An Encouraging Word for the Busy Woman

Every time I log on to pinterest, I am overwhelmed and over stimulated!
Can you relate?  Don’t get me wrong.  I absolutely like Pinterest and enjoy it.  It’s a great way for my creative juices to start flowing when I need a boost.  However,  I’ve noticed that many of the pins I see are about ideas and ways to grab my attention on doing.  Doing lots of things and keeping me very busy.  I see so many graphics staring at me.  They are calling out for my attention to repin or click on them to explore the website from which they came.  Before I know it, another hour has gone by spent on Pinterest.   How can pinning be so involved?  What am I really focusing on?  Where are my priorities?

Our lives can be a lot like Pinterest.  We have so many areas of our lives calling out for our attention.  So many boards to be pinned, but not enough time.  We are busy doing, but are we doing the right thing? 

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As Moms, we can get very busy doing like our friend Martha.
The Bible tells us in Luke 10:38-42 when Jesus came over to visit, Mary sat at His feet and listened to Him for a long time.  Mean while, Martha was so busy cooking and cleaning.  There was so much to do!  Sound familiar?  

The longer Mary listened to Jesus, the angrier Martha got.  She finally got so fed up and asked Jesus to tell her sister Mary to help her.  However, Jesus told Martha she shouldn’t be upset, because Mary was doing what she was suppose to be doing.  Listening and Worshipping at His feet.

Now, Martha was the total opposite of her sister Mary. 

  • Martha cared about the cares of this world.  I’m sure Mary did too, however, Mary cared more about her Caregiver.  
  • Martha cared about schedules and making sure everything was just right.  I’m sure Mary did too, however, Mary put the Lord first.  
  • Martha depended on her hands to get things done.  Mary focused on the Lord with her heart and gave it fully.  

Martha was probably admired by many women at that time.  She knew how to run a household and keep it going in tip top shape.  Right?  However, the difference between the two ladies was that Mary decided that she cared more about being with her Master.  Martha cared more about her duties.  She was distracted.  

Ouch!  Does that strike a nerve?

I love this illustration for us women.  We can be so great at this and that.  There’s nothing wrong with being a lovely homemaker and enjoying it.  God created us to be creative and hard workers.  Yes, we should have order in our home.  Yet, when our doing takes us away from our time with the Lord, then it is a problem.  

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Be like Mary, A Worshipper
Then, the Lord calls us and asks sweetly, “Will you be a Mary?”.
Being like Mary is simple.  It’s child-like.  It is full of grace and surrender.  
We don’t have to perform or work for anything.  We just rest, in our Lord and listen.  

How long before we bow down at our Master’s feet?  How long before we cast away all the cares of this world to pay attention to our Care Giver?   The Lord deserves all of our worship, first and foremost.  He is not too busy for us.  Thank God.  

  • Stop.  Focus on Him.  When you focus on the Lord, all distractions are removed.  
  • Worship at His feet, Be with the Lord Jesus and give Him first priority.

It is so good for us to be in His presence, where we are made strong.  That’s where we belong ladies.  We are in His protection and love.  Deep love. 

The good news is that we can be a Mary right now.  We can change directions at any time and decide that nothing or no one is more important than our time spent with Jesus.

Ask Him to help you today and give you the strength to put down other things that are taking your attention and time away from Him.  Ask forgiveness for putting other idols before Him.  

Then, just bask in His presence and worship our Mighty Master.  It’s time to fall deeply in love again.  Just be at His feet.  

He is crazy about you sister!  All that house work can wait.  You have His permission.

It’s so good to be a worshipper, isn’t it?!  Yes it is. 

Blessings and Shalom,

How are some ways you are like a Mary or Martha?  How do you take time for the Lord? Please feel free to share your heart and comment.  

Interested in more posts about worship?  Check out my post It’s Time to Worship!

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76 thoughts on “An Encouraging Word for the Busy Woman

  1. I'm a Martha. I struggle with getting distracted from one task to another. Even when I'm with Jesus. Im task driven & goal oriented. Even while reading this post; in the back of my mind I began to think about the things I have to do today. Lol.
    I enjoyed your post. I'm following to read more.

