“Martha was busy for Jesus,
and that left her too busy to be with Jesus.”
by ~ Jon Walker
Growing with Purpose: Connecting with God Every Day
ig sigh . . . this quote kinda pokes me in the ribs, especially with the season of Jesus birthday celebration coming upon us, it’s SO easy to get lost in the “to do list”. We get so busy with the parties, shopping, decorating (lights up, tree picked out – decorated – making homemade decorations, etc.), caroling, cookie making, Christmas practices for Christmas programs, Christmas cards (which means a letter and/or family picture that still has not been taken), Christmas plays and ballets to attend, dinners to plan, etc. (need I write more?)
Uggg . . . the meaning of the season gets lost in it all . . . the birth of our Savior. I can easily be a Martha – busy doing things for Jesus, but too busy to include Him, to be with Him, to talk to Him. Might we after this advent season say like Jacob who awoke from his sleep say,
“Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.”
Sad, isn’t it? This verse fiercely hits my heart to STOP. Even as a mom, I can be so busy taking care of my children, I am not really with them. I need to stop, be with my children, and bring Jesus in with me and them . . . remember Him.
Will you, with me, take time each day to remember the awesome Gift we received that gave us eternal life? If you need something to help you with this pause, look for an godly Advent book. I highly recommend The Glorious Coming: A Jesse Tree Advent which I got several years ago as an e-book download by my friend Ann Voskamp whose blog is A Holy Experience (a must read blog).
“Be still, and know that I am God . . . ”
This week Debbie is our hostess for IOW, sharing on the quote at the top of this post and is writing on it on her blog, Heart Choices. Be sure to visit her site and the links to the other women who have shared on this quote. Then come back here on Friday, for next Tuesday’s new quote for In ‘Other’ Words. Be blessed!