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Martha and Mary of Bethany

  • As they went on their way, he entered into a certain village, and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she came up to him, and said, 'Lord, don't you care that my sister left me to serve alone? Ask her therefore to help me.' Jesus answered her, 'Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her.' Luke 10:38 WEB

    Martha and Mary of Bethany were sisters, but very different, as sisters often are. Martha invited Jesus into their home, but then became busy and distracted with the work of serving the guests. Soon the visitation of Jesus became a chore, and the joy of serving became a frustration. Martha was worried and troubled about many things. She became so busy that she missed the most important part, a chance to spend time with Jesus while He was there, for all too soon, He was gone.

    Mary delighted in listening to the teachings of Jesus and put Him first by sitting at His feet, and listening to Him speak. Martha finally got upset with all the serving and Mary only listening, so she approached Jesus and said 'tell Mary to help me' but He said 'No.' He said that Mary had chosen what was best, and it would not be taken from her.

    When you get busy, under pressure, and a lot of people are depending on you, it is easy to start feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. You can feel as if you do not get this done today, it will be the most horrible thing in the world, but it won't. You begin to lose focus on the Lord and what is actually important. You start to focus on your performance, or lack thereof. We flatter ourselves by thinking that we are so important. When you are dead, the world will continue on just as it did yesterday, because it does not revolve around you.

    Don't get so busy that you no longer enjoy your life, because there is coming a time when it will be gone. God is the one that makes the sun rise in the morning, not us. Keep your priorities straight. Make God a part of your life and set aside time for Him intentionally. Don't turn your relationship with God into a chore, and then blame Him for visiting.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father help me to see the big picture and not get so caught up in the details of serving You. Please bring the joy of the Lord back into my life and refresh my spirit. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presences and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eckedited: Oct 10

Amen, Jesus to get my day started!

Oct 10
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Oct 10
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord, amen

Oct 10
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!!!

Oct 10
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

Oct 10
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!

Oct 10
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Judith B
Judith B

Heavenly Father please help me to be more like Mary and less like Martha. Let my focus be on you LORD and on doing your will. May I live a balanced life so that I accomplish all my given tasks in Jesus name I pray. Amen 

Oct 10
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Todays life is so busy, work, home, family, food, we can get so frustrated. Give God His time! Thamk You Lord!

Oct 10
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen!  A good reminder in today's busy life. Stop and worship God, then smell the roses!!  Amen

Oct 10
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Please God bring Joy into our lives and bless us with your Holy Spirit. Amen 

Oct 10
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen!❤

Oct 10
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Give me joy dear God Amen 

Oct 10
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! Jesus, bring balance do my life and help me to always put You first.

Oct 10
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Help me keep you Frist  in every thing  for you are the king of the world   with out your love and grace  l am nothing  in jesus name amen 

Oct 10
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I humbly ask You to help me balance my life, I know there are many things in my mind today but I need to have You  first. Time comes and goes but You are always there to lead and protect us, in Jesus name I pray. Amen. I love You and wait on You oh Lord. 

Excellent devotional Pastor, we need to have Him first. God bless you. 

Oct 10
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Oct 10
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen!

Oct 10
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!

Oct 10
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen

Oct 12
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Father God, help me to always keep you first in my life and never let my busyness get in the way of my relationship with you. Without you I am nothing. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior.

 

Oct 13
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

Oct 20