Marji Laine

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Backed Up Pipe Lesson #2

hazmat workerA few weeks ago, I wrote about what I learned from a backed up pipe. Here’s the link to my first lesson.

But that isn’t the only lesson I learned from my experience. This week, I’ve been doing a little house inspecting and my lesson has come back to haunt me. See I live near Dallas where we have very hot summers. I thrive on air conditioning and iced tea. No joke. Only my AC started acting up last month. It wasn’t a big deal. We weren’t exactly sure what happened to it, but it started working again. No problem, right? Continue reading

3 Lessons from a Backed up Pipe: Part 1

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Photo by Nino Satria

Have you ever noticed how the Lord uses intense circumstances – even those that aren’t things that we caused – to strengthen our faith and teach us lessons? It reminds me of a verse in one of my favorite Bible chapters, Continue reading



Sylvester_the_CatI did a post not long ago about walking in one direction. Frankly, it’s impossible to walk any other way. I get the picture of a Sylvester the Cat cartoon. The one where he splits in two and runs away from himself until his tail acts like a bungy cord and pops him back together.

Okay, anyone growing up after the 80s has Continue reading

Thoughts? Anyone? Beuller?


I couldn’t resist. Yes, I’m an 80’s decade kind of girl. So the quote from “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off” is just a natural part of the way I think. For those of you too young to appreciate the comment, don’t worry. You’ll

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Walk in One Direction

2015 wordI love new books, but The Love Boat Bachelor and Brent’s emails to his sister did interrupt the series here about walking in the faith. This all started with my word for 2015. WALK. To that end, I’ve not only been Continue reading

Daily Workout

LS7A1331[1]My girls are in volleyball. They do conditioning year around in order to stay in shape enough to play to their best. And I’ve seen what happens to them when they focus on the conditioning and when they don’t.

When one of my daughters was challenged to run for 30 minutes, three times every week, she committed to not missing a single day. Her coach was amazed (and so was I) at the Continue reading


Roots of Anger

God'sNotDeadReading in Titus 2 got me thinking about the movie God’s Not Dead yet again. In this case, I thought about anger.

I’ve been taught that anger stems from one of two things: Continue reading

God’s Not Dead: What’s God Doing?

God'sNotDeadOur college group watched the movie, God’s Not Dead, this week. Wow, there’s a lot to unpack from this movie! So many stories. So many lessons.

The basic premise is a confrontation between a Christian college freshman and an atheistic philosophy professor. The prof Continue reading

Fathoming God: El HaNe’eman

treasure chestI expected to end my series on Fathoming God with my last article, El Roi. (I still love that name! So personal!) But I happened upon an extensive list of new names. Most of them, I’d never heard before, but each so expressive of God’s characters.

What a treasure trove! Continue reading


Fathoming God: El Roi

LILABNER STAMPGIFLast week we focused on El Shaddai, the All-Sufficient God. This week, we’re learning about El Roi.

This name, when I hear it, brings back images of The Beverly Hillbillies or Green Acres. Surely there was an Elroy in that bunch somewhere. Though that picture in my head doesn’t come near to the attribute of God that this name inspires. Continue reading