on laptopThe last couple of weeks, I’ve been chatting about priorities and what the Lord means by taking up my cross, daily, to follow Him. Last week, I shared that for me it meant giving up something I’d planned for and expected to do. And He used the time that opened up to be an unexpected blessing to my family and a friend in trouble. So enough about me. How do Continue reading


Review: Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

Once upon a princeOnce Upon a Prince is the quintessential contemporary fairy tale. But that description only describes part of the story. Rachel Hauck utilizes literary devices that infuse this tale with realistic characters, themes, and circumstances. Continue reading

Paths of Faith

I LOVE this man’s analogies! Great stories to drive home his viewpoints!

like a child for Jesus

Have you ever been hiking in a densely wooded area and you came across a path that look interesting; then as you turned onto that path and continued down it, you realized that it was a very low-traffic path, sometimes disappearing altogether and making you feel nearly lost?hiking1

Yeah me neither,

I don’t get a chance to hike much. I wish I could, because I know that I would love it, but the climate and topography of Dallas, Texas doesn’t allow for much hiking fun; or if it does, I have yet to know about it. Despite my physical hiking drought though, I have come to realize that my Spirit has been doing a lot of hiking over the past few years. In fact, if you’re a Christian, your Spirit has probably been doing a lot of hiking too.

Recently, though I’ve found my Spirit taking on brand new trails…

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Are You Dancing?

Today I have a guest blogger, a young lady of seventeen with a faith that inspires. Katie Elise. I hope you are as moved by her words as I was!  Continue reading