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Today's reading: Luke 10:38-42

I am a "doer," a take charge, organizing, let's get things done kind of person. So when I read the account of Martha and Mary, I can identify with Martha and understand exactly where she's coming from. That used to bother me a lot. But the more I've examined and considered this passage, the more it seems that Jesus wasn't conveying to Martha that she should never be a doer, but rather that she shouldn't let her tasks, her "doing," hinder or take the place of spending time with the Lord.

As I think back about some of my "Martha moments" a problem area for me can be serving in my church. If I'm not careful, I can get caught up in the task I'm involved in on a particular day (things like worship team, ushering, manning the coffee booth, etc.) and miss or even tune out the message being delivered from God's Word. That being the case, I'm thankful for Jesus' words to Martha and will try to keep them in mind as I serve.

So do you identify more with Martha or Mary? (Maybe a little of both depending on the situation?) What are one or two things that can get in the way of the time you spend with God and His Word? Tami

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I've generally identified more with Mary. We really must determine to prioritize daily communion with God and make it a "can't miss" thing.

This scripture is no relevant to our everyday life. Thank you, Tami, for providing clarity. At times, I get so caught up with work, children, friends, and even the varied work that I do at my church and so forget the true meaning of praising and worshiping God. Even our prayer time with God is shortened because we have to be on the go.

In everything that we do, we are to continually praise the Lord. Psalm 34 states that 'I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth'.

We definitely need to be giving thought to God's word. It's the only spiritual food available for our spiritual growth.(Deuteronomy 8:3)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, agree with Him in your ways and He shall direct your path.(Proverbs 3:4-5)

Shalom Tami, God bless you.

I think I identify more with Martha in my day to day living. What gets in my way of spending time with God is that I let myself do "little" things first thinking they will take just a minute (like checking my email for an important response), but it ends up taking up my whole afternoon or morning time with God. Now I put a post-it on my computer that says "quiet time first!" It reminds me that when I log on, my first priority is spending time with God and then what time is left, is for checking email and other things. Usually when I spend time with God first, it can feel like I've had 30 minutes with him, but it really is only 10. Other times it is actually 30 minutes with him, but I end up getting so much done in my last 30 minutes before work (washing & drying dishes, dressing/hair, breakfast, emails, blog post, cleaning my room, laundry, etc). It surprises me what I can get done with His help if I just take time to first be with Him.

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