I long for heart to heart intimacy with Jesus-every day. I struggle during these busy weeks to find the time and strength to nurture my relationship with Jesus. I know my time at His feet suffers and so all things in my heart and head get out of whack. I’ve been reading and studying Martha and Mary over the past few weeks.
Luke 10:38-42 is their story.
We know how it goes. Martha was busy busy preparing her home for Jesus and his disciples. So much to do and so little time. Sounds familiar huh? Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to His teachings. I love verse 42. Jesus says to Martha,
There is only need for ONE thing and Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.
Mary chose what was BETTER.. sitting at the feet of Jesus was the better thing. Not hurrying around the house cleaning, cooking, being anxious and aggravated. Mary took the time to worship Jesus and know Him better.
We are all different and that is just the way God made us. Fearfully and Wonderfully made. Some of us Marys and some Marthas.
I admit I want to be 100% Mary. I want to only focus on HIM. Not the other stuff that comes with entertaining and serving. I want to sit at his feet and worship extravagantly.
Every day. Several times a day.
I guess I am part Mary but I am also part Martha. Wanting everything to be perfect. My home, my menu, our Christmas pictures, the Full Tummy Project, Holiday Food Distributions, and the list goes on. Driving myself, Ben, Adam, Connor, and Cole, and I’m sure my friends (at times) CRAZY. Not only do I “busy” myself with the holiday stuff but also with Mighty Moms. That still quiet voice in my spirit has SPOKEN some truth to me lately. Truth that has been hard to swallow. I don’t want my “duties” as a wife, mom, mighty mom, and friend to substitute my “devotion” time to my KING. So many things to do and so little time leads to frustration and a sour attitude for me at times. I am thankful my Father in Heaven cares enough to show me and tell me where I am going wrong. I am even more thankful HE FORGIVES ME. He continually reminds me what is BETTER. I am just a dumb sheep who needs my Shepherd to guide me and remind me.
Mark Driscoll told his Mars Hill church this..
Spend time with Jesus, then get things done. Worship like Mary, then work like Martha.
So this Holiday season, I am going to make it a priority no matter how busy.. even if I have to wake up 30 minutes earlier.. to spend that quiet time at His feet each morning before I serve, and work, and sacrifice, and LOVE the least of these. I want to have a Mary heart toward Jesus so I need to choose the right thing.
Fellowship with Jesus
May your Thanksgiving Day be full of
your favorite people
lots of laughter, football and card playing
new memories made and long chats about the old ones
lots of yummy food and a good nap or two and a
happy, happy, happy,