12 Days of Christmas – Love in the Room with Marcia Laycock

Today I welcome my friend and fellow Christian author, Marcia Laycock, to my blog. She writes in a variety of genres, all of which I enjoy.

Love in the Room

by Marcia Lee Laycock

The symbols and images of Christmas can slip by us because they are so familiar. In Love In The Room, award winning author, Marcia Lee Laycock, brings those images into focus once again as she explores the true meaning of the season. These short devotionals will stir readers to ponder the Christ child with depth and clarity.

Here’s an excerpt from Love in the Room:

The Promise of Christmas

Chaos reigned supreme. That’s how it seemed as we rehearsed our Christmas play. The first rehearsal didn’t really happen. The second one was only a bit better, and three quarters of the cast didn’t make it to the third. Those of us who were supposedly “in control” wondered if we were going to have a play at all.

That was nothing new. Every year it seems to happen. Kids run helter-skelter, some don’t show up, some can’t find costumes or those made for them don’t fit. The choir director is tearing her hair out This year seemed a bit more chaotic than usual. But somehow it all came together in the end. The night of the performance seemed to go well. I say seemed, because I was too busy trying to keep my “cast” quiet and focused, to notice if the play was working. One of the magi discovered he could use one of the shepherd’s headbands as a slingshot to wing the beads off his crown clear across the front of the church. That delighted the kids in the front row who dashed out to pick them up. Mary couldn’t stop squirming because her costume was made of wool, and Joseph kept changing his mind about which robe fit best – right up until he walked out onto the ‘stage.’

I wasn’t sure it had really all come together until the audience stood to applaud at the end. When many congratulated us on a job well done, all I could say was, “It’s a miracle!”

And that’s the promise of Christmas – it all comes together in the end. I’m sure the followers of Jesus, watching the drama of His life and death, felt the same way we ‘directors’ did. To those who thought they were in control, it looked like chaos reigned. From the moment of His birth, He and His parents had to run from those who wanted to kill Him. As He performed miracles, religious leaders plotted against Him. Even the disciples themselves didn’t understand His message. They were disappointed that He didn’t chase the Romans out of the country; He never did set up an earthly kingdom. Then, the cross. It looked like everything they tried to accomplish was doomed to fail. But in the end …

In the end, the stone was rolled away. The baby born in a stable and crucified on a cross was raised glorified, to the glory of His Father.

And there is another promise yet to unfold. As the birth of Christ is overshadowed by the cross, which was blasted away by his resurrection, even that will be outdone by His return. One day, God has told us, “Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear. They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone are righteousness and strength’.” (Isaiah 45:23,24)

It will be a miracle and it really will all come together in the end.

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Marcia’s work has been published in magazines, newspapers and anthologies in both Canada and the U.S. and appears frequently on the world wide web. She currently writes a regular devotional column, The Spur, which appears in publications across Canada and goes out by e-mail to avid readers. Marcia’s writing has won many prizes, garnering praise from notable Christian writers like Janette Oke, Mark Buchanan, Phil Callaway and Sigmund Brouwer. She has published four devotional books, six novels and many short stories. Marcia won the Best New Canadian Christian Author Award for her novel, One Smooth Stone. The sequel, A Tumbled Stone was short-listed for a Word award along with her fantasy novel, Journey to a Strong Tower. Marcia is also a sought-after speaker for women’s events. To learn more about Marcia’s writing and speaking ministry visit her online at www.marcialeelaycock.com

To purchase Love in the Room by Marcia Lee Laycock go to Amazon.com or Amazon.ca

Or, if you live in Canada, order directly from the author by emailing marcia@marcialeelaycock.com

 


Author Profile: Sally Meadows

Today I’d like to introduce you to another InScribe friend, Sally Meadows, who is an author and recording artist:
Sally Meadows is a two-time national award nominated singer/songwriter and author. In 2015, she released two children’s books, Beneath That Star and The Two Trees. In addition to 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers (2015), she is a contributing author to Hot Apple Cider With Cinnamon (2015), Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada (2014), and Organized Obstacles: An Underdog Anthology. Her two CDs, Turn the Page (2012) and Red & White (2013) each include a song shortlisted for the Canadian national The Word Awards. Sally is a recent empty nester and lives in beautiful Saskatchewan, Canada. You can connect with Sally at sallymeadows.com and https://www.facebook.com/SallyMeadowsMusic.”

