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Sitting here in Land of a Thousand Hills coffee house, a spot that has rapidly become a favorite spot for thinking, blogging, and spending time with the Lord. I love this quiet, unique little spot where I can count on walking in, having Kyle ask if I’ll have my usual and feeling like a welcomed neighbor at the local coffee house. I curl up on the sofa and let the day wash away as I bring my requests and thoughts before the Lord.
- inside Land of 1000 Hills
There is something special about these moments. My coffee house moments. Away from all the commitments of work, church, family, friends… They remind me of something the Lord has been whispering to me- the story of Mary and Martha and the difference in how they saw commitments.
In Luke 10:38 there is a short story about Jesus visiting Mary and Martha. Martha had opened her home to Jesus and was busy making all kinds of preparations. How often I feel like Martha! In remembering the words of Proverbs 31- I feel called to stay busy working to prepare and care for others. And it is important to use the gifts and talents the Lord has entrusted to me for His Glory.
At the Home of Martha and Mary
38As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40But 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!”
41“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
My most important call, however, is not to this work. My highest call is my relationship with God. I am a branch and He is the Vine- apart from Him, what am I? Instead of focussing on how I can fit serving the Lord into my story (that’s SO backwards) – the real question is How can I serve the Lord in HiStory? As Louie Giglio once brilliantly stated: I can have a starring role in my own story, shining bright in my own eyes for the time I have here and be but a speck in history- OR I can take a role in being a part of His story- and be a part of something eternal. I’ve made that choice, but I have to remember over and over. I am far from having this walk down pat.
That is the real meat of this post:
At this present moment I am MAD. I’m frustrated at the lack of Martha’s who are willing to serve. It hurts me to see the few do the work of many. Where are the laborers?
I see the needs all around me, and I overcommit because I see those needs and it is hard for me to let them go unmet- but when people refuse to commit it burdens me that the Lords work should still be completed. And I get MAD when I see people who have commitment and don’t follow through. I think what has frustrated me the most is how often I see this happening. Those that know me know me to see things in black & white- right & wrong- clear no grey. So it is easy for me to believe that following through on a commitment is of utmost importance. There are certainly times when the commitment changes or there are serious circumstances- and let’s not get tied down into the extreme- I appreciate that there are those… but let’s face it even in those times there is usually an opportunity to fight and work at it- but so often today we see no effort, just giving up. More often than not an excuse to be selfish.
How can we blend our opportunities to serve with taking the time to sit at the feet of Jesus? There is unique joy in both. There are new connections to the heart of Jesus through serving, because when we serve His people- we serve Him.
So I leave it to you to ponder with me. I’m figuring this out too. Not always well, because sometimes I get mad- and I’m thankful for these quiet moments before Him to have Him come and touch my heart and remind me of what He suffered, and the links His service went to…
Thankful for Grace. Thankful for His love. Thankful for His forgiveness.
Listening, Learning, and continuing to pray for guidance in walking in Love,