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Monday, December 26, 2011

I can relate to Martha!!!

Early CHRISTmas Eve, I woke up and really felt the Holy Spirit prompting me to get up and spend a little time alone with Jesus!!!  I got up....in obedience....but then got "busy".  I had a lot to do to get ready to go for CHRISTmas Eve lunch with Pappy's family.  I boiled and "deviled" eggs and fixed green beans and made a dessert.  When I finally got around to sitting down and reading my devotional and opening up my Bible....it hit me...I hadn't been at all obedient to what He asked me to do.   As I sat and prayed and spent what little time I had left with Him....I had to ask for His forgiveness.  I thought of something that I had just talked to a friend about the day before....about what  blessings we so often miss out on....what gifts He has for us that we refuse....and I wondered what I had missed by not first spending time with Him, like Mary did....instead of being so busy like her sister, Martha!!!


Luke 10:38-42

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.  But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?  Bid her therefore that she help me.  And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:  But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

  As usual....I was sitting in what I've come to call my
 "devotional chair"....
and this was in my line of vision....
Hope....that's exactly what His birth brought to each of us!!

Dear Lord....please forgive me for putting so much importance on things of this life that keep me busy, instead of focusing on what's important....spending as much time as possible with you....especially when You ask that of me.  Precious Father, please help me to focus on you more and more.  This is my prayer for 2012....that I listen to your prompting....but more importantly that I obey!!!
In Jesus Most Precious and Holy Name....AMEN!!!

Hope you have a Marvelous Monday,
Sweet Reader!!!

In HIS Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!

7 comments:

  1. I recognize this. Do you experience a real sense of forgiveness, when you pray? I think I'm going to follow your example. I live so volatile these days ...

    We have two Christmas days in the Netherlands. In your country too?
    I am grateful for the things you write so open/frank. Thank you.

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  2. Tis'True my friend! How easily it is to get busy with that which is not of the greater importance....I am such a good "Martha"...teaching "self" to be obedient to the call of tithing of my time....has been difficult for me...what I have come to realize is how much more precious is "my time" than "his time" ....huge mistake.... as you I seek forgiveness and set out to become as "Mary" .. in recognizing that which is the needful part ...that will be everlasting. Time worshiping and adoring His Presence as I draw nigh unto him....good post Deb!

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  3. We often become "Martha" because we let life get in His way.


    Sending you love. I know He forgave you.

    {{hugs}}
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  4. What a lovely post. You are always so good.

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  5. Why is it so easy to be distracted from doing what we are prompted to do? Sometimes I have to chuckle at myself for making life so much harder than it really is...

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  6. I thank you for sharing this and reminding me of those lessons I had when I was younger and that I have forgotten. I am wishing you a Happy and fruitful New Year.

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