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Through the years, It has been my joy to write words that have captured the essence of hope in suffering. That have encouraged countless people to boldly face their seasons of struggle.


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Scripture passage:Luke 10:38-42
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus  entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

According to our story,  We have to have a balance when it comes to our priorities and making choices. This is not a new concept, I’m sure you’ve heard this before.

However, In those hard times, for us to make the right choice,  it is crucial to apply 2 things;  

What is necessary 

What is good 

Today I’m sharing about two women and a very important guest. 

Mary, Martha, and Jesus. I encourage you to open your bibles to Luke ch 10.

Martha chooses to be a good hostess and to serve Jesus, and Mary chooses to sit with Jesus. Though both choices were important, one of these at the moment took priority.  Can you guess which one? 

Martha had good intent in serving, but spending time listening to Jesus’ words was essential. 

Do you see what’s happening here? At times,  We can get so busy serving Jesus we never get around to really know Him. Jesus has something to say about that. His words of correction meant a great deal to Martha, and she took them to heart. 

 “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,42 but one thing is necessary.  Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Can I be honest? I can be a Martha sometimes. Overwhelmed by my to- do list that I end up missing the good portion.. Martha ended up distracted by the tasks she placed on herself. Yes her intentions were good, but if she had considered that her priority was to seize an opportunity to listen to Jesus Christ’s teachings, she may have made a better decision with her time.

Open end Question: What are you doing with your time?  When was the last time you sat with Jesus? The last time you had a deep conversation with Him? The conversation where you were completely focused, drinking in every word from his pages of truths, soaking in His presence and listening to the comfortable sound of His voice?

My challenge today is for us to seek what is truly necessary.  Necessary for our hearts to find relief, our souls to find comfort and our priorities to align.  How do we do this?

Friend, Its time you sit down, do less and BE more. 

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