A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

Posts tagged ‘Mary’

A Heart Like His


Have you ever tried to do it all from taking care of the car to. . .

Have you ever tried to do it all from taking care of the car to. . .


Keeping up with the jobs at home?

Keeping up with the jobs at home?

Have you ever tried to do it all?  I bet you have, it’s how we’re  wired as women.  We have a career, manage the household, pay the bills, buy the groceries, make arrangements for the children and most of us are the social secretary to boot.  When you think about it,  being a woman requires a lot of imagination, stamina, will and wit.

This is nothing new, I mean women have always had plenty to do.  Rich or poor back in the 1800’s even if you married a rich plantation owner you didn’t just drink lemonade under a shade tree. These women made candles, sewed all the clothing, knit socks, washed, dyed and spun wool.  Baked endless cakes and pies.  They helped sow and reap the crops, killed animals, salted and preserved food, and took care of the sick.

Sooooooooooooooooo what did you do yesterday.  I know you were busy so was I.  You are probably as tired as the women who lived way back when, and yet I know you have a desire to spend some time away, some time learning to have a Heart Like His.

I love the story of  Martha and Mary, I think it describes us as women so well. We all want to worship like Mary and yet the Martha in us keeps reminding us of the things we need to do.

I hope you will read the story of the two sisters found in Luke 10.

If  Martha’s heart was right with God do you think she would have been able to stay away from Jesus?  I don’t know the answer to the question what I do know is this–we have a lot of Martha’s, you may be a Martha your self and so am I.  It seems I am always doing four things at once.

My question is this, how does a Martha become more like a Mary?  I don’t want to miss knowing Jesus by being a Martha.  Doing good and doing the right thing can squeeze out my chance to know Jesus.

It is an odd thing, achievement is so importnat, I even do a seminar on knowing your purpose, serving in your field of giftedness and yet Jesus says, “Be still and Know that I am God.”

I don’t think one can become an authentic Christian when they are always busy and have something going on all the time.  Power comes from being still and we can become stronger with quietness and listening.

This much I know, to have a relationship with Jesus I have to show up, I have to take time out to be still and know God.

I love this text and it is exactly what I want my relationship with God to be.

John 15:15

“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

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