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The Hostess

  • 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 10:38-42 WEB.

    Mary and Martha were sisters who lived in the town of Bethany. They were very different people, as sisters often are. Martha was probably the elder, and she invited Jesus to her home. Then, like a good host, Martha set about serving all the guests. She was very busy with all the preparation, and she became distracted.

    Soon the visitation of Jesus became a chore to her, and the joy of serving became a frustration. Martha was anxious and troubled about many trivial things that evening. She became so busy working that she missed a chance to spend time with Jesus while He was there. It turns out that was the most important part of the evening, for all too soon, Jesus was gone.

    Mary delighted in listening to Jesus. She sat at His feet and listened to Him teach while Martha continued working. Finally, Martha got so upset with all the serving that she approached Jesus and said, "tell Mary to help me." Jesus refused and said that Mary had chosen what was best, and it wouldn't be taken away from her.

    When you get busy, under pressure, and a lot of people depend on you, it is easy to feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. You may feel as if you don't get this done today that it will be the most horrible thing in the world, but it won't.

    You may even 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 we are dead, the world will continue on just as it did yesterday because it does not revolve around us.

    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 who makes the sunrise in the morning, not us. So 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 you.

    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. Amen!

    Note: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." (Prov. 3:5-6) ~ If you are in need of prayer, we and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton So true and really needed to be reminded, Thank you Lord Jehovah for all you do. Help me to serve you better! ❤️
July 9, 2021
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen. 

July 9, 2021
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

July 9, 2021
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

July 9, 2021
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

July 9, 2021
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

July 9, 2021
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. I THANK YOU heavenly Father for each new day. For the air I breath, the heavens and the earth and everything in between.  AMEN

July 9, 2021
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

July 9, 2021
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

So true for me. I'm trying to enjoy life more and get closer to God. Amen

July 9, 2021
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen 

July 9, 2021
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

July 9, 2021
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

That's me....

July 9, 2021
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Such a timely word for me this weekend! Thank you, Pastor Dion, for the refocus. Lord, help me to see the big picture and not get so caught up in the details of serving You. Bring Your joy into my life and refresh my spirit. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

July 9, 2021
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Amen 

July 9, 2021
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywineedited: July 9, 2021

Jesus please bring back the joy in our lives and refresh our spirits. Amen 

July 9, 2021
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I needed to be reminded of this! Father, You are more important than anything else in my life.

July 9, 2021
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, I know that sometimes I feel discouraged at  times and I need Your help to be closer to You in every situation. Help me to see the big picture in my life Lord, in Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Thank You Lord. 

Yes Pastor, this is a great reminder of how to be closer to Our Lord, God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. 

July 9, 2021
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen please renew your right spirit in my life Lord I love you 

July 9, 2021
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

July 9, 2021
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen! This is a great lesson. I, too, can get carried away with busy chores and wonder why no one is helping me, but I know that spending time with God every day needs to be a priority in my life, so I work to make this happen as much as I possibly can.

July 9, 2021
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

July 9, 2021
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

July 10, 2021