Encouragement, Faith, Inspiration

Mary or Martha – How Can I Be Both?

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?


9 thoughts on “Mary or Martha – How Can I Be Both?”

  1. Thanks for your reminder that it needs to be a balance. I’ll be the first to admit, I am not a Martha when it comes to housework, and I often get overwhelmed because it is such a disaster, so I do nothing. During the summer, I make excuses for just sitting… indulging my Mary but also just doing…nothing. I need to balance!
    I like your idea of a prayer journal. Thanks for the suggestion. Love you, sweet lady!


  2. Debbie, love how you point out it is all about balance!! I, too, love your idea of a prayer journal. These Bible studies are helping me re-prioritize to what’s really important!

    Kris (OBS Small Group Leader)


  3. Love your post Debbie, I can so relate, sometimes I sit on this computer reading OBS posts and my place is a mess and I don’t get anything done, you are right, we need balance. I am praying that the Lord helps me in this area of balance!!!


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