- reviewed the story of Mary and Martha, learning the difference between these two women.
- explored the rebuke given by Jesus to Martha and how that applies to our busy lives.
- discussed the need for choosing 'the better part'.
This chapter is full of actionable how to's.
Now that we 'know' the one thing that is needed - we have to put one foot in front of the other and apply it to our life.
Joanna encourages us to make a crucial daily choice.......make room.
If we want intimacy, we have to make a space in our schedule to experience it.
I love the short story she included from Stephen Covey about the professor filling the container.
It clicked with me instantly. Big rocks first....duh :) I have never thought of shuffling my priorities in this way.
Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
Make room in your heart for me, and I'll make room for everything else. [pg. 104]
It is important for me to remember, I choose the order of my priorities.
My spiritual dryness is due to the order of my priorities - not the Lord's inattentiveness.
He will court us and pursue us, but he'll never push himself on us. We can actually say no to the Maker of the Universe. We can choose to keep him in a corner of our lives. [pg. 105]
Since November of last year, I have really been working on my commitment to a DAILY quiet time. I had gotten into a rut of using the difficulties of this commitment as an excuse. Throughout my walk of faith, I tried having my quiet times at different times of the day and gave up quickly on each citing a variety of reasons why this particular time of day just didn't work with everything else I had going on.......until there were no other times left.
This chapter has helped me to realize the commitment to a Quiet Time is a matter of will and more importantly, it is a spiritual battle.
The enemy doesn't have to work too hard at discouraging me in my mothering or being a wife if he has successfully discouraged me away from a daily quiet time.
Joanna has included SO MANY helpful tips to help shore up a commitment to daily time with the Lord, as well as, ways to keep it an engaging time to look forward to.
She outlines her process of 'Journal the Journey' on page 114. If you have not had the opportunity to complete Appendix D of your book, I encourage you to do so. Approaching scripture in this way (read, meditate, underline, choose, and respond) has enriched my walk with the Lord in so many ways. Most notably, it has increased the amount of scripture I have been able to commit to memory.
As we surrender our hoops to the Lord Jesus, as we center ourselves in him, something wonderful happens. He takes these hoops and makes them dance. He turns the spinning circles of our chaotic lives into a steady, stable gyroscope mounted and held up by him alone. [pg. 116]
I want to end this week with a simple prayer Joanna included in the beginning of this chapter.
Teach me, Lord. Show me the rhythm of life.....Be my center. [pg. 100]
Let's talk about it.....
If you feel led, please comment below about all or just one of these items. We will focus on this chapter all week, so please jump in any day you find time. Also, please feel free to respond to others who have commented, let us encourage each other.
1. Journal the Journey - If you completed this particular exercise using Joanna's outline in Appendix D and guidelines on pg. 114.....Please share the scripture you used. I would love to read that same scripture along side you.
2. Which one of the 3 C's of Quiet Time (Consistency, Creativity, Conversation) do you plan to focus on in the near future in your walk with the Lord?
3. What spoke most to you from this chapter?
I look forward to hearing form you :)
* All quotes mentioned above are noted by page number and are taken from 'Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World' by Joanna Weaver.
** Find out more about Joanna's ministry and how to purchase her books here.