Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

The Most Wonderful Time?

Can I just say, I’m sick of COVID? Can I get an amen?

I don’t know how Thanksgiving looked at your house, but mine looked extremely different from the way it usually does. My brother has tested positive for COVID, so there was no yearly trek out to East Texas. My mom needed to stay safe in her assisted living facility, so there was no interaction with our matriarch. With the disease on the rise, we decided against a large family party and missed seeing our newest cousin. And three members of my family are sick (including my precious daughter Sparkle), quarantining, and had to spend the holiday all alone. 

But God is good. In fact, the sickest member of my family (well, I’m claiming him) said that very thing to me the other night between coughs as I spoke to him on my daughter’s speakerphone. Instead of a large gathering, Sweet Hubby, Spunky, and I visited my son who begged to host. His downstairs is large and open, giving us all plenty of room to eat without facing one another and spread out to watch the football games. Precious redhead and her hubs drove in from Atlanta and stayed with my son, as well. The seven of us kept our masks on and the windows open, but still laughed, joked, talked. And we were grateful for the time we had together. Grateful for the Zoom call a few days later that collected ALL of our family, even those who at that point were recuperating. God is indeed good! 

Our typical crew for Sunday nights. Many of us usually chat on Saturday nights, too.

Adjusting my plans for Thanksgiving made me shed a few tears, especially missing Sparkle, but it was only a day. And we’ve already declared a secondary Thanksgiving Day in February. Maybe by then, my mom will get to join us! My brother has since tested negative and his minor symptoms have disappeared – YEA! Sparkle only had seasonal allergies, but rested well during the weekend to fight off anything that might attack. And I got to do a plexiglass meeting with my mom. She’s having such a great time in her new place – so many events and people that she interacts with all the time – there wasn’t even a reason to bring up the Thanksgiving plans that had to change.  

And God is good! Because even if in February we still can’t get together, God is good for planting His seed of love and hope in the hearts of all my family members! We’ll spend eternity having one Thanksgiving party after another. How cool is that?!

In the bleakest hours, His star shines in the east. His light comes into the world. Hope rises and abounds at the name of Jesus! Yes, this is the most wonderful time!

May your December be blessed! May your family stay safe! May your spirits stay up! May your glasses stay rosy! ~Philippians 4:8

Minis Make Things Excellent!

IMG_0264Okay, I bet you’re thinking, by the title, that this is a recipe post. It is. But there is more too it than that.

It has become clear to me that our God is in the detail business. Minis are important to Him. I’ve heard the concept disregarded and set aside most of my life, but He’s shown me in so many ways that He doesn’t do Continue reading


Happy Thanksgiving

I’m thankful for:

  • the Lord’s salvation and the confidence it gives.
  • this path the Lord has set before me.
  • health and opportunity.
  • stories of inspiration and hope.
  • my precious children who never let me stay downcast.
  • my sweet hubby who balances me.
  • my extended family and dear friends who keeps me steeped in laughter.
  • new purposes and avenues of serving the Father and His kingdom.
  • peace, joy, anticipation.
  • the new connections this blog has allowed.
  • your encouragement and insight that challenges me to move forward.

Your turn: What are you thankful for?

I’ll be celebrating this week with my family. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!