  2. Cindy, thank you for your honesty! Seriously, I know what you mean. I can be very good at being distracted too. What helps me is just knowing that He has control over everything any ways. My way will fail, but when I follow His way for my life I trust it is best. Put Him first and He will honor that. Also, Thank you so much for following my blog.

  3. Oh I'm so excited to hear that Nikki! I know God will honor you making time for Him and you will see such a change and growth in your life. Your honesty is the first step and He see's that! Just ask Him to help you and He will!

  4. I definitely struggle with "doing" all the time. I really have a hard time slowing down and just spending time with the Lord. Thanks for the great reminder.

  5. Krissa, you are not alone. I know as women we have this challenge daily. We can conquer it! I'm so excited that this post helped remind you and inspire you to take time out for the Lord. The Lord loves you! Thank you for sharing your heart.

  6. I do think we all need to take the time to smell the roses and not just grow them or what is the purpose? I really don't have any issues with trying to be Martha. I am good at just being Pam. 😉

  7. Exactly! Yes what does it matter if we gain the praises of people? We want to be pleasing in His sight. That's all that matters in the end and through that He blesses us with the ability to pour out life on others. Thank you!

  8. Good for you Leah! I'm so excited this post has given you the courage to do that! You'll never be the same. Ask Him to help you and He will do it! Thank you for sharing and letting me know this because it's an encouragement to me.

  9. I'm a planner like Martha and a silent prayer as I run (my Mary quality). Love the points you've made, it's always refreshing to hear interpretations of the scriptures and to tie it in to today's world. Thank you!

  10. Yes I know it's great to be a planner, just trying to be led of the Lord. His plans for us are the best! Thank you and I'm happy this post was refreshing for you in a time like today.

  11. Rosenda, I LOVE this. Such a great reminder. Yes, Pinterest is awesome but it also can create envy within us, which can cause us to do the wrong things. I definitely want more of a Mary heart than Martha heart. Thank you for a beautiful post!

  12. Thank you Kelli for your kinds words. Exactly. We must be careful because there are so many distractions trying to take our time away from the truth. We need Him more today than yesterday, more than ever. I'm so happy you were encouraged to be more of a worshipper for the Lord!

  13. Social media/pinterest is like anything else — if you don't watch your schedule, you can be sucked in. For me, I can read or go through cookbooks for hours and suddenly, it's dinnertime and I'm rushing. Enjoy your day!

  14. I can relate to the pinterest overload. I get that way in both my personal email and blog email but I have learned that I need to do one thing at a time. I never like to put too much on my viewing plate, so once I have one idea completed I will move on to the next.

  15. I am soooo Martha in this instance. I never make enough time for the things & people I need to. Thank you for this post because I was just getting ready to be overwhelmed by taking on too much instead of pacing myself. I heard a saying today that goes: How you treat yourself is how you treat God. I believe it. You need to take time out spiritually as well as physically. Great post. Definitely bookmarking!

  16. It is so easy to be distracted from what's really important these days. Social media is great for many reasons, but it also can take up a lot of time. It's all about priorities and keeping our focus. Not always easy to do, but at least being aware of what's happening can help keep us on track.

  17. As in all things, balance is the key. We all find it in different ways because we have unique challenges each day. Walking in the Spirit is the only way to be successful.

  18. Every morning, after I send the kids off to school, I spend a good 45-60 minutes with the Lord. I know if I don't do it then, it'll never happen. There's no doubt that the tech age we are living in has caused our eyes to spend way too much time scanning & scrolling. I'm trying to get into the habit of using timers when I'm on the computer. If I don't, hours and hours could go by and then I wonder where the day went.
    Thank you for reminding me what Jesus wants from me … cuz ultimately that's the only thing that's important.
    Hugs & Blessings …

  19. This is such a beautiful post, and so true. We often busy ourselves so much with life, even things that don't really matter, and neglect our time with God. Put Him on the back burner. When I spend time with Him each day in prayer, reflection, and reading his Word, it's amazing how much more at peace I am. Thanks for this post and reminder. I'm following!

