Do you resemble Marth with her desire to serve others and to spring into action? Or are you more like Mary who wanted to rest and worship? Most of us are a mixture of both. We want to both serve and to rest. But how can we balance our Martha and Mary characteristics?
Betty Predmore, guest contributor of A Mother’s Faith and the Miracle of Sight and Freedom to Serve is back with some great insights on how to balance the necessary busyness of motherhood with the equally necessary worshiping of our Savior.
Balancing Our Martha and Mary
As you rise and shine today, are you giving God the glory? Or are you too focused on your to-do list, and getting every single item checked off?
Our Inward Martha
Maybe your plate is full to overflowing today. Maybe you aren’t sure if you CAN get it all accomplished, or if you even want to. Maybe, like Martha, you will spend your entire day trying to please others, see to the needs of others, and meet some kind of personal standard you have set for yourself so that you feel accomplished.
It could be that you spend your day worrying and fretting, and your joy slips away before you realize it. We can really overdo it in the “Martha department” if we don’t find some balance in our lives.
Our Inward Mary
Or perhaps, you have a “Mary” personality. You spend your entire day soaking up the Lord, through study of His word, through prayer, or through song.
And while this is to be admired, a little balance might help you get some obligations met, especially if you have a family depending on you. Anyone who has ever been a wife or mother knows that we do have that list of obligations each day. People are depending on us.
So how do we find that happy medium, that perfect combination that allows us to have a life of service, yet still enjoy our time at the feet of Jesus?
Finding a Balance Between Martha and Mary
There is something to be admired about finding that balance, about being that perfect mixture of Martha and Mary all rolled up into one beautiful package.
That well-balanced woman is able to serve her family. She is able to use the gifts and talents given to her by her Father in heaven to bring love and hope to others and glory to God. She is that caring, compassionate woman who shines for Jesus.
At the same time, she is wise enough to know she can do none of this without making time to sit at the feet of Jesus. She knows she needs to start her day in communion with the Lord. She is aware that His word is the fuel that her spirit needs to serve those around her.
She realizes that her prayer time is crucial if she is going to be a lamp stand in this dark world. She is certain that her songs of praise keep the joy in her heart that she needs to spread to those who lack joy.
When we take time to be with the Lord, He gives us the balance we need to make it through our day. He gives us the strength to get through the difficult tasks, and He gives us joy in tough circumstances. With Jesus in our hearts, the tasks we do each day can make a difference for His kingdom. We will approach things differently, and the joy of the Lord, the joy of our hearts, will spread out to others as we share the love of Christ through our words and actions. By seeking Him with our “first time” each day, He gives us what we need to be difference makers in this world. He supplies us with the strength for service.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says:
“To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
There is a season for serving. There is a season for worshiping. Both of those seasons can happen in a single day. We can be the best of Martha and the best of Mary. We can find our balance. We can handle the to-do list if we first rest in Him.
Originally appeared on BettyPredmore.com
About Betty Predmore
Betty Predmore is a writer,blogger, speaker, and ministry leader who spends her days encouraging other women through the Word of God. She is Co-founder of the Women of Virtue Empowerment Network, which is a faith-based non profit organization created for the purpose of inspiring and encouraging women to find help and hope in Jesus Christ.
As an author, she has had the opportunity to impact women and reach deep into their hearts with her words of inspiration and encouragement. Through Pondering Virtue and Whispered Grace, she has created wonderful tools for the woman who is seeking direction in her spiritual walk. While Betty thrives on her ministry opportunities, her greatest blessings come from being a wife to her beloved husband and a mama to their wonderful collection of children, both biological and adopted, who bring joy, laughter, and sometimes tears to her days.
Betty can be reached by email at Betty.predmore(at)gmail.com. Her website is www.bettypredmore.com. She shares inspirations in her Facebook page Grace &Virtue Betty Predmore and her Facebook group Mom-Sense.