March 13, 2013

Being A Martha

A couple weeks ago I gave a bible study at our monthly women's bible study on Martha. Who is Martha you ask? Well Martha is Mary's sister, both of them along with their brother Lazarus (whom Christ resurrected) were good friends of Jesus. I have A LOT in common with Martha. I am what you would call a Type A personality kind of person. I am a list maker, I like to plan ahead and I don't like when things are out of order. You might even say I'm a bit OCD which is a whole other blog post that I want to write up and share soon. Here is the passage I focused on when studying about Martha...
 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38-42
Yes I am a Martha! I worry too much about EVERYTHING. I overanalyze things and I stress out easily. I wish I could be more like Mary. Being a Martha isn't BAD necesarily the bad thing is when our chores and to-do lists become a priority over our relationship with our family and more importantly with our God. This is something I struggle with. Especially after having Levi, it is SO HARD to see my home disorganized, dirty dishes in the sink, piles of laundry and I don't have time to tackle it all. I have to remind myself that I'll ALWAYS have dishes to clean, clothes to wash and a house to clean but I won't have a baby for too long. I want to enjoy him as much as I can but the Martha inside of me won't let me sometimes. (Yeah that sounds a little crazy! lol) As I was studying this I felt convicted. How many of us have put our blogs first over family time? I know I have!  

When I began designing blogs it was hard. Not the work itself but the time, the time I spent working was taking time away from my kiddos and I was stressing out BAD. Until my husband suggested I start a waiting list. Now I work with less people, I DO NOT work weekends or afternoons so that I can spend that time with my family. I work when I have time so I'm not on the computer all day. I am TRULY thankful for my customers because they have ALL been very understanding when things come up such as when my newborn son was in the hospital a couple weeks ago with a fever. 

Finding a balance isn't easy but it's a must! If we don't have a balance between being a Martha and being a Mary we will either stress out too much or just not care at all. It's something I struggle with everyday. Tell me... do you identify yourself with Martha? or are you more of a Mary?

1 comment:

  1. Martha with a Mary heart! :)

    I usually arise before my hubby and daughter to spend time with Him. I love to sit at the feet of Jesus and I would stay there all day if I could!!!

    But you're right, we have responsibilities. At one point (in the midst of all the "Martha Madness") I found myself desiring -practically CRAVING- to be in His presence.

    It took one Word from Him to experience that balance you mentioned... "Take Me with you." Now, everything I do, I invite Him to help! ;)

    Your transparency is admirable!!


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