“That Story Lady”

Angela Scott, Author – Storyteller – Ventriloquist

How I Learned to Eat a Daily Slice of Pie

March 4, 2009

With a dictionary to my left and writing supplies on my right, I savored the time I like to call my daily slice of the pie. It is after 11:00 p.m. and it is finally quiet in the house except for the relaxing tick-tock of the grandfather clock my dad had given to me over twenty years ago.

Actually, Marilyn Ludolf is the friend who encouraged the students in her class at a women’s conference to claim a daily slice of the pie. Marilyn shared about the importance of enjoying a special time of the day which nourishes each day of life given to us.

I think of Marilyn Ludolf often. Her book entitled, “Freed by Faith” is one of the dearest books of encouragement in my home library. However, I first read about Marilyn Ludolf’s testimony of faith about six years ago in a Norman Vincent Peale book entitled, “How to Make Positive Imaging Work For You.”

Dr. Peale told about the power of steadfast faith in God, consistently relying on our privilege to listen and focus on God instead of ourselves. The immovable faith of Marilyn Ludolf exemplified her total trust in God’s will for her life.

As I sit in the living room of my home filled with ferns, peace lilies, bamboo and other plants, I am reminded of a weekend trip to the North Carolina coast a few years ago when I purchased a poster sized card with a verse from a book in the Bible. “Humbly accept the word of God planted in you, which can save you.”

Mrs. Ludolf planted words of encouragement in my heart, which grew into deep roots of faith. I hope you will prepare your heart so that you can receive the same gift of encouragement and hope I received.

An anonymous quotation seems appropriate as I think about eating a scrumptious slice or two of numerous pies my mom made for our family. “Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” Good advice for all to heed especially when we recognize our daily slice of pie is oftentimes made of precious time.


Angela Scott


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