Tell us about your upbringing and early memories.

I was born in England to Canadian parents; my father was an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. I was about 15 months old when we came to Canada. I was the youngest of four for 6 1/2 years until my little brother came along. I have few memories of when I was young, but my strongest impressions are of being much loved by my mother, to whom I was especially close. In turn, I was close to, and took care of, my little brother. I am incredibly proud that my father was in the military, but it was not an easy life for my family; we moved frequently and my father was gone for long stretches of time. My life growing up was definitely tough at times. But it did make me resilient.

Describe what led you to accept God’s gift of salvation. How old were you?

My mother taught me to pray every night before I went to bed, and I intuitively had a personal relationship with Jesus from an early age. But in my teens and early 20s I stopped going to church. Yet God still had a hold of me. During our engagement, my fiancee (now husband) and I started attending a Spirit-filled church which brought me back into the body of Christ. I would say my most defining moment was finally fully giving myself to Christ while pregnant with my first son.

When did you first become interested in writing?

Writing was a passion and strength from when I was a little girl. I won the English award in high school and decided that I wanted to become a science writer, opting to get a science degree rather than going into journalism. My first job after graduating with an MSc was as a scientific editor. After successively running a home-based science education business and then teaching, I decided in 2006 that it was time to do something with my writing. I started with occasional freelance writing while holding down a professional job, then finally left the corporate world in 2013 to focus full time on my writing and music ministry.

How would you define a successful writer?

It doesn’t really matter if you are a bestselling author or write in your own personal journal: As long as you are writing to, about, or giving the glory to God, He is pleased.

What advice would you give a beginning writer?

Start small. Set goals. Don’t look at anyone else’s journey but keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. I have full confidence you will find your own pathway.

Tell us about your current work in progress.

On October 1, 2015, I released my second children’s book, Beneath That Star, about a young Jewish girl who longs to be a shepherdess. When God speaks to her in a dream to look out for and follow that star, what she finds underneath it is of far greater value than anything she could ever have imagined.
I am also working on several short stories as well as two more children’s books. In the midst of all that, I am trying to find time to write songs for my next CD!

How has being a Christian impacted your life path?

Accepting Christ fully, and then moving to Saskatoon, dramatically changed our lives. I have no doubt that I wouldn’t be doing the things I am today if those two life-altering events hadn’t happened.

What epitaph would you like on your tombstone?

That I lived and loved well. “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21)
Book Contributors who attended the ICWF Fall Conference

If you’d like your own copy of 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers, you can purchase it at http://mybook.to/ChristianWriters1. Many of the contributing authors are currently participating in a blog hop. I invite you to follow along:

Ruth L. Snyder http://ruthlsnyder.com/blog/ Monday, September 14th
Brenda Wood http://heartfeltdevotionals.com Wednesday, September 16th
Janet Sketchley http://janetsketchley.ca/tenacity-blog/ Friday, September 18th
Jack Popjes http://www.jackpopjes.com/category/blog/ Monday, September 21st
Kimberley Payne http://kimpayne.wordpress.com Wednesday, September 23rd
Marcia Laycock http://www.writer-lee.blogspot.ca/ Friday, September 24th
Steph Nickel https://stephseclecticinterests.wordpress.com Monday, September 28th
Sally Meadows http://sallymeadows.com/blog Wednesday, September 30th
Tracy Krauss http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com Friday, October 2nd
Glynis Belec http://www.glynisbelec.com/blog.html Monday, October 5th