  20. Nowadays, it's very difficult to slow down and remember to pay attention to those things that matter to us most. Whenever I feel like life is getting a bit too out of control, I simply turn off the devices and focus on what's really important…

  21. It is so hard to stop, focus, and rest. I've got the house, homeschooling, gearing up a personal training business, blogging, etc. etc. etc. But, make a point to get up as a couple early enough to allow for devotional times alone. It is working well for us both. We also have family breakfast where we have communal devotional time and prayer. 🙂

  22. Overwhelming is what I think of Pinterest but I still got there everyday. Balancing life is hard but it's a learning process all the time. Focus is what I need to do and having guidance helps out a lot.

  23. Rosenda, what a great post! We just recently read this in our morning devotion with our children. It's so easy for me to focus on tasks and chores. Too many times I think we give what's left of our day to God instead of making time for Him. It can be a daily struggle. But, I find the more I trust in Him and give my day to Him, the better my day goes. I am not in control no matter how much I think I am. 🙂

    I look forward to reading more of your blog!

  24. We do not have the Internet at home and it has helped a lot to keep me from focusing on things instead of people. I find that right after I do yoga I am calm and ready to meet with the Lord. After that quiet meditative time, I am energized and ready to do my work. Balance is key!

  25. I try to spend time with God at the end of the day when the house is quiet. It helps relax me and turn off the to do list in my head. I think I was a Martha before I had kids and have learned to be more like Mary.

  26. Oh that's great Krista. Yes, definitely keeping accountable. What a concept, that doesn't really matter in this world anymore. Thank you for sharing the devotional sites. I will check them out!

  27. I know and when we do have His peace, how soon we can forget. It's a constant renewing of the mind isn't it? He is worthy and deserves our time and attention first. Thank you so much and I look forward to reading your blog too. Blessings

  28. That's great Sarah. I love how we can make it our own that fits for our family. Just keep trusting the Lord. He see's our heart and knows. Thank you for sharing!

  29. I do relate Angela. I would find myself where the day would get the best of me and then bed time, I realize what happened? That's why I wrote this post, for myself. LOL I know I needed to change my attitude and return to my first love. Time is short. All I want is Jesus! Blessings-

  30. I know what you mean Amy. I used to struggle with that and then feel guilty. I find that if we try to make it work, it just won't because we are doing it in our flesh. I suggest just finding a place and spend some quiet time and worship, talk, pray, cry out! Whatever. He's just asking us to return to our first love. He is waiting. As we draw closer to Him, it will become natural to want to spend time with our Lord. I pray that your walk with Him gets deeper and wider from this day forward. Blessings to you.

  31. I enjoyed this post. I would have to say I'm a Martha, and just like Cindy said earlier I get distracted even while doing the Lord's work. I am starting to think I have ADD or something like that. I try to be a Mary and make sure I'm offering service whenever I can and teaching my children about the Lord.

  32. This is such a wonderful reminder that we need to make sure we focus on what matters most (serving the Lord), then everything else will fall into place. I've noticed that when I start my day with scripture study (even when I'm short on time), I am a much happier person & strangely enough I find that I have extra time & I'm more productive!

  33. I can relate. I find that most of my time with the Lord is at night when everyone else is asleep. 🙂 Yes, being a Mom can change us for the better, can't it? Thank you!

  34. Thank you Rachelle. What I've found is that we can become so busy even doing the Lord's work that it becomes mundane. We lose our true purpose of what our relationship with Jesus is all about. I so can relate. When we go back to the Master, and just lift our hands up and say we can't do it, He takes it all. He just wants us, our hearts, our souls.

  35. Thank you Marissa. That blesses me so much to know that this post inspired you. Yes, isn't so simple?! He's with us all the time. The good news is that we can speak with Him and give Him our worship at any time. Worship through our fruits and through our words, through teaching our children, through loving our husbands!

  36. Oh, I'm so glad to hear that this helped you Krista. I know, I'm a hurry girl too! Recently, I've been letting the Lord change my heart. Not my will but His will be done. Blessings!

  37. Thank you so much for sharing this at the Managing Your Blessings link-up! I know this is a constant battle for me, making sure my priorities line up to what God would have for me. Thank you for this great reminder! Blessings!!

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