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At the Home of Martha and Mary38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I did not get up when I should have this morning. My goal is to be up by 4:30 a.m. so that I have time to get a workout and quiet time in before my shower, hair/makeup routine and then get the kids up and ready and out the door by 6:45/7:00. So far, I have not been able to accomplish this.
Instead, I go to bed late, hit snooze when my alarm goes off at 4:30, again at 5, again at 5:30...until I am jumping out of bed closer to 6 (or later sometimes), rushing around and putting my morning all out of whack!
I am doing the Hello Mornings Challenge by Inspired to Action; some of you may have heard about it and this is my 3rd go round. I check in daily with a group on Facebook and I so love to get to know them through their morning routine and I also find out that this daily struggle that I face, I am not the only one who has it.
I pray for this group of ladies, that they would allow God to change their lives, from when they very first open their eyes in the morning...and I pray this for myself too.
Part of my problem is that I would like everything to be perfect before I lay my head down at night. So if there is laundry not done, toys out, dishes dirty, floors unswept, etc, I will stay up until super late attempting to finish these tasks. And by the way, most every night, I force myself to go to sleep, with probably over half of that not being finished.
I am a full-time working mom, of a 5 1/2 year old and a 23 month old. I work from 8-4:30 with a 30 minute commute between work and home. My husband has a schedule that works like this: 2 weeks on & 2 weeks off, rotating his on weeks between working nights/days.
It is a difficult schedule to work around, and I get overwhelmed. I want so badly to have it all together. To be able to come home, already have meals planned for dinner, no rushing and craziness, and for my house to be clean and organized!
But that is the Martha in me, right :)
I can only do what I can do. I can't do 1000 things...He has called me to do what I can, and to do it all to His Glory! And when I strive to do too much, I fall short in all areas.
Today, I stand in His Presence knowing that if I glorify Him, if I live for Him, if I follow Him, nothing else matters. The craft projects I dream of doing don't matter. The spotless, sparkling home I long for does not matter. The money I dream of saving by extreme couponing does not matter. The cute clothes, the books I want to read, the people I want to please, the "things" that I want to do and see...they don't matter.
But the time that I spend with My Father does.
And for that very reason, I must not dwell on these meaningless tasks...but instead, do what I can do, glorifying Him in all of it, and sitting at His feet, listening to every word He speaks, drinking it in and letting it soak the depths of my heart, mind and down to my feet.