Martha Gets a Bad Rap & 3:00

Martha gets a bad rap. 

We often hear about how Martha was busy and distracted in Luke 11, while her sister, Mary, chose what was better and sat at Jesus’ feet and listened. 

But, do you know which of the two sisters was the first one to greet Jesus after her brother, Lazarus, died? 

Martha, but “Mary stayed at home.” (John 11:20)

That’s the part about Martha that often gets left out: Martha listened to Jesus and changed. 

Jesus cares deeply about us changing and turning our hearts to him. 

Martha wasn’t distracted this time. She went out to meet Jesus right away. 

What we see in this story is a beautiful testimony of change. 

Martha didn’t worry about preparing her home for Jesus like last time, but went out to meet him. 

Martha was given another chance and chose what was better: Jesus.

And I think that was pretty honoring to the Lord. 

Friends, that’s the gospel.

Change.

Hope.

Newness.

Redemption.

In Jesus. 

Through his death and resurrection.

We are given new life and new hope, when we turn to him.

In our mess-ups, our mistakes, our less than, Jesus meets us there. 

He lets us know where we can have real life, and then wants us to choose that. To choose Him.

Martha might have chosen jealousy and bitterness at first, but later she chose what was better. 

When we seek the Lord, he transforms our hearts and also gives us a chance to choose what’s better. 

We will fall short time and time again since we’re human, but Jesus longs for us to choose the better way: Him.

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live.” Jesus (John 11:25)–_________________________________

Thankful that His grace and mercies are new every morning. ❤️

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During WWII, people all over the world prayed for peace at the same time every day. It is called The Silent Minute. 

At 3pm each day, my friends and I are praying for our country and the world, and we’d love for you to join us! I set a daily reminder for 3pm to remind my kids and I to pray for 3 things:

1. Healing, peace, & reconciliation for our country and world,
2. Wisdom for leaders, and
3. For people to turn to Jesus.

I hope you’ll join us! There is power in praying together. ❤️

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

Not Trying to Tweak & Change Our Kids

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One of the things I’m working on as my kiddos get older is opening my hands. Not trying to tweak and change them.

It’s so easy to want to control all they do and say, but in the long run, that only creates a wall between us.

But taking time to get to know our kids and be with them – that creates a healthier and closer connection.

Yes, we are to parent and teach our children. To teach them about the Lord, wisdom, and love. That is one of our key responsibilities, but we are not called to control all they do and say.

Lord, please help us with this. Help us to give our kids freedom to be themselves and to not try and control them as they learn about life and following you. Give us wisdom to direct and teach them, but then to know when to take a step back. I pray our children would always choose you. Be with them today and fill their hearts and minds with your love and presence. Thank you for your love for our children and us. We love you, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen. ❤️

{The podcast I listened to about this is called the Prodigal Mom by Nancy on “Story Tellers” Live.}


 

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