Having a Martha Mind in a Mary Body

It’s a rare quiet moment alone. Deciding to spend a a few precious moments with the Lord, you pour a cup of coffee and sit down eager to dine on the nourishment found in His Word.  

As you begin to joyfully read the scriptures, your mind drifts to the dirty dishes in the sink or the mounds of laundry waiting to be folded. 

Glancing down you quickly notice you are in dire need of a mani/pedi.  A constant beeping of your phone notifies you of emails or texts awaiting response.   

Continuing reading, you realize that although you completed two chapters, you cannot recall any of it. 

I along with many other busy women experience this fairly common occurrence. 

We deeply long for time with our Father yet when the opportunity arises and like Mary we sit “at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said” Luke 10:39, our minds are in Martha mode “distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” 10:40

Have you ever experienced this scenario?

In the past, I would be so consumed with guilt for my lack of concentration that I would shamefully close my Bible and move on with my day.

Score 1 for the Enemy and 0 for me.  

The last place Satan wants to find us is sitting at the feet of Christ growing in knowledge of the Word because he well knows it has the powerful ability to defeat him every single time.  Without time spent in scripture, the battle against him is lost before it ever begins.

In frustration I sought the Lord for a solution to this crippling spiritual hindrance. 

The answer was so simple.

Write it down. 

Now when my mind wanders to tasks that need attention, I keep a notepad nearby and write down the task and continue in study.  

Over time, I realized life will not cease to exist if every item on my to-do list is not quickly checked off. 

Life and people can wait. Moments of grace and encouragement cannot.  

I learned too that the time I spent as Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet equipped me to be a more productive, nicer, less stressed Martha when I did begin tackling my to-do list.  

My encouragement for you today is that you decide to no longer allow Martha distractions to hinder the experience of  Mary moments with the Father as He equips, encourages and empowers you.

Simply jot down any mental distractions and continue.  

More joy, a better attitude, increased productivity and focus, peace and a deeper gratitude for the blessings you have await you.  

Sandra Hubbard 


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