This week I started a Bible study on prayer, and once again we are studying about Martha and Mary. I think God is wanting this to sink in. I have read about Mary and Martha all my life, but I have never STUDIED Martha and Mary like I have recently. This is my third blog about these two women, and the more I study, the more I learn and see that I need to make some adjustments to my priorities.
Last week I blogged about Family and Messes and what really matters, and the week before I blogged about One Thing. Sine I retired I am trying to be more of a Mary wanting to sit at Jesus’ feet and learn more about him, spending more time in prayer. I even made a prayer binder over a year ago with a page for each family member and my Bible study groups and friends in need of prayer by name. I love getting it out each morning and spending time in prayer – many times on my knees and sometimes in tears.
Finding a balance seems to be the secret to what each of us should be. Martha had many good traits and if we weren’t a little bit like Martha what would our houses look like, and how would we be able to stay up with our schedules. I admit we are too busy or at least I am. I can always find something to do and never bored. I love being at home but I have to balance what I am doing. I find myself some days doing nothing but Bible study, and sometimes I think I have spent too much time in the Word, and then I say how can I spend too much time in God’s word or at his feet. If my home is being neglected and unclean I believe I need to be more of a Martha. I need to seek his wisdom as to when I need to be each one of these ladies. I need to serve others as Martha did. I need to sit at His feet and soak in His word as Mary did. I don’t want my devotion or love of Him to suffer because I am too busy to stop and spend time with Him each day.
So what steps am I taking as a result of these studies. I truly believe I need to spend more time in prayer and I need to spend more time in my daily lessons on the Bible verses I am studying. I need to spend more time verse mapping and really delving into those specific verses to see what they really mean. I have been doing all of these things, but I think there is room for improvement.
So what steps are you taking to make Jesus more of a priority?